Looking forward to a new year, it is like a clean white sheet of paper just waiting to be filled or more apt at the moment a field of snow that no one has stepped on just waiting to be discovered.
People have been starting things off including the lovely Debbie – she is one amazing lady, she is talented beyond belief and always full of ideas.
Not only that she is a domestic goddess ( she will deny it though ) and fantastic mum to 4 sweet boys and expecting with number 5 and does that stop her ? Nope not at all she is running a recipe a week idea and inviting people to join in – I am cheating and placing mine into this box which I made for my recipes from a circle journal I did with the lovely Debbie and others many moons ago – it is still in my kitchen.
I can’t wait to get started and start using one of my new pressies I got this fab cake stand from my secret Santa, I have been after one for ages now and the fact it is red and white dots just makes me smile on the inside.
I was very spoilt with presents the girls got me a gorilla pod for my camera it attaches to trees and rocks and the like so you don’t need a tripod and a flat floor in the woods – and the kids like making shapes with it too.
Talking of being spoilt, my lovely cousin Claire came up to visit and came baring gifts – she knows my adoration of Lush products and brought up a box of goodies, the smell alone from the box was divine as for the stuff inside it heavenly is the word. I like that they pack stuff in popcorn too it is so cute.
She also has some different coloured extensions, which is a much easier and less invasive way of colouring her hair and bribery was used to get these pictures although I think she didn’t mind showing the terrible child labour I force her to take part in – look a vacuum cleaner she is being made to move – I am an evil mother !!
Another challenge I am attempting is to take at least one picture a day for the year, I have been quite successful as I already take quite a few pictures for this and to keep my hand in so to speak Luckily for my Caitlin takes less bribing than her sister, she also vacs without moaning.
I also decided to try my hand at a new technique and having read about custom Bokeh over at Kevin and Amanda‘s blog – Bokeh as I said is the lovely dappled light effect in photographs and I do like it so I decided to try it out for myself.
I went for hearts as that is the first punch I found in the draw, I made my cover for my little 50mm lens and started snapping away as you can see the first plain dappled light and the second one – heart shapes