{personal} cross stitching

I know it's been awhile since my last blog entry (five months!) but I promise I'm still around. I may not be taking as many pictures as I used to, but I've been more active on Instagram than I thought I would be since joining seven months ago. I also rediscovered an old hobby from my childhood: cross stitching! In a way it's very meditative and I'm really enjoying the repetition of counted cross stitch. I've come across so many fun designs, while also trying to create some of my own, that it's taken up a big part of my home life. So between visiting family, watching movies, voraciously reading, cross stitching and exploring Los Angeles, I've been keeping fairly busy this year.

PS. If you're interested in purchasing a finished piece or requesting a custom order, I'm open to creating something for you! Several of my friends have pleasantly surprised me with commissions, though I started this as just something fun for myself.


{personal} happy easter

Happy Easter!


{personal} vasquez rocks

Last summer we visited Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, known for its dramatic rock formations and popular filming locations (Star Trek, Blazing Saddles, The Flintsones and Westworld to name a few). These sedimentary rocks layers were first formed around 8-15 million years ago and the most impressive peak points at a sharp 45-degree angle. No, we were not one of the brave few to climb to the very top... Such a cool place to visit and photograph!

PS. This is one of the places we visited as part of our Toys in Hollywoodland collaboration. 


{personal} the getty center

I recently sent my medium format film to be developed from last year and am now sharing the results. These image are from a visit to The Getty Center (sister museum to The Getty Villa which I photographed a few years ago) when my mom and sister came to visit last May (that's my sister in the first image looking out over the city of Los Angeles). It was a really nice day full of art and walking - we spent five hours on our feet! This wasn't the first time I've been and it won't be the last. It's such a wonderful place to visit (and the admission is free)!


{personal} santa monica pier

It's been many years since I last used color film in my Holga camera. Black and white film has always produced such wonderful results that I couldn't bear to shoot with anything else. However, almost exactly a year ago I was planning on a little excursion to the Santa Monica Pier. The bright and colorful Ferris wheel and Pacific Park were begging to be shot in color. So I ordered some film, set out to the pier, took a roll of pictures, recently sent my film to be developed, and now I'm finally sharing them on here. I love the vintage-looking results and how they evoke nostalgic memories of long summers, arcade machines, cotton candy, corn dogs and warm California days (even though it was cold and windy at the time). Enjoy!


{personal} autumn light

This should really be more of a {looking back} post as these images were taken more than three months ago. It was early November at the time and I was enjoying my favorite season, autumn, as much as I could in southern California. I was re-reading The October Country, apple picking in the mountains, collecting acorns, reminiscing of past autumns on the east coast, and decorating for Thanksgiving with these little tchotchkes.

PS. I'm on Instagram now! I haven't posted anything yet. I'm determined not to post anything old in hopes of getting out of my photography rut and back into shooting again. I'm also determined to be super selective and not post any old crap that I take with my iPhone.


{personal} the best in books

Six years ago I did a similar post on my old blog, The Lighthouse Keeper, where I shared my favorite books from the past year. Every year I goal myself to read forty books and have successfully met that goal every year for the past five years. This year was a very good year. I was able to surpass my goal by reading fifty-two books! That's a book a week! A few of these were re-reads that I was so happy to revisit and enjoyed just as much, if not more, the second and/or third time around.

These are twenty-five of the ones I thought were the best. Feel free to follow me on Goodreads!

The October Country, Hawai'i One Summer, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Bell Jar, Sputnik Sweetheart, Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles Australian Outbook, The Virgin Suicides

New reads:
Wild; Girl Reading; Tell the Wolves I'm Home; The Buried Giant; Rules for a Knight; All the Light We Cannot See; The Nightingale; The Voyage of the Narwhal; The Price of Salt; M Train; The Hired Girl; A Manual for Cleaning Women; Dear Fang, With Love; Dark Matter; Brooklyn; Pond; Night Film; Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness


{for sale} thanksgiving sale

Less than a week until Thanksgiving! Between now and the end of November, enjoy 20% off your entire order in my shop!


{looking back} strawberries and cream

Just a little something from a few years ago that I never posted.


{personal} happy halloween

Happy Halloween!


{looking back} a new life

Back when I was in college, I found a broken camera at a photo lab that I picked up for free. I took it home (aka to my dorm room) and planted a plant in it!


{personal} los angeles sunrise

Los Angeles Sunrise by Andrea Krummel on Vimeo.

This is my first foray into video. It was only a matter of time until I created something from the time lapse option on my iPhone...

The origins of this stem from my finding a shortcut to avoid the early morning traffic in Hollywood on my to work. I took a moment to pull over at the Hollywood Bowl Overlook to watch the sunrise. It was such a perfect, quiet, idyllic moment. I decided to go back the next day, with coffee in tow, to take a time lapse video of the cars on Highway 101 as the sun rose with the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles in the distance.

Huge thanks to my husband for doing the editing. This wouldn't have been possible without him and his patience. All in all, it's just a simple little side project, but the ultimate outcome makes me so happy.


{personal} walt disney concert hall

We finally explored some of downtown Los Angeles this past weekend, including Walt Disney Concert Hall which is one of the most photogenic buildings. Such amazing architecture! The building was so reflective that it was generating heat back onto us as we walked by. It also was so bright that I was essentially photographing blind which is how the last image was created: it was so bright that my iPhone's camera underexposed to compensate for the super bright highlights!


{looking back} flower bunch

It's still so hot here in California! Why is it 100 degrees? It's supposed to be autumn!

Looking back to six years ago when I lived at home in Virginia. October 2010.


{looking back} the huntington gardens

Looking back to two years ago when I visited the The Huntington Gardens for the first time with my sister-in-law, niece and nephew. I've been another time since with my husband who could spend all day sitting in the Japanese Gardens. They are so peaceful.