HOW TO MAKE GINGER LEMONADE

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When the sun comes out, I like to make our favourite drink.

It’s so refreshing!

For a little bit of fun and because the ingredients are so pretty…. here’s a little demo.

HOW-TO -

Squeeze a couple of fresh limes & chop another one.

Chop a handful of mint.

Crush some ice in a clean tea towel and add everything to the jug.

Fill the jug with 1/2 ginger beer & 1/2 Sprite or lemonade.

Stir well & serve.

Delicious on its own or with a generous shot of vodka (apparently!)

(Jug & Tea Towel from Toast + Wooden spoon from Hope In The Woods)

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Over the weekend Ky made his special fruit salad… I loved the colours so much we decided to make a Mini Monday Movie together…

If you’re interested in learning how I make these Mini Movies to share on Instagram…

Then check out my new course Mini Time Capsules which is available from today! I share shooting tips and show you all the basics to edit a tiny film in iMovie. It’s simple and fun!

 

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May 21st, 2015 at 2:00 pm

MINI TIME CAPSULES – OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

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It’s nearly time to start creating your own mini films for Instagram – All the magic of a Time Capsule film in 15 seconds of fun!

PRE-REGISTRATION IS OPEN – Details of the course and how to sign up are HERE.

 

 

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May 18th, 2015 at 5:49 pm

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CREATING TIME CAPSULE FILMS – ONLINE COURSE OFFERINGS

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Capturing our daily life and adventures is my passion.

I’m a huge documenter through photos and films – especially films!

Enjoying the whole process – The shooting… finding ways to make the footage look as delicious as possible & deciding what memories are worth preserving. To editing it all together, creating the right flow & pace to make our stories shine through.

My favourite part of the process is knowing that these films are here forever… the best bits preserved in a Time Capsule film to be treasured always. The little reminders that bring emotions flooding right back. The everydayness and the special adventures – moments carefully threaded together to look back on years to come.

These films are a gift to me & to my family.

For over three years now, I’ve shared my Time Capsule film making process with hundreds of people – My online course Creating Time Capsules shows you, how I make films with step-by-step instructions so you can creating your own films to treasure.

I can’t tell how honoured I am to witness stories from all over the world – beautiful story telling of families documenting their brilliant lives.

I smile BIG every time.

If you’d like to try your hand at creating these memory evoking films…

Another round of the Creating Time Capsules course starts in June… all the details are HERE… Registration is OPEN!

Why don’t you join the wonderful community that gathers together?.

If you don’t have time to delve into all the details of film making, then my new offering might be just for you!

Mini Time Capsules are all the goodness in a teeny tiny film. To be shared on Instagram (or other social media) I’ll show you how to create a 15 second film of your stories. It’s the best fun!

All the details for MINI Time Capsules are over HERE. I’m so excited to share how simple and fun these are to make – Head on over as registration opens next week.

Any questions on either of the course, just contact me…

I look forward to sharing the magic that happens when you create these films for yourself.

Hey, this film is from this time last year… WOW… so much has changed & so much is the same… but all the details & memories are here – I’m so grateful!

I MUST go and find a yellow field this year!!!

 

 

 

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May 14th, 2015 at 5:27 pm

DAY IN THE LIFE MINI CAPSULE FILMS

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If you’ve been following my work for a while now, you’ll know my favourite Time Capsule film to create is the ‘Day In The Life’ film. Having made them for years now, I treasure each one for the story is holds.

Currently my new course is running over at The Bloom Forum and if I can, I like to take part alongside everyone, but I was feeling like approaching this ‘Day In The Life’ project a little differently.

So instead of one longer film on just one day… I thought it would be a good challenge for me to collect snippets of footage each day for a whole week! and create a daily 15 second film to post on Instagram.

Could I capture a real look at life in such a short film?

For the whole week I shot details of my day and in the evening edited it together… even though these films are pretty short – each second is a memory trigger and full of the emotion or events of the day.

I really enjoyed it!

(These films were originally posted on Instagram, but for this blog post they’ve been re-edited to add titles and some additional footage)

Along with so much wonderful support on Instagram, I was also asked lots of questions – so I’m putting together a mini online course sharing how you can create these films too!

All the details for MINI Time Capsules are over HERE. I’m so excited to share how simple, easy and fun these are to make – Head on over as registration opens soon.

All the films were shot on Canon EOS 5DIII & iPhone 5s.

 

LATELY

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April arrived quickly and whizzed by in a flash!

The month looked like this…

The Easter break – A couple of trips away had us outside enjoying nature. One with friends and loads of Easter treats. The other… the first camp of the year.

My Bloom Forum workshop started this week – It’s based on my Creating Time Capsules course but with a focus on creating “Day In The Life” films. Can’t wait to see what everyone creates! I’ve been so inspired, and tried approaching the idea from a different angle, by having fun making my own 15 second DITL films on Instagram.

I’ve been collaborating with West Elm in advance of them sponsoring the Blogtacular walk I’m hosting – There are a few tickets left! – come and join us… there are some fantastic speakers! – There’ll be a few blog posts for the West Elm blog, sharing some of my favourite markets in London. More posts to come…

Photographing a few lovely families… the most adorable newborn twins and a family I’ve watched grow up in front of my lens.

It’s been a packed month… here are some more of my favourite moments.

 Photos captured on Canan EOS 5DMIII & iPhone 5s

 

 

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May 3rd, 2015 at 9:00 pm

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DAY IN THE LIFE – CAMPING

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When the first camp of the season is planned… I’m a little reluctant as it’s often quite chilly at night. I’m still scared from a very cold May Bank Holiday camp a few years ago, where we were all woken in the night so cold, with no way of warming up!

We’re better prepared now… Blankets a plenty, thermals, hot water bottles and huddling together.

All the boys are so eager to get the tent out for its first adventure, I get swept up in their excitement and pack my woolly hat and scarves.

As it happens the weather was glorious! Blessed with beautiful sunny days allowing pockets of lazing around… Campfire cooking & a successful mission of making bows and arrows.

Good times… can’t wait for the next camping adventure.

If you’re interested in creating your own Day In The Life films –

Check out my new course over at The Bloom Forum… the course starts in a couple weeks.

 

 

 

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April 13th, 2015 at 2:45 pm

MARCH MEMORIES – A NEW TIME CAPSULE FILM

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As part of A Year of Creating Time Capsules I’ve challenged myself alongside everyone else to create a Time Capsule film each month.

You can see my February & extra one :: January :: December films – so far so good.

The community in the course are making some AMAZING films packed with the most precious memories – my heart completely bursts when I see all these moments preserved forever.

My film for March is from one weekend a couple of weeks – The sun was out and it really felt like spring was in the air. (If only the weather had stayed that way!).

If you’re interested in making your own Time Capsule films – I have a new online workshop running in April… Details are HERE.

 

 

 

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April 2nd, 2015 at 9:00 am

DAY IN THE LIFE – A NEW TIME CAPSULE ONLINE WORKSHOP

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One of my favourite Time Capsule films is the “Day In The Life” film – I love how these everyday scenes can tell such a wonderful story of your life as it is, right at this moment.

I’m so excited to offer a new course based around making one of these films -

I’ll be hosting it over at the gorgeous (and packed with some amazing talent!) Bloom Forum - You can find all the details over on their blog… (You will need to be a member of the Bloom Forum to take part)

The course starts at the end of April. The focus will be sharing the whole process to create your own DITL film – from shooting your day to editing it together – It’s going to be wonderful to concentrate on the magic of this kind of film.

(Some of the materials will be from my original Time Capsules course, so if you have any questions about taking part – just email me or leave a comment)

Let’s have some fun gathering your everyday moments into a story of your life… Pop over to the Bloom Forum to find out more.

If you’d like some inspiration – Here are some of my favourite DITL films from recent years…

 

 

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March 30th, 2015 at 1:58 pm

LATELY

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March is my favourite month, it’s full of hope after a long grey winter…

The light changes and there are daffodils everywhere!!

And blue skies start to make a regular appearance.

That’s reason enough to make it my favourite month…

It’s also my birthday & Lukes and lots of good friends, so there’s usually a few gatherings and celebrations…

We’ve been exploring London,

Making fires with the prize I won from Toast,

Luke’s been making spoons and has opened an online shop,

Pinterest named me an influential pinner here in the UK.

& I’m so excited to be hosting another photo walk at Blogtactular - this time with Samee Lapham.

Thank you March!

Lately things have looked like this…

 Photos shot on Canon EOS 5DmIII & iPhone 5s

 

 

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March 24th, 2015 at 9:56 am

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CREATING A STOP MOTION – BEHIND THE SCENES

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Since I’ve been sharing the little stop motions over Instagram, there have been a few questions about my process, so I thought… why not show you a little peek at behind the scenes of my latest creation.

First, let’s take a look at the stop-motion shared on Instagram.

Just a little bit of springtime fun…

Now you can take a behind-the-scenes peek at how I shot it -

Equipment used – Canon Camera Remote Control Cable TC-80N3 & Canon EOS 5DMIII with 35mm 1.4 lens

Other details – Fabric from Fictive Fingers :: My clothes from BodenCardigan & Breton :: Temporary tattoo from Rosie Wonders

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Once the photos are edited and re-sized to 16:9 ratio, I will bring them into iMovie to create the 15 second stop motion film and get it ready to upload to Instagram.

There are other editing programs you could use but this is quick and simple for me.

Let me show you…

Easy, right?

Hope this has inspired you to create your own stop motion films… HAVE FUN!

If you do create one I’d LOVE to see it, tag me on Instagram (@xantheb) or share in the comments here or my Instagram feed.

Have a great weekend… x.

If you’d like details of my online courses and other tutorials I’m creating, feel free to sign up to my MAILING LIST.

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March 13th, 2015 at 11:26 am