Thursday, 29 November 2012

What a week!!!

What a week.... I had problems loading photos to another blog site that I sometimes write, and realised that soon I might have the same problems with my blog.  Now I know that not many people read my blog or even find it half interesting, but it keeps me busy and I do have to use my brain a bit so I would hate it if google stopped me rather than me deciding to give up writing of my own accord..  
So, I had to try to research a few things and it seems that to keep adding photos to a blog without exceeding the limit, photos need to be of a certain size, and the best way to do this is to use 'picasa' photo editing, and to upgrade to Google +1, don't ask me what 'Google +1 is, but I do think I have managed to upgrade, and am now trying to use picasa.  I think also I may have changed my profile picture, I was very happy with that little Poppy, but I may now have an embroidered hedgehog ....we wait and see what happens in the next couple of weeks. 

Other than getting frustrated and taxing my poor little brain, I read an item on how to improve photos for your blog.  The big thing seemed to be to get natural light i.e. take photos by an open window ..simple!!!!  The other thing I have noticed is that some bloggers take their photos on a white background, so I decided to practice some quilting techniques that I have followed from this site.  This lady even explained that a good way to quilt is to print on paper and sew over that.  I printed from EQ6 a stencil and pinned it to my WHITE fabric.....ready steady go...

Not too shabby
centre completed and ready for the next step..

Paper off 
some straight lines added

bit more quilting to fill in the gaps

Mmmmmm think I can improve on this - given time.
washed and ready to go

ready for a photo shoot
Photo shoot number 1.
I'll explain about the purses later
 I needed some sort of table that I could use for photographing so out came the butler tray that I painted and "d├ęcoupaged" years ago.  I used some beautiful old fashioned ladies to decorate it and included a photo of my Mum as a young lady, and one of me as a 2 or 3 year old.

Mum in the centre and I am the baby on the left.
 My Mum and Dad had a family of three, then at the time and they should have been taking things easy and looking forward to grandchildren my sister arrived and 4 years after that I came along ! Both must have thought of putting their "head in the gas oven", but  I like to think I kept them young. My dear Dad died when he was 79 (I was just 21) and my beautiful Mum lived to a ripe old age of 91.

Practice taking photos.....
What do you think?

At least I did have something to show you in my 'photo shoot'.  Yes, another purse.  I ordered a couple of purse clasps and these ones were the 'no sew' type.  I think if you are going to use these, you must be in the mood for stickyness as it is rather messy trying to get the fabric in the clasp and I prefer the 'sew in' ones.

So, I have to ask myself if its been a good week for progress, and I am not sure about that.  I think it might take a while for me to get used to the new photo editing program and I have no idea what will happen with this google+1 thing .... in fact I don't even know where to find my google.... what a thing to say, it even made me chuckle.  But, Oh how I wish I was more computer literate.


  1. Just talking about Google + and photo editing make me shiver! Hope you have done your homework!

    Fab quilting!

  2. Yo Jo....great quilting lady! Photo shoot a success!:)

    Several months ago my blogger wouldn't work and it said I needed to use Google Chrome. So I downloaded Chrome and even though I don't like the look of it I use it for blogger only and use my Windows Internet Explorer for everything else. Maybe that's all you need to do.

    I edit my photos on Photoshop making them smaller for easier and quicker upload since I'm still on dialup. Other than having to wait about 3 minutes for each photo to upload I haven't had any problems since using Chrome....at least so far!;)

  3. Love your blog and have read it ever since I heard about it. I want to know how to do whole cloth quilting and the over the papers looks brilliant.
    So I will look out for you on Monday next. Sue

  4. I enjoy your blog like I am sure many others do . I do not understand
    chrome or photo editing so I think you are doing a great job.
    White quilting over the papers looks good and so do the little purses will you bring them on Monday to the group. By the way Santa is finished and looking great

  5. dont give up blogging Jo. Quilting looks great and so do the little purses, thats another must try!

    1. Jo- do you actually go to bed? Are there more than 24 hours in your day?.