I’ve only been using my nice new camera for a couple of weeks now, and have already become addicted to it. I know this because it already has something wrong with it and needs to be repaired, and I feel at a bit of a loss without it. As I was taking pictures of a fun coffee shop I like to go to (which I’ll be posting about soon) my camera started to malfunction. It would take a few pictures then stop, saying error 99. It kept doing that until it completely stopped taking pictures. When I googled error 99, the first words I read were “the dreaded error 99.” Not a good sign. So I have been without it for a few days now. It is amazing how the camera has enriched the way I see the world. Everything has become a photo opportunity, and my eyes have started to scan for intriguing fragments of scenery around me. I totally get that whole standing on the side of the road with hands raised, fingers sectioning off and framing portions of the sky. And now that’s probably what I’ll be doing until my camera is fixed.
A Few days ago, I went back to the thrift shop where I found all of the great yarn; to show them the scarf I made, and saw the most fantastic chair. From far away, squeezed in with the other furniture it didn’t look like anything special, but when I got closer I noticed the unique detail. There were books and lamps and scrolls… in such color and detail that it looked like a painting. I wanted to haaave it! I’ve just bought a really cool chair that I will post about soon, that I call my professor chair, so I couldn’t justify another one. But this I would call my teacher chair, because it looks like the kind of thing an old fashion teacher with a hair bun and funky glassed would use. At least I was able to take a great picture with my camera, to cherish the detail when I please, but I will never be able to sit in it and oversee a class of unruly students while threateningly peering over the rims of my glasses, so sad.
One Thing that I realized after finding this treasure, is that this thrift shop (called the Arc -this is a link to their facebook if you want to “like” them) always has the coolest stuff. So I did a little stroll through the shop because I wanted to share the coolness with all of you. The lighting wasn’t the best so there is an abundance of unique and vintage things that are not pictured.
Last winter I was so cold that I planned on making a scarf that was bigger than life and delicious on the skin. It is hard to do that though without spending big bucks on yarn. However, my luck hit this summer as I happened upon a yard sale where someone was selling loads and loads of high quality yarn. It was all specialty yarn that she had bought in New York. Many of it was hand dyed, and hardly any of it had acrylic or anything else un-natural. As soon as I saw the TWO TABLES full of this gorgeous yarn I scooted over there and swept it up like a tornado. The lady selling it was so thankful to send it off with someone who appreciated the quality (no body had so much as given the yarn a second thought before I came) that I didn’t even have to feel guilty for gobbling it up. Now I have baby alpaca, cashmere blends, rabbit wool (what’s that stuff called?), and so so so much more. Then if I wasn’t lucky enough, someone donated a ton of yarn to a local thrift shop. It wasn’t as high of quality but still not something you would find at Joanne’s. So, all that to say, I have finished my luscious scarf. I made it out of the yarn I found at the thrift shop so there will be even more lusciousness to come; I am even considering doing a giveaway of one of the scarves I make with it, to share the wealth.
The thing that I have been really enjoying about my new camera is the way I am able to capture fragments of beauty and color in my daily life. It’s like having scissors that allow me to cut out squares of interesting scenery and put them into my pocket to enjoy when I please. And I often do please.
I know that this is supposed to be a craft blog but I just got a camera and I have been having a field day. I have just finishes my luscious scarf so I will post pictures of it soon.
I am going to start posting images on Sundays to give thanks and acknowledgment for Gods beautiful workmanship. If you don’t think of the earth in this way, go ahead and let your imagination run away with you and picture an Artist thinking up the beautiful shimmer off of a flies back.
I have wonderful friends who live up in the redwoods on a large ranch. Every once in a while I make my way up there to visit. Visiting them is like getting a dose of nature and nurture all in one delicious bundle. I had planned on writing a long post about my experience up there but I think that sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.
Thank you Tj and Mark, you guys are the best of the best.