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So, my camera was stolen yesterday. Someone came into the workroom, saw it on a table where I had been photographing the new issue of Uppercase and took it. It was not until a little bit later on that I noticed it was missing when I went to grab it during the Stitch n’ Bitch. Shame on me for being so trusting and leaving it out in the open in my space. I find it extremely shocking that this has happened, especially since I always view the workroom as a special community space where people can feel welcome, safe and inspired.
I try to keep things pretty upbeat here. Crafts and making things are a very happy place for me and that’s what I work to share with you as much as possible. My camera is such a big part of that. Of course, I will replace the camera and my lens, but unfortunately not the photos that I hadn’t yet downloaded. It seems as though I will have a few blank days in my 365.
I had a Nikon D40, which I just discovered they don’t make anymore. Do you have any camera suggestions for me? I do like Nikon a lot and it seems like the D90 is the only comparable option. Does anyone have this camera?
March 22, 2010 of 365 : Andrew & I
This ended up being the very last photo I took on our trip, as my camera battery died right after.
March 16, 2010 of 365 : wearing purple hortensia shirt
Hey, it’s my face! I was feeling happy and springy, so I tried taking some self portraits. They all turned out pretty serious. The camera misfired too soon in this one and I liked it the best. Less serious, more funny action.
I was really excited to be invited to Erica‘s birthday party on Saturday, hosted by Anabela & Geoff. Little did I know just how dreamy this party would be. Firstly, their apartment is the cutest thing ever. I hardly knew where to look, there were so many great pieces of art by artists that I love. The place was lit up with twinkle lights and decorated with balloons and peachy, frilly banners. There was a tower of cupcakes and lovely nibbles to eat.
I finally got to meet Nikole in person. Finally. Nikole brought THE cake. I have never seen anything like this spectacular cake. I almost cried when I saw it and it wasn’t even for me. It was a chocolate cake with sour cherries in the middle. It was completely devoured towards the end of the night, but not before it was lit up with over thirty candles which set the tiny little flags on fire.
Did I mention the pink unicorn pinata? or the sparklers, the glitter birthday hats and the exploding streamers? Anabela, you totally set the bar for future birthday parties!
I’m probably the last one to try this, but I finally went to the Pentagram site to find out what ‘type’ I am. Looks like I’m Marina Script. Pretty!
I just found out yesterday that the workroom/make something had been nominated for a Poppy award under the ‘Favourite Handmade Crafter’ category. How sweet!
The Poppies are a brand new virtual awards event to give recognition to all the awesome talent out there, put forth by the wonderful crew at Poppytalk. Every day for the next week, a new category will be announced and you can vote for your favourites in each category. You can vote once per day for the entire week for each category.
There are so many great people represented, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to discover some new crafty shops and blogs. There is stiff competition in the crafters category. Atlantic Treefox, Film in the Fridge, Leptitpapillon, Miniature Rhino, Resurrection Fern, Sandra Juto, Stitchface, and Yokoo are just a few of the folks in the running!
Vote for your Favourite Handmade Crafter here!
365 : bedside table
Happy New Year! I’ve just had three seriously relaxing (& luxurious) days off. They were much needed! Everyone is abuzz about doing the 365 photo project and I’ve decided to join in. This is just the push I need to start taking more photographs this year, hopefully with people in them, sometimes. I wish I took better people photos. I know that Anabela is doing it, any one else out there embarking on the challenge?
Perhaps now is a good time to share a few other goals I have for the coming year…
- decorate. i’d like to spend more time working on projects for the house & shop. this includes acquiring and especially hanging more artwork. this also includes a very big project of re-doing the workroom’s couch in natural dyed fabrics. (with help from erin)
- journal. (offline) i used to spend a lot of time working on a visual diary and i really miss it. at the very least, i’ve started a project/fabric diary.
- grow. more herbs, vegetables and flowers. i also need to learn how to prune plants properly. i get scared to trim them and then they grow all wild and gangly.
- preserve. i just started getting into it last year with pickles, canning tomatos and jam, but there is so much more to try!
- quilt. especially hand quilting. i hope to start lots of fun quilting projects this year, but i especially want to finish this quilt. soon. ish.
- natural dye. i’m completely fascinated and want to do make all kinds of things from naturally dyed fabrics. i’ve also just learned about solar dyeing and it’s the most beautiful process!
Right about this time of the year, things always seem a bit blurry to me. I must admit I’m looking forward to a few days off, lots of holiday eating and sneaking in as much sewing as possible to finish off gifts that haven’t quite gotten done yet!
Yesterday’s giveaway winner was comment #7, Jean! Her comment was, “Oooo the fabric definitely! My favourite holiday food is nice a juicy roasted goose with super crispy skin. I love the anticipation of it while it’s roasting and how the house slowly begins to fill with the aromas from the roast! Mmmmm I’m hungry now!”
I really want to thank each of you for commenting over the last few days. It’s so lovely to hear from you. I hope you get all the things on your crafty wish lists and have a super holiday!
I was tagged by Constança to show my desk, which also happens to be my dining room table. At the end of each night (or so) I clear the table off until my next sewing session. This is probably best, because I would have one of those desks that was full of piles and overly messy.
I took these photos over the course of a weekend, so you can see me jump from project to project.
Photo 1 : Working on a plaid cotton quilt top for a Christmas gift, eating Coconut Liberte Yogourt and drinking hot chocolate
Photo 2 : Drafting a shoo-fly block for another new quilt using my French General jelly roll
Photo 3 : Adding the Mokuba trim to my new blue tunic
Photo 4 : Checking out flickr with my new Shinzi Katoh agenda and drinking hot chocolate (drinking hot chocolate seems to be mandatory when working, I am drinking some right now)
I’m usually the worst person to tag for these things, but I was determined to get my act together for this one. The three people whose desks I’d like to see are – Lauren, Ayalah & Rosalyn. You are meant to show your desk/working space as it is, without any editing or styling and then tag three more people. If anyone else out there wants to play along, just post a link here to a photo of your desk. (the messier the better!)
I hope you have a lovely weekend, friends. I’m making great progress with my holiday gift making. I won’t be able to tell you about a lot of it until after Christmas, but I’ve got a few projects that should be ‘safe’ to share with you.