For no other reason, other than the fact that it is the last day of August, I thought I would do a giveaway of one of my howlite gemstone stretch bracelets with gold tone rhinestone pave bead. You can wear it on its own or stack with other bracelets.
This givewaway will run for a week and there is only one question to answer.
If there is enough interest and it goes well (this is the first time I’m using Rafflecopter), I will aim to do them more frequently, say, once a month.
Do you wear handcrafted bead jewellery? Have you got a few moments to spare? Ok, thats great – please take my survey (closing date is 12 September 2013). If you are interested, leave your details at the end of the survey to be entered into a prize drawer to win a pair of earrings. Thank you!
I have been using my smartphone to take photos of my creations and for my blog, for the past 6 months or so, as the images seem clearer and sharper than those taken with my old digital camera. Note – I am not a professional photographer, neither am I anywhere up there with the growing league of those people producing fantastic works of art with their iPhones. I’m an amateur in the truest sense of the word in that all I literally do is try and take my photos in natural light with a creative background, and point and shoot!
I’ve recently discovered Instagram which is a social photo networking app you can download for free. It has inbuilt filters which enable you to edit your images and apply borders or effects that give your photos a nice 1970’s nostalgic, retro style look, a grungy look, or old black and white movie style look. I must have an addictive personality…..because, well…I’ve become addicted to it and am looking at everything with ‘new eyes’ and wanting to take photos all the time or am spending far too much time admiring other Instagramer’s photos! I’ve also discovered loads of other filter apps are available. I’ve only downloaded one (so far).
Here are some photos I’ve taken and then experimented with filters and applied effects’.
Made myself another pair of earrings…..using some left over Swarovski Elements crystal bicone shaped beads from a previous project, and rondelles with sterling silver teardrop beads, headpins and earwires.
I’ve made them to go with this sky blue ombre silk dress (another recent sales purchase from Mint Velvet).
They say eyes clear with age, As dew clarifies air To sharpen evenings, As if time put an edge Round the last shape of things To show them there; The many-levelled trees, The long soft tides of grass Wrinkling away the gold Wind-ridden waves- all these, They say, come back to focus As we grow old.
(Philip Larkin, English Poet & Novelist, 1922-1985)