About Sharry's Place

Sharry's Place was the name of a gift shop I once owned, and though the store was closed in 2002, I couldn't bear to completely give up doing something under the name. Though the content has changed since we went online after the store closed, the love of sharing different things with you hasn't.

With Just A Click

I have loved taking pictures since I was 13 when I received my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic X-15 (which I still have). For Christmas in 1981, I received a Canon T70 with several types of lenses. For several years, my photographs were taken using the Canon T70 with an 80-200mm telephoto lens. I eventually started using a Kodak EasyShare Z740; however, I've not given up using the Canon T70 entirely. The camera I use now is a Sony CyberShot.

I try to carry my camera with me most every where I go. Though I do take pictures indoors, the outdoors is my favorite backdrop, with its vast array of scenery ranging from trees to clouds to creeks and everything in between.

Comic Books, Horror Films, & Conventions

ScareFestIn 2011, I attended my first convention dedicated to the horror film & tv industry. Suffice it to say, after the convention was over I was hooked. Since then my son and I have also attended the Lexington ComicCon (held in Lexington, KY) and the FandomFest/Fright Night Film Fest (held in Louisville, KY).

Though I'm not personally into the horror/thriller/slasher movies made today, preferring the "old classics" such as The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Alligator People, and all the Godzilla movies, I will admit that I enjoy being able to meet one-on-one the stars who come to these conventions.

Craft Corner

Embroidered TowelsSewing is something else I have always enjoyed, though I went several years without a machine. About 2-3 years ago, I picked the hobby back up. Along with my sewing machine, I bought a single-needle embroidery machine and a serger. My daughter keeps me busy making things for her to give as gifts, which I don't mind. The maximum area my first embroidery machine would embroider was only 4"x4". In early 2015, I bought my second embroidery machine, which embroiders up to a 5"x7" area. Eventually I would love to have a multi-needle machine, but they are so expensive. I've made and/or embroidered everything from towels and shirts to blankets and burp cloths. Appliques are the hardest for me to do, but I'm sure with practice it will get easier.

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CeramicsMy newest hobby is ceramics, which I have just started taking classes. I have found that, as with my sewing/embroidery, working with ceramics is very relaxing. It's fun to google all the different types of items you can paint, as well as the different color combinations. Hopefully one day I will own my own kiln so that I can fire my own greenware and bisque.

HTV Shirt for an optometrist officeA new craft I'm in the process of learning is heat transfer vinyl (HTV). HTV is very popular at the moment, and my daughter and I are teaming up together to learn how to do it. Our cutter and heat press have arrived, and I am in the process of setting them up and learning how to use them. After several trial-and-error attempts, I think I'm on my way to getting the hang of heat pressing vinyl. There are so many nifty things/ideas you can make with vinyl, and I look forward to trying quite a few of them.