Non-photo creations

Winter Knitting

This winter I have picked up interest in knitting again. I love all things crafty so am always trying to learn new things. Several years ago I learned to knit by watching YouTube videos and reading online tutorials. I have mostly made hats and I love the knitted hats I have made. Especially after I discovered how amazing merino wool and alpaca yarns are! I mean seriously, they are awesome yarns and make knitting soooooo much fun.

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Last month I decided to start knitting socks. This winter has been pretty disappointing if you like cold weather (like me). It has been spring practically all year! Not fun if you love wearing sweaters, sweatshirts, and knit hats. So I decided to try socks. And let me tell you, sock knitting is so freaking addictive. I really think I may have a bit of a problem, but I don't care. I am currently on my 3rd pair of socks and am already thinking of my 4th pair (& 5th, 6th, & so on :)). 

 

Pair number 1 - cascade yarns Heritage Prints on size 3.00 addi turbo sock rockets. I started with 2 circulars then decided on just using one 40" circular. Knitting 2 at a time. 

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Pair 2 - cascade yarns Heritage Wave in checkers. On size 2.5mm addi turbo rockets. Again 2 at a time on long circular. Pattern by The Knitting Expat. The gravel socks from the beyond vanilla collection 1. Love this pattern and can't wait to try the others in that collection. 

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Enchanted Forest Coloring Book

I am going to share with you the amazingness that is the Enchanted Forest coloring book by Johanna Basford. I got this book in January after hearing so much about it. I had tried a couple of adult coloring books last year, but just didn't get too into them. I needed something more.  So after much looking on Amazon, I decided to try the Enchanted Forest one. So I ordered it along with some special coloring pencils and let me tell you, this book is awesome! I love sitting at night while my son is watching tv at our home in Middle Tennessee.

 Title Page - Just started

Title Page - Just started

It is so relaxing and such a stress reliever. And while coloring something that I didn't expect happened...I found myself getting the urge to start being more creative and actually wanting to take photographs again. I ended up taking several weeks off from photography in December. I was about to give up on my business and go back to only taken random pics of my family. For some reason I had gone into a very big slump. So I started coloring.

 Title Page - completed  

Title Page - completed  

And at some point I found myself wanting to pick up the camera again. I felt the urge to create art that is my own again. I found that I do not want to give up on my business. I became determined to somehow make a successful photography business here in Middle Tennessee. I still don't have the 'how' completely figured out, but I the desire is not going away. And as they say "where there's a will, there's a way". 

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Custom Name Page

So, there's a still a very long way to go with the coloring book (and my business), but I am not giving up on either!

I love photography, it has been my passion for many years, and now I am at a place where I can finally share my passion with others. 

 

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So if anyone is in a slump, get yourself a coloring book and start coloring! 

 Compass - work in progress  

Compass - work in progress