Month: December 2016


2016 (Advent Calendar)

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Ha-HA! The penultimate day of 2016. I’m stoked on 2017 mainly because I’ve got a friggin’ amazing Lonely Planet 2017 calendar and the photo for January is totally sick! Move over, 2016, you’re so last year.
I mean, let’s not be ungrateful here because 2016 started off pretty OK. Admittedly it slid more and more downhill from late June, but, y’know, there were some good things to take away from the experience. For example, when I was trying to come up with some positive things to take away from the experience I had a look at my blog articles from the year and realised how much better my photography is now compared to the beginning of the year. Like, so much better! How very unexpected. Then I thought, with a reflective shrug, about how my skills in Illustrator are a thousand times better now than they were this time last year. I mean, seriously, way better. While we’re on the subject, my Photoshop and InDesign skills have also improved considerably. Also I noticed the other day that my proofreading is better. This I’ve actively been working on for the last few months and it’s paying off. Go me.
And, most importantly, my goddamn sewing skills are better! Not long ago I expressed my bitter disappointment surrounding the surfboard sock I made, and, I’m pleased to announce, things have improved. A little.
Sewing is still annoyingly hard. And annoying. And hard. But, let me demonstrate to you exhibit A; the advent calendar I made myself throughout December. I’m so pleasantly surprised that if I was more arrogant I might even photograph it against a shabby-chic whitewashed pallet with sprigs of Norwegian Spruce and put it on Pinterest. I was going to write ‘just kidding’ but I’m not kidding. Though I do love Pinterest… in all its preachy, arrogant glory.




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Christmas is Christmassing here at Lucia HQ. And by that I mean it’s doing the best it can considering we’re all ill and unenthused and in bed by 9.30. I’ve been doing a terrible job of eating loads (even the beloved Lebkuchen isn’t going down very well) but I’ve done excellently at lounging around like a fat seal pup, though far less cute, and for the first time in ages I’ve had nothing to do. I may have simply forgotten all the things I was supposed to do, or am subconsciously ignoring them, or (most likely) forgot to write them down so now they’re lost forever. To be honest, I care more about Kim Kardashian’s latest stupid face painting ritual than I care about all the things I’ve forgotten I’m supposed to be doing. Which is not very much. About a fifth the size of a nanometre… 0.2 nanometres, if you prefer fractions expressed as decimals.

As is customary I took some photos to prove that it really is Christmas here at Lucia HQ, and thus I present to you a handful of blurry photos (damn you slow shutter speed shaky hands!). I was getting experimental over several evenings with a long exposure of Little Apple Tree in the garden that has fallen victim to Christmas decorations, and things got pretty weird out there. Weird to the point where I don’t know what looks right any more and where I don’t know if I’ve created a monster or if I’ve had a photographic breakthrough. Alas, we live and we learn. On a side note, I’ve been improving my sewing since my disappointing surfboard sock, as you can see by the little stocking chain I made. I also made the wreath, purely with stuff I found in the garden. Apart from the ribbon, of course, which is from the Neighbour’s garden. They have a ribbon tree.

Wishing you a super Christmas time, my friends, and I hope you’re all enjoying some well-deserved time off and you’ve managed to avoid the dreaded lurgy unlike me.