Two Crafty Ladies

Two friends on a mission to start their own Etsy shops share ideas, inspiration, and encouragement.

Ollie & Junebug: Busy April Days April 4, 2008

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It’s the third day of the month, well, getting close to the fourth now, and I can already tell it’s going to be one heck of a month!  Things got busy towards the end of March, and now they seem to just keep getting busier.  Oh well!  Such is life I guess.  I’m trying to fit in all my creative/crafty activities in-between and before and after everything else that life throws my way.  Hopefully that means a lot more time on here, because I still want to share a lot of crafters out there who inspire me.  And, of course, share with you the little things I get time to do, like this little piece, that I created tonight: Flower Burst

Alright, time for busy ladies to get their sleep!  Sweet dreams fellow crafters!


Ollie & Junebug: March Madness March 26, 2008

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March Madness

Using new photos from the D.C. trip this weekend.  I’m in a funky tree phase obviously.  Hopefully I can work on a series using a different focus this weekend.  I got really inspired by some exhibits we saw at the National Gallery.  We’ll see what comes of that…. 🙂


Ollie & Junebug: Forest Craziness March 17, 2008

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So, here are some of the digital pieces I created using my photography this weekend.  It’s really fun to manipulate photographs this way.  I’m going to have to dig into my ridiculously large amount of photos and pull out the best ones to make brushes in Photoshop with.  Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!!

Forest 1 Forest 3 Forest 4 Forest 2


Ollie & Junebug: Colors March 15, 2008

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Colors.  In art, I feel like they express what’s going on with me.  I guess this is what’s going on with me tonight– blacks and greys and whites.  I was learning photoshop brushes and making them out of my photographs and this is what I ended up making. 
Do you have days where your art reflects your mood no matter how hard you try? 

Ollie & Junebug: Photography 101 March 14, 2008

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I love photography.  Taking pictures.  Viewing other people’s work.  I would take pictures 24 hours a day if I could.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to devote much time to it so far.  I also have never taken classes in photography, so my skills are still amateurish.  Hubby got me a new camera for Christmas and I wanted to experiment with it when I went to New Orleans recently, but that took getting brave.


I always wanted to take portraits.  Pictures of people doing the things they do every day or showing who they are.  But, I’ve always found it hard to invade a person’s space like that.  The new camera gives me a little more distance because of its zoom, but still, it’s hard to get close enough to someone and start snapping away.  It’s also hard to find people who can deal with that without really losing the whole thing you’re trying to capture.


The other part of it, I suppose, is that when you’re taking pictures, more people notice you.  More people pay attention to you taking pictures of something/someone.  I’ve never liked that!  If I were invisible, I’d have a much more extensive collection of photographs by now! 🙂


Anyway, I was in New Orleans, and decided to get brave.  I went off on my own and walked the streets and just took pictures, ignoring the self-consciousness that I felt.  The great thing was that New Orleans has all these wonderful street performers and artists and tarot card readers and fortune tellers.  And, well, they’re used to getting their pictures by strangers, which helped me be even braver. 


Here is my favorite one that I snapped while I was there of a tarot card reader who’d been doing readings in Jackson Square since the 60’s:


Photography- Tarot Card Reader


He was doing a reading so he’s looking down, but I just love his white beard and dark hair and winter hat.  Anyway, I don’t usually share my photography, but I figured if I was to share it with anyone, it should be fellow craftsters!  Afterall, craftsters rock!


Btw- New Orleans still needs help!  It seems like no one is paying attention any more and there are still WAY TOO MANY of tents set up under highways because people don’t have homes.  Here’s one of my favorite organizations in case you can help: Musicians’ Village.