Friday, April 14, 2017

Fun with photo editing and a visit to Dow Gardens.

Hi!

I know, I know... It's been a while.

I wanted to tell you about what I've been up to, besides the usual.

I've loved taking photos for years now. I even took photography as an elective in college many years ago. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to digital photography, photo editing being one of the many of those things. I recently learned a new technique for Photoshop, and I've gone a bit crazy. I created a watermark specifically for my photos, and am thinking of having prints done of some of them to hang in my home.

I thought I'd share a few with you today. Yes, I'm aware that a couple of the butterflies have broken wings. I highlighted these for a reason... I'll get to that in a moment.


These photos were taken at the beautiful Dow Gardens, in Midland, Michigan.


The event is called "Butterflies In Bloom", and hosts hundreds of butterflies from all over the world.


The atrium was stunning, filled with flowers and butterflies flitting around everywhere. There were also a lot of people there. It was quite crowded. Everyone wanted to see the butterflies and have them land on them, as they often do.


This poor guy, and many like him, had torn wings from being handled. This comes with the territory when you have an event like this that involves small children. Unfortunately, parents didn't seem to find the need to explain to their little ones that they must be gentle, and teach them how to pick them up without hurting them.


The editing technique I used was to create a black and white layer mask over the photo, and then use the brush tool to only bring color to what I wanted the focus of the photo to be.


I hope you enjoyed the photos. I'd love to hear what you think.

Hugs!
Christy <3

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My Apologies

Hello!

All this time and I've neglected my blog while focusing on other things. I feel the need to apologize for that. I know that there aren't many people who read things here, but those few who do are still important to me.

There are a few different ways to keep track of what's going on. I still have my YouTube channel (even though I don't post as much there as I used to.) I have a Facebook page, Discord server, Twitch channel, and of course my Etsy shop. One of the main changes that some of you may know of is that I'm also known as LadyCrafts on some platforms. I'm now on Instagram as well!


I post updates and new completed projects and shop items on my Facebook page, as well as keep in touch with friends made through YouTube and Twitch. My discord server has regular updates regarding scheduling, projects, shop items, as well as a place for you to share your art and even a voice chat! On twitch you can hang out with me while I create items and craft live. I do my best to be as informative as possible and answer questions that I can during my stream. Last but not least is my Etsy shop where you will find my handcrafted items for purchase.

Here are the links for those pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ladysgifts
Discord is available upon request as a new link is generated every so often.
Twitch channel: http://www.twitch.tv/ladycrafts
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LadyInnominate
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ladyinnominate

I look forward to getting to know you all and chatting with you in the days and weeks to come.

Hugs!
Christy <3


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Upcoming Charity Stream on Twitch!

On February 9th I will be doing a 12 hour charity stream for the National Psoriasis Foundation.

I chose this charity because as many of you know that I suffer from issues with psoriasis, including psoriatic arthritis. I've had psoriasis since I was in high school and started dealing with the arthritis symptoms at the age of 24. Psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects the lives of 7.5 million people in the United States and more than 125 million people across the world. Around 30% of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis which is an inflammatory form of arthritis.

During the stream we'll be playing Golf With Your Friends, Jackbox Party Games, and of course I'll be doing some crochet. I'm working on some small giveaway items for the stream as well. Anyone who wishes to enter to win must be a follower of my twitch channel (twitch.tv/LadyCrafts) and have watched my stream for a minimum of 2 hours.

Anyone who would like to contribute but can't make the stream is welcome to do so. All donations are greatly appreciated. The fundraiser page for my campaign is already open, and will remain open until the end of the month.

I hope to see you during my stream so we can have some fun playing some games together!
Click here to donate. :D

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Twitch.tv now has a creative section for streaming live!

Hi all!

I wanted to stop in and tell you all about an alternative to a site that a lot of us as crafters have used in the past to host classes and craft live.

Twitch.tv has been a platform for gamers in the past, but it now has a new section where we can be creative live! I have used Twitch in the past to play games live online and look forward to using the new creative section. I am in the process of setting up my channel, and will add a link to this post (or maybe make a new post) when I get this complete. It will be linked directly to my YouTube channel as well, so that when I stream, the video recording will be automatically added to my YouTube channel. One great thing about Twitch is you don't have to deal with the constant load issues this other popular site has. Twitch is dedicated to providing the best experience possible to live stream your creativity.

I hope to see you all soon!

Hugs,
Christy
a.k.a LadyInnominate

Monday, June 27, 2016

Vintage Folding Chair Makeover

I was super excited to find these two vintage folding chairs at a garage sale for only $1 each. They were screaming, "Take us home with you!" So I did.




My little helper helped me to sand them in readiness for the really pretty aqua color I chose.



To remove the seat covers, I had to pry up the tabs on the bottom of the frame with a screwdriver. They came off pretty easily.



While waiting for the paint to dry on the frames, I got to work designing the textile for the seat. I had a piece of white fabric that I'd also picked up recently at a garage sale for $1. I measured the spaces between stripes starting with 1/2 inch, then 1 inch, and finally 1 1/2 inch spaces with masking tape.


I spray painted the fabric with the same paint used on the chairs to ensure a perfect color match.



To allow for ease of changing in the future, I simply secured the fabric to the seat frame (for lack of a better word to use for it) with masking tape. Since this area will be sandwiched between the seat frame and the chair frame it won't be seen.




These rectangular holes are where the tabs on the bottom of the seat frame fit, and are folded back down to attach the seat.



And, the finished product...


Monday, March 21, 2016

My battle with depression...

It's hard to say when the depression started... I just know now that I am. 

I feel like I am constantly fighting a losing battle with myself. I have no motivation. It's hard sometimes just to get out of bed in the mornings. In the back of my mind I know that there are things that I could be doing, and some that I should be doing. Yet, I can't seem to find the motivation. I'm tired all the time and my weight is steadily increasing. I constantly feel like crying and it has become increasingly harder to hide it. 

Yes... I hide it.

It's one thing to just have to deal with normal every day stress, but add in two chronic illnesses that leave me fatigued, tired, anxious and foggy brained and it gets worse. Have you ever been so tired you feel as though you can't stand anymore and when you lay down, you can't fall asleep? I have, almost every night. The medications they've given me to help me sleep don't seem to help. I struggle with going to the doctor for fear that they will tell me that yet another part of my body is failing me.

I also have three amazing children. I can say that because I'm biased. Others might look at them and wonder where I failed. Sometimes I think I have with at least two of them. My oldest is 18, living in another state, and expecting her first child. She seems happy and is well educated and up to date on current events with the elections coming up and tracks politics like a boss... My other two? My middle child, a 16 year old girl struggles daily with being bipolar and the battle with managing her out of control emotions, weight issues (she's a comfort eater and hides food), and social issues... All of which I struggle with for her as well. How can I not? I'm her mom, and I love her. My 12 year old son has recently been diagnosed with ODD which was added onto the ADHD diagnosis he already had, and will be seeing a specialist soon to be evaluated for Autism Spectrum. He recently spent two weeks in a psychiatric facility, and it broke my heart.

I went back to college a year ago with this amazing excitement to learn and further my education. To earn that degree that I left behind years ago. I was making perfect grades with nothing below an A for a while... Now I'm failing. The textbooks can't hold my attention for more than a few minutes and I struggle with the assignments. I'm contemplating quitting before I get any farther in over my head.

I don't share this for pity, nor do I do it to explain my absence in the crafty world I have always loved (I still do). 

I share this to bring awareness to the fact that everyone struggles with something and to challenge anyone who reads this to do the same...

Share your story, be it happy or sad, and give yourself the opportunity to be built up instead of torn down.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

I had the opportunity to demo for The Paper Cut at the Orlando Scrapbook Expo...




Just thought I'd do a quick share. Sara's site has some amazing products that I couldn't help but let my followers know about. Hopefully I'll be demoing some of her products on my YouTube channel very soon.

If you'd like to check out her store click here.

Have a wonderful day!