Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Makings in macro.

I declared yesterday a housewife day. All day long I cooked and cleaned and washed and baked and shopped. That meant that today after bush kinder I had a chance to play with my new, but very late, birthday present macro lens.

What a great way to show you what I've been making.

Knitting the sleeve of my Ruby Red Ribbed.

Crocheting the hem of my Farmer boy's pillow case.

Baking afternoon tea cookies.

Ahem.

Mama and baby.

The very first photo I took with my new macro lens once I got it home was of these #$%^&ers. I guess they have become immune to that essential oil mix spray I've been swearing by for months now. Bum!!

Knitting Farmer Bren another beanie. Man it's cold here.

Playing around with some crochet.

Book marking ideas for brooches.

Sewing manchester for the caravan.

And washing and combing Miss Pepper's hair. It is long! Past her bum-bum now. I'm not cutting it though. No way! She's my last baby and I'm hanging on to that new born hair for as long as I can.

So that's me.
What are you making?

Bye now. xx

42 comments:

  1. Yay, macro lens! Yay!
    love all your pics but excited about the brooch making bookmarks and that lovely auburn dolly hair :-)

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  2. Poor you - they're a nightmare aren't they?! Especially when they get used to something that DID work - aargh!

    Loving these macro shots - I so wish for a new camera, but a new sewing machine is first!!XX

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  3. How exciting! The pictures look absolutely wonderful with all the detail. I'm quite envious ;) What brand of camera do you use? I badly need to upgrade my old auto to an SLR.

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  4. I love your macro shots, that red wool I want to dive right into, so lush.
    I have been looking longingly at the sewing machine all week, in a bad head space, trying to hold off a stress/anxiety attack about moving overseas so soon, and so much to do. And now the ceiling in our garage has collapsed, aahhhhh.
    Love Peppers hair too, it is so beautiful! (haha the word verification is fauked!)

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  5. Make sure that you hide the scissors from her then...

    *shudder* Ew. Creepy crawlies.

    Nice lens though.

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  6. Very cool pics Kate. Those little ba£$%^ds are evil aren't they? We are plagued with them too. I reckon they'd be hanging out with the cockroaches after a nuclear event.

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  7. WOW!!! Awesome close ups! Impressive! I recognise those little critters...
    No tips from me on getting rid of them!

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  8. Look at those curls, and all your beautiful stitches... just the perfect things to capture with your macro lens (I scrolled quickly past the critters - eeeee - can't look).

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  9. haha, i've never seen nits close up like that, coool!!

    x

    nice knitting and crochet and hair too!

    x

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  10. Miss Pepper's hair is soooo shiny. Your macro lens shows how neat your sewing is. Cherrie

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  11. I so need to update our camera...it's from the dinosaur ages :)
    Am loving your shots and the detail they show.
    x

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  12. oh what lovely macro goodness...apart from the obvious shot. Ewwwww x

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  13. I feel your pain on those lil *%$&ers! Just discovered during the routine weekly combing that miss 6yo had a head full again!! argh!!!!!

    Looks like your lens is fun though :)

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  14. I'd love to see more of your crochet, it looks heavenly. good luck with the nitts (i nearly spelled knits :)

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  15. Cant say that I am making much but I am eating a yummy date scone while reading your post ... does that count?

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  16. Dev'essere molto bello vedere e fotografare "macro". Sei sempre molto brava...

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  17. Love the macro pics. And your girl's hair is gorgeous. I pay good money to have hair that colour! She's a lucky girl.

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  18. Snap! We both got marco's for our birthday! Loving your shots and your productivity.

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  19. I love your new lens too, great photos but those nits give me the creeps, so far so good this year for us but I'm crossing my fingers. xo

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  20. I laughed at the critter photo....I've just been doing the same thing :-) I have a mixture in a spray bottle of tea tree, neem and ANISEED....they hate the aniseed, you can see them running away from it. so we still get the adults from school but no more babies, I just mix the essential oil mix with water in the spray bottle and spray everyday and comb every second just with water over the sink full of hot water. My hairdresser friend also tells me they hate hairspray so just spray the girls hair before they leave the house. LOVE the new camera lens....might just have to put one on my wish list for my birthday, always been keen on blurring the background :-)

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  21. Big fan of that macro lens Kate... especially when it's focusing on those cookies... YUMMO!
    Also love Miss Pepper's curls, they are just divine!

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  22. i think i need to get a bit more blunt in my macro lens hint dropping techniques. 'specially after seeing these shots.

    are you heading west on your great caravan adventure?

    xo

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  23. amazing lens! and sadly I know exactly what those little &*%$@#s are!!
    blah!!
    xxxCate

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  24. Oh, I am having a housewife day today. The house is grungy and the produce from the market needs to be turned into fabulous meals for the rest of the week.

    How exciting to have a Macro lens, it's on my wish list for certain. Sorry about the bugs. I have found recently that our ant problem is back. The cinnamon oil has lost it's efficacy I guess.

    I also wanted to say how much I liked your last post. Totally agree. Life is for living NOW. So glad to hear the progress of your dad too.

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  25. Cool new lens! I need a whole new camera cause mine was stolen when we went overseas. But with the wedding I can't really afford one straight away so I am borrowing my friends. Hopefully he doesn't ask for it back anytime soon cause I am loving it!!!

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  26. I am wanting a macro lens but have decided on the much cheaper filter option that apprently can be used like a macro lens.... i have read about it in a photography book...etc... anyway. I just got a new cover for my camera so i cantake it on my very soon holiday and not bring the zoom lens etc. I am excited to tkae photos in a city!

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  27. Wow, what a beautiful embroidered tablecloth!

    You are one busy lady!

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  28. Sounds like a fab day Kate. Much accomplished. Love those days!
    Wouldn't mind one of those lenses myself.
    Loving that cloth you have as a background. Very sweet.
    Yesterday I started work on upcycling/repurposing a gorgeous rose patterned skirt into 2 separate aprons, and will hopefully finish at least one today. If I ever get off this puter! :)) x

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  29. Fantastic images Kate (apart from one just cause it made me a little squeamish,… aren't they the worst… ah the combing memories!) But love all the other images to bits. I soooo badly want a Macro lens. x

    ps. Ooh, you are BroochSwapping too! Can't wait to see what you do for it. : )

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  30. gorgeous photographs...Love the new lens.

    I adore those housewife days...they mean catching up! I am dreading the day my little ladies come home with little crawlies in their hair. Not sure how long we can escape them for.

    xoxoxo

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  31. The thing I love most about your macro lens is the upcloseness of the fabric weave. It's like having good linen when you only paid for cotton.

    I am sitting having lunch at my voluntary job and waiting for someone to join me. When I saw your knitting I started a new dishcloth, the organic makings of which, and bamboo needles, I just happened to have in my basket.

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  32. Love the lens...you can keep the nits....ewwww!! Are you using tea tree and oil mix. It seems to be working here.
    xx

    Oh..if anyone tells you nits can't survive off hair, they are lying. We captured one and put it under a microscope and it lasted 13 hours!!

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  33. yay for housewife days!
    good for you kate xxx

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  34. loooove the macro lens - I really want one too. There's nothing nicer to photograph with a lens like that than yarn. As for the nits - we found cheap conditioner to work well - I slathered the best part of a bottle of conditioner onto Abby's hair and made sure every strand and scalp was coated really well, the we put a shower cap on and left for the day - this smothered the nits (we found the method on the Harvard School of Public Health site) and then in the evening we combed it out with the nit comb, washed it, and then blow dried her hair on the hot setting. Works a treat.

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  35. GREAT photos Kate! I am in the process of picking out a macro lens for my Nikon! What camera do you have & what macro lens did you go for?? Arn't fancy cameras wonderful :)
    xx

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  36. I have to let you know how my home treatment has SAVED my life! First sign of nits. For long hair half a bottle of thick conditioner add 4 (yes 4) teaspoons 100% tea tree oil 1 teaspoom eucalyptus and 1 of lavender (all pure). Brush hair. Comb hair. Put conditioner mix throughly through whole hair. Leave 30 min minimum. Comb and nit comb through. Then this is important. Wrap hair in shower cap of similar and leave overnight. Wash in morning. ALL GONE. ALL EGGS crittters the lot! Saves me hours... no days/weeks. Good Luck

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  37. I was recently introduced to those *#$%ers. Hello kindergarten...sigh.
    Love, love, love macro.
    I discovered the joys of a tripod yesterday. Why did I wait so long?

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  38. OH! KATE!! What gorgeous photos you take!

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  39. Hi Kate, I'm a hairdresser and knew what those ugly things were the moment i set eyes on them...please only use the PPS "Fried Lice"...it was developed by the government then patent sold to the hairdressing company...it is the ONLY thing that is working right now..anything natural will only piss them off (I've seen them still moving straight after a pyretherem based treatment). The next thing you have to do is re-treat in seven days to get all the non dead eggs gone straight after they hatch and before they breed again. Vinegar is great with a knit comb to get the glue off the eggs.
    Sorry for the lecture but i feel really strongly about getting rid of them in the right way...hairspray and condition don't have any effect no matter what anyone says..they love any hair clean or dirty..it doesn't matter as long as they can get on there they are happy.
    Good luck and i hope you can get rid of them without chopping off the curls
    Mxoxooxox

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  40. love your work kate. love your thoughts too. you are so right, do not ever never wait until something bad happens to live life to the fullest. i had a life threatening accident 12 years ago. i was very lucky to survive and spent three months in hospital. life has never looked the same since that day.
    i feel the fear, as you do, of this looming trip. but i see it as a life changing opportunity for our family to regroup and rely on each other in a way that doesn't happen in our every day lives.
    so....seize the day, don't feel guilty, feel glad and enjoy very second with eyes, mind and heart open and ready to soak it all in. phew. deep breath.

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  41. oops wrong post, comment meant for committing.

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  42. I love a good close up but, blimey, those nits made me jump backwards from the laptop. Haven't seen that much detail even when they were in my own bathroom.

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