Father Christmas was very good to me, and he bought me a new camera strap for the camera I bought last autumn.
It’s off Etsy, and it’s worth having a browse for camera straps on there as there are lots of goodies available.
With my other camera, I made the strap myself and it was good fun. However, I wanted this strap to have clips so that I could remove the strap easily when I didn’t want it. I use this camera to take macros so I won’t always want the strap in the way. The clips make it easy to remove the strap, and the clips themselves mesh together so that you can create a handle after unclipping the strap.
There are so many instructions for decorating camera straps nowadays, and so many pretty straps for sale, that there’s no excuse for not jazzing up your camera!
Last Wednesday I had the day off, so my Mother and I went to explore a fishing lake we’ve recently discovered near our allotment. Britain is currently in the middle of a particularly crappy winter, and our trip to the lake was no exception! The wind was rough, but for once it didn’t rain.
There were a lot of birds, but I didn’t manage to photograph them all. These photos were all edited on my Mac, using Pixelmator. Please let me know if you have any pointers for using this editing software. On the whole, I didn’t find the process too painful, but everything is still new. Click or hover on the images to get the bird names.
If you’re wondering, the Canada Goose is my favourite photo. I love the contrast of the water and the green verge.
I’ve now had my new laptop a week, so I thought it was time to share a photo with you.
It’s a 13″ Macbook Pro. I’ve called it Lorelei (I’m going through a Gilmore Girls phase at the moment). In the photo above it is with my green hard-drive, which is called Marcus Aurelius (all my devices have really random names). I’ve wiped the green hard-drive (which had old back-ups on it) so that I can use it with Apple’s Time Machine software. This is a program which backs up your computer frequently to protect against data loss.
My new laptop is taking some getting used to. Although I’ve used iPads and iPhones for several years now, I’ve never used an Apple computer before and it feels like I’m learning how to use the technology all over again. Everything is different! It took ages just to work out how to ‘right click’. I’ve been asking a lot of questions on Twitter, and it looks like that won’t stop any time soon. Thank you to everyone who has been giving me advice!
I’ve ordered a case, cover and skin for the laptop, so I’ll do another post when these have arrived. I’ve also bought Pixelmator, which is a highly-rated photo-editing program for Macs, so now I need to learn how to edit photos again. I used the software to edit the photo above and I didn’t do that badly though!
On average, I keep my laptops for five years, so I’m hoping my Macbook will last this long. I know Apple like to issue new devices each year (at the expense of old ones, to a degree), but I’m hoping this won’t affect my use of my Macbook.
(For those wondering, the weird blobs on the left of my desk are Lush bath bombs. I got them for Christmas and they’re just sitting at my desk watching me at the moment!)
I wondered about doing this post, as I didn’t use many notebooks for journalling in 2013. However, I thought I should share what I did use anyway, even if it wasn’t much!
My Doodle planner was a 2013 limited edition Star Wars Moleskine notebook. It was the large planner, and was a week to view with notes.
The centre notebook, the orange Rhodia Webbie, was my main journal for this year. I actually used it from January until November. I really didn’t write much this year. A very poor showing!
The blue Rhodiarama on the right is the journal I started in November, so I’m still using it now. I love this notebook. It’s got all the goodness of the Webbie (my favourite notebook), but with exciting colours!
I intend to make more of an effort with my journalling this year, so hopefully my 2014 post will have more notebooks to discuss!
I thought it would be fun to pull together a collage of all my charity craft projects for 2013. In 2013, I completed 15 projects. That brings my total to 16 projects so far.
I feel like I achieved quite a lot in 2013! Blogs are quite good for making you realise what you’ve been up to in the previous year.
I don’t know if I’m going to make any charity items this year. I probably will end up doing so, but I haven’t got any firm plans around it. We shall see what happens.
I’m not creating resolutions for 2014. I haven’t done new year resolutions for a few years now. I don’t really see the point as I don’t stick to them. However, I like creating monthly goals. 30 days is much more manageable than a whole year, and it means I can set goals on various tasks.
Here are my goals for January:
- Read six books (and reduce number of started books)
- Buy no clothes
- Do 10 stripes of crochet blanket (that’s 30 rows)
- Lose 1Kg
- Go to charity shop and get rid of stuff in garage
Reading six books in January will put me on target for reading 70 books this year. I’m also going to use this goal to clear the pile of books I currently have started. I want to get it down to two. I currently have six books on the go, but they won’t all be finished by the end of January as two are really big ones, so I’ll be reading some short books too.
I don’t really want to buy any clothes this year, as I have plenty. However, I think it’s an unrealistic goal as I love buying knitwear, so I’m going to control it on a month-by-month basis.
I’d love to finish the whole crochet blanket in one month, but it’s a huge project and that is completely unrealistic. I want a measurable goal with the blanket and 10 stripes seems reasonable.
Regarding my weight, I ate far too much during December and now my clothes are tight. I’m terrible at snacking, so I need a realistic weight loss goal because I’ll no doubt fall off the wagon along the way!
The charity shop task is a simple one in theory, except it keeps raining and I don’t want to lug stuff through the marketplace in the rain. The garage is once again full of items we no longer needed, so I must go to Oxfam this month and drop it all off!
Do you have any goals for this month?
These are the last few pages from my 2013 Moleskine doodle planner. I’ve decided to carry on doing a planner in 2014, so you’ll see new pages from that soon. In the mean time, here’s the end of 2013.
Dual Survival is a Discovery Channel show where they stick two American survival experts in a variety of situations with limited gear, and they have to get themselves rescued. It’s awesome.
I didn’t write much this week, but I ate a lot!
Half this week falls in 2013, and half in 2014. I decided to stop the notebook on the 31st, so the next one has the rest of this week!
This is the finished Moleskine. It’s a bit fatter than when it started! It is one of the limited edition Star Wars planners. My 2014 planner is one of the limited edition Lego planners.
I haven’t done a link post for quite a while, so it’s time to get a cup of tea/coffee and settle down with a blanket to read all the goodies that the web has to offer!
These sculptures are made of plants, and they are awesome. There’s a photo of one at the top of this post. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have something like this in your garden! It’s so clever.
One of my lovely readers, Krystof, sent me this link to a Czech stationery store. The web design is brilliant and it all looks quite cool. I’m trying not to buy much stationery this year, as I have plenty that needs using. We’ll see how long that lasts!
I wish I had all these crochet blankets. They are so beautiful. I need to finish my crochet blanket this year.
Pilot have made mini fountain pens! They’re so cute! Pilot nibs are really nice, so if you’re looking for a cheap fountain pen to play with, these will do the trick nicely.
Here’s a nice list of 27 ways to achieve your goals. It’s the start of a new year, and so a link about achieving goals is somewhat inevitable! Personally, I’m not sure you need a mentor nowadays when there’s so much info available on the web (I mean for life in general – obviously for jobs like being a doctor a mentor is better!). I agree with all the other points though.
Apparently keyhole gardens are an actual thing. The garden is built in a keyhole shape with a path and a place for watering in the middle. Your composting also goes in the middle and your plants get automatically fed. Awesome!
A one year of cups project! I was wondering about doing a one year of sunsets project so I found this project interesting. I’ve decided not to do a similar project though – it would be hard at the moment given that we’ve had nothing but rain for the last month.
A brilliant story about buying a house. I love the cute little house they bought! You couldn’t do that in this country though as the starting house price is double that, even for rubbish! I live well away from London, and can still expect to pay £100-110 000 for a small “beginner” house!
Spaghetti and meatball pizza. Make it so.
I love the colour of these notebooks.
This Tumblr is a graphic designer’s project to redesign business logos to tell the truth. It’s so true.
Have a lovely Saturday, whatever you’ve got planned!
Ages ago, I got a feather quill. I kept meaning to talk about it on here, but I never did. I’m still sorting out my computer before my new one arrives, and I came across the photos I took for the post I never wrote.
The feature has a metal nib affixed to the end, and it is this part that you dip in ink and write with (as opposed to a quill where the end of the feather is shaped into a nib).
It’s actually really hard to write with, so I keep it for decorative purposes only.
It feels scratchy to write with, and it doesn’t hold much ink. It really makes you appreciate the efforts people had to go to when writing in the olden days (at least until the advent of decent metal nibs). All those illuminated scripts will have been done with quills. Amazing!
I ordered a new laptop this week, so I’m clearing out the old stuff on my computer before I switch over. I will soon be a Mac user! I’ve never had a Mac laptop before. I seriously winced at the price, but I really don’t want to use Windows 8, and my current laptop has a winning combination of no working mouse button, a dead battery and a super-slow start-up. Amazon were selling 13″ Macbook Pros with £170 off so I’ve ordered one of them.
It will be a fairly easy switchover, as I don’t keep many files any more, and what I do have is on various clouds. I’ve been storing photos on here and on Flickr, and I save actual files on Dropbox (I print important photos). My iTunes library is on an external drive, so it should be a fairly painless switchover. I will move my library on to the new laptop’s harddrive. Having your iTunes library on an external drive is a right faff, as you have to plug it in to your computer if you ever want to do anything (even just updating software).
Anyway, the real point of this post is to share some photos I took last month of lichen. I love lichen!
It’s my first day back in the office today. I’ve eaten far too much this holiday, but never mind! Happy Thursday!