Friday, 22 August 2014
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
First off, I attended the Home Business Summit hosted by Enterprise Nation at Somerset House. I was joining the rest of the commuters and in London for 9am, I'm not used to this commuting lark!
The conference was to celebrate the 2.9 million Home Businesses in the UK. 70% off all small business start ups start in the home and contribute £300 billion to the annual UK economy. The event was also to announce new measures by the government to back home businesses as part of it's long term economic plan, Matthew Hancock, the Minister for Enterprise, Business and Energy was there to announce this.
|Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation|
|The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP|
It was inspiring to hear from the panel but none of us expected the Prime Minister to turn up! I thought that the security was OTT but now I know why!
|The Prime Minister! David Cameron|
David Cameron came to share his enthusiasm and support for home businesses and the importance not only for UK economy but the values of the country, he wants us to be a nation of entrepreneurs. It was great to hear that home businesses are being taken seriously.
To find out more about the new legislation and the event visit Enterprise Nation's blog.
It was a privilege to be there and I came away buzzing, as I always do from these events, feeling inspired and raring to take on the business world!
After an exciting morning I went to visit the Cornershop. It's not your normal corner shop it is an art installation by Lucy Sparrow. It stocks all the usual items you would find in a shop but everything is made from felt!
|The Artist, Lucy Sparrow|
|The shop stocks everything from newspapers, sweets and groceries. Everything can be bought|
It is very Impressive and if you get the chance to go, do! It took 8 months to put together and her next project is a convenience store in New York. Check out her blog here.
I ended my day by going along to the crafty catch up club, organised by the lovely Zoe from LadyBird Likes. We met at Hawkhurst Vault a great bar that sells cake!
It was great to meet other crafters/creatives sharing experiences of being self employed/working in a creative job and our love for creating. It's a monthly event and I can't wait for the next one.
It was not my usual Friday and it was a lot of fun to get out and about. I am feeling truly inspired and looking forward to my next day out which just so happens to be this week and in London.
Monday, 11 August 2014
What I like....
- Inspiring images throughout
- Useful "How To...." topics throughout the magazine.
- Introduction to photography basics, such as lighting, exposure and depth of field.
- It isn't about product photography but capturing life. I particularly enjoyed the article about "travels with my camera". If you have kids there is an article to style a baby shoot.
- I loved the challenges and tips to try and practice.
- If you take pics with your phone, there is a "How to" on taking better phone photos.
- As it is Mollie Makes it has tutorials such as this cute crochet camera cover....
- Inspiring "Tea and Chat" articles with photographers and bloggers.
- I liked the articles on scrapbooking, I like to keep memories in a creative way and have scrapbooked when I can fit it in. Admittedly I still want to do one for my wedding which was 5 years ago! If you have never tried it you should!
|I will have to add this photo mini book to my project list!|
This is great if you are new to photography, need inspiration or you are a lover of Mollie Makes. I will certainly refer to it to inspire my photography and scrapbooking.
So that is the end of the photography season, *sad face*, I hope you have enjoyed it.
Before I go I wanted to share some last thoughts....
- Whatever level you are at, challenge yourself to get to the next one.
- I don't think you have to be a professional to enjoy photography and take a great snap. Utilise the equipment you have and practice.
- Follow blogs with photography that inspires you.
- Read the free resources available, I have a collection on my Pinterest board.
I would love to hear from you to know what you have thought of these posts and to know if you are doing anything differently?
Part 1 ~ My Love of Photography
Part 2 ~ A professional's hints and tips
Part 3 ~ Book Review ~ The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos.
Part 4 ~ Light Tent over on Frugally Peachy's Blog
Part 5 ~ #CraftBlogClub chat summary of sharing photography tips.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
I had lots of custom orders this month, thank you....
|Christening Card for Chloe June/ Birthday card for Nicola / Cupcake Birthday Card / Wedding card for Rich & Yun (I drew the elephants)|
|Retirement Card for a Train Fan / 40th Birthday card for a friend / 40th Scrabble Card|
The gardens were amazing with sculptures and different themes....
|Garden designed as a bedroom / huge flower pot with spider web sculpture|
|Large plant pots and key / Thyme Garden|
|My current crochet projects, I have also started working on Christmas ideas! (more about the one on the left next month).|
|This doughnut pin cushion is in Simply Crochet Magazine and it is definitely on the project list!|
|I attended the launch event for Go and Grow online. After the success of the recent seminars (read about them here and here) there are 12 months of events planned to help you go and grow your business online. Visit their website here to find out more.|
|I saw this and it made me smile|
Thursday, 31 July 2014
I started the evening off with asking, "What camera do you use? a DSLR, compact, iPhone...."
@Amy_Christa - I rely mostly on my iPhone then editing on my iPad
@mypapercrush asked for "any tips for getting the best of your
photography if you've only got your iPhone?" I am still amazed how technology has evolved and how it is possible to take a quality photo with a phone! My first mobile was only capable of calls and texts, O and playing snake (who remembers that??!) My top tips are ~ @ForestFlower23 - me too - I actually asked for a smart phone for my birthday JUST so I could have instagram! I need to check out VSCO, I asked @eyrea if she has tried taking photos outside to get the natural light ~ "
A top tip I got from A Beautiful Mess is to wipe the lens. You can check out all their top tips for iPhone photography over on their blog here
@FlutterbyButton - I resisted Instagram for a long while as I felt it was just another social media platform to get bogged down in, now I love it! Also use Afterlight, great app
I am so pleased this chat has inspired @Kay_O!
I am still amazed how technology has evolved and how it is possible to take a quality photo with a phone! My first mobile was only capable of calls and texts, O and playing snake (who remembers that??!)
My top tips are ~I would play and try all the functions and see what results you get. Also re-read your camera instructions, I re-read mine after a year and found all sorts of info I missed
@ForestFlower23 - me too - I actually asked for a smart phone for my birthday JUST so I could have instagram!
I need to check out VSCO,I was recommended Snapseed which is a free App. It has lots of editing features but I've not had a chance to use it much
I asked @eyrea if she has tried taking photos outside to get the natural light ~ "On my balcony, in the shade :-). I've started using the local park when weather allows."
Psssst.... If you have missed any of my posts from the photography season click on the images below....
|Part 2 ~ Guest Post by a professional photographer|
|Part 4 ~ Making a light tent from a cardboard box (over at Frugally Peachy)|