I put off using my Raverlyaccount for a long time because -- between this blog, Google Reader, Facebook and Flickr -- I really didn't want another social media page to keep up with. Had I known what a wonderful, pattern-filled, awe-inspiring world of fiber crafts awaited me in the pages of Raverly, I wouldn't have waited so long to join in. Over the weekend I was browsing at the thousands of crochet patterns in Raverly when I came across a stitch I had never seen before -- the crocodile stitch -- complete with a video tutorial. I had to try this stitch straight away.
It's just so interesting and unique. I've been trying to think of different ways to put my own spin on it -- perhaps a pillow cover in different colors, I haven't decided. But you can bet I'll be using this stitch somewhere, somehow.
My days are spent at work and the weekends and evenings are the only time I have to take photos for my blog. This has always hindered my blogging because I just can't take good photos in artificial, low light. This has also kept me from sharing more of my life outside of crafts, which I would really like to share more of in this space. One of my favorite bloggers, Beki from ArtsyCraftyBabe, had seemed to master low light photography. Like me, she works during the day, but she has always shared beautiful pictures of her crafts and her family life all indoors, in low light. Last week Beki opened herself up to questions and, of course, I asked about her photography tricks and she obliged. Using Beki's tricks and tips, I've been practicing my indoor photography and I think I'm finally getting the hang of it.
Now, hopefully, I can share more of what goes between the 'making'. Usually it's helping the little ones with their 'making'. My girls love to draw just as much as did when I was their age. They have been working on drawing by observation and tonight they each drew pictures of their beloved LaLaLoopsy dolls.
What new tricks have you learned lately?