Tuesday, May 22, 2012

right now

Things are about to get really busy. Just as i am starting to feel like i am finding my feet with this whole blogging thing. It is getting to the busy end of term. Reports need to be written, parent teacher interviews need to be had and lessons need to be planned and taught.

In then mean time, I am still snapping photos and collecting bits of life for my project life album, crocheting a square here and there for this blanket, participating in Ali Edward's 31 Things class, training for my next 10k run and spending lots of time drying to get washing dried in this weather. Hoping to share some of these things here over the next few weeks.

Are things becoming busier than usual where you are?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

my creative space | more squares

Things are getting really busy around here and time for crafting is become harder. I really need to find some of that work/life balance people talk about. My creative space really has to thank a stupid virus that paid me a visit because there isn't really much you can do on sick days besides watch reruns of friends and crochet some granny squares! It's all about finding the good in everyday, right? 

At the realisation of how many squares I am going to need for a queen size bed blanket and the slow process of individually stitching them together,  I started joining them as I was going, using a my own joining stitch, loosely based on this method. I love it. It is so much easier knowing that not only does the last round finish the square but joins it to the blanket. Love watching this blanket grow.

The best thing about making blankets? snuggling under them on cold Melbourne nights.

Take a look over here to see what other lovely people have been crafting this week. I know that is where I am heading :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

around here

the weather is getting cooler. scarfs and jackets and boots are becoming a necessity to leave the house in the mornings. rain is here most days.

the sun is setting much earlier. it's dark leaving for work and dark coming home.

warm, comforting food is being baked from scratch. food that leaves you feeling full and content.

sick days have been had. lots of oranges and apples are being eaten to prevent any more.

it's getting to the busy end of term. lots of correcting and conferencing about learning is happening. goals are being set. reports are being written.

plans are being made and conversations are being had about new adventures, new houses and new experiences.

squares are slowly being made and joined together. new projects are being planned.

Monday, May 14, 2012

week in the life: the pages

I am so grateful to have this project finished.

In the end, I kept it really really simple and added it to my project life album. I used Becky Higgins Design F page proctors and trimed the end strip off to make them slightly smaller than the full 12x12 size. This left me with 7, 3x4 spots to fill each day. Seven photos. I could do that. I decided to use the 6x4 spot on each page for that days words. Keeping with my super simple theme, I typed my text directly into Ali Edwards 6x4 story overlays in photoshop elements.

Some days, I ended up with more photos than others. When it came time to print the photos to add to the album, it didn't bother me too much if some photos were placed in another day. On a whole, my weekdays are usually pretty similar to each other and in months/years to come I know I am going to be grateful for the bigger picture and not to concerned about the minor details.

I had been waiting for the right photo/moment to have a go at using the one photo to fill the 12x12 page. I went with a photo of me ready to document my week. I love how it looks. I may still go back and add some journalling to this photo, as I currently undecided as to whether or not it is complete. I used this tutorial to cut my photo up (I divided my photo into 6 6x4 photos) to save and print as I don't print my photos at home. Side note: make sure you save your images in the proper format or they won't print (I totally learnt this the hard way! I'll need to wait till the next time I develop photos to print the top left hand corner!) The opposite 12x12 page is still unfilled. I'm thinking about dividing another 12x12 photo of my bedroom currently but I am still undecided.

In short. I absolutely loved this project. I will definitely be doing it in some form or another next year.

How do you currently keep your photos and memories? Blogs? Photo albums? I would love to know.

Friday, May 11, 2012

sick days

Yesterday was just one of those days.

I work up feeling on the blah side but decided to press on. After attending my before work boxing class, I had found a little energy. By lunchtime, I was feeling terrible. I was pretty much told not to go into work tomorrow. I have never really been one to take sick days instead choosing to work on because there is just too much to do but after listening to everyones advice, I decided to take today off. After a really early night and a 12 hour sleep,  I am already starting to feel a little better. Sometimes we really do just need to stop and let our bodies rest before it becomes anything more serious and that is exactly what I plan to do today, with a little bit of crochet thrown in for pleasure. 

What things make you feel better when you are under the weather?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Today we took a lovely bunch of nine and ten year olds into the city. We explored the Immigatrion Museum, had a guided tour of the MCG and enjoyed a lovely walk up Flinders Street to Federation Square and back down Soutbank. It was magic to re-see the city through their eyes. It was magic to see the MCG through their eyes.

Lesson learnt: pass over the camera to children more and you'll be amazed with what you come away with.

Monday, May 7, 2012

point + shot: saturday

After spending all last week documenting a week in my life, the last thing I felt like doing this weekend was taking photos. I did however manage to snap a 'work in progress' shot as I transferred my collection of photos and stuff into my album on Saturday.

Saturday afternoon, I rugged up and left the house to see a Very Long Engagement. Loved it. And I finally got my hands on the fantastic Women of Letters book. I can't wait to start reading it but I have a feeling it may have to wait until reports are written. Other than that it was a weekend of lazing around at home in front of the fire and eating yummy snacks.

What did you do on the weekend?

Friday, May 4, 2012

weekend plans

St Kilda Esplanade - Late afternoon

Is there seriously anything better then sitting down on the couch on Friday night, knowing that there is a whole 48 hours for fun and relaxing things? I love to have a combination of things I would like to achieve + making it up as it comes along.

This weekend I plan to make to...
- make a few more squares for the simple granny square blanket
- start thinking about what information I have for reports + what I still need to get
- find some time to read
- start a budget
- start a new knitting project
- print photos + finish week in the life
- get my project life album up to date.
- take a photo walk
- take some time to breath

What plans do you have for the weekend? I hope they are spectacular x

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

week in the life | the last few days

It's been all about photos this week in my creative space. Photos that document my life. Right now. Here are some of my favourite pictures that tell me current story.

Now to take all the words + photos and turn them into something. I'm hoping to wrap this project up over the weekend and be able to share my pages next Thursday. Posting here is one way of keeping myself accountable to this goal.

Meanwhile, there is still progress being made on the simple granny square blanket. Although, the rate the squares are being made at has slowly decreased since term two started...

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