Well hello there, 2018! I love the start of a new year and a new photo project, and this time I’m going with a theme of “My Year of Mornings.”
This is my TENTH iteration of Project 365! In the beginning it was 10% about documenting my days at home with the little people and 90% about improving my photography skills. If you were to go back and look at the photos I took in 2008, you would agree that my goal has been achieved – those were some terrible, terrible pictures back then, LOL!
In recent years, the little people have grown up and shied away from the camera, while my photography skills have gotten to a level with which I am comfortable. That’s not to say there is still not plenty to learn, of course. I continue to take these daily projects as an opportunity to figure things out, although much of it is not obvious just by looking at the images. For instance, ever since I got my new DSLR last October, and the book Understanding Color in Photography, I have been working on my ability to get the exposure correct in-camera, as opposed to tweaking it in Lightroom. This has been an eye-opening experience for me. I didn’t expect to learn much from the book, and yet it has completely changed the way I approach my camera settings! That’s just one example of many.
So these days, Project 365 is more of a 60/40 thing for me: 60% documenting my days, and 40% refining my skills. This is a welcome development, because you may have noticed I don’t have as much time to blog as I once did. The “microblogging” I do in the caption of a photo is the closest thing I have to a diary, and if there’s anything I have learned in the last decade, it’s that the moments I blog are the moments I remember most clearly.
I can’t give up this daily practice, if I want to remember these days of small crafty projects, working outside of the home, lazy weekends in bed with a cup of coffee, big crafty projects, life with teenagers, candlelight in the kitchen, game nights, British mysteries on TV, and so much more. ♥♥♥
Thanks for continuing to come along for the ride!
By the way, this year I have decided to give up Flickr. My presence there had become automated anyway: I posted my images through a Lightroom extension, and I never visited the site or participated in the community anymore. So my 365 images have moved to Instagram. If I had to pick a social media “happy place,” Instagram would be it ☺
So, what is This Week in Pictures?
It’s a roundup of the microblogging I’ve done on Instagram all week. This includes photos I shot for Project 365 and any other extra images I may have posted. The theme for my daily 2018 project is mornings: #myyearofmornings2018
Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…
365 📷: 2017 364/365 – The snow is falling outside, and the coffee is freshly-brewed. As soon as I put the camera down, I’ll be inserting myself into this scene by the window, under my favorite blanket, with a beautiful new book to page through ♥
Instagram 📱: #pdcbemerry Dec 30 – I don’t usually have much of a sweet tooth, so when the December chocolate cravings hit, I tend to give myself a pass. (Hershey Kisses, M&Ms and Peppermint Patties – mmmmmm.) As you can imagine, this means I have two days to finish up all of the sweets in the house before I go back to my less indulgent ways… Better just unhinge my jaw and get ‘er done 😂. PS. I separated the sleeves on my as-yet-unnamed raglan pullover. Still plugging away…
Instagram 📱: When your favorite fine gauge sweater is long past it’s prime.
Instagram 📱: My last mug shot of 2017 ☕… Cheers! [Taken at Charlie Brown’s in Chatham, NJ.]
365 📷: 2017 365/365 – We’re enjoying a quiet New Year’s Eve at home on this very cold night. Thanks for following along with my 365 Project for 2017! Happy New Year ☺
365 📱: #3652018 Jan 1 – This is my 10th year doing a daily photography project! It’s the first year I’ll be doing it on Instagram, though, and I’m still not sure what it’s going to look like. Will there be a theme? And if so, I think it should be “mornings” with it’s own nifty hashtag. Will I join in on an established project hashtag, make new friends (or reconnect with old friends), and engage in a little community building? And if so, which hashtag? Will I make it a “gratitude project” or just a “this is how I’m spending my day” kind of thing? Or will I forget both of those ideas and just go with the simple “I took a picture of this today and it may or may not have any further significance beyond the fact that it caught my eye?” These are the things I am pondering over my first coffee of 2018, on the last day of my vacation. Those of you who are doing a daily photo practice this year… What will that look like for you?
365 📷: #myyearofmornings Jan 2 – I wish I could say the bracing morning air invigorates me, but the truth is, I slept so poorly last night, I really just want to go back to bed… Here’s to not falling asleep at one’s desk today! ☕
Instagram 📱: I’m in the middle of knitting a dark brown pullover, and it’s just not at all photogenic! I just had to take a break and do something else for the sake of my Instagram stream 😁 I dug into my stash tonight and found this lovely green. It will make a nice, cozy Fennel Cowl, I think!
365 📱: #myyearofmornings Jan 3 – Guys, it’s 4°F out there. Can I just stay home today under a cozy blanket and make more progress on my #fennelcowl ? 🙃
365 📱: #myyearofmornings Jan 4 – If one must venture out in the cold and the snow to gather firewood, it is especially nice if one has a new cowl, fresh off the hook, to keep oneself toasty.
Instagram 📱: My first finished object of 2018! This is the #fennelcowl from the book #makingwinter by @silverpebble2. Fun fact: the yarn I pulled from my stash to use for this is #berrocovintagechunky in the colorway “Fennel.” So, there’s a lot of fennel-related serendipity in this project 😁
365 📷: #myyearofmornings Jan 5 – Welcome to the ice planet of Hoth.
Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Instagram ♥