May 28 2011

project restyle {preview}

I’m making a dress from an old vintage sheet I found….
…Is that weird?
Oh well. I like the pattern on the fabric.
And of course, being the crafty *cough cough* {cheap} person that I am, I’m just wingin’ it, and going without a pattern. I drew up a sketch of what I want it to look like.
Hopefully it will look close to the sketch. ;)


May 22 2011

this afternoon {may long weekend}

First things first: I am insanely impressed by the quality of image the iPhone 4 takes. I am blown away by how well it focuses. Seriously. And then with all the sweet photo editing apps you can get…I mean really, if you are looking for a simple camera, and are also in the market for a phone… buy an iPhone. No joke.
This weekend was the May long weekend. To be honest, it felt pretty much the same to me. Except that Dave and I went and got ice-cream on Saturday and then went Antiquing. Maybe tomorrow it’ll feel like we had more of a long weekend, since Dave is off.
Today we went to Aldergrove Lake (*ahem* Aldergrove concrete-lined-hole-in-the-ground). Concrete lined hole aside, the rest of the park is actually quite lovely! I plan on taking clients there in the future to do photos. The biggest attraction for photos being the nice quiet trails where subjects won’t get weirded out by passers by. Important.
Ok, but for serious…I was taking pictures of bees in apple blossoms with the iPhone. I even got a picture of one mid-flight. For real. And it was easy-peasy.


May 19 2011

oh, the lilac tree…

Here’s to blogging on a slightly more regular basis! Huzzah! Hopefully I can keep this up. :)
Today was BEA-U-TIFUL. I went to the nursery and bought a few annuals for my big wooden planters, and man oh man…the nursery was a mad house. I can’t believe I made it out alive. Hopefully I can get my flowers planted in the next few days. Provided this nice weather stays around.
I also went to our old house and cut the biggest baddest bunch of lilacs you ever did see. I think I might even go back for more. I figured…hey, no one is going to be living their till July, and by then the lilacs will be gone. I might as well enjoy them while they are there. To be honest, when I was clipping them, I thought to myself “This is enough for 4 vases!” And then when I got home, I just couldn’t help but make one ginormous arrangement in my favourite vintage vase.
PS: How about those adorable vintage brass birds on the wall? I <3 them SO much!
PSS: I am having BBQ farmer sausage for dinner. Three cheers for BBQ season!!


May 16 2011

this afternoon…

Today Dave surprised me and took me out for coffee after work. I guess for most this isn’t a big deal, but he’s been working during the evenings for the last week at a theatre production in town (as well as the days at his regular job), so I haven’t seen much of him. It was a nice afternoon out. :)
PS: I’m really digging taking quick pics with the iPhone 4. Doesn’t come close to comparing with my regular camera (duh) but it’s great for little things like this. I just got an app called “Picture Show” which is great for editing phone pics.

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May 11 2011

just popping in to say hi…

(above: Bigsby is posing for the new lens test.)

Well hello!
I do believe it’s been a while since I last posted. There’s a lot to write, but for now I just had to share that I FINALLY got my new lens yesterday. (My camera looks sexy with it, don’t ya think?) It’s a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II USM. When doing wedding photography, I found that I use a wide angle quite a bit. For the last year I’ve been borrowing a Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 from a friend (who lives in North Van, so it can be a bit of a drive when I need it…and when he needs it and I need it at the same time…well…I’m in trouble). I’m so glad that I don’t have to borrow anymore (well, at least not a wide anyway ;) I considered the (much less expensive) Canon EF-S mounted 10-22, but I do plan on buying a full frame camera* in the next two years so I felt it was important to invest in a nice wide now.

*For those of you who don’t know about Canon and their mounts, here’s the readers digest overview:
EF-S Mounted lenses are a step below EF (generally speaking) They work on Crop Sensor cameras. (Canon cameras up to the 7D are crop sensor, after that they are full frame) They do NOT work on full frame cameras. If you have a Canon 5D, you can’t use an EF-S lens.
EF mounted lenses are the standard lens and work on both crop sensor and full frame cameras. Full frame cameras are in the professional range (my camera body is considered pro-sumer) If I plan on buying a full frame camera eventually, it’s important that I invest my money in lenses that can be used on that body as well.
I’m sure some camera expert will come and tell me I missed something important…but this is the gist of it.
So there. That’s camera mounts in a nutshell.

Oh…and another thing…
My old iPhone was in the fritz (crashing, not charging, being stupidly slow). I went into Rogers, and what do ya know? My contract was up, so I was able to upgrade to the iPhone 4. I feel so cool now. Well, at least until the 5 comes out. ;)