YoP '20 - #4

(Kommentare: 13)

Again, no F.O.s to show this week (I failed miserably at completing the second sock, and I blame it all on Steve and the bike, we spent an amazing and relaxing holiday week driving around the countryside, looking for Lost Places, taking lots of photos and just enjoying each other's company), but yet another WIP, though one that is just a tad different from my usual crafty routine. Without further ado, here's a photo (please click to enlarge):

When we started renovating the living-room, I decided not to mount any kind of shelf above my computer desk so I would have an empty space for some kind of photo wall. I started looking for black frames but none of the affordable ones were quite what I had been looking for. Many visits to Pinterest later, I found these bulldog pins, and that was that. They come in a variety of colours and sizes but since I wanted to hang just smaller prints, I decided on small pins (about 2 cm wide). After all, the focus should be on the photos, not the pins. And of course they had to be black to match the overall design of the room. 

Today, I started printing some of my favourite photos on 10 x 15 cm photo cards, and pinned them to the wall with regular pins. I thought about using thin black nails first but they would leave bigger holes in the walls, and since I want to be able to remove and rearrange my photos as the whimsy hits me without turning my wall into a swiss cheese, I believe pins will be the better solution in the long run. I'll try to get shorter ones with black heads, though. 

I only printed five photos today because I didn't want to rush in and end up with photos that I like but that don't really mean much to me. I still have to take my very best and my very favouritest photo anyway, so I'll just enjoy the wait and add more to my photo wall whenever I feel a photo really stands out (to me, at least). 

By the way - for those of you interested in seeing my curtains, you'll get a glimpse of one today, plus a slightly out of focus shot of my dear Tradescanthia Zebrina plant hanging above the desk (because I can't imagine a room without at least one tiny plant). 

And that's all for today. Here are my updated lists:

Works in Progress:
  • 30 Years Blanket - crochet - started 22nd December, 2019
  • Simple Rag Quilt - sewing - started 31st March, 2020
  • Fox Paws - knitting - started 25th April, 2020
  • Sockyarn Habitation Throw - knitting - started 25th June, 2020
  • Vanillas - knitting - started ???
  • Stripes and Squares Blanket - knitting - started 16th July, 2020
  • Photo Wall - photography - started 26th July, 2020
Finished Objects:
  • Pembroke Scarf 1 - knitting - (started 28th June, 2020 - finished 11th July, 2020)
  • Pembroke Scarf 2 - knitting - (started 6th July, 2020 - finished 11th July, 2020)
  • Living-room curtains - sewing - (started ??? - finished 11th July, 2020)

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Kommentar von Karen |

I love the photo wall! It will be fun to add more pictures as you come across them ♥

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Karen. 

Kommentar von Kathryn |

What a cool idea for your wall! It looks really nice.

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Kath. It's so much fun to pick the right photos, and even more fun to look at them when I'm at my desk. 

Kommentar von Mary-Anne |

Well I think Steve and the bike are good excuses. May hay while the sun shines!

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Mary-Anne. It's the best excuse ever, and I enjoyed every minute. Steve has to go back to work tomorrow while I'm off until the end of the week so I guess I'll declare one day a "me" day and just knit knit knit. 

Kommentar von Alissa Head |

I clicked over to foxpaws. I took a class with Xandy Peters at Vogue Knitting Live. She is amazing! That will be a fun pattern to knit.

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Alissa. It's a fun pattern and so much easier than it looks at first glance. I use a cotton laceweight in candy colours, the result is amazing. 

Kommentar von Marsha |

Your photo wall is a great idea. Your bike rides also sound lovely. It is a great excuse for not doing a lot of knitting.

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Marsha. We went for two longer tours (200+ km) and discovered some interesting lost places, saw beautiful landscapes, and learned some new facts about regional history. 

Kommentar von Allison |

Just wandering around the country side sounds like a great afternoon. I think your photo wall is great idea and a nice way to remember the special moments.

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Allison. We had a wonderful time, too bad Steve has to go back to work tomorrow. Then again, I can sneak in so much more knitting time ... 

Kommentar von Elka Bolhafner |

What a great idea for the photographs. I do like the curtains. Sadly I am a seen to be a serial plant killer which is odd considering my dad was a plant geneticist and we had a zillion plants around the house which I was responsible for watering. Either way I too cannot imagine a room without plants but have to live that way. :-(

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Elka. I only have very hardy and forgiving plants like spider plants and Zebrina. My thumb isn't as brown as it used to but it's far from green yet. I still have to work my way up to Hydrangeas. Thankfully, Steve helps out with the watering.

Kommentar von Sandra Licher |

I love your photo wall but how do you get those bulldog clips to attach to the brick or is that wallpaper? Great look!

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Sandra. It's wallpaper on plasterboard walls, so regular pins go in quite well, and neither the clips nor the photos weight lots, so it holds up okay. 

Kommentar von Liz |

I love the glimpse into your transformed living room, the photo wall is a lovely idea. We think plants are important too.

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Liz. I'd have lots more plants everywhere if the cats weren't so ... well ... shall we say interested in botanical facts, like how deep do roots grow, or how many square feet will the contents of one planting pot cover? Wait, that's maths, isn't it? 

Kommentar von Becki |

You are a wonderful photographer, Ella. I'd love to see those photos you've pinned on your wall up close. :)

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Becki. You can see some of the photos in my photo diary, the pink blossom on blue background was taken on 20th July, the rainy view on 15th, the roses are still on the front page, they're from 25th July. 

Kommentar von Lucy Bowen |

I love the photo wall, and I love a plant or two myself!

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Lucy. 

Kommentar von Tammy Goodwin |

The photo wall is wonderful. And sometimes we just need to spend time doing something else...

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Tammy. It's nice to have a smaller project amid all the long-term stuff I'm working on. 

Kommentar von Laura |

The photo wall looks great. I have a slight addiction to plants.

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Laura. I can't have many plants in the living-room because the cats tend to think of them as snacks, and much as I encourage creative thinking and making the most of what we have, I don't quite support THAT kind of creativity.