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.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pick your favorite X-mas DIY by Anu Harkki

Anu Harkki photo by Kreetta Järvenpää for Huili magazine www.gretchengretchen.com

Today I will take you to the home of Anu Harkki. She is full of ideas and talent so you will find out few good ecological gift ideas and wrapping tips. I also photographed her animal family. She has horses, sheeps, dogs, cats, chickens, rooster and of course so adorable mini pig Bruno. Well, I don't know how mini he really is...haha. I photographed this story to Finnish ecological lifestyle magazine Huili but here you can see something that you didn't see in the magazine, so come along!

Anu Harkki photo by Kreetta Järvenpää for Huili magazine www.gretchengretchen.com

To me the best thing in X-mas is the time befre it. Why? I love the feeling of excited waiting. I use to buy a lot of things and planned my presents well but nowadays I don't do it so much any more. I think we have already too much things at our homes. When I buy something it have to be something that can be used or enjoyed or something that the person have hoped for and I prefere handmade and design by talented people. I try to avoid random somethings for X-mas present. That is not my thing anymore. Ok, two thing is what I can't resist. Vintage and handmade. 

Let's get back to DIYs. I will show you first candle present by Anu.

Anu Harkki photo by Kreetta Järvenpää for Huili magazine www.gretchengretchen.com
She has used the original box of candles - without package plastic - and made it pretty with washitape. Then she used thin natural colored silk paper and some cotton string, brown cardboard and old key with crystal. Voilá. Looks quite nice, doesn't it! And everybody use candles. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Flower LOVE

Cabbage flower photo by Kreetta Järvenpää by iPhone www.gretchengretchen.com

Good Sunday! Lazy morning. Lazy day. This is a bit "dagen efter" for whole Finland because yesterday we had Finland's Independence Day.  That is the day when everybody is watching the Linnanjuhlat from television. It is the Presidential Independence Day reception. It's THE big party in Presidential Palace, approximately 2000 invited guests. Everybody would like to be there even at once...so have to do something that President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö will invite us there, haha. But being honest it's fun to watch how people have dressed up for the party and of course there are many opinions about the dresses...

Cabbage flower photo by Kreetta Järvenpää by iPhone www.gretchengretchen.com
We had also planned to travel to visit our friends and celebrate but sad to say I got weird stomach flu so we missed the party. I had also planned that I will make a blog post about the flowers I bought quite cheap price this week but because I got sick I can only show you these pics taken by iPhone for Instagram by VSCO cam.

flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää by iPhone www.gretchengretchen.com
I think it's unbelievable what you can do with your phone nowadays. Of course you can see the grain but this time of the year we don't have so much light so it means grain. But I don't care about it. I think it makes pics even more real and grain has always been one part of the photography.

I have promised many things lately to make and show you here in blog but I have had quite a lot work - which is very good for starting businesswoman ;) I had planned that I have my web shop open before X-mas but...we'll see. I think I'm going to take a nap now.

Have a great Sunday and enjoy waiting for X-mas!

xo
Kreetta

Saturday, November 29, 2014

How to make Granola + X-mas present DIY Jar

granola+diy jar photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

X-mas in my mind. I have planned so many times to make granola...almost a year...that means also I'm not the first one who blogs about it. Actually I'm quite late, haha but still I decided to make a suggestion for you. Make a lovely DIY X-mas present for your beloved ones. There aren't anything that one can throw to the trash bin. You can eat the granola, use the glass jar in your kitchen as a storage item and making granola is easy.

granola+diy jar photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
There are plenty of choises you can make your granola. I made it of those I've written on the picture. But I added only dried figs after I had baked granola in oven. You are free to choose your favorite berries, and fruits. But be careful that you don't burn your granola :) I did it once because I had too high temperature in oven. You don't want to do it because all those precious almond and other peanuts and seeds aren't cheap and of course I use organic products.

granola+diy jar photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
You can decorate your glass jar with handwritten text. I used Illumigraph pen. You can always wipe it off. It's waterbased pigment ink. You can decorate your jars, windows etc. with it. 

granola+diy jar photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Illumigraph pen is great tool to make DIY X-mas decoration like Anu Harkki in new Huili magazine did. I actually went to photograph her lovely X-mas present DIY's and you can see all those ideas in the newest Huili magazine. Huili is THE Finnish ecological lifestyle magazine. Only in Finnish but you can always see the pics :) 
granola+diy jar photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
This week I also took part in Sugar Helsinki blogger X-mas evening. And look what I got! So adorable small X-mas tree. It's a perfect decoration for my workspace. Thinking of decorating it but somehow I like it as it is...small and pure. Will see what I do. It can be planted too but to do that I have to keep it alive through winter. It is sponsored by PEFC Finland.

I will get back to Huili magazine in my next post.

But now I wish you a beautiful weekend my friend!

xo
Kreetta
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