Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Photography Course - Part 1

Photography. Visual beauty. When looking through that lens, life seem so full of wonderful things. Even on a dark and scary stormy day. Even when my child cries of pain when scraping her knee. Those tears captured in a photo says more than a thousand words.

My life is a row of stills that never ends... I see them everywhere, in every corner, every location, every situation, in every thing and living creature. Like poetry. Making life more beautiful than it sometimes is. Without staging, just by creeping up and catching the moment. We frame it. The split of a second and there we have it. Captured. To be kept. To look back at and remember.

I am so excited. I've finally signed up for a real photography course. I have wanted to do this for so long. I want to know the technical aspects of photography and leave the Auto mode and dare using the Manual functions on my lovely Canon 100D DSLR. I want to be able to transform what I see and feel into "that" fantastic picture.

So last week was first class at Michelle Petersen Photography. Michelle is a portrait photographer and she takes amazing pictures. She is easy going, warm and friendly and the class flew by in a whim. This first week's homework was to see everyday life in a different way. To observe the happy moments, the beauty in all the small things around us. See the opportunities in simple things like a flower, a shoe, a cup of coffee... Piece of cake! Like us bloggers do, right? We are good at seeing the beauty in a cuppa. I wonder how many pictures of a cuppa that are out there in Cyberworld...

I brought my camera on my walk and the hill with the trees were stunning beautiful on this sunny day. The top photo was the first one I took. The result didn't capture anything of how I felt when I saw this field and gentle hill with the trees though... It came out kind of flat and boring... I started to experiment, moving closer with the lens, changing the composition, playing with the "Horizontal Line" and using "The Rule Of Thirds"... Suddenly I could feel my picture. Totally different from the first photo. Moving horizontal line up to make me want to run up that hill. Move the horizontal line down to feel free to give the feel of freedom with the spacious sky. Like magic...

I can't wait to get into next class tonight and learn more. Every now and then I will show you my progress. And maybe I will actually understand all these things of aperture, shutter time, ISO and so on... My journey has begun. This is gonna be a good one.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Yarn & Pattern Kit

TILDA YARN: Lilac (No 561) with a Dark Lilac (No 563) edging?
TILDA YARN: Dusty Blue (No 66) pillow with Granny Blue (No 569) edging?
TILDA YARN: Chalk Pink (541) with a Granny Pink (543) edging?
My latest patterns, the Popcorn & Lace Pillow and Popcorn & Lace Square, have become very popular and I am so excited to see your creations. Please hashtag your pictures in social media with #popcornandlace so I can see it all. Thank you all for making my creative journey such a pleasure with your fabulous feed back.

If you still haven't got your hands on one of the patterns, I have prepared a full Yarn & Pattern Kit for you to make the original Popcorn & Lace Pillow. It comes with 3 balls of Tilda yarn No: 005 - Cream and 1 ball of No: 042 - Light Cerise and includes a print of the Popcorn & Lace Pillow pattern, which is also delivered as a digital file of course. It is all wrapped up in a cellophane gift bag with ribbons.

A complete Yarn & Pattern Kit comes in handy for the one who doesn't have the time to go chasing the right yarn in stores for a pattern or as a gift for someone creative who loves making their own things.

If you have another color theme in mind I can of course customize your order. What about a Lilac Yarn & Pattern Kit or a Lilac Yarn & Pattern Kit. Are you a lover of pink? Then a Pink Yarn & Pattern Kit could be for you. I ship worldwide. Yarn & Pattern Kits can be purchased in my ETSY SHOP or via email.

To view a full color chart of Tilda yarn, please visit my Yarn Shop. I am currently updating my shop page and have ALL colors in stock.


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

September rocks!

What a week! Thank you everyone for your fantastic response on my latest pattern - The Popcorn & Lace Pillow (you can purchase the pattern here). Thank you for all your sweet comments through social media. Thank you for all your encouragement and cheering on for me to continue to do what I do. Thank you for every purchase that has been made. I am overwhelmed and so so happy. Life is good when being on top of the wave!

We have made donuts with Emmy Bo's adorable little donut machine. They lasted just enough to take this picture. My favorite was the cinnamon sugar coated ones. This is something we will do over and over again as it was so simple to make the donuts and so much fun to decorate them.

The garden is green and lush, full of vegetables to harvest although the tomato plants died from too much rain... We enjoy sunny afternoons and Luca Bo is playing motocross between the cauliflower plants... He never stops to surprise me... He has a great imagination and love for play. And Emmy Bo??? She is a little bug. Always with a big grin on her face. In the way, bugging, wanting attention and playing hard on her charm to get it. And she gets it. Yes, she is the baby. I guess she will always get the attention being the youngest...

I sit down with my latest fabulous crochet book addition, a signed copy of Puur Haken (buy it here!) from dear Maaike at CreJJtion. Her first crochet book is a work of art and pure joy to read. Pictures are divine and inspiring and there are so many projects I want to make. I instantly threw myself into making rag rug inspired pot coasters... Love on high level...

I look at Charlie the cat and suddenly I feel exhausted of all the hallibalou that has been going on here lately... And even if the hallibalou have been of the wonderful kind (successful pattern release, late girly dinner party, the start of a photo course and also thumbs up for a summerhouse purchase in Sweden -YAY!) I think I need to do what Charlie does... Take naps and only chill and recover. Play with color combos of the Popcorn & Lace Squares to find just the right one for just the right Popcorn & Lace Square project... You can buy the pattern for the Popcorn & Lace Square here.

Now it is time for pasta with homemade pesto... Simple and cheerful. Quick and easy. Just what I need today.


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Popcorn & Lace Pillow Pattern

It is romance, Granny and class all together. When the idea was born I knew I wanted to make something in a solid creamy white color to add exactly that; the romance, the comfortable feel of a granny's home and some classy lady style. The combination of popcorn stitches and lace did the trick. My idea was put into action and the result did not disappoint.

The great thing with The Popcorn & Lace Pillow is that it can easily transform into something completely different depending on the choice of colors. Imagine it with multicolored squares in pinks, red to make it bold. Or bright green, lime and pink to make it eclectic. Or why not a spicy okra yellow with a dark grey border for a more modern look. Mix colors like bright blue, orange and white for a Mediterranean feel...Same same but so so different.

The front panel is made up from my Popcorn & Lace Square, a lovely crochet square pattern that works up rather quickly (can be purchased separately here). The backing is made in rows with a simple and gentle lace effect to make the most of the front panel and the contrasting color joining puts the little WOW-factor on it...

The making of this pillow needs a bit of concentration and attention without being too complicated. I would say it is for an improving beginner. If you know all the basic stitches the Step-to-step picture tutorials, charts, diagrams and detailed instructions will do the rest for you (see picture below). The Popcorn & Lace Pillow pattern is now available for purchase here:

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This 6 page PDF pattern includes:

Information about yarn, hook size, measurements and more
Abbreviations in US and UK terms
Special Stitches guide
Written pattern
Step-by-step picture tutorial of the Popcorn & Lace Square
Pattern of backing including symbol chart
Instructions on How-to-join-squares including diagram
Instruction on How-to-assemble-pillow

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