The Big Change…

Hellllooooo!

It’s been a few days…right? Well, here I am! Over the past few months I have been making various changes to my blog. I have been attempting to organize and get things straight.

But when it comes to this blog…one thing has never changed. What’s that?

It is simply…my blog’s name! The reason for that is I am rather attached to my blog name. The Misty Mountain has always been my title and I always have liked it.

But as I make several announcements (which will change my blog slowly) over the next few days…or weeks…there will be a change. If not a few.

The first change is the name. It makes me sad to wave goodbye to The Misty Mountain, as it’s been my title for four years (this blog’s whole life 😀 ). But it’s time.

So without further ado…my new blog name!

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Surprise! And you wondered what happened to Crystal Ice Studio 😉 . So that is change #1.

Keep an eye out for the next changes.

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Thoughtful| “The Future”

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This begins a new series of posts! They’re called Thoughtful mostly because they will focus on different things I’ve been thinking on lately. This first post is being started because I have been thinking a lot on the future- and specifically on what it holds.

Mainly, I have been thinking more on the future of this blog. I don’t want to quit writing here-ever. I just think it’s about time to think of new things to do on it. Here are some thoughts I’ve been jumping around with:

  1. Perhaps start a new series (check! This is the newest blog series.)
  2. Perhaps do a drawing tutorial in pictures?
  3. Perhaps do a craft tutorial? I love crafting…and am thinking of starting back up now that I’ve cleaned up my ‘studio’. (more on that later)

 

Those are my thoughts on it thus far.

Another thing that’s had me all excited about the future is the acquiring of a new lens! A kind friend gave it to me, and it has changed my photography experience. Why? Because it goes to the minimum f-stop # of 1.8!!!! That makes for a great popped subject and a way more blurred background. I love it, and believe it will help with all my portraits from now on. Bonus? It’s a small lens, not at all heavy and it goes to 52mm max. Here are some sample photos:

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This is my beautiful mother. I really love how this lens brings everything out so nicely. I also like my background. Something about the books makes me all happy. 🙂
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Here is an object! I love spices, because they are just so useful for cooking. Mostly, I just love the bokehed background the 50mm gives this photo. Thanks to the counter top for this shot 🙂 . 

Another thing that has me thinking is school. I have a lot and not a lot left. It still feels like so much and yet I only have a few courses left now. I always like watching my siblings do their school…mostly because I can take photos of them being studious.

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This was also taken on the 50mm. I think I am in love ❤ 🙂 . 

Then I am so excited about the future crafting possibilities now that my studio is all the way clean for the very first time (I never finished unpacking at all).

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I hung these paper chalkboards on the wall of my studio. When my mom was around 20 (before she married dad) she taught kindergarten. These were the chalkboards they used in the class. I water colored the sides of them so they wouldn’t look too old, but other than that- they’re still in great shape.  

The future of cooking. It’s no secret that I really like cooking. I enjoy it…but I would actually prefer to cook for a smaller bunch for a while. One thing I look forward to in the future is the possibility of someday cooking for my own family.

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I cooked dinner tonight. I was happy with the way I seasoned it this time. 🙂 
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The rice was ‘wild’ rice with a Spanish rice twist to it. 

Writing! Maybe I’ll actually get something published someday?

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Hope you didn’t find my thought ramblings too dull, or weird…

~Emmaline

 

 

Birthday Crafts

Good afternoon!

For those of you who don’t know, I used to blog at a site I named ‘Crafty and Fun’. And as you may have guessed…that ship has sailed. But my love of crafting and creativity hasn’t. And so I am pleased to share what I made just recently for my dad’s birthday. A quick introduction though: One of the gifts I made stemmed off an idea I had for my upcoming etsy shop. The idea was (in my mind) grasping at straws. But it looked something like this:

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A ‘survivor’ mini model bed roll, already trying to roll up. So I snapped the pic. really fast.
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It literally, without any help… rolls up if there’s no pressure holding it down! It’s because of the tension on the strings.

Now, how does that relate to the gift I made dad? Well…it gave me the idea because of the twigs. Otherwise, it holds no relation to the gift for dad. But that’s how random my mind is. The slightest thing can trigger an idea (no matter how far out) in my brain. And that’s what happened here. So, I headed outside and brought in some twigs to make dad a coaster…

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Brown satin ribbon made good ‘binding’ for the coaster. I filled in the cracks with hot glue…and regretted it later– because the hot glue ends up so white it shows up way too much in pictures. I am now wishing I would of had some clear glue at my disposal. Or some wood putty. 😦

And then I got sidetracked and started snapping photos of my zinnia plant that just opened up…

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I told you I tend to be rather random. But now for part two of the gift. I made a card, and I also made a beaded bookmark. Sadly, I didn’t have the best beads at my disposal for this project…but I made do.

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A beaded bookmark…
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And everything else all together.

Hope y’all liked this post, as random as it was. Stay tuned for some fall pictures and also for something about a survivors shelter. “What?” you say? Better keep an eye open to see what I’m talking about. Till then, adieu!

 

Do you ever hand make gifts for people?

Do you like zinnias?

What are YOUR thoughts on all this fall weather? (thumbs up over here!! 🙂 )

 

 

~Emmaline

Etsy Shop| An Update

Hello!

I promised to post updates, didn’t I? Well, I did…and so I’m here! Just to touch base a little with y’all,–the past two months have been spent busily- and (I HOPE 🙂 ) productively. I spent them brainstorming and experimenting various product ideas. As a result, today I have pictures to share! YAY.

Note: the pictures I’m sharing are not complete projects. They are still in progress. Here’s a mini list of what I’m about to share:

  1. An earring. (from the jewelry department)
  2. A headband. (from the headwear department)

Yep, it’s not much. But it’s what I’ve got for now…*smile*.

 

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Product# 1: Silver bell earrings
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Product #1: Silver bell earrings
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Product #1: Silver bell earrings
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Product #2: Denim braided headband
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Product #2: Denim braided headband
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Product #2: Denim braided headband

 

There are many imperfections in the products…I know. But this is just stage two. There won’t be these imperfections in the finished products. In the headband photos my little sister had to hold the sides of the headband so it wouldn’t fall off. That’s because I haven’t actually attached the piece that holds it on the head! But…I promised updates- and I want to give y’all a taste of the process step-by-step.

And yes, in the earring photos…there is a WIRE sticking out of the top of the earring! 🙂 And NO, there will most certainly NOT be that wire in the finished product.

Sorry there isn’t more. There are more products, but they’re not quite picture worthy yet!

Thanks to my lil’ sis Ellie for sitting so patiently as I tried to figure out some of the settings on the camera.

Thanks also to my big sis Hannah, who’s graciously offered to allow me to use her camera to practice photography and take product photos. I am very grateful.

 

What projects are y’all working on?

Do you ever want to start a business from home?

Do y’all know of any articles I could watch to improve my product photos?

 

~Emmaline

 

 

Four Months Left

Okay,

Today is September the first–so is anyone else interested in making homemade Christmas gifts? I am, obviously. 🙂 I am now going crazy with the realization that in just FOUR MONTHS–Christmas will hit us. Okay, fine! 3 1/2 ish months. I always make all my Christmas gifts…which means I hit pinterest with a vengeance (and create a secret board called ‘gifts for Christmas’.) and find something that my family will like love. I like love making all my gifts. And it saves money, too! Now what is the point of all this blabbering? Well, it was obviously (I say that too much) definitely because I wanted you to worry about gifts this year. I mean, why else would I mention it? 🙂

 

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This photo is to make you wish we were in the prairie days…where they put apples and oranges in stockings. That was their gift. Why are we so demanding …ahem…American these days?

 

Now you are actually supposed to be wondering if this post has any point at all. Does it? AHA, my friends, AHA–remember what I said in my ‘about’ page? I said something to the effect of “this is my all-purpose” blog. So see…I can post anything my heart desires! I am a THE queen of randomness.  But anyway…here are some of my previous Christmas gifts.

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Hand-drawn cards for Mimi & Papa.
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A very colorful rose for Grandma Carol.
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A circular doodle. It’s cute…and easy to draw. U can be creative.
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Handmade paper flowers. I actually made a mini version of these and attached them to a barrette.

 

I hope this got you thinking about gift ideas. Y’know churned you up? 🙂

~Emmaline

 

My Slow Journey| To Being an Etsy Seller

The dreaded post has arrived. Dreaded for me anyhow. On my many numerous (no kidding) blogs current and extinct–I was always mentioning etsy. Or rather, being an etsy SELLER.  I have always considered etsy as being a great place for creativity people to get the word out about their products. Over the years I have done several posts on the fact that I planned to sell on etsy. There are several old posts on another blog somewhere which have pictures of ideas for products. Needless to say, 1 year later–my ideas have changed. Today, I’m just basically going to bring you up to date with my current plans so you can stay tuned.

First of all, what was I going to be selling?

For those of you who’ve seen my original posts on etsy selling- you know that my very first idea(s) was/were pretty much this:

  1. Knitted nut pattern dishcloths.
  2. Polka dotted hand crafted cards and stationary.
  3. Occasionally–beaded bracelets.
  4. Etc. (I know, SO helpful–but seriously everything else fitted into this category!)

Yeah…my ideas aren’t quite the same anymore. Now I am considering a variety of other things. I have put on my creative thinking hat and decided I want my shop to be the very best it can be. And that means–not just quality (although yes, I need that!), but cute, original, (as original as I can be 🙂 ) and new-ish.

Secondly, what am I going to be selling?

  1. Headbands (I won’t spoil the specifics yet).
  2. Jewelry (more creative types–again, me no tell yet).
  3. Handmade stationary & cards.
  4. Hand-drawn frame art.
  5. Etc./Everything else.  (I do that in the new me still–some things never change!)

What is the history of my etsy shop?

Me in 2014: SoCraftyandFun opens for business.

Me in 2015: Shop still existent but closed due to its slacker owner 🙂 .

Me in 2016: “Well, I have a whole lot more ideas and much more to offer now. Maybe I should start back up?”…WELL…| Emmaline decides to name her shop CrystalceStudio (Crystal Ice Studio, but the ‘i’ in ‘ice’ is chopped off in her shop name.).

Why CrystalceStudio/ Crystal Ice Studio?

There’s actually a story behind the name. I just recently moved–and my parents have given me a tiny little room to use as my studio. I knew I wanted it to be called a studio instead of just plain old office. But anyway…I began doing EVERYTHING in my studio. I knew I needed a name for my studio. Then, it happened. I decided to create an instagram (which, BTW, I haven’t even used yet.)–and I named it Crystal_Ice_Studio (I think?). Two months later, here’s my new etsy shop name.

Will you update us when you ACTUALLY open your shop?

Yep. I’ll probably have a huge ‘open for business’ post with links to all my products and my sh 🙂 p. I’ll be way too excited to forget to tell you when I’m open. So don’t worry–I’ll keep y’all posted.

 

~Emmaline