Photography Wednesday – 7


This was taken at Comicpalooza here in Houston. It was part of a scavenger hunt that was hosted by a vendor. I took this photo as a promo for the Vendor Geek Life. Check them out!

P.S. It’ll be a bit skimpy on content for the next few weeks as I assimilate into my new job as a Business Assistant.

Photography Wednesday – 7



These lovely dolls were taken at an antique store in the Heights, they were the most creepy dolls I could find.  Just click the pictures for a larger view. I’m trying to set up something where I’ll be able to sell them online.  I know they’re grainy, they were taken on my phone (I seem to keep forgetting to take my camera), but I hope you enjoy their creepieness!

Photography Wednesday – 6

This is the newest edition to the menagerie of birds that frequent our feeder.  He’s a brand new baby Cardnial…I know he doesn’t look like a baby, but he is, his parents were not too far away, keeping a weary eye out for the monster that is my cat.  I am worried about him though, he’s not afraid of us humans.

Photography Wednesday – 5

It All Started with a Drawing #2

Rosary: n. A set of prayers common in the Roman Catholic Church, said during meditation on events in the lives of Jesus and Mary, the mother of Jesus.  A rosary is also the string of beads that the worshiper uses to count the prayers. From

I guess its no surprise to most who read this blog that I like to work with my hands.  Its something I find very cathartic, and use my “skills” to help relieve stress from the day.  One of my most favorite hobbies is to create jewelry.  I’m not the greatest jewelry maker in the world, but I do like to test my skills by creating things I see in my head.  Right now, I’m looking for some thin but good quality black and white PVC fabric (I may use canvas as a cheaper alternative for now) to create a cuff bracelet idea that you can alternate between the colors.  I don’t know if it’ll work, but I did get the idea from a post on these wonderful shoes Nubby Twiglet wore.

Anyway, I do like to create different types of jewelry, but what introduced me to the whole jewelry making idea was something I had hanging on my wall since my 15th birthday…a rosary.  One night, not feeling well, I was lying on my bed looking at my rosaries, they were swaying in the breeze created by my fan when I noticed something…they were handmade!  Not only handmade but they were made using tools and supplies I could find at Hobby Lobby!  Off to the internets I went, doing research on how I could create something that has given me comfort for a long while.  So once the research was done, and my shift at Hobby Lobby started the next day, I went and got 59 beads, a package of 100 silver plated brass eye pins, some cheap-o Hobby Lobby brand mini tool set (I DO NOT RECOMMEND THESE) and went to work.  After about three days of trial and error, I had come out with my first rosary, pictured in the Photography Challeng Day 20 – Bokeh.  I’m still very proud of my rosary, because I had offers to purchase it for someone’s use, but sadly, I did not take them on that offer, the rosary is kind of like a store’s first dollar bill, it is something to display, not to be put back in the till for later use.

Anyway, at Christmas, my cousin had told us that she decided to go ahead and have a Quinceñera.  While we were excited, I knew that the daunting task of being the madrina of the rosary fell to me.  Right then and there I KNEW this wouldn’t be an ordinary Rosary.

  • A good description of a Mexican styled Quinceñera can be found here at Wikipedia.
  • A good example of being a Padrino/Madrina can be found here at Yahoo Answers.

So to repeat a phrase that has been used in my blog before, “it all started with a drawing.” and below is a sketch I made when I found out that her Quinceñera was going to have a star and spring theme with her chosen color as purple.

When I decided to work on her rosary, I knew I wanted to use flower and star beads as part of the design, since this was a special day; I wanted to incorporate her theme into her design.  The flowers represent springtime and I originally wanted to do pastel pinks, oranges, blues, greens and purples to represent the theme of spring and use purple stars in the mix, but once I looked at that price! I had to go back to the drawing board (in total I was going to be using 112 beads!!!).  So I settled on her color purple: purple flowers, and purple stars.  The 53 flowers are the Hail Mary prayer beads, and the stars are the Our Father prayer/ Mystery meditation beads.   Now, I did want to use gunmetal or dark green findings but I couldn’t find colors that fit and those findings were more expensive than the ones I normally use so I decided to use silver findings instead.

Each rosary now takes me about an hour or two, depending on what I’m doing at that moment and if I have all my supplies.  With this rosary, it took me about an hour and a half, most of it done at school on my off period. The chain is usually the hardest to find, especially when you have a design in mind, but sometimes you have to make do with what you can get.

When I design rosaries, I design them with the person in mind, their personalities, their likes and dislikes, and usually have the people I’m making the rosary for choose the color they want in the beads to be.  I’ve been through dozens of rosaries in my lifetime, mostly because they were plastic beads on thin twine that broke after the first use.  When I went to design the rosaries, I wanted to make sure I use beads that will not fall apart, or use findings that will bend and brake after some use. I just hope my cousin Lizzie likes her rosary.

Don’t know how to pray the rosary? Go here for help!


Photography Wednesday – 4

Photography Wednesday #4 – Aphid Attack and a hungry Ladybug

Sorry for the late response to this day’s Photography Wednesday, but I was waiting for these little Hibiscus beauties to open, and to my surprise, we have an infestation of Aphids, and to the rescue is a happy little, but hungry Ladybug!

Photography Wednesday – 3

Two weekends ago, the boyfriend, a friend of his and I all wandered into a pet fair at the George R. Brown, and I spotted this little beauty! There were all sorts of beautiful birds, dogs, cats AND ferrets!!  It was a wonderful day, we got a list of Ferret Doctors for Dagger, and some very important information on owning a ferret.

Picture Framing: An Introduction

A while ago, I happened across Nubby Twiglet’s blog post on a framing adventure that turned deadly…well…to her pocketbook mainly. Anyway, she was able to leave the store with a better price on her framed artwork than the custom order she had made, but still, it got me to start thinking about my time as a custom framer.  How many times have I helped a customer totally clueless on the framing process; how many times have I convinced a customer that their print was something that could only be custom framed; how many times have I been told that framing is too complicated that the customer only wants professionals to do their work.

Well, nothing against the professionals, they are my compadres, but picture framing is not that complicated of a science, in fact it’s just repetition with measuring and numbers. IN fact, the most important thing you need to know about framing is how to do basic math!!   I decided that since I am no longer a custom framer, I should share some tips and tricks with the world regarding framing and how you can frame yourself, it just takes practice and patience.  I’m starting a series of projects that can show the regular Joe how to frame without the scary numbers.  IN FACT, I’ll post my math so that everyone can follow along.

Everyone, meet…The Frame!

I’m going to start this blog post off with an introduction with a regular frame.  I purchased this frame from Hobby Lobby in their 66% Clearance Custom Frame section of the spring sales area.  If you get to Hobby Lobby on time, you can find some really good deals with clearance custom frames, this little guy was about $10.  The following will be a basic introduction to a frame to better familiarise yourself with the different terminology used when we start some framing projects later in the course.  Also, if you go off to Hobby Lobby to buy this specific frame, sorry, this frame has been discontinued for several years.

Front and Back

Now, when I start describing how to put a frame together, I will be referring to different sides of the frame, those sides will refer to which end of the frame you are looking at, so I’ll start with the easiest to remember: FRONT and BACK.

The FRONT side of the frame is usually the side with the frame design or panelling on it.  It is the side that you will see when it is hanging on the wall and for most of the framing process, you will NEVER see this side. In the example above, the FRONT is the shiny black veneer.  The side you will see during the framing process is the BACK side of the frame, this is either the plain side or, in this example, the unfinished side of the frame.  Most of the time, you can tell whether or not a frame is custom-made is by looking at the back to see if it is unfinished.  An unfinished back is a good indicator that the frame is custom made.  Also (we’ll get to this later) when you measure out your new frame, and it comes back with 1/2″ and 3/8″ lengths and widths, that is another indicator that the frame is custom.  Also, what you can see from the back side of the frame is the small 1/4″ lip that will prevent your artwork from falling out the front of the frame.  I will explain the purpose of the lip in more detail later in this post.

Portrait and Landscape

Portrait and Landscape are two terms that seem to bring up a lot of questions when talking about a framing.  I used to have customers stare at me stupid when I asked if their artwork is either Portrait or Landscape.  In actuality, these are two terms that not only refer to painting styles, but also to frame orientation.  PORTRAIT refers to the position where the two longest sides of the frame are vertically parallel (see picture); the frame looks as if it is standing up.  You will see this orientation in lots of Portrait photography (Senior Photos, Family Photos, etc.).  LANDSCAPE refers to the position where the two longest sides are horizontally parallel (see picture); the frame looks as if it is lying down.  This will be used in large family portraits where the extended family is lined up together in one long line. It is important to know which way your frame is oriented, since this will make your hanging process much easier, and in more advanced framing, will help you attach and orient different items to the mat board.

Height and Width

Now that we have established the orientation for Portrait and Landscape, I need to make sure that everyone knows that width and height are different for portrait and landscape and while it may seem difficult now, it will get easier later when you start to cut your own mats. Now for a Portrait frame (marked P) the HEIGHT is the long part of the frame, while the WIDTH of the frame is the shortest part of the frame (see Picture).  Now for a Landscape frame (marked L) the HEIGHT is the shortest part of the frame, while the WIDTH is the longest part of the frame.

The Sides

Now most of the information to follow will only be important when it comes to applying the hangers and such.  So, just use it as reference for when I discuss anything about the TOP, BOTTOM and SIDES.  Remember, the top is always at the top of the frame that will be facing the ceiling, the bottom will be facing the floor, and the sides will be facing the walls.

How to Measure

Measuring a frame can be fairly intimidating, especially when you don’t know what to look for when measuring.  Now if you’re purchasing a clearance frame, some Hobby Lobbies tend to have the sizes written (in inches) on the frame itself, BUT if you’re unlucky enough to encounter a frame that has no posted sizes, these tips will help you determine what size the frame is.  Now, most custom frames are not even numbers, you will encounter numbers such as 20 3/8″ or 15 1/4″.  Be prepared for these crazy numbers, the frame I’ve been using is measured 10 5/8″ by 13 3/8″.

Now, when you measure a frame, there are several things you need to know: You can only measure the frame from the back (see diagram); You can only measure the frame from the outside lip (enlarge diagram in black), not the inside lip (enlarge diagram in white); The lip is about a 1/4″ in length and it is used to hold in your frame’s insides, this prevents your glass from falling out of the front.


For a better look, click the picture to enlarge it.  DEPTH is basically how deep the frame will go back from the lip to the very back of the frame.  In the example, the frame is 5/8″ deep.  Now DEPTH is important depending on what you want to frame.  If you want to frame a 3-D object (like a Jersey, a hat, insects, a bronze bootie, a taxidermy bird, etc.) you will need a larger depth than what I have shown here.  I have a Cottonwood Borer inside a 3″ frame that I top matted and shadow-boxed in to fit is giant horns.  Lost ya? It’ll make sense later, I’ll be posting other options on what you can do with a framing later on.

That’s it for now people, the next post will be a small interactive lesson introduction to framing.  Also, you’ll get a great jewelry holder out of it as well.

Photography Wednesday – 2

Sleepy Stormy

This was taken with a 200mm lens (I GOT A NEW LENS!!!) with a shallow depth of field.  This kitty is so photogenic! If interested, this photo is up for sale at my deviantart account.

Photography Wednesday – 1

Photography Wednesday - Hands