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A Little More Country

So I finally, finally got around to taking pictures, breaking in my camera, and taking more pictures to make up for the ones I didn’t take (you know, I was going to take two a week, and then totally didn’t).  So here’s some pictures of stuff and stuff.

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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Glass-less Photo Frame

Ohmigahd, ohmigahd, ohmigahhhd.  Love.  I absolutely love this.  Okay, okay, okay, so I finally made time tonight to put together a photo frame like I’ve been wanting to do.  No tutorial, as I was inspired by another post (but didn’t read a tutorial on it) and I did all of this away from the computer.

– Frame was $12
– 9 feet of lace for $1
– 50 mini-clothespins for $2
— So it all cost $15, but you can do it way cheaper if you find a nice frame at a thrift store or a yard sale.

As I said, I don’t have a tutorial for you, but I was inspired by another tutorial at Look Between the Lines.  Here’s a much better image than mine to get you extra inspired!

So sorry I’ve not taken more time to write this up or take pictures for a tutorial, but I promise it’s way too easy~!  Try it for yourself and let me know the results.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Remain Motivated

You know, I’ve made three new posts here today, and even though I’ve only had forty views, I still feel a bit encouraged.  Really, I wish I had the time or energy to do some other sort of project tonight, but I’m starving and exhausted, and I can’t decide whether to eat or sleep first.

I guess this will be a sort of journal post.  I’m cool with that.  Anyway, my dear friends Helen and Lindi run a blog, and they really blog about anything and everything crafty, artsy, or delicious, and it’s all so lovely.  Their blog is primarily centered around their photography, and they’re really, really talented, sweet, beautiful ladies (for real, just check them out).  I noticed when I reached the bottom of one of their pages earlier that there was a visit count — and it was a six-digit number!  I checked through their archives, and it looks like their blog is a few months older than mine, but they update so much more often, and honestly, much more interesting and beautiful things, ahahaha.  It made me feel a little jealous (it’s okay, I know one of you girls is reading), but really a barely-healthy jealous — like it was just motivation or encouragement to do better myself.

Relating to that, I posted recently that I would be working on my portfolio.  I’ve taken lots of pictures today, but all of which have been specifically to go with tutorials, so I won’t be using them as part of any portfolio or part of my two-a-week plan.  Hm.  I just want to be amazing, you know?

This entire post was computer jumbled and unorganized, but I think I’m okay with that.  ^u^.  I’ll write for you guys later, and I’ll… I’ll find something to do with my time off, but I shouldn’t be updating on WordPress tomorrow or Sunday.  My next update with probably be at the end of the week to show what photos I’ve gathered for my own practice.

Well, I hope you have a good night~.  I’d give you some charisma, but I’ve been giving out a lot of it today.  @_@.

 

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Wrapped “Pearl” Necklace

Okay, I want to apologize in advance that this tutorial is going to be sub-par, as it’s been a very, very long time since I’ve made a tutorial (or anything nice, for that matter).  On top of that, this is a new camera and it’s a little shaky compared to my older ones (which is absurd, because it should be a better model).  Anyway, on with it.

Okay, so thar be the materials yull be needin’.
– Ribbon
– Beads or marbles
– A light and translucent fabric
– A pendant, if you please~
– You will also need a sewing machine (or patience with a needle and thread)

To start, you should cut a strip of the fabric — however long you want, but the one I used was maybe 18″ — and make it wide enough to suit your beads/marbles — about 1 1/2 to 2″ across.  Fold it over and sew it up so that you make a tube out of the fabric.

Also, try to be cooler than me and use thread that matches the color of your fabric.

Next you’ll need to pull the tube inside-out.  You can clip a safety pin to one end, push it through the tubing, and… it’s hard to explain, but it makes it super easy to turn everything around.  By the by, isn’t it weird that the wooden pins that couldn’t hurt a fly are just clothespins, but the pins that people stab themselves in the thumbs with are called safety pins?

I got a little project happy and forgot to keep taking pictures, but this is actually easy enough.  Drop a bead through one end of your fabric tube and hold both ends of the tube up so that the bead rests in the middle.  Tie a tough knot one side of the bead (don’t worry if it’s not perfectly centered), and then tie a tight knot on the opposite side — but do so slowly to make sure you actually wrap the bead tightly.  You’ll repeat the process by adding beads on each side and tying them off.  Keep going until you feel you’re finished.

If you’ve decided to use a pendant and you want it lopsided on the necklace like mine is, tie it in after tying in a few beads.  As you can see, it has knots around it just like each of the beads do.  Continue adding beads if you like (I added two more to the pendant side).

You should do this however suits you best, but I made little loops on each end of the necklace so far so that I could tie my ribbon in.  There was fabric leftover, but I cut it short (but not so short that the loops can come loose easily).  If you cut the ends, make sure your knots securing the loops are very, very tight first.

Cut two strands of ribbon, and they should be very long (I know, I know, I should really start taking measurements, but I just eyeball everything).  Double over the ribbon like it is in the picture, because its length doubled over is what matters.  Basically, just use common sense and make sure that it’s long enough that you’ll be able to slip the necklace over your head.  I cut one strand of ribbon longer than the other so that when I tied them together, the bow would be on one side instead of centered.  Once you’ve got them cut to your preference, one ribbon through each of the loops made on the fabric and keep the ribbon folded over.

Treat each set of two as one strand (just hold them together), and tie each of the two collected strands into a knot so that the ends are even.  After that, tie a bow however you please, or make two bows, since you have enough strands to do so.

Done!  Now go feel lovely.  <3.  Comment below and let me know how yours turned out or whether you did anything different.

Here’s ten charisma for you,
Katie.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Check it — I’m still not dead!

I’ve been a very, very bad blogger.  =(.  I’ve just felt so discouraged about keeping up my blog because I had been hardly receiving any views or comments.  Really, though, that’s my own fault — if I would continue to blog regularly and actually put out the effort to blog something interesting, I would be able to keep people interested.

Anyway, my camera should be coming in the mail tomorrow, and I’ve set forth some goals to keep me busy with my photography.  I’m still working at the portrait studio, and I’m actually enjoying it now, but it does still make me a little burned out of clicking a shutter button some days.  Also, I’ve finally started my own portfolio~!  I don’t know that anyone will see it any time soon, but it will be good to have it on hand when I need it for a potential employer.

Also, I must confess, I’m pretty nerdy in that I’ve been spending a lot of my time playing my old, old Digimon games.  >_>.  So yeah!  I promise I’ll get on more and write for you guys soon~!

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Portraying Myself for Once

Mhmmm.  Self-portrait, and this time, it’s good.

Oh, right, you don’t know about that… a week or two ago, I set out on a project to make a self-portrait in the style of 2NE1’s “Hate You” music video, animated by Mari Kim.  It’s sort of an anime style, but it’s pretty different from most anime (either because this girl is really talented or because she’s Korean, making her art not technically anime, I suppose).

Also, I am a huge, huge fan of 2NE1.  They’re pretty mainstream, which is usually something I try to avoid, but I just love the way they sound, and they’re good enough that I can put it behind me that they’re mainstream.  Here’s the video and its artwork that my self-portrait somewhat mimics.

And here is… -drumroll-… my self-portrait~!

Thanks for viewing~!  Any questions or comments, you know what to do.  ;).

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2011 in Uncategorized