Thursday, November 21, 2013

Photos 2013

Here are some of my favorite photos I've taken over the past year!
 Pittsburgh's South Side
 Pittsburgh's Sky Line

Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara Falls, Canada

Pink Flower


Monday, November 18, 2013

Christmas Ornament Photo Shoot

Get ready for lots of pictures of my new line of rosette ornaments for Christmas available at Belle Rose Designs!
Why am I showing so many pictures of ornaments to you? Well, I'd love for you to take a look at them on my site but I'd also like to share with you my tips for taking pictures. 
None of these are knew but they are important. You can't sell anything online without great pictures. It's that simple. If you want to sell anything anywhere online your pictures must show what the items are. 

So here they are:
1. Use Natural Light. Make no excuses for it. The best way to get great photos is natural light. You'll find great tutorials for building light boxes which works as well but either way DO NOT USE YOUR FLASH. What I do is chose a day and time that I will have good light. I gather several items that need photographed and find the best light in my house. I usually set up a large piece of fabric over a chair and use it as a background.
2. Take a lot of pictures. Some of the will be blurry. Take a bunch. Take them from all angles. Use different backgrounds and props.  I always take a close up of my rosettes and then take one in my hand to show the size of it. But I take a lot! I mean like 100-200 at a time. 

3. Edit your photos. Learn whatever program you want or have but try your hand at editing. Crop out the background that doesn't work. Lighten if you have to and remove any blemishes that might have shown up while you took the shots.

4.Never use a bad picture. If my photos turn out bad I retake them. I know that nothing will sell if the photos are blurry so if the lighting is off or the photos are blurry or I missed a shot, I will retake them. It's so important. I'm not going to waste my time uploading and writing a listing if I don't have a great picture to go with it. 

So that's it. Hope you enjoyed my tips! Does anyone have any others?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New items for Christmas!

Listed this week on Belle Rose Designs
Get ready to decorate with pretty rosettes and burlap!
Red and Green Holiday Decor Set of Two Burlap Silverware Envelopes Rustic Shabby Chic Holiday Decor 
Christmas Holiday Decor Napkin Rings Burlap and Green Red Silk Flower Rustic Shabby Chic Wedding Decor Table Setting Table Decor Home Decor 
Red Roses Burlap Flowers Christmas Holiday Table Decoration Wedding Decor Country Shabby Chic Rustic Decor Home Decoration Candy Red Apple 
Do some holiday crafting with a set of cotton rosettes!
Holiday Christmas Decor Fabric Rosettes Red Flowers Emerald Green Flowers Lime Green Flowers Two-inch flowers Cotton Rolled Flowers 
Lovely little rosette ornaments! Perfect for topping gifts, attaching to gift bags or jars. Great to add to a gift card envelope as well.

 Rosette Ornament Holiday Ornament Christmas Decoration Gifts Hostess Teacher Gift Wrapping Red Green

Friday, September 13, 2013

Get ready for Fall!

Lots of fall items in the shop. 
Order a custom wreath or create your own home decor items with Belle Rose Designs!
Halloween Wreath
Fall Burlap Wreath
Thanksgiving Decor Burlap Fall Autumn Wreath Home Decor Rosette Wreath Handmade Fabric Flowers Plum Pumpkin Apple Red Mustard Yellow 
Rosettes in Fall Colors 
Rust orange flower - Fall orange rosette - burnt orange - autumn - fall decor - crafts - fall wedding - autumn wedding decor - diy bride - 
Table Decor

Burnt Orange Fall Decor Wedding Decor Burlap Napkin Rings Burlap Flower Rustic Shabby Chic Wedding Decor Table Setting Place Setting

Friday, September 6, 2013

Custom Made Hair Accessories by Belle Rose Designs

Belle Rose Designs has been commissioned to create hair pieces for special occassions. 
Take a look at these recent commissions.
Custom Hair Accessory Bridesmaid Hair Piece Flower Girl Hair Custom boutique Made to Order Hair bow Hair clips pin head band

Looking for a special hair piece for a special occasion or just to match your favorite outfit? 
Take a look at Belle Rose Designs and see what we have to offer. 
With a wide range of colors, embellishments, styles, hardware and more options we can create the perfect hair piece together. 
Send a message, request a custom order or order this listing on Etsy to commission your own special order hair piece.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Exciting Family Craft Projects: Guest Post by Eva Stephen

Exciting Family Craft Projects
Guest Post by Eva Stephen
With the advent of modern technology it is all too easy for a happy, healthy family to spend a lot of time together in the home, without needing to speak to or interact with the other family members. This is partly due to the wonders of social networking, which allows us to see, chat with and even share pictures and ideas with friends and family far away, even on the other side of the world! If you are despairing because you have not heard your children's voices for days and your husband (or wife) spends more time tapping on his or her laptop, tablet or smartphone than he does speaking to you, it is time to take action!
Get the whole family to agree to spend time together two or three evenings a week, with limited access to technology – an outright ban is sure to cause an instant rebellion! Once they have all agreed to give this 'together time' a try, it is up to you to entertain them for the duration of the exercise!

Make a sheaf of cards
Hand-made cards have a special uniqueness about them, and what better way to bond with the family than by making six months- to a years-worth of cards together. Make some specialised cards for grandparents, aunts and uncles, and even cousins, as well as some general 'Happy Birthday', 'Congratulations' and 'Get Well Soon' cards to cover most eventualities. Everyone enjoys making things and the satisfaction will be boosted by the neat pile of completed cards, ready to be popped in a drawer until needed.
Something for the walls?
Make a family mosaic or collage, inviting input from all family members. You can use family photos, pictures of favourite teams and restaurants, all artfully arranged to make one large picture from all the smaller ones.
If that kind of project is beyond the collective talents of the family, start out by jointly solving a jigsaw puzzle over the course of several evenings. Once it is completed put it into a frame and hang it on the wall. You will be amazed at how much the sight of the puzzle will spur reminiscence of the happy times when you were all bent over the puzzle, laughing and chatting as you sorted through all the pieces.
Renew your furniture: Upholstery and paint
Young people love to try out new things! They may roll their eyes and feign reluctance, but this tends to be a cover just in case they do not pick up the new skill quickly and easily, and also permits them to back off without losing face should the activity not be their cup of tea after all. Play the part of the pushy mum or dad and persuade them to have a go at painting, sanding, varnishing and even simple upholstery! 
They may well be very good at it, having nimble fingers and clear young eyes! If you have been planning to upgrade a piece of furniture or two, have a look at replacements from the excellent range at, but do not rush to discard the old pieces; they make perfect projects for enthusiastic new crafters!
Renew your furniture: Decoupage
Decoupage looks absolutely beautiful, transforming a plain old piece of furniture into a unique and memorable signature item, perfect for pride of place in a room, or to fill up a quiet corner.
Start off small and simple, and practise perfecting your techniques before moving onto the more complicated and intricate designs.
There are many activities perfect for a quiet night in for the whole family, and who knows, the skills you and the family learn during these fun bonding sessions may form the basis of an enduring hobby, or even turn into a source of income for one or more of you! 

Monday, April 1, 2013

April is Wedding Month and Fishtitch Bridal

I am excited to be featuring Bridal shops and Wedding sites for the month of April. Let's get started with Fishtitch bridal
Take a look at these beautiful bridal bouquets from Fishtitch bridal


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Giveaway from Art by Kelly Michelle

Today's Giveaway is from Art by Kelly Michelle.
Kelly Michelle offers note cards, bookmarks and supplies all with original designs. Take a look.

Today one lucky winner will receive everything below: a set of 3 Thank You note cards, two bookmarks, and scrapbook papers.

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