Etsy Love.

Do you love Etsy.com as much as I do?  So many adorable items and many of them are handmade.  I love handmade.  This might be the 1,564,687 time that I have mentioned my love for Etsy.

Below are some recent Etsy finds that have me swooning:

Aren’t these cute?  Stripey straws are so fun and festive.  And, for the environmentalist in me, they are biodegradable.  It’s a win, win situation.  Find them here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/102136871/rainbow-mix-striped-paper-straws-with?

This handbag and others that this talented Israeli woman make are amazing.  I just bought this one (it’s my second purchase from her).  Very sturdy and they are vegan!  Find them here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/rutinet?ref=seller_info

I am in love with this artist’s turbans.  They come in tons of different colors and styles.  Find them here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Rumraisina?ref=seller_info

These prints!  Ahhh, how lovely would this look hanging up in your home?  Find it here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lisacongdon?ref=seller_info

Origami.

My how I love origami.  It’s whimsical, creates wonder, and is just plain beautiful.

The article below has some very cool information along with photos for all those fellow origami nerds.


Origami

Face Your Pockets

I found this very cool website by two university students from Russia who are asking people around the World to empty their pockets or handbag, dump the contents on a photoscanner and send to them.

Perhaps their description will make more sense:

“Things that are living in the pockets of your bag, jeans or jacket: travel and pay checks, old cigarette pack that just looks interesting, sugar lumps and all the stuff that has found home in your pockets. They are all the treasures our project is looking for! Our goal is not only bring all this objects into light but show the owner of them.

The process.

Place the objects on the scanner. Place your face/part of it on the scanner as well. Aaaaand scan it! Send us the picture you’ve got to:

faceyourpockets@gmail.com (Don’t forget to mention your name and occupation. Also the email should include the list of objects you’ve scanned – keys, granny’s photo, gum etc.)”

 To view what hundreds of other people from around the World have sent in, click here:

FaceYourPockets

The Portrait.

One of my favs as displayed on Lomographys "Shooting a Photograph of Someone Vs. Taking Someones Portrait"

There is a certain talent that comes from people who are able to take really good portraits of people.  I tend to take really good photos of landscapes and cityscapes, well in my opinion any way, but I always have trouble capturing people.  Perhaps it is the nerves coming out in both myself and the subject or that I can never seem to whip my camera out in time to take a candid photo.

Lomgraphy.com is doing a feature on portraits, here is an excerpt and link so that you can view all the handpicked portraits they deemed worthy of noting.

“There’s a difference between merely taking a photo of someone and making a great portrait. The first shows a person, the second tells something about a person. This article contains one hundred photos of the latter.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Click Me: Portrait

P.S. it is all analog.