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Movember is around the corner

We are over half way though October and the month is rushing by. If you (or your nearest and dearest) are planning on growing your tash for the month of November, here are some pretty inspiring role models to keep you going.

These amazing examples of male grooming where photographed for the 4th Annual National Beard and Mustache Championships (which took place in September in New Orleans) by Greg Anderson. The competition involved 150 hairy contestants from all over the world.
You can see more of these manly beasts in Greg’s giant gallery of 164 portraits.

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All photos by Greg Anderson.
Found via This Is Colossol.

Rebecca Groves Photography goes live

I am so lucky – I get to work on amazing projects with really exciting people. One of these inspiring peeps is my most recent Blog Makeover client Rebecca Groves. Rebecca is a super talented photographer who’s work makes you want to get married all over again (just for the photos). After much hard work, many late nights and a ton of emails, Rebecca’s new website went live this week.
Check it out: www.rebeccagroves.com.
Thanks Rebecca for being such a rocking client!

Is your blog (or website) in need of some loving? Why not drop me a line, I may be able to help. Check out my website for more info.

Below you can have a sneak peak at a couple of steps in my design process. For all my Blog Makeover clients I put together a mood board of imagery collected on Pinterest.

Rebecca Groves - Mood board (Pretty Pretty)

For some clients I also put together a brand board, it helps set the tone and showcases how the new look brand will be best represented online.

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Check out Rebecca’s new website here.

Memory Keepers

I am a sucker for typography and this morning I was inspired by this piece by Zachary Smith. It reminded me so much of our dear friends Desmond and Toni (from DNA Photography).
This one is for you guys, hope you are having a blast enjoying the European Summer. Keep doing what you do so well – you guys rock!

Wise words by Zachary SMith
Visit Zachary’s site for more amazing typography

Your Pet and You

Do you have a pet (or two)? We do, Stripes is her name and she is the world’s best cat. If you follow me on Instagram you will be very familiar with my feline companion, little business partner and shadow. Stripey Cat rules the roost in our house and life would not be the same without her.

I am sure I am not the only one who dotes over their pet, in fact I know I am not alone. You only have to go to De Waal park on a Sunday afternoon to see the numbers. People are obsessed with their four legged friends.

Tobias Lang had a brilliant idea, he started photographing his friends and their pets and suddenly folks from all over the world where asking him to capture them too. Check out his Facebook page to see. Tobias is in the process of putting together a coffee table book of his impressive collection. Here are a few of my favorites.

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All photos are by Tobias Lang, check out more of his Your Pet and You collection here

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Feeling under the weather

Apologies for falling off the radar entirely – seems that a platoon of nasty germs have set up camp in my sinuses and have managed to convert most of my head (brain included) into snot! Seriously… where does all this liquid come from?

Oh well, I promise to get back into things as soon as these nasty critters move base camp and I can breath again.

(The gorgeous photo is by William Wegman)

Flying Houses

Is that a flying house? Yes! Isn’t it fantastic?

French photographer Laurent Chehere has travelled the world putting together his flying houses series. He has taken photos in far away lands including such far flung spots as China, Argentina, Columbia, and Boliva.
You can see more of his work on his website.

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All photos by Laurent Chehere

Double exposure loveliness

Sara Byrne

When I was studying photography at Tech (back in the olden days) we where taught how to do double exposures using film. It was/is a simple technique involving taking two under exposed photos in one frame. Simple but relatively hit and miss – sometimes you got amazing compositions, but most of the time is was rubbish.

Nowadays, achieving the same magical effect would require a fiddly long exposure (which sounds too complicated for me) or possibly merging two photos in Photoshop. However, if you are lucky enough to own a really fancy camera (like the Canon 5D Mark III) then you can do the whole double exposure technique on your camera. Lucky sausages!! Sadly my Canon is not quite that fancy, so any ideas of creating crazy double images will have have to be dependent on my Photoshop skills.

If you are one of those fortunate folk in pocession of a fancy pants camera, then you should watch this tutorial by Sara Byrne. Sara explains how to go about creating gorgeous double exposures much like the ones she did below. Her technique is simple, but the end result is simply breathe taking. You can see more of Sara’s work on her website.

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All photos are by Sara Byrne, read more about her here

My Year Of Flowers (part 6)

Living on the foot of Table Mountain is such a blessing (except for when the South Easter blows through our little house and drives me insane). As you may know, Table Mountain is covered in its own floral kingdom, a unique and very special natural wonder that we are all very proud of. So naturally when the opportunity to bring home a bunch of fynbos came up I couldn’t resist. Of course, I didn’t pick this bunch myself (you can get a whopping fine if you try) but thanks to Woolies we can all have a stunning bunch of our natural heritage at home. Proteas and fynbos make very resiliant cut flowers and last quite a long time.

It wasn’t until I popped the Ollo Clip on my iPhone that I realised just how hairy these stunning plants are. Guess it must be to trap all the moisture they can in the early morning. Isn’t nature so clever?

Well here is the sixth installment in My Year Of Flowers – Cape Fynbos
(All photos taken with my trusty iPhone and Ollo Clip – not bad hey?)

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pretty Pretty Chocolate Chip CookiesIn my quest to find the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever, I found this delicious version on the Australian Cadbury website. It’s a really easy recipe with just the right amount of chewiness and firmness needed in a choc chip cookie. In fact, it was so good that even Alexis (who is NOT a biscuit fan) was caught with his paws in the cookie jar around tea time.

I haven’t adapted the recipe at all from the original, except to subsitute normal flour and baking powder (we never have self raising flour at home). Oh, and I also added in more chocolate chips (why not?)

Chocolate Chip Cookies

All you will need:
125g butter, softened
½ cup light brown sugar
⅓ cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups of all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
½ cup cocoa powder
1 cup white chocolate chips

Here’s how:
1 – Preheat your oven to 160°C.
2 – Cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy.
3 – Mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
4 – Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. While the mixer is going slowly add this to your wet batter.
5 – Finally mix in the chocolate chips. You should have a fairly stiff mixture.
6 – Roll little balls of the dough and place them onto a greased baking tray. Gently press each ball down with the back of a dessert spoon.
7 – Pop in the oven and bake for 13 minutes. Keep an eye on these lovelies as you don’t want them to burn. The chocolate batter is fairly dark & you may not notice them getting too brown.
8 – Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy with a huge glass of ice cold milk.

Collage Work

As a school girl I used to spend hours and hours cutting up old magazines and creating collages in my homework books. I loved transforming what would otherwise have been a boring and much hated part of my daily school routine into something bright and colourful. Sadly I haven’t actually done any collage work since those days, perhaps I should get out my trusty scissors and Pritt stick and get gluing – if only my finished peices could look half as fabulous as Laura Redburn’s gorgeous creations. Laura is a very talented collage and mixed media illustrator from Cardiff in Wales.
You can see more of her work on Society6 and on her own website

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Wonderland

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Maureen Mitchell was an English teacher who’s love for fantasy and wild imaginings inspired many generations of scholars. Sadly, after a long battle with brain cancer, Maureen passed away in 2008. To help cope with her intense and consuming grief, Maureen’s daughter Kirsty Mitchell decided to create Wonderland, an ethereal fantasy world (a fitting tribute to her late mother)

In Kirsty’s words: ‘This escapism grew into the concept of creating an unexplained storybook without words, dedicated to her [my mother], that would echo the fragments of the fairytales she read to me constantly as a child.’

Apparently Kirsty’s magical characters appeared to her in her dreams – “it’s not often you get to stand beside an eight foot princess in the rain, or witness the dawn with a dancing circus girl on stilts!”
Inspired by these dream state apparitions Kirsty painstakingly hand made all the costumes, wigs, props and sets (thanks to her background in fashion and costume design). She also photographed all these whimsical scenes in and around her home in Surrey. No mean feat! So far it’s taken 3 years to accomplish this dream and soon she hopes to publish a book and end with a final exhibition of her work.

Isn’t it amazing what phenomenal things one can accomplish when pushed to the edge. You just need to know how to turn negative energy into something powerful and creative.

Read more about Kirsty’s Wonderland here and visit here site here

Silver linings

Here is a really random spot of loveliness, Berndnaut Smilde’s Nimbus collection.
Dutch artist Smilde creates these indoor meteorological miracles using a smoke machine, moisture and some clever lighting. The cloudy phenomenon only appear for a very short period in which Smilde photographs them. It is these lovely prints that he then exhibits.

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Berndnaut Smilde

Berndnaut Smilde

Berndnaut Smilde

Berndnaut Smilde

Read more here
Visit Smilde’s website