Waterlogue

We have been the house of the sick this week. Poor Miss L has a virus which being the kind child she is, has shared with me.  Yesterday after the nth hour of being bored in bed, I was looking at Instagram – nothing like seeing the world through the eyes of other people, especially when you are stuck in bed.  Someone (I cannot remember who for the life of me – sorry!) was posting cool water colour photos tagged with #waterlogue.

So I thought I’d check it out. It’s an iPhone/iPad app £1.99 (sadly not on Android yet from what I’ve googled) which converts your photos into watercolour pictures. I’m wondering if they are good enough quality to make into canvases, I quite fancy some homemade art.

Painted in Waterlogue

This is a photo from our honeymoon  – Stuart Beach Florida

Painted in Waterlogue

Vancouver Beach

Painted in Waterlogue

Ely Cathedral

So I think it’s kinda cool, I couldn’t get any pictures of family or friends to come out that well, but maybe we just have weird faces? But I think the landscapes, flowers and buildings come out really well. I might try and do one of the front of my house?

Have any of you tried it? Send me the link if you have I’d love to see your results!

{Mini Review} Getting your Instagram photos off the screen

I love my Instagram and Hipstamatic photos, and I have literally thousands of them. At the last count I had 4,000 photos on my phone and I don’t want to think about how many are on my laptop. I’m a digital hoarder extrordinare!

But sometimes, it’s nice to have a physical copy of a photo and see them on more places than just your phone. Stickygram sent me an email asking if I’d like to try their Instagram magnets for free. I quite liked the idea of having Instagram photos on the fridge so I said yes. Dead easy, go to to the site, connect with your Instagram account, choose 9 photos and pay $14.99  and shipping is free.

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Even though they are (I guess) in the US,  I still received them in 5 days which is pretty impressive and they are so cute. I will be ordering more. I have a friend referral code so if any of you want $2 off your first order the code is FRIENDEBU9

So that was all fine and dandy, but I also wanted physical copies of photos which I’d taken with Hipstamatic but I didn’t want to upload them to Instagram. They had friends children on and other photos I didn’t think was right to have as public on a website but I did want a copy of them. Now there are a million sites where you can just connect to Instagram but not many you can just upload from your phone.

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I had a hunt through the App store and found Fotobox and I could upload photos straight to their site and then get them sent to me, they take Paypal and I had the photos in 7 days.  So now I’m on the hunt for square picture frames – I need to head to Ikea I think. Let me know if any of you see any, anywhere else.

Have you used a service you’re impressed with to print or use your photos? I’d love to hear about it.

**Disclosure got some magnets from Stickygram for free***

 

 

{The Gallery} Bond

I’m joining in on Tara’s The Gallery this week from my iPhone as I was stupid enough to drop my MacBook and smash the screen! So please forgive lack of links and any typos!

I love the bond that Miss L and Betty now have. They adore each other and their relationship is everything I hoped it would be when we got Betty as a puppy. They are best friends.

Check out the rest of the Gallery at http://stickyfingers1.blogspot.co.uk/

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{The Gallery} The 80’s

Just spotted Tara’s ‘The Gallery‘ this week and it’s photos from the 80’s. Luckily or unluckily (depends on who you are) I recently bought a slide scanner and lots of embarrassing photos are seeing the light of day :)

So here’s a picture of me and my Mum, probably taken about 1982? So I would have been about 10 and my Mum was 31 – I wish I’d had her figure when I was 31!

Love you Mum! xx

 

 

Views of London

I love London when it’s sunny and the sky is clear, I personally cannot think of a more beautiful city.  Here are some photos when I was down at The Mads a couple of weeks back.

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And then on the train home, back to my little girl :)

 

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Mummy’s (not) in the Picture

A friend shared this article “The Mom Stays in the Picture” from The Huffington Post on Facebook and it made a few of us quite teary.  It’s a beautiful article about how the writer Allison Tate who feels that as a mother her life now largely goes undocumented because of how she feels about herself now.  Allison is utterly right, I am the photographer/documenter of my daughter’s life, but I’m hardly ever in a photo with her or have an photos of me. Any Miss L takes of me…well generally they end up deleted.  Mostly because in my eyes I’m too fat or look too tired/old/grey/crap.

In fact in the run up to The Mads, they asked me for a family photo of the three of us and I realised the last one was taken on holiday by a Disney photographer in 2009.  I just didn’t have anything more recent than that, which was a bit embarrassing to admit for someone known for taking loads of photos!

So I’m changing this, from now on I will accost strangers to take our photo, use Phootbooth to take silly ones, and let my girl take more photos of me and I’ll stop worrying about looking crap/fat/old.  So to kick myself off here is the latest photo that was taken of me and Miss L a month ago (snapped by my Dad as we were Harvest Decorating their local church windows)

Thank you Allison Tate, I think you’ve woken a lot of us up!  Who’s joining us?