Well I couldn’t resist going to the Haydock Park Bead Fair last weekend, as it’s usually my only chance to actually look and feel the beads before I buy them, so I’m feeling poor this week. Although I didn’t spend half as much as I normally do, I was quite restrained and I only bought what I thought I needed and just a few ‘I’ve got to have thats!’ So I’m quite pleased with myself.
I’ve also bought a book this week, one which was recommended to me by a friend. It’s called ‘The Crafter’s Guide to taking great photos” by Heidi Adnum and it really is an excellent book for anyone wanting to take better photographs of their crafts. I’ve never been quite satisfied with the photographs I take of my jewellery, so already it has given me a few tips and ideas which I need to try. I have started a bit of practicing with the box I made and decorated at this weeks mixed media class.
I really enjoyed making this box, although measuring and cutting out straight lines is never my strong point. But I did like decorating it and making the felt flowers. I’ve got some plain white boxes which I think I might have a go at decorating, so watch this space.
Have you noticed I seem to use a lot of purple in what I make? There are 2 reasons for that, one, I like purple, but two, it is one of only 4 colours I have of Tim Holtz distress ink and one of them is black, I really must invest in some new colours!
I do enjoy taking photographs, I’ve even had a photo published in a magazine recently. Don’t get excited it was in a Triathalon magazine! I seem to be the ‘unofficial’ photographer at my brother in laws running club events. I’d taken some really good photographs of some of the runners, more by accident and luck, than talent. My brother in law showed them to the mags editor and they asked could they use one or two of them, of course I said yes.
I also love taking photos of flowers and plants and generally anything outside that takes my fancy, especially if it stays still! I took a photo of a giant tortoise at a Zoo a couple of years ago, now they hardly move don’t they? But some of my photos look like they must have been doing a sprint! I especially like taking photos of flowers trying to bring out the colour and capture them at unusual angles, some work, some don’t. I took some photographs of a patch of daisies yesterday and I am especially proud of how well they turned out.
One last bit of news I would like to share with you. I heard yesterday that my other Blog for The Crafty Network has been recommended in this months issue of Craft Seller Magazine (June), I’m yet to see a copy of the mag as my local Hobbycraft haven’t received copies yet! But, I’m so pleased that it’s had a mention and I hope more and more people visit and start to follow it, month on month I’m seeing the statistics increase on the site and it’s very satisfying.
Have a good week.