Normally I write a post every tuesday about the things that I like... whether it is online or on my travels. Well yesterday kinda didn't go as planned, so here is yesterdays post. Today I went in by Pebble in Aberdeen and bought some pretty things(above). Pebble sells all sorts of cool gifts, stationary, jewellery, amongst other stuff.... I could of bought half the shop but decided that some new fine liner cute pens, somewhere to store my keys and a cute owl for...... he will be used for something, would have to do for now.
It is almost mothers day... well it is in the UK, so I thought I would compile a list of gift ideas that I found online. Here is my favourites, although I think I will be chipping in with my brothers to buy my mum a camera lens for the 30th of March.
1 Teapigs Tea set
2 Whisky Teacup
3 Lush Mum gift tin
4 Favourite Child Card
5 Natural Soy Candle
6 Freshwater Pearl Bracelet
Over the last 6 weeks I have been teaching a kids photography class at Arcaro Arts in Peterhead. It has been lots of fun and the kids created some great images, we tested out some light photography using glow sticks and did photo challenge style homework to encourage creativity and practise. The work that was done by the kids is currently on display at the gallery as of today from 2pm-7pm and if you are in the area and fancy popping in by, there will be drinks and nibbles on offer for the launch. There is also lots of other pieces on display from all the workshops that ran over the last 6 weeks including clay sculptures, printmaking, graffiti, silk painting and more. If you can't make it down to the gallery today the exhibition will be running for 3 weeks and images will be posted on the Arcaro Arts website.
The class will start up again on the 22nd of April at Arcaro Arts gallery in Peterhead. There are a few spaces left so if you are interested either contact me or the gallery direct. I will also be running an animation class on the same day but this is still being planned out so more details will be given later, or like my Facebook page to be kept up to date.
Bit of a last minute and rather small things I like tuesday. I have decided that I really need a better editorial/work calendar system so that I know what the heck I'm doing and I can plan some of my posts days in advance, so that on days where I'm super busy (like today) I have a head start.
This tuesday I compiled a list of things I like at the moment as a kinda shopping list of stuffs that I have found online lately.
Right I'm off to chill... hopefully I will be more organised tomorrow.
Over the weekend I attended my friends wedding as her bridesmaid, photographer and make-up artist.... hardcore! We stayed at the Cairngorm Hotel which was a nice venue and the staff were really friendly, plus the breakfast was good..... this is always a deciding factor for me as to wether I like a place. The photographs from the wedding will be up soon but in the meantime I thought I would share some images from our adventures.
On saturday we went to the Highland Wildlife Park, which is not far from Aviemore. We walked around for hours taking photos of the animals and stopped by the cafe for some food. I do have to say that I was quite disappointed to find out that wolverines don't look at all like Hugh Jackman.... very disappointed.
So if you happen to be visiting the highlands check it out.
This week has been very busy, I made a website for a company, illustrated some images, taught kids how to make cool photos using glow sticks and stressed out over our lack of dresses for my friends wedding this weekend... please parcel force we need you to use the force! NOW!! (apparently express 24 means that they might update the tracking every 24 hours and nothing to do with delivery times)
So to cheer myself up I went online to find something funny/unique/weird/cool and this is what I found.....
This is the coolest 365 day photography project EVER... LEGOgraphy
Some useful tips for doing your own 365 day project
Some Awesome Books for learning photography and inspiration
The slight issue I have with finding new products that I like is that as soon as the product starts running out I now have to buy more. Here are my new likes from MAC, 7 new items that must be kept in stock in my makeup bag as I'm now hooked.
Here are my new favourite products
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Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 (colour NC15)
Lightweight coverage that feels awesome, not cakey and gives a really nice natural look.
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Pro Longwear Concealer (NC15)
This stuff covers everything, red areas around the nose and spots but was a bit dry for the under eye area.
Select Moisture Cover (NW 15)
Instant sleep in a handbag size package... this product comes with its own applicator and when dabbed on the skin under the eyes it covers dark circles, plus It stays in place all day long.
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Pro Longwear Lipglass in colour Full Speed Ahead,
I wanted colour that was cute and bright but stayed in place all day, without the issue of turning my lips into the equivalent of fly paper for hair... well it doesn't stay all day but it fades slow and leaves a pretty tint and its not super sticky either.
Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in colour More to Love,
Great for keeping the above gloss from feathering out and helps keep it in place.
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In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara
Amazing stuff, often when I apply mascara about 4 hours later I look kinda like a panda... it just smudges about and flakes but this stuff went on at 8am and by 8pm it looked exactly the same, no smudges. This was combined with the product below.
I now have massive lashes.... need I say more.
I recently went for a hike through a field to an old abandoned castle that I used to play at when I was a child, the reason? to take photos of this pair. Laura and Kev will be getting married soon so we went for a wee pre wedding engagement shoot as the sun was setting. At one point Kev was hanging upside down from a tree..... by his feet.... just his feet, I was quite impressed although it is quite hard to take pictures when you don't want to look. So since it is Valentines day I thought I would share the love......
Just after christmas I took some photos of Dave, Panicha and little Priya Birkett. I had wanted to go out for a walk to take their photos but the weather was all crazy, it was really dark and the gale force winds made it impossible so we took some pictures indoors, where it was also quite dark but at least you could stand up vertically without the fear of doing a Dorothy and ending up surrounded by munchkins (nobody needs that... esp. not the singing)
Priya had just started taking a few steps by herself and I was happy that I caught her walking in the shots, but the poor wee toot bashed her head and some tears were shed. Today is Priyas first birthday...........
Happy Birthday Priya
Here are some of my photographs from that day.......
I think that Valentines day is a nice idea, especially if you own a card company like Hallmark or you run a restaurant or chocolate factory and it is really nice to treat your partner on valentines. However if it is the only day of the year where you do treat each other with gifts and/or compliments then maybe you need to re-evaluate your love life. Then there are many who are alone on valentines and I find that the media kinda rubs it in a bit around valentines, not that being single is bad... it can be great and not everyone wants to share their life, money, bathroom with anyone else but there are many who do feel very lonely on the 14th of february. Also even couples can feel the pressure to spend more than they have on valentines, everybody's budgets are different a box of chocolates to one couple and a lambo to another doesn't mean they love their significant other any more or less.
The thing is that whilst searching the web for alternative valentines activities I found that many places suggested speed dating, blind dates and so on for singles... reinforcing that if you are alone on valentines you can't possibly be happy.... absolute bull. So wether your married, living in sin (I feel a much better way of saying cohabiting... just sounds more fun) dating, single or whatever tell your loved ones that you care... even if your next of kin is your cat.... but if you have the money a lambo is pretty cool too (but not so much for a cat..... lack of opposable thumbs). If you are going to celebrate valentines day and you have a partner make sure you don't just treat them once a year and if you are single treat yourself.... its not all about money either, treats can be free (as opposed to a lambo* which costs about 180k)
Alternative Valentines Ideas click links below......
If you live near Aberdeen (Scotland) here are some local suggestions for Valentines
22 Anti-valentines day cards.... that are very rude so not for children
Kat at Rock n Roll Bride has some gift ideas for the boys
Gala Darling shares How to survive Valentines
*Repeated use of Lambo is in no way a huge hint to my husband that I want a Lamborghini.... one day