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Keeping The Camera Steady

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For as long as I've been beading, I've been wrestling with photographing my work. I've never been much of a photographer. Any good shots I have were the result of pure luck.

One problem I have is that I have no idea how to hold a camera steady -- an absolute must when you're trying to get a photo of tiny little seed beads. My sister-in-law suggested I get a tripod, so I've put one on my to-buy list. However, even a tripod won't stop me from accidentally moving the camera when I click the shutter button, which clumsy me does just about every time I take a photo.

So I went looking for a way to click my camera remotely, and what I've discovered is that I already have one -- on my iPhone. Did you know that clicking the "+" button on iPhone headphones will snap pictures? (Or at least it will on the iPhone 5 ... I don't know about other versions.)

Now that I've found a way to hold the camera steady, I can start working on bigger things ... like …

Favorite Craft Books

Here are some books on beading and other crafts that I enjoy. I welcome any information on titles you enjoy as well, so feel free to comment, either on books within the list or your own favorites. Beading"Contemporary Loom Beading: A New Look at a Traditional Stitch," by Sharon Bateman."Art of Seed Beading," by Elizabeth Gourley, Jane Davis and Ellen Talbott."Beading in the Native American Tradition," by David Dean."Little Bead Boxes: 12 Miniature Containers Built With Beads," by Julia S. Pretl."The Beader's Guide to Color," by Margie Deeb."Beadwork Creates Beaded Rings," edited by Jean Campbell."The Beader's Bible," by Claire Crouchley."Beadwork Creates Bracelets," edited by Jean Campbell."Designer Beadwork: Beaded Crochet Designs," by Ann Benson."Beaded Cords, Chains, Straps & Fringe," by Beadwork Magazine
Other Crafts Basketmaking
"A Basketmaker's Odyssey: Over, …

The Sewing Machine Has Arrived

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I recently received the sewing machine my mom told me I could have. We still have to attach it to the cabinet, but for the most part, it's just waiting for me to relearn how to use it.

My sister-in-law suggested I visit Tilly and the Buttons to learn. The site, as she said, is very thorough, right down to telling me how to set up the machine. I have plans to make clothes for my daughter as well as tear dresses and dolls, but I know I got to start smaller.
Maybe by this time next year, I'll be a pro.

I'm Back

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I took a not-so-short break from blogging -- but not from beading -- over the past few months. With a lot going on at my paying job, blogging kind of fell by the wayside.

In the meantime, I've made a few bracelets (left) and necklaces with beads that I've had a long time, I've started two sets of earrings, and in the interest of being able to bead while my toddler is home, I bought a large container of pony beads and some string, hoping my daughter would be content with to string up those while I work on projects.

It didn't work like I'd hoped. The first time I got them out, she helped me string up necklaces, but she wasn't interested in making them on her own. I guess she's still too young for that. I love spending the time with her as we string beads. I only wish there were more hours in the day so I could get done all the projects I want.