Welcome to Allsorts, the cheery little blog of Jenny B Harris... illustrator, designer, and generally artsy craftsy person. This is where I share projects, ideas and such, and natter on about this and that. I love all things stitchy, papery and vintage. Pull up a comfy chair and have a cup of tea!
We're back from our trip to the Big Apple, and I have lots to tell about that, but I just have to share the best thing that happened while we were there... Nick popped the question and my little Katy is getting married! (let the Pinning begin...)
Sometimes it gets to me, how so many people can take what I willingly share, and never say thank you, or even have the courtesy of coming to my blog to get their 'freebie.'
I just learned there are a zillion sites out there with my freely shared files on them, and even sites with direct links to the pdf's on my blog. They don't even have to spend the bandwidth, they just use mine. This makes me so sad.
Sometimes I think I should just throw in the towel, give up on making stuff to share, delete the blog and all of the things I've done. But I think of those of you who do come by and say hi, and I actually get choked up, because more and more it seems like nobody wants to take the time to bother with it.
So thank you to those of you who appreciate the connection, you know who you are. Big hugs.
As I am never one to miss out on the latest thing (I hear you snickering out there) I decided to give Instagram a try! In case you aren't as up to the minute as I am (ha), Instagram is an iPhone app with which you take a photo, apply some simple effects, then add it to your Instagram feed. Then you follow other Instagrammers'(?) photo feeds, and you comment or 'like' them, and they follow yours. It's kinda like a cross between Hipsomatic and Pinterest. You take the photo with the app, add some nifty effects, then people comment on them.
So far I am finding it an interesting challenge, although I can't say I am well and truly hooked just yet. The filter thing is still a mystery, as well as the other optional effects. You can add linear or circular blur, like in the photo of my bookshelf, or choose a frame. Also there is supposed to be a way to add them to facebook and other social media, but I'm still not sure about whether that's a good thing or not. I don't want to annoy my facebook friends with my Instagram photos.
Really, it's nice for capturing the simpler moments within a day, since it is much less intimidating than writing a proper blog post. I can just share a quick pic of whatever I happen to be doing, as in the photo above, when I decided to make some Dala Horse bunting and was cutting out the pennants in my lap.
Anywho, that's Instagram. If you you're already IG-ing and would like to follow me, just do a little search over there for jennybharris. I don't have many photos yet (or followers for that matter - ha) but I suspect I will be snapping more very soon...
It's time for my annual Allsorts review! For 2011 I tried something new... creating different 'themes' for each month. The idea was each month's theme would be a creative 'jumping-off' point, but in the end, some themes were more inspirational than others. Also, I wasn't always ready to leave one theme when the calendar rolled over the next month. But I explored some new directions creatively, and I felt continually motivated to produce at least one theme-related project. Here's a look back on the projects and whatnot from 2011...
Okay, so maybe I went a bit overboard on the iPhone wallpapers, and the books for iPad, I can see that now. Not everyone has either of those, so that was kind of unfair. And there were nowhere near enough stitching/sewing projects. I totally blame the remodeling for that (bad remodeling!). I found that I couldn't sit still long enough to focus on stitching anything, so most of my accomplishments were of the digital kind. I will do my best to remedy that in the coming year!
So, that's a wrap. Onward and upward into the New Year! I'd like to get back into quilting now that I've got the space for it, as well as pick my crochet up again. And I have tons of ideas for softies and even a dolly or two! My fingers are itching to get started. We still have Phase Two of the remodeling to get through, but I am determined to forge ahead with my ideas! So what would you like to see from Allsorts in 2012?