Weekly Ginger Bites

It’s been a fairly quiet week here at TGC base for a change, although I have been working flat out! Juggling work, housework and a myriad of other things is taking up a lot of time, for some reason this time feels a lot tougher than usual! So I’m mostly trying to keep my head down and pushing through it all! The weather has turned a little miserable and rainy, and I’m missing the crazy hot summer days again!

I’m feeling rather under the weather, probably thanks to the stress, so this is a fairly short post (I don’t even have that many faves this week! Sniff!) But I’m hoping to get something special out in time for Valentine’s Day for you all, might give me something to focus on, keep your eyes peeled for that! So, until next week, here’s this week in links!

 

Interesting Reads

Exciting Design Trends For 2015
Some of These Fonts Just Shouldn’t Have Happened!
Brilliant Visuals of Mental Disorders
How Stunning Are These Dia De Los Muertos Barbies?

 

Good For A Laugh

If Disney Princesses Had Realistic Hair!
How Rude Are These Cats?!
If You’re A Ginger, You’ll Totally Relate To These Things!

My Faves

Fave Song: Nils Frahm – Said and Done
Fave Design: Watercolour Wallpapers

 

 

Oh Summer!

The past few days have been the most wonderful summer days! Beautiful blue skies, with the occasional fluffy white cloud flitting across before it fizzled and faded in the heat. The gentlest breeze to dissipate the unbearable heat. Iced coffees, ice cream and ice-cold juice. This is what summer is made of! I’m a summer baby, having been born in January, and I love the heat. In fact, the hotter the better. Having worked in an chilly 20 degrees centigrade office space, my body would automatically shut down to keep me warm. Trust me, I get cold easily – anything less than 25 degrees is cold for me. That would explain why I adored the 40 degree plus heat in Dubai all those years ago. Bliss!

Thankfully, in this heat I can really enjoy working. With the study door open and the fan going, I can look outside, see some blue sky, and work away. I’m not really missing anything – just some sunburn! This past week I started working on my official website, which is coming together quite nicely, and I’m hoping it’ll be up and running on Friday! Going through all the projects I’ve completed has really brought back some good memories, and reminds me why I love what I do. 🙂

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Over the past week, I’ve also been continuing my photo-a-day challenges. Some where a little more challenging, but others were fun. We had a horde of thousands of white butterflies flying from the south west, and it was beautiful to watch! I made my own DIY bokeh shape to create ‘square’ bokeh. I poured an entire tube of gold glitter onto fabric, photographed it, and realised what a mission it was going to be to clean it up! Lint rollers ftw! I had a brief episode of sounding like a nutter, walking around trying to find something with the letter ‘R’ in it. I looked crazy. I cheated and used an old photo – since strawberries aren’t in season here, and I wasn’t paying a fortune for some local ones. I reminisced an old tree. Reminisced about the good ol’ times of playing pretend. Watched butterflies. Photographed the most photographed tree in our garden, but just the leaves, no spring flowers this time. That was my week in photos – hope you enjoy them!

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Day 4 – Snack Time. Who can resist warm crumpets slathered with butter until it melts and gets absorbed? Yum.

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Day 5 – Square. My attempt at ‘square’ bokeh. It was a ton of fun, perhaps I’ll try this again!

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Day 6 – Favourite Colour. Needless to say, it’s gold and purple. I can’t resist the allure of gold glitter.

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Day 7 – The Letter ‘R’. I cut out glitter-foam letters that said ‘Toy Run 2013’ and stuck them on the bike during the run. Good memories.

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Day 8 – Strawberries. This one I had to cheat on. Strawberries aren’t in season, and I wasn’t going to pay nearly R40 for a punnet! Besides, I really like this photo, and never got to share it before.

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Day 9 – Wood. This was a giant camphor tree in our garden. Was. Unfortunately it was wrongfully cut down when our neighbours complained about their gutters being full of leaves, but failed to mention it was another tree. Needless to say, I don’t like them anymore.

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Day 10 – Fishing. With no seaside for fishing, and no point in going to fishing farms for lack of experience in fishing, I turned to my childhood imagination of fishing in the swimming pool.

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Day 11 – Black and White. Thousands of these beauties descended upon our garden, and it was so mesmerising to watch and photograph them on the lavender flowers.

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Day 12 – Jagged. This tree is usually photographed for it’s stunning spring blossoms, and I’ve never noticed their beautiful jagged leaves before, until now.

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2014 – With Love

Having now gone freelance into design and photography, I can feel I’m actually doing what I enjoy. What I love. 2013 was a learning year, even though I didn’t even go to any kind of educational institute. No diplomas or degrees could teach me what I learnt last year, which was about the person I really am. Studying taught me about what I like and how I work, but putting that into practice with my actions, attitudes and beliefs was the toughest but most enlightening thing I’ve ever encountered. I learnt that I’m not a creature of habit – I don’t thrive in routine and repetition, and I definitely need a window to look out of every once in a while! However, I also learnt that I can sit down and work for hours – and have something to produce in the end! I can also handle questions and clients and co-workers. I learnt that I absolutely cannot handle a quad grande latte from Seattle – no matter how delicious it tasted! And that if I don’t eat breakfast, I’m officially screwed for the rest of the day.

The most important thing 2013 is that I need to do what I love and what I’m good at – and I can’t settle. So, 2014 is going to be a year of ‘love’ – I will love what I do, do what I love, and put a lot of love into what I do!

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If you’ve read other blog posts, you’ll know that I used to take part in the Nikon Photo A Day Challenge. I completed a few months successfully, but having started working last year, this became impossible. Now that I have a little more flexibility during the day, I can get back onto the tracks. I loved this challenge, it gave me a chance to experience and be creative in as little as 30 minutes. So my challenge is back – I’ll be posting them weekly with the photos for the past few days. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy seeing the shots from the challenge over the next few weeks!

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Day 1 – The Beginning: I started a new book, Revenge Wears Prada, and I’ve missed having a good book to read!

 

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Day 2 – Pearl. I’m not a huge fan of pearls, but they are a classic. I do actually have a few old pieces with pearls that I unearthed for this project.

 
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Day 3 – Lime Green. I simply love lime green – it’s in my bathroom, my nail polish, and my go-to colour for anything green when I design. It’s fresh, vibrant and always gives me a bit of a smack in the face, something I sometimes need.