Thursday, April 26, 2012

giant lace shawl...finished!

Shawl ensemble by elletrain
Shawl ensemble, a photo by elletrain on Flickr.

Woo! Yesterday I finished and blocked this shawl I have been working on for a while. The pattern is Laminaria from Knitty Spring 2008. I saw nasseknits version on Ravelry and had to make one out of bigger yarn like she did. I LOVE it and will get a ton of use out of it, yes, even in late April, here in Portland. 

The yarn I used is Lisa Souza Baby Alpaca Silk yarn that I got from Stitches South 2 years ago. Sadly, because I have knitting A.D.D., this took me a year to complete, but I couldn't be happier with the outcome. I will be hunting down more patterns with Estonian lace in them for sure. Gorgeous!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Playing with new phone apps.

I'm having so much fun playing with some new iPhone photo apps. On this picture I used Camera+ and Phonto. Camera+ allows you to do a LOT of SLR and editing capabilities on your phone, it even has a timer! Now you can prop up your phone and take shots of yourself. No more awkward self-shots!

Phonto is fun and allows you to add text/captions to your photos. I believe it was the free one. Camera+ is only .99 right now!

Enjoy all of the new possibilities! Isn't it nice to have these at your fingertips instead of having to lug around a full sized camera everywhere? It definitely allows me to take more photos and record more of our lives. <3

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Feeling brave

Feeling brave by elletrain
Feeling brave, a photo by elletrain on Flickr.
Today I put on my brave pants. Been wanting to wear these for a while, but wasn't sure what to pair with them. I love mixing brown and black and think it's necessary here. I'm starting to enjoy mixing patterns, too. Try it. Be brave.

jacket: urban outfitters; sweater: old navy; jeans: Target; shoes: vintage - Etsy.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

mini home tour - spring 2012

Today a new rug I ordered from for my office nook was delivered. It is beautiful! It inspired me to arrange a few other items in our house and then to do a mini (amateur) home tour. Some corners may look familiar, but I've updated them a bit.  I hope you enjoy!

dining room 




living room bookcase

living room reading corner

living room bench/fish (find the chicken!)

kitchen view when I do the washing up

kitchen - cooking central

breakfast table

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Monday, April 2, 2012


Monday by elletrain
Monday, a photo by elletrain on Flickr.
Here is Monday: Jacket - Urban Outfitters, blouse - Banana Republic, jeans - AG (Anthropologie), shoes - Ruche.

This. Is brilliant.

This is a watercolor map of Portland, OR, where I live... kinda sorta in the middle of the map. The people over at Stamen Design have created 3 beautiful versions of maps. You can go enter your zip code and view your home in loveliness. I just adore this. Probably because I have been painting in watercolor lately. Go try this out. So much better than Google maps, huh?!