Thursday, 30 May 2013

Something old, something new, nothing borrowed, something blue

It would have surprised me a week or two ago to be reporting that our nursery is still empty.

My adored moses basket - with us since our first child - if only they didn't grow out of it so fast!

But our little mr. has at least missed the first cold snap of winter (and spared us a dash to hospital in snow/sleet/hail/icy conditions...)

With a new blanket from The Penny Drops, this quilt - and a lovely new view

We've also managed to shift house while waiting and (mostly) set up the new house.

Draped with this shrug made by my late-grandmother when I was expecting no.1

And now we're ready.

Overseen by this faithful musical animal mobile - a present from my parents for our first child



Thursday, 23 May 2013

A little goes a long way

We have a ballerina in the family.


And an aspiring ballerina.


I felt like making something for them for a change... working at home mother's guilt? About to interupt their cruisy little world with a teeny bundle who's going to hog lots of mum? Whichever. Time to spoil my girls.


Ballerina fabric choices were limited.


I don't love this one, but we decided it was the best of the four.


From the 30cm we purchased, I was able to make these items - with a bit of help from some other stock fabrics, and just enough left over for something else...

 the lot

Would love to psot a photo or two of the items in use... but camera time has been limited lately.

I'm missing it and feeling the need to take more photos - now that we're in our new house and that other new arrival is just round the corner...



Monday, 20 May 2013

More vs less

I've said before that I'll never be a minimalist.

But I do admire the look.

And frequently 'pin' sparsely furnished/decorated, often Scandinavian-inspired spaces...


But I also admire and pin busier spaces...

gorgeous chair! diagonal shelves are different too - but would only work for books?

I'm sure i had this somewhere - if not I need it. splashes of green against crisp white. all good.

Handmade Home: Office Nook Redux

So as we have prepared to move from this house, I've been enjoying the visual space (serenity?) that's come from having many of our (my) treasures packed up.

So has my husband (and he's made the point repeatedly).

My trouble is that I am sentimentally attached to said treasures - whether they reflect the person who gave them, the place I bought them or the time I've had them...

By way of compromise, I'm going to try and commit to a 'rotation' system of home decorating: fewer items on display, but regularly changed around so those sentiments are retained.

I'll let you know how it goes in due course, but as for now, I'm just looking forward to getting there...



Thursday, 9 May 2013

Holiday snap happy

Whether it's the trip of a lifetime, or a long weekend somewhere nearby, photos keep the memory alive after the experience is over.

They also communicate your trip to friends and family.

They may even go on to become pieces of art gracing the walls or your home.

Because for many of us, the otherside of the world is not a regular destination, it pays to get some basics right when you take - or make - the image.

Earlier I promised to share some of my mistakes with you: please learn from them :)

1) I must remember to examine the perimeter of my viewfinder: the cropping of the top of the righthand building in the Umbrian capital of Perugia was easily preventable. 
And I could have waited for that car to move...

2) Who's growing things out of their head? Be the director of the art - ask people to move, or change your position, if heads start sprouting branches or fleur de lis

Gubbio, Umbria - some of my traveling companions. 

3) Another example of the virtue of patience: there was a man in this photo below.
I didn't want him to be in it.
A bit of 'photoshopping' has more or less (not perfectly - I can tell where the damage has been done...) eradicated his presence - but I could have saved myself that editing time, if I'd waited for him to reach the corner.

Perugia, Umbria

4) Clean my lens: see that soft focus area in the centre of this image from Florence?
Uh oh.
Reviewing images more carefully on my camera screen might also have limited the impact of this lens smudge.
Luckily I went to Florence twice and have a second set of photos without the blur.

The Golden Bridge, Florence, Tuscany 

5) Straighten my horizons: a little more care/time when framing the shot.
I find my horizons are more likely to be wonky if I'm taking a portrait orientated photo or I am myself in an unbalanced position (e.g. trying to take a low angled shot) - still just excuses.
Fortunately again, many photo editing programmes can usually fix this mis-take.

In my defence this image of Assisi was taken from a moving vehicle. 

6) Angle of the sun: Generally speaking, photos taken in the middle of the day, with the sun at its highest casting the harshest light, will be flat and less interesting (and less flattering where people are involved)...

Middle of the day in Gubbio, Umbria 

... than the soft low angled light that comes early or late in the day.

Dusk in Venice

Ever considered that rationale for a midday siesta?

Happy travels. Happy memories.