Thursday, 2 January 2014

p52 | finishing up 2013

I am all about finishing up my projects these days. Today it's Project 52.
Like I have said a couple of times before, I never thought I would be able to finish this year. Granted, the pictures this year might not have been as spectacular as the previous couple (four) years, but I have 52 pictures. I did, with very few exceptions, take at least one each week.

So it is with great pride that I post the last six photos of Project 52 for 2013.
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Will I do this again this year? Likely not. I am thinking about trying Project 12, with one photo for each month. But then, doing an album with just twelve pages doesn't sound so much fun, does it? I don't know. I will have to mull it over for a few days (or weeks) before I decide what to do.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

p52 | seven weeks of autumn

Dang it, I don't think I've ever missed posting my Project 52 photos for so many weeks in a row! I have struggled to get these done. Mostly because I don't do much. But also because I have lost interest. I said at the beginning already that I would give it a try and keep going until I didn't feel like it anymore. And in all honesty, I don't feel like it anymore. I know that some of these are much less than inspired. I know it. But now that I only have six more weeks to go until the year is finished I know that I just have to keep with it. Just six more photos. It would be stupid to give up now.

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

p52 | end of summer

With our summer holiday coming to an end I wanted a really summery picture to reflect all the stuff we got up to. The husband on the blue trolley was just that. I like all the greens and blues together.

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My beautiful, smart, strong, and all around competent mother had a milestone birthday last week and how could I not choose this gorgeous photo of her?

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Monday, 5 August 2013

p52 | summer weeks

It that time again folks, another catch up of the weekly Project 52 photos. I don't know why I keep forgetting to post them here!

We're well into the summer and I finally started my time off work. I sorely needed that if I can be brutally honest. I think the photos reflect the summer theme quite well.

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The last two are my favourites in this set by a long shot. They both represent magical nights that we were lucky enough to experience in the last two weeks. One in the south east of Sweden, the other in Milano, Italy. The last one did end with about a thousand mosquito bites. In a couple of days, that trouble will all be forgotten, though.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

2013 calendar poster

I decided that I need to spruce up my office space at work with some pretty photography and happened to see the 2013 calendar posters by Paislee Press. I knew that was exactly what was needed. And ok, to be honest, I could have put it together in Swedish from scratch but honestly I was lazy and felt this will work just as well. Why work harder than you need to, right?

I'm going for the 16x20 poster (40x50 cm) and will frame it with a Ribba frame from IKEA.
I've used photos from my Project 52 this year, not counting December of course which had to be from last year.

I love how it came out. The different colours of all the photos makes this very colourful while still being very clean thanks to Liz' fabulous design. I am very happy.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

p52 | here doggie

I love this little boy. He is the cutest of the super cute. He wasn't all too interested in having his picture taken, he kept following me when I backed up to set the shot up right, but somehow it didn't really matter because he is so sweet.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

New projects for the new year

Alright, so I have to admit that I'm not really in the mindset of "new" and fresh starts yet. I guess I'm still lingering with reviewing the past year and processing it a little. We spent last night discussing favourites of 2010; everything from highlights and favourite moments to best songs and favourite purchased items. I guess I have needed to be done with the old before I could start thinking about the new.

But then today I surfed some of my fave blogs while lounging on the sofa and found something really interesting. Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird Designs is doing a project with Christine of Listgirl called New52. So what is this new project then you ask? Ah, little cricket, go check it out!

What I like about this project is that it focuses on actually doing something rather than just documenting whatever happens. It will enrich life as new things will happen every week. Like Peppermint and Christine explains it can be small things as well as big huge things. No rules, really. With my life having been centered very much around work (day job) and designing in 2010, I haven't really gone above and beyond to grow personally (apart from the two above huge challenges) and I certainly feel that I need to have a more wellrounded balance to cope with the workload and to feel creative and happy.

So I think I will have to give this project some thought. I might very well join them in this.

I will, I am quite sure, continue doing P52 but I also think that if I do jump on the bandwagon of New52 they kind of go hand in hand. I can choose to just take photos of whatever new thing of the week and then compile it into a book as usual.

In August we attended a wedding and the wedding photographer took a really great photo of us, and I cherish it because there are very few shots of us together. And then I saw a really cool thing the other week that got my juices flowing; a single scrap layout . I very, very rarely have my picture taken. This is for one single reason; I hate it. Ha! But this layout, with it's concept is cool. A portrait for each month. My thought was that it would be cool to have a shot of us each month of 2011. What I'll make of it in the end I don't really know, but I think I will try to talk the husband into doing this with me.

So that's it. New projects for the new year. Have you started thinking about doing some kind of project this year? If so, would you care to share?

Have a happy new year everyone!

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Project 52 update

I had an impromptu mini photo shoot yesterday which turned out very nicely indeed. Despite no props, the wrong lens, and a fleeting light, we got some pretty lovely shots. One of them gets to be photo of the week.
Beware all baby lovers, this will make you swoon.

#28, 2010

I am working on three different projects right now that I really need/want to finish within a couple of days so it's focus mode around here.

Well, at least I am trying to be in focus mode, lol. There are just so many distractions! Ha!

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Photo dump (including P52)

Yesterday I took a walk around our neighbourhood to enjoy the lovely weather and to get away from the computer for a while. I desperately needed a breather and this walk did the trick!

Just a few minutes away from our house there is a nursery and they always have the loveliest flowers in their garden. They usually keep to a theme and the impact is impressive. Right now it's blue and purple pansies everywhere. Here's one corner of the garden.

On my way back I caught a glimpse of an old flower pot in someone's garden and it intrigued me. It was broken but I still thought it was beautiful.

And then I saw an old tree that was hit by lightning and liked the structure of the bark.

Today's high point was sitting outside, reading magazines and drinking chai latte while waiting for the washing machine to finish its cycle.

Yes, I read MSW. Yes, I have been married since 2001. Yes, it's my favourite mag in the world. :D

And then to this week's P52. I took it yesterday while on my walk. The cherry blossoms are almost about to burst. I think I will come back again next week and see the difference.

I'll be back tomorrow with a new product and some inspiration layouts by the CT. Have a nice remainder of this glorious Sunday.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Project 52+

I think I am finally getting back to being excited about photography again. I have just been blah about it for a while.

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This week's P52 photo was taken yesterday when my brother in law and our nephew came over to have dinner and watch football. There was a whole arsenal of "Cars" displayed on the back of our sofa. Very cute.




Today we went shopping for some new lavendar, remember last year's died during the winter, some herbs and perhaps also some tomato plants. We came home with none of that. Go figure. But we did get some flowers for the porch. I think it turned out quite lovely.



Thursday, 1 April 2010

Growing up

This little guy wants to become a zucchini when he grows up

We started the pre season growing in our kitchen windows last week. To date two little plants have come up and I replanted them yesterday. I think they are awfully darling!

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Project 52 - three weeks' worth

It's been a while since I posted a P52 photo so I think it's high time.

#10, 2010
We both love a good glass of wine with dinner on the weekends and browsing through the aisles of the shop looking for something new is always fun. This week we came home with three bottles. As a sidenote: The middle one was fantastic.

#11, 2010
Our godchildren stayed with us this weekend and I took the bowling on Saturday. Turned out they were a lot better at it than I was, lol.

#12, 2010
The football season premiere was this week and of course we had to be there. The support group had made 10 000 blue and white flags that were placed all over the stadium and right before the game started, when the team hymn was played everyone waved the flags. Pretty cool. I love tifo!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Project 52 weeks 6 to 8

My camera has been a silent companion in the last couple of weeks. I have carried it with me almost every day but to be honest I haven't really had any interest or will to pick it up and use it. I think the funk over the computer somehow moved over to every other creative aspects of my daily life. But I have dutifully kept up with the project photos. After seeing the finished product of last year I'd be damned to miss out after only a few weeks into the new year.

#06, 2010
I got these baby cupcakes for Valentine's. It's not a huge thing in our household but I thought they were so cute.

#07, 2010
I cannot remember when we had a winter like this last. We've had snow since mid December and even though it's finally starting to melt away now, it was still abundant two weeks ago.

#08, 2010
My beautiful sister on her 26th birthday yesterday.

Tomorrow I'll share a collaborative piece of art and the card and present I made for my sister. Now I need to hit the sack as I have a taxi picking me up at 5.30 am tomorrow morning for yet another business trip.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Project 52 - delish dish

This week's photo is today's lunch that had me oohing and aahing. As some of you might now, my husband is a chef and he spoils me rotten with delicious food. I wish that my photos could convey how good his food really is. I guess that is partly why I have such a big interest in food photography.

#5, 2010

Today the lunch consisted of a soup of sunchoke (or Jerusalem artichoke) and crostini with mushroom and prosciutto.

And not to disappoint, dinner tonight will be grilled lamb chops and baked veggies.
I know, I live a good life!

Oh, and the P53 photobook arrived from Shutterfly on Friday. Oh the joy! I was in heaven all Friday night, and kept looking through it. I am so glad I decided to do this project. If you still haven't started and if you are on the fence, all I can say is whip that camera out and get started!

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Super cute P52

We are moving into our third month of crazy winter weather with lots of snow and today we finally did something more than just shovel it around and off the driveway. We went with my husband's brother and his family to a hill not far from our house and played in the snow, sliding down the hill, and then ended the outing with hot dogs and hot cocoa. I shot this of my nephew right there in the snow.

#4, 2010

I am almost caught up with everything I set out to do a week ago. I still have the wordart for the P365 templates to put up. It will come soon, I promise.

I got a question about a different version of the wordart in the Valentine's card and I will try to get that done in the coming week  as well.

Oh, and I have also had a few questions about the scripty font of my recent wordarts. It's a font called Satisfaction. I purchaced it from My Fonts.  Just beware of that website though, you will want to spend way more money than can be considered reasonable. LOL!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Friday, 1 January 2010

Finishing up the project and ringing in the new year

 last night was officially the last day of my first ever Project 52 and how appropriate that it was also the day of my last photo for said project.

Instead of fireworks my husband got a set of Khom Loy lanterns which we released right around the strike of twelve. It was freezing cold last night but completely clear skies so we could follow them going higher and higher in the sky for the longest time. It was so beautiful and something we will definitely do again.

#53, 2009

After this we toasted the new year with champagne and I tried my best to hold still (not easy when you're in a short skirt and stillettos and it's freezing cold) so that I could get some decent shots of all the fireworks going off around us. I had contemplated bringing the tripod but decided it was too much hassle at midnight after a couple of drinks. So the outcome wasn't perfect but will have to do.









I hope you all had a wonderful night and I am wishing you all a very happy new year!