Saturday, January 29, 2011

when God gives you sun, take photos

So today it's in the upper 50's and I've got inventory to do in my 3rd floor studio.  My studio has a sky light so that's a plus.  But, it's really a great place to be when it's cold, even snowy.  Awww, the 3rd floor, the toastiest place in the house.
So rather than spend the entire day with a calculator and bins of supplies to count.  I grabbed whatever needed to be photographed and headed outside.  OK, so 56ยบ wasn't as warm as I thought it would be and I chose today to air dry my thick locks (something I rarely do but enjoy the treat).  Since that takes hours, I flipped up the hood on my sweatshirt and carried on.
Even the slightest breeze wreaks havoc when trying to take detailed photos of jewelry, so I moved the shoot into the porch.
I use whatever is around for my props.  Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much.  This time I had added help from two very old spools of string.  The string was always too shiny to actually hold a knot.  But, hold a pair of earrings?  or a necklace?  divine!  And flip a stone candle holder on its side and you've got another interesting background.
Now it's back to counting and perhaps some RDjr as Sherlock Holmes to keep me company!
Thank you Jesus for the sun!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

more reading

During our New Year's Eve dinner my family discussed what we would like to do more of or less of in 2011.  I wanted to create this blog - check! and I wanted to read more books.  I have stacks of books I would like to read but never take the time to actually sit and read them.  At the beach, or on an airplane seem to be the times that I can get any reading done.  Those opportunities are rare.  I try to read just before I go to sleep and well, I guess I do accomplish that!  I read for 5 or 10 minutes and then BAM! book slips out of my hands and after I'm jolted awake I give it up and turn out the light.  So this year I am committing to reading a book a month.  That's easy for many but not for me.  That means I'm going to actually have to sit down and read when I will be thinking that I should be making jewelry or photographing jewelry or updating my website.  That's why it's a challenge for me.
So today I did it.  I put in a load of laundry and grabbed a fluffy blanket and a glass of water and sat down to read.  I'm reading The Heights by Peter Hedges.  Peter is the younger brother of my middle school crush (a one way crush, I'm afraid).  Peter has written What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Pieces of April and An Ocean in Iowa.  He co-wrote Dan in Real Life and wrote the screenplay for A Map of the World and About a Boy.  Peter Hedges is very talented.  In fact, he's kind of a big deal and he's a Valley High School grad from West Des Moines, Iowa and that's pretty cool to me!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

well hello

you must either be:
a. a family member 
2. I caved and told you about my blog
c. you just stumbled upon it, perhaps through facebook, perhaps through my website it's by design
no matter how you arrived, Welcome!

I decided to start a blog because even though I work three days a week for Ornamentea.com, and design and make jewelry for it's by design, I love all kinds of other art forms.  I love fabric and quilts.  I haven't made a quilt in years, not since I started making jewelry.  But, that doesn't stop me from thinking about making quilts!  Last year I tried needle felting and turned that into a pillow.  I want to do more of that, it was like drawing with fiber.
I also love to make any type of collage.  I love my fingers in the glue and a palette full of paints. 

So here's what I'm thinking...this blog will be a place where I post photos of projects I'm working on or projects I've completed.  I may post links to inspirations too.  Maybe this will motivate me to work on some unfinished projects, every artist has those!  And those of you who know me even know what my unfinished projects are.
Let's face it, the fun part of making something is showing it to someone!  It feels a little weird to post it on facebook all the time, sort of 'look at me, look at me'.  This way I can share with family and friends who are actually interested!  So, if you're interested... stay tuned....

ps. My first little piece of art is the image at the top of this blog.  I took the photo in The Owl Post in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in December.  I loved the stack of old books and wasn't sure what I'd use the photo for.  With a little messing around in Photoshop, I came up with that image.

Here's to a life long love of ART!

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