Archive for the ‘lately’ Category

LATELY – OH JULY

without comments

Goodness, July – you were packed! non-stop activities…

With weekends away to Somersault Festival and camping trips…

With a weekend at my parent’s house, sampling the produce from their land, plus a day trip to the beach.

With plenty of colour, as the colour//colour lovers project was in full glory. (Yes, I have an obsession with colourful flags!)

With a house move and the huge demands that brings…

With some wonderful portrait shoots – for families, friends and my sister’s tearoom – bakeaboo.

Now it’s time for August… I’m taking part in Susannah’s August Break… I’ll be sharing mostly on Instagram. I’ve even contributed to a couple of the daily emails - why don’t you join us?

And I’m going to take it a little easier this month.

Especially having just spent two days ill in bed, with exhaustion, a migraine and a stupid cold. I’m using this month to catch up on everything, hopefully unpack the new house and not miss our lovelies too much, as they ventured off on their own camp adventure for a few days…

Just a little film using some of the photos captured in a homemade Photo Booth.

It’s hard to believe we made one of these three years ago… what a gift these films are.

I have to tell you… the summer session of Creating Time Capsules is brimming with magic, I’m loving what people are creating – little stories of their everyday lives. It’s a joy.

If you’re interested, the course will run again in September… stay tuned for details.

Thanks July. You were awesome… Just like this poster from the Pedlar’s event… all the way back on the 1st!

***

Photos captured on Canon EOS 5d MIII & iPhone 5s… just in case you’re interested. x.

LATELY

without comments

Lots going on lately. I’m grateful… it’s been fun… if a little exhausting.

Dinner guests at the Boundary for a friend’s 40th on the longest day and we were treated to delicious food & a glorious sunset over London.

I must share these two fabulous projects which launched through Kickstarter. Then through hard work & determination, these ladies have made their dreams come true.

The Lazy Leopard by Nina Dogmetchi & Alphabet Journal by Luisa Brimble - please check them out if you have a chance.

The lovely Kate Murphy organised an outing to see the Vivian Maier film. I’ve been eagerly awaiting to see this, her street photography is stunning but her story is tragic in parts. Well worth a watch.

There was a big birthday this week – double digits as Cosmo turned 10! His day was full of magic as his list of new tricks was ticked off, with gifts from family and a trip to his favourite magic store. Next time you see him, what out for the Oreo cookies!

I’m knee deep in editing all I gathered during our trip to Mexico – I’ll be back next week with a film and lots to share about the experience.

I love this shoot of Cosmo on the beach…

Pink week continues… have you been playing along? I think there’s still more pink to be found.

Have a super weekend. x.

Flowers by Achillea Flowers.

 

 

Written by xanthe

June 27th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Posted in lately

LATELY

without comments

 

:: A weekend trip to the Mill IOW ::

:: An afternoon at Wimbledon with Instagram – before the championship starts ::

:: A ridiculous migraine – knocked me out for two days ::

:: Colourful floors with a friend & a darling family ::

yellow week continues for color//colour lovers.

Written by xanthe

June 20th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

LATELY

without comments

Mega week over here… it’s been busy, happy making & overwhelming all at the same time…

Busy prepping for Blogtacular – which starts tonight. I’m doing a photo walk tomorrow, which I’m really excited about and then at the last minute, there was a request to do a talk about my films & storytelling through video. So I’ve been battling with Keynote (aarrrgghhh!) and going through my Creating Time Capsules material to put a talk together, that will hopefully inspire others to shoot their stories…  feeling a wonderful mix of nerves and excited anticipation.

Blogtacular looks set to be loads of fun with chance to hang out with some lovely online friends. If you’re attending – do come over and say hi to me and if you can’t make it, then follow along on Instagram.

Another big project, has been adapting a film I made last year, for Canon’s Mother’s day campaign in the USA – I love my camera, so was really happy to encourage others to buy Canon.

The past weekend brought fun times in Nice, with all my girlfriends plus their husbands and children, to celebrate our friend’s 40th… it was the most beautiful setting for lunch.

Walking around beautiful Nice was stunning & we even managed a quick trip to the beach… which is impressive with over 12 adults & 12 children!

Till next week… when I’ll be back with news of registration for Creating Time Capsules this summer, which is set to open soon!

Have a great weekend x.

 

Written by xanthe

May 9th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Posted in lately

LATELY

with 2 comments

This week…

Holding onto camp memories ::

Riding my bike – and enjoying the happiness it brings ::

Checking out the venue for blogtacular – where I’ll be doing a workshop/photo walk – there are still tickets, so maybe you’d like to come along? ::

The delightful Kate Murphy photographed me for her Londoner project on Four by three – her work is beautiful, take time to look around ::

The yellow stairs always make me smile.

In other news…

My TANGIBLE time capsules course is in it’s last week. Some of the photos & projects from people taking part, have been so touching – their real life beautiful stories. And this is the week everyone starts printing… I’ve been assembling my Time Capsule box and it’s so lovely to have these particular images, that I might not have taken, had it not been for this course.

I’m planning to run another course in June… it’s still formulating in my head – but I see a combination of both Time Capsule courses – film/video making and photography with printing images – If you’d to be the first to hear… do join my mailing list.

Lastly…

I’ve been finding it tricky to FOCUS recently… with lots going on, quite a few headaches, various stresses, fantastic work projects, creative ideas surfacing & opportunities on the horizon…. I faff around trying to do 5 things at once and then end up procrastinating and organise my desk instead. Next week I have to…

Do you find that happens?

Have a super duper weekend… see you on the other side.

 

 

 

Written by xanthe

April 25th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Posted in lately

LATELY

without comments

Bike riding :: course writing :: making dreams & hoping :: magic trick watching :: emailing :: light painting :: puddle splashing :: idea bursting :: spring cleaning :: migraine suffering :: bbq season starting :: nail painting :: tea drinking :: always appreciating :: picture hanging :: happy skyping :: kale juicing :: inspiring instagramming :: memory making :: sweet pea cultivating :: duvet hiding :: photo printing :: days whizzing :: wrist hurting :: travel yearning…

That was my week – how was yours?

Have a super tip top weekend – make some magic memories… ok?

xxx

{more LATELY posts}

Written by xanthe

April 11th, 2014 at 1:00 am

Posted in home,lately,me,our life

LATELY

with 2 comments

This week has whizzed by… hard to believe only a week ago I was greeted by this yellow loveliness and had a weekend packed with goodness.

It was back to work with a bang on Monday. My new course launched and a lovely group has gathered, all excited about shooting their stories and printing those images to go into their TANGIBLE Time Capsule box.

I’m taking the course alongside them, which I love being able to do, as I get the gift of photos of our life that I might not have taken otherwise.

One afternoon after school, for one of the projects we’re doing, I captured the usual stuff… snacks, reading, chatting etc…

Just in case you always think life is so calm and serene in my world… oh no! there’s a fair amount of wrestling and sitting one each other.

The constant wrestling does my head in… thankfully most of the time it’s done in laughter, but yes, it often ends in tears… but they soon go back for more. I don’t get it, but they need to do it apparently.

This time instead of leaving the room as I usually do, I kept photographing these moments.

As this is life right now… and I’m sure I’ll miss it when it’s gone.

 

 

 

Written by xanthe

April 4th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

LATELY

without comments

Lately, I’ve been focused.

I’ve been trying to make things happen. Head down and doing.  Both work and personal stuff.

The summer was about playing, just being a family and carrying on adventuring, because that’s what’s important to me… to us. These boys of ours are growing up and there aren’t many summers left together, so this was the one to hold onto the most. Make some memories just for us.

Then there’s my creative work… what I’d like to achieve… what needs to happen next to sustain this life & what’s important to me….

So I brought my attention back to the list I made on my birthday. A sort half way marker to see how I was doing and where I needed to bring myself back on track… what needs to happen next? and what am I avoiding? What’s just not happening because fear & circumstance kicks in?

I was pleasantly surprised to see that lots has been ticked off or in progress (about 16 things!), but there’s still plenty to be done! It’s time to focus, build and step into action… so I’m calling on the power of putting it out there to assist me, and I’ve got a few posts prepared sharing how I’m getting along with making some of the list happen…

Stay tuned…

 

Written by xanthe

September 17th, 2013 at 11:22 am

Posted in lately

LATELY

without comments

{More LATELY posts here}

 

Written by xanthe

July 19th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Posted in lately,summer

THIS IS MY NOW

with 2 comments

Totally inspired by this beautiful post by Leonie…  thank you for the reminder.

This is what I’m loving, celebrating & remembering right now… My now. For there may not be a later.

1 :: the gorgeous weather - It’s so British I know… but it’s been glorious and we’re soaking up every bit of it’s goodness.

2 :: sushi sister date - a rare moment this week of sister time while we shoot some photos of her tea room.

3 :: our boys – high fives to the boys for their outstanding reports from school… and for the music that plays endlessly in our house.

4 :: hammocks & camping – more trips ahead… we can’t wait.

5 :: a special day for us – celebrating our journey together.

6 :: a portfolio site  - nearly finished, but enough for now (tweaks to come)… amazing to collate all my favourite images into one place… I love the On My Parents’ Island section the most.

7 :: family, friends & photos – How fortunate to have old and new friends to be with… to eat well around a table… share cups of tea & coffee… enjoy oysters on birthdays… continue bbq season… be creative together… have much needed long distance conversations.

Now is good.

It isn’t perfect. It shouldn’t be. There’s tricky stuff happening too, for us and for people I know and love but let’s focus on the good right now.

Happy weekend to you all… What’s good in your now?

x.

 

 

Written by xanthe

July 12th, 2013 at 11:08 am