Monthly Archives: January 2011

Bowls of texture

Bowl of Texture

Farewell January! I have noticed over this weekend that the nights are starting to get lighter, so spring must be on the way!

My final capture for Partially seen in January and this weeks Creative Exchange is one of my captures which I have mixed with a free texture called Grunge and scratches from Borealnz.


Sunday afternoon

Cup and saucer

Odds and ends

After being lured in to a false sense of security with the mild weather we have had  in the early part of January, the weather has taken me by surprise and turn bitterly cold again.   I spent this morning digging out a jumper to wear.

On a short shopping expedition during my lunch on Thursday, I picked a Dorma DIY Stamp Kit.  I  have been meaning to get one of these for ages after I was inspired seeing these hand-made Christmas cards created by Lynne from  Tea for Joy in December.

Christmas Cards by Lynne from Tea for Joy

I love the concept of creating my own personalised messages for cards or for decorating paper or my journal.  I am not the only one either.   One of my fellow August Break-ers Sam who has her own blog over at  Emerging into wholeness was tweeting yesterday about creating her own stamp saying “APPROVED by ME” to stamp all over her ideas and creative notebooks! 

With the dark evenings, there is nothing better than curling up in bed with good book. With that in mind I have created by own stamp:

Go to bed

Macro Friday

We are spending our usual fortnightly Friday night in on the sofa with the kids and a film (Meet the Parents). We have had our regular burgers and chips, which was so satisfying on a freezing cold evening.

Over at Blogging in Bolivia Laura has shared one of her morning rituals – making vanilla lattes.   So for this weeks  Macro Friday,  I wanted to capture this piece of vintage lace, which I discovered when clearing out one of our cupboards .   

Vinatge lace 2

The shapes remind me of snow-flakes or spider’s webs.  So delicate and fine.

Vinatge lace 1

B&W Wednesday – Time

I can’t believe how fast January is flying by, does anyone else feel the same?

I thought I would try to capture this old carriage clock which belongs to my husband and stands half abandoned, frozen in time, on the book-case in our room.


All this talk of time flying by reminds me of  the only Shakespeare quote I can remember for my English Literature studies about the passing of time:

“Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back, 
Wherein he puts alms for oblivion, 
A great-sized monster of ingratitudes: 
Those scraps are good deeds past; which are devour’d 
As fast as they are made, forgot as soon 
 As done:”

Ulysses – Act 3 Scene 3 Troilus and Cressida

the long road

Creative Exchange – Week 14

A day late on submitting something for the Creative Exchange over at Lisa Gordon’s Photography website.  The Lisa’s Creative Exchange is a photography based project, with the theme “Your Camera in One Hand, Your Heart in the Other”.

Winter can be so depressing. I had to trawl through my photographs, as taking anything at night with a small digital camera is almost impossible.  I grabbed this capture of a snow-covered hydrangea that I took in early December.  Using PSE I altered it to give it vintage look.

Snow covered hydrangea >

Saturday bargins

Another by-product of watching Kirstie Allsops homemade home means that I have started browsing through charity shops more, looking for inspirational and bargain priced nick-nacks. And today was no different.

We made a trip to Oxfam’s Bookshop, a fabulous place for all those book-lovers everywhere. There were a beautiful 100-year-old book by Francis Hodgson Burnett which I was tempted to buy, but in the end I settled for two icon looking penguin books – Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw and Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson, each costing £1.99.

Penguin books