Monday, March 21, 2016

Improve your day with a bit of beauty from Etsy.



When I'm not feeling my particular best, I find window-shopping at Etsy often cheers me up. I make a point of strolling through categories of things I couldn't make myself, let alone dream of. If I wander through jewelry, which I make, there's a big chance I could start feeling a bit low ("why couldn't *I* have thought of that, etc.). That kind of attitude is just no good to your psyche!

My first Etsy find involves dimensional paper Luna moths, a huge favorite of mine. Candygears makes beautiful Luna moths, among other things, and I'm enamored with them.

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Aren't they beautiful? You can glue the dimensional art to headbands, costumes, or enjoy as art. They make me think of fairy princesses of the night garden.


Next is art from an artist whom I've followed for a long time, Wyanne. I've always loved her dreamy art, but through the years, I feel she's really grown. This print is called "Catch and Release" and I love both the idea behind it as well as the colors and emotion it evokes. Plus, narwhals.


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Moving on ... with two cats who live to play, these handmade catnip jellyfish (jellyfishes?) are too darned cute.



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My two cats would love these, but wouldn't they look cute hanging from the ceiling in your bathroom?



Lastly, yarn. I've noticed that many, many bead makers and jewelry designers gravitate toward knitting and crocheting. I think it's first about the colors, second about making something, and third the ability to create yet another stash with nary a shred of guilt. (Well. Maybe a *little*. But not enough to stop!)

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Megan Risk creates gorgeous yarn for any occasion. This is definitely not your grandmother's Red Heart yarn! Sumptuous with lots of yardage, you can make a decadent scarf or a sumptuous sweater. Stuck on finding a pattern? Try Ravelry.com and discover a world of wow.


Hopefully your day is a bit brighter from exploring these handmade vendors. Have fun shopping!


Hugs, 

Friday, March 04, 2016

Lost Photo Day


There are a couple of updates at my blog "Lemon, Sugar, Hold the Lyme" for those interested. Click here.


Part of my cleaning up the house includes cleaning up my photo files on my computer. When my computer was upgraded to Windows 10 (which I am still grumbling over as I hate change in technology), for some reason almost all of my photos duplicated themselves. I already have a formidably large chunk of space taken up by photos, so the thought of sitting down and deleting them one by one is daunting. Seemingly impossible. It's not as simple as being able to highlight huge sections and delete. Oh no. That would be too easy. No, they duplicated in such a way that each duplicate lies beside the original, so I have to click every other photo and manually delete.

What a pain.


But turn that on its ear, and what a joy!


For I've found a treasure trove of photos I didn't even remember taking. Photos that hadn't been processed, cropped, color corrected. YEARS of photos. So looking at this as glass-half-full, I'm sharing some with you now.

In no particular order, or course.


A selfie of a selfie. Taken early this year. I was fading out my usual vivid purple and blue in preparation for my current copper red, which I'm now fading out to go red with yellow ends.




Beads I had planned to auction off until I realized the total cost in this box was too high to really fit budgets. So I'll be selling these off in bits. As always, if you're interested in something here before I list it in my as-yet-unfinished store (because I is tired), shoot me an email and let me know what you're interested in! There are handmade lampwork beads (including a Sarah Moran boro bead), a Gaea ceramic pendant, a Heather Powers polymer clay owl pendant, an ojime yin-yang fish bead, caged Swarovski pearls, and various gemstones and sundries. I had these in a candy box. Next time, smaller candy box!


And finally....


Two vintage photo albums atop a book of "Charming Bible Stories for Young and Old" from 1893 that's been in my family and is inscribed to a great-great-grandfather (I think that's the right number of greats). The photo album obsession began thanks to friend Cindy Wimmer and I've always loved books, especially these old ones that have amazing photos, drawings, and engravings and are loved and worn from reading.


That will do it for tonight. Thanks for spending some time with me, and please feel free to show links to some of your own recently found and almost forgotten photos in the comments below!



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