I’m definitely happy that 2012 is now behind us and I’m also happy to have completed another year’s worth of daily photos. Although I miss having a daily collection of DSLR photos, this year it was so much easier to keep up with the project by using my iphone, instagram & the app ‘project 365′.
This year, I’m hoping to find more time to sew (it’s never enough), to learn how to bake bread, to send more mail, to take more photographs, to finish more quilts and start even more quilts. I have a good feeling about 2013.
I like to give myself little photo ‘assignments’. It’s one reason that I love the idea of project 365. It allows me to see the subtle and lovely repetition in life. We do the same things, go to the same places and see the same sights all the time. If you follow my instagram feed (@make_something) you’ll notice that I have several ‘series’ that I’m shooting. This is one of them. These photos are all taken on our driveway. There is one spot where a puddle always forms when it rains. It’s the same puddle on different days.
About two months ago, we discovered that Maisy had a high grade soft tissue sarcoma. Cancer. We were sent to the University of Guelph for more tests and to speak to an Oncology team. While University of Guelph is the best place for treatment in Ontario, we were told that our only curative treatment option for Maisy was in Madison, Wisconsin. We were recommended to take her for a month long radiation treatment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We made up our minds pretty quickly that we wanted Maisy to have the best care and the best chance possible. We packed up the car and drove out to Wisconsin within a few days. We had absolutely no idea what to expect from this trip. Our month in Madison was heartbreaking, fun, sad, quiet, tiring, full of discovery, love and adventure. I will never forget all those days we were able to spend together as a family.
I think the photos tell the full story best. The entire Madison photo set is here.
The UW School of Veterinary Medicine is an incredible facility that is highly regarded for a reason. They are the best. We are so thankful to them for their loving care of Maisy while she was with them. Maisy has pet insurance and we know now that it is the best one out there. Trupanion.
We are back home now in Toronto. Maisy’s next stages of treatment will continue back at University of Guelph. It’s good to be home.
In June, Maisy finished her treatments in Madison, we visited Chicago and finally came home to Toronto!
In May, we came to Madison for Maisy.
In April, we moved! Swoon quilt continued and the workroom had a table at the City of Craft Spring Show.
I’m catching up on posting my 365 calendars this morning. I use the 365 app on my iphone (pro version) and it makes it so easy to organize your project. I have a daily alarm set that reminds me to add a photo to the set at the end of each day. This has totally helped to keep me on track.
In March, we started renovating our new house and I started working on my Swoon quilt! March seems so far away right now.
This will be my third year doing Project 365. Everyday, I make sure that I take at least one photo. A big part of the challenge last year was keeping up with organizing and posting my photos. I still have a few months of photos to post for 2011!
This year, I’m working on two 365 projects. One with my DSLR camera and one with my iphone. The iphone 365 is so easy to do, especially because there is an app for it! Project 365 makes it super easy to organize your 365 photos as you go along. At the end of the month you can download the collage of all your photos. I love it.
If you’re on Instagram (I am make_something on Instagram), you may have noticed people posting photos all month with the hashtag #janphotoaday. Chantelle created a fun challenge that gives you a theme to use everyday. Happily she will be doing a new challenge each month. Here is February’s challenge. Having the daily theme keeps things really interesting and I love seeing everyone’s version of the same idea.
p.s. I just added ANOTHER photo challenge to my roster. This one is #febphotoskill. Check out the daily details here. You would think I had nothing to do all day, but these little challenges make me feel creative in the midst of my busy work days!
1. 365 : 32, 2. 365 : 33, 3. 365 : 34, 4. 365 : 35, 5. 365 : 36, 6. 365 : 37,
7. 365 : 38, 8. 365 : 39, 9. 365 : 40, 10. 365 : 41, 11. 365 : 42, 12. 365 : 43,
13. 365 : 44, 14. 365 : 45, 15. 365 : 46, 16. 365 : 47, 17. 365 : 48, 18. 365 : 49,
19. 365 : 50, 20. 365 : 51, 21. 365 : 52, 22. 365 : 53, 23. 365 : 54, 24. 365 : 55,
25. 365 : 56, 26. 365 : 57, 27. 365 : 58, 28. 365 : 59
I really like the look of February. Lots of stitching and quilting happening.
Here are two more photos of the same subject, different days. The second photo below is one of my favourites from this year.
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Happy New Year! I spent the first day of the year organizing the last three months of my 365 project from 2010. YAY! I almost can’t believe I completed a full year of photos!
I am so excited that I have this record of 2010 and I’m going to continue the project for 2011. At the start of the project, it seemed pretty easy. I mean it takes only a second to take a photo, but some days it can be a real challenge to remember to do this. There were definitely many days where I looked at the clock at 10pm, 11pm, even 11:45pm and grabbed my camera and took a quick shot of something. Some days there was only one picture to choose from, some days there were dozens and it was hard to choose just one. Some days you think you know what your photo will be of and then it doesn’t happen.
I felt like I really improved my photography this year and I definitely want to continue that. My main goals for the project this year are 1. to avoid last minute photos as much as possible by making an effort to shoot earlier in the day, 2. to take more people shots (I find this so hard!) 3. try new photo techniques on a regular basis, 4. post my photos once a week.
It’s fun to look at all the pictures from the year together. Take a peek here!
It feels pretty good to have a fresh new year up ahead. I just took a peek at my new year’s post from last year and I’d say all of those goals are continuing into this year.
I’m looking forward to spending another year with you!
p.s. I have some fun new projects up my sleeve that will be revealed very soon.