I met Allie from Your Pal Al Creative at an outdoor show and loved her mini pots and stools instantly. Months later, we collaborated along with Jenn of Wild North Flowers and put together this styled shoot.
We shared our knowledge and tips and in the end, everyone learned something new while contributing to the group.
Out of all the conventions and shows that come around every year, the One of a Kind Show is one of my top picks. I like meeting artisans and seeing their work. Each year, I make it a point to talk to them and make at least a friend or two. Here are my favourites this year:
I love these ceramics because they’re so minimal and clean. And the maker, MJ? She’s so nice and really loves what she does.
I get pretty excited when a friend is good at her craft and gets the chance to show it off. Karen, of Oh My Inspired, designs cute and inspiring paper goods. Her work is encouraging and just lifts up your spirits.
Ok, how cute are these? I loved everything here.
This one’s for anyone who loves everything nerdy. Rovena has a masters degree in science so she knows her chemical structures 8-) And if you can’t figure it out, the answer’s on the back :)
I really like the analogy that photographer/educator Scott Kelby uses to explain the difference between noodling and practicing.
He says that when he picks up the guitar, he can rock out a cool riff over and over and while it sounds great, overall he’s not getting better technically (sure, he’s getting better at that one riff). Instead, if he practices the less cool sounding (and more boring) scales, he’s actually improving his level of playing because he can apply that technique in many ways.
It’s the same with my photography. I can take a nice photo of what I’m familiar with but in order to be great, I need to practice and work on the technical things that frustrate me.
A challenge that I often give myself is to shoot what’s in front of me 3 different ways. Whether it’s the angle, distance or composition, if I can do it in 5-10 minutes (this is very helpful when shooting weddings), I’ll have learned something. I may not love each frame but I can dissect what worked and what didn’t.
Over Christmas, I received this beautiful Staub en France Cast Iron Braiser Pan in cherry for Christmas from Kitchen Stuff Plus and I love it so much. Not only is it a bold looking piece of cookware, I’ve always wanted a cast iron pot so I’m excited to try out all kinds of recipes with it. If you have any great recipes, please let me know! :)