Thursday, June 29, 2006

Self Portrait Challenge

Pop Art - week 4

Oh dear, late again. Well, here's my last attempt for this month's theme, Pop Art. I've really enjoyed tinkering about with Photoshop this month. I just wish I'd had a little more time - but isn't that always the case? Next month's theme looks a bit scary, I'll have to start thinking now.

More self portraits here and here.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Holiday photos

We had such a lovely time in Turkey, just relaxing in the sun and enjoying being together. Already it feels like an age since we got back, but then we have been pretty busy in the meantime.

I didn't actually take as many photos as I'd expected because in the end, I was happier just walking around soaking it up rather than trying to photograph everything I thought was cool or pretty. I took a few though, and these are some of my favourites.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Friday Morning Street Urchins

Dutch has been posting Friday Morning Street Urchins for almost a full year and when we took this on holiday I knew I would have to do my own street urchin post. They're Turkish rather than Victorian, but I still love this photo. We watched the first boy climb over and thought they'd just lost their ball, but it turned out the security-fence-protected grounds of the HSBC building were the perfect place to play football!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Magpie Tendencies MA Hons

I did it! I graduated from Edinburgh University yesterday with a 2.1 in Scottish Ethnology and Scottish Literature.

The graduation ceremony at Edinburgh involves being bopped on the head with a hat made from John Knox's britches (i know, how weird) but I can only vaguely remember that bit, I was so busy concentrating on not tripping up in front of hundreds of people. Mum and Steven were there doing the proud parent/boyfriend bit and there was a little reception for us at the School of Scottish Studies afterwards (it's a very small department and there were only six of us graduating this year, so it was really nice to celebrate with everyone). Then last night we went out for dinner, with champagne and everything!

When I first came to Edinburgh, graduation seemed like a lifetime away. Four years seemed so long and so difficult and now here I am, a graduate. I can hardly believe it. The rest of my life, here I come!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Self Portrait Challenge

Pop art - week 3

Oops, I missed a week. I'm not actually enjoying this pop art theme as much as I thought I would, I think mainly because I've been pretty busy and so I'm lacking in blogging time and inspiration. I think this theme deserves time and effort and so far, I've not been 100% satisfied with what I've managed to come up with.

Never mind, while I've not been blogging or self-portrait-ing, I had a fantastic holiday with Steven and then a lovely weekend away at a friend's birthday. Today, the last of my marks were finalised (this year's marking was all messed up by industrial action by lecturers) and tomorrow I graduate!

Phew, perhaps next week I'll have more time to research pop art and be inspired!

More self portraits here and here.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Self Portrait Challenge

Pop Art - week 1

A little bit Lichtenstein.

I love this theme, I think it's going to be lots of fun and a good challenge to work with. This is what I've managed so far from this tutorial. It's not quite what I was aiming for, but I like it anyway. I might try it again later in the month.

Steven and I are going on holiday this afternoon and we've promised ourselves and each other that it'll be a computer-free week, yippee! Have a good week and I'll be back next Thursday.

More self portraits here and here.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Steven (looking through my blog): The last time you were interesting was ... three weeks ago!

Sunday, June 04, 2006


I was talking to Steven yesterday about my lack of blog oomph at the minute. I've just been feeling a little ... not uninspired, since there's certainly enough inspiration out there, but I suppose it's just that - I'm lacking blog oomph. I don't want to give up my blog though because I still love the whole idea of blogging. Steven put it really nicely for me yesterday: this slowdown in my blogging isn't necessarily a bad thing; it's just a sign that there are other things in my life that are more important to me at the minute. And he's right: my lovely boyfriend has just moved in with me, we're going on holiday in three days, we're both getting ready for the next big steps in our lives (starting work and teacher-training) and we have a summer of fun things planned. To be honest, it would be a little unhealthy if blogging was more important to me than all of that.

So I'm going to take it easy for a while. I'll blog where the urge takes me (I'm loving the idea of June's Self Portrait Challenge) and see how it goes.