{wednesdays on etsy}

hello hello! how are you friends? i am so excited because today is already wednesday!! yay! wednesdays have always had a sweet taste for me… it is the middle of the week, from now on, is weekend countdown! yesterday i went to the movies with mr twiggs and… it was a great disappointment. do you also hate when the trailer is so good that makes you want to see a movie so much, and then you see it… and you leave the movies… like… “what was that?” please, movie directors & screenplay writters… can we have really good cinema this year? thank you! oh before i can get on to our weekly edition, can i just remind you (at least for those a bit absent) that this week, there is a really good series of interviews, with amazing behind-the-cameras-insight by some of my (and yours too, i believe) favourite photographers! what cameras do they use? what is their best feature? what do they seek with their photography? 10 questions about them… and about how they see {photography}. you can read the first two interviews {here} & {here}. so, let’s keep on going. in these last few days i have been dedicated more than the usual to {pinterest} & etsy, and of course have been finding these amazing things. and the best? spring is close. really.

do you want to comment? now, i am not a mother. but if i was, if i was ladies… i would certainly surround my son (always imagined myself with four boys! crazy, right?) with these fluffy & colourful handmade toys! one note concerning this finding on etsy, it was not mine! i was on twitter and someone (please please forgive me for not remembering who) shared a link, i clicked and found this. so if this is you, please write me a note on comments, will you? because these are amazing!

meet pablo!

and this was palmiro!

do you really want to resist?  now, {laura contemori} does everything by hand with a lot of love, lives in italy and describes herself as…

“una girella di liquirizia, un sorriso all’improvviso, una sorpresa sotto il letto, una fossetta sulla guancia, una protea in un vaso rosso, uno sguardo furbo, un puntino nero in un foglio bianco…”

if i understood italian, i would translate, but i do not. so… a little mistery on our wednesday is always good! but there is something about a smile… and of course, someone that is able to do these lovely toys by hand, must live a happy life. you can sneak-peek into her store {contemori | bottega creativa}, by clicking in each image or just {here}. laura is also on {facebook}. and this was a little bit of spring for today! no, we are not having spring temperatures in lisbon, but i must confess that yesterday when going to work, i was delighted to see that some trees are blossoming! oh happy happy me! see you in a bit, with another latin-american girl!

interview with euge

as mentioned before, today we shall continue with {photography… by photographers} interviews, in a week dedicated to latin-american ladies. our second guest will be {euge de la peña}, a sweet friend of mine, that was also a guest over {a place for twiggs}. she is from buenos aires, and currently is living in germany, and her talent & creativity for photography is well-known around the flickr community.

hello! how are you feeling today? hello dear claudia, i’m really happy today and i hope you too!

1. so, we are here to talk about {photography}… let’s start with a very important detail… where did you learn your way through {photography}? i always loved taking pictures, since i was a little girl but i started learning and reading about photography when i joined a flickr group called {la vuelta al mundo}. there i met wonderful photographers and thank to their work i became more and more interested and felt the need to lear how to shoot better. i know i still have a looooots of things to learn and i’m really looking foward to do it!

2. what camera+lens do you use the most? my nikon d300 and my nikon 50mm 1.8

3. what is your camera’s best feature? the viewfinder and the 51-point auto-focus.

4. three must-dos for you concerning {photography}! shoot in manual, shoot in raw and enjoy!

5. favourite subject to shoot? i love still life, so anything i have at home that inspires me becames my favourite subject to shoot. i also love urban photography and when i’m outside i try to focus on any little detail i can find!

6. after taking pictures, do you use any program to process them? yes, photoshop.

7. in three words… how would you describe your {photography}? mmm that’s a hard question… i guess it reflects my world, what iam… sometimes my mood, sometimes my home, my town, my things…

8. what inspires you to do what you do in {photography}? i love photography because it is a way for me to escape from my daily routine. it helps me to relax… to connect with myself and my emotions. i really want to continue improving and maybe one day become a professional photographer! who knows?

9. when you wander in flickr… what drives you to write a comment? when i like a photo, i write a comment… it is always nice to comment, like a way of saying you are following somebody’s work… like a support. i also always try to comment back when i have a chance. i really wish I had more time to do that!!

10. would you like to try anything different from what you do in {photography}? i really want to learn how to take good portraits , maybe i will try to focus on this during this year.

i hope you had a good time reading euge’s answers… she’s a nikon girl, which means that so far we have had a canon & a nikon girl. i must confess, my heart beats for canon. but what about yours? what camera do you have or wish to have? i would love to hear about you! and by the way… tomorrow, our honourable guest will be {valeria spring}!

local markets :: noussnouss

hello ladies, how are you doing?  yes, i am completely teasing any man that could be out there, so that he could speak to me… if not, i will assume that there are only ladies there. but if there are only ladies, yay for ladies!! happy tuesday girls, how was your monday? i had such a busy monday… and it was a dark day that finally burst into pouring rain, in the end of the afternoon! oh, by the way, i have so many news for you that love to hear about lisbon (or happen to live here!), but some things come first. and today miss alice comes first. and no, not alice from wonderland. alice from {noussnouss}.

can you tell us something about yourself? my name is alice and i’m the person that makes everything roll over at {noussnouss}. i live in the small city of guimarães, in the north of portugal, with my husband and my 6 year-old daughter. i have a degree in architecture, but currently i spend my days designing, sewing, photographing and maintaining my website and blog.

how did {noussnouss} start? {noussnouss} got an unexpected start, a common story amongst many online based small businesses, i think. unexpected because i didn’t meant it to be more than my personal blog at the beggining, but after i started to take it a little more seriously it became my way for experimentation, communication and also for a living.

what inspires you? women in general inspire me. i love everything about the feminine side of life. high quality materials and techniques inspire me too. i tend to apprecciate objects that are made to last a lifetime, and that are the result of a long evolution throughout history.

what advice can you give for those small business owners in our country? maybe that small businesses should take advantage of being small. this means taking the time to think about what your business is about, and not just take the clue from what others are doing. i believe finding your own pace is very important, even if everybody thinks you’re slow (i firmly believe in “slow and steady”). it also means that you should feel at ease to try different things and make mistakes. it’s the only way to truly learn and have fun at the same time.

what do you think would be helpful for small business owners in our country? i think small business owners need to understand what and how they’re selling. the main problem, in my opinion, is that most peole grew and were educated in a time when mass-comsuption was the rule. almost nobody, at least in my generation, knows the difference between a high-quality and locally produced piece and something mass-produced in china under sub-human conditions. the final decision always lays on the price tag. the problem is when the small business owner, that should be supporting its own product, doesn’t know the difference either. he or she will never be able to pass the message on why what they’re selling is so different from what is sold in retail shops everywhere. so, it would be helpfull if small business owners took the time to know their product to be able to convey a message of quality and fair labour to the client, thus making clear why their product is so much better.

alice was 2011 first guest on {local markets} and i hope you can have some time to sneak-peek into alice’s work, as it is so beautiful. i fell in love for the photography style… the colours… the elegance… and of course, the way the neckwarmers look so feminine, as alice say herself. you can also see her {flickr}, {shop}, {blog} & {facebook}.

oh by the way, did you get the chance to read yesterday’s interview on {photography} by françoise rachez? she gives her insight on photography and we get to know a little bit more about the photographer behind the camera… and to continue, we shall have another four interviews… in a while, una outra fotógrafa mui talentosa… {euge de la peña}, in a week dedicated to latin-american ladies!

interview with françoise

… so i was wondering… am i the only one that wonders about what is behind my favourite photographers? how equipment do they use? what inspires them? what are their dreams? i was wondering about all these questions, because… well first i am passionate about photography. second, because i am the proud owner of a tiny-really-not-fancy-but-amazing-friend-point-and-shoot canon, and in strong pursuit of {this} one. third, because i believe that we all have some curiosity about a personal insight on our favourite photographers. so… {photography… by photographers} arrived in my mind. chose some friends, asked them and they all said an excited yes! this week will be dedicated to latin-american ladies… and in two weeks, we shall have an european ladies week! here is the schedule for all of you that are willing to find out some secrets:

january 10th – {françoise rachez}

january 11th – {euge de la peña}

january 12th – {valeria spring}

january 13th – {jackie rueda}

january 14th – {libertad leal}

let’s get started, i can’t wait to share this with you! let’s start on with françoise…

1. so, here we are to talk about {photography}… let’s start with a very important detail, how did you learn your way through photography? i started photography all by myself, but i must say that each step i take, has been helped and motivated by many other photographers and artists. i can say i’m a self-taught photographer, because i threw myself into this adventure alone and almost everything i have learned was by myself (both photography and photo editing), reading and practicing a lot since 3 years around. however, i think i need to talk about the beginning and my turning point, that was when i found my way to jackie rueda’s blog. it was at that moment i decided that i needed to do something to fall in love with  the new place where i was living. after seeing her pictures and reading her blog, i started to participate in {la vuelta al mundo} (flickr group managed by jackie) and in parallel i had continued reading and learning at home every day. 1 year ago, i attended “l’atelier”, an online course by jackie and i really enjoy it and  learned so, but so much!

2. what camera + lens do you use the most? some time ago i used a canon 350 with two kit lenses, but in a wild party, i think i was stolen (or so i believe), then i had a pentax km and now i use a canon 550.  the lens i use the most is 50 1.4. but i have a great affection for 18-55 lens, because it helped me learn a lot! sometimes i use a wide angle (though not mine) and i have a long wish list that i hope will meet sometime (24-70, 35 1.4, etc, etc, etc.)

3. what is your camera’s best feature? i don’t  really know, i haven’t had many others alike to compare, but i think i like how it handles the noise in bad light conditions and also i love that  it’s so light (i’m not a very strong girl)

4. can you give me three must-do’s concerning {photography}? practice more and more, explore with photo sessions. learn a bit about artificial light (only for curiosity because i’m really a lover of natural light). and work to expand my photography gear.

5. and what is your favourite subject to shoot? my son, obviously! (laughs) i like to shoot everything from still life and even myself, but i really enjoy when i can walk out to discover new places and  photographing those little charming corners that exist everywhere.

6. after taking pictures, do you use any program to edit them? yes, i shoot in raw and edit them with lightroom 3. the final touch i give it with photoshop, i still using the CS3 version because i have been too lazy to install the CS5!

7. in three words, how would you describe your {photography}? evocative, dreamy and vintage.

8. what inspires you to do what you do in {photography}? i am inspired by my imaginary worlds, my desires, my dreams, music, films and also to see the work of many photographers. my son inspires me in such a deep way, he makes me a  person full of love and that allows me to do all that i do with much love.

9. when you wander in flickr, what drives you to write a comment? i like to make pictures that tell stories, for that reason i value very much pictures that have something to tell, because i can create imaginary worlds with them. i like to comment the photos that are in harmony and are beautifu,l but these two concepts are subjective, so if the picture gives me any of these feelings, that means the message was sent and came to fruition. also try to comment (when time allows me) photos of people who are starting, because my own experience says that this really helps to keep your morale up. i have only taken a first step, i have a long way to go and i appreciate all the support i receive everyday from the fantastic community on flickr.

10. would you like to try something different from what you do in {photography}? i would like to do fashion photography!! but my biggest dream is to be cinematographer of a great movie! i think i have to start soon to learn about artificial light (laughs!) dreams are free, right? yay!

thanks for inviting me back to your beautiful blog claudia! to be here with you is always a pleasure and it is an honor for me to start this series week of latin-americans girls photographers. what a pride!

i thank you, françoise for taking this challenge, you are so sweet, as i am always asking for something! well, this was the very first interview about {photography}, hope you have enjoyed fran’s answers! i certainly loved to know more about her equipment and dreams + inspiration (her son is really adorable)! twiggs

{random} stories :: an etsy story

hello fellow friends, how was your weekend? creative? indoors? crafty? cozy & warm? i tried to cover all these things, actually. tried to change a few things on the blog, as you can see the {sponsors} are already dressed up and on the blog already! they look gorgeous, don’t they? there will be a few interviews during this month about these talented friends, at least the new ones! today i am just starting with news on my {etsy shop}, as i started a {huge} sale this month and there are some fresh fine art prints… and i would love to share the fresh goods with you! let’s get started, shall we? you can click in each image, and you’ll be traveling to the shop in an instance!

and a special edition for valentine’s day…

i am really enjoying exploring creative thoughts and matching them with the pictures i take. it is something that amuses me for quite a long time. and one of my plans for 2011 is actually develop a posters line with some strong but simple sentences or words. and keep developing this line that matches words & sentences with images. do you think these look good? i would love to know your opinion!

also, a big {yay!!!} for me, as yesterday i made my 25th sale on the shop! please, mr january, could you please, please keep looking good for me? thank you! i am deeply appreciated! oh and for those that might not be familiar with the shop… i will introduce its best seller… {mrs olive green}. and her story.

once upon a time, i was invited to a wedding. this wedding happened in september and it was the second one that month. so i am not one of those that loves going to weddings. i am as happy as the next person, to see friends getting married, i am. but it is not my kind of thing. but it was our friend’s thing so we went. and it was such a windy day, oh my… it was a cold september day. but then the bride finally arrived and we could get inside the church. the priest was hilarious. a spanish fellow that reminded the bride & groom that things would not be easy. there would be the day where they would have some difficulty in reminding themselves why they got married. but that was the effort to be done. after a while i came outside and i had this amazing view… the bride had arrived in this old green beetle, and it was perfectly parked with a dark brown gate on the back. and mrs olive green was born. thank you to all the amazing customers that bought this lady from me! you make my day, always like the very first sale!

mrs olive green is available in 5×7 (sale price of $11) & 8×10 (bogo, buy an 8×10, get one 5×7 for free). i strongly advise you to hurry if you wish for this lady, as the shop will be on sale until the end of january! and after that, back to regular prices! twiggs

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