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Sue of Perpetualplum’s Weblog passed the Atre y Pico Award on to me! 

The rules read:

1) Pick 5 blogs who deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material and who also contribute to the blogging community no matter what language.

2) Each award must have the name of the author and also a link to their blog.

3) Each award winner must show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him the award.

4) The award winner and the one who has given the prize must show the link of the “Arte y pico” blog so everyone will know the origin of this award. 

I’m going to cheat and recognize six, not five, bloggers who I have previously never awarded/tagged.  The “Atre y pico”  award goes to these six bloggers who knit and/or crochet for their excellence in the following categories…

                             writing:  Bezzie of Random Meanderings

                      drawing:  Carina of Carina’s craftblog

amigurumi:  Mia of Owlishly

          sewing:  Lara of thornberry

        jewelry:  Jordana of Guaya

    photography:  Oiyi of Oiyi’s Crafts

 *That’s cool* a random fact

The first ever patent of a sewing machine was in 1790 by Thomas Saint. The machine used the chain stitch, made with a hook-ended needle and a single thread.

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I have lots of crochet projects finished but have been rather lazy getting them documented so I thought I’d throw you readers a few non-craft related photographs a la Niki.  If you read the blog Knockout Niki Crochets then you’re familiar with her photo randomness posts.  The basic idea is to blog seven or more random photographs vertically in a single post.

Oh and check out Niki’s Etsy shop for prints of her photographs and crochet projects.  I’m especially fond of the crocheted chess clutch.   

I think the last photo would make a good wallpaper.  Don’t you think?   

When it was warmer I’d use my camera on walks and shoot the landscape.  I haven’t been taking the camera out much these days because it rains and if I just stand in one place I get cold.  Then my fingers go numb holding the camera and my toes feel like ice because I wear flip flops.  I realize I could be warmer with ‘real’ shoes but I like my flip flops.   

Speaking of photos, here are some photography pointers I’ve come across on the web.  I have a regular point and shoot camera and I’m not a photo expert but these little tips have helped me a lot, especially with my crochet projects.   

In general: 

Natural sunlight is best.  Use the tungsten setting for artificial light.   

Direct sun on a nice day is too bright for most subjects.  Try the shade.   

Don’t take photos with the light source directly behind the subject.  I’m guilty of not following this one because the window is such an enticing backdrop. 

Turn off the flash or greatly reduce the output for accurate colors.

Reduce camera shake by propping your body and arm against something.

Odd numbers are better than even. 

Use the rule of thirds.

For close up shots:

Use the flower/macro setting.

Don’t use the zoom.  

That’s enough about photography.  I promise an actual craft-related photo in the next post!

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There’s this birdbath that is perched on the porch rails.  It’s got a little hole for a twig and broken pieces of colored glass pressed into the edges.  It also weighs a ton. 

Today, in the late afternoon sun the water was like a mirror.  It reminded me of fortune tellers who clear the steam rising from the water and when the ripples settle you see an image of the future. In my future I see trees.

The crystal ball is also a popular fortune telling device, isn’t it?  Like in the Wizard of Oz and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.  I wonder where I could find one of those.     

Here’s a peek at my next post.  (I think I got a little carried away photographing the bobbles.)

*That’s cool* a random fact

Hummingbirds can fly upside down, but their legs are only strong enough to perch, not walk. 

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I’m a lil’ sick these past couple of days.  I took the ferry off island for some yarn acquisition and came back with a cold.  Nothing terrible, but lets just say honey and chamomile are never far away at the moment.   

Take a look at this video I found surfing between cups of tea.  These play-doh bunnies are not computer generated – they’re stop animated and just watch what they become! 

These little dough bunnies are so cute and have inspired a lot of YouTube spinoffs.  These are especially enjoyable if you have a slightly sick sense of humor.  Plus there are a lot of cute amateur play-doh animations not relating to bunnies out there. 

But seriously, who doesn’t love play-doh?  Plus, you can make your own play-doh.  I love this homemade stuff since it is technically edible for those little munchers out there. 

 I know, I know… if you read the word playdoh one more time in this post…

*That’s cool* a random fact

Play-doh was originally a comound used to clean wallpaper.  When it was finally marketed for children it came in 1.5 lbs tubs of off-white play-doh. Talk about lacking a little color! 

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