Friday, 13 April 2012

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Splitscreen: A Love Story

My friend Kasia (she of fabulous photo fame over here) shared this video on Facebook today. Could not resist sharing it here. It's so sweet!

Hope this embeds... If not, follow the "this video" link to view!

Monday, 13 February 2012

12 for 12 for February

12 on 12!

Sunday: spent watching Gok Wan over coffee, eating rather messy pitta bread for lunch, then evening: a CSI marathon on 5*, with the creation of a little animation for my dad's birthday thrown into the mix (to the Beatles' When I'm Sixty-Four...), and chatting to my mum on the phone (daily ritual).

Oh and making beef stew with sweet potato mash. Yummy!

Two hours are missing from being in church (when I think it would have been frowned upon had I whipped out the Nikon during the introit and post-communion hymn...

Saturday, 21 January 2012

12 for 12 (on the 21st?)

OK, so it's the 21st -- same numbers in a different order. Forgive me.

I've fallen in love.

With Pinterest. Well, with pinning, and with having little notifications come through to my email saying that other people have Liked or Repinned my pins. It's extremely validating! But it's also gratifying to find a community of people with strong opinions on what floats their artistic, aesthetic boats, and a strong direction for their lives. (I'm feeling profound -- forgive me?)

So to that end, here are the last 12 items I pinned, for your enjoyment!

12. Jessie J | Who You Are [Boombox Series]

Source: via Beth on Pinterest

11. Envelope journals | part II

10. Envelope journals | part I

9. Cocktail umbrella wreath

8. Bookshop Animation
Source: via Beth on Pinterest

7 to 3 Tatty Devine necklaces

2. Upcycled notebooks | by ellie ellie

1. Sweet illustration | artist unknown at present...

Monday, 2 January 2012

12 for 12

photo by Focus Photography via via Pinterest
There's something quite appropriate about this being 2012 -- it lends itself well to all manner of posting themes: 12 months in a year, 12 hours in a morning or afternoon. Over at a bit of sunshine, blogger Rebekah Gough has run a fantastic project every month for the last two years or so, named ten on ten: on the hour every hour for ten hours you are encouraged to take a photograph to chronicle your day, no matter where you are or what you're doing at the time. Have a look at Rebekah's blog to see some of the outcomes of recent months.

Of course I'll hold my hands up here and concede that it may be a little easier to execute this project if you're a stay-at-home parent, or if you work from home. (Which I don't.) Not so easy if you're office-based.
"Stop! Wait! Gotta pose for my hourly photo, team..."
via here

But! I'm sure there are ways around this: on 12ths-of-the-month that don't fall conveniently at weekends there's the opportunity to feature your top 12 pins on Pinterest or go back through your photo archives and find a photo from every month of the last year to feature.

So that's what I'll be doing this year, in between other little posts.

qb xx

Saturday, 31 December 2011

Here's to 2012...

2012 calendar by Matt Hunsberger | via here via here via Pinterest

It's New Year's Eve
and hopes are high;
Dance one year in,
Kiss one goodbye...
Another chance,
Another start,
So many dreams
To tease the heart.

The Perfect Year | from Sunset Boulevard (sung by Dina Carroll below), lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton

Let's hope 2012 is a vast improvement on 2011 for everyone.

qb xx

Monday, 26 December 2011

Celebrations and Migrations

A few little scenes from my Christmas Eve and Day:

I admit it. Despite my bestest intentions this time last year, I have been a comparatively slack blogger here on AE, largely because I've become doubly critical of my own shots (some real blurrers of late due to my kit lens' autofocus function becoming, er, defunct).

I find it difficult to focus manually and I blame this on my eyesight -- I'm long-sighted but have had a squint since birth. Despite having a couple of operations to correct it when I was a kidlet sometimes I just can't focus through the viewfinder. Ergo blurgo.

Anyway... I've also been blogging over at Dater Overload, my account of the perks and perils (mostly perils) of dating, which has also been somewhat neglected only due to lack of Dates about which to Blog.

BUT! I'm determined to pull out my finger this year (from where, who knows) and blog a little more. Not that my life is a cacophony of excitement, but because I love being part of the blogosphere, I love all the creativity herein, and the inspiration, and the Pinspiration (LOVE Pinterest...). I just need to focus more, and find coherence.

This may, then, mean a migration from this 'ere site over to my other earmarked blog, quirky brunette, which I started, abandoned, deleted, recovered, and have kept on the backburner until such a time as I decide what the heckipeck to post on it.

Watch this space... or the other one. Not sure yet...

qb xxx