my friend kelsey from pinegate road asked me to be a guest on her blog this week! i was so honored! kelsey is one of my longest ‘blog’ friends and we’ve worked on several projects together. she is a real treat, and i am a big fan of her design work.
she asked me to create a moodboard for the moment and at first i was a little scared. i’ve never made a moodboard. lucky for me kelsey has an eye for all that is beautiful made it all come together. she is so good at this kind of stuff! she deserves all the credit here!
oh! be sure to enter the giveaway too! i’ll give you a hint . . . . it is something copper.
photo and moodboard layout by kelsey cronkhite
photographing and styling my work is so difficult for me! i wish i had a better eye for this when it comes to my own objects. that is one of my new goals starting now. i want to be more thoughtful when it comes to styling and photographing my work. i’m ready to spend a little more time with props and surfaces – presenting it all at its very best! those little pots definitely deserve that. the moment i saw my pieces styled and arranged in these two photographs i knew i wanted to bump up my game.
on sunday my friend jen and i went to the big kansas flea market and i scored some good items! a nice weathered bench, some photo props and a side table. i hope to incorporate these into product photos soon! be on the look out…
the first photograph was taken by sword+fern, the first gallery (in portland, or and online!) to represent me and my work! the second was shot by my friend kelsey, from pinegate road. look for a guest post on kelsey’s blog from me this friday! there will be a nice surprise there for the end of your week!
as jealous as i am that all my blogging buddies get to hang out together (in real life!!!) at ALT Summit, my spirits are still high because one of those friends, whitney curtis, invited me to be a guest while she’s away in salt lake city. i was so thrilled to be invited to be on her blog and keep things going while she’s away! head on over to the curtis casa to view the post i wrote about finding inspiration and keeping up with my own creativity. thanks whitney!
i fell in love with this japanese fabric designer, nani iro, and knew i had to get some for one of my first real sewing projects. i got my sewing machine last year for christmas, and i’m ashamed to say i’ve only played around with it about 10 times in total (despite my huge desire to learn how to sew) doing minor things here and there. i don’t know why i fear the sewing machine! does anybody have any advice for a newbie wannabe seamstress? are there any online sewing classes? (is that even possible?)
i want to make pillows for my bed with this fabric. just basic stuff here! i mean, i did this in the 8th grade, why can’t i do it now? *eyeroll*
the fabric was purchased from kicoli … i highly recommend this etsy seller!
happy new year to you!
oh my, 2012 you have been so good. i hardly wanted to give you up! but deep in my heart i know that 2013 will be twice as nice, and as cliché as it sounds, it is the perfect time to set some new goals and stick to some old ones.
i believe in fresh starts and this is mine!
i also believe my slippers should never go outside ever again.
these are basically personal promises and goals, but sometimes it’s nice to see the goals and aspirations of other human beings.
this year i vow to make my health and happiness my priority. regular exercise and a healthy diet are my resolution every year, and i do get better every single year. so i make it a promise to continue this year, and get a little healthier. i’m going to continue juicing, and make a point to be a little more adventurous with my fruits and veggies! cooking is going to be mostly from scratch, focusing on a plant-based diet.
this year i want to have 100 sales in my etsy shop. i am going to wholeheartedly devote myself to my art. i think big things can happen in my studio this year, but only if i work harder than ever. someday i want to make art full-time – a long-term goal that i think about every single day.
and finally, my blog. my happy place! i hope to make 2013 my most organized year yet! regular attention to my food posts, and object series, and all at the same time developing photographs and content that i know my readers will want to see. this i can guarantee. i want to grow as a photographer, and grow as a blogger.
last but not least, i’d like this year to get myself back into painting. i need some new work on the walls!
i hope you’ll all be around to see how this year allows me to grow. i want to hear about your new year! how do you see yourself growing?
i’ve rounded up my 10 favorite things about christmas over on my friend rachael’s blog, for the love of design. go visit her beautiful blog and see the guest post right here! (i told you i’d be a guest everywhere else this week!)
thank you rachael for having me as your guest!
baba souk is an online boutique and its the perfect place to finish up your shopping. jewelry, tableware, paper goods, textiles – i mean, its a treasure trove of goodies! baba souk is a hub for independent designers, creative collaborations, and the creator stephanie’s, own designs. nothing but quality, handmade goods and a load of inspiration over there. you’ve got to check the boutique out. if you need a fresh dose of goods to fuel the final stretch of your holiday shopping, head over to baba souk.
i thought it was about time that i introduced you to one of my wonderful sponsors. bethany menzel’s blog, this one’s for you, has become a regular destination of mine for photos that inspire me- to make, to decorate, to take pictures of my life, and then blog about it. something that’s been kind of hard lately…i won’t lie.
so it’s always nice to find a new person who truly inspires and has that eye that captures all of the sights you love. you might as well follow her on pinterest and instagram too, because she captures exactly what i want to look at. her photos and her eye make me want to become a better photographer.
bethany’s light and airy home all decked in christmas decorations has me wanting to decorate my own home. (and i was just going to be a scrooge this year!) there’s nothing better than that feeling of christmas- pine candles, twinkly lights and gold upon the tree!
**all of these photos were taken by bethany menzel and were used with her permission.
there’s a giveaway happening right now! have you entered? (i don’t think you have, unless your name is amy!)
megan hartford is so kindly giving one lucky reader this gorgeous print. ENTER NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
yep! i need to learn about lighting, and photography, and what things mean on my camera. ALL of that jazz. i’m ready to start taking better pictures both for my blog and my etsy shop. i want both places to make me proud, and become sources of inspiration for others. learning about lighting and taking a better photograph are the first steps toward getting myself to that point where i feel proud of what i’m putting out there.
so i enrolled in an e-course.
a lighting e-course by sarah rhodes (whose style i just love. she’s cool as can be!) one half of arrow & apple, the husband and wife photography duo. it is really the perfect course for me; online, 8 weeks long, go-at-your-own-pace.
so, as i journey through this e-course, i’ll be posting my homework assignments on this ol’ blog here. just another space to hold myself accountable for what i create and how i share about it.
so, the first homework assignment was to gather photographs of images showing great lighting. i’m splitting my images into two groups. product images and still life arrangements. these are useful to me because i want to take better images of my ceramics for my shop. the second group of images are just photographs that inspire me to take better photos, and become a better photographer. for my blog and just for documenting life. these examples aren’t just great because of their light – they have captured a beautiful moment and the photo makes me want to keep looking at it and never stop.
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none of these photos were taken by me! but someday i hope to take photos that ignite similar feelings in others.