Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Um, hello?

So, um, hello.  It's been a while. :)

 We've had a lovely summer and the sun is out this week too, inspiring me to look back at my (many) summer pictures yet to be processed.

And so I have finally begun.  Sometimes that's the hardest part....

Pink rose

Rose gateway

yellow roses

These were all taken at Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland.  So beautiful and I wish there was a photographic equivalent for scent because the smell of these yellow roses was divine.

So yes.  A beginning.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Texture Tuesday

Palm Sunday

It's hard to believe it's the end of March already but I'm grateful for the spring weather - I heave a sigh of relief as soon as I see the daffodils come out.

It's been a while since I played along with Texture Tuesday and it's lovely to be back.  Like that feeling you get when you stop to catch your breath.  The image above was processed using a Kim Klassen LR preset (likeadream) and textures abstract and andthensome.

I'm playing along with Susannah Conway's April love from tomorrow.  Some postings here and some on instagram.  Come and play too?

Wishing you a happy Tuesday. :)

Friday, 20 March 2015

Friday's Letter

white crocus
purple crocus

Dear Year,

March then.  How did that happen?  Not even the beginning but the 20th.

Things I've learnt so far this year.  I really suck at balance.  Much more than I expected.  I can't tell if I've taken on too much or I'm just really slow at doing things.  Either way, the balance thing has gone out the window.

We've a few days left of term, then the spring holidays.  So looking forward to spending time with my girl and friends and family.  Lots of outdoor and creative activities planned so maybe that will be the recalibration I need.

In the meantime, I am loving the colours of spring at the minute.  Everywhere I look are splashes of yellow, white, purple, pink.  Something to lift a girl's heart amongst the chaos.

So, how are you and how are you getting on with your word of the year?

Love, Me

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Light Catchers

Creating light

A little more creating light

We've had our first snow of the year.  Enough to look pretty and make the school run a bit of an adventure but I don't think it'll hang about too long (which is always my favourite kind of snow!).  The skies are still pretty overcast and I was in need of a little light and colour.  My pretty tulips are still going strong and I've been playing with Kim Klassen's 'sybil' technique for creating a bit of extra light in photoshop (available in her test kitchen).  

Images processed using Kim Klassen textures sybil and waterfront 7 respectively.
Linking up with Texture Tuesday (not the only tulips you'll see, I think!).

Friday, 30 January 2015

Friday's Letter


Dear January,

I'm not sure what's happened this year.  Usually you really draaaaaag.  But not this is almost February??!

Having done pretty well with my health and fitness regime this month, I treated myself to these lovelies today.  Such a lift to have this gorgeous burst of colour in the house.  No offence, January, but you can be a little on the dreary side.

So pleased it's Friday.  Looking forward to cosy family time at home this weekend ahead of a few birthday preparations for a certain soon-to-be-9 someone......

Have a good one.   {and thank you January for not hanging about}

Love, Me

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Word that Is


As with all my other words (you can find them here, here and here), my word this year found me.   I have found myself increasingly rubbish at juggling the always (it seems) increasing number of balls I have  in the air and my word, which started making itself known quietly at the end of the summer, became an almighty and incessant roar by the end of the year.

This year I need to find a better balance.

I'm not sure how this will look.  I have sort of learnt my lesson about expectation but I suspect doing less will come in to it.  That said, I think effective planning and learning to walk away rather than obsess over things will probably come in to play quite a lot too.  I also want to feel great this year and making health/fitness a priority is essential, as well as time for proper relaxation.

I live in my head quite a lot and once something is there it tends to stay there until I'm on to the next obsession thing so I'm not sure I'm going to find this balance thing all that easy.  But then I probably wouldn't need it as my guiding word in the first place....

So, I know lots of you have your words for the year, please feel free to share them here....and if you have any tips or advice for me, I'd love that too.

Here's to 2015. :)

Image processed using Kim Klassen textures cherished scripted and greyday.
Linking up with Kim's Texture Tuesday (little happy dance, I love this link up and have missed it for weeks. :)

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