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Lens play

This is a reverse lens photo.


I took the lens off of my camera and turned it around then got very close to this wasp or hornet, I don’t know which it is.  It never bothered me as I took quite a few shots. Below is a regular shot with the lens attached as it should be.

full-waspNext are free lens photos. Again I take the lens off of the camera but I don’t turn it around. I just hold it out a very slight bit and then tilt it either forwards or backwards, right or left hoping to find the sweet spot. It doesn’t always happen but I like the results even so. I usually don’t even know until I look at the photos on the computer screen.


So this one with the two dogs didn’t really work out but I still like it. The next few I consider a success!




These shots of the clouds are regular shots with the lens attached. Last night the clouds and sun were painting some of the most beautiful scenes ever!




Below is an afternoon shot of a yummy cloud.


So won’t you give the free lens and reverse lens a try? It’s great fun and you can’t really mess up. Sometimes the mess ups are nice as well. I had already heard about reverse lens photography but not free lens until I read the latest edition of Artful Blogging Magazine.

I just found a wonderful tutorial on how to free lens at the blog, A Beautiful Mess.

Everything you need to know! I will be reading it as well since the original information I read wasn’t very detailed. Sorry I tried to link to the magazine and blog but it is not working.






A Vision

As I was sitting at my table at work yesterday in the dull gray warehouse, I opened a box that had a large piece of crumpled white paper as a space holder. Poof! A vision was born.

I immediately grabbed the tape dispenser and put a piece of tape on the back of my big crumpled white paper and stuck as high on the wall next to me as I could.

The important thing here is that there are no windows on this wall. A wall that is probably twenty-five feet high maybe and one hundred feet long. Just dull gray concrete. The dry wall portions of this room that are behind me only go so high. The rest is darkness with all manner of cables and wires running to different places. As I look out in front of me I see industrial printing and sorting machines and to the  right shelves four sets deep of papers, boxes and all sorts of related items. At the very end are bay doors that are opened once in a while for a truck to load or unload. So there are no windows and not a lick of color anywhere.

So  I after I found my one piece of white paper I was on the hunt for more. I ended up with three pieces and had them all stuck on the wall. That is as far as my vision got at that point even though I knew it was going to represent a window scene. A desperate need to somehow be connected to the outdoors.

First my supervisor who sits behind me wanted to know what on earth was on the wall. Then slowly over time more people drifted over as there work or questions brought them by and they all wanted to know what on earth was that on the wall. I would have been thrilled if even one person had guessed giant spit balls! But no, not one person could come up with anything. That is until the plant manager walked right by and said, “it’s obviously clouds.” Yes!!! I was so excited. I gave him the two fingers from my eyes to his letting him know that we are on the same wave length. So there is another living, breathing human being with an imagination working there. I was afraid that I was completely surrounded by Zombies.

Over the course of the day there was much discussion of my clouds. Maybe certain people in the front office wouldn’t like them being there. Really? It’s a concrete wall! I’m sure not hurting it. Front office will say you should have been working. Hmmm lets see it took about five seconds to make and I’m not a doctor working on a patient. And they don’t know if I did it on my break, or during lunch or before I clocked in.

Then I scrounged more things to further my “view.”  I did this as I was going about my work. It’s a very laid back work place. I have to go pick up stuff out of boxes to bring back to my table. I have to take boxes to the huge recycling box. And isn’t recycling a huge deal nowadays? So I’m recycling as well as creating art. I found a cardboard lid that had green on the edges that could have been grass. A blue plastic bag that could have been a lake. And some strips of plastic that would have made rain. One person in particular said the plastic strips would be ugly. Ok then. Yee people of no vision.

So I came home and proceeded to make a small version of a similar scene that I will mount onto cardboard and hang by my table with Command tabs. So below is what I ended up with and then the next one is what I did with it in Photoshop. I might actually print that one, frame it and hang it by my table.



Just a few pics













If you like the photos with the diffused/fog like look it is very easy to do. Take a plastic sandwich baggie and cut the end off then slip it over your lens. You can then move the bag around as you like letting just a bit hang over into the lens view. Just play around with it a bit to get the feel of it. It’s a lot of fun!


Various Photos










Dogs, Ladybugs and Golden Leaves








Shawl Re-do and Buster

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Easiest Shawl Pattern Ever: Yarn over and knit to the end. I found it on You Tube, it’s by laylock.  I started the same shawl about a year ago when I really did not know enough about knitting. Yes even though it is the easiest shawl ever. I think she is knitting left handed or somehow different than I do so I couldn’t follow the video and I didn’t even know what a yarnover was. And I was using my cabled knitting needles wrong. So now we are off to the races again.


The yarn is from Michael’s Art’s and Crafts store. I can’t remember the name or anything about it. Pretty sure I threw away the label. Now I know not too. I think I will start keeping them in baggies with any bits of leftover yarn.


Mmm whaaad you say Willis?




Another Itty Bitty Dress



I have been knitting and I am inspired!

Inspired to continue on and not give up because learning to knit has not been as easy for me as I would like it to be. About a week ago I came across a most beautiful blog called, Little Cotton Rabbits, by Julie Williams. The header and her photographs are peaceful and gorgeous. They are inspiring. At first I was a little intimidated by the things she knits. She is what I would call a “real” knitter. I’ve only knit a few simple scarves and hats so far.

That is until now! After looking at her section of free patterns I decided to try one and I’m so glad that I did. This Itty Bitty Dress is what I decided to try. I had to how to learn how to yfon – yarn forward on needle, and ssk- slip slip knit. I also had to purl into the back of next stitch which sounds so easy but I think I must have done something wrong somewhere as both of the itty bitty dresses I made had armhole mistakes.


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The little purple dress is the one with that seems to have two armholes stacked on top of each other or next to each other, something odd but once it is on the doll you can’t tell. I also made a larger version for a larger doll that my granddaughter wanted one for. The blue dress has four armholes, two next to each other! Oh well no one will really notice those either. At least I am not knitting clothes in order to keep myself or a family member from being naked.



I do hope “real” knitters everywhere don’t shudder if they see that I blocked my itty bitty dress on a kitchen towel. I don’t have a blocking pad yet. One has to block their knitting to guide it into the exact right shape. Or rather to stay in the right shape. For example the bottom of the itty bitty dress would have stayed curled up if I had not blocked it. To block knitting or crochet you just dampen the piece and pin it to a foam type pad that is covered in lightweight rubber. At least I think that is what it looks like to me from the photos I have seen. I was not about to invest in anything else until I knew I could knit more elaborate things other than simple hats and scarves. I never blocked any of those. I don’t think you have to block most hats and scarves but I may be wrong.




A huge thanks to Julie Williams for inspiring me and helping me with a question that I had.

Also to these You Tube videos for helping me learn some of these new stitches: Pepperly, Rowan Yarns. There are so many videos available on You Tube you have to watch various ones to find a teacher who is a good fit for you. Don’t just watch one or two and give up if they don’t work for you. Try a lot more and go back on different days as more are added all the time. If you are an aspiring knitter don’t give up! Get comfortable with one thing at a time then move on to something else. On and on up the knitter ladder.

P.S. If anyone knows where the spell check has disappeared to please let me know. Thank you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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