Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A couple of quick cards to show you ...

Hello again -

So, so busy in my world again at the moment - it's getting a bit out of control!  We had a 40th birthday party to go to on Saturday night (and they begin!!), and Nick had been away for work all the previous week, so it was just me and the boys from Sunday to Friday night.   Did I get any scrapping done?   Nope.  Absolutely none.   I was happy to pile into bed and read most nights, but I did watch a movie one night - Black Swan - a rather disturbing, but strangely compelling movie. 

Anyway, I managed to get a couple of cards made a week or so ago ...

And that's really all the creative work I've done of late.  

My photography tour is coming up this weekend, and I am SO excited about it!   The weather doesn't look too bad ... at least for Melbourne in winter anyway ... I just hope we're all able to get some good shots.   And I've signed up for a seven-week Digital SLR Camera course at Box Hill TAFE which starts at the end of July, which will be great - really looking forward how to REALLY use my camera - you know, take it off auto and play a little??   Will be great fun.

Anyway, unfortunately, the pile of washing on my couch isn't folding itself, so I'd better go do it.

Talk to you soon!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Proud as punch ...

... of my biggest little man, Ashton.   He was selected to play his guitar as part of the music display for his school's open night last night, and he was an absolute star!

He had been practicing his song, over and over, and over again, for a couple of weeks now, and had it absolutely nailed.   He played "Oh When the Saints Go Marching In", accompanied by his teacher, Damon, and was given the honour of playing the final song for the night.   I was so nervous for him, I thought my heart was going to burst out of my chest it was beating so hard, but Ashton was as cool as a cucumber, and just sat there in front of the microphone (and the 40-odd people watching!), and played the song exactly as he had practiced.   No stage fright whatsoever!

And, what's more, he had such a rocking little rhythm going, with Damon on support, that the little kids sitting at the front were clapping along, and one even got up and danced!

I was beaming with pride at the end of his song ... so proud of my little man :)

Anyway, on another note - I treated myself to a new lens for my camera the other day, and I think it's going to be fun to play with!   I was driving down our street the other day, and drove past this amazing Japanese maple tree, so I just had to go home and grab my camera, and drive back and take some pictures - just love the autumnal colours in Melbourne at the moment ....

I'm very impressed with the clarity in the following pics - given that they're hand-held photos, AND using a lens that doesn't have Image Stabilisation - when I zoom right in, there's so much detail in the veins in the leaves!  The little bit of lens flare was intentional by the way ...

I can't decide whether I prefer the darker or lighter pic ...

Anyway, I think that's all for me for tonight - might go put the electric blanket on and curl up with my book for a while.

Hope you've all had a good week so far - I'm going to get the chance to (hopefully) do a bit of crafting in the next week or so, so I may well have some new pics to show you soon.

Talk to you soon,

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I love my camera ....

Hi there again!

It's been a while since I've been here - whoops ... sorry about that!

I haven't really been creating much over the past few weeks - have been working on something else in the background which has been taking up a bit of my time, and will hopefully be finished soon.

So what have I been up to lately?   Well, we had a lovely Easter - we had the chance to head away for the
weekend to a friend's family farm in Bengworden (between Sale and Bairnsdale), and of course I took my camera .... just love these pics!   The first ones are of a fabulous falling-down fence on the shoreline, just as the sun was starting to set ...

And then I tried my hand at a couple of zoomed-in shots of the moon - not bad, considering I wasn't using a tripod ... I love how you can even see the craters!

 And this last one was just taken on my deck at home - was playing around with my tripod and some beautiful roses I bought ... thought I'd get in nice and close ...

So there you go ... can you tell I just LOVE my camera?   My full-day photography course with Mark Gray Photography is coming up soon .... here's the link if you're interested - looks like he's put his prices up since I signed on though!   Hope I manage to take some pics that look even remotely similar to those ones ...

Anyway, that's it for now - time to get ready for the school/kinder run.

Talk to you soon!