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Our host for February is Rachel over at The Awesome Lady, so please do pop over to her blog to find out who else is playing along.  I’m running really late with my photos this month and spent most of this morning trying to think of things to photograph – eek!

 

Inspiration

I like to jot down quotes and poems in a wee notebook, which occasionally gets flicked through when I’m looking for inspiration.  This particular notebook isn’t one of mine, it’s a Celeste Frittata creation.

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Something I made

Despite the various commissions I’ve done this month, my favourite thing has been this rather frivolous use of time and paint

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New

I love it when a new season is on the horizon: at the moment I’m enjoying early spring bulbs and watching the blossom buds start to swell on trees.

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Baking

Annoyingly I did actually bake a cake this month, but failed to photograph it!  Instead here’s a quick shot of one of the many, many recipe books littering our kitchen.

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Motifs: Triangles

I was really quite stuck for this subject, then I sat down at my desk in despair and when I looked up the answer was staring me in the face: kirigami, stuck to my studio wall!

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Rachel will be choosing her favourites over the next week or two, so please do remember to check her blog again later this month.  The favourites from January haven’t gone up yet due to unforeseen circumstances, but Sarah over at Cinders & Rain will have them up in the next day or so.

What’s happening next month with the Crafty Photo Scavenger Hunt?  Ruth over at The Goldhawk Project is our host for March, so please pop along to her blog tomorrow and see what topics she’s chosen.

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January is vanishing at a rate of knots, so it’s about time I got my act together and chose my favourites from December!

Inspiration

I have two favourites in this category, Margot’s cup of tea, and Nicole’s stunning sunset.

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Something I made

My favourite has to be Nicole’s steaming dish of tagine… it might be vegetarian (I’m very firmly a carnivore!), but it does look good!  An honorary mention goes to Sally for her use of sparklers 🙂

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Gifts

I haven’t the foggiest what a dunny is, but I do like the look of this one as photographed by Sara over at Cinders & Rain.

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Tradition

I have a fondness for records, which made choosing a favourite in this category very easy!  This is Margot’s shot of a record containing four Christmas stories which she listens to every year.

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Motif: Stars

Simple, but effective, I really liked this shot of stars by Rachel over at The Awesome Lady.

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Thanks so much for taking part this month, it’s been lovely as always to see what you’ve chosen to post, and I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to pick my favourites.  My honorary favourite this month is Ruby the cat, photographed by Ruth – such a beautiful cat!

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Sara over at Cinders & Rain is our host for the CPSH in January so click here to see what topics she’s chosen, so if you haven’t already signed up then please pop over there and let her know that you’ll be playing!

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I’ll start off with a list of those people who are taking part – please do visit their blogs and have a look at their entries for this month.  If they haven’t posted their photographs yet then please be patient and check again later!

Inspiration

Sadly December hasn’t been so much about inspiration as motivation, and at this time of year that motivation is very banal…

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Something I made

A very last minute photo, and item, for this category – I finished this book about ten minutes ago, my last notebook of 2012!

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Gifts

Like a complete numpty I forgot to take photos of any presents while they were wrapped up… so here’s a close up of one of the beautiful vintage tins that my sister-in-sin gave me.

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Tradition

What’s more traditional than baubles on a tree?

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Motif: Stars

And to contrast with the traditional photo, here’s one of my rather simplified tree.

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As usual I’ll be doing the rounds and will pick my favourites from the other blogger’s photos and will post them on here within the next fortnight.

What’s happening next month with the Crafty Photo Scavenger Hunt?  Sara over at Cinders & Rain is our host for January, so please pop along to her blog tomorrow and see what topics she’s chosen.

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Many apologies for being SO late choosing my favourites for November, but December has been a busy month.  Without further ado, here they are…

Inspiration

Ruth‘s shot of the skyline in Salzberg caught my eye, and just goes to show that you can take a photo into the light!

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Something I made

I really liked Rachel’s wish jar, but Sally just edged into the top spot with her wonderfully starry cake 🙂

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Fireworks

Shame on those of you who didn’t manage to get photos of actual fireworks – I managed to get two!  Ruth‘s shot of some hot sauce made me laugh, but I’m afraid the favourite in this category is the only one of real fireworks…

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History

Margot‘s shot of a monument in Dhaka being devoured by a tree is beautiful, and I do love seeing nature reclaiming man-made things so this one was easy to choose 🙂

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Flames

My joint favourites in this category were Ruth‘s candelabra shot, and Margot‘s photo of an old lady cooking dinner.  Both of them are so beautifully atmospheric!

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Thanks so much for taking part in November, I’ve enjoyed seeing all your photos and I’m just really sorry it’s taken me so long to choose my favourites.  I will be less tardy with the December favourites, I promise!

Sara over at Cinders & Rain will be our host in January, so don’t forget to visit her blog next week to find out what the topics are!

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Winter is finally here, or so it would seem from the frost outside this morning!  Here are my photos for this month’s CPSH, and a list of all the other participants is at the bottom.  I’ll be posting the topics for December tomorrow, so please pop back to check them (and also remember to check the new rota to find out who’s hosting in January).

Inspiration

I’ve been inspired by quite a lot this month, but the thing that sticks in my memory most is an afternoon spent sifting through stamps…

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Something I made

I made this at the very last minute before last weekend’s Kensal Flea, and typically it was sold to my first customer of the day!

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Fireworks

I couldn’t decide between these two, so I’m cheating and posting both.

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History

Arty shot of the Central Hall at the Museum of Natural History.

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Flames

I’ve spent an unfeasible amount of time cooking over the past month and, due to the lights in the kitchen being a bit on the fritz, a lot of that time was spent in semi-darkness…

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Thanks for stopping by, and please visit the blogs of our other participants to see what photos they’ve got for us this month.

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Our host for this month is the ever modest Rachel over at The Awesome Lady 😉  Click here to visit her blog and find out who else is playing along.  I’m a day late with my submissions, but better late than never right?!

Inspiration

On Saturday I visited the Warner Bros. studio at Leavesden and had a whale of a time looking around the Harry Potter exhibition there.  I absolutely adore the Harry Potter books and constantly use them as a source of inspiration.  I took oodles of photographs whilst I was there, so I thought I’d just pick a random arty shot for this category! (Bonus points if you know which film this piece of scenery is from)

Something I made

A close up of the vintage school desk I revamped last month.

Changing seasons

Autumn is definitely here, and the leaves are just starting to flush from green at Kew Gardens.  I plan to go back in the next few weeks to see what should be a spectacular display of reds, yellows and oranges as all the leaves start to change before they fall.

Doodles/drawings

Once upon a time my art teacher did a lovely charcoal portrait of me.  I have it pinned up in my studio, and here’s a close up.

Motifs: music

Music doesn’t play much of a part in my life.  I never know what’s in the charts, and really I rarely listen to music at all (I prefer audio books when I’m at work, or silence).  I do love to see music on paper though, there’s something very attractive about those notes all down in black.  I have some vintage sheet music in my studio which I use every now and then to cover books, so I chose that as my subject for this photo.

Jenna over at Timballoo is our host for October, so please pay her a visit in the next few days to find out what the topics will be.

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I’m a bit late choosing my favourites this time round, but here they are…

Inspiration

Ruth’s rather dramatic shot caught my eye for this category, I wonder if I’d ever be brave enough to do something like this?

Something I made

Sally’s cherry print clipboard is my favourite this time round, and I’m pleased to see she did get it done (whatever the method!) 🙂

Summer

I thought Ruth’s beautiful shot of a field in Chamonix was simply stunning, and welcome relief from the seemingly non-stop rain we’ve had here in the UK so far this summer.

Holiday

Margot’s photograph of Dartmoor in November captures the cold winter light beautifully.

But Rachel’s shot of Amroth beach is joint winner this time (again, I’m attracted by the light!).

Childhood

This was by far the easiest favourite to choose because Scrabble reminds me so strongly of my dad.  I loved playing Scrabble with him, even though he usually won, and I have a lot of fond memories of it.  Thank you to Ruth for this photo, I love it.

Thanks so much for taking part this month, it’s been lovely as always to see what you’ve chosen to post 🙂

Sally is our host for the CPSH in July so click here to see what topics she’s chosen, and I could do with someone volunteering for August so please shout out if you’re interested!

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I’ll start off with a list of those people who are taking part – please do visit their blogs and have a look at their entries for this month.  If they haven’t posted their photographs yet then please be patient and check again later!

Inspiration

I’ve been doing quite a lot of reading this month, specifically about sketching.  There’s something a bit voyeuristic about seeing pages from another person’s sketchbook, but it’s inspirational too.  My current read is An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory (review to follow in due course).

Something I made

Bit of a late contender for this category, and I’ll be blogging about this item on Monday so check back then for more details!

Summer

One of the things I take enormous pleasure in, when the weather permits, is pottering around in my garden.  Not necessarily achieving anything in terms of weeding/pruning – more like giving things a good coat of looking at, with occasional breaks to sit and read, and a large cup of coffee to hand.

Holiday

I was actually a bit stuck for this category, it’s a week too soon or I’d have loads of photos!  So I had a bit of an experiment with the different filters on the Vignette app and came up with this.  I like it, it makes me think of airport x-rays.

Motifs: Childhood

I sound like a stuck record but I do have real trouble throwing things away, which is why I still have (at the age of 31) my childhood bedding.  It hasn’t been used in twenty years, but I can’t bear to get rid of it and I’m sure some day I will turn it into something fabulous.

As usual I’ll be doing the rounds and will pick my favourites from the other blogger’s photos and will post them on here, but I’m going away for a few days so please check back towards the end of the week 🙂

What’s happening next month with the Crafty Photo Scavenger Hunt?  Sally over at Diario is our host for July, so please pop along to her blog tomorrow and see what topics she’s chosen.

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Once again, a big thank you to those who took part last month – I hope you all enjoyed the topics!  It’s taken me a few days, but here’s a round up of my favourites.

Inspiration

It was very, very difficult to choose a favourite in this category.  I was torn between two and dithered for quite a while… but in the end I think Ruth’s dandelion wins it by a smidgen, with Sally’s yarn stash as a very close second (you might have come in first, if I didn’t have total stash-envy!).  Honourable mention goes to Margot with her bicycle panniers full of flowers.

Something I made

Jenna’s sketch of raccoons made me smile, they’re such mischievous-seeming creatures and her work captures them beautifully.

Urban

Another difficult one.  Jenna almost nabbed this with her lovely shot of a Seattle street, but in the end I think Margot’s photo of Dhaka is my favourite as it reminds me of Indonesia 🙂

Transport

Hands down favourite in this category is Rachel’s photograph of a Transformers collection.  WIN!

Graffiti

I have a real love of graffiti, so when I picked this topic at the beginning of May I was hopeful that there would be some good and varied submissions – and I wasn’t disappointed.  I loved them all, from Margot’s photo of the beautiful rickshaw decorations to Sally’s badly-spelled-yet-accurate comment on society.  A gold star goes to Rachel for her own creation, I did wonder if not living in the city would prove a challenge for this topic, but she rose to it admirably!  My favourite, though, is this shot by Jenna.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing all your photos this month, perhaps more so than usual because (being a born-and-raised Londoner) cities are so close to my heart.  I hope the summery topics for June inspire you for the coming month and I’m looking forward to seeing what you all come up with this time!

Sally has kindly volunteered to host the CPSH in July, and as I like to be organised please do shout out if you fancy hosting it in August.

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A big thank you to those who took part this month, I’ve really enjoyed looking through all your photos.  I’ve had a good browse over the weekend and chosen my favourite from each category…

Inspiration

A gorgeous shot of butterflies by Ruth

Something I made

I couldn’t help it, I love this cross stitch by Ruth.  It’s a shame that Rachel didn’t use her retro jelly for this category instead though because I might have gone with that (I love jelly!)

Motifs: Retro

Margot’s right, this isn’t really retro but I do think it’s a lovely shot of some very beautiful embroidery so this is my favourite for this category.

 

Books

This was always going to be a difficult category to judge and I’ve ended up with two favourites: Rachael’s (I love the colours) and Jen’s (I like the blur so much I don’t think I’d want to see the non-blurred version!)

 

Sunlight

My final favourite is this great shot by Rachel.

Thanks again for playing along, and if you want to take part this month you’ll need to visit Jen over at Timballoo to find out what the new topics are as she’s guest hosting.  Please do encourage others to take part too, the more the merrier!

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