Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Door That Leads Somewhere!

photo by pizzodisevo

I am determined to find a new way to photograph my products, especially my bags. I usually have one of my daughters model for me, but it is getting more and more difficult to work out a good time to take photos when they are available and there is good natural light. Winter weather and shorter days, along with their school schedules and part-time jobs, make for a tight window of opportunity for taking photos.

photo by Klearchos Kapoutsis

With this goal in mind, I have been looking around at various types of photographs, hoping for an epiphany. My current favorite background style involves the use of old weathered doors. I have always loved old doors. They seem to hold a secret, especially if they are time-worn and weathered. I think about what and who has passed through them over the years. For me, doors are symbolic of the future and opportunities and even adventure! Who knows what might be waiting on the other side?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Family Traits!

My sister is a wonderfully talented knitter. This sweater is her latest creation. I think it is beautiful! I knit a little now and then, mostly small projects, like scarves. I don't have the patience for projects that take days and weeks to complete, but I admire those who do.

I wonder if creativity is hereditary. My mother never did much as far a fiber arts, but I remember various projects involving decoupage. Also, there is a set of acrylic paint-by-numbers pictures that my parents did together when they were newly married. It is obvious which one my mom painted, so precise and inside the lines. My dad's looks like he finished it in about five minutes, which he probably did, so he could get back to watching football!

I hope I am passing on a love of creating to my own kids. So far, I have not seen a lot of interest on their part, in making something with their own hands. But, if creativity is in the blood, they will find theirs eventually!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Colorful Place To Land

I have been painting my bedroom this past week. For the last few years, it has been a bright sort of beachy, coral color. I loved it when I painted it and for a couple of years after, but I have recently wanted a change to something more calm and earthy. I chose a color called spun sugar, which is a sandy-brown sugar color. I like the more neutral tone and I plan to add some color with bedding and pillows, but quiet, nurturing color that I can relax in.
I am always amazed at what a difference a can of paint can make. And, also at how much my mood and outlook is affected by color. I tend to be drawn to vibrant colors like reds, pinks and yellow. But, these colors are stimulating rather than calming. Bright red and yellow can increase blood pressure and muscle tension. Studies have shown that blues are more calming.
I think a combination of woodland colors, browns, greens and sky blue will make it a great place to begin and end the day. I will save the vibrant hues that I still love for the living areas of my home.
What colors make you feel at home?

Friday, January 23, 2009

Starting All Over Again!

I apologize to my readers for all the confusion with the deleted blog. I was unable to retrieve my original blog, but the URL, or blog web address, became available again after the blog had been gone for a couple of weeks. So, I decided to reclaim it and here I am, starting over again.

I promise to be more careful from now on about deleting inactive email accounts and whatnot. But, after all, it's a learning process, especially for those of us who are technologically challenged!

Welcome to my new and improved blog. I hope you'll come back often!