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Advent calendar

I remember when we first moved to the States ten years ago from the UK, we had to get chocolate Advent calendars sent over from home as they didn’t have them here.  They are still not very prolific, but now we usually grab one from Trader Joes and use our home made edition for little chocs and gifts.  That way both boys get a little something every day of December leading up to Christmas. This year I have left it all a little late, the end of November is nigh and I have just put up our ‘fill it yourself’ calendar, but I still don’t have a regular calendar (with chocolate of course). We have a chalk board wall which we draw a Christmassy thing on (snowman this year) and I pin the ‘calendar’ across it. Do you buy an Advent Calendar?  Or do you have one you use every year?  I think I will make a new one next year as this one is looking a little shabby.  All of the boxes are still …

Vintage Instant Cameras

Firstly I hate to call these cameras ‘vintage’ as they are from the late 80’s and early 90’s and I am not able to even consider the era of my teens and early twenties as ‘vintage’.  Eeek. Anyway, I picked up three Polaroid Instant cameras at the weekend and I am eager to try them all out, see how they differ and which I like the best.  I am secretly hoping I don’t have a favourite, I want them to have their own abilities which I can use and love. So far I have put a film in the fantastic looking, bright yellow ‘Job Pro Polaroid’.  ‘The Construction Camera’. This camera was actually made and marketed to be used on construction and building sites.  It is nice and sturdy and made in the United Kingdom.  You can slide the doodad on the front to make photos lighter or darker, both of which I have tried, it makes a difference and I like the lighter best I think. I have a black and white film to …

Catseatdogs new bracelet. Testing testing.

I got these gorgeous organic shaped oval rings a while ago and it has taken a few attempts and a misguided bracelet or two to decide on this style. I love this wrap with the ring incorporated although my intention was for the wrap to be long enough to wrap the wrist five times instead of three. Need to recalculate the amount of starting thread!  Of course this is the reason I make things, test them, adjust and try again. This bracelet has been declared a success by me, so I will be making more, and they will wrap five times, unless I get it wrong again….! What do you think?  A little different for my usual wraps, but a worthy diversion which I like.

Project 365 photos 18-24

This weeks photos have thrown out a couple of surprises. I always compile them together on Monday, so some I have almost forgotten! I think my favourites this week are the vintage toy cup and the hat with the chandelier. I forgot about the cup because I was trying to photo something else which didn’t work, so that this one came out nicely was a pleasant surprise. I worked on it in Snapseed and popped on a vintage filter. The chandelier was a hard one for me to catch, I really wanted the casual hat and the decadent glass of the chandelier in just the right proportions and I think I got it in the end. As usual the photos are a mix of iPhone 4 and Canon Rebel. 18/365 Vintage toy cup. 19/365 I love how this photo turned out, a good example of the reason I always carry my phone, you never know what you might see. 20/365 Double exposure on the Hipstamatic app. 21/365 Self portrait sat on the porch with a …

Taking stock 2.

Thanks for the list Pip at Meet Me at Mikes. This is what I have been up to this week. Making : Wrap bracelets for lovely customers. Cooking : Cheese bread, banana bread, soup and chili. Drinking : Seasonal local beer. Reading: ‘Made by Dad'(a fab book of stuff to make!), ‘Perfect’ by Rachel Joyce and Jamie magazine Christmas edition. Wanting: Film for my newly acquired vintage Polaroid cameras. I am so excited! Looking: At linen for bag making and embroidering. Playing: Mancala with my youngest. Deciding: What to embroider on the bags. Wishing: For the ability to draw. Practice practice practice. Enjoying: Chilly days. Waiting: For my birthday. I am like a kid, I love birthdays. Liking: Books from the library. Wondering: If the cameras work. Loving: Christmas preparations. Pondering: Different ideas for mincemeat recipes. Love mince pies! Considering: A different exercise regime-more yoga. Watching: Death in Paradise Hoping: For a happy Thanksgiving holiday. Marvelling: At how little I know about American history (3rd grade homework). Needing: Information on early American history! Smelling: Various …