I was really hoping to have my Astilbe finished last week, but my in-laws showed up with very little notice and then we spent a few days with them and I was unable to complete it. Luckily, I already had the written part completed and all I needed were the pictures. Of course, my camera was being a pain in the patootie and was refusing to take the nice close-up shots that I need for my patterns. After a couple days of trial and error I did manage to figure it out, so last night I was able to edit the pictures and plug them in.
Today it is extremely windy. So I was out there taking pictures of the finished flower, and leaves were blowing all over my set-up. It blew over my background a few times too. The wind is so powerful today that the internet has been in and out. And since my pic editor is an online tool I was worried that I wouldn't be able to finish today. Luckily it started working... at least for a little while.
Here's a couple pictures of the finished Astilbe stem.
My Astilbe Pattern is finally available in my pattern shop!
My Poinsettia pattern is nearly finished as well. The written parts are all done, I just need to finish making a few pieces, then take pictures and plug it all in. :) I'd love to say it will be done by the end of the week, but the way life has been going the last few months I'm not sure I can make any promises. :( But it will be soon!
Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers!
Do you ever have weeks where there is just so much that you're supposed to be doing that your brain can't handle it? And then, instead of doing the things you're supposed to be doing, you completely spazz out and do a bunch of other productive stuff so you feel like you're moving forward but still don't have to think about all the other crap? That's where I've been this week.
Instead of getting all the church stuff ready for next year (planning lesson schedules, teacher assignments, moving kids around into different classes, preparing teacher binders, scheduling teacher meetings, updating all the dang lists, making Christmas presents for the kids and teachers... ) I worked on my website a bit. Specifically, the Free Tutorials section. Since I will be expanding that section I decided I should organize it a bit better so the Tutorials Home Page isn't as cluttered. So, if you look at the page you will now see buttons that take you to the new sections (Materials & Tools, Technique Tutorials, Free French Beading Projects, Technique Glossary) instead of a bunch of pictures that you have to scroll through. I also added navigation to each tutorial page to make it easy to go to the next tutorial without having to go back to the front pages. But also to make it easy to go back to the front pages... I changed fonts, and colors, which took more time that it should have.
I also re designed my website's Home Page - where you can always find the latest news if you don't feel like reading all the way through my blog. My About Page got a little bit of attention too, though not as much.
In addition to working on my website, I also got my new camera!! Naturally I had to play with it.
This, my friends is my new baby - a Canon T5i. 18 megapixels, HD video, and this neat LCD touchscreen that not only flips out, but swivels around so it can face the front or back or top or bottom. So, if I'm sitting in front of the camera I can have the screen face me so I know what I'm recording while I'm recording. Then I can flip it back around the back for when I'm behind the camera recording my hands. I've got a microphone and a remote, too.
There are so many buttons on this thing. So many options and controls... I'm not quite sure what to do with all of them yet, but I'll get there. My camera came in a bundle with 4 lenses - EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens, 58mm 2.2x Telephoto lens, and 58mm 0.43x Wide Angle Lens. Whatever that means... right? :S
I've taken pics of my kids, which I won't share here. But I've also gotten a few pics of a rose and a hair piece I've made that I think are worthy. Much improved from my old camera, though I've still got a bit to learn.
These pics had very little editing done. All in all I'm very pleased with my new machine and I look forward to using it for my flowers and tutorials. :)
All of this was done on top of trying desperately to potty train my determined and strong-willed 3 year old son. My brain is so tired, but I will push through with everything anyways cause I'm crazy.
This month I'm going to try to add 2 more PDF's to my Pattern Shop. I am working on both of them now - Astilbe and Poinsettia. The Astilbe will probably be finished first since it's shorter. The Poinsettia is already half-way done though, so it won't take very long after I finish the first one. The Poinsettia I'm going to publish is a little different than the ones I made in my recent Custom Made Poinsettia Wall Hanging. I've been playing and I've found a few ways to make the centers more life like. But there will be both a large and small Poinsettia pattern in it.
Next month I have scheduled a new Technique Tutorial PDF - I was going to do that one first but forgot to order the wire I needed for part of it - plus an Orchid and possibly a Primrose pattern. I've actually got the patterns I want to make scheduled out through March of next year... but if you ever want to request a specific pattern, please let me know and I can either bump it up in the schedule or add it to my list.
That's all for today! I'll be back next week with my Astilbe Pattern. :)
Hello everybody! I'm back again with two more short Free Tutorials. I've been wanting to expand the offerings in my Free Tutorial section, so I'm starting with a couple easier ones today. I also rearranged the Free Tutorial section and hopefully it will be a little less cluttered.
The first one is for the Crystal Berry Sprays that I used in my recent Poinsettia Wall Hanging. I had a few people ask about how to make these, and they are super easy so I figured I would just make a little tutorial and post it for anyone interested.
The second one is for this neat little branch that I designed to use in an upcoming Fantasy Flower Arrangement. My husband thought I was making coral. But it's just a funky little branch, though I'm sure the idea could be altered to make coral...
The tutorial begins with a technique tutorial on Fringe, and then has the branch as a little project at the end. :)
I'll be making a few more of these branches for my arrangement. :)
In other news:
I have forgotten the last few posts to update those of you who went in with me on the special order of 22 gauge Ultra White Wire from Parawire. From my last communications with their rep, we have about 2 more weeks until they ship the wire to me, then once I receive it I will be parceling the spools out and shipping them to everyone who ordered. If you ordered wire from me but haven't sent me your shipping address yet, please contact me!
I've been saving up for a while for a nicer camera. One, so I can take better pictures. And two.... so I can do video tutorials! I've been wanting to do them for such a long time. And, thanks to all of your support in purchasing patterns lately I was finally able to order the camera! It's a Canon T5i, which is really really nice, and I'm so stinkin' excited! It should be here early next week. My microphone and remote are coming today. (Don't you hate it when the accessories arrive before the thing they go to? I can't even play with them!) Once I figure out how to use a DSLR camera and get my setup right, I will start experimenting with video tutorials. Some will be free, and others will be available in my pattern shop. So hopefully someday soon (probably not until next year though :( ...) I will be able to offer video tutorials for you guys. :) YAY!!
Hello everyone! I am Lauren Harpster, the designer behind Lauren's Creations. I am a 28 year old wife, and a mother to three adorable little kids. I've been making French Beaded Flowers for about six years now, and publishing patterns and tutorials for three years.
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