Next week and in the many weeks that follow leading up to and into 2010 we will, if we’re lucky, find ourselves on the doorsteps of family; of friends. Surrounded by the warmth of their laughter and their homes we will share in old memories and create new ones. But before all that we’ll show up bearing gifts. Or, at the least, we should. Charmingly simple gifts.
When I was in the third grade we were asked to create a diorama that represented a climate, or geographical setting of some kind. The tropics, perhaps a frozen tundra or a mountainous region. Honestly, I wasn’t paying all that much attention. I had just started reading A Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder and there wasn’t anything more riveting to me than reading about Laura and her Pa having to grind up wheat in the coffee mill. Or Ma Ingalls making ice cream out of some snow and maple syrup. Really, these people were geniuses.
The day before the project was due I decided that I would make a Desert scene. Tents, sheiks and the whole shebang. I would use whatever I had on hand – just like the Ingalls. I took out a rusty cookie sheet and filled it with scoops of sand from our sandbox. [Read more…]
Anna lives in Gloucestershire, England where she is a student and loves art, music, crafts, animations and video games. She’s an animation student so most of the time she’s working on her films and projects. She makes charms to fill in bits of idle time along with playing some video games. Check out her store!
How long have you been making these tiny charms?
Not very long to be honest! I’ve always made random bits of sculpture from various types of clay over the years but I didn’t take it too seriously until I discovered how to make cold porcelain clay. It’s only been…about a year!
Good photography is about timing and patience waiting for the perfect lighting or the clouds to be just so, something that Time and Tide Photo does well. Time and Tide Photo was created by a husband and wife team of Emily and Jayson. Emily has always had a love of doing crafts and has dabbled in painting, and ceramics, besides photography. She has been doing photography on and off for about 12 years and first got introduced to film photography in high school. She started doing digital photography after taking a class in college. Jayson has just recently, in the last year gotten into doing photography. Friends, family and coworkers have asked to buy photos and suggested that they sell them. So they decided to give it a try.
Influenced by Ansel Adams’ photography, their subjects are often landscapes. They also like to keep up with current photographers on Digital Photography School.
Our photos are created because we love to take photos. In every photo we take, we enjoy the subject or place, the composition and the lighting. We do not take photos because we think that they will sell or make money, we do it out of passion and instinct. We think that the positive energy, creativeness and passion shows through in the final products. People should buy from us because they are supporting local artists, and because they are getting a unique piece of art. Larger retailers create mass produced products purely for profit.
When not working on their photos, Jayson works full time in banking and Emily is a full time Mommy and also works part time in retail. You can get more information from their blog and you can view Emily’s Flickr stream and Jayson’s Flickr stream for more great photos.
Geek Necklace by Piano Bench Designs
It used to be that being called a nerd or a geek was a pretty bad thing. I remember some of those days quite well. Except for the kids when I was in grade one were much more eloquent! They called me the “Walking Encyclopedia”. Cue 2010 and being geeky is where it’s at. So it’s no surprise to me that these last couple of years there has been a surge in items you can buy for us “geeks” – often referred to as “geekery”.
Image above by Simply Cute by Karin
How did this change in our way of thinking come about you ask? Well I feel pretty positive that we have the internets to thank for it! I remember the early days of the internet and AOL – when everyone knew we were on to something big, but they didn’t know just how big, or really how we’d end up using the web. And as you might remember at that time there were countless stories of crazy investments in some pretty off-beat companies and folks in the Silicon Valley were living large. Search engines were famous for bringing you just the results you wouldn’t want to find on a work computer (if you wanted to keep your job that is) and people were just discovering instant messaging and forums.
Nerdy Coffee Mug by Terry Irwin Art Prints
Then something changed. Well a lot of somethings. The internet became super useful and we were all left wondering what we’d do without it. Now we ask – how could I survive a work day without a stream of random chatter from my friend’s facebook feeds, randomly surfing hilarious videos on Youtube or browsing for Christmas gifts on fun sites like Cargoh (where I sourced all these finds today)? These days if you learn someone is a PHP genius or a Cold Fusion developer – it’s more likely that you’re in awe of them instead of thinking that they’re inferior in some way. Because these brilliant minds are helping us while away hours of our time in the most entertaining of ways, and allowing us to connect with people online, in ways we never would have thought possible just a few short years ago.
Redhead Reader Print by A Cagey Bee
And if anyone was to buy me one of these gifts (particularly that coffee mug) I would wear it or display it like the badge of honor that it is. And if you have a family member or a friend who’s always calling themselves a geek – I think they’d love to have one of these items too.