Nov 122012
 

After a long hiatus, and many doctors appointments I think I am finally ready to jump back into things here at SavvyPracticality. I don’t know what direction I will be heading in, or what my arm/shoulder/back will allow, but I’m going to try to DO something other than drive myself crazy thinking about what I can’t do.

The last 45 days have taught me a lot of things about myself and caused me to reconsider my path. Its also given me an opportunity to explore something I truly love. Photography. I’ll still craft every chance I get, but until I recover feeling in my fingers many projects I had planned will have to wait.

So what have I been up to? Photo shoots on a budget. I’ve challenged myself to create great photos on a very tight budget, and share the process here for everyone to follow along. I know that this is a step in a different direction, but for now it is what I can manage easily and I hope it will give you all some ideas that you can use.

Thank you so much for your encouragement and prayers. They have kept me sane and ambitious. Enough of that already, here are some of my latest shots.

And for fun….

On Wednesday I’ll share with you how I created these shots without professional photography lighting, backdrops, or even a studio. I’ll also show you how to transform the wall and floor of any room  for under $10 just like I did. See you soon.

  10 Responses to “I Think I’ll Be OK”

  1. SO SO SO glad you’re back! I love your portraits and think you’ve been hiding a great source of income there!

  2. these are wonderful! You could seriously bring in some income being a photographer!! My relative just paid a thousand dollars for a one day shoot last year of their baby! Think about it! And, i see you have a Greek cat, but it still doesn’t speak any words i know, hahahahaha!!!! you are gifted, and God has a place for your gifts. Get well, and don’t stress yourself! Love your blog!

    • Thanks so much Shelley! I have been toying with the idea of photography for others. I’m still in the learning stages though, so I’ve got a long way to go. I literally know NOTHING about how my camera works (shutter speed/aperture/metering etc) I just know when the shots are “right” for my eye. I’ve been trying to learn so that I can be …professional… I don’t know if I will ever get there though. lol Greek cats! Lord I hope I didn’t accidentally spell anything!?!? On my end the font said symbols!!!

  3. Ooh I can’t wait to find out how (especially the thought bubbles and the watermark, neither of which I know how to do but know I should learn). I’m glad you’re feeling better and have found a path back to something that brings you joy.

    • Arnebya,
      I will do a tutorial just for you on the thought bubbles and watermarks. I normally use Paint Shop Pro, (gasp Photoshop users)mostly because I don’t have the time or energy to learn other photo editing software, but I will do a split tutorial for Gimp also because it is free. That way you can use the software you want to, or the same basic principals in you are in Photoshop. I’m glad to be back. I missed you guys.

  4. I haven’t stopped by in a while and I am so sad to see you’re in pain. The last thing you need is to be incapacitated and unable to take care of your kids and create. I will be praying for you.
    Now at the risk of being ostracized… I don’t think the DR’s always have all the answers. Painkillers don’t heal the body, they just numb pain. Pain is actually a good thing, it is your body warning you that something is WRONG.
    Have you ever heard of the Hallelujah diet? It’s a great ministry that focuses on healing the body through raw vegetable juices and healthy foods. I encourage you to go read through some of the testimonials. Through this diet God has healed me of infertility, arthritic pain, diabetes, migraines, and after years of trying EVERYTHING to lose weight it’s finally starting to drop down. I feel like I can live again. I was to the point where I couldn’t even take care of my 3 kids, let alone sit at a sewing machine. God designed our body to be well, not sick but it can only take so much and it was never meant to handle the “American” diet.
    Here’s a link if you want to go check them out.
    http://www.hacres.com/testimonies
    I’m sorry if I’m overstepping myself. I’ve found people can be pretty offended when health is mentioned, just please understand that I’m only mentioning this because I really do care that you have the quality of life you deserve… you’re an amazing person and your website has been so encouraging to me.

    • Joquena,
      Thank you so much for your encouragement! I am looking into the Halleluiah diet, and also spoke to my doctor today about a modified Adkins type of plan. I actually think I can stick to a plan like that because I don’t enjoy the starchier foods anyways. We’d always grown up with meat and potatoes, but I am looking forward to a whole new diet, beginning the week after Thanks Giving! My doctor and I both agree that pain killers aren’t the path for me, especially since he can’t get me to take them like prescribed. I am more a grin and bear it type. Ugh. I can’t wait to get back to creating, I’ve got so many ideas running around in this brain of mine. I’m also looking forward to catching up with all you’ve got going!

      • I’m so glad you’re looking into other options! Being creative without the ability to create is like punishment. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers and please keep us updated as to how you’re feeling.

        • Joquena,
          Thank you so much for always being an encouragement. I told the doctor that I would need meds of a different type if they didn’t hurry up and fix me. Its extremely hard to watch what you’ve built dwindle to nothing and know that physically there is nothing you can do about it atm. I’m willing to try anything that will alleviate the pain and give me a bit of control in the left arm. I’ve been so scared that I would sew through a finger, or accidentally cut one off with the rotary cutter. I stay far away from my crafting corner and try not to dwell on it too much. Clif has been great during this time, but he to is ready for a cure/fix/solution that I can live with. I’m a fixer. I have to find a solution to things no matter what, and the take it slow and let it heal approach is driving me insane.

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