Yesterday marked my first day with my new Autumn into Winter Schedule and let me tell you, I am stoked! No, truly, I am. I have long been the sort who likes and actually needs a schedule to keep my otherwise frantic, mad-scrambled mind clear and calm (or at least as close to calm as it’ll ever be, tee-hee). Summer usually means a much looser, sometimes lost schedule for me and between that and the heat, I usually wither up and get all crank-spanky. This year wasn’t as bad as years past, but still I am delighted to be regaining a set, yet still reasonably flexible, order to my days. Besides, I don’t know about any of you, but thanks to years of school (traditional and otherwise), this time of year is forever ingrained as a wonderful, fresh start. Since I don’t do official schooling anymore, I went out and did a bit of Back-to-Schedule supply shopping instead.
I got pens (and not just black or blue ink, but colored inks too!), notebooks (those floral composition books are college ruled and were a dollar apiece – score!), mini-notebooks and more.
See, my craft-studio desk is all ready! BTW, those colored-pencils and flower-topped pencil are made of actual recycled tree-branches – how cool is that?!? I was beyond excited when I found them at Marshalls for a steal because I had seen similar images of such things floating about tumblr and imgfave and now I have some of my very own ~ Yay!
I also got some more embroidery thread (major sale – five dollars each, otherwise forgetaboutit – those sets of DMC floss are expensive!) and a neat little kit to needle-felt a bunny. I am hoping that this kit with it’s molds will help me figure out needle-felting (my attempts so far have not been the greatest). I’ll give a review of it once I’ve used it.
So that’s my Back-to-Schedule supply list. Does anyone else feel that this is a time of year for fresh starts? Did anybody else go out and buy a few school/craft supplies even if they aren’t in school anymore?
Here’s to a great new week and Schedule!
Namaste ~ Ella
Posted by lawhimsy on September 4, 2012
Ah, this endlessly interesting, constantly shifting place know as the World-Wide Web. It’s such a vast playing field placed at our fingertips. Ours to explore and mine at will. The discoveries are continual and the knowledge limitless in growth. It’s truly an amazing and wonderful thing. Of course, such grandeur cannot be without a downside, a dark side. There are the obvious parts of this – the seedy, illegal and downright, no two ways about it, what is wrong with people?!? Then there is the less obvious and the not really bad because I’m sure no true harm or slights were meant. Simple things like not crediting a source and that’s the real meat of this post. Places like Pinterest, imgfave, tumblr and even blogs like this one are fantastic and I adore all of those places (and have a hard time going a day without pinning something, or drooling over this image or that, hehe), however, I have really begun to dislike the lack of decent and proper sourcing. Sure, we’ve all been a bit guilty of doing the same thing – see something you really like, note that there is no obvious or easily tracked source and still pin or tumble it (I always mean to go looking when I have the time to, but that never seems to happen, sigh). While this isn’t a huge deal on a small scale, it can become a huge problem on the whole since once something gains legs it’s off running and whomever it originated with is left without even so much as a crumb of acknowledgement for their time, effort and original work. I, for one, am doing all that I can to stop it from happening with my own actions. I may not always be perfect (and I am always open to those who do have the correct info and want to share it) but, by golly, I’m gonna do my best. It’s the worst feeling in the world to know that something you’ve made has been taken and is being shared but without due credit. Yes, it is really, really great to know that what you did was considered neat enough to pass along, but still a teensy, tiny bit of credit would be nice (and, if it’s something you make your bread and butter with it’s kind of a necessity). I’ve recently felt the sting of this since I made this darling Polyvore set (I do like it when Polyvore at least shows what was used to create each set and provides a link – however accurate or not that link may be – doh!) and I noticed as I was testing out the search Google with image Firefox extension that a few Tumblrs had used it without any sort of link back or credit and it was a decently popular tumble at that. While I’m glad that it is liked and being enjoyed and really, I did have the foresight to add my Lawhimsy name to it, a bit of actual, link-able credit would be swell. It also made me think even more about how much it would mean to everyone who’s created something if only they could get a bit of love for it – even if it’s only in a tech-y, link-y sort of way. So please be kind and source your finds!
Namaste ~ Ella
This is the image that has been "tragically" left uncredited
Posted by lawhimsy on February 13, 2012