Some time ago whilst scrolling through social media I came across the Linden sweatshirt by Grainline Studios.
A few weeks ago I posted this photo on my Instagram feed and I didn’t edit it all. It was taken with my mobile phone. I currently use a Samsung S7 edge, please note this post is not sponsored or endorsed in any way.
My reason for writing this post was to share more of my mobile phone photography and to say you can capture some great views and moments with your phone.
This shot was taken at a IgersBirmingham instameet at the museum of the jewellery quarter.
This was taken in inner city Birmingham, sprouting up from an apartment block.
I was waiting for the bus and was captivated the drama in the sky. I did have my camera in my bag but just reached for my phone.
A week after taking the first photo I took the same shot again and the sky wasn’t playing ball, but still a good shot.
I love how detail of the wood makes a great background to a fallen flower.
This shot was taken along the canals in Birmingham. Also the next two photos.
I tend to use a 2 second timer on most of my shots and try to stand really still. I do usually post edit but none of the photos in this post have been edited, hence being straight out of the phone.
Last weekend my lovely friend Imogen suggested a catch up over lunch. We went to El Borracho de Oro in Edgbaston.
I used to work nearby and kept meaning to go there. I had my usual gluten free panic about what options they would have, but I know Immy has my back on these things.
We were asked if we wanted bread or olives and was told there GF bread. I have got used to the bread being sliced, bland and containing airholes. This bread was far from that. It was served warm and was fluffy inside.
They had a separate menu which told you which dishes contained allergens. So we chose 6 dishes without gluten. Above was our prawn dish.
I think Spanish omelette should always be included in tapas choices, as I really like it. This Spanish omelette included leeks & smoked cheese.
This fresh chorizo sausage cooked in Spanish red wine was okay, I think I expecting the chorizo to be chopped rather than smaller individual sausages.
I would definitely go again and I choose from the other suitable dishes on the menu or save space for dessert.
I have been thinking about writing this post for some time.
Who am I?
Well I have an About page on my blog, is that enough? Maybe not!
Here we go, I am a dyslexic London born creative who creates in the West Midlands.
I am in my early forties and before you say it, no I don’t look my age. But should age ever matter?
Currently I take loads of photos with my phone and cameras. I knit, make beaded jewellery and get excited by creating content. I also like to share tips on taking better photos, ways to connect with other like minded people.
I started this blog to help with my writing and let people know about the things I make and sometimes sell, other creatives living their best lives and gluten free food options.
Regarding food I set up a separate Instagram feed and have neglected writing about my food finds. I am hope to get back on track with that soon.
Instagram is my social media platform of choice and can get lost in watching Insta stories for ages. Like all platforms there’s good and bad so try and be aware of that all of the time. My feed isn’t perfectly manicured, it shows what I want to share. I do share things I am selling and events I go to so watch out.
So who am I? Again am I a maker, an artisan, a blogger, a lifestyle blogger, a photographer, a creative or just me who doesn’t fit into one thing?
Yesterday I was having a conversation with a friend and was getting excited about sharing opportunities for others. They said when you talk about these things you sound like you have a fire in your belly.
This has resonated with me. As long as I have a fire in my belly and don’t hurt anyone or break the law, staying true to my creativity that’s who I am.
Guess what? I have printed more cards for sale, this time I wanted to share the story behind each photo.
This first card/photo was taken in 2016 outside the Royal Free hospital. The hospital has done so much for my family over the years. The combination of lavender and craspedia is just so vibrant.
This second photo was taken in 2016 in Hastings on a trip to the seaside. These lovely red flowers kept attracting my eye as we walked to the seafront. Thank you Lesley and Jo for letting me know these flowers are called rudbekia. Both photos were shot with a Canon 1300D DSLR.
This photo is the oldest shot I have had printed. It was taken at the London 2012 Olympics when I went to watch synchronised swimming. The Olympic park was beautifully landscaped without being too regimented. I was using a Fuji S4400 bridge camera.
The acorn was shot in 2017 whilst in France using a Canon 1300D DSLR. I am rubbish at remembering quotes or proverbs. But ‘From little acorns mighty oaks grow.’
Once a upon a time I used to go for a walk at lunchtime with a friend, we would talk about many things and we will continue do so. It will just be at other points of the day and week.
You might of noticed in these last two photos there are water droplets. They were taken at least 9 months apart and both on a lunchtime walk. I used my Samsung S7 edge mobile phone to take both photos.
In the centre of Birmingham there is fountain affectionately called the “Floozie in the jacuzzi”. It’s real title is the River created by Dhruva Mistry. Due to expensive leaks the fountain was turned off in 2013. A few years later the council planted the fountain. One early Sunday morning I went for a walk and captured the bee and butterfly in the fountain, using my Canon 1300D DSLR.
I love orchids and have had up to six at any one time. I have printed this photo before but it sold out straight away. I was unwell and leave the house so I took my Olympus OM-D E-M10 mark II and this is what happened.
A high number of photographers I know all flock to shoot the blossom in Oozells Square each year. I went again this year and caught up with with lovely people and taking this shot with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 mark II.
Leucojum aestivum, summer snowflake were captured with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 mark II at Winterbourne Gardens. I think I will have more visits to the gardens over the coming months.
All of these cards are A6 in size, with a matt finish. They are supplied with a white envelope.
Thank you for your support.
After being introduced to the African fabric stall at the indoor market in Birmingham. I went back to get some fabric to use as headscarves.
They charged £3 for 1 yard pieces and had lots to choose from. So I chose two different pieces.
When I got home I fell in love with the patterns on the fabric wished that I had bigger amounts.
Anyway I looked at the direction of the pattern on the fabric squeezed out a Sorbetto top.
I love this top.
Then I kept seeing videos on YouTube talking satin sheets or pillowcases to protect your afro hair. Then I looked at videos on how to make a satin bonnet.
This is what happened.
I didn’t follow one particular pattern. The satin was purchased from a stall in the rag market. Two nights in and it hasn’t fallen off my head and my hair isn’t so dry.
So there was my story of two yards of fabric.
I was introduced to the Sorbetto pattern by a friend nearly 7 years ago. I could sew and follow a pattern but had never used a pdf pattern before. The Sorbetto pattern has been redesigned recently, but all the following tops were made using the old version.
This first photo shows my first version. I found the length of the top quite short.
The fabric was purchased from the indoor market in Birmingham. I still wear it now.
This is the second version of the Sorbetto and my first attempt at making matching bias binding. I lengthened the top and have worn this top to death. The fabric was purchased from the outdoor market in Birmingham.
I move onto my third top and I started to hack the pattern. This was a inverted Sorbetto, due to the amount of fabric I had. Which wasn’t a lot and the direction of the pattern on the fabric. I had to scrape together all of the scraps to make bias binding. This fabric was purchased from House of Fraser or Rackhams to the people of Birmingham.
This Sorbetto is actually a inverted dress hack. I took inspiration from Pinterest. The fabric was purchased from Nest in Crouch End, London with contrasting bias binding from Guthrie and Ghani in Moseley.
My next Sorbetto is another dress hack or maybe a tunic. The fabric was from IKEA many moons ago.
I bought more fabric from House of Fraser and hacked the pattern again. This time I omitted the front pleat and added covered buttons. The buttons were difficult but I liked how they looked.
The Sorbetto above is true to the pattern, but I did add some length to the body. The fabric was from the outdoor market in Birmingham and the bias binding was from Guthrie and Ghani.
Last year I was on another planet and thought I could finish a Sorbetto in less than a day including matching bias binding. I was going to the IgersBirmingham summer social with friends and was determined to make a new top. I was late meeting my friends but I had finished the top and had a lovely evening. I can’t remember exactly where I got the fabric from.
Now we are up to date with my Sorbetto top journey. On a recent fabric buying meetup I was told about a stall at the indoor market in Birmingham. They sell African fabric and I was looking for fabric to cover my hair at night. I chose this blue fabric and a bold green pattern.
I fell in love with these balloons and decided I want to make a top. With some careful cutting I managed to get both pieces out in the right direction. I got some black bias binding but didn’t like it on the outside. I unpicked it and stitched it inside instead. I am really happy with the outcome.
I will give the new version a go at some point, but for now I will enjoy the balloon Sorbetto top.
I just wanted to thank everyone who has purchased cards from me. I had 50 cards printed using 10 of my photos and have sold 49. I did use one myself.
I am looking into building a simple website and selling from there. I looked at Etsy, Ebay and Folksy. The fees were quite high and would mean putting my costs up more than I wanted.
I am also looking into doing some craft fairs, sets and cards for occasions. My cards all incorporate photos taken by myself.
Thank you again for your kind words and custom. I am just planning some more cards to be printed. When they are ready I will post on social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I am looking at possibly setting up a mailing list for exclusive access to new products, let me know what you think.
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.
Today I headed off to The Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham. This is the second time I have been to the show and I had a better idea of what to expect. So before I went to the show I made a loose plan of what stands I wanted to visit.
Olympus had been advertising on their social media feeds that you could get a free clean and check on your camera. This was my first port of call and the staff on the stand were really friendly.
I went to the show with some friends and we moved on just looking at the deals on Fuji kit.
The Fuji stand had models you could shoot, so I moved forward with my mobile phone and took the first shot. Last year I didn’t feel as confidence to take photos and took the second shot from further away. Both photos were taken with the same phone.
We then went to a talk at the video stage about taking your photography into videography. It was interesting but my little video montages are a long way away from where the speaker’s content. There was some good points about the use of music and permits to shoot in different areas of the country.
We meandered around for a bit longer and then I went to visit a friend’s daughter working on the Hasselblad stand. If I didn’t eat or pay any bills for the next six months or so I could possibly afford a Hasselblad at the show price of £6,388.
Back to reality and we visited a lighting stand who had some affordable kit and some interesting displays. The ‘baby’ looked realistic, it was quite scary & then I saw Yoda.
Before going to another talk I went to Photo Boards to have a look at their photo boards. I have one already and was looking to get another one, being able to see all of the boards in person made it easier to choose. I wasn’t convinced at first about backgrounds but with the right background, a product can be lifted.
The other talk I went to was by Jo Bradford and was titled “Pixel to print; a workflow for pro-quality outdoor smartphone photography”. There was some good tips & it was nice to see a photo taken whislt the talk was taking place printed off with high quality paper. She also made available signed copies of her new book to purchase before it’s international publishing date in April. The book is called “Smart Phone Smart Photography – Simple techniques for taking incredible pictures with iPhone and Android”. Some of the apps she mentioned require a purchase but sometimes you need to invest to improve your photos.
In summary, I really enjoyed my day at the show. The company was great and it is always helpful to try equipment before buying. Also getting information and tips to inspire improvement from the different talks was paramount.