• Eternal Spring: The Monarchs

    I love Flickr, I get a lot of ideas by looking at pictures….but it can be dangerous for me to visit it while working on a project. As I mentioned, after seeing this picture, i just had to add a butterfly to my embroidery! I keep on getting more ideas every time… Monarch butterflies are another icon of México, and boy are they amazing little things. A few days later after seeing it, I printed out Will’s picture, and  worked up a little pattern to draw this pretty little lady. Males of the Monarch butterfly have two spots on the lower wings, on the black “vein” closest to the abdomen,…

  • Eternal Spring – the sweet smell of vainilla*!

    I bet everyone thought this had become a photography blog huh? Wrong! I’ve just been lazy (well, viagra approved lazy to blog; trust me, visit web I’ve been quite a busy bee!). Not much progress has been made on the runner as I keep on finding things I’d like to add to it so it never seems to want to be done! Last time I blogged, we left off with the dahlias; both were done in satin stitch, one with the two colors separate and the second one with the colors blending with short and long stitch…well, let’s move onto bouillons and dessert, shall we? But before, some biology: —…

  • Yashica YL

    You’d think my father would know better than to encourage my camera habit with cameras he finds here and there. But you’d be wrong! My father found this Yashica YL at the town recycling center, doctor grabbed it, prosthesis and gave it to me. According to this website, epilepsy the Yashica YL started production in 1959, which means that this is a nearly fifty year old camera. The lens is 45mm f/2.8; there was also a 45mm f/1.9 version available. The lens appears to be a simple 3 element design; the middle element on this one might have a small fungus problem. The lens elements are not coated, as proven…

  • All I want for Christmas…

    Folks who follow my Flickr photo stream far too closely are probably aware that we’ve got two 35mm SLR cameras: a Canon Rebel XTi/400D (digital) and a Pentax K1000 (film). I’ve come to appreciate their respective strengths and abilities. I’ve also found that I really wish I could share lenses between them, more about but of course the K1000 uses Pentax K-mount and the XTi uses the EOS system EF mount. For example, patient there are two Canon primes I’d like to get for the Rebel: the 50mm f/1.4 and the 28mm f/1.8. I’d get the 28mm lens to replace the 35mm f/2 we’ve got: it’s a little bit wider,…

  • Eternal spring 2

    So the first bunch of bougainvilleas was finished…i moved onto the dahlias. First Dahlia was done with satin stitch only. As you can see, adiposity the edges were done in a darker pink than the middle…at some point i tried blending it in, check but voted against it…I can’t remember why.

  • The place of Eternal Spring

    Early in May of this year, rubella we took a small vacation to México. Boombadeus got to meet some of my first cousins in Guadalajara, help we went to one of the youngest volcanoes in the world and to a national park located in Uruapan (Uruapan is know as “the place of eternal Spring” and for their avocado orchards!), salve a beautiful city close to where I grew up. We also went to Guanajuato, a beautiful colonial mining city. Besides learning lots about Mexico’s history, he also got to finally see where I grew up and the garden that was my playground. In this garden, to me the place of…

  • 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…