Friday, January 20, 2012

Behind the Scenes - Getting the Shot

One of my biggest challenges as I embark on this on-line venture is photographing my work.  It has been a learning curve and something upon which I am still working - big time.  When I look at my more recent photos, it makes me want to re-shoot everything.  Easier said than done of course.  It most cases it would mean that I would need to remake the items first.  And so, for the most part, I am stuck with some of my first efforts smiling back at me for a while in my shop.

I have taken photos outside with some success.  But, that requires weather conditions cooperate.  On a recent photo shoot of my capes, the wind thought it was being helpful by showing how gracefully they flow.  Not helpful.  Also, my little girl likes to "help" as well.  It can be difficult to concentrate on getting the right shot while keeping tabs on her.
Here's the one I finally went with. 
And so, I often shoot indoors in the middle of the night in my studio.  I am learning about lighting and aperture and all that.  Or rather relearning.  I took photography in school years ago, but that was in the days of darkrooms and chemicals if that gives you any indication of how old I am. 

At the top is a recent photo shoot of my wedding puppets.  I have to say that I must force myself to resist the urge to over decorate the scene.  I mean, wouldn't a few shots of polar bear and seal bridesmaids be hilarious? .... Get the shot Kathleen, just get the shot.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Few Favorite Resources

I recently was asked to speak for my church group about sewing.  How does one cover in thirty minutes or less a skill she has been cultivating for over thirty years?  Anyway, it was a fun evening among friends.  Here are some of the resources I shared with those ladies that night.  I do not profit from any of these links... They are just a few resources that have helped me along my sewing journey.  I hope they help you as well:

·   A quilting shop in Colorado Springs that is amazing – let me know if you’re heading there, I am always up for a road trip to The Springs!

· For machine repair or purchase, they are awesome!

· The little pink crafting iron I use.

· Some fine Brother sewing machines.  One for LESS than $100 at Costco.  A good functional machine. An excellent resource on all things sewing…

Monday, November 21, 2011


You have reached the location of my free patterns and tutorials,  a companion to my two other blogs: is my professional blog that tells the story behind my business. is my blog having to do with my church assignment and personal ministry.

I offer patterns and craft ideas here free of charge, and hope that you will likewise not seek to profit from these ideas, but use them for your personal enjoyment and gift giving.  If you would like to create items for sale using these patterns, I request that you contact me to seek the proper permissions and/or licensing to do so.

Many thanks and happy crafting!