Finding and creating adventures in everyday life.

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Challenge #1 – High-Key B&W Portrait Effect & 30 Days of Creativity – Day 30

Once again, two birds with one stone! I did my Photoshop challenge of the week & my final day of the 30 Days of Creativity.

I used a photo that I took this weekend at a wedding we went to of my husband & my youngest son. I used this tutorial to produce a high-key black & white portrait. I love the dreamy, ethereal feel of the high-key effect.





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The 30 Days of Creativity has been amazing. I haven’t felt heaps of pressure which has been great because I think that would have taken a lot of the fun out of it. But it has definitely been a consideration &  motivation as I think about my day. I plan on doing it again next year, but I think I will be much more organised & plan out more activities instead of flying by the seat of my pants as much as I did. This has been inspirational for me & I’ve done so many fun things & stretched myself. I’m excited to get back into more of my traditional art disciplines.

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30 Days of Creativity – Day 29

I have been fighting a headache all day – I think it’s the leftovers of my, thankfully short-lived, cold. Headaches & creativity do not dwell peacefully together. I thought I wasn’t going to manage a creative act today, but I decided to get my sketchbook out & see what happened. I ended up doing a 5 minute sketch of my hand. It’s not amazing, but it was so fun to do. I forget how much I love to just draw. I need to do it more. It takes time & concentration, but it’s worth it.

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Challenge 3 – Trout Navarra-Style & 30 Days of Creativity – Day 28

I made this recipe using steelhead trout I got at Costco. I thought it would be more like a white meat fish, but it seemed a lot like salmon. It was a super simple recipe, but it was basically fish with bacon – not saying that’s a bad thing, but it seemed very simple. I actually added capers right at the end, mostly because one of my sons loves capers & the last time I cooked fish it didn’t have capers & he was sad. We all loved the fish & I really liked the smoky, saltiness of the bacon with the fish.

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30 Days of Creativity – Day 27

I finally did it! I made a fascinator. I have been wanting to make one for ages, but have been kind of intimidated. I decided that my first attempt would be a Summery fascinator that wouldn’t look heavy, but I also didn’t want it looking too bridal so I went black & white.

I even managed to clean the downstairs today. Creativity & cleaning? It is possible!

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30 Days of Creativity – Days 25 & 26

My creative act yesterday was to take a few pictures of my boys at the wedding we went to. This is one of my favourites.

Sometimes I am just blown away by how amazing my boys are. Truly blessed.

Today, I got out my calligraphy pens & wrote out a quote on an Artist Trading Card. I haven’t done any calligraphy in ages, but I love it. This was done freehand in no particular style but my own. The quote inspires me. I can’t do it on my own.

I am quite smitten with ATCs. I love the small size – you can create something simple or elaborate & they are just plain fun. I want to find a way to start trading with other artists.

Here are a few that I have done.



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30 Days of Creativity – Day 24

I’m back! Had a couple of days without doing anything intentional – I cooked meals, put outfits together, played with the boys, but none of it felt like an intentional act of creativity. It’s been a really bad week sleep-wise & I think that has contributed to my lethargy. Snapping out of it now though. I had a brief window of opportunity today while Zane was napping & Jude was at VBS, so I got on with it & made a button tree.

I have been wanting to make a button tree for ages. I’ve lately been obsessed with buttons – my grandma used to have lots of crafty things & I was frustrated that I didn’t have a big collection of buttons for the boys & I to make stuff with. So I set out to build my own button collection – Freecycle, thrift stores, family & 50% off buttons sales at Joanns. I’ve now got a great collection going. I originally had them all in one jar, but soon realised they would be more useful if I sorted them by colour. Jude & I had a lot of fun sorting buttons. I think they are beautiful in their jars & inspirational too. I love jars of treasures!

Jars full of wonderful things.


Colourful buttons.


My Button Tree

Now I fully intend to go to bed when the boys do tonight – must get some sleep!

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30 Days of Creativity – Day 19

Happy Father’s Day! Don’t know how it worked out, but we went to one of my favourite restaurants – the only Indian place in town. Colin loves it too, so that’s good. Colin played with the boys all day while I read, cooked & did some crafty/creative things. Colin really is an amazing Dad. Speaking of amazing Dad’s, I am so blessed to have mine. I’m thankful for the love of music, reading, thinking & a willingness to ask questions that he gave to me.

I got started on the boy’s outdoor chalkboard today. I saw this idea on Pinterest. Sanded, primed & the first coat of chalkboard paint on it. 24 hours & I can do the final coat. I’m excited to have it – I think the boy’s will have lots of fun with it.



Almost Ready

I can now also post a picture of the art work we made for Colin for Father’s Day. His office space at work is so bare & so I am setting out to add some nice touches. This was an idea that I also saw on Pinterest. All of our handprints. Colin has quite large hands!

I also made cheese & onion pasties for tea – one of my favourite things ever! And for my final creative act of the evening, I gave my oldest son his first buzz cut!

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