Saturday, 11 December 2010

12 Days Of Christmas ~ Photography Workshop ~ Festive Photowalk

I missed the opportunity to get out with my camera while the snow and ice
were on the ground once we were given this assignment. I did however, take
some photos the day before the course started and here's a couple.
All I've done is re-size, I'm not allowing myself any other
digital enhancing while I'm doing these assignments!

Yesterday, I stood in a car park waiting for my lift home and decided
to grab my camera. Here's some of the photographs I took.

This tree has only been re-sized 

while I've cropped a stop sign from the bottom
of this one and also cropped from the sides too.

I've just re-sized this photograph, but a cropped version is
below. Which do you prefer as I'm not sure of my favourite.

Monday, 6 December 2010

O Christmas Tree

So, this year, I'm forced to find myself somewhere to live, end up living alone and never sure what I think about it, divorce, change my surname and I'm still out of work.

But, it's nearly the end of the year and I'm hoping for a better one next year.

This year, I've had to move house, am living on my own which is still depressing at times, am newly divorced, have changed my surname, was stuck indoors all summer (doctor's orders) and am still out of work.

But it's nearly the end of the year that I want to put behind me and hopefully next year will be better and brighter.

And as it's nearly Christmas, I thought I'd try and get into the spirit of things. One item I took away from my marriage was the Christmas tree. Got it from Tesco last year thanks to their vouchers and it has built in lights. The biggest frustration I have with trees is putting the lights on and taking them off again. It's probably because I'm so short that it's hard to reach over and round. But to have them built in, meant that I had to change from clear to coloured bulbs. That was such a hard decision to make as I really didn't like coloured bulbs. This year though, I'm growing to like them. I'm hoping to pick up a gold angel for the top by the end of the week if my order's in the shop and the warehouse wasn't out of them. I could have it in silver, but that's not going to look right on a red and gold decorated tree.

If anyone has any tips on how to photograph an indoor Christmas tree, please pass them on. After half an hour I gave up and this is the best shot I have. Yes, I did play around with the white balance and flash on/off and others got thrown in there too.

I have recently acquired a Willow Tree Angel of Freedom figurine, so staged a photo with the tree, the figurine and my glass of wine

I had Christmas music playing too. I did myself a play-list about two weeks ago ready for tonight with over 6 hours of music, so that's been keeping me going. I have a rule that I will not play Christmas music until my tree is up. Early hours Sunday, I got it out of the box, on its stand and the branches ready, just so that I could play Christmas tunes. Couldn't do the baubles then as I was doing the CyberCrop on UKScrappers and that took precedence over the tree I'm afraid! But, it's up and decorated so let the festivities begin.

UKScrappers Weekly Challenges - Dec 2010 Week 1

As if you haven't had enough LOs from me, here's my LO
for this week's challenge on UKScrappers.

Cal asked for distressing, bling, masking and misting and
if we didn't include a cup, we couldn't get any points at all.

I've also used the class Forced Smile from this week-end's CyberCrop.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

UKS Scrappy Little Christmas CyberCrop ~ Part 2

What a week-end! Talk about mamouth scrapping
and I didn't do as much as some of the others!

I managed to get 1675 points for my team.

Didn't have a Mystery Kit and also didn't do:
Favourite Christmas Recipe (as we didn't discover baking until this year)
Deck The Halls Digi Challenge (don't do digi)
Favourite Tree Ornament (I only have red and gold baubles)
Christmas Village (didn't appeal as don't do ornamental things)

Ran out of time to do these LOs which I plan to do sometime:
We Three Kings
Christmas Is?
A Time For Family
Forced Smile
We Three Layouts

The first part of my crafting for the cybercrop is on this post.

And here's the rest, but be warned that it's photo heavy and long!

Saturday - a very full day of it!

Oh Christmas Tree 

LO Challenge
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
(the scroll is a letter from Santa to me)

Winter Beachcombing

Be You

Challenge Part 2
We Three Words
(didn't get part 3 done)

Quick Challenge #2
Dressed To The Nines
(didn't do #1)

A Winter's Tale

LO Challenge
Frosty The Snowman

Letter To Santa

Perfect Indulgence

LO Challenge
Christmas Wish

Bonus Class
Things To Do

Sunday - there were more, but I was playing catch up, so
had to choose what I did. I'm hoping to do more at some point

Quick Challenge #3
Comfort Food (well, drink really)

Winter Wonderland Treats

Quick Challenge #4

*** Just realised you won't necessarily know this is my sister, not me.
She did this as her fella said that all he wanted was her for that Christmas

Well done if you made it to the end.
I did warn you it was a long photo post!!!

Love, Sarah xx