52 Week Dogwood Challenge

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Over recent years I have found myself exploring my artistic side more and more.  It has always been there yet I think I pushed it aside thinking that it was not something for someone like me, I was supposed to have a sensible career where I achieved many great things.  Seems so silly to me now looking back on it.  Struggles with illness, anxiety and depression lead me to explore who I was and to find things to occupy my overworked little mind.  I started trying out many things of a creative and artistic nature and this is where Mr B’s Button Jamboree came from as well as new found hobbies such as knitting and sewing.  Photography had always been something I had enjoyed doing, though it was mostly point and shot photography of quite a typical nature.  Over the last few years though I have been developing more of a sense of the style and type of photography I really enjoy doing as well as making tentative steps away from the automatic settings on my camera!  Here is a small selection of some of the many thousand that I took on our travels…

 

Phillip aka Colobus Yeti (check out his blog!) bought the 52 Week Dogwood Challenge to my attention.  It is designed to challenge and develop photography skills both technical and creative.  Despite my misgivings over the fact that about one third of the weeks focus on people photography – an area I really am not keen on, give me inanimate objects any day of the year – I have decided to go for it.  Developing my photography was on my list I drew up in the New Year mentioned in my post on 7th Jan and so this seems such a thing to help drive me on to do so.  Is quite tough putting my photographs out there for people to see, hopefully the experience will help me to develop as a person too.  So here goes…my entry for week 1 in the 52 week challenge was…

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Final Countdown!

Well my products have had their close ups (done by my very talented husband colobusyeti  – check out his blog here) and the next step is to list them on my Etsy shop!! So that’s my job for this afternoon. It is hard to believe that after all this time, I am about to see my little business venture out into the big wide world – and in time for Christmas too. Wish me luck people!

Non-work wise, we went to our first gig up North yesterday – to see the absolutely amazing Lau. If you like highly creative music, folk music that just builds and lives – I can’t recommend them enough. We had seen them once before at Glastonbury though we had both forgotten how brilliant they are…Phillip had even forgotten ever seeing them! After last night we have no idea how we had managed to forget them, I blame the cider myself…