Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Folksy Friday Stars

This week's Folksy Friday is all about stars. I love star shapes all year round but at Christmas time I think they are particularly apt!

Hammered silver necklace by Dream of Silver
I love this simple, pretty necklace. I don't wear a lot of jewellery (although I do own quite a lot) but when I put a necklace on it tends to stay on for quite a long time. This is the kind I really like; it will go with anything and become a real signature piece.

Glass by Poulsom Glass Painting
Oh I think this glass is beautiful! I have looked through this shop so often! How I would LOVE to drink my Christmas tipple from one of these!

Glass bowl by Lazy Daisy
This is so pretty and there are coasters available too! I think it would look lovely piled high with mince pies! (And I don't even like mince pies!)

You're A Star Birthstone necklace by Poppy Sparkles
This is a lovely gift and it can be personalised with the recipient's birthstone. Poppy Sparkles also has a gorgeous snowflake necklace in the same style, but this week I am posting stars!

Little Ninja Companion by Lilley's
These little Ninjas are so cool and this one's holding a star! I can imagine that once you start buying these they will become quite collectable.

I know it's a bit gauche including my own items here... but I'm quite proud of these and I just noticed that they fit the theme so I'm risking it!

Yin Yang Star Mitts by Badschnoodles

So that's it for this Folksy Friday. I hope you see something you like! :)

In other news, I have a few lovely fellow Ravellers very kindly testing a shawl pattern that I wrote! They are from as far afield as USA, Sweden and Australia! It makes me feel quite cosmopolitan! (Or is that 'feel like having a cosmopolitan!?)
When it's finalised I will be posting it here so watch this space... ;)

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Friday, 5 November 2010

Super-quick Folksy Friday - Stationery!

I didn't think I would have the time for this, and to be honest I probably don't but I though hey - just do it anyway!
Without further ado -
I <3 stationery.

List maker's notebook by gooseberrymoon

Green Dinosaur notebook by She Draws

Print your own Stationery set - Kawaii Poo by Papercake make and print

Gorgeous postcard by Hide n Seek

Vegan mini journal by Susan Green Books

So - that's the fastest blog I've ever done. (Sorry for any spelling or grammatical errors!) I had found the items before this morning but even so - if I can post this fast all the time I could blog every day - or at least every week!

Have good weekends!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

End Year Resolution and Photography

It's been a while *hangs head in shame* but I've made an end-year resolution to be better organised. The main problems I had were time and over-ambition. I don't have enough time in the evenings to research, compose and post as well as wind-down, crochet and occasionally cook! But I realised that I don't have to do it all in one evening.
I've downloaded the Blog Booster app for my iPhone so I can make drafts anywhere. I can research items one night and post them another. So hopefully I will be able to post more regularly in the future.

Speaking of apps... I've been getting back into photography recently thanks to my new iPhone and two fantastic apps.

Hipstamatic is a brilliant camera app where you can choose different lenses, films and flashes to produce some amazing retro shots.

Like these ...

The other app I've been using a lot is Instagram. It's a social networking site using photographs instead of statuses. A bit like twitter for photos I guess. It's free too!
With Instagram you take a photo or choose one from the camera roll and crop it square with the ability to zoom in as well. You then have the option of sharing it as is, or choosing a filter to overlay it. Depending on the filter you choose, the effects can be quite dramatic.

Here's a picture of the sky behind my flat.

And here's the same photograph with the 'Gotham' filter over it.

All the photos go into your feed, which other users can follow. You can follow users, 'like' photos and comment on photos. Popular shots go onto the 'popular' pages. There are some amazing photographs out there!

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This was taken on my way to work one morning. It's in Mistley.

This bee was on the wall of my office one day when I cam back from lunch. I managed to get pretty close to it and then enlarged it using Instagram when I posted it.

I took this one morning while walking the dogs. It's a school fence round the corner from me.

This map is on my desk at work. I got it from a charity shop.

Aloe Vera on my kitchen windowsill.

So, I hope you like them. If you want to follow me on Instagram my userame is Badschnoodles there too!