Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Little round up before the end of the year...

Hope you have had a wonderful Christmas. I did and I still am.  The lazy days between Christmas and New Years are wonderful and I'm thoroughly enjoying the time with my family.



Santa ;o) came to visit



My DD1 got me some Tilda Fabrics...

And my DH got me a new lens for my camera...a 50 mm 1.8 (for those interested in the technical side)  It will allow me to get a very shallow depth of field and to take pictures in lower light.  The picture of Santa above was taken without a flash.  And the picture below shows the shallow depth of field.  The only challenging thing about my new lens is that with my camera body it can't auto-focus sooo it is back to basics for me and learning how to manually focus.  I got some hit and miss shots over Christmas, but I reckon with more practice I'll get the hang of it.  You might wonder why it didn't get the one with auto-focus and the reason is that it was 3 times the price!! 



Also with a change in routine and less running around I have been able to return to some hand stitching and have started another hand-applique project.  I'm using Sharon Schamber's method of needle turn using a sew and wash stabilizer.  I'm using Floriani Stitch 'n Wash and I'm loving the results.  I think I might have this needle-turn method cracked. 


Until next time...

11 comments:

Anina said...

Wow! Santa really looks real! :o)
Congratulations on the new lens.

Needled Mom said...

That new lens is amazing! You will have so much fun playing around with it.

Best wishes for a blessed 2010.

Diane said...

That is the cutest Father Christmas ever! Must be the new lens. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Valerie said...

Just wanted to pop in and say Happy New Year!

Monica said...

Sounds like you've had a fabulous time!!

Happy New Year!

YankeeQuilter said...

A new lense is so much fun! You are really rockin' with the photos! (And those applique points...you go girl!)

Have a great New Year!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooooh, a 50 mm -- you're going to love it! My 50 mm is my favorite lens -- I got it after reading others say it was their favorite and they were all right LOL! I can't wait to see what 2010 and a new lens bring to you -- Happy New Year!

Lina said...

Oh I have a 50mm 1.8 lens which I LOVE. Your photos are already amazing, so I look forward to seeing what you do with it! Happy new year to you!

Leanne said...

Merry Christmas and a happy 2010. You will love your new lens I gave myself one last year and have had lots of fun with it.

sewkalico said...

All the best creatively, quiltily and photographically for you in 2010!!!!

Lynda said...

Lucky you, getting fabric from Santa! I had a quilt book on my list, but it's currently stuck up the Amazon!