an analogue Christmas

This Christmas I only took a few pictures with my phone, the rest I took with a Diana Mini (a film camera). I’m really enjoying not being able to immediately see what I’ve captured, and waiting to see the results, and ending up with significantly fewer photos. It all makes picture-taking a much more intentional activity for me.

So I just want to share with you a few of my favourites :D

Some of these are from the fall. Here we are, with friends at Nuit Blanche. Some major streets were closed for the “all-night art thing”, so we were able to take a leisurely stroll in the middle of the night down the middle of a streetcar track.

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This was one of the Nuit Blanche installations at Fort York. Taken with long exposure, made more dramatic with light leaks. The lights moves from the canons down the hill. I wished I had recorded the sounds and music that went with it too. It was beautiful.

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Kind of a confusing picture but I really like it. It was actually a double exposure of baby’s breath in a vase and me wearing a mushroom cap.

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Here’s a better picture of me in the mushroom cap (found at Ikea! Best thing ever :D). One cannot be stressed out while wearing a mushroom cap and sipping tea.

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The annual Santa Claus parade! We haven’t been for a few years but this year a friend was in the parade so we were hoping to wave at her from the sideline. Sadly, we missed her, with all the festivities going on and children running around. But I’ve got some multiply-exposed pictures to capture the (somewhat overwhelming) holiday cheers! (Because I was also running out of film, was trying to take in as much as possible :P) Here we have a couple of posing clowns…

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and a princess in a giant skirt and a giant bonhomme de neige.

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And rabbits! And tea party amidst the giant mushrooms!

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And finally, Santa! With the band playing around him…

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And we also went to the annual Christmas Market at the Distillery. Very magical with the lights. This one is my favourite shot from the market.

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There was a very giant Christmas tree, but the pictures I took of the tree turned out rather dark because the Diana doesn’t have a very strong flash. So, tree with more string lights.

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The cheerful crowd :D

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In the building where all the artist studios are.

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And some family time. Got to do some holiday yarn crafting with my cousin (who is 8, so I’m more like an aunt than a cousin…). Here are the pom pom pets we made, all lined up for a group photo :D (a granny rabbit, a panda and a pig)

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Having some tea and trifle at grandma’s, a yearly tradition :) (I love how it captured the cream dispersing in the tea)

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I just started another roll of film for new year and lunar new year — stay tuned for more Diana pictures! :D Until then, wishing you good health and much joy in 2015!

 

holiday skirt

I made this sometimes in the fall, didn’t have a chance to wear it until the holidays :D

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The pattern was from this book. I added the button panel because I wasn’t sure the fabric would have enough stretch for the fitted waist opening to go over the hips. It turned out a bit big on me but I like that it looks woven. Here’s a closer look at my blue/light blue/brown colour pattern :)

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More posts on holiday crafting to come! Hope everyone has had a restful and joyous holiday season!

 

 

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I don’t usually wear nail polish. I actually don’t own any nail polish before this. I don’t really like how it feels on my fingernails, if that makes sense… Though I do like seeing it on other people’s nails.

And it’s sparkly, and comes with built-in brushes! It’s the best craft material ever.

So! I had an idea to turn some humble buttons into sparkly earrings with nail polish. And it worked!

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Festive and sparkly but not too flashy, and VERY simple to make. Makes a nice last minute gift too :) It will take more than a minute though, the drying in between takes a bit of time. So I would do other things in between, like sleep, go to work, eat, watch TV, work on other crafts, etc. Do refrain from sitting there and watching it dry, like I did when I made the first pairs, because I just couldn’t wait to see how it would turn out! Nothing wrong with that. Except for the headache that the nail polish fumes gave me :S

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I made a couple of pairs for the physical shop and some as gifts :)

I used:

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Nail polish — a metallic opaque colour and some glittery varieties (I got these from the dollar store for $2 each)

Ordinary round buttons

Earring posts and backings

E6000 glue (or GOOP works well too, from my experience)

Gloss acrylic varnish (not pictured, because I don’t think you need it, I just have it on hand. It can be bought at art supplies stores and craft stores. I got mine at Michaels)

What I did:

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Glue earring posts on buttons with E6000. Let it dry/cure overnight.

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Stick the earrings on a piece of foam (I used a new kitchen sponge). Paint on first coat with opaque colour. Carefully put on a good, thick layer without it spilling over the edge. The nail polish will sink into the button holes and dents will appear, so just put on more thick coats after the each coat is dry to the touch (about half an hour), until the dents disappear.

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And now put on thick coats of the sparkly colours. I did 3–4 coats, waiting about half an hour between each coat, building up a bit of a dome shape, like so…

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I finished off by painting a thin coat of gloss acrylic varnish around the sides of the buttons and a little over the top, just in case the nail polish peels off the buttons, like it would on fingernails… but I don’t actually think it would peel off with such thick layers of polish. But just in case.

And ta-da!

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Simple, right? And wouldn’t it look awesome with different shapes buttons, and different colours of glittery nail polish? I’ve seen some that comes with star-shaped glitters! If you do give it a try, I would love to hear how it goes!

Wishing you a very happy weekend!

 

this week’s awesome finds

’tis the season for (quick) handmade gifts! :D

Ok, maybe this one isn’t so quick… but I love the simplicity of garter stitch. And the accompanying necklace is probably a quick-make! From yarn.com.

 

This is so very beautiful. And looks to be quite easy to make in large batches (probably also works with store bought gingerbread and cake, for people who don’t bake, like me. I know, it’s not the same as homemade gingerbread and cake, but some of us just aren’t great at baking). I especially love the ones with the gingerbread animals. From My Name is Yeh.

 

Also in a jar — delicious soup! Just add water! Who doesn’t like warm soup in the winter? From She Uncovered.

 

I think this is pretty hilarious, in a very festive kind of way. From Sugar & Cloth.

 

For the macaron lovers in your life. (good thing the macaron lover in my life doesn’t read my blog :P) I imagine using Model Magic would make it feel very much like a real macaron. From Adventures in Fashion.

 

These handmade hand warmers stay warm about 20 minutes, perfect for waiting for the bus on wintry mornings. And unlike the dollar store variety they’re reusable and therefore friendlier to the environment. From My Craftily Ever After.

 

Glittery gumdrops, so cheerful, and extra fancy when they’re homemade. From Bakerella.

 

I think these magnetic tin snow globes are genius. From A Girl & a Boy.

Happy holiday crafting!! :D

 

 

 

 

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