Saturday, 27 November 2010

12 Days Of Christmas ~ Photography Workshop

Am I happy or what? Yesterday, I learnt that I have won a place
on Cheryl Johnson's free on-line photography course titled

Tons applied, but I think about 100 were chosen and knowing how
lucky I am to be one of them, it makes me so grateful and happy.

Thank you so much CJ

The workshop starts on Wednesday 1st December, which happens
to be a day I'm away from my pad and in a house with no internet.
But am I letting that stop me? Nope, I'm taking my laptop and
going to spend some time in my Mum's local internet cafe.

Start as I mean to go on. With determination and intrepidation.

Today, I got my camera out and took a self-portrait.
I'm not a fan of self-portraits, but this had to be done. After a play
with different settings, using the tripod and timer and props, I almost
gave up. Time to go to plan C/D/E or whatever one I'd got to, I went
with 'stand near a plian wall, arm outstretched and just click' option.

Once done, I cropped it in Picnik and added some holly as a brooch.

But before I could do all that, the vain part of me came into play!
I had a check list:
1) wash hair
2) dry hair
3) style hair
4) put in contact lenses (you do not want a photo with glasses on)
5) put on make-up (but not your usual browns, that's boring)
6) find your best top and shrug thingy
and only once all that was done, I was ready to pose!!

So, unusually for me, this is me, out there for the world to see.
And looking at the result, I need to see if my lovely little sister's in the
mood to do some waxing and plucking as I can't afford salon prices.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
Tomorrow will be the same and the day after that.
And I intend to grab them all.

Watch out world, ready or not, here I come

Friday, 26 November 2010


I can't believe how lucky I am to get on a free on-line photography workshop that starts on 1st December.

I filled in the form, kept everything crossed and have just received the e-mail I was waiting for.

Thank you so much Cheryl for doing the 12 Days of Christmas.

Roll on next Wednesday.

Love, Sarah xx

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Thankful Thursdays ~ 25th November 2010

Today, I'm thankful for:


Having spent nearly 4 months getting my leg back to
health, I developed impetigo on my arm. Today, I
went to the doctor's and things are improving and
(scary as it may seem), I'm almost back to normal.

Love, Sarah xx

UKS Weekly Challenge ~ Nov 2010 Week 4 and Pencillines #214

Did you see the photos I took of the Eel Sculpture?
Well, I've scrapped them (plus one more) already
for the weekly challenge at UKScrappers.

The brief was to:

Scrap a sculptor local to where we live, but not a
monument or bust (figure of a person living or dead).

Use visible journalling which must include:
the meaning of the sculpture (i.e. what does it symbolise?)
connection to the locality and where it's situated
date or signature of designer if possible
why have we chosen it or like it

Use stash representative of the sculptor's material

I've also used this week's sketch at Pencil Lines (sketch 214)

Love, Sarah xx

Jubilee Gardens, Ely

Bless my Mum, she really is a star. She picked me up in Ely today as
we were going shopping after my appointment at the Job Centre
and took me to Jubilee Gardens by the river. The reason? This
week's LO challenge on UKScrappers is to scrap a photo of a
monument (anything but one of a person) and journal about it too.

I googled and found out that Jubilee Gardens have an eel
monument because of Ely being named after the island of eels.

Because of the weather being damp and dusk setting in, I've edited
these photos using the free on-line photo editing programme Picnik.

These next two were taken straight after each other. The first was
taken without using a flash. The second was with a flash and is
more accurate in portraying the daylight I was working with

Love, Sarah xx

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Anyone for Coffee?

As the rhyme goes:

"All I want is a proper cup of coffee,
made in a proper copper coffee pot"

I couldn't quite manage the copper, so will glass do?
I even have Elizabeth Shaw mints to offer you too.

Love, Sarah xx

Fee J Designs Card RAK ~November

Fee J Designs are doing a Card RAK through their facebook page.

Each month we're being sent a different name
and address to make and send a card too.

Here's the card I've made for this month's recipient.

I cut a slice off the front of the card behind the lace

Love, Sarah xx