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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Shower - Part One, Blanket of Love

Jacquie threw the most awesomest baby shower for me this weekend. I was so completely overwhelmed by all of the love and attention, I'm still reeling and walking around in a daze. Well, the daze part could be the preggo-itis, but seriously - I was completely bowled over. I would love to go on and on forever with pix & tales of all of the sweet treats that the knitters showered me with that day, but for now let me start by sharing this...

The Blanket of Love
photo by Jacquie

The hostess with the mostest corralled the knitters to each knit/crochet a square for the "community" blanket that will soon swaddle our brand new bundle of joy. (If you click on the photo it should take you to the flickr page were the knitters have so kindly begun to fill in their names by the square that they knit.) This is truly a most amazing gift. It blows my mind to think of all of the hands, and time and thought and love that went into every single stitch in each special square. I want to hang it on the wall and sit back and stare at it. And then I wanna take it down and feel it and smell it and wrap it around myself. An incredible heirloom to be treasured eternally. Thank you, thank you, thank you ALL so very very much. xoxo

Friday, April 11, 2008

Photo Class

I had the awesome opportunity of taking a photo class for bloggers and ravelers at In the Loop Café last Sunday. Taught by super-blogger-photo-masters, Jacquie & Michelle, the class was a blast, oh, and super informative. Not only did I score a great kit consisting of white bristol board, a heavy duty light bulb and a groovy little beanbag Michelle-made tripod, I walked away feeling like I had a brand new camera. Or at least now, my camera and I speak the same language. Or maybe now I just speak "camera" period. Anywhozit, enuf with the bla bla and on with the shots....

Besides getting to know the basics and key funtcions of our point n shoots, we also learned about incorporating composition, staging and point of view...

For Baby Jake

I think this would be a good example. These are Jake's baby booties and umbilical cord hat that are yet to be gifted. This was shot in flash-less natural light using a two second delay. I love the reflection coming off of the dark table and the cockiness of the booties.

and then The Rule of Thirds. i suck at anything math -- numbers, fractions, percentages, you name it...but i think I that I caught the gist of the rule with this shot...

Hot Hot Photo Babes (aka Jacquie & Aleta)

The ladies helped me discover the "grid" button on the camera and all of a sudden I saw the light. We could also call this shot the Rule of Hotness.

I've always dreamed of great close up shots that really capture the fibers in my projects. The macro feature is one of the reasons that the hubs santa'd me this new camera for xmas in the first place.

Noro Silk Garden Lite Macro-fied

Can you see the seed stitch cozy-ing up to the stockinette leaning up against the garter? I "heart" me some macro and the fact that the symbol is a tulip makes it that much more fun to use. ha!

But not all was gorgeous photos, hot babes and hella-good laffs. No, things eventually got all loco and wonky-fied....

Michelle Wears Bacon

Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with wearing felted bacon for eyebrows, but if you're going to capture the moment you should at least make sure that the exposure is set up correctly. Thanks photo gurus for getting into my menus and manual and setting me straight.

And one of my favourite photos of the day....

Hunka Hunka Felted Bacon

Being a huge lover of bacon and all things fried, The King would have been proud! Thank you, thank you very much for learnin' me so good ladies!