Saturday, February 14, 2015

GIVEAWAY - VALENTINE POSTCARD

Heartful Valentine's Day to You! We love snail mail, don't we?  But we don't get it too often and we don't send it too often either? Well, now you can do something about it. You have a chance to win 5 unique postcards with this image.

dried flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com


I photographed it today. With this postcard you can remember your beloved ones. I think this kind of day is important but I think maybe we should remember our friends and family a bit more often. Or at least I know I should :) so that's why I thought I make it a bit easier for you. I won't make more than 5 pieces of this image. So they are - really - unique.

It's simple. Answer to a question: What is your favorite flower? Leave a comment and you are in. You just have to do it by 20.2. 2015. I will draw the winner after that date. This is for all people from every corner of the world.

I wish you beautiful weekend!

xo
Kreetta

Friday, February 6, 2015

IT'S HERE - MY BLOG'S NEW DESIGN!

How many times I have said that I will make THE new design in near future? Well, it's here! Done. I did it, yay! There are small things that I will change still but from now on my blog's design looks like this. It's been wonderful and productive days and I'm happy about it!

I got bored with the older one  - I had it for two years like the previous one too. I started blogging in Jan 2012. I have this thing you know - I want to make new things.

I also want to tell you a short story behind the new header. I was in Venice in the beginning of the Jan 2015 and it was a great journey. I took part in Local Milk's Food Photography Workshop and met so many wonderful people and saw the magic happen in front of camera. Everything was so beautiful. Very talented people like Beth Kirby and Ginny Branch - what else you need to get inspiration? 

venice workshop gifts photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchenngretchen.com
It was so beautiful place - Venice - you could walk everywhere. I found beautiful old treasures like cardboard letters I've used in my blog's header. It was one very small antique shop were they were in a rusty metal box. There were many of them and I guess they use to be part of some kind of word game like Scrabble (handmade!) but I only collected what I had in my mind. I've been planning my blog's new design for awhile and when I saw those cute and decayed letters...and I'm quite sure they whispered to me...we are coming with you ;) I also decided to make handwriting in old-fashioned way. Don't ask how many times I wrote those link letters and still they aren't perfect because they are handmade :) And who wants perfect? I know I go quite a long way when I'm doing something but it's always good to keep in mind when to stop.

My blog will still be about creative spirit and inspiration but now it also has a real touch of vintage or even antique - literally.

Today I photographed beautiful gifts we got in Local Milk's workshop. You can follow the IG links if you want to know more about makers of these treasures. There will be at least one Venice post still coming up...

snake spoon @_sandwichshop_ 
bath salts @ederleshop 
perfume @naninstudio 
aprons @icemilkaprons 
tea @marbleandmilkweed 
paper recipe cards @signoraemare
Pastiglie Leone @pastiglieleone 
 
How about you - do you like my new design? Have you had thoughts of changing things lately?

Happy weekend!

xo
Kreetta

PS. It would be very cool to hear who made that game and how old those letters are....only if they only could speak ;)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

HOW TO FIND READERS?

I think every one of us who write a blog, have Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Steller, Tumblr etc. accounts want to tell their story to all people and love to have more and more new readers. For exemple I've noticed that when I do DIY I get a lot more readers than other posts. But I have also shared my DIY in Craftgavker that makes nice amount of trafic to my blog. So it might not be only about your blog but it is where you share your message. But still I'm  wondering when it is about social media - is it about quantity or quality? How you find your lovely readers?

meringue photo by Kreetta Järvenpää iPhone www.gretchengretchen.com


I have had very slow speed in my blogging lately and it is because I'm now freelance photographer and because I have Instagram account. My time is spent by working with every aspect of entrepreneurship. I don't complain, it is very rewarding. But I can notice the change for exemple in blogging. If you don't blog every week, your readers start to fade...and I have to admit that I have had a very big crush to Instagram so I think that too has made my blog a bit more silent. These photos I use in this blog post are taken with iPhone and can be also found in my IG.

But I'll come back! I'm still in the middle of a new phase with my blog. I want to change it's layout. I have planned it since autumn but I wish I have time to do it in near future like starting my own webshop too. 

fruits photo by Kreetta Järvenpää iPhone www.gretchengretchen.com



My answer to the question about is it about quantity or quality is quality without doubt. Answer to how you find your readers? I think you have to work a lot with that. There are no easy way. You have to try different kind of things in social media, in your blog, share your work in different kind of places and try to follow the statistics. But if you just enjoy of blogging it doens't have to be so serious business. I'm somewhere between serious and fun - but after I've started my own company this place is also about my brand as a photographer.

Have a lovely weekend!

xo
Kreetta

PS. If you get somebody to write about you that is a very good thing for your company, blog or whatever you do. I had a very good chance to be in publication called Focus on Finland. It is a publication of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Sitra, Invest in Finland and Finnfacts. I got in with my blog. Hopefully get more work and readers :) Here's a link to it.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

FLOWER POWER - EASY PHOTOGRAPHING WITH iPHONE

dried flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää by iPhone www.gretchengretchen.com

I've noticed that I have started to photograph even more with my iPhone. It's easier and faster and you get your photos in no time to Instagram. I've been in Instagram now for a one year and I have no regrets. I use to think that there are way too many photographs in the world and that is a great excuse to avoid IG. But...well no. It's a place with people. It's a place of community.

fruits and flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää by iPhone www.gretchengretchen.com
I use VSCOcam to photograph my pics. I've just use to it, so I don't use camera's own app to do it. I don't know which one is better but I've my habits and quite happy with them. You know the size of the photograph taken with phone is huge. You can get almost A4 sized pic with 300dpi so nothing stop you making a nice photograph print from your phone photos. I think that is amazing. Technology is here to stay and it is speeding forward and I just don't know where we are after next ten years. 

I surely believe that if you want to have a job and live good life, you can't step back and avoid all the technology. You have to go along but you can choose your way. Appearance in internet and social media can't beat the true value of friendship and family so there are moments that you just have to forget the whole world around you and concentrate to your real life. It's sometimes hard because it is so easy to just push buttons on your phone and make a digital foodprints one after another. 

What do you think?

Here's 3 IG accounts I love to follow: 

Here you can find your perfect hideaway

You can eat with your eyes and enjoy of beautiful photography

Vintage vintage vintage - I love it!


...and my IG you can find kreettakreetta.
Have a lovely weekend!

xo
Kreetta 


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Make a Steller story: In Venice

Steller story of Venice by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

I've been surrounded by everlasting beauty and I want to share it with you. I hope you have a chance to visit this beautiful city in Italy - Venice. I made my very first Steller story of Venice and you can find it here.

Above you see 4 pics. The first one with my name on it is of course the legendary Café Florian. It was opened 1720 and it's the oldest café in Italy.

Second pic is a gorgeus bed. This was photographed in private palazzo. I was there with Manuela from Milano Secrets and we were told that you can rent this place for your wedding or some other party. I'm already married so maybe when we have our 20 years anniversary ;) haha.

Third pic is a chandelier in luxury Hotel Danieli.

Fourth pic is of our dinner table in palazzo. I took part in food photography workshop by Local Milk and we were so lucky. Surrounded by beauty, history and talent. I will make another post about it.

Have you tried to make Steller stories? I think it was quite easy I have to admit. But...I haven't learnt yet how you make links and add music or sound to story and what else you can do...

Enjoy your Sunday!

xo
Kreetta
  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Feeling Moment in Venice

Santa Maria della Salute Venice 2015 photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

It was my very first time in Venice in the summer 2010. We had a chance to be there only 24 hours. It wasn't enough. I wanted to go back. Winter in Venice sounded a good plan. Less people, winter coat, silent night, woolly hat, rubber boots, maze of the narrow streets. Haunting sounds of church bells in the darkness. Echoes of footsteps and sounds of talking people and dog barking. You know there are plenty of dogs in Venice, haha.

Venice, my love. I can't forget one film I have seen many years ago - Don't Look Now (1973) by Nicolas Roeg. Filmed in Venice. A thriller with strong atmospere and a bit scary and weird Venice. I use to study Cinema and Television Studies in university and this movie was crucial to me. I understood something. I wont be a researcher or reviewer. I want to be a maker. I wanted to make films and stories. I wanted to be a storyteller. Long story to tell how did that all happen...and I won't bore you with that. But let me just say I became a photographer who also makes videos.

But I warn you if you want to keep a pure romantic feeling of Venice I recommend you don't watch the movie. It's everything else than a pretty story. I feel Venice more romantic than scary. Odd it is anyway ;) and weird too where the streets are water. It's beautiful and adorable.  

Birds, bridges and people  Venice 2015 photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

This post is about something I feel strongly Venice. These photos and stories are the ones I want to show and tell you, something I think is very much Venice.

Churches, canals, birds and brigdes. 

They are everywhere. They make your path not very much staright forward - they make you wonder around and you might even lose the track of time and direction. Map is a good tool but learning the streets of Venice is not done in one day or two. I guess that is the good thing. A lot to explore.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Green X-mas - Confetti DIY

DIY confetti - Green X-mas photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Oh white X-mas where are you? We totally miss you. I decided to make my own colorful snowfall. Are you still wondering what to give for X-mas gifts...here comes a great tip for you then! DIY confetti with plants.

DIY confetti - Green X-mas photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Snow is white...I know but I could decide what color my confetti snowfall is, haha. All you need is a basic office hole buncher. That's it. I usually make quite easy DIYs but I guess it can't get any easier than this anymore. But simple ideas are the best ones and many times we think too complicated. I needed a bit X-mas decoration for my succulents and other green plants that I was planning to give as a X-mas gift. They needed a bit little extra something to be adorable X-mas present. So confetti made my day.

DIY confetti - Green X-mas photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

DIY confetti - Green X-mas photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
DIY confetti - Green X-mas photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com



DIY confetti - Green X-mas photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Of course there have to be a wow moment or at least a moment of a joy when opening a gift. That's why I made a small white paper bag, put confetti snow in the bag and used the beautiful thin twine to tie it. 

DIY confetti - Green X-mas photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
The gift receivers can decide what they want to do with it. It can be sprinkled on plants or not. I guess they are pretty enough without any confetti at all...but I think confetti makes the gift a little bit more special and precious. What do you think?

DIY confetti - Green X-mas photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

You can give more than one plant and build your decorated arrangement of green plants on the tray. Use some pretty paper on the tray and maybe even add different kind of things like flag garland. I used disposable Chinese chopsticks as a flag holders. A bit washi tape and some writing and that's it.

DIY confetti - Green X-mas photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Now everything is ready and it's time to make wrapping. As you noticed I love to use materials that are recycled or can be recycled. So go and find some nice paper from your boxes, magazine piles, kitchen cupboards what ever you can find as a nice wrapping paper. Use your imagination! I think it's so nice to get a very original and  gift made in personal way.

This is it. The last post before X-mas. If you are still thinking what should I buy for beloved ones - try green plants. These succulents, Tilladsias are very easy because they don't need so much care or watering. They are very stylish too and can bring joy the whole year around - not only on X-mas.

I wish you very Merry X-mas my friend! Have a peaceful and cosy time with your family and friends!

xo
Kreetta

ps. Here you can find another Christmas DIY I made last year. It's a paper flower. A simple decoration for your home for X-mas.
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