I have slowly but surely been moving in this direction, and finally it is here! My tiny Etsy shop is set up, my logo was created by the lovely Jupiter Street Designs, and my printer was finally approved by Etsy Manufacturing. As a side note, the manufacturing approval process took about a month, which was way longer than I anticipated. I finally sent an email to ask if I could start selling or get an estimate on how long it would take. Low and behold I was approved later that day! Just thought I would share that in case anyone else is in the same boat.
I mentioned that lots of things have been going on here and getting my Etsy shop open was one additional thing consuming my time and brain. I only have a few note card sets and prints available now. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to get out and create more images as we head towards spring! So, please if you like my work, check back often as my inventory will change with the seasons. I am also ecstatic to explore new regions of the US and create new images from found objects as we travel.
So it has been a month since I snapped these photos and I am just finally uploading them so I can share. Ah, well. At least they are here now. I bought a bunch of carnations at the grocery store, since they seem to last so long.
Before I arranged them for the house I took a little time to take some pictures. I was craving spring and tried to create my own flower buds above.
I just love how they turned out. Might need to get one or two blown up for the myself. I did learn one important lesson however. I don’t tend to spend much time looking at my pictures while I am taking them, minus making sure they are in focus. I generally just take a bunch of shots and sit down to look at the photos afterwards. This final photo is probably one of my favorites, however it drives me bonkers that I didn’t notice that the piece of mica in the far left column is not in line. Ugh. Lesson learned!
I found an old bag of minerals that I had collected from mine tailings a few years back. The ones in these photos are all from Mount Mica in Paris, Maine. Quartz, tourmaline, garnet and beryl. The one on the far left below may be lepidolite, but I’m not positive on that one.
I used to teach my middle school kids about minerals, and it is one of those topics that I did not realize I would be so interested in, until I started teaching about them. They are beautiful and it is such a treat when you unearth one that speaks to you. I would come home with just a handful, where my students’ pants would be falling down, because their pockets were full!
I took some photos with my iPhone (top and bottom ones) and some with my Nikon CoolPix (two middle photos) and I got much better closeups with the iPhone. I haven’t figured out why I can’t seem to get clear closeups with the Nikon. Ideally I’d love a fancy DSLR with a macro lens….but that will have to wait until another day. So for now I’ll do my best with what I have!
Awhile back I started to notice that some of the flower seed heads were poking through the snow. While the boys and I were out playing I managed to collect a few things to photograph.
I love winter, but am so excited to see the color green. It just makes me happy. So while I wait to get my hands dirty in the garden I will enjoy this winter bouquet.
I have always loved arts and crafts. I often found myself saying, “I can make that!”. Often times I did. In high school I used my mom’s sewing machine to create a purple and green table runner and pillow to match my hunter green bed spread. That was back in the day that hunter green, maroon and navy were HOT! Does that date me?! I learned to knit from friends. I took art and photography classes in high school. At one point I made handbags and sold them. I have always had that creative itch.
I just read Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon. Wow! Some of the things in this short, sweet book really, really hit home for me. It was almost as if by reading it, he gave me permission to move forward. Here are two quotes that spoke to me.
“What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original.”
I get hung up thinking everyone else has great ideas and that I can’t think of anything original…..especially with Instagram, Pinterest, blogs, etc. I often think I have an original idea but then realized about 1000 other people had it too. Damn internet, I thought I was so cool before you.
“Don’t throw any of yourself away. Don’t worry about a grand scheme or unified vision for your work. Don’t worry about unity-what unifies your work is the fact that you made it. One day, you’ll look back and it will all make sense.”
When I started this blog I couldn’t decide what to focus on, so I made the focus more general, giving myself permission to play. Kleon just validated that for me.
Those are just a couple points that hit home for me. If you are in the need of creative inspiration or a shove to stop procrastinating, I highly recommend this book. Once I finished it, I quickly headed to the basement to mess around and take a few pictures before my quiet was interrupted by the pitter patter of little feet! Happy creating.
While out for a snowshoe last week I discovered this tree which looked like a heart to me. Wishing everyone a happy (but belated) Valentine’s Day.
While I was wandering, thinking, puttering, observing, listening and sucking wind I remembered that I had seen a Design Sponge Instagram challenge on texture #dstexture. I have always loved macro photography and figured this would be a good time to play around while I got some fresh air and cleared my head. So instead of going the normal route I followed some older logging paths and animal tracks and took these pictures.
I don’t know the name of the above lichen, however I do have a fancy pants way of remembering what a lichen is. This little saying I learned years ago at camp.
Freddy Fungus and Alice Algae took a lichen to each other, but their marriage is on the rocks.
Not sure what this lichen is either, however I like that there is a little piece of Old Man’s Beard in the middle.
Birch trees are beautiful. Hope you had a lovely weekend!
Two storms last week and one coming today. Some folks might moan and groan, but in our house we get excited. Ski boots sit near the wood stove ready to go. Last winter I was pregnant and was not able to ski. I quickly realized I would not choose to live here if I did not ski. Anyone who lives in northern New England and does not enjoy winter sports…..I just don’t get it….it was depressing.
Anyway, this year (focus on the now!), my husband and I were able to enjoy the fresh snow together for the first time in about two years. AMAZING. My legs hurt, my feet were frozen, but it was SO MUCH FUN! Looking forward to whatever storms mother nature sends our way this winter.
I kept noticing that the wind after the blizzard caused all the snow on the lakes to ripple, almost like waves. I found myself wishing I had a hovercraft so I could get an overhead photo of the textured surface of the lake. I had a minute to myself today and ventured down a dirt camp road to see if I could get a good picture. Not an overhead shot (obviously) but still pretty cool to see the waves of snow.
I love to garden and during the summer months I often make flower arrangements for the house. In the winter time I miss the blooms, but feel like buying flowers is frivolous. We don’t have any cheap place to buy them (like Trader Joe’s) and they always seem so expensive at the grocery store. So this month I have been doing (ok, half assed doing) Apartment Therapy’s January Cure. One of the assignments a few weeks back was to buy flowers, so I decided I deserved some. Especially after the plague that my family caught, I was needing some beauty in the home!
I picked out a bouquet, and once I put my kiddos to bed, immediately went to deconstructing and reconstructing. From one bouquet I got four different arrangements. Two for the kitchen table and two for the window above the sink.
The last of the flowers are just now dying so I guess almost two weeks of blooms and four arrangements is probably worth the $7.99 I spent! Plus, I spent a little time photographing them in my light box which equals creative me time.
Have a beautiful weekend!
Early winter, before the snow fell, I gathered these acorns. I was running and kept (almost) twisting my ankle there were so many on the road. I finally got around to taking a few pictures of them before the holidays.