After two years of working at the local cannabis clinic, my interests have lead me elsewhere. I will miss meeting all the people who came in: the miracle stories, the walking wounded, and the chronic pain sufferers and even the slackers. They all had their stories; some of them were horrific, some amusing, some were inspiring, but all very human. When I first started here, I was dubious about the efficacy of marijuana, but after seeing real results, I have now changed my mind; I even got up and made a speech at a city hall meeting to defend our need for a local dispensary. Anybody who knows me understands I HATE speeches and how much this experience has changed my attitude toward the much maligned cannabis plant. So it is with mixed emotions that I bid farewell to a controversial field and start some trouble of my own!
I know I mentioned several years earlier that I was having trouble putting aside my camera for good. I gave away so much because I was “done”. Since writing that blog, I have had several gigs for friends, mostly as a favor or a trade and I have stumbled upon a cool sideline, doing social media, to include my photography, for local businesses. These are not what I would consider paying gigs, as so far, I have been doing it for trade. I get food credits for Cafe Luna, and cheese credit for Wheyward Girl, (no, Wheyward Girl does not reflect my images or my handiwork – yet!) and honestly, I think I’m getting the better end of the deal on these! I’m now focusing my attention on other local businesses that are running on a shoestring budget but need the help. What better way than to offer a trade if cash money is tight? Let’s keep it local, right? And you are buying local, correct?! I won’t get on that soapbox today, because I am guilty of making weekly trips to the closest Wally World for those super economical deals – damnit!
As for my other loves, knitting and crocheting, that goes without saying that they’ll be in my life. I will continue to make designs, review patterns or tools of the trade and bitch about my latest disaster, be it knitting or crocheting – never fear. I am currently ignoring a pair of socks, using the basic Vanilla Latte Socks pattern, my fave. The pattern is free, so snatch it up!
See you in the funny pages!
Post Script: I just published it and noticed all the links I have in this article – oops! They’re good references, but you’re off the hook if you don’t want to follow them.
I know that a lot of you spend a significant amount of time online, mostly checking on your social media. I mean, who doesn’t like to spend hours on Pinterest, getting new ideas for your next big project, after you purchased all the goods needed for the last big project, which you haven’t started yet, before going back on Pinterest and discover new ideas for that next big project! Uh, wait – Am I the only one who does this?
With the onset of cooler weather, business at the cannabis clinic has slowed down, so I’ve been able to spend even that much more time online, and it’s driving me crazy! So with that in mind, I approached the owners of my favorite Mexican eatery, Cafe Luna, and asked if we could do a trade in kind. As their Facebook page was seriously neglected, I offered to do their social media in exchange for their wonderful food….and they accepted! It’s been a whole week, and I think I’ve upped their game. I’ve also had two free meals there %-D. One happy camper here. Seriously, if you’re in the NorCal area, you need to check this out. Wonderful, excellent food. But don’t take my word for it; check them out on Yelp!, the reviews on their FB page and Trip Advisor
My first Malabrigo item. Working on matching scarf/cowl…depends on how much yarn I have left. Couldn’t decide which background looks best… so I put all of them up. I think I like the dark background best. Anyway, enjoy!
You all know how I like to share a good thing when possible. This is one of them. I follow Vandelay blog because sometimes their giveaways are just the shiznit. There are 35 new actions, and the one I used for this image was Strong Matte. If you’ve followed them on occasion you’ll be thrilled to know that this is a totally new set, though I can’t complain about their older offerings. Learned all sorts of neat new PS special effects, including glowing lines. Whoo!
If you like PS actions like I do, you’ll love these. http://www.vandelaydesign.com/ps-actions/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Vandelay+%28Vandelay+Website+Design%29
I always enjoy playing around in photoshop and making my own actions, but I tell you, there’s nothing that beats freebies, and they always seem so much better than mine! Everyone’s vision is different, and it’s fun to see what other people come up with. I did a before and after image to illustrate only one of the many, many, freebie actions available. I used this particular one because I love the dramatic change. Go discover your own at: