This week was our Ultrasound week!! We had it yesterday and we didn’t get the 4D one done as I had hoped, mainly due to baby being camera shy covering it’s face with those little hands and lying in a position that just wouldn’t give a good view. I thought I would be more disappointed, but we were there ages as a trainee OB had a practise doing the scan after our ‘real one’ was finished, and just seeing our baby on the screen for nearly an hour was enough! We even got a little finger wave and saw an arm move ^_^
Everything is right on track with babys growth and he/she has all the right number of fingers, toes and thumbs! It’s a good feeling to hear everything is okay. I am gaining weight at approx 1lb per week and my uterus is now at my belly button – all good things I’m reassured! And we didn’t find out what we are having -yay! I’m really very happy that it is going to be a surprise and I think it will motivate me more during labour. Here’s hoping!
I am seriously enjoying being pregnant. I have no complaints and I hope it continues – I did get my first leg cramp at 5.30am on Wednesday which woke me up thus waking Lucky and Sox up for an early breakfast! =^..^= bu that’s the only downer so far. I still have no cravings or an increase in appetite either but I have to have my daily dose of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries with greek yoghurt or I don’t feel right. I am drinking a lot more milk too for the extra protein (v. important being a veggie!) and calcium.
During the Ultrasound I found out I have anterior placenta which explains why I haven’t been able to feel too much movement just yet! I find doing the deep breathing exercises from yoga lets me feel the odd jab but nothing major just yet. Everyone says once you start to feel those kicks it never stops so I may aswell enjoy the ‘quiet time’
That’s the face right there of our little skeletor! 🙂
two little feet!!
& Bump progress!
A new set in progress with some new and older images of my Danbos, but this time with yours truly in the picture too.
I want to build on these ideas, of the interaction between humanoid and little cardboard robots and the ‘life’ that can be created through such images.
A collection of us together
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So the new year is well and truly underway but I think I will start to blog some of my own personal favourite Danbo creations linking directly from my Flickr stream.
Since I got my second and bigger Danboard at Christmas I am finding myself even more inspired with my Danbo creations this year.
Ideas just’come to me’ now and having two little cardboard robots is actually making it easier to create.
I was worried that wouldn’t be the case, and undecided for most of last year about getting a second Danboard but now, I am without a doubt glad I did. Thank you Santa ^_~
So this New Years scene creation was my first Danbo image of 2012. I handmade the tiny bunting one evening – I love anything arty so having the chance to use it in my photography is relaxing and fun for me. The other tiny props are dolls house accessories, apart from the tiny guitar which is actually a fridge magnet and the Japanese cat which is a mini Maneki Neko ornament for Good Luck.
So far so good with my photography this year. I am feeling good about my progress. In my abilities with the camera to using photoshop and honing my post-processing skills.
For me, Danbo photography inspires me in all the other areas of photography. It keeps me imagining and thinking creatively constantly and that to me is what every artist needs. It brings me joy to know my images can bring a smile and even inspire others.
Happy New Year from us to you! May all your dreams and wishes come true in 2012 xoxoxo
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My latest photography project for the next thirty days is a ‘gratitude project’. Through Flickr I came across a group where for the month of November (you can do this any time really, but in the run up to thanksgiving here in the states it seems to be a popular trend) to photograph something in your life with a little written piece about what it means to you and why you are thankful; every day for those thirty days. The same way negativity is bad for you it is scientifically proven that the expression of gratitude really does make you happier and healthier. To open your heart and be thankful is a win-win, feel-good situation. We should all be more aware of the goodness in our lives and say ‘thank you’.
Am I doing this right?
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So this self- portrait is for a lovely group I have just joined recently on Flickr called ‘Bench Monday’ – and the point of this? As the rules state;
‘Stand on a bench. Make sure it’s Monday. Wear something pretty.’ Any excuse eh!
A bench or ”bench” because if you can’t find an actual bench, you improvise, which makes it more interesting and fun(ny)!
I have also just joined ’52 weeks of BAM’ & a few other ’52 weeks’ project groups in which you post a self portrait once weekly for 52 weeks – I can (will) manage that. (As I am in my 20s I am sure this is something I will be happy to have in the years to come)
Not sure if I could handle a 365 dealio. I don’t have enough ‘BAM’ or whatever you like to call it for that much posing.
So far I have only done my ‘shoots’ in the privacy of our garden or the playground around the corner from our house (during school hours to ensure I don’t have an audience and so I get the slides all to myself- bahahahahaa!)
I’m still a bit self conscience when it comes to self -portraiture and I have come to realise that I don’t really smile or seem that happy in pictures I have taken of myself!(!) Something to work on, but we are our own worst critics right? I’m not really a moody mare , I swear! (Well only sometimes and usually this can be appeased by a nice cuppa rosy lee)
So the jist of it really is, that these weekly ‘projects’ are hopefully going to challenge me and help me like being in front of the camera a bit more, as well as being behind it – and by the end of it I will have a cool and creative photo set that reflects just me.
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my little photography muse – mini Danbo!
I thought I should blog about my wee robot pal and introduce him to the rest of you.
The name ‘Danbo’ or ‘Danboard’ for those not familiar with him is from the Japanese word ‘danboru’ which means corrugated cardboard. ( ダンボー ) As he is indeed a little ‘cardboard’ box robot!
Danbo was commissioned by Amazon Japan through Revoltech – from Azuma Kiyohiko the creator of the manga character Yotsuba-chan, from the comic of the same name ‘Yotsuba&!’. I first came across him in 2008 through Flickr (there were only a few Danbo fanatics back then), fell in love and had to have one. I think I have a penchant for Japanese toys & collectibiles (Blythe, Danbo, Sanrio,Monchhichi…yep I see a pattern too)
Danbo has become my favourite inanimate object to photograph.
I have to keep thinking of new ideas and adventures for him to have, thus keeping the creative juices flowing. Imagination is key, but he is so very very cute and lovable so it is rather easy. Part of the challenge is working with his one blank expression and how it can be transformed into something more. I tend to use props & objects I already have at home in each scene to ‘bring Danbo to life’.
I keep referring to my Danbo as a ‘he” because for me, he is a boy.
Don’t ask me how I know this, he just is. ☺
Shooting Danbo (as he is plastic) means I am learning more about natural light too and how to use it better in my photographs.
Plus it’s a whole lot of fun!
Pearl + Danbo 4eva