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.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

p52 | just another bunch of photos

Alright, alright, I keep saying I need to be better at posting my Project 52 photos. I keep failing at it. But yeah, at least I'm taking the photos, right?

Here are four weeks' worth!

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13 more weeks until the year is done and dusted. 13 more weeks until I have finished my fifth year with Project 52. Wow.

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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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

p52 | summer continues

I know many of you have started talking about summer being over, especially here in the south of Sweden where the weather has taken a turn for the worse (if you prefer sun to rain, that is). But I'm still on my summer holiday and am enjoying myself very much. We've got a few more things planned for the coming week that I am looking forward to.

On week 32 (the week before last) we took a small road trip to the very most southern tip of Sweden where we walked a bit along the beach, had a stroll by the small harbour, and had a really nice fish burger. I think this photo is quintessentially Swedish summer.

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Then, as you have understood by now, we went to London for a couple of days last week. I really like this photo taken at a crossing in West End.

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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

p52 | halfway point

Well, I made it through yet another six months of Project 52. I never thought I would. I remember at the start of the year, I felt like I was kind of over it and not really rearing to go. But I decided to give it a go anyway, and see how far it took me. Now that I've made it through half of the year I feel like I might as well push onwards and get the next six months done.

I said last time I posted that it was time for something other than plants. Well, out of the four I have to post today, only one is of a flower. Pretty chuffed about that.

We had our nephew on an overnight visit a couple of weeks back. This kid is probably the most happy go lucky person I have ever known. He is happy 99% of the time, and so easy and fun to be around. Truly adorable. In this shot he was very busy checking the husband's lawn mowing action. What a cutie.
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Midsummer's Eve was celebrated with family in a traditional style, with dancing around the May pole, good food, and lots of love and laughter. The happiness on the kiddos face in this shot is priceless to me. I hope my mother and sister will forgive the butt shots. :)
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I think I could go on forever about the loveliness of our sea of lavender. Every summer when they bloom I feel like all is right in the world. We might not be good gardners but at least we have the most fantastic lavender bushes. I love how the bees and butterflies go completely crazy for our place for a few weeks. This shot was taken last week right before the blooms burst.
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I've had a couple of really trying weeks (oh, who am I kidding, it's been months) with learning a new job and I think it's finally starting to take its toll on me. I am so ready for some time off. This past week I had no energy to do anything but the things that I truly had to do. The rest of the time I spent face up, just staring into the sky, trying to clear my mind of all that was buzzing in there. That's why I thought it fitting to get a shot like this in.
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In other news, my computer broke this past weekend. I'm currently waiting for a shiny new one to be delivered from Dell. It wasn't at all what I wanted or needed at this Point in time; I kind of had other plans for that Money - like getting lounge furniture and new plants for the garden - but I can't deny that a new computer always is a nice thing once it has arrived and everything has been installed.

This means that I'm currently confined to using my phone for all my online activities. I have a few things to catch up on here, but after that, things might continue to be scarse around these parts for a little while.

Friday, 7 June 2013

p52 | summer beauty

I'm back in the world of the living again after a week of being sick and then a week of trying desperately to catch up at work and at home. It feels great to be back!

I want to kick off with a couple of P52 photos from the past four weeks.
Summer is here and it shows with the abundance of pretty flowers that are everywhere.

A walk along the beach one sunny morning. It was quiet and empty. The wind was blowing in my hair and I just felt so refreshed.
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What is happier and brighter than the combination of blue skies and yellow rape fields. It takes my by surprise every year how beautiful it is.
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Right after the rape fields have show their glory, it's time for the lilacs to get in the battle. Oh, the smell, oh the vibrance! I love late May/early June when they bloom. Oh, and can you believe this was shot with my iPhone?
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I bought some flowers for a work function at the beginning of this week, and they are so gorgeous. Soft, delicate petals of pink beauty. How can you not love it?
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I'm thinking that the next coming weeks will need to feature something other than plants, yeah? LOL!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

p52 | brighter and greener

Things have certainly been brighter and greener the last four weeks. I cannot express how much I love spring; the light, the lush greens everywhere, the cherry trees that explode with pretty little blooms, the warmer winds. It's so amazing.

I know you've seen this photo before, in my layouts. But how can it not be a photo of the week?
We were dressed up as clowns so that we could follow along with the boy's favourite clown routine on Youtube.
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How is it possible for cherry trees to be so amazingly beautiful? I just think it's sad that it's over in such a short time. They should bloom for a longer period if you ask me. This one is right outside my workplace and I had the chance to snap a few shots one day when I was waiting for the husband to come and pick me up.
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Friday nights in the garden, good food on the grill. Can it get any better? This was our first dinner outside (actually sitting outside and eating it) of the year. It was also the first time we tried Seabream. It was quite lovely.
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Our rhubarb is alread giving us lots of delicious fruit. Today we also noticed this odd bloom in the center. I haven't ever seen that before and felt it needed documenting.
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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

p52 | portraits

I keep falling off the posting wagon lately. I did so well, with posting five times a week, in January and February. Then the computer died in March, and I struggled for a while. Now that April has rolled around, I am completely swamped at work which means working late a lot. Most days I don't get home until 6.30 or 7pm. After dinner and everyday life stuff I have little energy or time left to actually do more than browse Facebook and Pinterest on my phone. So I ask you to please bear with me while I try to just survive for a couple of weeks.

But I do have two weeks' worth of Project 52 photos to share with you.
If you have been following along with my layout postings, you have seen both of these already.

First off, the boy. I like his expression in this photo. I also like the situation in which the photo was shot. It's a good memory.

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Then, believe it or not, it's a photo of me! I figure I need to include at least one each year. So let's go with this one then. Ha!
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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

p52 | sweets

So with Easter being the big thing happening last week, I thought it fitting that the object of the photo was something related to it. Sweets! These are our favourites, from Anthon Berg.

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And yes, I did bring out my big girl camera for this one! Hee!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

p52 | catching up

Has it really been five weeks since I posted a P52 photo last?

Wow, time does fly by! I have to be honest and say that I haven't really felt up to photographing as of late. I stopped keeping my dSLR in the handbag. It was heavy and I I felt I didn't use it anyway. It has not been positive on my photography that's for sure. However, it has meant that my phone has been working overtime.

Naturally, the quality is not the same. The resolution is not up to par of course, and well, frankly neither is anything else. But I feel like the trade off is acceptable at the moment. I will still try to make an effort to getting back to photographing.

So, I have five weeks' worth of P52 photos to share with you. All but the last one were taken with my iPhone.

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I love tulips. Love. Especially white ones. I think they are elegant but yet bold at the same time.

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A slow week. I resorted to taking a shot of the stones in our front yard.

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I like the lines and the play between light and shadows in this photo. It's on the platform in our underground. I had just missed my train (the tail lights can be seen right at the end of the photo) when I shot this.

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In between snowstorms and dull greyness we've also been privilige to some pretty spectacular dusks. This one was shot from our driveway. Quite lovely I think.

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Getting ready for the Easter holiday with some pretty decorations.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

p52 | frost

On Wednesday morning, while walking to the bus to take me to work, I had to stop and take some pictures. Everything was covered in frosty spikes and it was quite pretty.

It was one of those weird weather moments where it's cold, but at the same time foggy and damp. I am always a little intrigued when that happens.¨

Look at those spikes on that bike! Isn't it amazing?

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

p52 | icy bokeh

Winter still has us in a firm grip. Mostly it's a hassle but then there are beautiful moments where everything is still and quiet and glistening. I was able to catch one of those moments last week. The sun was out, there was beautiful frost on everything in our garden. I grabbed the camera and ran out. Good thing I did because ten minutes later the sun was gone, and it was snowing again. But at least I have a beautiful photo!

I used a Bokeh texture by Liv.e Designs which is coming to her shop on Friday. I will post more about it then!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

p52 | about a boy

After a nice and fun weekend with the nephew, I was surely not going to use any other photo for last week's P52 but one of the boy. Love his freckles and the sparkle in his eyes.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

p52 | winter garden

I have really wanted to document our garden covered in a white blanket for a while now. With the way our house is set on our lot, the garden is an akward L shape that doesn't really photograph well. It is impossible to get it all in one shot, even though it's a small garden. I have tried numerous times without being happy with the results. In the end I settled for one corner of the lot.

My beloved lavender plants look terrible, just dead sticks that pop up out of the soft snow. But I know they will recover once spring rolls around and then explode in a lovely blue/purple sea of beauty in the summer.

Monday, 21 January 2013

p52 | icy cold

It has been cold here this past week. We had snow on Monday and Tuesday and then sub zero temperatures for the rest of the week. I fully admit to not being cut out for this kind of weather. Our walk on Saturday only solidified that, as I was ready to head back after a couple of minutes.

The small pond in the open area behind our neighbourhood was completely frozen and we went out on it to skid around.

Even the husband thought it was a bit too crispy in the icy wind and bundled up properly.

He didn't hesitate to throw some snowballs my way though!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

p52 | picking back up

In September and October of 2012 I did so well with the getting fit thing. I ran every other day and had this vision of actually getting fit. In November I started to slip a little, and then in December winter struck with full force for a few weeks and all my inspiration went out the window. Naturally, going out running in full snow storm is not an option, but to be honest I could have done more once the snow had melted.

But now I want to start up again. And this time I don't want to give up. I want to be able to run effortlessly. I want to feel strong and fit. Of course, it seems the universe is against me in this and gave us lots of snow again so I have only been able to run three times. But as soon as that snow melts away, you can be sure I will be out there again.

I hope posting this here will serve as a promise to myself rather than setting myself up for failure.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

p52 | a fresh start

OK, so I couldn't stay away. After discussing it with the husband, and being coaxed on by my mother with some lovely comments, I felt I must give it another try. Will I make it through this year? I don't know. Will I resort to using prompts? Maybe. But I am giving it a go.

My first photo of the year is a goodbye to Christmas.

I still have to put the 2012 book together but I am making myself focus on the Rome album first before I do another book. I know the Project 52 one will be finished in an hour or two, but I need to get that damned Rome album finished and I can't put it off all the time by doing other stuff.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

p52 | finishing up 2012

Happy New Year everyone!
I hope the end of your 2012 was lovely and that the new year has started out the same.

It's time to finish up the 2012 Project 52 with the last two photos of the year.

This was taken on Christmas Eve, and the boy is sitting by the tree, waiting for Santa to arrive. I don't think he really understood who and what he was actually waiting for unitl Santa actually arrived. IT had him a bit reserved for a while, but once he figured out that Santa's presence meant gifts, he warmed up quickly. I love this shot.

The last photo was taken on the last day of the year even though that technically wasn't part of the last week. But who keeps score, really? These paper snowflakes were made as decorations for our New Years party. I feel it's a fitting way to end the year.

So, that is another year, my fourth, completed with this project. I am debating wether I should keep going in 2013 or not. I love the books I have, but this year hasn't been as fun or smooth to go through as the past three ones. I found that I was often struggling to find photo ops that I hadn't already covered in past years. I also felt less interested in the project than I have before. Truthfully, the only thing that kept me going was my anal self not coping with the thought of having an unfinished project. I will have to have a long and hard think about it this week.

But, for this year's project, all that remains is to put the print files together and order the book. I hope to get that done in the coming week.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

p52 | drawing nearer the big holiday

Oh you know all my weekly photos are going to be about Christmas when December finally rolls around. I know it's taking the easy way out, and I'm not exactly known for cutting corners, but I'm so close to burn out with this project right now that I will take anything I can get.

But before the latest, let's do a make up for week 46 that I missed.
It's the husband's favourite guitar. It's quite pretty and shiny. It's always in our house so it would be feasible for me to have taken it that week. So it will have to do.

Alright, last week we finally got the wreath up on the door. We have a wreath to please me. The decor of the wreath is to please the husband; blue and black baubles with the Inter Milano logo (it's a football, or soccer for you Americans, team).

I started wrapping the gifts the other day. It's going slowly forward. I have a sprained neck and basically doing anything where I need to lift my arms or turn my head is problematic. But I have a super busy week ahead of me and I know that I need to get them done as fast as possible to even have gifts to give when Christmas rolls around.

For the record, I have no idea why the ribbon and washi on the gift in the background have such ugly colours. They are the same red as the red in the front gift. Nikon, you jerking me around here? Or is that you Adobe? Hee!