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Happy New Year Everyone

Happy New Year Everyone

 

Yay it’s nearly new years eve, I love this time of year as I always have such high hopes of how much healthier I’ll be in the new year, how the house will be kept spotlessly clean and how I’ll be able to plan my work so I’m not up untill stupid-o-clock finishing jobs that customers want in a hurry.
The feeling never lasts for long, and have doubts it will do this year as I have graphics and photography work coming out of my ears, as well as a new office to move in to over the next few weeks … yes I’m finally moving in to an office in a complex called ‘The Creative Exchange’ so no more working from home for me.
I can’t wait to get out and see people, swap creative ideas and get some fresh inspiration as well as expand my business and offer some new services that I’m really excited about…….. I’ll tell you more over the next few weeks.

 

After spending Christmas husbandless I finally have him home again so I’m taking a few days off to chill before the mad panic of moving starts!.
Christmas was nice though, I had a whole day of not even thinking about work, on boxing day it all started again though as I’ve designed 2 posters for clients and added lots more new gifts and stationery to both of my online shops, I will finish this blog by showing some of them.

 

Please visit my Photography Gift Shop
or my Hippy Gift Shop to see lots more.

I hope you all have a fantastic New Year with very little hangovers!

 

 

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Scuba Diving in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt

I’m back after a fantastic scuba diving holiday in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
We did our PADI open water course last year and went back to the same hotel (Reef Oasis) to get some more diving in!
The sea seemed a bit colder this year and there seemed to be less fish around than prevoius years which was a shame but we still had a great time scuba diving and snorkeling.
I also tried out my new underwater camera, its a Panasonic Lumix DMC – TS3 It’s quite good but i’ll have to save up for the underwater camera case for my Canon D60 as i’m so used to using a manual camera and only being able to use an auto mode is frustrating!
I’m glad to say we didn’t see any sharks while we were there, although i did get a fright from a 3ft Trigger fish who decided to chase me! I think I scared him away with my bright pink fins kicking franticly as I swam in the opposite direction … he had big teeth!
I’ve put all of my underwater photos in to a slide show (audio visual presentation) that you can see on youtube here

 

And all my photos from around the hotel are on an audio visual presentation here
I thought i’d make these AV’s from my un-edited holiday snaps instead of uploading the pictures one by one to the net as it’s much quicker and easier for everyone to see.
I also have many pictures here that i’ll be uploading to a stock library and my POD sites that are a better quality so keep watching, their will be lots more to see over the next few weeks!

 

I’ve had my brake now and have to go back and sort our house out, the builders are in replacing our kitchen and i have lot’s of graphics work to do too, i’ll need another holiday after all of this!

A note about insurance – from a Cat!

You remember that I told you in my last blog that Pixie was watching TV and was so impressed by two meercats called Aleksandr and Sergei who are such brilliant salesmen that she phoned in for a car insurance quotation even though she doesn’t even drive – well, the policy arrived and I have just managed to take a look at it. Imagine my surprise to see that it was not car insurance that she took out, but pet insurance. Pixie has insured ME!!! This is wonderful! I think that every cat should be insured (and I should get commission from the meercats).

As for the kitchen, there’s still no improvement and the microwave oven is STILL taking up my space on the sofa and not beings used to cook salmon for cats, i was beginning to think Pixie had forgotten about me as she’s been so busy with her other work so it’s nice to know i’m insured now .. i will have to find out what this means though as i’ve never heard of cat insurance before!

 

Here are a few of the new items from Pixies photography and hippy art shops.

 

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Purple Water visit the Photography Gift Shop

A perspective on refitting the kitchen

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Let me introduce myself – I am Pixie’s cat. She called me Satan (without asking me) and now I am stuck with it. My mistake, really – I should NOT have started to answer to it. But I was only a little kitten at the time and now it is too late to change it to a proper cat name like Tiddles or Sooty (either would do because I am black and have been known to have the occasional accident on the furniture).

 

Anyway, I hear that Pixie has been blogging and tweeting or something. When I hear something tweet I usually eat it, but this seems to be something different – and inedible. As far as I can tell, she has been telling everyone what a mess her kitchen is and how she’s been sitting next to her microwave oven thats taken up residence on her sofa. This is stupid – even cats know that sofas are for sitting on (preferably with a lap underneath and microwaves are for cooking salmon for cats.

 

She is absolutely right about the mess, though, but she has been so busy telling everyone how inconvenient it has been for her and her husband (Rich) that she has completely forgotten about the most important person in this – namely ME!

 

Now, as my staff, Pixie and Rich ought to know that I am the most important person around, yet they have completely forgotten about how all this has inconvenienced me.
So I’ve just managed to get to her computer while she’s not looking and have hacked in to her blog to get my point accross, (For some reason humans can use a keyboard with their front legs but cats can’t – I don’t understand why, when we are far more intelligent, so i’m wondering around the keyboard with all 4 paws and just hope i am pressing the right buttons so you humans understand what its like to be a cat).

 

One morning, without any warning at all, Pixie and Rich started to dismantle the kitchen (with much banging and swearing). This disturbed my early morning nap. However, I was even more disturbed a little while later when I decided to wander around my estate – they had taken my cat flap away! My own, personal cat flap! Imagine the indignity of a fine and mature cat, in her absolute prime, having to make a graceful exit through a hole in the brickwork. Fortunately, none of the neighbours were watching, so no harm was done to my reputation except for a bit of brick dust on my back which I got Pixie to brush off when I returned home for my late morning nap.

 

I thought that I had them sufficiently well trained to install a brand new state-of-the-art cat flap without delay, but here we are weeks later with nothing more elegant than a ragged hole in the bricks. It is a good job that I am a cat with great patience – a lesser animal would have been off by now!

 

The rest of the kitchen is no better. Rubble everywhere, and Pixie still sitting next to the microwave. Rich has gone back to the comfort of an oil rig in the middle of the Sea and the new kitchen doesn’t seem to have even left the factory yet. Unbelievable! I must go and have a lie down. I will write again soon, so watch this space.

Purple Hippy Blog

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Hey everyone, I’ve had a busy week this week adding new products to my NEW Hippy Gift Shop I can’t belive it’s actually online now and open to the public after months and months of thought and preparation!

I’ve also just published another lens on Squidoo.com to celibrate my love of purple!
You’ll find a huge range of gifts as well as loads of interesting information and facts about this lovely colour here www.squidoo.com/purple-gifts

Along with all of that i’m STILL decorating my house, I’m getting quite used to sitting in a living room thats full of kitchen!
We finally took the plunge and picked a new kitchen though so just have to wait 7 weeks for it to be delivered and fitted!
I’m sure we’ll be sick of living off take-aways and sandwiches by then and i really can’t wait to get my shiny, sparkly, black worktops that have glitter!! ….. mmm shiny things!!

I’ve just updated my flikr photography stream

I’ve just updated my flikr photostream, hope you enjoy looking at my photography.

I’ve got lots more to add over the next few weeks too so keep watching for my latest uploads 🙂

 

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Living in a disaster zone

I need more hours in the day, 24 just isn’t enough!!

I’m still decorating my house, everything’s still all over the place and i’m getting quite used to sitting next to the microwave oven that’s taken up residence on my sofa!
My office has just had the last coat of paint so at least i can start putting that back together and have a propper space to work in again, i’ve really been missing that!!
Then it’s time to tackle the kitchen, livingroom, then upstairs, i’ll be so glad when it’s all done!!

I’ve also been designing logos and DVD boxes for a client, designing a website for another client, and signs for yet another client, rearranging my Gift Shop and adding new designs to that ….. and still haven’t even looked at the photos i took last wednesday!!
 I went on a photo shoot with one of my best friends, its great as she’s an amazing art nude model so glad i’m a photographer and can work with her! .. must get round to sorting through them all and uploading them to flikr, deviant art, and all the other stock librarys i use sometime!

I’ve been really surprised with the sales in my shop over the last few weeks too as i’ve sold loads of these cards, far more than any of my other designs so it looks like everyones in a summer mood, thank you to all of my customers that bought 1 .. or more than 1!!

I suppose i’d better get on with decorating again or it’ll never get done!! .. no rest for the wicked as they say!!

This is the wettest drought on record!!

The drought in the UK is hopefully over! It’s been raining here all day now so at least the farmers will be happy!

Hopefully it’ll carry on all week as the ground is so dry, it’s going to take a while to recover.

The plants in my garden have had a good soaking so that will keep the husband happy too!
Half of the flowers here haven’t even come in to bloom this year which is a real shame as I love photographing them, I just hope our vegetables survive as there’s nothing better than home-grown carrots, potatoes and tomatoes!
I do hope the sun is out next weekend though as it’s our 1st wedding anniversary, we’re hopefully going to Brighton for a few days and I don’t want soggy fish and chips on the beach!