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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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Name the pattern - win the pattern!

Bouquet pattern wip
I thought I'd mix it up a bit, so instead of a Thursday pattern throwback, here's a Wednesday pattern throwforward instead. :-)

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have spotted a couple of shots of this in progress. It's all done now, all I gotta do now is draw up the pattern, take pictures and put together the pdf.

And think of a name! Very important. Although, I can't really think of anything right now. So how about we do this: you leave comments with name suggestions and the one I pick/that inspires the pattern name will get a copy of the pattern. Whaddya think?

Look at that messy stitchy back! :-D
Bouquet pattern wip

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Day Out :: Barbican Conservatory

Barbican London
On Sunday I went to London. After the monthly Modern Quilt Guild meeting I got on the Tube to Barbican to check out the Barbican Conservatory which I have been wanting to visit for ages.

Of course, the Barbican is a bit of a destination in itself. Atleast if you're interested in architecture. Whether you like the Barbican or not... it's not for everyone, that's for sure. I both like it and dislike it. I think the dislike is mainly because of the drab grey colour and the weird material covering the concrete. It's like pebble dashing that's on acid or something. Very odd. But from a distance you don't notice that so much.

Barbican London
All those angles going this way or that. And there's quite a lot of greenery, which you probably wouldn't expect. Even a little lake.

I like the corners and angles and surfaces. There's a pleasant minimalism in the 'brutalism'. The lack of much architectural decoration gives it a very zen feeling.

Barbican London

Barbican London
And look, there are curves too. :-)

Barbican London

Barbican London
The towers dominate the skyline.

Barbican Conservatory - London
This is the Barbican Conservatory. It's a bit of a hidden gem, but well worth the trip if you like conservatories and want to see some tropical greens in the centre of London. It is the second largest in London - the top spot is at Kew Gardens of course.

Barbican Conservatory - London
The Conservatory is only open to the public on (some) Sundays. Check the opening times here.

Barbican Conservatory - London
It is an interesting contrast between the plants and the architecture...

Barbican Conservatory - London
It's quite warm in the conservatory but once I had acclimatized to it, it was lovely sitting there with my appliqué. Listening to the water feature in the nearby pond. And the laughter from a photo shoot going on among the palm trees.

Barbican Conservatory - London
Lots of interesting flowers to look at...

Barbican Conservatory - London

Barbican Conservatory - London

Barbican Conservatory - London

Barbican Conservatory - London

Barbican Conservatory - London

Barbican Conservatory - London
BIG Monstera leaves!

Barbican Conservatory - London
They were also growing lots of plants in pots. Different types of chili and other edible plants.

Barbican Conservatory - London

Haberdashers Hall
After I was done at the Barbican (and found my way down to street level - it is a bit of a labyrinth!) I wandered down to St Paul's via Guildhall. Although that seemed to be shut off, so I couldn't get in to look at the outline of the Roman amphitheatre.

But I did come across this nice plaque for the Haberdashers' Hall. Consistency is the name of their game. Over 500 years in the same spot! And across the street from the Wax Chandlers' Hall.

This is one of the reasons I love London - you can't take ten steps without stumbling across some historical tidbit or a monument or a curious street name.

Police Public Call Post
Not a Tardis police phone box, but a police call post. I like the colour of it. I spotted a couple of these.

Red phone box
I don't know who actually uses the red phone boxes anymore but I am glad that they can still be spotted in London. I mainly took a picture of it because of the sticker. It's tiny, can you spot it? :-)

London has grown on me since I've lived here - and especially since I have started exploring properly and wandering the streets, building a mental map. If we were ever to move to Denmark, I could make do without most things in England, but I'd miss London very much. ♥


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