Week 10: A Boy in Motion

The theme for this week was Motion.  I spent probably close to an hour in my kitchen trying to get the motion of drip of water from the faucet.  Yeah, that wasn’t working out the way I envisioned.  I am at a place with my photography where I am frustrated with being unable to get the idea in my head out of my camera.  It’s a hurdle, but I’ll get over it.

I actually wasn’t going to share this, but I processed it to the best of my ability, so why not. And to be perfectly honest, my journey in life is all about growth, so why not document what I’m doing so I can look back and see how I’ve improved.

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It’s technically motion, but not what I wanted.

So after that frustration, I wasn’t sure what to do.  Then I was at the park with my kids on Saturday morning and it practically hit me.

I was watching my five-year-old climb down a ladder and I suddenly thought, at some point here he’s going to drop.  I already had my shutter slowed down a little so I sat and got myself ready.  And he did it…

2013week10bsmI would have liked my focus to be a bit more true, but I caught it, and for today, I’m pretty happy about it.

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Week 9: Drinking Glasses

The theme for this week was Glass. For a few days last week, I had thought the theme was Reflection, so my mind was going that direction. But Reflection is coming up later. Looking through glass wasn’t really working for me because I wanted some sort of glass that was distinct.

Anyway, at some point during the week, I was putting the dishes away, and realized our drinking glasses were pretty cool. I decided to pick out some fun paper {I thought the rain drops were appropriate} and place the glasses in a pattern. I messed around with different ideas for a while, and I liked how this one turned out.

Nothing amazing for sure, but I had some fun with the set-up and in post-processing. I feel a little nuts for taking 75+ pictures of our drinking glasses, but I’m certain I’m learning along the way.

Week 9 ~ GlassLots of photography stuff coming up for the month of March, so stay tuned.

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Craft Month with Fusion Beads: Day 1, Earrings

I kept seeing little mentions of the Fusion Beads 30 Day Challenge and for some reason, I assumed it was for the month of February or had already started. When I realized the first day was today, I thought, ok, I’ll check it out.

The challenge is to make a specific-themed jewelry item each day. Today’s theme is Earrings. I had a pair of earring I was imagining to go with a bracelet and necklace set I’d created earlier this week, so I started with planning to create that. But it just wasn’t working out like I’d envisioned.

As I was digging around in my Swarovski stash, I came across some components I’d bought probably two years ago {from Fusion Beads} to make into some simple earrings. I found the matching crystal bicones and decided to go that direction instead.

They’re simple, but cute, and I like them.

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Oh, and will I do this challenge for the whole 30 days? Certainly not. But it’ll be fun to pop in and be inspired from time to time during the month.

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Bead Soup for My Partner

I decided to make the focal and clasp for my bead soup.  I wanted a new metal flower that was a little more tropical feeling, so I searched the web for some pictures until I found a flower that I liked.  Then I sketched it out and set to shaping the copper into my vision.

I’m really, really happy with how this flower turned out.  It’s 2 1/4 inches in diameter because that seemed like a good size to me.  I textured the petals and colored it with a plum patina from Metal Me This.  It’s the first time I’ve added a patina to metal, but it will certainly not be the last.

I also included one of my heart clasps.  I wanted to create a flower one, but I was already running behind and the purple one from my stash seemed to go really well with the other ingredients.

Bead Soup ~ closer view of focal and clasp

The one thing I didn’t do with this focal was punch the petals for stringing.  I had several ideas on where to punch, but I didn’t want to limit Susan’s creativity by selecting for her.  I did include my punch ideas in my card to her.

Bead Soup ~ punch ideas

I promise that I had already decided on a purple and yellow theme for this soup before I opened Susan’s package.  You know what they say about great minds and all.  You might also notice that the yellow rounds on the left are strikingly similar to the rectangles that Susan sent me.

Bead Soup Ingredients for Susan

The only thing I really wish I’d done differently was make the focal smaller.  I seem to have something for the large flowers, but I’m worried that she’s going to be limited because of the size.  I am so very excited to see what Susan does with these soup ingredients.

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Creating an 85th Birthday Gift

My husband’s grandmother has made an afghan for each of her twenty-nine {29!} great grandchildren. She asked each set of parents what colors they wanted for their little one’s blanket. Then she would select a pattern and present the afghan after the baby was born.

Not long after my daughter was born, I got kind of curious as to what all the other blankets looked like. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to get a picture of each great grandchild with their blanket?? It’d be so fun to put them all together into a print.

It is grandma’s 85th birthday this year. I mentioned my idea to my mother-in-law about six months ago, and she loved the idea of a print. Then I thought putting all of the pictures into a photo book that she could carry around would be really special too.

But there was one teeny, tiny little hitch to my grand plan. These 29 grandchildren come from 12 different families all over the country. The project was in the back of my mind, but time completely got away from me. Less than two weeks before I needed all the pictures to put this project together, I managed to send out an email with my brilliant idea.

In spite of the very short time frame, everyone did a beautiful job with their kids and afghans. She received the finished products on Sunday and I hear she was “over the moon”! I only wish I’d been there to see her face.

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And here’s my three with their blankets.

My ThreeWhat a fun project to pull together and see come from a fleeting thought I’d had one morning.

Happy 85th Birthday, Great Grandma Gwen!

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Week 8: Welcome

The theme for this week was shadow.  Now, I live in the Pacific Northwest, so overcast is our default weather pattern at this time of year.  There’s not much opportunity for shadow because the sun is not available.

On Saturday afternoon, the sun made an appearance, so I snagged my camera and wandered around the neighborhood for a bit.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of sun, so there weren’t many distinct shadows.

As I went back to the house, the sun peeked through the clouds in earnest for about 15 minutes.  I noticed the fun shadow lines from our porch and was playing around with the shoes by the door.  Then I saw the lines in our welcome mat and thought that’d be even more interesting.

Week 8 ~ ShadowThis is another theme I think I’d like to play with more.  It was fun to try to incorporate shadows into my image instead of working to avoid them.

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Soup Ingredients from Susan Sheehan

My Bead Soup Blog Party partner for the 7th swap is Susan Sheehan.  When I saw her name in the email from Lori, I thought, I know this gal.  But it took me a little bit to figure out how and why.  For now, I’m just going to keep that my little secret…

Susan’s beautiful soup showed up on my doorstep a full three days before I even shipped mine to her!  She was quite on top of the whole exchange, while I had been mired in a week of stomach flu immediately followed by five-year-old birthday party preparation.

I would like to say that I showed tremendous restraint and waited until I’d shipped her package, but in a move much unlike me {I blame the illnesses and stress ~ I needed a fun little break}, I tore open that box and went through all the lovely ingredients.

Susan is a glass bead artist {something I hope to learn one day ~ probably after I have all three kids in grade school}.  And she sent me some lovely creations and supplies from her stash.

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I’m not sure I can specifically name everything she sent me.  But there’s a string of olive pearls, some Swarovski crystals, some fun green waxed linen, a set of yellow stones I can’t identify {but have some in my stash and love}, and some glass discs I’m pretty sure she created.

The pendant reminds me Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night even though it’s flowers.  The painting was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw it.  The clasp is a fun style of clasp that I’ve admired for a long time.  I just hope I can do this soup some justice!

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I’m looking forward to letting some ideas simmer in my mind while I gaze at these lovely ingredients over the next couple weeks.  I’m certain our March 30th reveal date will be here before I know it.

Make sure you take a few moments to browse Susan’s shop for some other really lovely beads.  She and I seem to share a love for flowers.

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