Sunday, October 09, 2016

Write 31 Days on the Write 31 Days challenge. This year is full of extras, like my son being in High School, I'm working a new job, and not being able to see well...Seems that it is taking a toll.

I've lined up some interesting jewelry artists for this month, starting with Desire Rager Cook, who is a wonderful bead artist. She makes wearable art pieces that will captivate the jewelry lover in you.

Her interview will be published tomorrow afternoon, please stop by on the other blog to catch a glimpse of her.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Here we are, the middle of September...
It's been a tough year, but we are nearly through it.
October is coming quickly and the Write31Days writing challenge is upon us once again.
I have planned on the blogs I wanted to write this year. I planned on the addition to the series from last year... I had hoped to start it early this year, but as a lot of people know, I went back to work at the college, after having some time off because of my eyes... I decided it was time to get back to work, real work...

So, I started back, but that meant taking a lot of training, a lot of energy, and even classes that I hope will help out. It's been slow going, since my eyes still aren't up to much, but I am enjoying the day to day of being with students again.

Good news is.. My eyes are so much better.  I still can't function normally, but I have had some really good days and feel much more independent!

Bad new was that I gave up on keeping the blog going from last Fall. I had several people lined up for interviews, and really wanted to continue with having such wonderful artists featured.

Sooo... Here we are, nearly October... and I don't have any graphics done, no one lined up for interviews... no real plans on participating...

I would love to...

But then to be realistic... October is a crazy month for us anyway, but with the new job... it is going to be absolutely disastrous I am afraid. I am not committing yet...
And that scares me! I like to be prepared, I like to know ahead of time what I am going to do... and I know that most of the time.. I don't.

I don't know from one day to the next sometimes...

That is really frustrating to me, but this year... I am going to let go and see where it takes me!

Wish me luck! Maybe I'll be seeing you in October!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Visits with the Past

Seems I'm forever apologizing for neglecting this blog...
I have.
I've gone back to work at a more steady job, still with the college, working in the ABE/GED Department. I like it so far... it's working with students, from assessment testing to their post testing before taking their GED.

Most of the students really are excited to finally get through with their work and take their test. Finally obtaining the GED so they can get on with their lives... some going on to college, some just advancing in their jobs... and some... just so they can be an example to their kids.

One of my computers...from waaaaay back!

I've worked some over the months, making jewelry when I have a chance, trying to get my workroom back in order, but it is taking a lot of time.  The room has been in disarray for months, and I am pretty much unable to get it cleaned up to where I can really use it without feeling overwhelmed.
I'm trying, to me it seems hard, to sort out a lot of my husband's stuff, some of the stuff he had from his Dad's house, things that his dad gave us after he had a garage sale, to just get rid of... and we never got around to it before my husband died.

I've been putting this off for a long time, oh, I've gotten out there and gone through some, throwing away a few things here and there... putting things in the box for Goodwill, and some things that need to go into a garage sale.  I don't know if I'll ever have a garage sale, though.

Right now, it is the last thing on my mind... really... I've got so much going on, it is really hard to think about doing anything other than what I have to do. My husband would not want me to just give a lot of the stuff away...which is why we have so much now... I just can't give it away or throw it away...

 Everyone keeps telling me to put things on Ebay... and maybe I will eventually.  It just seems like a lot of trouble to me. I mean, I can't seem to get enough time to take photos of the things I make, let alone the tons of things in storage.

eh... I'll get around to it.

Anyway... here are a few pieces that I did over the past month.

The glass bellflower is from Lea Avroch, who does wonderful glass pieces, her repertoire is only getting bigger, and better!

This jumble is some of the prettiest dyed silk and yarn, along with some beads, and you've got some jewelry! The yellow and orange with bits of black is a bracelet that I played around with, I kind of like the colors. Not sure I like the shape it took on. There are varied sizes of glass beads, from 15/0 to 6/0 and some chipped garnet in it, which adds some texture.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Happy New Year!

Wishing all a prosperous and Happy New Year!

This a chance to start anew all the things you want to do... whether it is to get healthy, to change some aspect of your life... or like me, to try... really hard... to get back to working and photographing every day.

I have fallen behind on the Year of Jewelry Project... not that I didn't do the challenges, but that I fell behind in taking photos of the work. I just don't have time to set up a light box, or sometimes even to set up the camera... and sometimes, just sometimes... I just don't want to take a photo... I know, right? that's pretty lazy.

In this day and age of photo ability of phones becoming so wonderful... clear, concise photos, that we should all be able to take a pic easily and quickly... but not me. I have such a hard time figuring out the phone... and my son usually is using it.. he's 13... and he's really excited to use a smart phone..Me. not so much. I don't enjoy using new technology.  I am just finally getting used to using the digital camera that I have... Actually, have several... and I just don't enjoy them so much. I loved the old 35mm that took such wonderful, crisp, clear photos... and the actual enjoyment of taking a photo, and having the anticipation of waiting for it to be developed.... oh, what a wonderment it was to see the image taking shape right before your eyes... Or... waiting for them to come back at the photo lab... counting the days, or hours... then down to minutes of when they would be ready...

Yep, I am that old...

I had a Polaroid camera when I was a kid... which meant instant pictures... not the instant that we know today, where you see the image as soon as you take it... but the kind that it pushed out the layers of photo, you waited for something like three minutes, having to keep the film warm or it took longer... and then carefully peeling back the protective layer to expose the picture, that may or may not be in focus...

I loved that camera... but to tell the truth? I never took a good photo with it.

They either turned out fuzzy, too dark, too light... or make people look really hard and sharp... I just never figured it out.


I have fallen behind on the YOJ project, and I signed up to try it again, but figured that it is kind of a waste of time if I don't take pictures of the work, right?

So... I also started the Photo a Day Challenge...

I know... adding fire to the flame?

How on earth can a person take a photo a day if they can't even do it weekly?

Well... that is the whole challenge, n'est pas?

I am going to settle down to a routine, and try really hard, with the New Year's Resolution that I am making... and try really hard to take a photo a day... sticking to the challenge prompts, but also setting up the light box in a place that it can stay, year that I can take quick and easy jewelry photos, and that I can experiment as well... that would be nice.

Along with this resolution, I also vow to try to print more of my photos. It is really sad that I don't have even a small percentage of photos printed... a real travesty, actually.

So, if you would like to join along with the Photo a Day Challenge, you don't have to have a blog, you can post on social media using the hashtag and the phrase TheIdeaRoom (which would be #theidearoom ) and would be the way other people in the challenge can see your work... and you can tag the creator of this challenge Amy Huntley as @theidearoom, which will tag her on instagram and twitter.

You can join me on my photographic journey at Photo a Day Challenge 2016.

January 1, 2016 Celebrate!

January 2, 2016~~Bokeh