"" JAMIE SAYS DREAM: mars 2012

31 mars 2012

Bring in nature in art

Since I live in a city and experience nature less than I would like to, I like to bring in nature with art in different ways. This is a few examples :-)

First, a page from an old book about mushrooms via Biodiversity Heritage Library's photostream on Flickr. It's Creative Commons licensed (Some rights reserved, check when you follow the link), you can download all sizes up to 1796x3306.

Field book of common gilled mushrooms New York:
G.P. Putnam'sSons,1928.

Lots and lots of lovely prints in United Thread's Etsy shop. This owl has been on my list of things to buy for a long time.

Blue Owl, archival print from United Threads

DIY hammered and flower leaf prints - I so want to do this! The flower's or leaf's own colour works as "ink" to create art or cards. Tutorial and plenty of more photos at Build/Make/Craft/Bake blog.

Hammered flower and leaf prints

Marisa Redondo has a lot of beautiful feather prints and cards in her Etsy shop River Luna. She also sells painted stones. Lovely! And she has a blog too.

Feather Greeting Cards by River Luna

Heart and Arrow Painted Stone Set by River Luna

Neon Feathers Painted Stone Set by River Luna

And in my Daily dose of quirkiness I would like to present the fantastic macro photographer Igor Siwanowicz. This is "Showtime" with, from the top,  Plistospilota guineensis, Deroplatys desiccata & Rhombodera basalis. On DeviantArt you can see more of Igor Siwanowicz (Blepharopsis is his nickname there) photos and you can also buy prints of the photos there.

Showtime by Igor Siwanowicz
Now I'm off to enjoy the sunshine for a while, before I take on some cleaning and laundry. This is my first active and non-sick weekend for a loooong time (knock-on-wood). Hope you are all having a sunny and nice Saturday!

28 mars 2012

Lisa Congdon prints and Sami people

Once again I bought little pretty things instead of what I really neeeed, this time a print and cards from Lisa Congdon. I have loved her work for a long time, so it's not totally a whim buy. I hope I will get them up on my wall quickly so I can enjoy them every day.

This is what I ordered from Lisa Congdon's Etsy shop today: A lovely Owl print, that I hope will look good next to my Henning Trollbäck Bear print...

Snowy Owl Print by Lisa Congdon
...and four cards from her Collection a Day project - she photographed or drew an illustration of one of her collections (or part of it) every day for a year and posted the images on the A Collection a Day 2010 blog. You might have heard of it, because this Lisa Congdon project got LOTS of publication. The images also became a book and some of them prints and cards.

Collection a Day Notecard Series Number 2 by Lisa Congdon

I nearly ordered the Sami woman print below too, maybe another time. The Sami people - "samer" in Swedish - live in the north of Sweden, Finland, Norway and the Kola Penisula of Russia, and they have their own language. They are the indigenous people of my country, Sweden.

The Sami people were originally nomads, and some of them still depend on their reindeers to survive, and follow them to the pastures. Their living space have been reduced radically by modern society, as for other indigenous people. But there has also been debate about the fact that reindeer husbandry is legally protected as an exclusive Sami liveihood. Some people think that is discriminating, as the earlier forced assimilation of Sami people was discriminating.

Sami Woman Print by Lisa Congdon

I think Lisa Congdon (who is american) might have got her inspiraton for her Sami illustrations from the Saamiblog (or at least from photographs you can find on the blog) - lots of beautiful and interesting old and new photos of Sami people there.

Sami woman from Sweden, 1870-1898. Photo: Hélène Edlund,
Nordiska Museet, Stockholm, NMA.0033065, via Saamiblog

And if you are interested in Sami music, you can also find a mix of music videos on Saamiblog's start page. Here is a couple of examples, which also includes joik, a special way of singing that is typical for the Sami people. I like it a lot. The first one has a happy sound, the other one is beautiful with a mythical feeling.

In my Daily dose of quirkiness, an Adidas tracksuit customized with Sami pattern by Kasper Strömman, via We don't do retro blog. What do you think - is it an insult to the Sami people to do this or is it a way to keep the Sami culture alive in the modern world?

Customised Adidas tracksuit © Kasper Strömman
via We don't do retro blog

Customised Adidas tracksuit © Kasper Strömman,
via We don't do retro blog

Kasper Strömman website, Kasper Strömman Design blog

27 mars 2012

Blue spring

You might think I'm kidding you, but I'm not... I got sick and had to stay home from work AGAIN. Crazy viruses in Sweden this winter, I tell you... Well, I feel much better this evening so I think I will be able to work tomorrow, but it's very frustrating having spent five weekends in a row resting, because of beeing sick or tired after beeing sick.

Today I spent some time looking for shoes online, and I just fell for blue shoes all the time. And cobalt blue trousers. And I remembered a bag I've been looking at earlier, that is also cobalt blue - It might be a blue spring for me..

In the collage: 
Bag from Åhléns
Chino from Asos
Interior photo from mc&co (from slide show at their start page)
Waterloo, wedge heels from Emma Go, via Brandos.se webshop
Lennie Suede, moccasin from flip*flop, via Brandos.se webshop
Art: 0292, sandalette from Art, via Brandos.se webshop

I also used Pinterest again today, after my hesitations about copyright issues. I must say it was good to go back, and I had to make a little update in my post "To pin or not to pin, that is the question" from two days ago... 

So, straight from Pinterest into my Daily dose of quirkiness: a blue mushroom. No, it's not fake, this is an Entoloma Hochstetteri and it grows in New Zeeland. I have never seen a blue mushroom before, so it's quirky to me :-) If you follow the image link you will find more colourful mushrooms photographed by Steve Axford.

Steve Axford Photography
Sky blue mushroom. Entoloma Hochstetteri (virescens), Fox Glacier, New Zealand

25 mars 2012

To pin or not to pin, that is the question

Do I need Pinterest to organize my inspiration and images to blog later?
Or can I use other tools?
This pretty IRL moodboard is made by Creative Mint in 2010 (still feels fresh!)

I haven't pinned anything onto my Pinterest-boards this week. Why? Because of copyright issues. I'm not sure if I'm going to delete all of my pins, or if  I have the energy to edit and then pin in a restricted way.

Copyright issues using Pinterest
I have been thinking about the copyright issues when using Pinterest for a long time. Since I always give credit and link to the original source on my blog, why should I not on Pinterest? When I repin an image it often lacks a link back to the original source. If I use it for my blog I always track down the source (often by using Google Image Search), and if I can't find the source I don't use the image.

But when people see the repinned image on my pinterest board and the original source is not credited, it IS my responability. I have complained about blogs, especially tumblr blogs, who does not give credit - and then I have sometimes done the same on Pinterest!

Pinterest describe their service like this:
"Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes."
Sounds good, but IF you read the terms that you agree to follow (and I say IF with capital letters, because many of us never read the long and complicated terms of use, we just click agree...) under Terms & Privacy and Copyright & Trademark, you will see that there is a lot to think about.

By uploading you say that you are the copyright holder of what you pin (image or video or whatever) or have permission to pin it. You are responsible for not infringing the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of others, and if you do, Pinterest has no responsability at all.

The copyright issue can be easily forgotten when you are encouraged to use a popular tool like Pinterest, and there's no mention about copyright under Pinterest's Pin Etiquette. The popular photosharing site Flickr has enabled pinning images from their site (of course there are ways to do it anyway, but it's not possible to do it quick and easily with the "Pin It" button in your toolbar anymore) and maybe more sites will follow.

For a background on Pinterest doubts you can read:

TechCrunch - Pinterest Copyright Issues (...) about Kirsten Kowalski, who seems to have started the discussions about Pinterest and Copyright

MauiShopGirl - My not so difficult decision...to opt out of Pinterest

Amy Lynn Andrews - Pinterest and Copyright: What I'm Doing

In Swedish/på svenska:

Kreafonbloggen - Pinterest och upphovsrätt

SvD - Het sajt med slapp koll

Mathias Bilenberg - Pinterest vs upphovsrätt, diskussionen fortsätter

This image was found on Pintrest by Ez who blogs at Creature Comforts, and used in a blogpost where Ez gave credit to the person who pinned this but also gave full credit to photographer, stylist, and and the magazine where the image had been published. Not just "Pinterest" as a source, which you often see. 

Copyright and blogging
Just to give credit and link to the copyright holder does actually not give me the right to pin or blog an image. According to the law (international and Swedish), I have to get permisson from the copyright holder.

But in the blog culture I think the majority of bloggers accept reblogging of their material, if we link and give credit. Even appreciate it. What do you think? Should we always ask for permisson to use something from another persons blog?

My new guidelines
  • I will always, as I have done before, give credit and link to the original source when I blog. If I want to use photos from someone who is not a blogger, for exampel a photographer, I ask for permission. Well, if I feauture something from a shop with direct links and credit, I will also assume that they agree to that, because they get promoted. 
  • I will learn more about Creative Commons licences for pictures (about Creative Commons in Swedish, find information in your own language by searching for Creative Commons)
  • When I reblog I will post less of the images, to make the readers go to the original source for more. A way of giving respect and a clearer credit to the original blogger. (If I have permission I can post all images from the other blog.)
  • I will only pin an image to Pinterest when the blogger has a "Pin It" button in the blogpost AND has only posted her own images or clearly have permisson to post someone elses material. Or if it's a Creative Commons image, if I have the copyright myself or have permission from the copyright owner to use it.  UPDATE: I'm not sure I'm going to be able to follow this... But I will pin with a lot of more thought, and write credit in the description when I pin. 

  • When I repin at Pinterest, I will check if there is a link back to the original source. If not, I will track down the source at once, or skip repinning.
  • I will delete pins from Pinterest that does not live up to my own demands in the two preceding paragrahps. It will take me some time though...
  • I'm also testing a new tool to organize articles and  images for inspiration and use on my blog - Dropmarkwhere you can keep your collections private or share, as you wish. Thanks to MauiShopGirl for that tip!  I will write more about this tool next week. 

UPDATE 2012-03-27: I'm missing Pinterest right now... And I have pinned a few pins today. I updated one paragraph above... 

What is your view on copyright and blogs, Pinterest and other social media? Is it ok to pin/blog an image or other material if you give credit and link accurately, or should we always ask for permisson?

Are you curious about Dropmark, where you can keep your collections private and don't have to think about copyright until you use it on a blog or somewhere else that is not private?

I'm having a cold, so I can hardly belive I had the energy to write this looong blogpost. Influenza and colds seems to go round and round at work :-) I have rested all weekend AGAIN to be able to work next week. Boring!

Ok, after all this seriousness, it's time for my Daily dose of quirkiness:  A Bob Landry photograph of a young girl blowing a bubble gum bubble - look at her friends around her :-).

Photo: Bob Landry, aviable to buy at AllPosters.

(Hard to find much information about Bob Landry online, but at least I know he caputered World War II in photos, for example the aftermaths of the attack on Pearl Harbour.)

21 mars 2012

Blossom Buddies by Elsa Mora

Blossom Buddie by Elsa Mora, via What  The Cool

A quick hello to my bloggfriends - hello! - I will come and check out your latest blogposts soon. Just haven't had enought time to keep up with the blog world so far this week.

Today I go straight to my Daily dose of quirkiness with Blossom Buddies - figures made of flowers. They are made by the Cuban born multimedia artist Elsa Mora. She is based in Los Angeles and works with painting, drawing, papercutting, photography, illustration and more. 

The cute flower figures are collected in her book Blossom Buddies. Check out her blogs! (Yes, she's got more than one.)

Blossom Buddie by Elsa Mora, via What  The Cool 

Blossom Buddie by Elsa Mora, via What  The Cool 

18 mars 2012

Be okay with where you are

I need to say nice things to myself, because I'm stuck again as a result of bad health. Feeling better today though, and I'm telling myself and everyone else who needs it this:

by mama marchand's nest

And in my Daily dose of quirkiness, words and drawing that makes me smile:

by The Sproul Life

17 mars 2012

People from Photography Masters Cup

The Landlord - Claudio Allia, Italy (nominee 2011 category People - amatuer)

I discovered the site of the Photography Masters Cup Photoshow today, and I just have to share a tiny little bit of the photos on the site. This is, according to the information on the main Photography Masters Cup site, "the leading international award honoring color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers in a prestigious annual contest and globally webcast event."

I looked around at the photos from the 2011 cup for a while, but there is so much more to look at, and photographers to discover. I chose just a few nominees from the category People - professional and amateur -  to show you today. There is more variety of styles than you might think when you see my choises, I chose kind of "everyday realism" photos.

Seleciton of 2011 nominees People - amateur:

Mario Ayala at his home 2 - Pablo Madanes, Argentina

Man with Tuna - Alex Capri, Hong Kong

Journey - Lev Tsmring, USA

Little Hunter -  Chris Minihane, USA

Ana Hren - Dalibor Talajick, Croatia 

I think the reason why I like these photos so much is that they are so infused with stories about the people and their environment. Stories that could easily become interesting documentaries, but one photo alone tells a lot...

Selection of 2011 nominees People - professional: 

El buzo - Jesus Jaime Mota, Spain

Ballet Girls - David Scheinmann, UK

Kenya Family - Jesper Westley, Denmark

Actually, there was not at all that many great story-telling photos in the professional category as in the amateur category... 

But one professional photo from the category People made it to my Daily dose of quirkiness. A story about the joy of playing dress up and the bond between a child and a pet... 

Scarlett and Archie - Garry Owens Owens, UK

15 mars 2012

Somewhere, over the rainbow, bluebirds fly

Print of a textured acrylic painting of a bluebird by Bonnie LeCat on Etsy

I love the Wizard of Oz song Somewhere Over The Rainbow, especially performed by Freddie Wadling & Fläskkvartetten - awesome verison, follow the link and listen if you have Spotify! "If happy little bluebirds fly / Beyond the rainbow / Why, oh why can't I?"

In many cultures bluebirds are associated with happiness:
"The mythology of the bluebird of happiness has deep roots that go back thousands of years. Indigenous cultures across the globe hold similar myths and beliefs about the bluebird. It is a widely accepted symbol of cheerfulness, happiness, prosperity, hearth and home, good health, new births, the renewal of springtime, etc. Virtually any positive sentiments may be attached to the bluebird."  Wikipedia, Bluebird of Happiness
I want to fill myself up with cheerfulness, happiness, prosperity and good health, and as a symbol of that I fill my blogpost with bluebirds and blue birds today :-)

Top: Bird photo by Mariana/La Maison Verte and Spreeuw (Sturnus vulgaris), photo Serge Sanramat.
Bottom: "Blue-grey Gnatchatcher", photo Rob McKenzie and "Little bluebird", Jodysphotography

"Bird of Blue", illustration by Seth Fitts and "Little Blue Bird's Back",
original watercolor painting by Dear Pumpernickel on Etsy

"Bird on a wire", silk clutch bag from Red Ruby Rose on Etsy

Make a flock of bluebirds to share good thoughts and cheer.
Download PDF from The Toymaker

Lesson of simple bird drawing by Joy Sikorski
found via Lost Button Studio

 -"Bluebird with hat", signed print by Sam Georgieff 

The little owl in my Daily dose of quirkiness is a bit upset with me. He reminds me that he is NOT a Bluebird of happiness. Ok, but you are a blue bird, so I think you belong in this post :-)

"I Ain't No Bluebird of Happiness" Needle Felted Soft Sculpture by Bella McBride 

P.S.  There's something wrong, my links are sometimes green as they should be, but sometimes black as the rest of the text. Sorry if this confuses you, I'm trying to figure out why. Does anyone else have this problem with blogger?

14 mars 2012

Sheep doll for a little girl and my Pow-ring

Photo: Maria/Jamie says dream

A couple of days ago I picked up this lovely handmade sheep doll at the post service. It came all the way from Czechia, where Mariana Felnerova made her. I couldn't resist it when I saw it on Mariana's blog La Maison Verte, and decided to buy it and give it to a friend's little daughter. 

It's made of cotton and filled with sheep wool, the clothes are made in linen and wool - natural materials and very well made! This doll was not in her Etsy shop, I saw it on her blog. When I asked her if she could put this particular sheep doll in the Etsy shop, she did so at once. Very good and fast service, thank you Mariana! 

Photo: Maria/Jamie says dream

Mariana also makes home accessories, bags and gifts and she paints as well. Creative and skilled! If you find something on her blog that you can't find in the Etsy shop (right now there's only two sheep dolls there) ask her if it's for sale and if she can put it in the Etsy shop. Maybe you are lucky, like me :-)

In November I posted about the TwoFinger Scrabble Word ring from the Etsy shop The Lovely Teaspoon,  and earlier this year I got one. I choose the letters POW - like a super hero POW, when they fight the bad guy :-) My collegues at work think it's funny. 

Photo: Maria/Jamie says dream

In my Daily dose of quirkiness, another "doll"...or pillow. Hand knitted by Debbie van Zyl and sold in her Etsy shop

Beast Pillow

Easter is coming soon

I talked on the phone with my sister today, and we decided that I will visit her for Easter. That gives us more time than if I go for just a normal weekend. I work half a day on Thursday 5 April and then I don't start until Tuesday again. Nice little spring break in Borås, where my sister lives :-)

Anyway, this made me realize that Easter is coming quite soon, so here's some Easter inspiration I've picked up :-)

Little egg man, tutorial at a bit of pilli pilli...

From Sweet Paul Magazine Spring 2012

Eggs coloured with things like grape juice, tea, beets
 and blueberries by Two Men and a Little Farm

How to sprout lentils for a pretty spring decoration from Chatelaine

The little bunny in my Daily dose of quirkiness is trying to hide for us in this fantastic cake by Tracey Lau.  Could you make a cake like this? I don't think I could...