Friday, December 31, 2010
I may get a 35mm lens in the next couple of weeks and then only shoot in black and white for a month or two ... or maybe 6 months. I really do want to get better at composition. Photography is about capturing light and not about what equipment or software you have. I may start shooting in black in white on my phone camera too.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
All you do is just tell it what camera you have, your price range and what type of photo you are trying to achieve. It gives you a choice of lenses in your price range and explains each feature in terms anyone can understand. It even tells you where you can buy the lens. It suggested my next lens should be the Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX. Funny thing is that was the lens was leaning toward getting. It's a really helpful site and you should check it out.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
If you don't know what amigurumi is, here are some examples:
It should be fun ... hopefully...
Sunday, October 3, 2010
I promised my friend a scarf a long time ago. I never started on it because he told me he wasn't a scarf person. Now he tells me he is a scarf person. So I started on the scarf this week. I would have been further along but I started a pattern that didn't really work out so I unraveled part of it and started again.
I came to the Bronx today to visit my mom. So now I'm chilling on the couch waiting for the Giants game to start and crocheting. Hopefully the Giants play better this week. They've been playing horrible for the last two weeks.
-- Sent from my Samsung Epic™ 4G
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I finished it this morning and then treated myself to white chocolate chip filled pancakes. They were so freaking good! I have a tub full of chocolate left over from the ice cream party at work. I need to find ways to finish it.
Now that I finished that scarf, I'm trying to decide whether I start on a scarf for my friend, a hat for me or finaly make a crochet toy.
-- Sent from my Samsung Epic™ 4G
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
It is a Samsung Epic 4G on the Sprint network. So far, I like it a lot. The camera is great. In a few days I'll probably do a review on the camera. Not like anyone will see it, but I like the camera so much I'll do it anywhy :-).
The summer is almost over (yey). I am more of a Spring and Autumn type of person the past couple of years. Hopefully I'll go around Manhattan taking photos, especially of the changing leave colors in Central Park with my new phone.
Autumn also means scarf weather. My bestie asked me to make him a scarf. He lives up in Rochester, NY; their winters are very brutal. I'm going to have to explore the yarn shops around where I live and start crocheting again.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
When the scarf was done I was relieved but unsatisfied. It looked horrible. It was wider on one side than it was on the other. The begining stitch looked way different than the stitch I ended up using. I told myself I would unravel it and do it over when I finished the other projects. The green hat isn't done but I couldn't wait. I need specail black yarn to finish the green hat. I have more yarn but not sure what to make. Plus my crochet books are still in boxes.
So this is what I have so far and yes those are my toes.
Friday, June 25, 2010
My coworker needed to go to the art store to buy spray paint. I tagged along with him because I love the art store. I helped him pick out a blue color to use to paint on his skateboard ... oh did I forget to mention I have a blank skateboard and I will be designing it soon? .. cause I do :-D. Anyway, I wondered into another alse and found a table filled with toys cameras aka Lomography cameras.
I could not walk away. My co worker got on line, paid, came back and I was still there. I've always wanted the Diana F+ camera but I figured it is doing something my d60 is already doing, so I wanted to get the Fisheye camera. I wanted the Diana F+ kit which comes with all the lens and attachments and also cost about $250. I just spent so much money moving, I could spare to spend any more money. I don't have a Fisheye lens and getting the camera would have been perfect. My coworker had to drag me away. It helped that I was hungry and we hadn't eaten lunch yet.
The Lomography store is not far from my job. It is located on West 8th and 6th AVE. I headed over there after work to basically drool over all the photographs and photography equipment. I ended up getting the Fisheye 2 camera, Diana F+ hotshoe flash and 3 rolls of film. Yes, they are film cameras. It is actually so much fun to take weird photos and wondering how they are going to come out. I heart my new toy.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I've been meaning to write this post since forever. So much has happened in the last couple of months. I haven't had the time or clear mind to do it. I haven't even crocheted anything in months. Such a shame. I think it is mostly because I am trying to finish the green hat but I need more yarn.
A friend of mine had an early Saturday morning baby shower in March. I complained about the time because I'm use to going to baby showers in the afternoon, NOT 10 am. It was a nice event. I was able to see people I use to work with that I haven't seen in a while. Afterward, I went to The Stockinette Knitting Cafe which is Jersey City's only knitting and crochet store. The store was only a few blocks away from the restaurant where the baby shower was held.
The Cafe is very cozy. When you first walk in there is a sitting area by the window with a couch where people knit or crochet. The day I walked in, the owner was giving a small class. As you walk further in, there are a couple of tables and chairs to eat or drink. Toward the back is the register and coffee shop part of the cafe. The yarn is located in shelves and bookcases along the sides of the cafe. The cafe was actually smaller than I thought it would be but had a small town cafe charm to it. I read they have comedy nights, which leads me to wonder where?!? The only thing I can think of is that they own the space next door, which was closed off, and that is where they have bigger classes and comedy nights.
I went in looking for more yarn to finish up my green hat. She didn't have it and apparently vendors do not sell products to shops that are with in a certain distances from each other outside of NYC. She told me the shop in Hoboken might have the yarn I need. I didn't leave the place empty handed. I ended up buying blue yarn to make one of my best friends a scarf or something else. The shop owner rang me up but had to get back to her (paying) class, so I was able to unravel and wind my yarn myself. It was kind of cool; she set up the yarn and I just wound it myself. I would go back, mostly for the charm and the nice people. I just hope they get a better selection of yarn.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I started on the green hat ... I think right after I finished the blue-green scarf. I should have been finished a while ago, I just haven't been in the mood or super tired when I get home. Hopefully things get better. I also need to make a yarn run. I'm thinking of going during lunch tomorrow.
This isn't even the photo I wanted to upload. I took a bunch of photos but when transferring them to my computer, that is when I noticed that after the upgrade on my Palm Pre my photo count went back to 0. So the file names of the photos were in the tens and over wrote some other photos I had.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
This is what I do sometimes to help me keep my sanity (what little is left). Yes I know one shoulder is higher than the other. I kept erasing it and starting over. I thought it was fine until I saw this photo. Not sure if I will add a head; might just mess everything up. And to think, this all started with me drawing random circles ...
Sunday, February 28, 2010
I had to drop my phone off for about an hour and a half. While I waited, I had a huge ass burrito at Qdoba. It didn't hit me until after dropping off my phone that I hadn't eaten since around 9 am. I left my phone with Sprint at 4:46 pm and that burrito was the last thing I ate all day (HUGE), lol.
After I ate, I went walking around. I remember Jen telling me there was a craft store on 18th Street (or something like that). I never found the store because I ended up in a paper supply store called Print Icon. I've seen this store before because my friend use to work on this block years ago, but I never stepped foot inside. I had to stop myself from buying purple paper or purple envelopes. I don't have anyone to write to :-/. These are the times I wish I had my phone. I wanted to take pictures of everything. They had a massive and beautiful purple paper press machine in the back. I think I might go back just to take a photo of it. I tried to walk out the store without buying something but I ended up buying a special stamp that helps hide your address on paper you want to throw out. It saves times because you can just stamp the paper and throw it out instead of shredding the paper to pieces to hide your personal information.
What made my day was the Mini Craft Punch kit I bought. I think it's targeted for kids, but I'm pretty sure I'm not done growing up (sometimes I wish I could go back). It contains 15 mini paper hole punchers in different designs. I managed to walk by them twice and tell myself no. It was the third time when I saw the tulip (my favorite flower) and penguin design that I was sold. So now I can put holes in my paper, stamp them, then throw them away, lol. I can say, I will have lots of pretty confetti.
After I got my phone back, I walked down to Washington Square Park. Even though I work in this area, I still end up here during the weekends. I took a few photos while walking through the park and saw these guys. Apparently someone created them the day before or earlier in the day and the warm-ish (40 degrees) weather melted them.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
We finally get to the building and go upstairs to the exhibit. The artist is Lisa Grue and the Exhibit is called: Owls Have More Fun. The place was a little smaller than we thought it would be, but it was still nice. People were mostly talking to each other while Jen and I made our way across the room to look at the art.
On the floor was a huge rug filled with owls *squeals*. Oh if you didn't know, I <3 Owls. It's the whole reason why we trekked in the snow to go to the event. if you haven't guessed by now, I want that rug!
On the wall were hand-printed porcelain plates that the artist designed. The one below was my favorite. I liked look the owl was giving the viewer.
If you are close by and have a few minutes (and love Owls) you should go check it out.
The exhibit is from February 25th to March 26th and it is located at:
Gallery Hanahou - 611 Broadway Suite 730 - New York, NY - More info
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Early morning photo shoot ... well not really that early. I finished the scarf Tuesday and took photos in the morning on Wednesday before I left for work. It was cloudy outside and raining so I wasn't getting good sunny morning light. I bumped up my ISO and used my sb-400 flash, but I normally dial down my flash so it isn't UFO bright. I swear my bear is becoming a really good model. Next I'll have to put him in some GQ poses or something. I might have to use sticks to prop him up and photoshop them out ... oh ... sound like it's getting complicated ... I'll see. I also decided to photograph him in my computer chair so I have a black background instead of in the living room under my counter to use the white background. Very soon I am going to invest in different color fabrics to have different color backgrounds.
Oh yeah the scarf. It's just a double crochet scarf. And as I typed that last sentence, I just remembered I didn't finish the scarf correctly. I mean you would never notice looking at it unless you truly examined the scarf. I was running out of yarn and patience and just finished it before the yarn was done, oh well. The scarf is about 4 feet 5 inches before blocking. I haven't washed it yet so I don't know how long it will get; probably about 5 feet.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I know, I know, I drew the bow wrong. I drew it correct on the first sketch I did on my sticky note. He is going to miss anyway. Don't worry the little guy with the flame thrower will get him ... ah dammit, I forgot to draw the one with the shot gun. Oh well next time.
On a side note, my coworkers were talking about ZILF, LILF, and RILF today. If you know what a MILF is, you get the idea. Not to mention one of them tried to attack me with their butt. I work with weirdos, sigh ...
Sunday, February 21, 2010
So I accidentally finished the purple hat. I went out with Mellowbeing after work on Friday and when I got home, I wasn't tired so I worked on the hat. Then today I kind of finished it up. It came out better than the Blue-Green hat, but I think next time I'm going to try 9dc in the second row instead of 13dc. Hopefully the hat will be a little bit more snug. Either way, I like it :-). Also probably the first and last time I'll model an item. I'm not photogenic ...
So now that the purple hat is done. I will go back to the Blue-Green scarf and try to finish it up in a couple of days ... or should I start on the green hat? Hmmmm ...
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Guess who started working on the purple hat last night?
I know I should finish the blue-green scarf first but I want to wear the purple hat sooooo badly. I even used a hook that is two sizes too big. I'm curious to see how that effects the design. I already know I messed it up. I have to unravel it when I get home. I was so tired, I added 14 dc's instead of 13 in the second row.
Okay I'll just finish up the blue-green scarf and stop jumping around on projects ...
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
It took me about 5 days to finish it. I mostly worked on it when the CMS at work went down, on the bus ride to work, waiting for the train or late at night (I’m a night owl). He’s really tall so I was trying to make the scarf long. When I finished, it was about my height, but when I washed it and laid it out to dry (blocking), it stretched to be even taller than me; I think it is about his height. The pattern is loosely based on a bag I saw. I liked it so much I wanted to make it into a scarf.
I didn’t think to share the pattern until after I made the scarf. It’s a fairly easy pattern. I have in-progress photos, but not “how to” in progress photos, sorry. If you use this pattern link back to this post and let me know so I can show off your work :-).
2 skeins Cascade Yarns Soft Spun 100% Peruvian Highland wool in Black (2807)
1 skein Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes 50% royal alpaca / 50% merino in Red (2000)
1 #8/H (5.00MM) hook
sl: slip stitch
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
I had to choose two different types of yarn because they didn’t have any black alpaca and I really liked the feel of alpaca and the red was the exact color I wanted. The gage for both yarns were the same, so it wasn’t much of a problem. When it comes time to change colors, it gets a little tricky because the alpaca is silky and the wool can pull apart. I was so worried about finishing the scarf and getting it shipped in time that I forgot to count how many black rows I crocheted. I have a good guesstimate because I know how many red rows I made and how long it measures. Either way, you can make the scarf to the length that is comfortable for you.
Start with red yarn
Row 1: ch 26
Row 2: 25sc starting from the second chain from the hook (ch# 25); ch3 (counts as a dc)
Row 3: 2dc in every other stitch. You should end up with 11dc pairs. In the last stitch 1dc; ch3
Row4 -14: repeat Row 3
Row 15: repeat Row 3, except do not ch3
You should now have 1ch row, 1sc row, and 13 red dc rows. You need to switch colors to the black yarn and then ch3
With black yarn
Row 16: 2dc in every other stitch. You should end up with 11dc pairs. In the last stitch 1dc; ch3
Row17 -105*: repeat row 16
Row 106: repeat row 16, except do not ch3
switch colors back to red yarn and then ch3
With red yarn
Row 107: 2dc in every other stitch. You should end up with 11dc pairs. In the last stitch 1dc; ch3
Row 108 - 119: repeat row 107
Row 120: 2dc in every other stitch. You should end up with 11dc pairs. In the last stitch 1dc; ch1
Row 121: sc in every stitch
Row 122: sc in every stitch. sl to end
* I forgot to count how many rows of black I used. I reversed engineered the amount by the length of the scarf, the measurement of the red section and rows used in red section (I <3 math). Make the scarf as long as you want.
When you are done, you can use this blocking technique from craftnectar.com that mellowbeing found and sent to me. I washed the scarf in Woolite but I’m sure you can use whatever detergent you currently have.
Monday, February 15, 2010
I'm only posting one photo for now. I will post the rest another time with the instructions on how to make it. I like giving back and helping out :-).
Monday, February 8, 2010
I bought Woolite and washed it tonight. I was so paranoid about it not being long enough, but now after I washed it, it stretched. I used the directions on this blog that Mellowbeing sent to me. I think it might be close to 6 feet. Now, I'm wondering if it is too long because I don't know how he wears his scarves. I hope it settles into itself while it dries. I also hope it is dry by the morning.
I took pictures yesterday morning. I'll try to take more in the morning since it is washed and done, but I won't be able to put up photos until he receives the gift. Maybe I can get him to pose with the gift:-D
Friday, February 5, 2010
I gave one of the workers the label, he went searching and pulled out the last skein of yarn in that color. I was so happy. I didn't want to finish up the black section with a different material. Nor did I want to travel down to the wall street area to the other store I know about because at the time I thought I had to go to a baby shower the next day and needed the time after work to shop for a gift. Turns out the baby shower is in a month.
Hopefully I will finish this project tomorrow, take photos and then finish up the blue-green scarf to match the hat. I also might start on making baby booties and a hat since I have to go to a baby shower in a month ...
I am about 75% done and I started on Tuesday .... well actually Monday night. I bought the yarn Monday at lunch, started the scarf Monday night, but Tuesday night I unraveled the scarf about three times and started over. So I count it as if I started making the scarf Tuesday night. I really only get a chance to crochet at night when I get home from work (which has been around 10 pm last few days). I try to crochet on the bus in the morning depending on how many people are on the bus or which bus I take. I don't crochet on the train. Mostly because I am not a puppet show.
I can't put up photos yet because it is a surprise gift. I highly doubt he knows about or follows this blog, but just in case, I don't want to spoil the surprise. I will say I'm using 100% Peruvian Highland wool and 50% royal alpaca / 50% merino :-).
I'll make another yarn run during lunch today .. oh yeah and get lunch too ...
Sunday, January 31, 2010
The drawings took about 10 minutes or so. Scanning them and cleaning them up took the longest. I drew these on scrap paper and the writing on the other side came threw when I scanned the drawing. So I was mostly cleaning up the words and cleaned up the drawings a little bit. I didn't touch the drawings too much because they were meant to be sketches.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I am going to make a scarf for my friend. I was supposed to go to the yarn store this week but never got the time. I was going to go today but I was so tired and drained form this week, I never made it out the house. The yarn shops close anywhere from 5:30pm to 6pm on Saturdays. It takes me about an hour to get to Manhattan on the weekends because public transportation sucks on the weekends. Plus I don't want to go in there at the last minute because I am not sure what I want and I need to browse. I'll either try tomorrow and met up with my friend Pat for lunch or something, or go on Monday during lunch.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I'm hoping to be done by the end of this week so I can start on my hat.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
About two years ago (2008) my coworkers and I decided to do a one-a-day project. I didn't know what to do so Jen (mellowbeing.com) suggested that I use the vector pictures that come with Photoshop and create a graphic design piece with them everyday. I also wanted to get better at drawing so I decide to draw as well. At the time I had all the time in the world, so I was able to do both everyday (five days a week). After a while I started to have a creative block or I was busy and I couldn't keep up. I then decided to stop the Photoshop part and just draw. I started graduate school and work at my job became very hectic. Last year I only posted work about seven times. This year I would like to get back to drawing and updating this blog. Which leads to it's new purpose.
I decided to make this my "being creative" blog. I love Art and Design. Photography and drawing both fall under one of those categories. Last year I didn't draw a lot but I was taking a lot of photos. One of the classes I took in graduate school was a photography class which made me buy my Nikon D60. I also started crocheting again this year (January 2010). I learned how to crochet when I was about 9 years old and recent events lead me to start practicing/making things again. I am going to use this blog to post sketches, drawings, doodles, digital art, progress on items I am crocheting or sewing and my favorite photos that I take.
Origin of the Name
Enchanted Droppings is a spin off of special crap, or a polished turd. My stuff is crap but it's special crap :-). I also have a thing for faeries and faeries are enchanted.