Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Little Bit of Play

I found a little time to play with one of the pieces I made last week. It’s in the new ocean blue glaze and I loved the colour but wasn’t quite sure what to make of the shape. Usually I can see how a piece would work in a basic sort of way. But not so with this one. So I played and I actually found I rather like wrapping up beads. I also really like jump rings. But, no, I will not be turning my hand to jewelry any time soon. I like making parts and I like trying them out. But visionary jewelry designer I am not.

I also played around with a new photo editing program. A couple of weeks ago my usual printer died and a week later the photo editing software that came with it collapsed as well. I do not like change. I’ve played around with a couple freeware programs (pixia, picassa) but all those fancy do hinkies are just too much for this old dog. So I searched around, read a few reviews, and found photoscape. It’s great and very intuitive, which is what I need. But I’ve not had a chance to play with it. You can do all sorts of things like get rid of a gray blue “white” background with a couple of clicks. It even keeps the image quality and colour pretty true. I am happy! But I’m not probably going to that white out background anytime soon. Props maybe.

So I really didn’t have time to play today. All of this was procrastination dressed up like productivity. I did make a list. I did not cross anything off that list. So guess what I’ll be doing this evening?

Off to card 50 or so buttons, label a dozen pots to go to the festival, and maybe even have some dinner.


2ifbysea said...

Nice work, Leann! I love the colors on that connector. It's beautiful.

Lorelei said...

Hey! Great bracelet design! I love the little wire wrapped sections!
I better get busy and do something with the beads you sent me. I keep fondling them, and just haven't thought up just the right design yet. Hope you didn't think I forgot about you.
I meant to tell you, I really like how you sew the beads to the cards, it's really a nice packaging feature.

SummersStudio said...

Thanks Cristi, I'm obsessing over that glaze.

Hey Lorelei, you aren't a bead pervert are you? all that fondling. It's OK I am a button pervert. The right design will happen in time. Thanks about the packaging. It saves me a headache thinking the beads might have espcaped.

Oh thanks also re the design. I am not really a designer but I like to play.

sharon said...

LeAnn, I think this bracelet is beautiful, love the colors, very deep and rich looking!!

SummersStudio said...

Thanks Sharon!

Round Rabbit said...

You did a great job! Jewelry making will grow on you, trust me. You'll be beading with the rest of us before long! :)

Katie said...

You know, I think Lorelei may just be a closet bead pervert :o) She does an awful lot of bead fondling...hahaha...I agree with her, though - I thought it was really cool to see that everything was sewn onto a card...Just like if I bought it at a store, but cooler because it's unique :o)

I am SO in love with the new glaze you're working with...I will have to be good and use some self-control, or else my hubby might cut off my allowance ;o)

Lisa said...

What a creative design, love it!

SummersStudio said...

Nancy, thanks so much. I feel a bit of an addiction to wire wrapping coming on.

Katie, no no we don't want you allowance cut off!

Lisa, thanks. I really admire your work so it means a lot to a novice like me.

Actually, thank you all so much. I really appreciate the feedback! I admire all of your work in jewelry.

stregata said...

Hi LeAnn!
Wow, beautiful bracelet! And WOW, beautiful connector - that is an absolutely fantastic colour!!
Love it!

SueBeads said...

Really pretty, LeAnn!