During any TV time on the coach over the last week I’ve been working on this crochet blanket.
It’s been 5 years in the making, with a lot of that time sitting lonely in the corner, but I’m nearly finished now. Mainly because I’m coming to the end of my yarn supply for this project. If I could buy some more I’d keep going. I bought the yarn when we lived overseas so there’s no chance I can get anymore now, but that’s OK.
It will be a smaller blanket but still big enough to lay over the end of the bed. Or maybe it will never leave the coach and I’ll continue to use it to keep my legs warm.
Happy crafting, Jenna
If you follow my boards on Pinterest you’ll know that my Crochet board is expanding fast. Current pin count is 455 and growing…
There are so many great crocheters out there and I love seeing what everyone is creating.
Here are some of my absolute favourite crochet pins so far.
Follow jennamakes’s board Top Crochet Pins on Pinterest.
… new and existing readers, to the new home for my blog.
Why has it moved?
Well, I decided to move over to a self hosted WordPress blog which meant I had to move from my old WordPress.com domain name to jennamakes.com.
I’ve enjoyed my time on WordPress.com but wanted the flexibility that a self hosted blog can offer.
I can’t wait to update the site with the exciting plugins available.
For now though, I hope you’re all well and crafting up a storm.
I say nearly because I actually ran 4.8K (3.02miles) which is just short but I’m going to take it as a win.
It’s still the furthest I’ve run to date without stopping, so yay, major milestone.
It was running Workout 10 of the RunKeeper Beginner 5K schedule, 5 minute light walking or slow jogging to warm up, x10 intervals of 60 seconds of hard running with 90 seconds of light walking or slow jogging.
Next up tomorrow is a 2 mi run at a moderate pace. I’m looking forward to it. We’ll be running in the local woods which is always fun.
Our friends had a lovely little boy last month, so yesterday I cross stitched his name and date of birth on the bib of this cute elephant for them.
I don’t have any cross stitch pattern books at home, so after a bit of research online I sketched out a rough idea that would fit.
I improvised with the stars to fill in the white space and add a bit of colour.
I hope they like him!
Hey, it’s been a while. How are you? I hope you had a lovely holiday break.
There’s been a lot going on here but not a lot of it has been crafty hence my silence over the last few months.
We’ve been redecorating our living room which has taken a surprising amount of time. One day I thought, ‘lets redecorate the living room!’. Then a few weeks later I thought ‘why was this a good idea!?’. We are almost finished now and as it all comes together its feels like it was worth all the effort again. :)
So, my ongoing projects have been a bit stagnant but here are a few other updates.
I’ve signed up for a 5K and a 10K run this year! Ah, I know. If you’ve been reading for a while you may remember my failed attempt to run my first 10K a few years back. Well, I’m hoping to push past this and run my first 5K in April and then my first 10K in May. Crazy given my track record I know, but that’s what happens when you have friends over for dinner and one too many drinkies…
I’ve been chipping away at my weight loss. Sloooowly the scales are going down. I will update the sidebar with the latest stats soon. I’m hoping the regular running will help things along a bit.
I’m seriously considering buying a bread maker.
I’ve dusted off an old cross stitch that I started many moons ago. It’s a landscape scene and I really love it but for some reason I put it away and that’s where it stayed. I’ve even bought a new mounting frame which is easier to work on. I mean business.
I recently discovered the author Lisa Gardener. I read Catch Me and couldn’t put it down.
I’ve been pinning like a crazy lady on all sorts of things. Check them out.
I made this card the other day for my mum’s birthday.
Whenever I visit my home town, I like to visit my Nan and on my last two visits we have spent a few hours making cards. It’s been great fun. My Nan is an avid card maker and she has all the gadgets. Her most recent purchase is the ebosser which we used here on the greeny card stock and to make the pretty pink butterfly.
In workshop 2, we put the technical lessons from workshop 1 into practice and looked at the visual art of composition.
Practising the rule of thirds.
The rule of thirds is a “rule of thumb” or guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designs, films, paintings, and photographs. The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would. – Wikipedia.
See full information on the ‘rule of thirds’ from Wikipedia.
Practising leading lines
Leading Lines are lines that guide your eye through the painting or photograph. – Wikipedia
Landscape photography is intended to show different spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes, especially within contemporary photography. Landscape photographers often attempt to document the space as well as convey an appreciation of the scenery. – Wikipedia.
See full information on landscape photography from Wikipedia.
Practising simplifying the scene
I’m guilty of trying to include everything in my photographs but we learnt that, as is often the case, less is more. We were encouraged to zoom in on the subject to remove unnecessary distractions from the frame. Move our feet and bend down to compose the shot how we wanted it. It’s all obvious when someone says it to you but I didn’t realise how much time I spent standing like a toy solider on the spot. Ha ha. We were also encouraged to think about what we were trying to take a photo of, really think about the subject and how it is composed in the shot before taking the photograph.
We had so much fun!
Aperture f/10.0, Shutter 1/400, Exposure 0.67
We learnt about exposure compensation and how we can use this to improve our pictures. It was around 19:00 when we started taking these and the light was slowly fading. I over exposed this shot slightly and I’m pleased with how this one came out.
Aperture f/22.0, Shutter 1/8, Exposure 0.67
Next, we moved onto aperture priority. Our first attempt at controlling a camera setting ourselves! The aim was to keep the subject of the picture in focus and blur the background. The picture of my tripod in the my photography frenzy post is another example of this.
Aperture f/5.6, Shutter 1/320, Exposure 1.00
Lastly, we had a play with shutter priority. I didn’t have great success with this. Some of other people on the workshop had great shots where the waves looked like they were shimmering but everything else was in focus. Nice.
There was quite a lot to take in but I had so much fun. Since then I’ve been practicing a lot! It’s my latest obsession. Everything could be a potential picture!
- Photography frenzy (jennamakesthings.wordpress.com)
Sorry for the radio silence.
The weather has been so nice lately that I’ve spent very little time crafting indoors. Instead I’ve picked up my camera again for the first time in a while.
I’ve always loved taking pictures but haven’t known how to make the most of the many camera settings available on my SLR.
The other week I saw an advert for a series of workshops designed for people like me who what to learn more about their camera and how to take better pictures.
I’ve been to two of the three workshops so far and they’ve been great fun. The first week we learnt about the technical aspects of the camera, aperture, shutter speed etc. This week we learnt about light and composition, the more arty side of photography, and next week a model will be joining us for our own mini photo shoot! I’m really looking forward to it.