December 30, 2011

Patchie [Instagrams]

I don't know about where you live, but here in Maryland the weather has been all over the place - from bitterly cold and windy one day to waking up the next and it's almost 60 degrees and pleasant. Or it just rains and rains. This time last year we'd already been snowed on a few times. While it's taking some getting used to after the last two years, being able to go outside and not freeze everyday has been nice. Maybe this winter won't feel neverending like they have in the past.

Have a wonderful New Year. I was going to reflect on the past year but frankly I don't have the energy. Next year I won't plan 30 things around the holidays. That's my resolution.

December 29, 2011

Patchie [Photographs]

Remember that picture of my Christmas tree I posted last Thursday and said I was trying to accomplish a technique I didn't have the right equipment for? Well, guess what I got for Christmas!

It's a bokeh technique you can read more about here. I'm using a 50mm 1.8 lens. I was trying to accomplish it with my other lens, but the f-stop isn't wide enough to capture the shapes. The previous sentence is something that I had to learn the hard way, so maybe someone will stumble on this post and not get all frustrated like I did. I haven't perfected it yet (or using the lens for that matter, this is only my second time using it and they've both been pretty short), but I love the look and I'm excited to play and find out what else I can do with it!

December 27, 2011

Patchie [Knits]

This year I only gave two hand knits for Christmas - I've had a big knitting year, but most of it has been commission work for other people with one or two things for myself thrown in. In fact, I think this is the least I've ever knit for myself especially considering the amount of projects I've accomplished this year. Since The Boy got me a set of Addi Clicks for Christmas, I think I'll break them in with something for me!

Anyway, the big project was for The Boy's mom - I knit her a lacework scarf in a baby blue sock yarn.
And for his grandmother I put together a basket with lavender lotion and soap and knit a 100% cotton washcloth to go with it!

 It was a wonderful Christmas filled with tons of family, even more food, and plenty of mimosas, wine and laughs. The Boy and I were lucky again that we could spend it with both our families (and each other, of course!). I hope you had a wonderful holiday, too!

December 25, 2011

Patchie [Wishes]

Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday! Find something to smile about today :-)

December 22, 2011

Etsy [Thursday]: With a Dash of WBW

The above picture is a failed attempt at at bokeh technique. The exciting thing? In two days I'll be able to accomplish what I was going for. Yay Christmas!

The couple days before Christmas always remind of me of those years on The Cape. The couple days beforehand were filled with wrapping presents with my mom and grandma and running for last minute gifts with my dad. Christmas Eve we'd all go to the Chinese Buffet for dinner and then come home before going to church just long enough for my brother and I to open one present. After church we'd either find ourselves at my cousins house or they'd all come over the grandma and grandpas, and my cousins and I would sit around the tree absolutely bubbling over with excitement.

Things are a lot different now. The only thing that seems to remain in tact is eating Chinese food on Christmas Eve. It's okay though - I'm enjoying creating and developing new traditions as an adult and with The Boy. Wherever you are this Christmas, I hope you enjoy yourself.


Cozy Christmas Poster

December 21, 2011

Patchie [Photographs]

Just sharing a couple quick shots from a mini-shoot I did for some friends in DC a few weeks ago, which we pretty much used as an excuse to hang out with each other. While the shoot was not quite as successful as I had hoped (which was all me, I was trying to do things that I can't do with the lens I took, and anyplace that had Christmas lights was seriously lacking in ambient light which I was not expecting), I did get a couple nice shots of the two of them together.

And at some point Kristen stole the camera to grab a shot or two of me and The Boy, and of course we weren't serious at all!

Old Ebbit's Grill was the last place we hit and turned out to be the best location because of the trees in their gallery. I love that place. One day I'll be able to afford to eat there again.

I hope you're having a great leading-up-to-the-holiday week! Thank you for hanging in there with me while I've been a little quiet this month. I have a 30-day challenge in mind for January that'll get me motivated to start posting again and by then I should have time to post!

December 20, 2011

Patchie [Instagrams]

I am so behind on life right now. Thank God I did 99% of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving, because I'd be in serious trouble right now. I have something every night this week plus work and somehow I need to find time to do all the other little odds and ends that need to be accomplished before Christmas. Like wrapping presents. And laundry. And eating.

The week in Baltimore was stressful, but always worth it. The Boy and I even got over to Fells Point to have lunch with a few of his friends who live up that way and I want to go back to the area when the weather is nicer and we have more time. And I have my camera. Because guess who didn't take a camera all week? This girl. Instagram to the rescue!

I promise the posts will pick back up soon. This December was exceptionally crazy, and I've learned my lesson in many ways. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have more to share!

December 15, 2011

Etsy [Thursday]: Christmas Show!

In some ways this week has felt like the longest week that has ever existed (lack of sleep for the win!), and in others I woke up this morning and had a total ohmygodit'sThursdayalready?! moment. This is easily the most stressful week of the year for me, but the payoff is worth it. I just need to remember that, because Wenesday/Thursday are always pretty rough.

All these things relate to the Christmas show, I promise. I guess you gotta see it!

December 9, 2011

Patchie [Posts]

Sad beer is sad that I don't have much of a post for you today. BUT. I made some pretty awesome cupcakes last night and took pictures of the process (while my grandmother judged me), and hopefully I'll have those to you by the end of next week. Starting Sunday I'll be shooting back and forth from Baltimore so I'm not going to have time for much, but I hope to share a few things with you that week!

Also, I put our tree up last night. Pictures to come soon!

December 8, 2011

Etsy [Thursday]: Let it Snow!

I know I am going to regret saying this in a month or two (or less, who knows), but: Maryland. It is December. It has been sixty degrees almost all month! It's hard to get into the "Christmas Spirit" when I'm able to walk into work in a dress and not need a coat or much of anything else. Although, I will admit...I went Christmas shopping Tuesday because I'm always in charge of mom's gifts, and I was able to walk around the mall and not have to worry about carrying a winter coat around with me. And that was pretty nice.

Anyway, snow. For the last two years it has snowed during the week I go back and forth from Baltimore for the Charity Show I do, so may may regret saying this as early as Tuesday. But I'd still like the possibility of a white Christmas, and if it's still sixty, that may be a little hard. Plus I've knit so much I'd really like to use it.

But I also know me and by mid-January I'm going to be all "I just wish it would be warm again." So don't take me too seriously, okay?