I’ve been kicking around an idea for quite awhile. I need to find a way to incorporate my photography and a growing interest in graphic arts into something for the Etsy shop. This really isn’t a new idea, I realized, because I’ve been attempting to do this since the shop started. First it was photographic prints, then microscope slide pendants, and then it was photo quilts.
To be honest, I was never really satisfied with any of those projects. Prints were just not creative enough. Once the shot had been taken, the creative part was over. The microscope slide pendants were a pain, literally and figuratively- one too many nicked fingers. And I worry that these are not going to stand the test of time, that they simply aren’t finished enough to appeal. The photo quilts were too time consuming and took up a lot of space. So, for the last couple of years, I’d given up on the idea of something combining photography and crafts that was a) creative, b) compact, and c) polished enough to be competitive in both online and live sales.
In searching for something else, I came across a tutorial for glass photo pendants. I must admit that I was intrigued… so intrigued that I bought the supplies to make ten of them. I’m still in the learning stage on this one, finding out what happens when you don’t do things quite correctly, like using the right combination of printer ink and adhesives. I’m also learning things like a round hole punch is your friend if you’re incapable of freehand cutting a circle (I’m impared in this way- my life does not travel in straight lines, nor do my hands when operating any kind of tool). I’m also learning that I love creating the miniature images for these. My third attempt finally yielded a success, shown in the photo above. I’m pretty happy with it, but I know that I can… and will… do better.
If you need me in January, I’ll be practicing my pendant making skills!
A friend asked a very good question the other day, one that I hadn’t given a lot of thought: “Out of everything you’ve ever created, what are your favorites?” To which I responded: “Why do my friends always ask difficult questions?” To be more precise about it, I should have said “Why do my friends ask questions that I find difficult to answer?”
I could have shrugged and said “I dunno.” Or I could have gone the noble route and decried “Favorite? How can I chose a favorite among these creations? They are my children. I love them all equally.” Well, no, actually, I don’t love everything I’ve ever made. Thinking about it, I realized that I do have some favorites among the works that I’ve done. They aren’t necessarily my best works or the ones that have brought recognition or monetary reward. My favorites tend to be those peices that have given me the greatest sense of accomplishment or in some way appeal deeply to my own tastes.
After some thought, this is what I came up with… eight of my all-time favorites, in no particular order.
These are (starting clockwise at the top left corner):
- Logo for my online herbal shop. This was a utilitarian piece, obviously, created because I didn’t want to buy a pre-made avatar. I won’t claim that it’s a great piece of art, but I loved the process of transforming a badly snapped shot of my garden and turning it into something unique.
- Beaded star necklace. To be techinical, this was the first one beaded star that I created and it took hours to get it right. What a great feeling of accomplishment when it was all done.
- Butterly mobile. I’ve been creating butterfly suncatchers from recycled plastic and clear paints for years. It finally occurred to me to make a mobile out of them. It’s impossible to be unhappy when working on these.
- At Scythe Point. This novel was the product of my first attempt at National Novel Writing Month. I am incredibly amazed at my own capacity to write an entire, mostly coherent novel in thirty days. Creating it was an absolute rush.
- Favorite photo. I take pictures everywhere I go and doubly so if there’s an old cemetery, but this one is my personal favorite.
- Dream quilt. This was my first (and probably next to last) attempt to make a full size quilt.
- Seaglass necklace. This piece was created by me for me. The seaglass came home with me from a trip to the Carribean several years ago and finally found a home as part of this peice. I’m particularly sentimental about it.
- Fall broom. Autumn is my favorite season so I am perpetually making little fall decorations. This one is my favorite, well loved enough that it hangs inside the house the other three seasons.
So there they are, a few of my favorite creations. Give me a few days, a little creative time, and I’m sure I can add to that list.