Thursday, 25 March 2010

Green shoots

In abscence of signs of Spring outside, due to the continuing cold weather, we decided to plant some seeds indoors. A couple of weeks later the rocket is doing okay.....

.....the coriander fair.....

.....the basil pretty good....

....and of course the children's cress-heads are doing the best of all!

What had failed so far were the three types of chilli I planted. Not a single shoot or leaf had appeared and I had all but given up hope.... Until this morning!

Can you see that tiny green shoot on the right? There are a few in the middle too! A few days of sunshine through the window and they are finally beginning to grow. Perhaps Spring is on it's way after all!

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Thursday, 18 March 2010

Kit aka Darly

I wanted to make something special for Povey's best friend's birthday present so I decided to make him a Clothkits doll. They have just recently re-released one of the original 70's doll designs, a boy doll called "Kit". In a classic case of taking on waaaaay too much I only gave myself one evening to sew him and his clothes!

I started at 7.30pm and finished at midnight! I sewed the doll, his trousers, his shirt, his waistcoat, and his bag.

The only thing I didn't manage was his pyjamas so I'll do them at a later date. I want to use them as a pattern to make pyjamas for Papaya and Povey's dolls too. I followed tge original instructions although I must admit I adapted him ever so slightly in that I reduced the size of his scarily Prince Charles-esque ears!

The Best Friend loved his doll and re-christened him "Darly"!

I'm looking forward to making three little pairs of pyjamas, but I think I'll give myself more time for them ;-)

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Location:Heathcote Rd,Whitehill,United Kingdom

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum

Working with my friend, the Artist, today on pirate party decorations for our boys.

Here's some of our work in progress; pirate ships, a treasure map and "pin the tail on the parrot" ;-)

Oh and I didn't do enough party bags so will be sewing more tonight. Busy busy.....

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Location:Upper Manor Rd,Witley,United Kingdom

Party bags

I've been kept pretty busy over the past few nights sewing up these party bags for the pirate party Povey is sharing with his best friend.

Papaya lives pirates as much as Povey, but I know not all girls feel the same, so I made sure there were some Dora pirate bags too! All the rest of the fabric came from my own stash I've been collecting since Povey the pirate was born!

Today I'm at Povey's best mate's house so that his mum and I can paint up the decorations for the day. Should be fun ;-)

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Location:Upper Manor Rd,Witley,United Kingdom

Monday, 1 March 2010

iPhone Photos

Thought I should probably put this in my craft diary as it's kind of arty being about photos. I've had my iPhone a few months now and have tried a few different photo apps that I thought I'd share.

First up is some alternative cameras. The camera that comes with the phone isn't bad but it has very limited abilities and no zoom. Here are some daffodils in my kitchen on this lovely sunny March day using just the standard camera.

The camera I mainly use is one I downloaded called Gorillacam. It's by the same people who make the handy "Gorillapod" tripods that you can use anywhere. The main advantages I've found with it are the zoom (although it tends to be grainy), clearer photos and the extra features such as being able to take many photos on quick succession... Very handy with small children! For a simple comparison here I just took one photo of the same daffodils.

The other two camera apps I use are ways of getting different styles of photo rather tha improving normal photos. This first is ShakeItPhoto, a gimmicky camera that gives you the experience of taking a polaroid. It slides down in the same way and you shake if to speed up the development... Although of course that's technically inaccuarate as everyone knows shaking a real Polaroid doesn't develop any quicker when you shake it.... But anyway ;-) The quality of the photos you get are very polaroid-like too. Here are those daffodils again.

Another I like is Hipstamatic. This lovely little app looks like an old fashioned camera and produces photos like the ones from your childhood complete with over-saturation and dodgy flash! This is my favourite in terms of the look of the photos but they are a bit huge as you'll see! The daffodils don't really show it to it's best advantage but you get the idea.

Finally here is Lego Camera. I originally got this app for the kids but find myself using it just as much! Not too effective on the daffodils here so I've also put in a photo of Papaya as it's most effective on faces.

Now I've shown you my camera apps I wanted to put a bit about photo editing apps. I've only tried two so far. Here's a very quick edit on Photogene with the original photo first. It's me on a very cold snowy day last month.

Photogene has some fun little features like speech bubbles etc. as well as being able to change colours/saturation, but I'm preferring Photoshop for mobiles. Here are a few of the extra effects PS Mobile offers.

What neither of them do is the things I'd really like photo editing software for, like being able to change the background and erase spots, marks etc.

That's definitely enough photos of me for this blog! I hate photos of myself and rarely take them so it's unlikely you'll see me again ;-)

As I said I've only had the phone a few months so haven't tried everything. I'd love to know what photo apps you would recommend! Any suggestions?

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Location:Meadow View,Whitehill,United Kingdom

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