Bad news, guys!I quit sugar and it's doing amazing things for my soul and body! It's only bad news because the only sweet baking I will do will be around birthdays and never for my own home or guests. Yeah, sorry, but really I'm not
I'm one of thoseI always told myself, I would never be one of those that disappear from deviantART without saying a word. I was a mom already, with tons of projects but I still could manage being an decent CV and bringing the community fun events (I hope?). It turns out that I'm a huge hypocrite. I became what I didn't want to become. Sure, I could blame the fact that I now have 2 children that depend on me or that I've been working more and more for my business but the truth is that I feel like an impostor. I lost interest in creating art. I start projects in my head but never follow through. I haven't even posted on my recipe blog in 3 months. My favorite memories of being on dA is being a CV and creating events and articles. The Community is what I've always loved most, it's what made me want to become a Volunteer in the first place. So why did I disappear? I'm not sure. Does this journal mean I will come back and dedicate more time to the community as a member? I don't know... I feel li
Architectural ModelsAs a previous CV and as an Artisan Crafts enthusiastic in general, I feel that the Architectural Models sub-category of Artisan Crafts is often left out of the spotlight. Mainly, I think because it is not nearly as popular as say jewelry making or knitting. I've always had a respect for architectural models, my first room mate had a huge city model that he built from scratch, he kept removing buildings and replacing them with new ones all the time. I could sit there on the floor of his room, watching him build and destroy for hours while we conversed about anything at all, it was therapeutic somehow.
I'm obsessed!I just finished reading Words of Radiance, the second book from The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson; who by the way is the best author in the freakin' world. I am so emotionally invested in this book, oh my god, I read the 1000+ pages in about 3 seconds. Reading while rocking Félix to bed was the best. Now I need something to quench my thirst because the next book is not scheduled to come out until 2015 .In the meantime, I decided to look for fan art and I was not disappointed. Deviants are a talented bunch, I tell ya.
Oh man, my life...First of all thanks for all the birthday wishes I spent my birthday and most of last week in a hospital with my newborn. I can easily say it was the most stressful and worst time of my life. He caught a nasty virus and had to be hospitalized and put on oxygen. Other nasty tests and interventions were done to him to rule out any infections and keep his breathing under control. He got RSV and bronchiolitis so we were put into isolation with 2 other children that had the same virus. After 5 days (on my birthday) we got to go home. Félix is doing much better but we're not out of the woods just yet, he still have a nasty cough but it's getting better. Sorry I can't and won't respond to messages and notes for a while. Hope you understand. That white thing in Felix's mouth is a soother btw, not some horrible medical contraption, lol.
I've been busy..Hello beautiful deviants, I miss you a lot. I wish I could be more active and reply in a timely manner to the billions of notes/messages that I received in response to my latest DD. I have about 792+ messages, notes and deviations in my message center to read. The truth is, I log in for about 5 minutes everyday and end up having to get up again. It's hard to catch up. But I'm still here and don't plan on leaving!I blame this adorable little guy Can you see the cute little penguin next to him? Brookette lovingly made it for him.Also something wonderful happened; I've been awarded my very own pair of wings! I you guys.
My etsy shop is live!Come take a look! I have a few items listed and more should be coming in the next few weeks! GO GO GO: A crafting mayhemHere's a 15% off coupon (not applicable to the surprise me listings): RELAUNCHYAYThis coupon expires Feb. 28th.Also, watch my facebook page for exclusive coupon codes and other promotions.I would appreciate any kind of pimping!Thanks!
New projectHey guys, remember how I wanted to get back into jewellery making but being a Mom with a 3 week old is kind of hard. I've been working on this line for a little while. I'm still in the testing phase.Yep, I am re-opening my etsy page and I have a brand new name to go with my project. I'm calling it "A Crafting Mayhem". You can expect to hear more about that soon. Here's a preview of what's to come.
Farewell to the old and Hello to the new year2013 has been a very crazy year for me and my family. So much has happened but here are the highlights:Right before the year began I became a CV for Artisan Crafts and was lucky enough to work side by side with Talty In February, I learned that I had PCOS. When it was announced to me, I was told that it was a miracle that I had gotten pregnant with Loïc in the first place and that there was no cure.Winter was rough for my family. My little Loïc got sick a lot.In April, drama happened and ties with long term friends were broken.A few days later, I learned I was 7 weeks pregnant! In your face PCOS! In May, cakecrumbs joined the AC CV team In July, my husband cut his finger and needed stitches. Also, we purchased our first home and had an ultrasound to that showed I was e
On Unknown ArtistsThis article was originally inspired by a discussion with Alavesa and posted in a journal here but people told me I should make it a news article So here's a revised (hopefully improved) version. Any updates and additions will be posted there.Tip for unknown artistsFirst, this is something I find many just don't realise... Did you know that you're way more likely to meet new friends and getting your work noticed if you interact with unknown artists, instead of only watching already popular ones? Unknown artists will appreciate any feedback you leave them a lot more (be it a critique, a fave etc.), and often will keep talking to you and return the favour, while to many popular artists, you may be just another drop in the sea.Remember, the amounts of exposure you get doesn't just depend on the quality of your work you'll have to get some people to look in the first pla
Go for it - Photoshop BrushesPrevious Go for it articles: Go for it - Photoshop Tutorials Go for it - Photoshop ActionsHello guys! How are you?This "Go for it" Article is about Photoshop Brushes.Many of us use brushes to enhance our works result. Whether they are drawings, vectors, paintings, manipulations, photographies, etc., the truth is that brushes are many times a life savior and, they help us achieve great effects in an great and easy way.What are brushes?Quoting my own Tutorial, "Brushes can be compared to stamps that we use in Photoshop (or in other program like Paint Shop Pro, Illustrator, Corel PhotoPaint, etc.). The main puropse is to add extra effect or details into your digital work".I've created 2 Tutorials exlaining how to instal & apply Photoshop Brushes and, also how to create your own Photoshop Brushes. If you find them useful, please download t
Cosplay Photography GuideA cosplay photography introductory lesson of sorts, for the growing number of cosplay enthusiasts in the deviantART community.An illustrated outline of things to consider for photoshoots, also identifying the differentiating factors of cosplay photography as compared to more classical portraiture.[http://behindinfinity.deviantart.com/journal/16401555/]
Amazing Unknown ArtworksDeviantArt is a place full of amazing artists and artworks.Unfortunately, some of them are almost unknown and really deserve more recognition. I've decided to feature some of my faves in this article, all of them are almost unknown (most of them only have under 100 faves, they are all under 500 faves).Digital Art :thumb87562534: :thumb64546452: Fantasy Island by peterconcept 'Jezebel' by Energetic-Innovation Huldra by Sussi1 :thumb444
Creepachu: Disturbing Pikachu Artwork Pikachu by Sekkosiki GONNA CATCH EM ALL - pika pika by randiscreepachu by OMEGAUS Pikachu by betsybauer paaaaauloooo by pikararZombiechu by Spysheep 'A wild PIKACHU appeared.' by TuxedoDemon PIKACHU USED MEAN LOOK by DawrThe Momachu -a Pikachu Fanart- by DogsfatherPWNed. by Tonosamanjuu :thumb170609597: I WANT A POTATO CHIP by OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWOPikachu by OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWO Best Pikachu Ever by PivoteerJK The Electric Tale of Pikachu by GumbogamerAngry Pikachu by Astral-Agonoficus :thumb63193923: CREEPACHU by DeathdealerScramblesPikachu by SoupAndButter Real Pikachu by hextupleyoodot :thumb177488517:Pikachu Realism by PokeShoppe Pikachu by AnnaJ :thumb15272903:Pikachu by G-manluver Pikachu by FleetingEmber PikaCHU by Junryou-na-Kokoro:thumb21055892: Pikachu by anansi245:thumb41348288:ZOMBIE PIKACHU by Dean-Mara Pikachu by Verehin BLACKEST NIGHT pokemon pichu by TommyPhillipsPokemon Zombies Pikachu detail by Neef zombie pikachu by berkozturk Pikachu Zombie by FadriPikachu's Big Adventure by SuperNaturalFlavour A Wild Pikachu Appeared by Aetharius Evil pikachu by Anjierou:thumb127116312: Badass Pikachu by ninja-ed Zombie Pikachu by Deks-DesignsEVIL PIKACHU by LordBoop Crinos Pikachu by Tacimur:thumb71761936: Pikachu +sexy version+ by nancher Pikachu Lesbos by bendzzPichu and Pikachu by devonn Pikachu by nJoo Natural Pikachu and Pachirisu by devonn:th
Resources of DAstock images: :thumb68399898: Blue Dress Lexi 9 by Falln-Stock :thumb85025368: :thumb88450974: :thumb89304171: :thumb100687924: :thumb62176302: victorian dress full train by magikstock Rain 8 by LongStock Rain 9 by LongStock Rain 7 by LongStock Faerie Tale XXVI by fetishfaerie-stock 9 by littlesheep-stock 16 by littlesheep-stock :thumb100323520: Hair falls by Sinned-angel-stock :thumb60038800: :thumb75564317: Love you all by Sinned-angel-stock more pink orchids3 by Jezhawk-stock :thumb97550930: The Gor Project - 1 by mjranum-stock :thumb88957565: Windhair by Sinned-angel-stock draper III by Voivodess-Stock Calm Water strwberrystk by strwberrystk :thumb72599618: :thumb91677679: White dress 01 by MarjoleinART-Stock The Frog Prince 70 by MarjoleinART-Stock Magical Swing 10 by MarjoleinART-Stock Magical Swing 22 by MarjoleinART-Stock Water Lilies 02 by MarjoleinART-Stock :thumb6037303: Pink Mum Flower Floral Stock by Enchantedgal-Stock Fish Stock 0037 by phantompanther-stock Vibrant - Sky Stock by AboveVintage :thumb87998680: White Field by Ivette-Stock Ground Ivy by BellaDonnaStock Smoke Stock 002 by mross5013 Blue Sheets by im-stocking-you :thumb94665081: :thumb94620321: Stock84 by Diesel-stock 25 by compot-stock Kambriel - 1 by mjranum-stock SinnedAngel - 1 by mjranum-stock fro_dyingbeautystock by ClarabellafaireStock :thumb2796985
Macro Photography - Detail not Visible to the EyeMacro Photography - Show the Detail not Visible to the EyeApproaching macro photography for the first time can be full of ugliness especially if your first attempts fail badly. Many beginners discover the Depth of Field (DoF) is very small, images are out of focus because the focus is critical in macro photography with the small DoF, Camera shake and subject movement (due to using longer shutter speeds to allow for small apertures and/or not using a sturdy tripod), increased noise (if you use a higher ISO to compensate for the small apertures needed), or badly composed photos. And this can get frustrating.(the following was already covered in my first article Welcome to theWorld of Macro but here is a reminder)Macro Photography requires special equipment which can get expensive, but so what we photographers like to spend money on equipment. Without some form of macro equipment you will not be able to
DAM your photosNo disrespect intended...Digital Asset Management (DAM)is a tool you should learn about.I want to present two basic ideas, in 3 simple steps (and tips), to help you manage your photography work better. The first is managing you work on you computer (organizing it), and the second is the keywords and tags you add to it when submitting your work on-line.A few words of introduction first. If you are a starting photographer, this is very important for you. The experienced ones will find it hard to Re-manage all the work they have done, and they probably have a system they work with (working, or not). However, if you are starting now to accumulate your photographs and submitting it on-line, this is essential for you, and easier to do.Shell we begin?1. Managing your photographsThis simple method is based on dates and places. The steps are all centered on creating a folder structure organized around the dates and places you took the pictures on.This organization method is based on date
Go for it - Photoshop ActionsHello people More and more people are using Photoshop Actions, whether for photography, photomanipulation, or other style of art you like.The truth is that these Photoshop Actions improve the final result in many ways and make it easy for you to achieve the most incredible effects.What are photoshop Actions?- Photoshop actions are a pre-recorded set of actions done in photoshop to achieve a certain effect. Instead of loosing maybe 1 hour trying to get the perfect contrast, texture, or even more complex effects, just by pressing Play, you have all these steps in 3 seconds.After I download the Photoshop Actions, how do I install and use them?- After you download the file, in case it's zipped, you must unzip t first. The file will be something like XXXX.atn. Then you must copy that file and paste it on the Photoshop Actions folder: My Computer > Local Disc > Programs > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop > Presets > Photoshop Actions.After this procedure, on your Pho
December Artisan Crafts DD RoundupHere is my DD roundup for the month of December, you can find Talty's roundup here:iconmaytel:Features by maytel Patchwork bracelets by TriquetraZone ABERDEEN by artpoppyCardboard views by MaboroshiTira 'Taiga' #6/25 by Kaa-Annaku The Peacock by MartaGrzywnaHervor new costume by VendelRus Tokenekie by DragonsAndBeasties Amigurumi Jedi by missdolkapotsOld Fame Trio - Am Sportplatz by datvimoz Tribal Portrait VI by Genevieve-Amelia Miniature Butterflies Glass Dome Pendants by GloomyswirlEstigia: Sheep and squirrel by elypsiaproject The Cake Before Christmas by MeYaIeM 12 Days of Christmas :: 4 Poinsettia Jocondes by cakecrumbsMerry X-Mas Cookie Necklace-Polymer Clay-Miniature by ThePetiteShop Comb 'Kraken' by WhiteSquaw The Lady of the Forest by TheIronRingSmallest Viking Hat by Drgibbs Dwarven Treasure - Mithril Sheen by ce-e-vel Swordsinger assembly 2 by FlacusetarhadelDragon Rooney from the White Forest by TantaliaDD SuggestionsRead my detailed guidelines here:FAQ61::FAQ18::FAQ313::FAQ873: