Monday, October 26, 2009
On September 9, 2009 I was given my "60-Day Lay Off" Notice. I'd like to say that I didn't see it coming but I did - it didn't make it any easier to accept the news but I wasn't surprised (upset, yes.) I've had time to digest the news and have decided that "being cast out in a sea of uncertainty" is not the end of the world. I'll be able to get unemployment and will be able to make my mortgage and pay my bills , my husband has his job and he didn't remove me from his insurance program, I've got a 6 weeks of vacation pay and, most importantly, I've got options. To be honest, it will be nice to have some time to think about where I want to go and what I want to do with my life.
So...if I don't have a job before my the last day of my job (very unlikely) I'll start looking for a job to tide me over until a) I get a full-time position or b) all of a sudden there's a huge demand for my jewelry and photography and I don't have to return to full-time work and will be able to work part-time at Starbucks. Option "A" is more likely, but it doesn't hurt to have a dream - which would be option "B".
Hopefully, this time next month, I'll will have been able to maintain my positive out-look on life. As I like to tell people "Where other's see adversity, I see opportunity."
Friday, August 28, 2009
Sometimes I get caught up in capturing the perfect image and will reject every photograph that I have taken during a particular outing. Even during a successful photo outing I'd say only about 25% of my photographs turn out. This would be a real problem if I were shooting with film as the cost would be prohibitive with the cost of developing. With digital photography there a certain freedom knowing you can take as many photos as you want and it doesn't cost you thing to "develop" them. I love that.
Sometimes though, I embrace "The Blur" and am taken with a particular image such as this one. I don't know what I was trying to accomplish when I took this photograph - but I like the results.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I've been on vacation for the last week. We have family visiting from England - Amar's sister and her family. For the most part it's been quite nice getting to spend time with them. Throw in a couple of illnesses, a cranky old dog (as seen on the left) who isn't tolerating small children and the transmission going out in my car in the middle of an outing and I'm telling you I'm seriously considering not taking a vacation for a very long time.
What's even more stressful is that I've got one week left of vacation and I don't think I'll be able to survive week two if it is like week one.What are my plans? Well...I'll be relying on public transit to get to work and home for the new few weeks. Transmissions repairs are quite expensive my web research has told me - so there will be a fair amount of scrimping and saving. And then I'll be trying to generate some sales in my on-line shops (hint, hint). All in all, this hasn't been a banner year for me (along with a lot of other people) so I'll be happy when 2010 rolls around - I just want to be done with 2009.
So...if you want to help out a fellow crafts person/photographer/blogger and make a purchase from one of my shops (or even leave some words of encouragement on my blog) I'd be most appreciative. Right now I feel like I'm standing in the middle of a swamp and I've lost my path to land in front of me and there are alligators snapping behind me. Not the best position to be in but at least I'm still standing.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
On a positive note I got this message from one of my new contacts from jpgmag.com:
From: Craig COYLE
A simply magnificent set and almost flawless one at that , really enjoyed looking through your works and I can clearly see you have an eye for the lens other than a certain bikie image your overall ability and drive seem to shine through your camera.Thanks for allowing me to view your works
That was pretty cool, eh? The "certain bikie" image he was referring to is this one:
At least, I think it is - I didn't ask. I chose to focus on the positive in his message and it was definitely a positive message.
Admittedly, it's not my best but it's a favorite of mine. I like Harley's and I like this one - "Old Skool" - and it was the first photograph I took of a person I did not know.
So, now I've got to get back to work. Tomorrow morning will come awfully fast and I'm never as prepared as I should be. This will be the first show that I sell my photographs - the jewelry market is so saturated it helps to have something more to offer. What's left to do on my list:
1. Polish tarnished jewelry.
2. Box up supplies: credit slips, receipts, earring cards and business cards.
3. "De-Fuzzz" velvet displays.
4. Wash table clothes.
5. Pack up photographs and jewelry.
6. I'm contemplating taking baked goods to offer to all who stop by my table. It's a little ploy I use - it encourages loitering and loitering is a good thing at a show.
There's more to do but this will get me started and keep me out of trouble. Off I go.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
~A Craft Fair to benefit~
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Walking Warriors Breast Cancer 3 Day Team
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
6016 N Highlands Parkway
Tacoma, WA 98406
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Yesterday was a typical day around here - it rained off an on until the later afternoon. In between the rainstorms the sun would come out, the waterdrops were glistening on the leaves of the plants, the sky would turn blue and there were big fluffy white clouds floating about - it was pretty while it lasted. Luckily, my timing was right and I was able to capture the lovely cherry blossoms on the tree in my garden. I especially like this photograph turned out. I was focusing on the blossom in the center of the photograph - hoping for some interesting use of depth of focus and like how the out of focus blossoms frame the photograph.
I'm thinking of offering this photograph for sale in my Etsy and 1000markets shops. What do you think? Is this photograph a hit or a miss?
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
"The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worth cause; who, at the best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls that know neither victory nor defeat."
I don't want to be one of those "cold and timid souls". This weekend I shall go out and take photographs and I will enjoy my time with my beloved woods, with my loyal canine companion (my husband will enjoy the comfort and warmth of having the bed all to himself).
Have a great weekend and keep up the good fight.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I've opened a new shop on 1000markets and I've got my shop on Etsy - they've been pretty quiet (read: no sales - none whatsoever!). I've joined several networking groups and uploaded a lot of my photographs to their sites - received some constructive criticism and lots of great comments. I'm hoping to network with other photographers and polish my skills.
However, it's not all bleak and a couple of really nice things have happened to me. The first one being that Dragonfly Photography was accepted by Trunkt and I now have a portfolio with them (please check it out - I'm craving attention - more so than a sale right now). AND one of my photographs has been featured in a Treasury on Etsy. See, right below there's a screen capture of the Treasury. Pretty cool if you ask me.
Megzytred of Tredlight Photographs chose my lovely Poppy Bottoms photograph. I love her shop - and the concept she came up with to sell her photography. You'll have to check it out as it's "a whole different approach to art photography!".
And how could I forget to mention - my husband bought me a new camera for Christmas. I'm now the proud owner of a Nikon D40 - I love it! It's taken some getting used to - it's a little more complicated. I loved my point and shoot camera - a Fuji FinePix A900 - an amazing little jewel of a camera (and I still use her).
So, all in all, life isn't bad. It's pretty good - I've got so many nice things happening in my life and, most importantly, I'm gainfully employed, have lovely home (and reasonable mortgage), a supportive husband and good friends and pretty darn nice family. I'm blessed and feeling selfish because I want to make a sale or two.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I'm not very good at waiting but I have improved since I've started selling on-line. Matter of fact, it's becoming a skill that has served me well in other aspects of my life.
Still...I'd rather be doing something else other than wait. Like selling.
PS: As of 12:35pm my shop was approved
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
People's hands tell a story about what kind of lives they've lived. Are they smooth and unblemished like the hands of a banker? Or are the calloused and ragged looking like the hands of laborer?
For me, when I look at my father's hands, the story they tell me is that he's a tinkerer, a craftsman, builder of boats and go-karts for his children.
I can tell when he is in deep thought when he twiddles his thumbs - it helps with the thinking process. I also know when he's fully relaxed and content - he sits with his hands clasp and out front. I know he's fully present in the moment and ready to have one of those long meandering conversations that we like to have.
It drives me crazy when he picks and scratches at the skin graft that was the result of skin cancer. I'm always yelling at him "Quit Picking!!" It stops him for a nano second and then he's back to picking and scratching. I'll wait a few minutes before I tell him to "Stop Picking". Yes, I'm bossy but he's stubborn.
We both have the same sausage shaped fingers.
Friday, January 9, 2009
The story behind the photograph:
My husband got me a new camera for Christmas - a Nikon D40 - my first digital SLR. Before I had been using a wonderful point and shoot camera - FujiFilm A900. Having had not so many opportunities to use my camera and because I'm a world class slacker, instead of cleaning the kitchen, cooking dinner, or doing some paperwork one night I decided to have some fun with the new camera. So, my priorities were not exactly in order - but I had fun.