Friday, March 16, 2007

Work and play

My work mailbox ended up full again today. It's a pain when my mailbox runs out of space because I actually have to log into work, open my mail, and sort of read the messages. It takes about three months for my mailbox to get full, which is simply too frequent. The problem is that I'm on a distribution list that gets a TON of mail. There is auto-generated mail, there is mail from each person in the group to other development groups with the development group cc'ed, and there is mail from other groups to the whole distribution list because they don't know who to write to. In other words, I get a lot of mail that I don't care about since I'm not working.

Honestly, I don't much care about what's going on there right now. I cleaned out my mailbox by deleting ALL of my messages except for a couple of personal threads. Even if I went back to that same group at some point (which is highly unlikely), none of those messages are going to mean anything to me then so there's no point keeping them. On Monday I will ask my manager/director to remove me from this distribution list. They kept me on the distribution list originally because we all thought that I was going back to work soon. I don't expect to run into any problems; it's not like I'm going back anytime soon, after all. Hopefully they'll agree with me.

On a more fun note, I have been playing around with my photo box using a black velveteen background. I need Ian's help with the camera because I don't completely understand how to use it and change the different settings. He's a good helper :) The pictures on the black background (see an example here) look elegant in a way that they don't on my etsy site, especially if the earrings have crystals. The edges are more defined and sharper and prettier. However, the pictures don't quite show the true colours of the stones that I'm using; they're much lighter and more translucent through the middle.

I think that there's a place for these black background pictures in my store - it may be that I use a black background for the arty picture and the light grey background for the hanging picture. We'll see. I'll also have to figure out what to do for the picture showing the scale of the earrings. What do you think? I'm looking for a lego man....


Darling Jee said...

To be honest, I don't really like the black background. I think the earrings come out looking kind of flat. On the other hand, I like the way that amethyst sparkle turned out and I think it's because of the light source coming from the top left corner which gives all of the beads, especially the pearls, the right contours.

Anonymous said...

I really like the black background. It is easier to see the edges of the beads. I was noticing on Home Shopping Network that they seem to have a small light focused on the gems making them sparkle. Could you do something like that?

I'm so glad that you have found a passion!
Hugs & Love
Aunt Margaret