Why I Still Love Film Photography

Why I Still Love Film Photography

I bought my first digital camera in 2000. It cost about £250 I think, and for that I got 1 whole megapixel. Being born in 1982 meant that for the first part of my life, photography had been on film, mainly with cheap, plastic bodied cameras. Although I did buy (and still own) a Olympus OM-10 film SLR that was infinitely more satisfying to use. In fact I only stopped using my ‘snappy’ film camera in about 2005, which really doesn’t seem that long ago, does it?

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How to be more creative everyday

How to be more creative everyday

It is fairly obvious that I love crafts and that I love using my creativity to make things. I mean, all the craft tutorials should be a big clue! But it is not the only way that I live a creative life. In fact, I find it hard not to make little creative decisions and choices throughout my everyday life. A lot of people might say they are just not creative, but I would say that in fact everybody is, and that we are just misunderstanding what creativity truly is.

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Creativity and Perfectionism- How to conquer creative perfectionism and just get on with creating.

Creativity and Perfectionism- How to conquer creative perfectionism and just get on with creating.

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Hands up who has wanted to learn something new, only to be struck with “the fear” that you will be absolutely rubbish at it, so you never quite get around to it? Yeah, me too. Logically, we know that trying our hand at a new thing means learning and that our first attempts might not be perfect. But them there is also that part of us that expects immediate results, that we will be a natural and it will turn out splendidly on our first go. Only it doesn’t, so we have a tantrum and never try again. Sound familiar? Read more

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Visit to Framework Knitters Museum, Nottingham

Visit to Framework Knitters Museum, Nottingham

Its funny how you can live somewhere for years , yet still find new places to explore. So, given a slightly showery July day, I headed to somewhere I had never explored: the Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington. I’ll admit, I didn’t know what Framework Knitters even meant. Maybe that was the reason I hadn’t got round to going. Read more

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Finding my Creative Tribe at Blogtacular 2017

Finding my Creative Tribe at Blogtacular 2017

Words like ‘tribe’ and ‘squad’ used to conjure up images of Taylor Swift parading about in a catsuit. That was until I found my own creative tribe. Last year I went to Blogtacular and I realised I had found my people! It was liberating to find myself in among 300+ other (mainly) women who just seemed to be on the same wavelength as me. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I have just been again this year. Read more

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Hardwick Hall: Its all in the details.

Hardwick Hall: Its all in the details.

It’s no secret that I love visiting National Trust properties. The combination of beautiful locations, gorgeous gardens and houses with their paintings and textiles always makes a for lovely day out, throw in an excellent tea room and I’m totally sold. But they are also a great example of how museums and historical sites are presenting information through creative displays that really bring the past to life. Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, is often overlooked by neighbouring Chatsworth, but is really worth a visit.  Read more

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A Creatives Guide to the Harry Potter Studio Tour

A Creatives Guide to the Harry Potter Studio Tour

As part of my Birthday loveliness last month, I went on an adventure to the Harry Potter Studio Tour! For me, creative inspiration comes in many forms: writing, designing, graphics, and performance are all just as valid as painting and drawing. The perfect example of this is the Harry Potter franchise. Pretty much everything from JK Rowling writing the books, to the actors in the films, via all the prop makers, costume designers and visuals effects team is one giant mass of creative energy. I have also been a massive fan ever since picking up the books as a student, so getting to wander about the actual sets where the films were made, was something that was long overdue. So consider this a sort of creatives guide to the Harry Potter Studio Tour! Read more

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Getting out of my Creative Comfort Zone

Getting out of my Creative Comfort Zone

My knowledge of dance consists of watching several series worth of Strictly Come Dancing, one trip to the ballet and learning the moves to Whigfields ‘Saturday Night’ at school (if you have no idea what this is, YouTube it, it will give you a laugh if nothing else). So when my friend April suggested watching a contemporary dance performance of Scattered by Motionhouse at the Nottingham Playhouse, I had nothing to base any expectations on, but I said yes anyway. Read more

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