Saturday, 21 May 2011

Behind the scenes...

Inspired by this blog post by the excellent Laura Kate, I have decided to do a little 'behind the scenes' post of my own! I was having a browse through Gavin's (my most excellent boy) photo stream and realised that we have quite a few photos I can pair up from our joint photo adventures, and thought it was a fun idea!

All photos click through to their flickr page. :)

First, here's one that pairs up perfectly - a fairly recent photo of Pepper featuring Gavin in the background....

There's a man in my photo!

... turns out he was taking a photo of his own!


And if we go back into *the past* (almost two years ago!) to this photo of Russ...


... looks like Gavin has been documenting my dolly photographing exploits longer than I had thought!


Another photo (from about a year ago) of Gavin's lovely doggies...


... which must have been snapped pretty much around the time he took this photo of me! :)


This shot of Jessica (ooohhh her prettiness just blows me away every time!) last January...


... must have been taken shortly after this shot of me looking (oddly!) reflective!


... and shortly before these silly shots! xD


Remember that time my brand new Cath Kidston wellies betrayed me, and I only found out they were leaking as I proudly waded out into a puddle?


Well, this is the exact moment I realised. :P Note: I am trying to look dignified. Felt pretty daft considering there was really no need for me to have waded out into that puddle in the first place!


And this:


... became this! Supermooon!


Finally, some general behind the scenes photos of me with no particular pair. :)

From the new... in which Gavin places thing in my hood without my noticing until they pop up on Flickr! :P


Me, in Edinburgh.


To the old...

... which is still one of my favourite photos of his ever, two years on. :) Though I do very much look a bit of a crazy dollie lady, hugging Russ, it's just also a really lovely photo.

Ok, enough self indulgence for one day! Crafty updates coming next time! :)

alice xox

Monday, 2 May 2011

Creative Challenge Week - er ... erm... is it May already?!

Woah 2011, slow down! This year is completely running away with me! I can't believe it's May already... At the end of the month, after my exams (eeeerk) I have to pack up all my stuff and move as my lease only runs during semester here, and I still kind of feel like I've only just settled in. I have a job (working in a toy shop, hooray!) over the summer and I'm moving in with my dad for the 4 months. Lots of creative plans for my summer downtime!

So, as you may have noticed, I have no clue whatsoever what week it is, but I can assure you I've been sticking to my challenge and doing a little something creative every week!

This ranges from my usual crocheting to the rather silly -

My Tennents Fascinator

- making my own fascinator to wear while watching the royal wedding. (Excuse my face.)

For those who don't know this is an (empty!) can of Tennents. (I actually can't stand the stuff. I didn't even drink it, just poured it straight down the sink. Believe me, it's not a waste.) Tennents is cheap Scottish lager that, when I last checked, was £1.50 a pint at the union and so is a popular drink among students at St Andrews. Given the royal alumni, it seemed appropriately classy. ;) Like I said, I'd rather drink from the toilet. But still, that big red T is kind of iconic! I'm sure Kate and Wills would have appreciated it. (Though I'm also quite sure they barely touched the stuff! 'Commoner' my arse.)

Despite being deeply apathetic about the whole royal family thing, we decorated the living room and I watched the whole thing in a pathetic girly fashion! Mmmm, lace! I lost my bet that the Queen's hat would be lilac, and admired some of the festive offerings about town.

I also finally got around to making the crochet hat I've been dreaming of making since I started!

Viking Helmet!

I do sort of hate the vikings on principal (as a Anglo-saxon nerd) but not that much, because they're kind of awesome. I wouldn't want a viking round my house, burning my books and being hooligans, but as an abstract, they sound ace. Sailing round the world, pillaging and toasting Valhalla while drinking mead. I can see why they're doing so well in popular culture, even though I have to put up a token resistance and badmouth them. :P I know this isn't a strictly accurate historical representation of their helmets, either... but shhh! It looks cool. ;)

Really enjoying making hats again (and now I can sit in the garden and crochet, yay weather!) so I've been churning them out and plan a massive etsy shop update, many of which may have horns. ;)

I have also decided it is time to unveil my blanket! I haven't taken a single photo of it since I announced it was happening, way before spring break, and it's time I posted a WIP photo...

WIP Blanket!

Ta da! Hopefully my inclusion of my shoes puts it in some perspective... it's taken soooo much time from my life already! I'm not even finished the first rainbow rotation - but only violet to go now!

I am just simply doing rows of double crochet (US term) using a 4mm hook. 5 rows of white, then 5 rows of colour, with the 2nd and 4th being white... repeat. I couldn't tell you how wide it is in stitches, I just kept going and going and then realised it was actually going to spread across a double bed! Eeek. It's rather bigger than I intended! I can DC like a demon now, though it still tends to take me about half an hour per row, I think. I usually finish one whilst watching a 4o minute episode of DS9!

Mostly using acrylic and acrylic blends as I wanted it to be very washable and expect it to see a lot of wear and tear. :) Had hoped to finish it for the nice weather so I could sit on it outside - need to get a move on!

Righto, think I've rambled on enough for one post. Hope everyone in the UK had a fabulous bank holiday weekend (both of them!) and everyone enjoyed the wedding! :)

alice xox