Friday, 27 July 2012

Week 43 - 365

From the top:  out and about on a lovely warm summer's day; birthday party; by the sea; library visit - couldn't wait to get home to start reading!; I love paddling pools; relaxing; a bit of a cheat - I took this a day in advance because I have an early start but that is my coffee mug I'll be using first thing.  I promise I'll take this exact picture tomorrow morning too, just to make it legit. ;)

I'm taking a little blog break for the next week to spend some time with friends and family, so I'll see you back here this time next week, kay?

Also, I've signed up for Susannah Conway's August Break.  During August, I'll be posting a photo (or two, or three....) a day for the whole of August.  Usually without words (it's a kind of no rules thing!....).  As Susannah says:

The idea is to simply sink into the joys of the month while taking a wee break from the obligations of blogging.

Click on the link to read more about August break or to join - there's a flickr group and instagram if you don't blog.   I did it last year and it was a really fun, no pressure way to take a break but still stay connected and even discover a few new blogs along the way.  :)

Have a happy week and see you soon. x

Thursday, 26 July 2012

A Day by the Sea

A day by the sea bought to you via instagram.

We've been enjoying some glorious weather this week and by the sea was a perfect place to be.

Are you on instagram?  Leave your link in the comments if you are.  You can find me at @catchingsundust.  :)

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Texture Tuesday

This week's theme at Texture Tuesday is outside.

We are finally enjoying some gorgeous sunny weather here and this is Brighton promenade yesterday evening as we walked back with friends after an early supper. 

Image processed using Kim Klassen textures look up and reverie.


Monday, 23 July 2012

Hello Monday

Hello {first of the holidays} Monday!

And today we're saying a big HELLO to blue skies and the sun!  Please stay, we missed you...

We've had a weekend of:

birthday parties:

taken by the Moo :)

being out and about:

feeding the ducks:

and making stuff:

The Moo decorated her sparkly box on the right to put all her special things in that she collects over the holidays (the label is 'my box for special things').  So sweet. :)

Today we're saying:

Hello to a trip to the seaside
Hello to visiting family and friends
Hello to finding the paddling pool and having some water fun
Hello to a couple of lazy days in the garden
Hello to another library trip - love how much the Moo is reading at the minute!

What are you saying hello to this fine Monday?

Linking up with Lisa Leonard.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Week 42 - 365

From the top:  ballet show; BBQ with friends; diy sunshine; finding signs on my train journey; school play - the Moo was an icicle and that was her head gear; jam tart making - her choice of 'treat' activity to celebrate the end of term/school year :) ; the Moo is all signed up for story lab at the library and has made a start on her reading already.

Hope you've all a great week.  I'm so glad it is the holidays and so ready for some down time.

Have a great weekend. :)

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Fear of the blank page

I have wanted to start art journaling for ever.  I read about and see other people's amazing journals and think, hey I want to do that too.  They make it seem so simple, so natural and so fun.  But there is something about that blank page that I am finding sooooooooo intimidating.  And all the things about art journaling that I love in theory are in reality proving a bit of a stumbling block. 

For example: 
anything goes!
any medium!
do whatever comes in to your head!
total freedom!
just enjoy it!

Which I have managed to turn in to pressure:

What shall I do?
What shall I use?
How shall I lay it out?
Where should I start?
Will it be perfect?
My mind is blank
I have nothing to say.


Inspired by Ashley Ann at Under the Sycamore I have bought mixed media visual journals (pictured above) for me and the Moo.  My thought is that I will learn from my creatively fearless six year old and together we will record our summers and have some fun.

It's a theory.

So, any tips for an art journal novice?

Wednesday, 18 July 2012


We're exploring signs over at Exploring with a Camera.   There are so many possibilities with signs - I've noticed that many of mine are snapped on my mobile phone, something that just catches my eye and makes me smile on the spur of the moment.    Here's (some of!) my collection:

Signs giving a sense of place:

An old post office in France:

One of our seaside favourites in Suffolk, capturing the essence of the place and some of the things we love:


Iconically London:

I also love how signs can give both a sense of place and a sense of time.  These are especially prevalent around us at the minute with the Olympics about to start in London:

Carnaby Street, decked out with Union Jacks, Olympic 2012 bunting and a giant globe:

The Royal Festival Hall, decked out for it's Olympic inspired Festival of the World:

Signs giving warnings:

At the theatre:

On the train:.

Things that make me smile:

Polite reminders for the Diamond Jubilee:

Tongue-in-cheek overstatement:


summed up as all:

I love signs - they are everywhere - and I find I am increasingly snapping the ones that catch my eye with my phone, even if it's just a word I like the sound of!  Keep your eyes out, it's amazing what you'll find.  And hop on over to the other exploring with a camera participants to see what caught their eye.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Texture Tuesday

I'm not sure what this plant is.....lots of unexpected things seem to be appearing in my garden at the minute.....but it is a very pretty shape.

Image processed with Kim Klassen textures elevate and yesteryear.


Monday, 16 July 2012

Hello Monday

Monday again.  All the Bs this weekend:


 ballet shows:

and brownies:

Today we're saying:

Hello to the last week of term (hurray!)
Hello to the school play
Hello to a school trip
Hello to catching up with old friends
Hello to winding down for the summer

and finally, hello to diy sunshine:

What are you saying hello to?

Linking up with Lisa Leonard.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Week 41 - 365

From the top:  London - all decked out for the Olympics; a little bit of sunshine in my mum's garden; back to rain; blueberry and buttermilk cake (totally yum); walking in the mud; four seasons in one day - here's the hail part; what I'm wearing today.

Hope you've had a lovely week.  One more week for us and then it's the holidays.  Yay!

Have a lovely weekend. :)

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

My Space

Inspired by Kim Klassen over at Beyond Layers, I thought I'd share 'my space'.  My little piece of the world that I know so well.

This is the woods near my house where I like to walk.  This is today's walk - starting out with that beautiful blue sky (a treat for us at the minute).  Then it's over the bridge and along the very muddy paths.  That little green gate is my favourite - I always stop there - and today the horse chestnuts are starting to appear in their spiky green cases.  Then, past the cricket club and up the road to the high street.  I like to grab a coffee then walk back along the main road and back into the woods, stopping at one of the little benches along the way.  Time to reflect and soak up the quiet.   Then, back along the muddy paths...just as the sky turned grey and the rain started to fall.

So, there you have it.  A little glimpse into my world and my beautiful surroundings.

What about you?  Do you have any regular haunts?

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Texture Tuesday

As some of you will know I've been exploring the senses lately (you can read about some of my favourite things here) and if ever there was a flower that takes care of sight and smell, sweetpeas must be it.   They are so delicate, full of fresh summer scent and colourful yet there is something so beautifully low key and understated about them.  One of my favourites for sure.  Natural scent, natural beauty and natural colour - perfect for Texture Tuesday's natural theme,  no?

Image processed with Kim Klassen textures reverie and peony.
Colour board created for Beyond Layers.


Monday, 9 July 2012

Hello Monday

Lots of my favourite things this weekend:

 Check out the shimmer on those cakes!

a theatre trip:

Love how they've replaced the jubilee flags with Olympic flags.

Today I'm saying:

Hello to my final photography class
Hello to more rain (seriously, where is summer?)
Hello to cooking and trying a couple of new recipes
Hello to the Moo's ballet show
Hello to lunch with friends

How about you, what are you saying hello to?

Linking up with Lisa Leonard.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Week 40 - 365

From the top:  new books; not-feeling-well snuggles; paper fortune teller (I love these!); play dates and tattoos; more of my roses; lunch with an old friend; by the back door.

Hope you've all had a great week.  Happy weekend. :)

Thursday, 5 July 2012

In the Picture - June

A new month of selfies....I was feeling a bit brave so you get to see my face this time around!

This months theme was planking.....I didn't do so well with that.  I could give you a whole bunch of excuses - not least the endless rain we've been having so there isn't even anywhere dry to lie - but to be honest it just didn't really click with me.  Here's my attempt, lying on my kitchen table but you should really head over to In the Picture to see how it should be done.

and a couple more...of my face again...told you I was feeling brave!

Still haven't quite mastered the smiling selfie yet....but hey I still have another six months!  Baby steps and all that....

So, how did you do? 

In The Picture

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Photo-Heart Connection - June

It was a year ago that I took my first photography workshop at these beautiful gardens (the Medicine Gardens in Surrey).  Armed with a fairly new dslr that I hadn't read the manual for (of course!) and some very gappy information gleaned from an attempt at self-teaching from a book, I arrived hoping to come out a bit wiser about my camera and the ambition to take 'slightly better shots' of my family.  I didn't realise at the time quite how much it would be a springboard for me to develop and explore a passion for photography. 

This photo was taken on my iphone when I revisited these gardens a couple of weeks ago.  It's amazing how a place can jog such strong memories and associations.  Beautiful in themselves,  I will always associate these gardens with the jump start my creativity needed and the beginning of my adventures in photography.

You can read my original post on the gardens and workshop here.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Texture Tuesday

We've been having fun with polaroid frames over at Beyond Layers - so much fun and so many possibilities!  They make me very nostalgic....

I am loving the roses in my garden at the minute.  I only planted them last year but they've really come into their own.  Lovely, multi-layered roses in creams and pinks with the most gorgeous scent.  I am very much an inexperienced 'try it and see' sort of gardener and I am so proud of my success with my roses.

This week's theme at Texture Tuesday is to share a favourite image and my image is a mix of many favourites - home-grown roses, some seasonal sweet william, displayed in fun little pots and cups I found lying around at home, processed with a Kim Klassen texture (flourish) and placed in a polaroid frame.  For me, this evokes childhood summers at my granny's who was a fabulous gardener and florist and who always had the most beautiful, seasonal, English flowers in her garden.

Hop on over to Kim's site to be inspired by more favourite shots.


Monday, 2 July 2012

Hello Monday

Sometimes the week doesn't start quite how you'd like.....Really I like my to start my Mondays fresh and ready to go.  Today I'm tired, grumpy and feeling as grey as the rain laden skies outside my window.  Isn't it funny, though, how just the right thing can land in your lap at just the time you need it.  As I opened my email this morning, I saw a new newsletter from Patti Digh with probably the best advice anyone could give me right at this minute:  instead of setting loads of unattainable goals  that I won't meet and will then make me feel like a failure 

"consider lowering my bar in order to be successful. WHAT A CONCEPT! In a world intent on over-achieving, lowering my bar was an idea I had never considered"

She goes on to encourage you to change ONE thing, right now.  "One small thing that will be a start for you, that will enable you to feel successful, that will add up over time".

What a relief!  So, right now I'm saying hello to hydration and drinking the recommended 6 glasses of water a day.   Sounds pretty manageable....

Also...saying hello to some polaroid love:

A few more hellos for the week:

Hello to lunch with an old friend who I haven't seen for ages (years even, I think!)
Hello to craft evening
Hello to a weekend theatre trip
Hello to play dates
Hello to more wet weather.  Not funny, July.  Not funny.
Hello to hydration!

What are you saying hello to this Monday?  Are you with me on saying hello to lowering the bar

Linking up with Lisa Leonard.
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