Saturday, September 4, 2010

How to Tell if Your Camera has Been Borrowed

If your camera has been "borrowed" you might find some of the following:

Close up shots of random items
(nice colour, composition, pity about the camera cord)

Broody scenes of across the street

An equally broody, but tell tale self portrait.

Little E quite likes helping herself to the camera. She knows she's not supposed to without an adult around, but occasionally I find the signs on the memory card. That self portrait is one of my favourite photos of Little E so I can't get too angry.

I am beginning to come around to the idea of digital cameras for children. I thought it a bit over the top when I saw some small children walking around the museum pointing their own cameras in front of glass cabinets. It gives you an idea of what held their interest for long enough to point and click, as well as something to talk about together when recalling an event. Sometimes their point of view can be quite unexpected. On our trip to the zoo, I rushed to see the bears being fed as Little E was very much into bears at the time. She really wasn't interested. When we asked her about her day and the animals she saw, it turned out her favourite was the giraffe and it's very, very, long tongue. She even illustrated with a lovely imitation of said giraffe trying to pick its nose with its tongue. Now that, I need a photo of.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Danish Sampler Love

From the moment I saw this pattern, I knew I had to try it. Mum showed it to me some months back and I was smitten. It’s taken from her hallowed “Hand Book of Stitches” by Grete Peterson and Elsie Svennas. It was one of the first embroidery books she bought. It took a while, a sampler and an embroidered birthday present, between showing me and allowing me to borrow it.

Can you believe this book was initially published in Danish in 1959?

The sampler is an array of filler stitches including satin, padded satin, fishbone, leaf and surface satin stitched with pearle cotton. I have wanted to use a light leafy green but there was very limited selection of colours in the store. I've grown to like this pale minty green and think I might be using a lot more of it. While I’m not a master, at least I now know which ones were easier, quicker or even prettier.