Friday, 2 August 2013

...challenges and breakthroughs part 1...

Sorry things have been rather quiet around here lately. I've been working on the behind the scenes things and things are slowly coming together. It's always easy to plan and dream and brainstorm, but not always as easy to implement these notions. Let's start with the positives..

The breakthroughs: 
1) I have come up with a way to colourize my drawings to look as good as they can look. While this might seem trivial, it was devastating to create a lovely pencil crayon illustration, that when scanned looked like a bad wax crayon drawing with grey outlines. Now I draw my images in pencil, ink with a fine tipped pen, create a vector outline in Illustrator and colour in Photoshop. It's actually less work than it sounds, and I'm left with clean lines, beautiful textures, and truer colours. I'm very happy about this development. 

2) I've narrowed down the type of paper I like for the cards, and it is quite textured. I normally would have thought the texture would look too old fashioned and take away from the images, but it really sets things off. I'm looking for a bit thicker of a paper, I think. Nice sturdy cards appeal to me. 

3) I've completed Illustrator and Photoshop in school and am thrilled with what in able to do. I was working with a super old version of Corel photo paint... Like 1998... And it's so nice to be able to navigate its programs effectively. 

4) I'm edging closer to HTML and website building and can finally put my plans into action. I've sketched out menus, landing pages, shop layouts etc. and I'm so excited to actually make things work. I did my first HTML class on Tuesday, and I'm super excited to get started!

Stay tuned for the challenges!

Thanks for reading,


Tuesday, 9 July 2013

...tuesday treasuress...

Hello Everyone!

While things are still in the awkward stages of getting started, I figured I'd still post when I have the time! Here's this week's Tuesday Treasures!


Saturday, 22 June 2013


So, here's the new name! I came up with it lying in on a lawn chair on the deck of my parents house. I had written down lists of words and ideas (mostly dreadful) after realizing my current name was too limiting for what I was doing. Reading the "Handmade Marketplace" made me see the light...I had pigeonholed myself. Sometimes I just want to share what I'm working on without having to decide if it "matches" where I'm posting it.  After checking idea after idea (it's actually surprising there is anything original left with almost one billion blogs out there in the world, really.) I came up with Teacups and Spectacles... and it just seemed perfect.

I didn't want something too specific: (for example: Dearest Doodles must be used for only illustrations... which is much too limiting). I wanted something general that applies to me... no matter what I end up doing.

Teacups and Spectacles is a little bit old lady, which suits me perfectly. I have a china cabinet that I'm proud of, my furniture has doilies on it, I enjoy spelunking in thrift stores for retro household items... oh, and I knit. My favourite days are rainy ones, when I can curl up in a nice zig-zag afghan, drink a nice cup of Murchie's Tea, and draw or knit. It's my creative time, where I can be a little bit of a hermit and get lost in what I'm doing.

I'm keeping the name Dearest Doodles to refer to the illustration portion of the site. I'll have a gallery up and will share a lot of the drawings I've come up with lately. Instead of just referring to the dolls as "my dolls" or "teacups and spectacles dolls" <-- which is a bit of a mouthful, I'm going to call them Dearest Dollies, and will be posting them as they're finished. It matches, I can put that on the tags, and it'll make sense at a craft fair. With my wrist injury (can it be an injury if there was no trauma?) I'll be focusing more on the illustrations for now... as it's my left wrist that's the unhappy one (thank goodness!)

Anyways, that's the new exciting changes around here. I've just simplified the layout with the right colours for now, and will eventually work on a bit more design. 

Thanks for your support!


Tuesday, 18 June 2013


Hello everyone.

I keep apologizing for being M.I.A, but this time there really is a reason. Taking my class, and re-reading the book "The Handmade Marketplace" has got me scheming, and planning and full of ideas.

While I've completed the Photoshop portion of my schooling and am starting on an overview of Illustrator.. the most important part of the course is web design. 

I've dreamed up a website that encompasses this blog, galleries etc and ties in the illustration aspect of what I do, as well as the knitting. I've been in the rough stages of starting a card line and would like to share more of that here.

I want to re-brand and rename and redesign everything as well.

When I started Blue Anchor.. it was more about crafts... and sea glass jewellery, and wine charms. Besides knitting, there's not a whole lot of crafting going on (at least not regularly). I'd like to emphasize my two loves: drawing and knitting, as well as share some of my (very amateur) photography, my thrift store and etsy finds, and a little behind the scenes getting my cards launched, learning web design and maybe the occasional craft fair.

I'm very "bipolar" when it comes to organization--- part of me always wants to classify things too closely and be super organized, while the other part wants to not feel pigeonholed by being too specific. I think that's what's going on here.. it feels disjointed having both Blue Anchor Crafts and Dearest Doodles... so hopefully tying them together will create a stronger, more unified image, and also encourage me to write a lot more!

 It' s a ton of work, and might be a long process (as I don't really know much about webdesign besides plugging generated html things into blogger and messing about.) I'll probably be using Wordpress too, as that's what my school is teaching.

Anyways, I'm just checking in to say that you will be seeing some exciting changes around here in the next (err... six months? year?), and the finished product (if it turns out to be anything like I've imagined) will be worth the wait. I might not blog on here as consistently in the meantime, but I am planning to share some of my steps in the right direction or any big news that comes my way (ie, planning a card-line, perhaps even selling something?!)

I thank you for reading and for your support. I'm excited to see what the future will bring, and will keep you updated on the new changes as they come.

Thanks so much for reading,