Thursday, 29 January 2009

Project 365 - Day 29 Moscow Mule

The current tipple of choice in our house is most definately a Moscow Mule and I wanted to document this for todays photo. It's not the prettiest of photos and you may wonder why I've composed it the way I have. Well truth be told I deliberately left all the empty space on the right hand side so I can write directly onto the photo with the instructions for making one to go in my Project 365 album.

We first tried them over Christmas. You may have seen the adverts Smirn Off ran over Christmas advertising them. To make one you need to...

Pour some vodka into a glass.
Pour in a little lime cordial.
Fill the glass with ginger beer.
Add a couple of slices of lime.
Relax and enjoy!

Ok so the advert doesn't actually mention the lime cordial but we like it with it in! And no measures I'm afriad, we just kinda pour it in and run with it. But they are yummy, I love them.

So go, give them a go. Even if you don't like ginger beer you'll be surprised. I won't drink ginger beer on it's own, I really don't like it (compared to Mark who loves ginger beer on it's own) but we both love a Moscow Mule. Delicious!

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Project 365 - Day 28 Absoloutely Fabulous!

There's something so unbelievably fabulous about a pair of sky high (or in this case 4 inch) stilletto heels. I love these shoes and they are just one pair from my huge collection of impractical high heels.
And in other news, it's Day 28 which means I have now offically been taking part in Project 365 for 4 weeks! Whilst I was determined to get into this project I also had some nagging doubts as I'm terrible for starting projects and not finishing them. However this one seems to be different, it's becoming second nature to take atleast one photo every day (although most days it's many more!).
I wondered if I'd struggle with working full time and still taking part in this but in all honesty I can tell you the answer is not really. Yes ok lack of light is somewhat of an issue at this time of year and perhaps explains why so many of my photos are taken using shallow depth of field to maximise the available light... or maybe it's just because I love shallow depth of field shots! Whatever the reason, I don't think it really matters. The important thing is that I'm taking photos!
Only 48 weeks to go....

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Project 365 - Days 26 & 27 Hoorah for daylight and have your cake and eat it!

Back to my Project 365 again for this post.

Day 26 saw me arriving home after work in daylight. Yes really, actual proper daylight instead of it being pitch black or sunset. I was so excited I ran upstairs to get the camera but then was a little stumped as to what to take photos of. Our garden is by no means the prettiest of places so being strapped for time my car made the ideal subject for me to play about with the fabulous limited depth of field I'm able to achieve on my 50mm 1.8 lens.

Not a wonderfully exciting subject I know but it's still a bit of a landmark photo for my project, marking the very start of daylight photos on a work day!

And then on to today and a very special someones birthday. As this person is opting out of being blogged for my Project 365 I was limited as to which of the photos I took tonight I could use. I had some brilliant fun shots but sadly couldn't use them for this... ok so he's in this one too but you can't really see him can you?

Sunday, 25 January 2009


I've been tagged by Katy to do a tagged challenge that's a wee bit different and really up my street...

Ok so here's how it works. You go to folder number 6 within your Photos on your computer and post the 6th photo in it.

Well I don't really store photos on my laptop so on my main computer folder number 6 in the Photos folder is called "Day Trips". Now there aren't actually photos in that folder, just sub folders (yes I am a bit crazy about organasing my photos really well but otherwise I'd never find what I wanted!) so I went to folder number 6 again which was a trip to Lytham St Annes. And photo numer 6 in there is...

This was taken specifically for my photography course to illustrate linear perspective (i.e. converging lines to show depth). Now this was one of the "practise" photos but I have to include it to show how I got to the final photo for my folder. The final one can be seen in this post here. Neither are the prettiest of photos but I took them to illustrate a particular principle of composition!

And now I get to tag 5 more people to play along...

Jenny - A fab friend and fellow scrapper who also lives in Preston.
Claire - Another friend who lives not far away from me who I'll be travelling down to the GoGoGetaway with who is also studying photography.
Yvonne - Mark's Mum who's getting more into photography every day.
Sarah - Yet another scrappy friend who is the desiginated driver to the GoGoGetaway and also happens to be a fab Stampin Up Demonstrator.
Julie - Last but not least the fabulous and very talented Julie (yes really she is, it's official you know after she won a BOB award!!!) who is one of those "cyber friends" I've made through crafting.

Project 365 - Day 25 and an Apology

First of all I want to apologise. For those of you who regularly read my blog you're going to notice the absence of 3 photos from my Project 365. Now I promise you I have taken them and they will feature in my album but for now I can't share them with you.

You may or may not be aware that I'm studying for my City & Guilds Level 2 in Digital Photography. The course involves producing two portfolios of 10 images on 2 seperate themes. The photos I took for Days 22, 23 and 24 are all part of my portfolios and as a result for now I can't share them online.

I'm quite sad about this, as I'm so proud of them it's untrue. They really are some of the best I've ever taken. However, on the positive I will share them eventually as when I receive my grades back for my course I intend to upload them for you to see as entire portfolios rather than individual images. So whilst I have to keep them to myself for now I will share them when I can.

Howevery, day 25 I can share with you. Today we took a trip to a local seaside resort for a walk round which was lovely although very windy (and hence cold!) on the front but it was nice to get out.

This photo wasn't actually taken by me, although it doesn't take a genius to work that out as I'm in it. I did take a very similar photo of Mark but as he's said he doesn't want to appear on my blog for my 365 I got him to take the same photo of me.

So today the rules have perhaps changed a bit to my 365 since I'm not sharing every single photo (although I'm sure you can unstand why I won't be sharing those for my portfolio) and that I've featured one taken by someone else. Hhhmmmm, I won't be making a habit of it but after all it's my project and I make the rules!!!

And in other news I actually did a proper LO the other day. Yes not just an entry for my 365 album but a full blown proper LO. I'll share it as soon as I get chance to photograph it.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Project 365 - Day 21 A Winter Morning

I made the most of my day off today and as well as getting all those jobs done that needed to be done (like new tyres for my car!) I also managed to fit in a lovely half hour walk. It was pretty cold this morning, the car was frozen when I went out, but the sun was shining and it made for a lovely brisk refreshing walk.

A lovely winter morning.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Project 365 Catch Up - Days 18, 19 & 20 and REALLY BIG NEWS!

First off, the catch up...

Day 18 saw a really clear evening with loads of stars out so we couldn't resist having a look at them. I noticed the horizon was pretty light with the silhouettes of the trees standing out and decided to have a go at a wide angle shot. Love the fact that the photo has ended up looking like a sunset on the horizon but you can see the stars in the sky. Not sure how well it's turned out when I've compressed and uploaded with all the lost detail. but on the full size original it looks ace. This one is getting printed at A4 for pride of place in my album!

Oh and yes I realise this one doesn't have the white frame I'm using the upload my Project 365 photos with but it just looked silly with it.
Day 19 saw me doing a little something different in terms of craftyness. I've cross stitched occasionally in the past and have decided to do another little one, thought it would be a nice little ongoing project to relax with in the evening whilst watching tv.

And for tonight? A bit of a cop out really, I wasn't inspired and really couldn't be bothered so I just took this quick snap of a pineapple looking down on it as I liked the shapes. Am I that proud of this photo? No not really but atleast I still took one!

And now for the BIG news.....

{{{Drum roll please}}}

Ok enough with the suspense, I'm going to a Go Go Getaway retreat!!! How ace is that? And it's not even the one in October, it's the long sold out June one this year. I've been really lucky and managed to bag myself a spare ticket that came up because someone had to pull out.

I'll be travelling down with Sarah and Claire and am really looking forward to meeting some of my "cyber friends" in real life like Laura, Leanne and Rachel. How much fun?

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Project 365 - Day 17 A Sneek Peak

Those of you who follow my blog my have noticed two things recently. The first being a complete absence of any crafty projects or LO's and the second being that I keep promising to show you the actual album I've been working on for my Project 365.

Well here's a sneek peak of the number tags I'll be using to number each of my pages. I've been totally inspired by these numbers done by Shimelle. I simply designed them in Photoshop and printed them onto some text style paper.

I really do mean it this time when I say I'll be back soon with the full project to share with you!

Project 365 Catch Up - Days 15 and 16

For day 15 I was a little stuck for photo idea so I pinched one previously used by the lovely Katy - I decided to photograph the contents of my handbag.

So on this particular day I had in my bag...

- My mobile phone, which is a very old one that I've had for years but I've had newer phones since that I've broken and I've always gone back to this Nokia).
- My purse.
- My car keys and my house keys.
- A little notebook I bought from the lifeboat charity shop at Lytham where I jot down any photography/crafting ideas as they come to me.
- My old digital compact camera. I used to love this camera, but sadly I outgrew it and it was replaced by a DSLR. However, it now lives in my handbag for those "just incase" moments where I might not have my 450d with me.
- A pack of chewing gum.
- Some Max Factor lip glose that is just scrummy.
- A Body Shop lip balm that has nearly run out but is soooo fab.
- A Max Factor foundation compact.
- A pen.

And that's about it, it changes daily but that's what I had on that particular day!

And now onto day 16 and time for George to make his first appearence in my project. We had a great time playing with him and I haven't been able to choose between the photos so I'm actually using 3 for this day. I won't make a habit of using more than one photo but occasionally I think it's ok.

Apologies for the slightly grainy first 2 photos but I had to have it on ISO 1600 to allow me to use a fast enough shutter speed indoors at night to get these photos of him playing.

And once he's had a good play he likes nothing more than to curl up a nice comfy lap and go to sleep... ok I admit it's me in my PJ's in this photo and Mark actually took it but I couldn't resist including it. He's soooo cute.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Project 365 Catch Up - Days 13 & 14

Just didn't get round to getting my photo up yesterday, infact I didn't even upload it to the computer let along the lap top. A bit of a poor image but as I was going upstairs I noticed the most beautiful sunset out of the window. So all in all not the best of photos, the focus is a bit off and the composition is the best (but was the best I could do out of the window!!!) but it'll do.

And for today (Day 14) I've done a macro shot on the centre of one of the roses. They are only fairly small individual roses and I like the patterns and shapes each flower makes. I tried to emphasis this through the lighting I used making the deep shadows inbetween the petals.

I'm not sure why but it seems to have gone a bit fuzzy when I've compressed this photo to upload it, it's much sharper in the original photo.

And how do I feel about the project in general so far? I'm loving it, and I'm finding it no problem really to take a photo every day. It's a little bit more difficult to edit and upload each day but I'm managing to do it every few days so I think that's fine.

And for all those of you who started with me, I truely hope you are still playing along too.

Monday, 12 January 2009

Project 365 - Day 12 Abstract

Ok for those of you who really want to know the photo yesterday was part of a binding from Mark's new snowboard! And just because I've been loving taking abstract photos of it, here's another abstract photo of the bindings.

And for those of you who just have to know, they are Burton Triad EST bindings on a Burton Fix 55 Jibstick...

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Project 365 - Day 11 Can you guess what it is yet?

Last week at my photography class we were set a bit of homework, to take some abstract photos of objects around the house and bring them to the following weeks class so I spent a while wandering around the house this afternoon with camera in hand.

As it turns out I've ended up taking mine all of the same object as it really did make for a fantastic set of different images. But the question is, can you guess what it is yet?

Project 365 - Day 10 Something Old (A Catch Up)

I'm playing catch up tonight, I just didn't get round to posting this yesterday and although I had every intention of doing it this morning I didn't get chance. The day has ran away with me today!

One of my pairs of trainers, a very well worn pair of K Swiss. But for all they are scuffed and tired looking there are just so comfy, I love them.

(I'll be back shortly with Day 11!)

Friday, 9 January 2009

Project 365 - Day 9 Red Red Roses

Not a long post today but I still wanted to share my photo of the day.

There's something magical about having flowers around the house, especially in winter. They make the house feel alive. I love to have flowers (especially if they are bought for me!!!) and so I'm going to aim to include a photo of every bunch of flowers I have throughout the year. It's going well so far as I've included the two bunches so far... the lillies and the roses that are currently on my mantelpiece.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Project 365 - Day 8 Appreciate the Small Things

I love lillies. There's something magical about how when you buy them they are just green buds and then they slowley open over the next few days and there appears such a beautiful flower.

Sometimes it's important to appreciate the small things in life, a fact I very much want to focus on in my Project 365. Today, the simple beauty of a lilly just beginning to emerge from it's bud.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Project 365 - Day 6 Catch Up and Day 7 Retail Therapy

You'll have to excuse me not coming online yesterday to blog my photo, however the good news is that I did still take one! When I got home for work I discovered that Mark had finished early and surprise me with a lovely romantic evening. He'd even set up this shot as he thought it'd make a good photo for my 365... how lovely! So I think you'll forgive me and understand why I didn't come back online.

Today I've not been to work and had a lovely time shopping this morning! I went to the new craft shop in Preston Crafty Hearts where I picked up a new circle punch and a selection of new 12x12 papers with the intention of using them for my 365 album (which is coming along very nicely thank you - photos soon I promise!).

On the way back I stopped off at a lovely shop that sells all kinds of beautiful unsual bits and pieces - mainly gifts and bits and bobs for the home. I managed to pick up some truely stunning wire birds and a similar metal one that are designed to hang from some ribbon. I'm going to have them in my craft room hanging from the ceiling in the corner above my computer I think but I need to put some different ribbon on them first. No photo of them today as it was so grey and dull and I want to get a photo of them in situ. I'm sure they'll make a great future entry to my 365 though. I also picked up some really cute tiny wooden hearts that have different words on them, thought they'd make great embellishments.

And one of the other things I love about the shop is the packaging! There bags are just amazing, I really love them and can't bear to get rid of them so I save them. I've got ideas about what to do with them, the smaller ones perhaps will become pages in a mini book and I might cut up the big paper one and use it as the background to a LO. What do you reckon?
And as you can see I really do like these bags... so much infact that they are the subject of my Day 7 photo to document my day of retail therapy!

Monday, 5 January 2009

Project 365 - Day 5 Goodbye Christmas

The Christmas decorations came down yesterday. The lounge and dining room look so empty and bare, it's really quite sad. I love Christmas and love decorating the house for it so it's always a sad time when they have to come down again. But then again if I had them up all year round they wouldn't be so special would they? They'd become ordinary and "everyday".

The boxes of christmas decorations caught my eye when I got home from work (and as I had very little time to take a photo as my photography class has started again) and I thought they'd make a nice photo. Not the most interesting of photos for today, but atleast I've taken one and it documents the story of the moment which my 365 project is all about - documenting a year in my life through photos.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Project 365 - Day 4 A Cold and Frozen Morning Walk

We decided to go for a walk around the local nature reserve today. We are lucky enough to be just a 5 minute walk from a wetland nature reserve so we decided to go for a walk this morning. It was cold but not as cold as it has been recently and for once everything was covered in frost this morning.

However, despite this when we got there most of the lake was still frozen over - you can see the ice on the lake in the top right of this picture! Only a small part wasn't frozen and on the smaller ponds you could see where the wardens had been trying to break up the ice, it had got to about 2 inches thick in some places by the look of it.

Managed to get some nice photos but particular liked this one of the swan. There wasn't that many birds there, maybe because it's all frozen they've moved onto another reserve. There was two adult swans and a fully grown signet, loads of ducks (as always!) and a few geese. Had a nice walk though, it's always good to get out somewhere and it's really quite pleasent if you wrap up warm.

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Project 365 - Day 3 And Then There Was Light

Yes it's day 3 of 365 and I'm still here phew. Got a long way to go but the journey is most definately still going strong. I've been thinking a lot about photography (more on that coming soon!) and I'm definately loving it, along with learning more and more about CS3 thanks to the superb book my brother bought me for christmas that's a step by step walk through to everything a photographer needs to know about photoshop. Great present and oh so useful.

Nothing particularly interesting happened today (unless you count tidying the craft room and I can assure you I most definately don't count that as fun!), so the photo today is of a row of little tealights lined up all nice and pretty on my sideboard.

Well that's another day been and gone. I've got a long way to go and an awful lot of improving to do but I'll get there. I've never been more determined to do something as what I am at the moment!

Friday, 2 January 2009

Project 365 - Day 2 New Year Resolutions

Along with a promise to take a photo every day in 2009 me and Mark have both resolved that we need to improve our fitness by ensuring we eat healthy and taking more exercise. For Mark this mainly means lifting weights in our little home gym in the spare room. Even I do them too although mine are nowhere near this big, this is one of Mark's!

Not the best of photos, but I've been at work today and sadly at this time of year that means leaving in the dark and coming home in the dark so I needed to find something inside to take a photo of.

I'm really enjoying this project and looking forward to using my camera much more this year. I'll be back again tomorrow with another photo, see you then!

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Project 365 - New Beginnings and a BIG promise

I'm making a promise. A simple promise but one that is infact really quite a big commitment. I promise to take atleast 1 photo a day for a whole year. Yes that's a total of 365 photographs.

This project, in one form or another has been going on for a number of years. Different people have put different spins on it but I think the first one started life as a self portrait exercise. Mine won't be quite so structured. There's no rules to mine or limitations on what I can or can't photograph, just quite simply 365 days with 365 photographs.

Why I am doing this? Well I want to improve my photography this year, I'm already studying for my City & Guilds Level 2 and will be enrolling for City & Guilds Level 3 in September but I also need to practise and that means getting my camera out every day. Even if it's just for 10 minutes on some days atleast I'll be using it. And what better incentive than a little (or should I rephrase that as HUGE?) project.

I've got a physical project in mind for all these photos too. Kinda like a hybrid cross between a scrapbook album and a traditonal photograph album. It's a work in progress at the moment but it's very nearly finished and will be ready to be shown in all it's glory over the weekend hopefully when I'll get chance to photograph it in daylight.

In the meantime here's Day 1...

This is the £1 Christmas Tree I rescued from work. It's potted and about 4ft high. Originally they had them on sale for £25 but they just didn't sell so they reduced them to £9. However, still they didn't sell and they had about 100 of them left so they got reduced to just £1. This was on of the final ones left and it had a cracked pot and was looking rather sorry for itself. However I bought it anyway and took it home, repotted it and when the netting came off it's actually a really lovely tree, a perfect shape.

Such a bargain buy and best of all I saved a tree, yay!

So are you taking part in a 365 challenge? Or are you doing something similar like a photo a week/month? I'd love to see your projects and would love to know what you think of mine. I'll be uploading everyday if I can, or otherwise most days if things get a little hectic. See you tomorrow!