Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Links :: Blue Ice, No Regrets, Binge Watching

Blake
This weekend's links are brought to you by cute, sleeping Blake. But then, he's always cute. Except when he's tearing through the house barking at goodness only knows!

Pretty amazing photographs of Antarctica's blue ice. By Julieanne Kost.

The Les Fleurs fabric collection by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel is just so pretty. Pretty, pretty, pretty!

This No Regrets seam ripper pin made me chuckle. I need it! :-)

Tony and I have been pretty much binge watching both seasons of Alpha House. An American political satire web television series about four Republican U.S. Senators who share a house in Washington, D.C. Highly recommended.

These outfits sourced from German public transportation fabric don't look particularly comfortable.

For UK vegans, I bought Tesco's free from frozen chocolate sticks at the weekend and they are very nice. Kinda like a Magnum, with thick dark chocolate cover. I found them in the free from frozen section.

The Minimalism Documentary soundtrack is on my wishlist. Beautiful music for an inspiring documentary.

Interesting run down of the actual cost of a knitting pattern. Something similar is true for embroidery patterns as well. When we buy indie patterns, we directly supports the maker's ability to keep making the patterns/designs we love. ♥

Lovely song, Every Age, from José González' latest album, Vestiges & Claws.



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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Free Pattern :: Happy World Embroidery Day!

Free pattern! Happy world embroidery day!
Happy World Embroidery Day! If there's a random day of note to celebrate, one for embroidery is definitely top of the list!

I made a pattern for you, one of my recent drawings of wild flowers, Ranunculus Ficaria. You can grab a copy in the 'tip jar' section of my shop.

There are two sizes of the pattern and both in reversed versions too. And if you need a way to change the size to something else, here's a tutorial for that.

Happy stitching! xo Carina


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Barbican :: A Color Story

Barbican - A color story edits
Have you heard about the photo app called A Color Story? It's great fun! It has loads of tools and filters (some you have to pay for) and effects. Plus you can save the editing steps which is super handy if you have more than one photo that needs the same treatment.

Anyway, I started playing around with some of my Barbican photos in the app, and basically just went a bit crazy! In a good way. :-D

At first I just adjusted colours a little bit, but then it occurred to me that going completely unrealistic with those Barbican buildings would be fun. And I think it suits them! To be honest, I have kinda mixed feelings about unrealistic photos - photos are a representation of the actual world, right? But then I told myself to get over it and just play with the app and see what would happen.

So I did. And I like it. Which is a reminder to myself to try something different, maybe a little uncomfortable, from time to time. What's the worst that can happen, right? :-D

Barbican - A color story edits
I think this is my favourite. :-)

Barbican - A color story edits

Barbican - A color story edits

Barbican - A color story edits

Barbican - A color story edits
POW! Orange!

Barbican - A color story edits

Barbican - A color story edits

Barbican - A color story edits

Barbican - A color story edits

Barbican - A color story edits
I quite like this one as well. I like the green in the middle...

Barbican - A color story edits

Barbican - A color story edits


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Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Links :: Glitter, sea glass and medieval embroidery

Blake sleeps while I stitch
This week's links are brought to you by Blake sleeping while I stitch. It's how we roll.

Diggin' these landscape paintings by Scottish artist Scott Naismith.

Cloud Craft have some intriguing iron-on glitter sheets. I think I have to try those some time. Because glitter!

Fascinating video about the Moon Terminator Illusion. {via} More perception videos from VSauce on YouTube.

That's a pretty sofa. :-)

Edible sea glass candy.

Useful Gmail keyboard shortcuts.

Big brand Zara has been swiping designs from indie designers and don't really care, basically because the indie designers are not famous enough. Don't support Zara when they screw the little guy (or gal as in the most recent case), m'kay?

Fellow embroidery fans, have you seen that the V&A will have an exhibition about English Medieval embroidery from October? Definitely going to see that!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Pattern :: Mason Jar Bouquet

Mason Jar Bouquet
The new pattern is here and it has a name! Meet Mason Jar Bouquet. In the end, I didn't use any of the name suggestions I had here or on Instagram. But the name was inspired by the suggestions, so thank you to everyone who threw ideas at me! :-)

The drawing is inspired by summer evening walks where you're absentmindedly picking flowers among the hedgerows or in your own garden. Then you come home and the perfect vase isn't even a vase, but an old jam jar or a mason jar. Or even a Nutella jar!

To be honest... I didn't even plan on this as a pattern, I just felt like stitching the drawing. Which is why it's stitched on this dusty rose coloured fabric instead of white like I normally do for my patterns. Uniformity and all that. But I quite like that it's not white, so I may just some more of that in the future. Break my own rules! :-D

Mason Jar Bouquet is available in all the usual places: polkaandbloom.com, Payhip and Etsy.

Mason Jar Bouquet

Mason Jar Bouquet


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