Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Following My Own Path

Several years ago my best friend and I tried to open a jewelry business together. Sadly it didn't work out and even more sad the friendship could not endure the dissolution of the business either. Since then I feel like I have been struggling with finding my own identity. Through exploration of crafts I feel I am starting to find my own voice. From my tree designs to my wrapped pendants and even my earrings, my voice is coming out through my work.

 

There is just one problem I keep circling back to and that is my prayer / meditation / worry beads. I don't even know what to call them at this point. I have not gotten a great reception on them as far as selling goes and honestly they are one of my least liked items. This item however is what got me started beading. I have made so many that I have given to friends and relatives. But it is also the last thing that is left over from my old partnership and I feel it is time to move on.

Therefore, I will be removing all of my prayer beads from my store and moving on to something I feel is much more me and will have MY stamp on it. I am going to stick to my witchy roots and make witches ladders instead :-). 

I am really excited about this prospect and have been mulling it over for quite sometime. I love that I will have more creative freedom with design. I will be designing 9 bead, 13 bead and 40 bead strands. Prices will range from 20 to 50 dollars giving people a lot more choices. 

So CHEERS!!! Here is to the beginning of my true path and I couldn't be happier or feel free-er than I do right at this moment :-).

Love, Light, and Creative Blessings,
Tracy

Sunday, August 19, 2012

How to Make a Lighting Box

So I have now made three Lighting Boxes. The first I made for a business partnership that didn't work out and she got custody of the box, the second I left out in the rain compliments of fibro fog and this one is my third. So I thought that this time I would just write the instructions out so others can make one too. So here goes:

Step 1. Gather materials


For this project you will need 
1 box
box cutter
3 pieces of tissue paper
scissors
1 piece poster board
marker or pen
1 ruler
scotch tape

Step 2. 
Cut flaps off the top of the box (without removing a finger hehe)

Set the flaps aside as you will need them later


Step 3.
Choose three sides that you will be making into "windows"
On each side measure in two inches on all four sides and mark it

After you makes your marks play connect the dots 

Step 4.
Cut out your windows (again don't lose any fingers)

Step 5.
Add tissue paper to all three open sides

I do this by taping down one side and the carefully cut away the excess on the other 3 sides. Once you have done this on all three sides you should have a box that looks like this:

Step 6.
Remember those flaps we set aside earlier? Good :-). Grab the one that is the length of the one side you didn't cut a window in. Then cut a small strip from it and add it to the front of that side to make a small lip.

Step 7.
We are coming to the home stretch baby ;-). It is time to add our poster board. Personally I buy 2 different kinds. The first being white and the second a cream color in case my photos are coming out with a blue tint. You can buy whichever shade works best for you. Anyhow, measure your poster board against your opening and cut accordingly. Then slip the poster board into the box leaving a slight slope.

Step 8.
Add your light and you are ready to rock and roll. I personally use a split lamp with 2 daylight bulbs. I highly recommend the daylight bulbs as it will give you the cleanest light. 
Hope this helps to make awesome pictures!!

Love, Light and Creative Blessings :-)