Friday Four

(Same as Thursday Three only a day late….)

1. Life

  • My classes start back again next week so I’m enjoying my last few days of freedom, as my friend would say!  The house is being cleaned to within an inch of its life, there is absolutely no dirty washing anywhere, and today I’m treating myself to a little at-home spa which I’ll tell you more about in the coming weeks!  I’m actually really looking forward to starting study again though; I’m doing a double major this year with bass guitar and vocals, so its going to be super busy!

2. Crafts

  • I finished the brown log cabin blanket! Looking back at my Ravelry page for it, I realise that it took me exactly one year from cast on to cast off (with a lot of projects in between of course)! Photos and more details to come, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.
  • My first FO for the year was another baby surprise jacket, and since I found out another friend is pregnant, another one will be on its way soon!
  • I’ve started charity knitting for the Waikato hospital – so far I’ve made two and a half little preemie hats.  I can’t find the link to the pattern but they only take a couple of hours each so I should get a couple more done before classes start back.
  • Oh and by the way? My Molly disaster was salvaged – it makes a very nice cowl 🙂 Photos and more details to come.

3. Reading

  • I’m reading a book at the moment that my dad lent me called Betrayed by J. M. Windle, about tree huggers and people huggers in Guatemala.  Very interesting, although a little hard to get into at the start.
  • I’ve also organised my books around the flat so I know which ones I have still to read, there’s quite a few so I won’t be needing to go to the library any time soon.

4. Foods

  • I made my favourite chicken dish for dinner the other day, its called Cola Chicken. Sound intriguing? I’ll let you know the recipe next week!

Hope you’re all having a lovely day and keeping busy 🙂

 

 

 

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Photo fun

Recently I read a post that had a photo that looked really vintage, and it turns out it’s pretty easy to do in Picasa.  After a bit of googling I found this site with more details of how to do it.  Basically, it’s suggested to get all the basic fixes out of the way, fix the shadows and highlights, and add saturation and soft focus.

Here’s a couple of photos I’ve played around with:

Photo One

Wall before

This was taken in a little photo shoot I needed for a class assignment where I had to create a CD cover.  It was a normal windy day in Wellington as you can tell by my crazy hair!

Wall after

I followed the suggested fixes but also added film grain to make it a bit more vintage, and did a bit of a retouch on the crazy hair!

Photo Two

Shoes before

This was taken on a weekend away at our beach house, Andrew and I had matching shoes!

Shoes after

Again I did the same fixes and added film grain, and also cropped out the jersey that was showing at the top of the photo.

Thanks to David Barnes for the tips – hopefully this means that the photos I put up from now on will look a little more professional!

Three on Thursday: Books

Starting this to help me with the PostAWeek2011 challenge.

One of my favourite things to do in the holidays is to settle in with a good book.  Christmas brought with it a few new ones, which I’ve been working my way through.

Four Blind Mice – James Patterson

I got this book with a voucher from my secret Santa!  It was the next in the series of Detective Alex Cross books, which I love, and I got through it in about a week, it was hard to put down!  You don’t need to have read the previous books in the series to understand whats going on, its pretty well explained, but its good to have a background on who everyone else is.

Recommended if: you like detective ‘who-dunnit’ stories, though its rated PG for some violence.

What Would Audrey Do? – Pamela Keogh

I found this book while I was away on Christmas holiday, and its one of the best books I’ve read in a long time!  A mix of Audrey Hepburn trivia, and tips on how to emulate her lifestyle and fashion.  Did you know – she took 52 suitcases with her when she traveled, smoked right up until she died, and hated watching her own movies!  A really interesting book, also hard to put down.

Recommended if: you’re a big Audrey Hepburn fan like me!!

The Wish List – Martina Reilly

A present from Andrew – I’m still reading this one, although I’m over halfway through.  So far its an interesting story about a husband who is a drug addict, and his family who are dealing with it.  They have to move house because of debts and now live next door to a man who their 8 year old son thinks is Santa!  There’s been some funny moments so far, so I’m looking forward to the ending.

Recommended if: you like a good light-hearted story thats not too deep, but still entertaining.

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COMPETITION!!

Do you love Jodi Picoult? Jessica at A BookLover’s Diary has an Advanced Reading Copy of Picoult’s new book ‘Sing You Home’ to give away.  Check it out here!

 

 

 

Eleven

Happy New Year!
Hope you like my blog theme 🙂

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Check out this video we watched in one of my classes last year:

Eleven seems to be coming up quite a bit since I watched this video again over Christmas – 2011, i’ve been going to bed around 11 for the last few nights, and I managed to complete 11 craft projects last year!

My aim was to get 12 done – an average of one per month – but alas that didn’t happen (although mum says the two projects i’m still halfway through should add up to 12!)  Here’s the details:

I have a few more posts coming to catch you up on the last few months of 2010.  As for my blogging for the rest of the year, i’m going to attempt WordPress’s post-a-week challenge and see how I go!