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My mother is a thrifty shopper, god bless her soul. When I told her I was looking to refurbish some old frames into a funky ocean-themed decor project I was into, she delivered the goods. She brought me something like 15 frames in various shapes, sizes and colors that she had frugally obtained from various yard sales. I think she spent a total of $12. She has an amazing skill of haggling.
My first project was also the ugliest. I took one look at this frame and thought, “This might be one of the ugliest pieces of wall art I have ever laid eyes on.” With that said, I felt the need to tackle it first.
I decided to use this piece of hardened red branch coral I found on a trip to Florida is the main focal point of the new frame. I applied a leather brown glossy spray paint to the matte, and then added a layer of collage paper (with a mermaid on it) to the interior space of the matte. I sanded then painted the frame with a turquoise top coat that I then distressed by hand after it dried. Finally, I applied the coral with a bit of tacky, covered it glass and resealed the back using small, decorative nails.
See the before and the after here.
It’s been quite a long while since I’ve publicly blogged. It’s funny and ironic how life can get away from you and you find yourself doing things because you have to and not because you love to. Part of the reason I haven’t written in a while wa simply because I didn’t have a computer. If you know me, you would know that this bit of information is shocking, My laptop was stolen out of my apartment on Christmas. And as these last few months have gone by, I realized how much I missed writing, designing, creating and being geeky.
Another thing is that I had originally planned on blogging a good portion of my project work for the electronic media class I was taking last semester; most of the files were lost when the computer was taken from me. The files for the final project, which was an 8 page InDesign layout for print on a topic of our choice, were also lost which was very disheartening to me. Luckily, I had converted the final project into an electronic flash file which I had conveniently stashed “in the cloud” for future access. Three months later and here we are. I finally got around to loading the flash file onto my website, which I am excited to share with you. And in doing so, gave me something exciting to write about. The file acts as a digital booklet which has an integrated page curling feature which allows you to hold your mouse down on the corner to turn the page with realistic page curling functionality. Check it out and let me know what you think. And be on the lookout for more blogs on creative work, I have a fun and exciting blog project in the works that I am doing the design and branding for. Details to follow in the near future.
Here is where I take my appreciation of technology and my love of photography and mix them together for a whimsical voyage of visual fun. I recently upgraded my phone from the LG Voyager to the LG EnV Touch. The EnV Touch is modeled after the Voyager with many wonderfully delicious features, including it’s ever-fantastic digital camera feature. The phone has a 3.2 megapixel lense with automatic focus and… (drum roll please) … a flash! It’s a bright flash too, sufficient for 10-15 foot object distances with little to no effort.
You can take pictures in six different resolutions (2,048×1,536, 1,600×1,200, 1,280×960, 640×480, and 320×240 pixels), five white balance presets, and five color effects. It also has three focusing modes: autofocus, macro mode, or manual mode, the last of which lets you pick one of seven points on the screen to focus in on. You can toggle the flash on or off, adjust a self timer if you want, or select one of three shutter sounds (there’s also a silent option).