Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Quick Update

Just a quick little collage of some recent Instagram photos; from the bottom right, clockwise:

1) Some flowers at one of the rental properties.
2) Catter looking picturesque on the back stairs.
3) Windy day in LA! I had been out getting my car smog-checked and across the street the flags were flying like crazy.
4) WIP shot of a prototype moth, using a technique I'd never tried before.
5) Lunar eclipse! This was the first eclipse of any sort that I've seen, so it was pretty exciting.
6) The completed prototype moth! Really happy with how it turned out, aside from some finishing details which can't be seen in the photo. I'm starting a secondary prototype of a larger moth for my sister, and I hope to be able to finish it more neatly than the rosy maple moth version.
7) The ever-sweet, lovely little TWO: He was super content and happy, that day. Dirty as hell, as always, but still a happy kitty. I just given him a tasty dinner and coaxed him into a flea collar, which meant he'd gotten lots of petting and love, and he soaked it all up like a purr-y sponge. You can see an injury on his shoulder; James and I think it was from crawling through something which had a sharp edge, because he'd re-injured the same shoulder in roughly the same area at least three times before it started properly healing. I got pretty freaked out, the final time, when he came to our back door literally dripping blood -- it clotted about 45 seconds after he arrived, but yikes!! I was freaking out about how I'd be able to catch him to take him to get stitches without panicking him and potentially causing further injury, but luckily that didn't end up being necessary. Poor guy. We think he seems to have wisened up to avoiding whatever it is that injured him, though, because he's healing nicely and hasn't been reinjured since. *crosses fingers* Here's to hoping he stays un-injured!
8) Needle felted Lactarius indigo brooch! Will be in the shop very shortly. =)

Well, that's a bit of what's been going on!

I'm considering setting aside the next three months or so as a "semi-hiatus" of sorts; I feel like I've got a lot of ideas for new products that need to be refined and finalized, etc. The shop will still be open for the duration, but I likely won't list many new items or re-list expired items until the "semi-hiatus" is over. I just need to sit myself down and learn to truly focus on production methods/times, etc. Refine and streamline, etc. And experiment! I've got new things I want to try!

So that's where Instagram comes in pretty handy; I can share all kinds of WIP and finished-item photos of my experiments. I'd love to hear feedback from people about what things they like and what things maybe they're not so hot on, etc!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Caturday #26

I find it amusing how if you look back on the previous Caturday pictures, you can kinda see how our yard is slowly turning into nothing but a field of dirt. Great for the cats, I guess, since they love rolling in it so much. =P

Happy Caturday!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Macro Monday #12 - NC Visit 2014 Edition

There were a lot of really nice little woodland details and vignettes to capture during my visit, and I was even lucky enough to be able to get a ton of great water droplet close ups! The weather was absolutely not the best (March in NC is always very unpredictable; warm and lovely one day, and the next icy and cold) but it made for far more interesting macros, if you ask me. The moisture made all the colors really pop!

I'm considering having some of my photographs printed for sale, one of these days. Do you think that's a good idea? =)

I also have a couple of non-macro photos from my trip that I'd like to share, so maybe I'll post those tomorrow.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Back from NC!

I'm home! Above are a few of the Instagram images I shared while I was in NC; tomorrow I'll share some of the actual macros I took with my Real Camera. It'll be the first Macro Monday in quite a while! I didn't take a whole lot of non-macro photos, really... somehow there's just something about macros that really appeals to me. The world in micro detail. =)

I had a great visit with my mom; it was really refreshing to be able to hang out with her and to tromp around in the woods and just be surrounded by my "natural setting" in general (forest, moss, plants, fields; nature in general). She taught me the basics of driving a stick shift vehicle! And I feel like I was starting to the get hang of it by the time I left; the hardest part for me is going from a standstill to moving without lurching forward and/or stalling out. Hopefully in the future I'll continue to practice so that when I visit again I'll be able to borrow her truck and drive myself around. Haha. Anyhow! I ended up being far more busy than I had planned (not a bad thing at aaaalll) so I was only able to complete two new moths: a second luna moth (see the prototype here!) and a rosy maple moth. To save on luggage space, I shipped them back to myself via USPS along with all the work supplies I had over there, so they should arrive tomorrow or the next day, which means photos of the finished items and Etsy listings will be available later in the week! Yay!

Saturday, March 15, 2014