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Inch By Inch

Last weekend I did something I have never done before. I took a stab at making "inchies". When I cut out the one inch square, I gasped. I had never realized just how SMALL a one inch square is. I am not into THAT small. "Hmmm," I said to "self", "there are "twinchies" too... why not try that?" My next background base was two inches square. Yep, that was more my size!

Being a "sewing" fan, I decided to make "vintage sewing" my "theme". I made an extra one... the sunflower with a quote on it ... so I would end up with nine twinchies and balance the photo I would eventually take. (Oh dear, can't have an unbalanced photo you know. LOL) The results of my lazy Sunday afternoon efforts are below... and I apologize in advance for the poor quality of photographs... my camera and I are in "cahoots" right now and not getting along all that well.

I am (no, make that was) tearing my hair out yesterday cursing at my camera because I keep getting underexposed photos no matter what I seem to do to change the settings. Not to worry, I have thick hair so no need to worry about going bald and no I am not into "real" trichotillomania (obsessive hair pulling).

It's pretty obvious I am doing something wrong but I'll be darned if I can figure it out. To make matters worse, I need a magnifying glass to read the camera's instruction book., The print is so small. you'd think Canon was selling these expensive cameras to 20 years old who can still read fine print!

After practically a full day of trying to take photos of my twinchies and some other stuff and having them not turn out properly, I was UBERfrustrated. In retrospect, it was obvious what I needed to do but of course I didn't. No, no, I braved on until I was ready to smash something! To top it all off, I inadvertently closed a file on my computer that I hadn't saved. That did it!! The message finally got through to my thick brain loud and clear: STOP! DO SOMETHING ELSE DUMMY!

I turned off the computer, put my camera away and went upstairs to make myself a peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich (always good for what ails ya! and besides I had made 8 bottles of grape jelly yesterday morning for the "winter larder" and wanted to have a "sample"). Lordy, Lordy, when will I ever learn to just quit when I am ahead? LOL And yes, the sandwich was yummy and "comforting"!

That said, here finally are my "twinchies"...



Wondering what the "quote" on the sunflower is? It's a favourite reminder for me from Helen Keller: "Keep your face to the sun and you cannot see the shadows. That's what sunflowers do!"

Making these twinchies was fun! They don't take long to do and they gave me my "art fix" for the day! I'll have to remember that for those days when I want to do some art but I am either "brain dead" (oh yes, I have those days LOL). don't have a lot of time or don't want to get into tackling a larger project just yet. Twinchies are art pieces for "instant gratification"!

If you haven't tried making them yet, DO! They don't take long and could make some rather nice embellishments for a larger piece of art or a scrapbook layout.

Thanks for stopping by today. Thanks for "listening" to my rant! Have a great weekend, inch by inch,

Sharon

7 comments:

  1. Sharon-
    Your Twinchies are absolutely lovely!! I'm sorry you had such a difficult time with the camera. Hope it behaves itself from now on :)
    Christal

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  2. Sharon,
    I was so glad that I finally took the time to come visit. I still haven't listened to the "story" but plan to do so tomorrow morning before the day starts.
    I thought that I was the only one that had days like you had today!
    It is funny how long a person will subject themselves to the torture of Murphy's Law Day! You had the best solution LEAVE IT and go EAT COMFORT FOOD!
    Sure love the twinchies. I made inches for a swap one time.I almost went crazy but was so proud of myself that I finished. However, I sorta twitch whenever I hear the work inches!
    I so enjoy your blog.
    Love and Laughter,
    Gale

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  3. these are wonderful!
    and fit for any vintage enthusiast
    as i know you love vintage
    these fit your theme!

    i admire you worked so small

    hmmm i am a whimp...LOL

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  4. Nice one, Sharon, lovely job!

    I agree inchies are impossible... but having said that, Jennifer (Rusty Tiara) made me the sweetest inchie so I could use it as my home page button. Can you imagine cutting a house shape from an inchie? And collage too? (shudder)

    I seem to be working A5 and bigger - at least I can see what I'm doing, lol

    I love your twinchies in groups of three - you are right, it looks so balanced.

    I hope the camera decides to stop sulking at you and be friends again; nothing more frustrating. My old one (after DH dropped it) would only do 9 pix at a time - my lovely new one is wonderful (Samsung) and would be even more useful if I too could read the damn instructions!

    Let's hear it for large print!

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  5. Sharon, your twinchies turned out great! I've gone inchies but the twinchies look alot easier to do... but even those are pretty small! Very inspirational :-)
    Lisa

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