Friday, 3 August 2012

Jumping out of that comfort zone

Good morning ladies.  A few posts ago I mentioned that looking in my shop, everything is blue.  At least I think I mentioned it.  If I didn't then I DID think it, but forgot to type it. 
Well anyway, I decided that had to change.  I started with using green on the linen pouch I made, and at the weekend I went for pink.  I'm not a massive pink fan but I do buy pink supplies, I'm not sure why.  I thought I had a load of pink beads but it turns out I don't have that many.  I did have enough to make a set of jewellery though.


OK, so technically that's not jewellery, it's a book mark.  But you could hang it on a chain round your neck or have it poking out of a shirt pocket if you wanted.  I had intended to sew at the weekend, but Mr CA and the girls came home from a trip to Hobbycraft and wanted to make stuff.  The girls did some decopatch, then I let them loose on my beads and they made simple elasticated bracelets.  Mr CA spent most of the time fixing Miss CA's phone, then he made a shamballa bracelet.  There was no way I was missing out on family crafting round the table so the beads came out for me too.




I love the lucite flowers on these earrings.  I think I bought them from a stall on a day out somewhere, I just can't remember where and I wish I'd bought more.  I'm sure I'll find some on line.  Ready for the obligatory glass shot?

I have every intention of improving my photography.  I've bought a book - Photography for Crafters, the one with the really cute felted panda on the cover, and a big flat white sheet.  Now I just have to get a photography "studio" set up and take some pictures.  I've only got a digital camera, but I hope I can improve at least a bit.  The only problem is that the best place to take photos, light-wise, is my craft desk so I have to clear it off to take photos, I'd rather have somewhere permanently set up but it's tough!

The charm necklace is made with some charms I had all mixed up in a big bowl.  They're one of those craft supplies that I often buy with the intention to use them for jewellery, cards, zip pulls, and then completely forget about so it was nice to use some here.



After the girls went home, I started making another necklace and became frustrated that my beads are all just randomly placed in those little clear compartment boxes.  I then spent the next 3 hours putting them in boxes according to colour.  I think OCD took over for a while.




I have some sewing planned for the weekend, wonder if it'll happen this time?


13 comments:

Celtic Thistle said...

Three hours sorting out your beads sounds like procrastination! You weren't putting off housework by any chance??

I have that photography book on my wish list so hoping someone will take the hint for my birthday later this month :) Will be interested to hear what you think of it. I have a basic digital camera too, but thinking of upgrading so hoping the book might have some pointers, as I have no idea what to look for in a camera.

Stitched Together said...

Lovely pieces. What fun having the whole family crafting together! One tip I have that will help immediately with your photos is just slip a couple of pieces of white paper behind your subject when you lay them flat on the table. It makes a massive difference. I say a couple of pieces so it creates a solid background. One piece isn't thick enough to properly hide whatever it is resting on.

Give it a go!

Anna said...

Lovely ! All of it !
Have a creative week-end ! With a beautiful sun I hope !
Hug
Anna

JoJo said...

Those are beautiful and I love the pink colour too. I also love it that everyone crafts together. I wish I had people to craft with too. And I do the OCD thing too, separating beads by colour!

Sandra :) said...

Those are gorgeous, Wendy! I love your glass shots - I think it's a great way to show off the beads! My beads, btw, are mostly arranged by colour except for the multi-colour seed beads (although, some of those have been sorted by colour when it became necessary - talk about eye-strain, LOL!) - it makes sense when I'm matching beads to sewing projects :)

supermomnocape said...

How pretty! And sounds like a fun family crafting time.

Carrie P. said...

so pretty! pink is one of my favorite colors.

shopannies said...

beautiful

Mary said...

Wonderful...I can spend more time sorting..making sure everything is right than I do crafting!

Joy McD said...

Love the earrings! They are so pretty!
xx

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

So pretty!

Nancy Lee said...

Those beading projects are so gorgeous!
I found there is a macro setting on my camera, as well as a "indoor" setting. I shut the flash off and use available light. I also edit the photos on the computer before I post them. I crop them tightly, or "enhance" them if I can.
That book sounds like a good investment. I think I will look out for it. I did photojournalism I and II, but back then it was all about film...
I am such a fossil...

Lelanie Denso said...

Everything looks gorgeous but my personal favorite are the earrings. Just lovely! Thanks for sharing this to the Crafty Saturday party. I hope to see you again this week!

Hugs,
Lelanie