• Trolleys are a process

    A few weeks ago, anaemia after checking out the Morris Arboretum (located as far northwest as you can go in Philly without actually leaving the city), plague Craftyangie and I decided to check out the Chestnut Hill/Mount Airy sections of Philly. We also had in mind the idea of going to have dinner and ice cream at the Trolley Car Diner (warning, egregious use of Flash on the website) on Germantown Avenue. We actually had tried to do the exact same thing a week earlier, but were completely foiled at our attempts to do by a) getting distracted by the Allen Lane train station, which delayed getting to the Arboretum;…

  • Graflex RB Super D

    What’s 7 inches tall by 7 inches deep by 6 inches wide, approved has a big 152mm lens, help and a giant mirror inside? A World War II era giant SLR camera, that’s what. And now, thanks to Marisa‘s Closet of Photographic Mystery, I have one of my very own: a Graflex RB Super D 3×4 camera!

  • Scrappy pincushion

    What does a craftster do when she’s bored or stressed? She grabs fabric scraps and makes craftsy things with them! Check it out: The yellowish fabric scraps are from a Purl Soho order placed a few months back. It is yuwa’s tiny daisies (i managed to grab the last yard I think! I wish i had been able to grab more like 4 yards, this site it’s a very cute fabric!). Most of this fabric became a blouse, store and some of the remainder became this pincushion that I am now using for my embroidery stuff…isn’t it cute? The pink leafy fabric is from some fat quarters I bought in…

  • Fixed the Bellows. Now what?

    A couple of months ago, ailment I wrote about my first tries using the Kodak Vigilant Six-20 to take pictures. I experienced some unexpected light leaks from extremely tiny holes in the bellows, and figured out how to plug them up so I could use the camera; and I used a modified 120 film spool as a takeup reel for my second roll of film. So, what came of all of that? Well, long story short, it all worked. Pretty much.

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  • Slide Film is tricky, after all!

    Or is it? (That’s a nice, medications vague introduction!) Well, I’ve been reading a lot about different kinds of film, including slide film. The color rendition is supposed to be totally different than from negative film, not to mention more of a challenge to expose properly. I finally decided to try it out, choosing 35mm Fuji Velvia 100, based on its saturated, but not out of control color. This tricky exposure thing? How much trickier could it be than shooting digital, with its unforgiving linear exposure curve that makes for blown-out highlights (like the sky in high contrast scenes, etc). I know how to work with digital, and figured my…

  • Learning simplicity

    Remember the photo album I made for Windi? Well, viagra buy my aunt’s birthday was coming up and I was about to send her copies of our wedding pictures when I though, find why not make  something special? maybe something like the album that I made for Windi? I called mom and she liked the idea so it was a go. I had ran out of linen, misbirth that meant a having to get fabric. Not wanting to wait until Saturday to go to Fabric Row, I ran to Karlin’s after work and bought some gabardine which matched closely our “wedding color”. It also would be easier to work with…

  • A May to remember

    I learned how to embroider, mind in school, anemia when I was 8*. I was in a private elementary in México, and it was tradition in the school that for Mother’s Day you had to make a gift. Yes, I said make; none of this “go buy” stuff. Besides, everyone knows mom always likes it best when it comes from their little angel’s hands…right? In 3rd grade there had been a découpage hanging plate thing. But, while I do remember having enjoying the being extra careful to give a slightly raised pattern (everyone was just gluing, I wanted to go further!) to the flowers that I glued, I never got…

  • Summer vacation?

    As much as it seems as if I was away on vacation (as Thad is the only one blogging lately), capsule life has been quite far from that. While we did go briefly to Mexico, information pills where Boombadeus got to finally see where I grew up, we have been hardworking on various things. One of them being our little 10’x20′ plot. As summer starts, I start kissing most of my weekends goodbye. Weeds grow fast if not checked. Bugs attack at any given time. Plants develop and start shadowing others making you have to transfer or trim back. But, after all the hard work, this is the delicious reward…