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Photo a Day – Week Thirty Five and Thirty Six

Another catch up….

I’m on an eco friendly mission at the moment. It’s a minefield. We do lots of stuff in our house that is good but always trying to be better. Our vegetables come from an organic box scheme. It was the original box scheme in the UK called Riverford. The nets they use are completely compostable no plastic in sight. I was celebrating that in this photo! Plus I love a Clementine.

Adore, adore, adore.

A little winter arrangement Gav put together.

Eggnog latte……. mmmm.

Frosty morning.

Found this beauty.

Home made. Another way to cut out the packaging and know exactly what you are eating.

The saga of this quilt continues……. Trying to hand quilt some of it as my machine quitling wasn’t working. That or my basting was rubbish. This hobby is a labour of love!

We had avocados to use up so a mid-week special breakfast was in order.

Took a trip out looking for bracken….. as you do! Wanted some for a winter wreath.

And here is said bracken.

Another quilt in progress…. and my helper.

Time for the Christmas bedding.

A twinkle of sunlight.

And there we go.

December Daily® – Day One and Two

At the start of the month I thought it might be tricky to get this album made day to day but it has been more of a challenge than I thought! December always does it to me. But with the hectic and rushed comes the good too I just need to keep reminding myself about that.

Anyway here is day one and two.

As you can see I wrote about my feelings for the spirit of Christmas on day one and the traditions that get the month going. If you recall the only prep for this day was the white page base and the number ‘1’. That starburst circle is actually the negative bit from an Ali Edwards sheet of silver die cuts. I backed it with more white card and added a one on top.

I’d gone along to the local photo shop last Saturday, the 8th, and printed a weeks worth of pictures. All 4 x 6 some portrait and some landscape and all taken with my phone. The above photo was a portrait one so I cut it down to fit the page which is about 5 x 7. Love having the photo run up to the edge of the page on the right hand side. The words strip is also and Ali design from a past December Daily kit.

Day two was changed from the original which looked like this.

I wanted to include the snow globe because it’s sooooo cute so I cut it out of the paper and simply adhered it to my photo.

I added a tab page turner on the right and wrote (rather messily!) my words on the mirror in the photo. All about another wonderful tradition, girls crafting day.

Hoping your holiday season is going well and will be back soon with more.

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December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

Bloom 2018 – Sumptuous Sunflowers

Just popping in to share a little beauty from the summer.

Sunflowers and Rudbekia with a few Ammi, Scabious and Ivy stems. Love how they work in that sweet vase I bought for 99p at the charity shop. It has more than earned its keep this year. Also like how the whites work in the arrangement alongside the bronzy tones. Good to try new combination.

December is flying by……it always does. I still have to get working on my December Daily! But the house is almost trimmed up so there is something done.

Photo a Day – Week Thirty Three and Thirty Four

Catching up…..

All about the light this first week.

The off we went northward bound to the cottage.

Never photographed a whole rainbow before! I took a panorama which is why the fence at the front looks slightly ‘off’.

Guess the wind blows around here…

My favourite castle ever.

Love that pooch so.

Oystercatchers.

A little sun at last.

Delish cream tea.

I opened the curtains on our last morning and saw that it wasn’t cloudy. Bud and I dashed down to the beach and were rewarded with a sunrise.

Back home and I found these pretty Cherry tree leaves.

And there we go. Still have several weeks to catch up so probably be back with more later this week.

December Daily® 2018 – Album Cover and Foundation Pages

At last I’m sharing the set up for this years album. What with Gav moving the site and then my laptop crashing a few days ago I thought I’d never get the chance to share my album before the beginning of the month!

But I made it, just!

I made a change this year and have gone back to a smaller sized album. The main reason for this is to do with my photo printing issues. After struggling with poor prints on my home printer last year I have decided to use my local photo printer instead of doing it at home this year.  It isn’t my preferred option but I’ll give it a go and in this spirit I have down sized my album so I can include mainly 4 x 6 sized pictures.

I have also returned whole heartedly to red!

Using up lots of older supplies.

And a couple of new ones. Love those transparent stars from Ali Edwards.

Also love some fold out pages.

Leaving lots of pages loose and including a few pocket pages cut down to size.

Envelopes are a true favourite.

Like I say very loose!

I even found some cast off paint projects! I may cover all of this up but we will see.

So there we have it. A foundation to build this years stories upon. I’m very excited to begin this lovely tradition once again.

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December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

Transferring the Blog

Hello again everyone!  You may have noticed some changes to the site today. I am in the process of transferring Mel’s blog over to a new platform.  I am doing the migration of data and images as quickly as I can in the following order:

  • Build new WordPress site (Complete)
  • Transfer the posts (Complete)
  • Transfer the images (Complete)
  • Update DNS (Complete)
  • Connect posts to the images (Complete)
  • Secure the site (Complete)
  • Add CDN (Not started)
  • Improve site performance (Not started)
  • Upgrade look and feel (Not started)

I’ve moved on to improving the site performance now.  I think it’s running a bit slow.

Bloom 2018 – Pink White Pink

Here is another of those found flower photos. Taken in August and is a perfect pick-me-up to it being Monday……..

I remember being very pleased that one of the Dahlias had at last flowered and I tucked that bloom right at the front of this sugar pink vase-ful.

Also in there are Ammi visnaga, Antirrhinum apple blossom, Scabious, Salvia some lovely self-sown white Borage and a little grey foliage from an ornamental pear. Such a sweet little arrangement and a good reminder to me to get my seed ordering planned for next year!

Click Tick List – Photograph 100 Gardens – Boboli Gardens

Florence. A truly beautiful city packed with culture (and people!) and a garden from the book. So we had to pop along and visit it right?

The gardens stand behind the Palazzo Pitti and have a long history. They are also vast so we took a photo of the map to help us with our orientation.

Home to amazing sculptures, some were part of a modern exhibition, beautiful buildings and incredible architecture.

And the views out onto the landscape were just as pretty as everything inside.

Oh and we became statues ourselves for a moment……. We are the two on the left!

This last area of the garden was our favourite as it was more in keeping with a herbaceous border. Filled with Dahlias and other perennials.  Gav caught me taking this photo with my phone. I let him wield the big camera that day.

A lovely few hours spent in a very lovely Italian garden.

Layout Share – Remember This

Another one of those photos that I snap and then simply must scrap to capture that moment in time.

Remember This

I used a numbered list for the journalling this time. Just a couple of details about where and who.

  1. We’d been to St Petersburg. Him for the Dali Museum, us for the craft shop.
  2. Every time we went through the barrier back to Caribbean Beach the driver had to remove their MAGIC BAND to open the barrier. 
  3. He loves to drive.
  4. Just love this photo and all that it reminds me of. 

Ages ago I promised an update on this albums progress. I have failed in that so far. But I do hope that I can round up this trip soon even if that means I come back to some stories. There are several pages already made and a few stories that I MUST tell and I’m setting myself the challenge of doing all that by the end of the month!

Wish me luck.

In the Frame – A Journey into Self Portraiture – Part Two

Over the summer I have been continuing to play and experiment with taking selfies. From the point of view of my phone camera I never really stop taking photos often of my feet and sometimes on the timer but I have been using the big camera more to try and hone my self portrait skills.

You can read the beginning of this story here.

Going back and reading that post has me inspired all over again! Anyway here are a few from this summer, some thoughts and revelations!

I bought one of Vivienne’s online classes and have loved reading her tips and positive messages about this form of photography. I’ve been trying out one of the methods she uses for focussing the camera. Simply put she turns off auto focus and uses the feet/metre guide on the lens to work out where the focus point is then stands there.

I don’t always get it right as you can see in a couple of the photos above but I’m still enjoying it and also now deliberately standing out of focus for a different type of shot.

I’m obsessed with the jumping shots and want to get a good one….. I’ll keep practicing.

Something I have got better at is looking for the light. Photos are just better when there is some light and dark, some sunshine basically. And from a technical point of view the more light the faster you can have the shutter and hopefully capture an in motion type of shot.

And even sometimes when you use that sunshine to take a great all be it a technically bad picture.

The light in Tuscany was just amazing. And I have more evidence that I wear skirts!

I say that a little tongue in cheek but this photo journey has made me realise that I dress in jeans all the time. I like to be comfortable and I guess I have a uniform for day to day living.

However, going back to Vivienne’s original idea about ‘cultivating self love through self portraiture’ I have come to the conclusion that although I like being ‘comfy’ what that actually means is that I choose to wear those jeans over skirts and dresses because of the thoughts I have about my body. I should add, the negative thoughts I have about my body. I hide behind what I feel are neutral clothes, nothing that makes me stand out too much.

Yet by looking at the photos from the post in 2016 and some of these here I love to see myself in something other than jeans. I can honestly say that this has been a revelation, a pause for thought, something that I need to be conscious of and work towards changing. Loving myself in whatever clothes truly want to wear.

This self portraiture journey really is turning into an adventure of discovery on so many levels and I am bravely taking these steps, practicing all the things and embracing what I see through the click of that shutter.