Wednesday, April 25, 2012

week in the life | the first few days

Snippets of life from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

I thought I knew how I was going to approach this project and then I saw this post from Elise Blaha and now I am back to square one. 

For now, I'm just happy to be focusing on the photos and words that capture my life right now.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


My camera batteries are charged and I am ready to capture a week in my life. I plan to share my words + photos each day right here.

Are you documenting a week in your life?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

week in the life | 2012

I am weeks behind in Project Life. I have pieces of life all over my little desk and photos saved into files ready to print but flipping back through my album it's about 6 weeks till you see a finished week.

Yet I can't stop thinking about Ali Edwards, Week in the Life project. I feel like I need to capture my life as it is right now: work + family + living in the family home because I know next year it will be different.

I attempted it last year. I took some photos. Wrote some words. Then life got busy. Again. This year feels different. I have freed myself from thinking it has to be like the beautiful layouts I see on the internet. I know now that isn't me.

This year I am determined to make it work.

I have a plan and it all started with an email from Kiki-K about their new photobooks. The seeds were planted. All I need it words and pictures to create a beautiful photo book of a week in my life.

I think I will take photos and blog them each night. That way I can keep track of the day to day stuff. I am also going to try really hard to capture my work day as I find that can be tricky, as I start to feel like each day is the same. 

Will you be participating in Week in the Life 2012?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

my creative space | simple granny squares

I have my fingers and toes crossed that Pip's next book is all about crochet because every time she posts a new project it is amazing and I want to make it and thankfully, I end up with beautiful blankets like the arcade fire one which now sits on my bed.

I had already had a go at trying to make my own version of the simple granny squares before she posted her tutorial.  My younger sister happened to be walking past as I was admiring the squares and soon we were discussing colour combinations. I had a heap of gray wool that I had brought for another project lying around, so we decided to go with the gray look too. I love the contrast that the gray gives to the other colours as it really makes them pop.

Being the impatient crater that I am I could not wait till all the squares were made to start joining them together. I started of crocheting them but in the end we decided to go with the stitched look for this blanket. I love how they look all joined together. So simple but really eye catching. It is probably much easier and way more time efficient to join them all together at once but it's not as fun. I need to see the blanket 'taking shape' to feel i am getting somewhere.

 These squares really are so simple to make and I love the look of them joined together. Which is really good because our quick calculations tell us that we need 144 squares, 24 have currently been made.

Go here to see more crochet goodness and lots of awesome projects.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

moody melbourne weather

Winter has well and truly set in Melbourne this week. 
The morning are cold.
Some days the sun comes out and sometimes it rains all the days.
The nights are cold.
The fire is burning by midmorning.
Soup is cooking and bread is baking.
Scarfs and gloves are being worn.
Boots are being polished.
I love this weather.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter 2012

I have had a wonderful Easter. It has been the perfect combination of relaxing, time with family, time with friends, eating chocolate, crafting and remembering the reason for the season. New projects have been started and new friendships have been formed.

Good Friday was spend with our awesome group of high school friends, listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, dancing and catching up. In some cases, it had been over two months since I had seen some of these guys.

It wouldn't be Easter Sunday without mums famous roast and it didn't disappoint at all. So much yummy food that the chocolate was pushed to the side.

I started a new crochet project.

More importantly, I learnt how to play 500. I can't believe it has taken me nearly 25 years to learn how to play one of the most common games ever. I now want to challenge everyone I see to a game. It also means Brendan and I have no reason not to plan a camping adventure now, as our nighttime entertainment is sorted.

And the best part is there is still a whole week of school holidays to go, including Easter Monday. Those days are already filled up with catching up with old and new friends, crafting adventures and maybe a little prep for next term.

Casey x

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

relay for life | the video

Being the first time I had every used the video function on my camera, I had no idea what the quality of the sound or video would be. Turns out, it was pretty awesome. So awesome in fact, that most of the recorded sound had to be removed because all you could hear was me talking over it or telling people what to do in the background.

Yes, it's not technically perfect. The film is shaky and some of the transitions between clips and songs aren't quite right but its perfectly imperfect and I absolutely love it. It really captures the experience and emotions that come with participating in a Relay For Life event.

Monday, April 2, 2012

school holidays

6:30am doesn't feel so bad when you are naturally awaken from sleep and not woken up by your alarm telling you it's time to put your gym clothes on or get ready for work. It's even better when there are chocolate bunny ears to keep you company at that hour of the morning. I couldn't have asked for a better start to the school holidays.

Here is what I hope to achieve these holidays:
  • cooking a lovely selection of food to nibble on at my friends Chili Peppers party
  • hit export on the movie I have been making about our relay for life experience
  • finish crocheting the last few rows on my arcade fire blanket
  • get my project life up to date
  • lots of coffee and lunch dates with old and new friends
  • reintroducing myself to Friday Night Lights
  • getting on top of some planning and prep for term two 
  • squeezing in a few extra mid week runs
  • lots of relaxing and napping and good times
Today is the day to cross all the boring bits off the to do list, so the rest of the holidays can be filled with fun.

Casey x

Sunday, April 1, 2012

point + shot | run for the kids

It was magic that I finished the 14km Run for the Kids today.

I had been training for it for months but I've had a few hard weeks at school and wasn't feeling on my game when I woke up this morning.  My calf's were cramping. I had pains I've never experienced my knee and ankles. Oh how I felt like giving up. But I didn't. I kept on 'running' (really I was jogging very very slow). I had never run 14ks till today and boy did it challenge my physically and mentally.

But today I broke through that barrier and in the process I got to run through the Domain Tunnel (horrible experience) and over the Bolte Bridge (best 3ks of the run) and through some beautiful parts of Melbourne, think Fed Square, Arts Centre, Flinders Street and Harbour Town. For some reason, I am already looking forward to next years run.

I spent the rest of the day crocheting a few more rows on the giant arcade fire blanket and snacking on yummy chocolatey goodness kindly gifted to me by some very special children. Watch out school holidays, I am coming to get you!

Playing along with Sunny and Scout