Wednesday, January 30, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Joining a few others in WIP Wednesday - I will try to post all my WIPs, UFOs, Stash busters and even stash builders [weak moment] all kinds of projects. There may be some cross over to Weekend To-Do but remember how much I LOVE lists!

This is my second Churchmouse Mohair Bias Loop - love this pattern because it's EASY. I can work on it anywhere and talk at the same time. I am using Schulana Kid Seta from my LYS Twisted. I would like to have this done to the point of Kirchner stitch so I can take into the store on Sunday and get some tips! Linked up with Petra at Sew Paint Create
Churchmouse Mohair Bias Loop
Churchmouse Mohair Bias Loop
Love making these drawstring bags from In Color Order. I purchased the pattern because of the different sizes she puts together. I make the project size for knitting project bags. There are a few that need to be finished up before this weekend!

Drawstring bags
This is my first time knitting socks...not sure I am in love yet but I am trying this from the toe up. For some reason it just makes more sense to me. Last night I knitted the first half of the toe and while I had to start over once, I think it's finally clicking. This book by Wendy Johnson - Socks from the Toe Up has been great and I am probably going to have it spiral bound so it's easier to keep open. The yarn is Madeinetosh Tosh Sock, not sure of the color. 
SOCKS
Both of these quilts were started some time ago - maybe two years ago??!! I made them for me so of course they have taken the back seat for other projects. I made a pact with myself - I can't buy any new fabric OR start a new quilt project until these are done.

The AMH Start quilt is a pattern called Star Struck Quilt. It was one of my very first classes and I used some of my favorite fabrics by Anna Maria Horner called Innocent Crush.The back is velvet... I can't wait to have this on the couch on a cold rainy day!
AMH Star Quilt
This Rectangle Squared quilt is a pattern by Film On the Fridge. The printed fabrics I used are by Joel Dewberry; collection is called Modern Meadow. I love the linen in this quilt and clean fresh feeling. This one might live in the guest room....
Rectangle Squared Quilt
The second [yes I made two!] Ron Swanson quilt was made right before Christmas. I actually put them together at the same time. I did go a little crazy but since I have two people in my life that are CRAZY about Ron Swanson I knew these would make great gifts. The pattern and quilt along is by Monica of Happy Zombie. I am lucky enough that she is part of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, where I get to see her [when I actually go] and chat ever so briefly because she is POP-U-LAR! But in a good way, not in a mean girl way - very funny and so talented. Plus you gotta love a gal that names her fabric line after MOCHI!.

Quilt #2 is for Kirk - I think the husbands always kind of lose out on the quilt front. I will share #1 next week.
Ron Swanson Quilt #2
I just received my order from Spoonflower - this is where I uploaded my logo to make quilt labels. They turned out amazing and I am really happy with the quality. I used this tutorial by JayBird Quilts - she even provided a template. In one yard of fabric it made around 63 labels. I chose the Kona Cotton which was a little more expensive but I think worth it. I left all blank space so I can use a fabric pen to write in all the details. Need to get these cut out!
Doxzen Quilt Labels
This post series is inspired by Freshly Pieced and linked up over there!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday Madness | Hot Guys and Pillow Cases

Not much accomplished on the Weekend To-Do list, especially on the quilting - I was sidetracked by getting my Etsy store up and running again...it wasn't even on the list but it needed to be done.

1. Quilt the Rectangle Squared quilt - you can see the tutorial here.
2. Decide whether or not I am going to hand quilt my AMH quilt
3. Quilt sandwich Ron Swanson Quilt #2 and quilt it - original quilt along started here.
4. Find a good home for my first generation Kindle  Thanks to Kellie for finding the home!
5. Wear something sparkly for cocktails and nibbles on Saturday night  Wore this ring which i love!
6. Finish knitting this bias loop cowl/scarf while catching up on TV
7. Maybe see Lincoln

It's raining pillow cases and heart pillows in the craft room! I made several pillow cases for my single gal and guy friends. Needless to say they were a hit and I have been making them ever since. I am finally able to build up some stock!
Pink - Game of Love

Wranglers

Black - Game of Love

 I am also having some fun making these small heart shaped pocket pillows!




Perfect placement for the gift card or love note don't you think? You can check out my Etsy store here at Doxzen Studios or you can click from the sidebar. Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Weekend To Do


Making a list:
1. Quilt the Rectangle Squared quilt - you can see the tutorial here.
2. Decide whether or not I am going to hand quilt my AMH quilt
3. Quilt sandwich Ron Swanson Quilt #2 and quilt it - original quilt along started here.
4. Find a good home for my first generation Kindle
5. Wear something sparkly for cocktails and nibbles on Saturday night
6. Finish knitting this bias loop cowl/scarf while catching up on TV
7. Maybe see Lincoln

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pinterest | Addiction

My Pinterest boards | paulamwessells
Pinterest, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

This is the one place that allows me to organize ALL the things I find on the web. I have tried Evernote - for me it was too much, not quick enough. I tried the old fashioned way of book marking and putting the book marks in folders...out of control and could never find the link I book marked. Pinterest however has given me the freedom to 'pin', make a note and categorize. LOVE. So much so I would pay to use it!

It's the one place that I can digitally dump inspiration - in the old days [LOL] remember how we would tear out magazines pages? I still do this but with Pinterest loose pages around my office are few and far between since pinning. 


There are a couple of hot topics out there on Pinterest. I have been sitting on the sidelines reading blogs, listening to friends and figuring out where I stand on - copyrights, who pinned it first, and total time suck.

As a photographer the copyright issue is always a priority - I am not for someone pinning a photograph and calling it their own. Most likely though, before they pinned it they put it on their website as their own work, posted it to Facebook and used it in marketing materials. A much LARGER problem than just pinning. The best advice that I have been given by my attorney: Watermark. You need to watermark physically - meaning you put your stamp on the photo. I also save my copyright information to the metadata in Lightroom.

There are several watermarking tutorials out there. My favorite is by this incredible card designer Kristina Werner. She does two video tutorials in Photoshop Elements and Photoshop. Even though these are older versions of the software it will be easy enough to figure out with your version.

Do I do it all the time? No, maybe more like 90% of the time [shame on me] on my pet photography. I am lazy. I even have an action set up in PS to do it for me. I haven't watermarked on this personal blog - maybe I will... what I am trying to get at is if you are concerned about copyright [and you should be] then take the necessary steps to protect yourself. But don't exclude yourself from a viable tool to build your brand.

Which leads me to my next hat:

As a marketing strategist - Pinterest for some products and brands is a must. And when I say brands I also mean personal brands. Early on there were many discussions around protecting your blog from being pinned - yet bloggers wanted exposure, more traffic, building a readership... well guess what? you can't do those things if you are not allowing people to put your brand out there to be found. I am over simplifying here but Pinterest can be used as a great platform for exposure.

How do you know if you are being pinned? Enter this web address:
http://www.pinterest.com/source/yourwebsitename.com
For example, mine would be:
http://www.pinterest.com/source/paulawessells.com

In the next few months I will be adding the pin buttons on both of my blogs. I am interested in meeting new cyber friends and making it easy for people to share my work - especially if they like it! I will take it as a compliment, protect myself as best as I can and hope for the good in people.

'Who pinned it first?' Always try to give credit to the person that pinned it before you. When you copy the HTML code off of Pinterest it will do it for you! Sebastien Millon is my new favorite illustrator - this work below always brought a laugh in cube land.


The time suck part of Pinterest is initially pretty bad and so overwhelming. My tips for Pinterest are first start focusing on categories. Second be picky about who you are following - they need to add value. This is not a social thing for me. Just because I don't follow you on Pinterest doesn't mean that I don't value you as a friend. I follow you because you have a focused interest in something that I want more inspiration from. I follow less than 100 people - they usually focus on one category. For example Blair Eadie, she is a fashion extraordinaire and 99% of her pins are fashion. Caroline DeCesare is an outstanding decorator and curator... you get my gist.

Check out my boards on Pinterest here. Do you pin?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2013

Christmas card 2012
Unbelievable that my last post was back in July! I remember that I quietly took a break from this blog, not wanting to make an announcement or commitment of when I was going to be back - but time really does fly. I am ready to be back.

Why the break - it was actually that last photo post of my nephew on his SECOND birthday. The thought of actually missing great moments like that and wondering when was the last time I was that excited about something? I was also feeling choked by handful of readers, my 'real' job and myself. Always trying to be careful not to disturb the status quo and not write about the things I wanted too. Well, I need to figure out how to get past that and just write.

Why come back - I have many thoughts [yes, I know that can be scary!] and experiences that I want to write about and since I am not currently scrapbooking, I realized this is it. I hope at some point that I will get back to scrapbooking. I really did think Project Life would do it...I only made it 10 weeks. meh. I am thinking of starting back up this year - just not ready to do it right now.

My hopes are that I have kept my great readers [and I have just popped up on Reader!], lost the mean ones and you all can keep me from losing my mind in the day to day! :)

xxoo
PW