Project 366 – Week 11

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Well, here we are, at Week 11, and I have my first missing day! I forgot to take a photograph on Sunday, so Day 71 is missing. Which is a shame, but not a catastrophe, and I’m determined to carry on, without worrying too much! I finished my ABC Photo Challenge, and I was very proud of it, because some of the later letters required a bit of thinking! There are too many mobile phone photos in this batch for my liking, so I apologise for the quality of them, once again!

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~ Day 65 ~

V is for videos – lots of them! We do still have a video player, but I don’t know if it’s usable, it certainly hasn’t been used in some time. Yet we still have a cupboard full of videos! Some of them are home videos, so they have to be converted to DVD before we can get rid of them, but the rest of them could probably go now.

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~ Day 66 ~

All of the family wedding photos are on a cabinet in the corner of the living room, and I wanted to take a photo of them all, but I couldn’t fit them all in, so I just took one of my mum and dad on their wedding day.

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~ Day 67 ~

I struggled all day with an idea for X, but then I saw Gemma’s letter, which is sitting waiting patiently for me to reply to it, and I saw the kisses and thought it was an easy solution, if not a bit of a cheat!

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~ Day 68 ~

Again, I struggled with Y, and was going to do yarn, but then hit upon the idea of Yahtzee!

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~ Day 69 ~

This was always going to be Z, in lieu of actually being at a zoo, or having any other ideas. I have never played Zoo Tycoon 2, but I love the first game. Hours of fun.

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~ Day 70 ~

On Saturday I ended up in Leigh-on-Sea, quite by accident, and, it being quite lovely there, I took quite a few photographs. This is my favourite (I like the sky).

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Four-Way Love

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I thought I’d share my first experience of a Google Hangout with you! I joined Google+ a while ago, when you still needed an invite, and was almost immediately underwhelmed. Let’s face it, it’s not great, is it? My friend Rob tries to convince me, all the time, that it is great, it’s just that there aren’t enough people on there at the moment, but I’m not really buying it. I’m no expert, of course, but it doesn’t give me anything that Facebook or Twitter doesn’t, and for that reason, I’m out. Except I’m not, not really, because it does give me one thing that Skype doesn’t (at least for free), and that is video calling with more than one person. My friends and I use Skype (though not as regularly as I would like), and it’s great, but you need to have a premium subscription to use video when there are more than three people on a call.

Now, Google+ has something called a hangout, and you can add various different people (up to ten) on video. We’ve been meaning to try it for ages, and finally, tonight, we did. The main problem was that Vicky couldn’t see our video, though we could see her, but that was a problem at her end, rather than with Google+. All in all it was very successful, and the quality of the call was as good as Skype. I took a few screenshots to share with you, because I’m kind like that.

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As you can see, you can be a dog (also a cat, devil or angel) while you are talking, and Anna took full advantage, being a total loser.

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Rob as a devil. Also, just so you know, Rob was upstairs, and Anna was downstairs, in the same house. Also, nobody technically invited Rob to the conversation, he was just super excited, but he’s a Google nerd.

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My webcam isn’t great quality, and it’s at a funny angle, so I don’t look great (also, I don’t look great).

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I think this is when we were all laughing at Rob, though I can’t remember why!

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Anna as an angel, falling asleep because Rob was talking about mountain lions, or leopards, or some such nonsense.

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And finally, Anna and I attempting a kiss, as we prepared to sign off and say goodbye. We continued to talk for about forty minutes after this photo.

So that’s that. Google+ hangouts are good. Google+ itself is not. Or rather, it’s wholly pointless.

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Best in Show ~ Blog Posts

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I follow rather a lot of blogs on my Google Reader, and I get so annoyed with myself when I let the posts build up so high that I just don’t have the time to read them all. I have just had another mammoth session of reading through them all, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite posts of the last week or so with you.

1. 5 Tips for Lifestyle Photography

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Here, Elsie from a beautiful mess shared some of her tips for photographing everyday life. And these aren’t technical tips, as such, more general advice about how to capture the little details you often overlook.

2. Sputnik Inspired Lighting

One of my Project 366 photos last week was of a light fitting, and although it wasn’t necessarily sputnik inspired, I very much enjoyed the aesthetic of it, in the same way that I like these lights that Nicole at Making it Lovely picked out. Rather too expensive for my tastes, but enjoyable all the same!

3. Look – Bedknobs and Broomsticks

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Mallory at Where the Lovely Things Are posted some screenshots of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and I had to share it just because I love the film! And I have the same reaction as she does to Portobello Road – I immediately start hearing it in my head whenever I am near the place or see it written down, and I secretly would love to walk through the market and have everyone start singing and dancing to it.

4. DIY Vintage Playing Card Framed Picture

Victoria at Lily Loves Lola provided her readers with a really simple yet effective DIY tutorial, using some vintage playing cards and a frame! It’s such a good idea; I’ve pinned it to my Crafty board on Pinterest and I’m definitely going to be trying it, or something similar, in the future.

5. Make Your Own Peanut Butter

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Another one from Elsie at a beautiful mess here (one of my favourite blogs at the moment), she made her own peanut butter! Yum! I have seen it made before, and I’ve always thought I would like to try it, because I love the idea that it is just made from peanuts, and no actual butter or anything! I also want to try the hazelnut chocolate spread, because I love Nutella too!

What have you been blogging about this week?

Project 366 – Week 10

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I’m nearing the end of the ABC Photo Challenge now, and the end of the alphabet is much more difficult than the start! Today is V, and I haven’t taken a photograph yet, I can’t think of anything just now, and the weather is so awful that I don’t feel much like exploring to try and find inspiration! As with last week, some of my daily photos here are the alphabet photos, but some aren’t.

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~ Day 58 ~

This is an owl teapot that has been in the house for as long as I can remember, and I thought I had no idea where it came from. However, I do remember seeing it featured on Design is Mine last year, and I commented on the post saying that it came from my mum’s sister-in-law. I must have asked her at the time where she got it, but I don’t remember the answer – I’m glad that I did comment, otherwise I’d probably have no idea! Anyway, this was my O photo (or at least, the photo was of this owl) for Monday.

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~ Day 59 ~

This was my P photo – I went with ‘Project’ (I know, scraping the barrel a little bit!). I have been knitting squares for a while, with the overall plan being to knit them together to create a blanket. I’m not sure how well it’s going to work to be honest, because they are mostly all different sizes, despite coming out of the same book. So we’ll have to see.

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~ Day 60 ~

This was always my plan for Q – what else would I have taken a photograph of! I was going to take a photo of the ‘vintage’ tin we have that has become the sewing box, but it didn’t look vintage enough, so I didn’t bother. This is one that had for Christmas, and there is actually still a chocolate or two left in it!

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My R photo was such a cop out (I drew a very basic rainbow on a piece of paper and took a photo of it), that I couldn’t include it here in all good conscience! I was struggling all day with it, so I took a photo of my egg cup too, so that I would have a standby for Project 366 if I needed one! I love this egg cup, I got it for my birthday from Anna but have only just used it!

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~ Day 62 ~

Every time I go to Anna and Rob’s house, it crosses my mind how much I like their light fittings. I don’t even know why, it must just be the pattern that I like. Anyway, I was there on Friday, and my S photo had been a photo of myself, entitled ‘Self Portrait’ (and I had added some effect to hide the fact that I wasn’t looking great). I wasn’t going to include that on here, so I took a photograph of the aforementioned light fitting.

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~ Day 63 ~

Saturday night was my brother’s engagement party – he proposed to his girlfriend Bex on Valentine’s Day, and here is the happy couple! It was a fun night!

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~ Day 64 ~

This was a potential U photo for yesterday, but I ended up going with a photograph of the UK in my atlas! I wanted to use my atlas for my A photo, because I love it, but I couldn’t find it. As it turned out, it was on my bookshelf all along and I just hadn’t been looking properly. Anyway, so I went with my umbrella, which is hanging outside from the last time I used it. I didn’t go out yesterday (combination of tiredness, slight hangover from the night before, and sheer laziness), and I don’t plan on going out today, so the umbrella can stay where it is. It wouldn’t last long today anyway; it’s so windy here!

So that’s Week Ten done! As I said, I’m nearing the end of the ABC Photo Challenge, so I’m going to have to start thinking of things on my own again. I might try and give myself a weekly theme, or something, so that I can motivate myself to take the photos. We’ll see how it goes; I’m mightily impressed that I haven’t missed a day yet!

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