A whole week into March already--how happy to think spring could be just around the corner.

I'm really excited to tell you about the new photog technique I just learned called free-lensing. Basically, you snap photos without actually attaching a lens to your camera body. Instead--you hold the lens near the body and use manual focus. It produces some whimsical, antique looking photos with great vignettes without fancy films or photo shop actions. It's also makes for a great poor-man's macro lens and lets in extra light (what a huge bonus on a dreary winter afternoon!). It just takes a little practice and a little luck. I am loving how organic and unconventional it is. Can you believe the tea cup above is straight out of the camera? Mark my words, there will be much more where this came from...

Besides more free-lensing, here are a few things on my to-do list this week:
-learn to make pad thai
-read this book (that will be #4 for the year. i'm on a roll friends!)
-get my sewing machine fixed. (again.) it's funny how much i miss it so when it is out of commission.
-tuck away all of the hearts and decorate the house with a few pretty spring things.
-find the perfect rugs for our upstairs bedrooms. excited to share pics of the little makeovers going on here!


And now to announce last lucky week's giveaway winners from My Little Dear! The adorable felt flower headband goes to:


I love lots of things my little girl does, but I think one of my favorite things she does is when we say back and forth "I love you more, no, I love you more!".

And the ABC onesie is headed to:

{lovely little things} said...I loved spending summers at my grandparents home in Southern Oregon. We'd go out on the rowboat across the river to the ropeswing, pick ripe blackberries off the vine until our fingers were sticky sweet, and play tag, pretend, and you name it until dusk settled in at night. The best was when it would storm and winds would flail, and pink lightning would cross the sky as we'd stay protected inside our screened in porch watching all the mayhem outside, while playing board games with family. Good times.

Congrats ladies and thanks so much for playing along! Please send your mailing address (and Miss Lovely Little Things--please indicate your size preference!) to swell.life{at}gmail{dot}com.

Happy happy Monday.


Melinda said...

Sounds like you are going to have a great week! Happy Monday to you too! :) So glad that spring is just around the corner! It is very sunny here today, cold, but sunny. It makes me smile. :)

bethany said...

This is GORGEOUS! I just tried it in my living room and felt a bit like I needed a third hand, but it definitely does add a really fun light! :)

I, too, am on a book run! After years of completing maybe two a year, I've finished at least one a month. Isn't it a nice feeling?

Leslie said...

umm just about sure I was going to drop the whole thing... on that hard tile...

tricky.. must play more.

what book? the link doesn't work.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fun technique! I'll have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

swell.life said...

The book I'm reading is called "Parenting with Love and Logic" So far it is totally resonating with me. It's founded in scripture and a whole lot of common sense. Excited to read more.

@leslie: The link works now. :) just keep practicing a little bit. it's kind of like driving...you have to think really hard about it the first few times, then it gets way easier and you can get more creative with it! have fun!

@bethany: yes, you totally need a third hand. your next challenge is doing it outside when your fingers are frozen!!

{lovely little things} said...

Love the "free-lensing technique," thanks for the tips!

As for pad thai, I had great success with this recipe

Good luck!

Anna said...

i can't wait to try this!!!

Kelly said...

Wow, what a fun camera technique! Is it okay to do that, or is there a risk of getting dust in there?

That photo is gorgeous.

Bryn said...

What an awesome tip! Thanks Jess!

mandiegirl said...

I clicked through from Marta's blog, and am SO glad I did. You have a lovely space here, and I cannot wait to try that lens technique! SO fun! Nice to meet you!!