Lomography Photography

I did a post in December showing you the new Diana F+ lomography camera I has bought myself for no reason.  I used it over Christmas and took some photos, it took me a while to get them developed due to laziness and annoyance at having to pay £11 to get my photos done (there is a reason why digitalisation is taking over the world).

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Lomography encourages people to use analogue cameras spontaneously and experimentally, which is what I tried to do.  The risk is that your pictures might not come out at all and you won’t know until you get the photos back.  I used a 12 shot setting but only got 8 pictures back, and 1 of those isn’t really of anything.   The numbers you can see are the numbers of the film- I’m not sure why they’re visible but I did get the settings confused initially so that might explain it.  I made the decent pictures into a collage, the outdoor ones seemed to have worked better due to the greater light (I don’t have flash).  On the whole I think I need to play around more, experiment more, and be prepared to pay more!

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Valentine’s Day

Star Wars- Princess Leia and Han Solo“Valentine’s Day’s coming? Aw crap!  I forgot to get a girlfriend again!”- Fry, Futurama

I know nothing pisses you off when you’re a sad and lonely singleton than Valentines Day and all that arbitrary romance that consists of obnoxious couple aggressively flaunting their love, and if you’re happily in a couple I know nothing pisses you off more than Valentine’s Day when you’re expected to spend lots of money on arbitrary romance that consists of dead flowers* and over priced restaurant specials.

Anyway I will be celebrating Valentine’s this year, with boyfriend, with a free evening in front of the TV and a general (though probably unspoken) acknowledgement that I love him and vice versa.  So in that spirit I found a few quotes that should satisfy you whatever your romantic situation.

‘Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love’- Charlie Brown

“Only time can heal your broken heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.” – Miss Piggy

“Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.”
William Shakespeare

When Harry Met Sally

“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”-Harry from When Harry Met Sally

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  Thanks for reading my posts!

*They died when you cut them to give to your betrothed- you monster…

Ann Reardon

Cool Find- Ann Reardon Cakes!

Ann Reardon is a pleasant Australian-sounding lady who makes amazing cake and chocolate creations!  She has a youtube channel called How To Cook That and a whole playlist for Valentine’s Day recipes.

She also has a website How To Cook That.net

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Sun Cola

Previous Make- Dead Space Sun Cola

Dead Space Sun Cola

This was a goofy present I made for boyfriend for last Christmas because he was going on about Dead Space which is a video game (as I understand it a man called Issac wears a strange exoskeleton suit shooting necromorphs- I do not know what a necromorph is).

Sun Cola

When I looked up Dead Space I saw some stuff on Sun Cola which apparently pops up a lot in the game either in vending machines or advertising.  So I printed off the Sun Cola logo and wrapped it around a can of regular Coke.

Sun Cola

It was a fairly simple craft, the only tricky bit was making sure the print out fit the can properly.  I also needed to wrap cellotape all over it to make it as waterproof as possible.  As you can see it’s not the most sophisticated thing in the world but I was pleased.   I thought it was cute and Boyfriend would appreciate the reference to the game he apparently loves more than life itself.

Boyfriend had no idea what it was…

Star Trek Bag

A Book Bag

Book BagThis is a bag that is made from a book not a bag to carry books, I saw a good tutorial on Country Living, but here’s what I did.

You Need:

  • Hardback book
  • Fabric- the amount depends on the size of your book, open the book fully then get enough fabric to cover it twice.  That should be enough.
  • Bag Handles (I used left over ribbon but you could also use real handles)
  • Fabric Glue
  • Sewing Machine/Needle and Thread
  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife

Take a hardback book with a cool cover (not a book you want to keep!) and use a craft knife to cut away the pages. I used my copy of Star Trek The Next Generation The Genesis Wave- it is not great literature.   I then covered the book cover in vinyl (sticky back plastic) to make the bag more waterproof and durable.

Book Bag

Then hold the book open on a piece of paper and draw around the outline (this is how wide you will be able to open your bag) add about 1cm around the edges as a seam allowance and cut out the triangle.

Use that triangle as a template and cut out 4 pieces from your fabric.  Pair them up and pin them right sides together and sew almost all the way around leaving at least a 2cm gap.  Use that gap to turn the triangles the right way around (this is fiddly! You might need a pokey thing to poke out the corners). Then as neatly as possible sew up the hole.

Book Bag

Then use the book cover as a guide and cut out a rectangle of fabric for you lining- add an extra 1cm at least around all the edges to hem it.  To be extra neat you can sew the hem all the way around the rectangle but I just pinned it for now and used glue later on.

Then iron your fabric rectangle and triangles.

Now glue you bag handles to the inside of the book cover- how you attach them depends on what type of handle you are using but now is the time to attach them.

Book Bag

Then glue the edge of the triangles to the edges of one side of the book cover, and glue the rectangle lining down on that side (don’t put any glue on the other side yet) allow to dry a little.

Book Bag

Now you have to do the same to the other side, which is fiddly, which is why you let it dry a little.  You’ll have to fold the book closed whilst sticking the fabric, but you need to stick the triangles on first and then the rectangle lining afterwards.

Then you’re done!  And if, like me, you used a Star Trek book then it looks very silly but that’s how I roll!

 

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Baked Bananas

Baked Bananas

This is a super easy recipe, thats yummy and healthy(er) too.

  • Bananas (about 4)
  • Dark Sugar (4 tsp)
  • One Orange (the rind and juice)
  • Cinnamon/Nutmeg (whatever you want really)
  • Butter (tbsp ish)

Preheat the oven to about 200 degrees celsuis.

Cut the bananas in half and place in baking dish.

Melt the other ingredients together in a saucepan, then pour over bananas.

Bake for 15 – 20mins.

Baked Bananas

  • Chocolate (3 squares per bananas)
  • Bananas (one for each person)

Keep the bananas in their skins, cut a thin slit through the skin along the length.

Push pieces of chocolate into the cut.

Wrap the bananas in foil and bake for 15-20 mins.

You can see above that I didn’t wrap the bananas in foil and the skins burnt but the bananas inside were fine!  Best served straight from the oven I think with cream or ice cream.

Vintage Fair

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair

Judy's Affordable Vintage FairSo, if the world doesn’t want me to spend money it needs to stop scheduling vintage fairs on Saturdays when I’m not working…this was the Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair so it was all affordable (that’s where they got the name from I suspect) although the ‘vintage’ tag is a bit dubious as most of it was probably from the 2000’s!

There was quite a good turnout of stalls and here are a few things I could have bought but didn’t:

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair

And here’s the two pieces I bought; a denim play suit and blue dress with matching shrug.  I have not had good results when trying on play suits before, the modern cut seems to be low waist and relatively high crotch so I look like I have tiny short legs and then as soon as I raise my arms I have a play suit wedged up my crotch.  These seem to be the opposite, although I doubt they are the most flattering clothing ever I quite like the fit (they are too big around my waist but still wearable).  And the dress seemed to fit nicely I like the matching shrugy thing.  Although it’s far too cold here to wear either of these right now.

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Yes, I have a pose…

Card Wallet

Paper Card Wallet

So as an extra present for boyfriend I decided to make him a little card wallet- I had seen this post on Country Living about making a card wallet from old postcards and decided to try something similar.  The Country Living version required sewing the postcards which I wasn’t sure my sewing machine could handle, and I had just bought a roll of sticky vinyl (why not?) so I used that to hold it together.

I used a page from an old A6 diary which was almost the perfect size, I just needed to trim it down slightly.  I folded it in half around a card from my purse to check the size.  I then cut out a curve at the top of one side to allow easy access to the cards.  Then I wrapped the sticky vinyl around it to tape it together.

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Book Review- Queenie by Alice Munro

Is reading a craft?  I think writing is so reading is the appreciation of a craft…

Alice Munro recently won the Pulitzer Prize for literature for her short stories.  I have always had a problem with shirt stories; they seem to stop when they have just got going.  That being said I am put off by giant tomes (particularly lugging them around in my bag) and in that spirit my sister gave me Queenie for Christmas saying ‘You like short things so I got you this’, or words to that effect.  And it is short; 60 A6 pages in reasonably sized font.  In fact, I finished it on my way to work with ample time to contemplate it!

It’s set in the 1960’s I think, they mention ‘beehive’ hair and ‘The Byrds’, and is about the eponymous Queenie who leaves home when she is 18 to married a horrible, controlling older widower.  Or rather it’s about her sister who is telling the story giving shades of The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (my favourite book which is traumatising to read! So many awful things happen!)  Of course I’m simplifying here as I don’t want to give spoilers or ramble on too long.

In 60 little pages, without being sentimental, Alice Munro effectively tugged at my heartstrings making me angry in parts but mainly sad.  It may not be the best book to read on your way to work as it cast a certain gloom over the day.  And perturbation as the ending leaves many questions unanswered, you can even grieve for the characters misery as it’s not clear if that’s the appropriate emotion.

I enjoyed reading it.  It was frustrating because it felt like only half the story, but I think that was also the power of it too; a snapshot of the lives of a family you’ve never met.

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Cool Find- Martin and Paloma Munoz

Traveler 266, 2009 ©Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz
Traveler 266, 2009 ©Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz

I was looking for snow globe inspiration for some Christmas ones I was planning to make and I stumbled upon these cool ones by Martin and Paloma Munoz famous for their sculptures and photographs of sculptures that contrast pristine settings and grisly scenes.

Traveler 270, 2011 ©Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz
Traveler 270, 2011 ©Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz