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Some Musings, Three Cards, and a Gardening Update
Please excuse any mis-spellings of words in this post – for some reason the spell-checker thinks that there’s absolutely no wrong spellings in this – even when I tell it to check in French and Spanish it still comes back that everything is right – so I know something’s gone wrong and I’m simply not up to trying to work out what’s gone wrong.
With the infection in my damaged leg, plus the realy hot weather, I’ve not done much crafting lately. In fact I’ve not done much of anything most days since my last post. A bit of watering the areas of the garden I can work with twice a day, and a very small bit of crafting, and doing a bit of browsing FB and some blogs on my tablet when I’ve felt able, and that’s just about it. This afternoon I decided to get my Laptop computer out and start on another blog post. There’s not a huge amount of crafting to show you, but I hope you like the three cards I have made.
Forums and Facebook are all wonderful creations and can be a mine of information and help, as well as being a point of contact between people who like the same hobbies or do the same work. (In my case I use them as a means of connecting/networking with other crafters.) But they also have some highly pointless things associated with them.
Take Facebook’s “Poke” facility! Why? What’s the point? I’m sorry, but forget it – if any of my Facebook Friends, or some Facebook members who are not friends – “Poke” me, I just delete. If you’ve got something to say to me PM me, or leave a comment on my blog. But Pokes I just delete and don’t return – and looking at the number of “what is the point of Pokeing”, etc., groups on FB, I rather think that a lot of others feel the same way.
The other thing I’m not getting involved in is playing games on Facebook. I know that for many it is a form of escapeism or relaxation – and that’s perfectly fine, carry on (various crafting activities are my relaxation and something that I can do in some form or another despite my health/disability issues). I don’t play Facebook games, or use Facebook apps for following people’s birthday’s, etc., so please don’t be offended if I don’t follow up on any invitation to join you in using these particular Facebook facilities. Again, I kow I’m not the only one who doesn’t play Facebook games because I regularly see a few of my friends posting on their walls asking their FB friends not to invite them.
While places like Facebook, and various forums, can be a mine of information and help, they can also be a source of mis-information as well. From what I can see – the vast majority of those I come into contact with in these online places realise that not everything is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And the majority also realise that just because somebody’s put stuff online for others to see it doesn’t mean that they are free to take them and use them as their own.
There is so much mis-information, incorrect or only partly true information, out on the Internet. From warnings about viruses that are not viruses at all, but still get sent around vie E-mail or copies on people’s FB walls, clogging up space and bandwidth (and in one instance when I worked in IT had dozens of people removing a necessary file from their PC because they’d been told it was a virus – thus stoping their PC working). To warnings about such and such a name isn’t a person but a virus so if you get an invite to be a friend with such and such don’t allow it because it will burn your hard drive. Or such and such a person is only after photos of your children – without a thought that the name given is actually the name of a dozen or more genuine people on Facebook and that, even if one of them is after children’s photos, just giving the name without exact profile link is just blackening the name of a dozen or more genuine people. And a whole load of other instances all the way to a person with an axe to grind putting up an anonamouse bit of information about “somebody” on a forum and suddenly dozens of people think that that the “somebody” is totally in the wrong, and very bad, and even if that person tries to defend themselves and what they did the very fact that they try and defned themselves is used against them in some way. When somebody tried to warn one of the dozens of follow-on posters that what they’d said could get them into trouble, legally, the reply was that it would only be legal trouble if it wasn’t true and she’d read the original post and it was true! I’ve no way of knowing whether the initial posting was true, and neither does anybody else reading it unless they’ve got further information. It could be true, but you can bet it’s not the whole truth.
The Internet allows the kind, friendly, helpful, people to meet, help each other, become friends even though the miles between them mean that they’d never have met in other circumstances. But it also allows the mean, dishonest, troublemakers, to hide behind a cloak of anonimity as well, and woe betide anybody who disagrees with them because then the claws come out. Personaly I don’t mind a debate, either on a FB group or on a forum, (I don’t expect everybody, not even my best friends, to agree with everything I believe in all the time) but there’s a difference between a debate between people who don’t agree with each other and the nastiness that some resort to when everybody doesn’t immediately jump to their way of thinking – or even the “I’m leaving because you are all nasty to me” aimed at making others feel bad, and then return with another few comments within the hour. I do feel sorry for some of these people because I don’t think they are ever happy people, but they do leave a nasty vibe in their wake.
Owners put pictures and art up on display in galleries and museums for others to see, but you can’t just go in, like something you see, and walk off with it – in many cases you can’t even take a photo of you standing by a painting, you have to buy a postcard print in the gift shop on the way out. And yet there are some people who take a lot of liberties with other people’s work when they display them online rather than in galleries. I even read this week of a person who’d been caught out pinching photos that other people had taken of their handcrafted cards and entering those photos as her own photos of her own work into challenges. I really don’t understand the mentality of people like that. Totally dishonest. I have, for a while, been putting my name and blog address in a corner on the majority of the photographs I’m now putting on my blog and Facebook, but my earlier items don’t have this on. I’m reticent to start putting a big watermark across the centre of my photos as I think it will spoil the look of my photos, but if I find that my photos are being lifted and tampered with to remove these details then I’ll have to consider making them more prominent. I haven’t seen any sign of this happening with my work – I’m probably not producing the sort of stuff the theives are interested in, but it pays for all of us to be vigelent.
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)
A floral card, a “boys toys” card that would be suitable for some males from 3 to a 103, and a secular Christmas card are what I’ve got to show you today. The layout work on all three has been done in a graphics package before printing and actually making up into cards. Let me know what you think as a comment below.
- Flower Frames 2 by Dawn Clayton (I decided on quite a simple card for my first use of these images. I took all four into one of my graphics packages. I created a pale yellow background framed with orange, an orange greetings tag with pale yellow greeting of “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”. I then resized the four flower frames into each corner. I printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, trimmed and stuck to the front of an 8″ square, Ivory Crafty Bob card using finger-lift tape.)
- 10 Construction Vehicles by John Methven and 12 Brick Wall A4 Papers by Janyce Cotterill (I took two of the vehicles together with a wall background into one of my graphics programs and moved them around and resized until I was happy with the layout. I added a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – in a black font with yellow outline. I then printed out the card front I created onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. I cut it out and matted it onto gold mirror card and then stuck the matted image onto the front of a DL card made from hammered cream cardstock using finger-lift tape.)
- 3 Snow papers by Nikola Middlemast, Designer Resource Ivory Winter Ladies by Gillian Hutchinson, Wedding Silks Paper Pack by Carol Lepard and Gold and Enamel Picture Frames by Karen Hughes (I took one of the snow backgrounds, together with a winter lady, a frame, and a silk background, into one of my graphics packages and moved them around, resized, etc., until I was happy with my layout. I used a second copy of the frame and shrunk down snow background as a greetings panel and wrote on “Bendithion y Tymor” – which is Welsh for “Season’s Blessing”. A second layer of the greeting and lady was put on the other side of my working area before the sheet was printed off onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. I cut out the pieces. I went round the outside edge of the main card front with gold metalic marker before sticking it to the front of an A5 white card. I attached the greetings panel using 2mm deep, double sided foam tape and shaped the winter lady before attaching her to the front using glue gel. I used a Sakura clear stardust pen over some areas of the lady and the centre of all the snowflakes – this gives a lovely sparkle when the card is moved but unfortunately doesn’t show up on the photo.)
Although I can’t go out to the garden as much as I’d like (having to spend the vast majority of the day in bed with my leg elevataed because of this infection), I’m managing to go out and water for half an hour in the morning before it warms up and again in the evening when it cools down. We’ve had our first crop of babyleaf salad, and some logenberries.
As my mother can only make it out as far as the potting table outside the back door she’s not been able to see most of what I’m growing, so I’ve been taking pictures to show her. I took another batch this morning and we’ve been comparing what things looked like the begining of the month with how things are looking today – less than three weeks later. The growth is realy quite good – just so long as my infection doesn’t get any worse and prevents me getting out there at all to water we’ll hopefully get a reasonable crop off the small areas of the garden I can work with.
As I’d got the photos I thought I’d show you the progress as well.
Raised bed area on 5-7-13 with cloche moved to one side to show radish seedlings up. The second picture was taken on 18-7-13 showing how radish has grown and the other seedlings are now up, which will have place to expand once radish have been picked as a quick crop.
Greenhouse – 1-7-13 and 18-7-13 plus closeup of cucumber plant that’s visible at bottom right of both pictures. Already started picking baby leaf rocket seen lower left, and other salad leaves around centre.
“Jungle” of weeds towards loganberry plant 5-7-13, and path now cleared between rubarb and logenberry today – thank heaven for niece shifting stuff out of the way – had a pound or so of fruit off so far.
Top of black mulch area with growing Jerusalem Artichokes in potato growing sack 5-7-13 and more of area on 18-7-13 showing further potato sacks added, with potatoes planted, and some courgette plants planted out into the black mulch area.
Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.
CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:
- Monday, 15th July – Here! – CUP Top Sellers & Latest News on New Downloadable FREE CDs
- Wednesday, 17th July – Here! – Peel Off Stickers from just 49p & All the latest CUP News & Gossip
Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.
You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.
You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)
(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.)