Thursday, September 2, 2010

"O" You are too wonderful!!! (+ a template peek and photoshop ramble...)

Thank
You!!!

Two little words that always seem oh so inadequate when I try to express how much your incredible support and heart warming words mean to me. I just can't tell you how extremely lucky I feel to know you guys. Wish I could be next-door neighbours with you all! Wouldn't that be a great neighbourhood? Crafting buddies galore for everyone! sighhhhh.... ;o)

I'm thrilled to report that I'm in the process of feeling crafty goodness coming on (thanks to your encouragement!) and I'm making a template. Here's a sneak peek of part of it...

These are the side pieces of a curvaceous purse basket.
There's a non-patterned version too :o)

If you'd like the free curvy purse basket
template, you can find it my post here


A strange random ramble about photoshop: You long time blog friends may notice I have finally conquered the curve!!! The curvy bits on here are real, symmetrical circles--not "shaky drawn with pencil" kind of circles---not "tracing-the-lid-off-the-spaghetti-sauce-jar" kind of circles---not "try-to-line-two-of-them-up-and-get-that-curses-on-mel's-crooked-circles-feeling" kind of circles! but bona fide computer roundness! teehee

Although, I still "feel-the-love" for that wonky kind of homemade circle, it was an exciting moment when I figured out a sneaky way to make circles in photoshop. [Using the letter 'O', lining it up on my template, using the "find edges" filter to turn it into a line, and erasing the parts of the "O" that don't fit the template.]

Granted, it's definitely not the right way (which for some reason eludes me to no end) and this weird way probably takes way too long comparatively, but "O" man oh man, was the tech-challenged stamp-dork side of me ever thrilled to have symmetrical circle ability engaged! ;o)

Well, enough of my yadda yadda... I'm looking forward to finishing the rest of this template up & sharing it with you fabulous sweeeeeeet people, soon!

Thanks again for being You!
You make my heart burst with happy!
:o)
Mel

37 comments:

Noreen said...

I sometimes create in odd ways, too, but who is to say that someone else's way to do things is the correct way? Maybe ours is the correct way! Anyway, I love your approach to crafting and your creative way to do something that everyone else has a special tool for. So glad you're feeling up to doing a little crafting again. I really have missed you.

Holly said...

so wonderful to know that your muse is finding it's way back! The template looks great and I can't wait to see what fabulous creation you make!

Suzi said...

Well, that's a lot more than I can do with photoshop! Congrats! So glad you got a little of your mojo back. OH, what a lovely neighborhood that would be. Ours houses might never get clean, but we could play, play, play! I'll make the coffee and pumpkin bread!

Tiffany said...

I"M SOOO HAPPY to see that you are getting your groove back on!!! I have really missed you!!

Dotty Jo said...

Woooo and an extra big hooooo for you! Jo x

Elaine M said...

We may not actually live next door to each other but we sorta are in the same neighborhood - and it's a wonderful crafty world. Congrats on mastering the curve!! I'd be thrilled to master anything in Photoshop

Margie said...

That template looks very interesting - but so does everything you share with us. We are the lucky ones having you back with goodies, yeah!

Priscilla said...

Glad to hear your getting your MoJo back. If there was a neighborhood like that we would all look like disaster survivors. Never eating, cooking, cleaning etc. (but we'd have tons of fun!)
Look forward to any of your posts!
PS. Miss Mouse must be happy with all the attention.
Priscilla

Axes DesigNs said...

Thanks you are getting better. I miss you :(

But!!! I'm so glad you come back ready to ramble!!! :p

Chris said...

YAY Mel!!! I was so happy to see you feeling a bit better...I was really worried about you and I'm glad you made a clean break for a while. I think you are tougher on yourself than we EVER would be. Your art classes sound wonderful. :)

Becky said...

I am glad you are starting to get your mojo back.. Great template. I have photo shop and I can not do one thing with it :) compared to me you are a pro.

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

So good to see you posting again. Love your explanation of the curve too. Cute little template part you have shared with us. Have a relaxing labor day weekend.

harrahx2 said...

So glad you are feeling better. Looking forward to your creativeness!

harrahx2 said...

So glad you are feeling better. Looking forward to your creativeness!

the PaperTemptress said...

I have missed you so so so so so much but am still okay with a bit here and there so please above all TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!!
Patricia
the PaperTemptress

Dawn said...

bwahahahahah...I love your "O" way of doing it!! snort!

good to see the creative YOU again too!!!
xoxoooo

cristinoel said...

That looks so absolutely beautiful! Have you ever tried Inkscape?

Mari said...

I've missed you Mel! So glad to see that you're finding your mojo again - it's an awful feeling to sit there and wonder what to do.
And, really, just because you aren't doing your circles the 'professional' way - aren't you having more fun than they are anyway?! :D

Merry said...

This looks interesting...great to see your mojo is coming back.

Rene said...

OK Mel....can you please try this..
Are you sleeping on a pillow that is years old...isn't that the norm lol...you won't believe what is in your pillow...mould, bugs,etc lots of nasties...this has been proven in Australia that it has a huge effect on a persons health and not just migraines. Thanks for sharing.
Rene from OZ xo

pescbrico said...

If you are working with PS... you should try one of the class in that website... it's the most well worth money I've spent!!! I've learned so much! You may find a faster way then your "o" trick. it's http://www.jessicasprague.com/
Let me know if you enjoy it... their is some free class you can try too on it if you are afraid of buying like I was! Let me know if you like it. Glad to see you online :)

Debi Miller said...

Missed you loads, Mel. Look forward to reading your blog again.

Ruth said...

Looking forward to seeing what you do with the fab template! And it's just great to feel your enthusiasm again! Please just enjoy and don't overdo it!! Ruth x

Rose-Anne said...

I have missed you and your creativeness. However, I know how important it is to take care of "YOU". Take it slow and put yourself first.

dragonflydreamer said...

So glad you are back and feeling creative. You are so amazingly talented and inspiring to everyone who is fortunate enough to know you or find your blog. Thanks for being so generous and sharing your art.

xo Susi xo

DeeAnn said...

Don't you know the best art comes from doing it the quirky way. :) I am glad your MoJo is coming back. Take one day at a time and enjoy it for yourself. We love you Mel.

Benga said...

happy to see you back into this wonderful crafty world we live in! Looking forward to more craftiness ahead! Take care!

Lori Forester said...

Mel.
It must have been hard to feel uncreative. But I'm happy for you that you are feeling more creative again. I have felt stuck before myself. Thank you for the sneak peak and the photoshop ramble. I also am circle challenged! Glad you feel like you can come back.

Kristy Tyra said...

Good job on your circles. It takes a while to get the hang of Photoshop, but it is so much fun! Each time you figure out a new thing there's a feeling of 'wow! I did it!'

Vina said...

Hey, Mel is back! Glad to hear that your time off gave you more bonding time & love at home! That's a good thing! Take care of yourself!
Hugs, Vina

Kim said...

I am so glad you are feeling crafty again!!!! Can't wait to see your creations!

ninie said...

hello mel, i'm so happy to read you again...i felt really sad about your migraines, i know how hard it could be! i'm really happy to see you're on the way back to blogging again;!!

ninie

danac said...

This looks so wonderful!! Can't wait to see the finished product. Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself and your talent with us!

Paula Gale said...

Hi Mel

I've discovered your blog, and boy - I have the tab open all the time and have recommended it to a couple of friends - but am defo gonna need to put it on my blog... you are just full of inspiration and crafty goodness - and generous like no other.... i love everything about your blog and am just about to provide another 'e-mail friend' a link back to here....

keep up the good work, well done on mastering a circle - the little things that make us happy eh? I have PS Elements - and really need to play!!!

I hope that you get back to your full form to bring us loads more crafty goodness, but in the meantime, I have PLENTY of things to look at here....

thanks for sharing all your stuff and inspiring me (and many others).

Paula x x x

Idle Hands said...

So glad to see you back and posting as you can. I am happy for you (and me, 'cause now I can continue to benefit from your talent).
Madonna

Deebi27 said...

I used to tell my math teacher, who cares how I got the answer...I got it! Your story reminds me of that discussion with my math teacher...ohhh, so many years ago! I am so happy to see you are feeling more crafty these days. Sooo looking forward to hearing from you again!!!

Allison said...

Yay for you and the PS...I am still clunking away at learning in it. And, it's not even for fun stuff but crap like fixing up screenshots for my work manuals (blech!). Glad you are out there...maybe your next big crafty project would be to make a big community with all the crafty peeps (out of paper!)...and then I'm moving in!