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Italy: Photo Blog (pt.3 – Rome)

The third and final city I visited was Rome (aka: Roma).  There was so much to see and experience in Italy’s capital!  It was a mixture of historic monuments and big city modernism.

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Unfortunately, a lot of the cool things I got to see in Italy were in places where photos are not allowed.  You wouldn’t be able to tell from my photos, but I actually spent a lot of time in museums.  Yet, I still managed to take about 1,800 photos in Rome alone, over the course of four days…

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Italy: Photo Blog (pt.2 – Florence)

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The second city I visited in Italy was Florence (aka: Firenze).  Florence is a region of Tuscany, a region of great history, wine, and leather!

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Italy: Photo Blog (pt.1 – Venice)

I just got back from a trip to Italy and can hardly believe I stood amongst such iconic and historic sites.  The architecture was amazing and the works of art were absolutely breathtaking!

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Although this isn’t my usual crafting post, I thought I’d share some of the beauty and interesting sites I experienced and tried to capture through photography.  I visited three cities: Venice, Florence, and Rome.  I’ll be writing a post for each city, starting here with Venice (aka: Venezia), the city of water!

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My “Project Life”-esque Photo Book

I’m big on taking photos of everything and anything.  However, I never usually develop my photos.  But then on Pinterest I saw so many people doing something called “Project Life” and was inspired.  It’s like a photo book/scrapbook that covers your everyday life.  I’ve tried scrapbooking before, but lost interest after having to buy all of the extra paper, stickers, and accessories to make it look nice.  This time, I decided to do more of a cross between a scrapbook and photo album.  Basically, a fully customized photo book.

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vacation cards

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Canvas Creation

I’ve been in a crafting dry spell for a while now, but I wanted to get blogging again.  So I’m posting about something I made for my parents for Christmas.

I’ve seen so many pins in the “DIY & Crafts” section on Pinterest about DIY canvas prints.  I’ve always thought canvas prints were a cool alternative to regular photo frames.  Since getting a professional canvas print can be pretty expensive, I wanted to make my own.

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Crocheting memories

I’ve been on a knitting/crocheting kick lately.  Since I had extra yarn after finishing my scarf and then seeing a picture of a crocheted circle frame on Pinterest, I wanted to give it a try.  There was no pattern, so I just made it up as I went along.  I cut a circular ring out of cardboard and crocheted around it for the main base.  That proved to be tricker than I expected, with the yarn getting knotted around the cardboard.  After that, I just made a round of single crochets and another round of double crochets with about 8 per curve to create the scalloped edge.  I didn’t actually count stitches or cut out a perfect circle, but I think it came out okay.

Crocheted circle frame

Once the frame was complete, I glued a photo onto a piece of cardboard and cut out a circle.  To attach the photo to the frame, I sewed them together, along the edge of the cardboard.  Finally, I sewed on a loop of braided thread so it can be hung as a wall frame.

A touch of nostalgia

I think photos can be a wonderful way to capture memories and reminisce. Unfortunately, nowadays with the use of a digital camera, most of the pictures I take never actually get developed and turned into physical photos. Also, I’ve always liked the look of the (sadly discontinued) classic Polaroid photo.

So, I decided to do a little art project to personalize my apartment (while avoiding the need to punch holes into my walls to hang frames). After digging through my many JPEG files, I selected a few photos, cropped them, and printed them at home. Then I found some scrap white cardboard/used food boxes and cut out rectangles. A smear of rubber cement, some clothes pins, and a little yarn later… nostalgia!