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I am a Children's Librarian living in the Portland, Oregon area. When I am not Children's Librianing I like to play with cameras and film. I also like playing the ukulele, knitting, and hiking.

The Great Transatlantic Pinhole Filmswap Project

“What if a person just sent an entire camera, with film re-rolled and ready to double expose,  to another person? My Pinholga is lightweight and cheap, so if it gets lost in the mail it’s no big deal.” This is an idea I had after pondering film swaps and pinhole photography.   And thus an idea started to germinate. A traveling camera film swap.  Two film swaps and a dead camera later, I think we are on track. This time with a new name and a new camera.

10372132_1556444471254055_6580602399781478544_n Todd Schlemmer  graciously donated one of his Terrapin 3d printed pinhole camera systems to the project! Behold, The Great Transatlantic Pinhole Filmswap 2.0 begins!

A few weeks ago I received the new camera in the mail and immediately set out to shoot the roll that Todd had already exposed. I scanned the results last night and couldn’t be happier! I love how they turned out!

The camera will be perfect for the project! It has some really cool features, but the best one is that you can rewind the film in camera (no dark bag needed). This little feature makes it perfect for film swaps!

Interested in joining the fun?  Click here to find out how it works and how to participate.

CraftyMoni’s cure for the November blues

November is a difficult month for me.  For the past five years the modus operandi has been to fall into a groove of grief that turns into a depression that becomes very difficult to dig my way out of.  I started to find myself in that familiar, depressing, place about a week ago. Somehow, something inside of me decided I was tired of feeling sad and unhappy. Surely, there is a better way? So I decided to figure out how I could find my way out of this groove.

I began to collect songs into a “Happy” playlist on my iPhone. I asked my friends on Facebook and Twitter for their favorite happy songs, too.

When I was beginning to feel depressed last week I thought I would try to change the course of my day by changing the first 5 minutes of my morning. Instead of waking up feeling dread I would do something to make myself feel happy. So the first five minutes of every day for the past week has been dedicated to listening to a song from the “happy” playlist. I don’t do anything else, just listen. Sometimes I sit on my meditation cushion and listen. Guess what? It has worked. There is something about listening to a happy song that has sort of thrown my brain out of the habit of being negative first thing in the morning. Shitty things still happen, but it seems like I am able to let it roll off my back better.

I thought I would share my  “happy” playlist with you! It is constantly changing. I am removing things and adding to it. But this is what it looks like today. What would you add to it?

 Note: I am fully aware that some of these song are “uncool.” that is part of the fun. They are guilty pleasures. :)

 

  1. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
  2. Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
  3. Magic – B.o.B.
  4. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
  5. Happy House – The Juan Maclean
  6. Let Forever Be – The Chemical Brothers
  7. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift (YOU LIKE TAYLOR SWIFT!)

  8. Good Times Roll – The Cars
  9. Horizons – An Horse
  10. Float On – Modest Mouse
  11. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  12. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
  13. Whip It – Devo
  14. Fall Back Down – Rancid
  15. You Are A Tourist – Death Cab For Cutie
  16. Don’t Stop Believin’- Journey
  17. I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
  18. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
  19. Celebration – Kool And The Gang
  20. On Top Of The World – Imagine Dragons
  21. The Great Divide – The Mowglis
  22. Safe And Sound – Capital Cities
  23. This Too Shall Pass – OK Go