celebrating my birthday with 20% off in the online store

It’s my birthday next week, and I’ve decided to celebrate by marking all stock (excluding the newly released ‘Simplicity’ collection) down by 20%.  No coupon required, as all prices will be marked down from Sunday 26th (if you want to beat the rush!).

So, if you’ve had your eye on a design for a while, now is the time to pop on over to the shop and pick it up…

my birthday gift to you!

celebrating my birthday with a 20% off sale

 

 

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releasing the autumn/winter 2017 ‘simplicity’ collection

A little late in the release, but finally here….

the autumn/winter 2017 ‘simplicity’ collection

I’ve been having a bit of a time with my fingers of late.  Not working properly, and when I do manage to make, paining me for a bit after.  So the decision was made to reduce the number of pieces for this season’s collection.

Inspired by my love of minimalism and simplicity, each set of earrings is simple in design, but with enough fabulousness to be uniquely you.

You can pop through to the shop here or click through on the name of each design under the photo for more details.

And be assured, that regardless of the pain, I’m going to keep on making!

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

What is your favourite design in the ‘Simplicity’ collection and why?

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the world is going to shit, mum: why my boy is learning survival skills

The Little Man (not so little anymore, but always to be my Little Man) has recently developed quite an interest in survival skills.

He’s been shaping a bow shaft and making arrowheads from bits of wood. Whittling knife blades and learning about flint napping. Reading about what you can eat and what you can’t eat in the bush. And learning how to make rope from tree bark and vines.

While driving to Armidale last week, I questioned him about this new interest.

(Seriously, mums of soon-to-be teenage boys – the best place to have conversations with them is in the car. They are your captive audience! Put on a few of their tunes and start a conversation. You might be surprised at what you learn…)

His response was not what I thought it was going to be…

“Donald Trump is going to fuck things up, Mum. And we need to be prepared because it’s not only going to affect America. It’s going to affect us too.”

I took a few minutes to formulate my response, because, to be honest, his answer kind of floored me.

Little Man followed the recent U.S. election with great interest and was as shocked as the rest of the world at the results. He now listens carefully to news reports and reads world news from a variety of sources, obviously coming to his own conclusions from what he reads.

An honest and open conversation about imports, exports, trade agreements and sustainable living – interspersed with our shared love of black humour – lasted the next 30 minutes to Armidale. It was a conversation that made me grateful I have a son who takes an interest in the world at large.  Grateful even more that I have the relationship I do with him.  And it made me realise that having conversations like this with your children are important…

…because you never quite now what another person is thinking until you ask

Little Man and his pocket knife getting ready to shape arrowheads
preparing to make a blow dart gun
the Little Man is not a boy anymore
hammer and chisel blows
hollowing out a section of wood
my Little Man deep in thought

As to his choice of language, we’re a family that allows swearing, which you can read more about here.

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

Do you have regular, deep-and-meaningful conversations with your kids?

And what has been their reaction to the new president of the United States?

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my 5 favourite iphone photography apps

black and white photo of parsley flowers

hello, my name is Tasha and I’m a DSLR snob

I fought upgrading my bog-standard mobile phone for ages for this very reason. The camera’s in a mobile phone simply can’t be as good as my camera. Simply. Can’t.

Well, it turns out they can. Which in turn made me into a bit of a camera and editing phone app junkie there for a while.

And 18 months on, I’ve landed on my favourites. The apps I turn to whenever I pick up my phone to take photos… which is becoming more often.

just don’t tell my big camera I’m cheating on it

Camera+

Camera+ ($4.49) helps you use your iPhone to shoot the best photos you possibly can.  The app uses your existing phone camera but allows you more control over the settings.  While you are still able to take pictures in automatic mode, if you feel like you want more light and speed control, then you are able to independently change focus and metering points, allowing you to meter based on a different part of the scene and/or focus in a different area of the frame.

Camera+ is more than just a camera replacement, though, with advanced editing in exposure, brightness, contrast and saturation tools (to name just a few) letting you tweak your photos to your heart’s content.

VSCO

If I’m totally honest, it’s been a while since I’ve used VSCO (Free). For a long time, VSCO was my go-to for editing, with a great selection of image adjustment tools and quite a range of high-quality photographic filters (the app was originally developed for the serious photographer who was looking to emulate film).  They’ve upgraded the interface since I’ve used it last – it’s now very sleek and modern – but it’s still an app that I will go back to when the time calls.

Filmborn

Filmborn (Free) is my latest app acquisition….  I use Mastin Labs presets for all of my photo editing – both personal and professional – so adding Filmborn to my phone was a bit of a no-brainer.  Designed to give you a genuine film look in 3 steps or less, the app lets you take photos with your in-phone camera, then edit them without having to import photos like some of its counterparts.  I love that you are able to view the presets in real-time and the kicker (for me) change between three different focal length crops (31mm, 35mm, and 50mm).

Lenka

Lenka (Free) is a dedicated black-and-white app, developed by professionals, for both amateur and professional photographers alike.  The app is stripped down to the bare essentials. You can only use the rear-facing cameras, your picture mode options include normal and high-contrast, and you can choose to turn the flash bulb on or off for a source of continuous lighting in dark environments. No unnecessary controls, filters, colour… It forces you to focus on what matters most in photography – the light and your composition. Plus you get a real-time preview of what you are shooting.  Minimal, but a lot of fun.

Later

Later (Free-$US49/month) allows you to plan, schedule and publish your visual content.  Personally, I use the free version on both the desktop and iOS versions to schedule my photos for Instagram.  It has a lot more capabilities – with more to come – but being able to schedule my IG posts, particularly if I’ve used my DSLR to take the photos, is what makes this app a winner for me.

And a bonus hardware favourite for you as well.

Moment

I added a Moment ($US30-50) case to my phone about 6 months ago. After much research, I decided on this particular case as it is designed to mimic a “real” camera shutter release, with a two-stage camera button, which means you can lock focus and exposure with a half-press before pressing fully down to take a shot.  Originally launched as a Kickstarter campaign, the Moment app is more about the camera than editing.  The reason I love this case and app so much – I can hold my phone one-handed and take a photo using the shutter button.  Not having to try and tap the screen or use the volume button to release the shutter on the camera on the phone, means that I keep a steady hand each time I take a photo.

Whether you’re new to phone photography or looking for a new photography app to add to your collection, I hope this list has given you some ideas.  The key is to use just a handful of apps, but learn to use them to their full potential.  Regardless of what apps you use, though, to quote one of my favourite photographers  – “You can’t polish a turd.” – so always start out with the best image possible.

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

What are your favourite phone photography apps?

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