I picked up this cute little foot stool from an op shop the other day for $8.
Although I thought it was quite cute on its own I decided to personalize it a bit and also make it a bit more cozy for those cold nights. I dragged out my rather dismal attempt at a granny square rug that I started ages ago.
I had given up on making this into a blanket ages ago, instead it was hanging around in the hope of one day becoming a cushion. But it happened to almost fit this perfectly so I quickly added two rows of white boarder and sewed it onto the stool.
I’m really happy with how it’s turned out and it’s quite comfy as well. Now of course I’m all inspired to attempt another granny quilt to match it but I think I will try and resist for now. I have way too many works-in-progress as it is.
I had to drag out my external flash on the weekend to get ready to shoot a wedding. I always have one on me but i VERY rarely use it. But i anticipated having to at the wedding because of the overcast weather prediction and also because of the lateness of the Reception. So i thought i’d better pull it out and brush up on my skills (or lack there of). I dragged a few unwilling children aside (since there were several hanging about) and took a few quick snaps.
(Kyran… the almost 4 year old)
Tahnee (one of the almost 9 year old twins)
Seeahn (the other twin…striking a pose)
and i’m sure you all recognize that little face…dirt and all
For me the purpose of using an external flash is to enhance the already available light and for it to not look like i’ve used flash at all. So i never never ever never use the flash pointed directly at the face of the subject, always swivel it around to “bounce” the light off surrounding surfaces. In these cases (all except for Seeahn) the light was bounce from behind me. Seeahn the light was bounced slightly to the right.
For or those interested my settings were as follows: ISO 400, F2.8 shutter 1/200 and the flash (which is a canon 480 something-something) was on manual mode at 1/4 strength. I was using the 5dmark2 and the Canon 24-70mm 2.8L. If you find yourself using your camera a lot indoors or at parties and events where there really isn’t enough available light to rely on, then i definitely suggest picking up one of these, mine is just the cheapest canon version (which was under $500 from memory) and it is well worth it once you learn how to use it properly and it can get you out of a sticky situation if there is just no where near enough natural light around to get a good exposure.
A new little friend has just been listed on etsy HERE. I am quite proud of this little guy…i might even make him a brother. Excuse the lazy iPhone photos, i photographed a wedding on Sunday and my cameras are both still full of photos from that so i didn’t want to use them.
Sorry! I know i was meant to do this last week but i completly forgot so here we go, the winners of the wonky mice are as follows.
There was 11 comments so using Random.org i have chosen three numbers.
and Comment 6
hurrah! I will email you all to get your addresses so i can post these little guys off to their new homes
Trent’s kids were dropped off just before tea time on Friday, as usual every second month they are here two nights instead of just one. The boys immediately fell into action and started warfare against the girls… something about them harboring enemy germs. War games continued until Noah was sent to bed and the rest had to resort to quiet play.
After a busy morning cleaning up the house in order to earn some pocket money (everyone earned an even wage of $2 for an hours cleaning… Pretty fair I’d say) we took the tribe down to Kmart to spend their hard earned money on various sugary items. It’s always amusing to see people’s faces as us and our seven children noisily walk buy. As usual they all went in seven different directions (except for the littlest who was confined to the trolly for my own sanity) but we managed to heard them together again and begun the painful process of waiting for them each to decide what to spend their $2 on.
An hour or so later we headed back home again and then mostly just hung around outside. The children were rather high on sugar for most of the afternoon so they burnt up as much energy as possible fighting and riding bikes outside while I froze my butt off supervising.
Of course the moment I step inside Noah and kyran decide to start playing in the left over car oil Trent left in the car port. Two sets of ruined clothing later and the children were all sent back inside.
We had a yummy roast for tea, cooked by the man, followed by ice creams for desert. A pretty ordinary Saturday around here. Lots of noise and mess and fighting and laughing and eating. Always with the eating.
Tomorrow I have to work all day so Trent will be left to fend for himself, he will only have half the children though as mine are off to their dads for the day.
So that’s a brief peek into our Saturday. How was yours?