I have not used Flickr in a long, long, long time - probably since the start of pinterest. But I did start using it when I redesigned my blog so that I could have a place to store my pictures and that way I could easily add links to my sidebar to bring you to specific works I was trying to share.
Now of course you can do this in pinterest and on facebook but I find nothing beats how nicely flickr displays the work in grids and sections and groupings. Take a look at this link for example where I am showing the types of kits I make for the members of my Monthly Paper kits - it is just displayed so beautifully. (If you want to know more about how my paper kit club works go directly to my Paper Kit Club page here)
Similarly I wanted to show paper items I make in general - take a look here.
The thing is that you can create albums to group your items and I love that and then from there you can go to the individual pictures on each album.
From the albums page Flickr automatically sets the grid display and I think they do it beautifully making some pictures large and some small . Look at my handmade journals album display here. It is just done so well.
So that's my shout out to the old days - when Flickr was in and Pinterest didn't even exist! So I will continue to populate my Flickr pages (and yes and my FB pages and my pinterest and so on and so on lol.)
Oh yes I also wanted to mention that I used to do a Friday Flick Favs post every Friday which was really popular. I couldn't find that feature anymore on flickr and am still trying to figure out how to do the same with Pinterest ... I know change is good !
A few posts ago I posted some pictures of some sketches that I had done a few years ago. A few of the sketches were pieces of jewelry and I love them now as much as I did then. One of the comments I received on this was " The jewelry is amazing and you should make it!" (thank you Susie!).
Well it must have been a subconscious thing that I pulled out those sketches because for a long time these pieces have been working their way from the back of my mind to the front of my mind and so... I started ...
I ordered stuff from a few places but I already had a lot of jewelry makings already.
One of the best things I ordered was from Lily D's Craft Supplies - I am going to do a whole post on this shop first because I love ordering from etsy because it is really really really important for us artists to support each other - (whenever you are looking for something please try etsy guys) and second these are the best bezel kits and expoxy kits I have ever ever ever used and believe me I have tried many!. But I digress - I will do a post on this shop in the next few weeks.
Anyhow - I made some pieces and I am very happy with them.
This is just a sneak peek. I will show you each of them individually in another post with better close-ups. I am still working on the above pieces and I will tell you why in a minute. I am also starting some other pieces that are not quite that same style but something really unique. I will tell you more about those in another post once I get working on them.
So I have found that no matter what jewelry I have bought - when it is costume jewelry I mean - it always always breaks or comes apart. (This is probably not true of non-costume jewelry like diamonds and sapphires and pearls lol but I don't know because I have never owned "good' jewelry! - true but sad). Anyways I am not saying that these pieces break or come apart because they are not of good quality - they are. I have purchased vintage pieces from well known artists who only do jewelry and the pieces without fail have come apart at some point or another simply due to the nature of the way costume jewelry is made and the very simple nature of "links" used in jewelry making.
Now I may be wrong about all that and if anyone is out there listening - jewelry makers and artists alike and can tell me the reason why they always break I am open to listening. But my thing is that this makes me absolutely CRAZY. CRAZY I tell you.
So before I release the above pieces into the world my plan is to solder every link so that this will not happen and/or to find ways to make sure this does not happen. And that's why I say these pieces are not yet finished.
Phew - really glad I got that off my chest. In any case look for more posts on my jewelry collection coming up - anyone got a good name - I really want to "name" this collection but can't think of a catching name - if you have ideas post 'em below.
I heard this song the other night (I think it was on American Idol) and I think for the first time I listened to the words - beautiful - below the video is are all of the lyrics of the song.
When You Wish Upon A Star Lyrics
When you wish upon a star Makes no difference who you are Anything your heart desires Will come true. If your heart is in your dream No request is too extreme When you wish upon a star As dreamers do. Fate is kind She brings to those who love The sweet fulfillment of Their secret longing Like a bolt out of the blue Suddenly, it comes to you When you wish upon a star Your dreams come true When a star is born They possess a gift or two. One of them is this They have the power to make a wish come true. When you wish upon a star Makes no difference who you are Anything your heart desires Will come to you, If your heart is in your dream No request is too extreme When you wish upon a star As dreamers do. Fate is kind She brings to those who love The sweet fulfillment of Their secret longing. Like a bolt out of the blue Suddenly, it comes to you When you wish upon a star Your dreams come true.
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