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The Win-Win Swap

 

He asked me to take pictures for his new website.

I said, YES, if he would teach Astrid how to blow glass.

And that's how we spent part of our 2nd-anniversary weekend!

 

You can read more about it on my Vision & Verb post today....



 

The Win-Win Swap

 

He asked me to take pictures for his new website.

I said, YES, if he would teach Astrid how to blow glass.

And that's how we spent part of our 2nd-anniversary weekend!

 

You can read more about it on my Vision & Verb post today....



 

comments (59)

  • Ray
  • Germany
  • 6 Feb 2012, 00:47
"Balloon your cheeks, Maam..."

Great shot, Ginnie. It appears Astrid is playing hot jazz with her trumpet.
Ginnie Hart: It was a lot harder than it looks, Ray. At first Astrid blew too hard...then too soft. In this instance, he's basically telling her to blow harder again. smile We both had so much fun. Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 6 Feb 2012, 00:50
Love how he's got his fingers on his cheeks showing Astrid how it's done. And - look at that gorgeous swirly glass. How cool is that!!
Ginnie Hart: At first she blew too hard, Marcie, and then too soft. Now he's telling her to blow harder again...but just not THAT hard. smile It was very cool for all of us!
What a wonderful shot! What a wonderful thing to do! What a wonderful way to spend your anniversary!! Thanks for sharing Ginnie!!! And I shall read your V&V tomorrow, as I'm still trapped in yesterday to you! (Watching an incredible Super Bowl!!! Go Giants!!!)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Elizabeth. We had so much fun! It may not have been the most romantic thing to do for our anniversary but we'll never forget it! smile

Today I'll catch up with all the Super Bowl news! I guess the Giants won?!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Feb 2012, 04:54
smile This was fun to do and very difficult....
Great shot, Mart is a wonderful teacher. Thanks for making this happen too.
A wonderful memory is added to our already large file.
IHVJ.
Ginnie Hart: We had such a blast, MLMA. I may have had even more fun than you (though I doubt it), watching and capturing it all. This was pure serendipity the way it all came to be.... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.
Good shot Ginnie and Astrid is doing great... but this does not quite look like her Olifantgrin....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Peter. In this case, she's blowing. In the olifant case, she's NOT blowing but "playing with fire." smile
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Feb 2012, 06:03
She looks like a pro already smile
Delightful image!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, SAVO. I have a feeling she was one of his easier students ever! She really learned quickly, even though it was still very hard. It takes about 10 years to apprentice/master this craft! She got her toes wet in 3 hours. smile
  • Luiza
  • Germany
  • 6 Feb 2012, 06:53
Cool. Are you also on this picture and have tried this?
Ginnie Hart: No, Luiza. I am NOT in this picture because I took it. I could have learned how to blow glass, too, but I really wanted most to have Astrid spend all the time she could. I was so happy to just watch and take the pictures. smile
This is great Ginnie. I bet she loved doing this. I will read v&v later
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bill. We were both in heaven! Actually, I think he was, too. smile
Recognize Astrid!! It is a pleasure, I understand that she really has to inflate the cheeks as the squirrel!!! A beautiful portrait in action!!! Good day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid will love seeing your comment, Mathilde. Merci. In the beginning, she blew too hard. Then she blew too soft, so Mart had to tell her to blow harder again. It was so fun to watch. smile
  • lisl
  • England
  • 6 Feb 2012, 07:08
Great trade, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Elisabeth. smile
j'ai essayé de souffler ainsi où je me suis fabriquée un petit verre mais tout biscornu!!!lol
Ginnie Hart: It's definitely not as easy as it looks, l'Angevine, is it!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Feb 2012, 07:39
a nice scene - and Astrid appears to be successful -what a lovely ball - although she doesn't blow up her cheeks like the artist! (Later I'll read your V&V post)
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Philine. In the beginning Astrid blew too hard...then too soft. So at this point Mart was telling her to blow harder again, but somewhere in between. He is the youngest of 7 master glassblowers left in the Netherlands and says it takes about 10 years to apprentice this fine craft. Astrid can now attest to how hard it is!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Feb 2012, 07:42
Now there's a study in concentration Ginnie. Did she get a good tune out of it??
Ginnie Hart: HA! Your comment will tickle her, Chris. She does look like she's playing a musical instrument, doesn't she! smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Feb 2012, 08:33
Now this looks like great fun. I like how the glass blower still has his cheeks inflated. I'll have to check your Vision & Verb entry later. I hope you both had a lovely weekend.
Ginnie Hart: This was a great memory for us, Alan, indeed! We had a great time. Thank you.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 6 Feb 2012, 08:41
That looks an impressive object, beautifully blown by our hyper-skilled Scer.
Ginnie Hart: She's something else, Chad, isn't she! smile Thanks.
Glass blowers are always impressive to watch. I love this original photo
Ginnie Hart: Yes, they are, Marie. THANK YOU. Merci.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Feb 2012, 09:02
Wonderful shot of what was obviously a wonderful weekend smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Anne. We had a splendid time!
Fantastic shot, love the way he teaches her to blow
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Juan Carlos. It was so fun to watch. smile
And a fine way to spend the weekend Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Much better it does not get, Mick. smile Thanks.
Hello Ginnie, needs of the air in lungs to make it, very beautiful photo, full of kisses, good day...
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Pierrot. This was fun. smile
Learning a new art form or craft is always difficult but the key is always practice, practice, practice. Next thing you know, you'll be ordering a torch and blowpipes. EXcellent , informative shot, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Mary, we were quite surprised to find out you CAN order your own torch and pipes and do this in your own home! It's allowed here in the Netherlands. So, who knows. Stay tuned. smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Feb 2012, 09:43
Well done Astrid!!
Ginnie Hart: She'll really appreciate your comment, Mike. Thank you.
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 6 Feb 2012, 09:46
A great shot Ginnie. Astrid looks like she is realy going to be a great glass blower. Beautifuly framed.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid is good at whatever she does, Laurette, so this does not surprise me at all! smile Thanks.
forgot about your anniversary, congrats
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Chantal. The actual day was yesterday and we drove to Kinderdijk to skate on the ice. smile
  • Martin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Feb 2012, 10:13
Sounds a fair deal Ginnie: fun for fun! I like this expressive shot, with the teacher willing Astrid to get it right! smile
Ginnie Hart: It really doesn't get much better than this, Martin. smile Thanks.
tough job!
Ginnie Hart: She said it was a lot harder than she expected. First she blew too hard, then too soft. So that's when the master told her to blow harder again but somewhere in between. smile
I would imagine it's very hard to get a tune out of one of those smile Good shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Indeed, John. But if anyone could do it, it would be Astrid. grin Thanks.
How wonderful for Astrid, and how good you must feel about the swap of skills as well. But most important, did Astrid enjoy it.

Good luck to you both.
Ginnie Hart: We both were in heaven, Sheila. I had as much fun watching and taking pictures as she had blowing. I think she's still pinching herself.
You've captured the sense of fun nicely here Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Fred. Fun is the operative word. smile
I love seeing candids of people doing their craft. Nice work.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Adam. This was very fun. I fell in love with my wife all over again. smile
Superb capture Ginnie love glass blowing my self, looks like you were enjoying the weekend did Astrid get to keep what he was blowing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Peter. YES, Astrid got to keep everything she even partially made. That was the great fun of it. We came home with a box full of goodies. smile
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Feb 2012, 13:18
Well done Astrid, great concentration, I hope she was allowed to keep what she made, Great fun smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Linda. Astrid brought home a box full of things she made or even partially made. It was such a happy experience for both of us.
Sure looks like Astrid has got the hang of it Ginnie, an anniversary to remember.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Les, and yes! We'll never forget Anniversary #2. smile
What a beautiful and crisp image! So nicely composed. Turns out to be a sweet deal, eh? smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Jimi. One of the sweetest deals I can rememn=ber in a long time. smile
  • Mark
  • Germany
  • 6 Feb 2012, 15:59
Love the interaction between the two people
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mark. So do I, especially since one of them is my wife. smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 6 Feb 2012, 16:15
it doesn't seem like astrid's having any difficulty with this.. smile nice shot!
Ginnie Hart: She said it was harder than she expected, Rian, but I have a feeling she was one of Mart's easier students! smile Thanks.
This is another skill Astrid can add to her portfolio, what a fine shot.
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling Astrid can di anything she sets her heart to, Brian. In that regard, she is something else! smile Thanks.
Not easy to blow but she did a great job Ginnie!
Fine capture.
Ginnie Hart: It was harder than she expected, Richard, but she did a fabulous job for her first attempts. Merci.
Great shot Ginnie. Light and colors ars very beautiful. Excellent work Ginnie. Have a lovely evening Ginnie. Amicably Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Antoine. Merci.
  • noel
  • France
  • 6 Feb 2012, 19:32
nice shot of this new experience smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Noel. Merci.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 6 Feb 2012, 21:39
A lady of multitudinous talents...
Ginnie Hart: You can say that again, George. I fell in love with her all over again. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Feb 2012, 22:52
Real hot lips she has smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! No comment, Louis. grin
looks like a fun activity even if tough. i too get the impression she is a trumpet player... or perhaps a snake-charmer smile
Ginnie Hart: Astrid said it was harder than she expected, Ayush. But I agree...it looks like she's playing a musical instrument! smile
Don't inhale! Very cool shot.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Michael. BLOW! smile Thanks.
  • Krunal
  • India
  • 7 Feb 2012, 07:06
wonderful shot, i'm sure it must be fun to blow glass and i hope the product turned out to be good...looks amazing though from this picture
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Krunal, and yes, it was all good, everything she did. smile
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 7 Feb 2012, 09:01
Terrific shot. Received Astrid's e-mail.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Aussie. Our hearts are with you!
What did the final result look like, did you keep it as a momento?
Ginnie Hart: We were able to keep everything she did or partially did, Martin. It was so fun! Did you see her olifant? smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 7 Feb 2012, 10:28
Oh what a treat and I'm sure Astrid is over the moon about this. I hope you had a lovely day.
Ginnie Hart: We BOTH were over the moon over this experience, Frida. We'll never forget it. Thanks.
  • tede
  • United States
  • 7 Feb 2012, 11:04
We must blow hard smile) Very beautiful image, you had to spend a great weekend to blow! Ginnie beautiful day.
Ginnie Hart: Hard but not too hard! Astrid says it wasn't easy to find the happy medium but she sure had fun. Merci, Tede.
Pictorial evidence of another one of Astrid's many accomplishments, Ginnie. Love it!
Ginnie Hart: As we all know by now, Beverly, Astrid can do anything she puts her heart/mind to! smile Thanks.
Great shot - but it looks as though he is saying "Blow" and she is sucking!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, at first she blew too hard, then too soft. Now he's telling her to blow harder again. smile Thanks, Tom.
Wonderfully timed and detailed....a perfect capture! Great work Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. I think all 3 of us had equal fun. smile
  • Djawa
  • Indonesia
  • 7 Feb 2012, 16:21
Oh., I was reminded of a child like that
Ginnie Hart: What a great memory, then, Diawa? Thanks.
  • Kala
  • 7 Feb 2012, 22:05
haha! I hope Astrid had a good time because that looks like fun. (My grandfather used to do that for a living.)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Kala. Astrid was in heaven. She said it was harder than it looks but she was definitely getting the hang of it. Her teacher is the youngest of 7 remaining masters here in the Netherlands. I do hope it's not a dying art!
What a fascinating shot, so that's how its done!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Brian...that's how it's done. smile Thank you for stopping by again.
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 8 Feb 2012, 08:48
Me too!!! smile Wonderful shot!
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Grazie, Sil.
  • Djawa
  • Indonesia
  • 8 Feb 2012, 10:39
how replay comment here ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: I'm not sure I understand your question, Diawa?
Wonderful to see Astrid at work!
We had a great time with the two of you!
Ginnie Hart: Wait till you see all the rest of the pics, Wim. I plan to make a YouTube of her learning the art. smile Thanks.

We, too, had such a great time with you. I am eager to start working on the pics of Marius. OMG! You won't believe them. smile
  • Journey Photographic
  • Australia
  • 14 Feb 2012, 12:41
What a great way to spend an anniversary! Nothing like a barter economy smile
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Yes, I suppose so, JP. Thank you.

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