Saturday, October 6, 2012

Watermarking photos and other Saturday stuff

Yes, a busy Saturday. I woke up at 5 am and decided not to try to go back to sleep, as it's close enough to the time I usually get up and by golly, I've got a bunch of stuff I want to get done today! I bought a program called iWatermark to put a watermark on my photos. I have not had it happen to me, but have read about several instances of images being copied without permission and and used to sell copied products. 

In one case, someone ripped off a graphic designer's pattern and put it on coffee mugs, without compensating the designer. My stuff is easy enough to replicate, so I just want to make it more difficult for them to use my images. The program is easy enough to figure out, and you can do batches of files and put them into a specific folder. The one thing it won't do is to sit at the coffee shop and replace all your photos on Etsy and Facebook. One pumpkin spice latte, please. Make it a big one.

I'm still waiting on my shipment of brooch backs from China. It's been two weeks, so they should be here soon. I might break down and buy some from the bead store. I've got bunches of brooches glued and would like to get them listed.

Finally, can I share some good news with you? This morning I had my biggest sale on Etsy yet. Someone bought eight (8!) of my button bracelets. I'm still in shock. I'm happy-dancing all over the place. Yes, it's the money coming in that is really nice, but there's also a bit of validation that comes from selling a bunch of one's work. Can you tell I'm still new to this? Ha! I bet that part doesn't get old very fast. It's nice when someone likes your stuff enough to buy one. Or eight.

Happy weekend!

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