I have delved into my photographic vaults and picked some photos taken in January over the years.
Instagram is generally where I spend a lot of my social media time. I have found myself falling down the black hole that is insta stories and losing hours of time, all of those 15 seconds stories build up.
Then I noticed people making cover photos for their story highlight sections. So I have made my own.
A lot of the cover photos were beautiful graphics and wording. I decided to use some alphabet beads and am happy with the outcome.
Sometime ago an amazing creative friend had started using photography backgrounds. Her photos and products were and are still amazing.
I had been using wallpaper samples, floor tiles and blank paper as backgrounds
Then I bit the bullet and bought my first photo board from Photoboardshq. After much deliberating I chose coast. It was a light colour and have been loving it.
Then a few weeks ago I went to the photography show Photoboardshq were exhibiting. So I bought another two boards. It was really helpful to see the boards in person. I settled for Cabin and Firewood.
I have really enjoyed experimenting with different backgrounds and would like the opportunity to capture more items. Watch this space.
Please note, this is not a sponsored post and I will still use different backgrounds.
I still buzzing from the deliveries I received last week, I will write about the other delivery in another post. I printed some of my photos as greeting cards. I found a printer who does a small print run of 25. I narrowed down my photos to 6 and asked the opinion of some friends on the photos. They were honest, as always and I sent my order. One photo didn’t make the cut.
The size and orientation of the cards was limited, but that didn’t matter. The fact I could choose more than one design in such a small print run won me over.
I chose to include kraft brown envelopes but didn’t arrive. The customer service I received was great and the envelopes should be with me soon.
The cards are on sale locally and will go into my Etsy shop hopefully by the end of the week.
Now here are the cards let me know what you think?
The cards are A6 in size and an envelope will be provided each card. I will let you know when the cards are live for sale.
Thank you for reading.
In 2015 I came across the best nine app. I entered my Instagram account name and it picked the most liked nine photos from my feed. When I look back at my Instagram feed, it has really developed. Here are those first nine photos.
These nine shots all relate to knitting and food. I have set up a separate Instagram feed for my food called poppybeadfood. The sock yarn blanket hasn’t grown much in two years and I love knitting colourwork.
Fast forward to 2016 and I had really embraced photography.
Five of the nine photos above were taken when I attended a long exposure workshop with Ross Jukes. I had no clue about long exposure and learnt so much. All of the photos were taken with my Canon 1300D camera, it was a real year of learning and discovery.
2017 has absolutely flown by. This year’s nine show a different development. I am still taking lots of photos but you get to see a little more of me, I had stopped hiding as much behind the camera as much. I have been sewing a fair bit more this year, catching up with old friends and returned to officiating top level able bodied basketball.
I have continued to look into puddles for a beautiful photo and get outside for night time photos. One big difference this year was the camera I used to take the long exposure photos. I bought an Olympus OM-D E-M10 mark II, it’s a lot smaller and lighter than my Canon. It also has image stabilisation built into the camera body. I am struggling with it but every once in a while I capture some stunning photos.
Now on to my makes. On Christmas eve I came across the hashtag #2018makenine, a gentle challenge on making nine things throughout the year hosted by Home Row Fiber Co and a blog gives you more information. I noticed some people had posted sewing or knitting specific grids of nine, I did both. I attached three aspects to them, make some new things, finish projects that have been hanging around for a while and re-make some things I enjoyed making before.
From left to right, top to bottom.
- The lonely tree shawl by Sylvia McFadden. I made it for a dear friend and enjoyed it, so will make another at some point.
- Santa’s Laundry Line by Eleonore von Castelmur. I started this decoration a few years ago and picked all of the easy items to complete first. I have nearly finished the socks, just leaving the mittens and longjohns.
- The Secret Garden Shawl by Sarah Rose is not far from being finished and I am due to start the lace section.
- Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart. This pattern is one of the easiest patterns to follow, it gave lots of interest and tracked how far you had got through the pattern.
- Stories From Snoqualmie Valley by Annie Rowden will be a lovely cosy shawl when I finish this project.
- Baa ble Hat by Donna Smith has been a popular pattern amongst knitters and I knitted mine in two shades of grey.
- Andes Cardigan by Jenny Watson was one of the first patterns I started knitting seven years ago. Yes I know seven years is a long time but I got bored. Again, there isn’t much more to do.
- Bluebird of Happiness by Sara Elizabeth Kellner, is a small make that I intend to make again.
- Hopscotch by Wieke van Keulen is a crochet project that needs to be finished.
As for sewing with I don’t think I am particularly good but I keep trying and some of the things I make are wearable.
Pictures 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 9 are from simplicity NewLook. Picture 8 was a prize in an Instagram competition with The Crafty Pinup. Picture 3 is the Molly dress is My Capsule Wardrobe from Sew over It. Pictures 5 and 7 are dresses from Tilly and the Buttons, I have heard good things about her patterns and so I have treated myself to Love at First Stitch and the Bettine pattern.
I will also be learning how to use an overlocker and hope that will help with my sewing. As for my photography I am still hopeful.
Enjoy your creativity.