26 March 2015

A dress in the making

I set aside this holiday for a project. 
A sewing project. 
My graduation dress, with fabric bought by the boy. 

It is so nearly done and I can't wait to share it in full. I decided that I would try and document the process using my big camera as it really needed a workout. I think it's fun to do a 'photo essay' once in a while. 

It's good to be back with my sewing machine. 

19 March 2015

Project Life week 7

Oh this project.
I'm going to be honest, year three is tough going. Or maybe that is because year three of uni has coincided with year three of project life!

I don't like to use the word 'behind' on this project because from experience I know it is all about the ebb and flow. The pages will come when they are ready.

I got down to this page last week and am pleased with it. My best pages happen in about half an hour. All the little bits seem to come together and they work. I think too much thinking kills this project which is why I am keeping it chilled about 'catching up!'

So this is what week seven looked like....

I had lots of phone photos this week which seem to fit well into the 4x3 portrait pockets. I like this pocket layout because I also got to include lots of pattern paper which can stand alone. I like that it builds colour across the page.

I built the left hand page around the stories I wanted to tell. I started on the top row with those contrasting sky photos which were an ideal prompt to put down more general thoughts about the week.

On the row below I added the photos from our trip to the Train Museum and the bottom one focuses a bit on valentines day. I often build my pages like this. Focusing on the photos and then working out how I will tell the story.

The second page is a more traditional format. I like to use my SLR photos to their best advantage so tend to pop them in bigger pockets. I decided to use the two photos of me side by side but switched one to black and white. I like that contrast between them.

There was lots of journalling on this page too. I tried to keep it cohesive by using the same font throughout and used one of my favourite techniques which is writing directly on the photos!

The more I write about PL the more I am reminded of how good this project is. I'm giving myself permission to take time on it this year though. Let's see how that pans out!

What are you working on at the moment?

16 March 2015

Me on Monday

It was a big sigh of contentment "ah, I'm home" kind of a weekend. It was a five hour train journey, embroidery and lots of reading kind of weekend. It was a laughing round the table with the family and the boy kind of weekend.

It was of course a celebrating mummy weekend, a sunday roast with Granny weekend, a Rugby watching afternoon and a chilling out kind of weekend.

And me on Monday? That looked like sitting in a pub with the boy by the log burner, enjoying scrummy food and sheltering from the decidedly un-spring-like weather.

It was the best start to a long holiday. And now, the work commences....

I'm joining in with Sian's lovely meme today. Pop on over to her blog to find out more about what she has been up to this weekend. 

9 March 2015

One photo & twenty words

Friendship. Nearly three years of it. Blessings and laugher and chatting and Downton-watching combined. Uni life at its best.

My challenge for you today. Find one photo and choose up to twenty words to tell its story. Jot it down and link back here. The link will stay open for a week so you have plenty of time to join in! 

Due to (undoubtedly foreseen) circumstances, I will be absent from this little place until I reach the pleasant land of home in about a week. If you need to find me till then, I am the small one in the library, with the large pile of books and the slightly manic expression. Tea is always much appreciated. (or a virtual hug if you aren't in my near vicinity)