venerdì 22 agosto 2014

Mushrooms

Holidays at mum's home are going on.
A thing I'm doing these days is drawing+painting.
I decided to bring with me in my suitcase the moleskine journal where I make my experiments with watercolors, because mum has a very big amount of watercolor pencils to test.
 
I started with a whole page dedicated to mushrooms.
 
I like mushrooms. They tell me something about the woods, about nature in autumn, about my lands of origin (the very wet Po Valley in Italy) and about my dad, an expert mushroooms' picker.
 
This is the finished page sorrounded by all my tools:
 
 

Look closer:
 
 
My intentions were to be realistic, so I copied my mushrooms from some books we have here.
I tried to include different kinds and species, with different colors and shapes, for more variety.
 
Quite satisfied by the finished page. I'm very happy to notice that my skilness with watercolor pencils are growing page after page.
 
Now I want to find another subject to challenge myself with. Any suggestions?

martedì 19 agosto 2014

Summer essentials: a white t-shirt (+ lace)

Hi! I'm on holiday at mum's home with S.
I'm taking a lot of photos of our life here, but before sharing them with you I want to write a post about my last work at the sewing machine (finished around 2 weeks ago).
It's a white t-shirt, something every girl needs for summer:

 

I couldn't take very good photos of it on me, so I decided for this collage of the most interesting details of the t-shirt.
 
It is made of a very fresh cotton jersey, has raglan sleeves (my favourite!), borders around the neckline and at the end of the sleeves and lace underlining the shoulders line.
Oh, you probably don't know how much I love lace!
This one is recycled: I've saved it from an old shirt I had to throw in the trash last summer.
 
The pattern for this shirt is the same I've used last year for other two t-shirts, with some adjustements.
 
Now it's time to go to bed.
With a good book to read, because, hey, I'm on holiday and I can indulge in what I love to do :)
Good night!

martedì 12 agosto 2014

Baby cats are cute


Macchia's baby is growing.
And it's a super cute cat. It behaves like a 2 years old child: it likes to explore, jump, touch, taste things with its mouth, play with mum.
I'm spending a lot of time watching what it's doing these days.
I felt in love this summer... with a little cute cat :)

lunedì 11 agosto 2014

Taking photos on the beach + new items in the shop

The beach isn't only a good place to make art, but the special light we have there in the late afternoon, when the sun is almost gone, can be perfect to take photos.
In my last trip to the beach (looking to Mount Etna on the left and Ionian Sea on the right) I photographed the last thing I made for my shop: a tiny coin purse.

I like to take photos of my items outdoor. 
I get better images than indoor, because the light is more clear and "clean" and spreads gently all around the object. 
Of course I'm writing about the light you have in the shade or when the sky is cloudy; you will have very ugly photos (in my opinion) if you take photos under the burning sun.
I like so much the light and the sharpness I get in my outdoor photos that I started to bring my handmade items in the country, in the garden and even to the beach hoping to capture a good image of them.
And sometimes I'm very pleased by the result, expecially when I find a beautiful and rustic background like in this photo and in this one.

About taking photos of my new coin purse... I'm not 100% satisfied. 
Although the light was just perfect (clouds!), the color of the sand and the stones was too much similar to to beige cotton of the purse. 


So I went on using the sky and the sea as background: they give an interesting contrast, but these kind of photos aren't the best choice to be published on Etsy and be included into treasuries (although some buyers use beach photos: this is lovely).


But, since I have no time to take photos again, I uploaded them the same in my item's page.

It's a little coin purse I made sewing together by hands two of the granny squares I crocheted last summer (of course I've been inspired by my mp3 readers' case, always with me in my bag).
I added a beige lining (cotton fabric) and a zipper.

I've also added a new embroidered moleskine cover in the shop some days ago:


Photos taken indoor this time.
This cover is one of my favourite pieces in the shop now. I've experimented with monocromatic embroidery for the first time and I love it!

Flowers are a very common subject of my drawing and my embroidery and, as usual, I realized these without a pre-traced pattern on the fabric. The embroidery is improvized at the moment. This is my favourite way to embroider: I simply "draw" with needles and threads.


I'm selling this cover with its journal inside:


So these are the news about my shop. But I'm going to leave my home to spend the holidays at mum's home, so I think I have to set the shop in vacation mode for a while.

giovedì 7 agosto 2014

Art supplies offered by Mother Nature

S. and I spent some afernoons at the beach this week, a couple of hours after work.
We enjoyed the sun, the fresh air coming from the sea and the rest.
But I also made some beach art, eh eh, with suppplies given by Mother Nature in person: sand and shells :)


After a (not successful) attempt with a mandala (a sort of) I decided to draw something more easy to me: a flower in a sunny landscape.

This is my hand setting the last shell of the seagull:


You can make art everywhere. 
Nature gives you all you need!
Isn't it great?

sabato 2 agosto 2014

July in 31 photos - days 19-31

Hello August!
I can't believe you are here! 
(already?)

The start of the new month is the perfect occasion to look all my July photos and make some considerations about my "July in 31 photos" project and the month I had.
But first of all I want to publish here all the photos I haven't shared with my readers: they are about days 19-31.

Day 19: in Licata with special friends for a feast+concert. The streets were decorated with thiese colorful umbrellas. Great idea!
I took other beautiful photos of the concert, the harbour (my favourite of this bunch) and umbrellas at night.



Day 20: Sunday. Rest day + sewing. I designed a t-shirt pattern with the help of a t-shirt I have in my closet.



Day 21: We bought some elegant clothes for S. because this summer we are invited to 3 weddings.



Day 22: a very ugly photos for probably the most exciting moment of this month: the firts time we've seen Macchia's baby out of his/her "cave".



Day 23: Today mom sent me this photo of a giant flower born from a succulent plant dad bought some weeks before his death. I decided to publish it for this day, because it's too beautiful!!!



Day 24: Today I received a sad new: a lovely friends has lost her husband after years and years of life together. I've been sad all the day and decided to take a photo of a dalia flower in my garden to dedicate to this man recently died and to my friend.



Day 25: Cutting magazines! I saved some images for future collages and some other to paste into my moleskine journal. That girl on the bike... oh, she's me (I haven't blond hair and I'm not so thin, but I feel like this image is speaking about me).



Day 26: First wedding of the season! I like my green dress, all made of lace!
And I like my man into elegant clothes.



Day 27: trying to make a mat for my sewing machine using my braid od t-shirt yarn. After a quiet start, somthing went wrong :(



Day 28: Macchia's baby started to walk in our garden. Oh, I'm in love!!!



Day 29: Beautiful colors in the veggies I cook almost everyday. Love veggies!



Day 30: Sleeping with mum (probably my favourite photo of the month)



Day 31: I made pesto with the basil we are growing in our garden. What a smell!


venerdì 18 luglio 2014

July in 31 photos - days 11-18

Day 11: I've photographed the rose my students gave me some days ago, before it fades. Isn't it beautiful?



Day 12: Jam again! Four pots of yellow plums this time! It's very tasty, very sweet but with some tartness. That bear is a box for biscuits! :)


Day 13: Looking for something to make with recycled t-shirt yarn. My first idea was to crochet it, but later I changed my mind and started to braid it.


Day 14: in the evening we celebrated 82nd birthday of my father-in-law (no photos to publish), but in the morning I was in Catania for work and captured a detail of a very central square (roman amphitheatre's ruins behind the little head).


Day 15: after dinner we found that our succulents gave birth to these amazing flowers. This is the second flowering this year.


Day 16: Finished and uploaded in the shop a new moleskine cover, embroidered by me (you will probably recognize those flowers):


Day 17: We finally took home the new chairs for the new desk. One is acid green!!!



Day 18: today. After braiding as a crazy girls t-shirt yarn (I've a project in my mind) I decided to use a small piece to make a summer bracelet for me, because I love those colours together and on me. I bought the metalic parts at the outdoor market, today.


Another week finished.
The weekend is here! I have some work to do, but I hope to go in some furniture shops with S. and, why not?, to the beach. Hope to take beautiful photos, too!