Recent Beading Projects

I look for short, simple beading projects.
The bracelets are a problem because I’m not sure how to finish them off with a clasp. Metal clasps will tarnish, big beads slip out of the loop as I wave my hand.

Autumn Maple Leaf pendant
Autumn Maple Leaf pendant
Making of bracelet, peyote in green and blue
Making of bracelet, peyote in green and blue
Making of autumn stripes bracelet
Making of autumn stripes bracelet
Making of autumn leaf
Making of autumn leaf
Bracelet in blue and green
Bracelet in blue and green
Bracelet in autumn stripes
Bracelet in autumn stripes

I miss the Shirtwoot T-shirt design contests

I used to enter designs in Shirtwoot, the weekly T-shirt design contest. The T-shirt image itself was given to designers in a file.
The theme is announced Thursday, submissions and voting are allowed Friday, submissions and voting close later. If you don’t get your entry in before Monday, you probably won’t get more than 10 votes.
Among the contestants are several seasoned artists with humor and depth who can dip into their portfolios and alter a piece overnight to conform to rules.
Rules include no photos, no more than six colors plus the shirt color.

“Greetings from Barbeque City”
For a barbeque theme during the summer, I ignored the ever-present topic of bacon and focused on an old-fashioned tourist postcard look.

Welcome to Barbeque City
Welcome to Barbeque City

“Police Cats”
“He can’t be the bad guy! There’s nothing on this furball’s computer but human videos!” Humans might watch innocent cat videos, but this “furball” watches videos of humans. Obviously not a bad cat! I played with stereotypes of the Asian computer geek and made the technician in the white shirt a Siamese cat.

Police Cats
Police Cats

“The Adventures of…”
Mash-ups happen all the time in T-shirt designs, but a combination of subjects, characters, etc. was required here. I combined Betty Boop with Ellen Ripley, Hello Kitty with Newt, “Indiana Jones” with “Alien.”

Woman, cat, whip
The Adventures of…

Three, no, FOUR WordPress events that I plan to attend this week!

Cat with tipped ear in window

Starting Monday, October 20 of 2014:

1) Monday: How to create effective landing pages, at Cafe Commerce, San Antonio Public Library, 7 p.m.

2) Tuesday: Taking Quality Photos with Your Phone, at Vantage Point Temporary Office Space on Babcock, 7 p.m.
See example of photo taken with mobile phone: posterized photo of feral cat.
I volunteer for the San Antonio Humane Society.

3) Wednesday: Mobile Marketing Spaces for Small Business, 7 p.m.
Vantage Point is at Northgate Plaza, north of Hamilton-Wolfe, on Babcock.

4) Saturday: WordPress 101 at Art Institute of San Antonio, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
That location is way, way north of 1604, north of Camp Bullis.

“Come join us for step-by-step (hands-on) session regarding building a basic website in WordPress, you will learn how to install free themes, create pages, create blog posts, create a menu, create widgets, how to post video, how to post audio and how to install essential plug-ins, how to add a logo to your WordPress site, how to add and optimize your content and what your plugin settings should be.” Whew!