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Outtakes: Volume One

Outtakes: Vol. 1, the artyologist

The last couple of photo shoots around here have been rather dramatic (thunderstorms, moviestars, lady spies, Jane-Austen-like flower gathering), but lest you get the wrong idea and think that things are always staid and serious and elegant, I thought I would share some outtakes. Believe me: the photo shoots on this blog are the furthest thing from serious most of the time.

My sister takes a lot of the outfit photos for me, and she is great at it too, but really the best thing about having her take the pictures is that it gives us some time spent together goofing off and being silly and just having fun together. She is really great at just clicking away and capturing all sorts of hilarious moments. I’ve gathered quite a few, since starting this blog, and some of these photos are just so funny, I couldn’t keep them to myself. So, in case you get the idea that I go around like some glamorous vintage model all the time- um -nope- it’s just me, being silly, and here’s the proof.

Do you think that they have silly outtakes on professional photoshoots? Or do you think they remain serious and on task the entire time? I wonder. . . 🙂 Do you have silly outtakes?

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That’s our little dog Sukie on the right, who sometimes sneaks into frame 🙂

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After many failed attempts to emulate the graceful moves of a ballerina, I realized that I am not a ballerina. . .

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I had read about trick photography, where you jump with your feet flat, to look like you are floating. I couldn’t resist holding the umbrella to give a Mary Poppins look. I just crack up every time I see this picture. And I promise that I was not actually crabby in the picture on the right, though I look like it. . . 

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Such silly faces to pair with such tailored outfits. . . 

Hello, My Name Is Nicole. . .

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In case you forgot what I look like, you can look at this one, or every other picture on this blog.

Devinne from Mox and Socks tagged me in a “Get to Know Me, 4 Things” blogger tag started by Ruffles and Grace!

I know I have some new readers lately, so this is perfect timing to say “Hi” to y’all and let you get to know me a little bit better 🙂 None of these are deep questions, but more like little known facts. I was always one of those people 10 years ago who would send out those “get to know your friends better” spammy emails to all of my friends and drive them crazy, so it’s kind of fun to do it again! Read on to find out some random facts about me.

Four places I have lived

  • I have spent the entirety of my life in Alberta, Canada hopping between: the suburbs of Calgary, acreages outside of Calgary, the city of Grande Prairie (8 years with my family, and 1 year with two roommates in a townhouse), and now east of Edmonton, on another acreage. We just like acreages.

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Four places I have visited

  • Camping across the Yukon Territory (almost every summer growing up), Vancouver Island, in a lovely house on the beach, Last summer in England, in a cottage in the village of Stow-on-the-Wold. (You can see some of that trip here.) And well, as far as traveling goes, that is pretty much it. I tend to stay pretty close to home 🙂
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Trip to England, Sudeley Castle, in 2015

Four TV shows I watch

  • I don’t have TV, so any shows I watch are once they come out on DVD. I love a lot of old shows, and British shows. So, the four that I can think of off the top of my head would be: Foyle’s War, Columbo, Get Smart and Call the Midwife. What a strange mix of murder, drama and comedy! 🙂

Four of my favourite foods

  • How can I choose? Four that I can think of off the top of my head are Curry, Pasta and Meatsauce (as long as it has lots of vegetables in it), Spicy Sriracha Shrimp and Noodle Soup, and Black Forest Cheesecake (which I have almost every year on my birthday!)
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Spicy Sriracha Shrimp and Noodle Soup

Four things I like to drink

  • Tea (too many times a day), Water- in order to counteract the intake of tea 🙂 Eis Shokolade (which is a German drink of chilled hot chocolate poured over gelato), and Stewart’s Lime Soda, which tastes like a lime creamsicle.
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The perfect combination: tea, a sweet and a good book

Four pet peeves

  • People chewing loudly, people chewing with their mouths open, double standards, people not cleaning up after themselves or just messes in general. I am a neat freak!

Four wacky or odd things about me:

  • Well, I consider nothing about myself to be wacky or odd. . .  haha. . . just kidding. Maybe that, despite the fact that I seem like such a girly girl (and I am really), I know almost everything there is to know about installing tile and have done several installations myself too. I worked in a tile store and learned about the whole industry. Which was also pretty funny, as I wore vintage style skirts and dresses to work, which just confused people as it was kind of warehouse environment (like Home Depot). But I wear skirts and dresses most days- which lots of people consider odd, and I just consider comfortable. So that’s two odd things. Two more would be: Despite the fact that I am an adult (am I?) my last Christmas gift was a Barbie. But it was the vintage reproduction one, so that kind of makes sense? And, maybe the fact that I like old things better than new things. Almost always. But even though lots of people consider that odd, I don’t, and I am sure many of my fellow vintage lovers would agree 🙂 . . .
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The bathroom I tiled for my parents

So. There you have it!

Now to tag some more ladies to take part, if they would like to. And if you would like to introduce yourself, feel free to comment leaving your answers below 🙂 I’d love to meet you too!

Sarah of Just a Little Prayer

Jessica of Zella Maybe

Carmen of Vintage Dream Blog

Jessica of Chronically Vintage

Life Lately: In Photos

Life Lately: In Photos, The Artyologist - Canola in Full Bloom

(Alberta: Canola in bright, sunshine-filled bloom)

We are a culture surrounded by and immersed in images and photos everywhere we look. Advertisements, magazines and social media: a constant influx of images. Everyone is a photographer, and each one is documenting the world they see around them, the way they see it.  I love how these little snapshots are being captured and catalogued. They are memories of a moment in time.

I have always been a person who takes photos daily. I used to carry around my little point and shoot film camera, always hoping for that special photograph I knew was waiting for me. A few years ago, I even challenged myself to a “Photo a Day” challenge: sometimes taking photos of the beautiful, sometimes of the mundane. Today, I don’t always carry my real camera with me, but I have one in my phone (as many of us do) and so I always have it ready to capture an experience, or something interesting. Do the photos I take need to be perfect and professional? Do I need to have a “purpose” for the photo? Do I have to share them on my blog or on Instagram? No. Sometimes it’s just nice to look back and think- “Oh yes, remember that time?” Or, “When did such and such happen”, and you have a picture to refresh your memory. Sometimes the photo serves no purpose, but to be there and bring a smile to your face. And really that is all they need to be. Snapshots; offering a glimpse into one little moment that was, no matter how fleeting it may have been.

So, here are some photos, taken over the last month or so. Not related to anything, or related to each other, but I like them nonetheless. Do you take “purposeless” photos too?

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berry picking, my Grandma’s beautiful rosebush & so many mushrooms this wet year

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a weedy clover bouquet & my favourite country lane near my house

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books read/reading (we are reading Little Dorrit aloud, as Dickens was meant to be)

baking, tea- always tea & the latest sewing refashioning project

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berry picking bounty & after the rain

Photographic Memory: Doors of England

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Happy Canada Day!

On this most momentous Canadian holiday, I am marking the day by posting. . . nothing to do with Canada. Whoops! Oh well, I’ll be celebrating the day in some patriotic way I suppose (though I will NOT be dressed in Red and White- as the colour red makes me look ill!) Last week I realized that exactly one year ago, I was in England on summer holidays with my family. And, I actually spent Canada Day last year in Stratford-Upon-Avon, doing nothing patriotic either. As much as I love Canada, I guess I am just not a patriotic celebration kind of person.

Anyways, time does really seem to fly by, as it really doesn’t seem like a year ago, and yet the calendar says so . . . Sigh, at least I have these pictures to remember the trip by.

I was looking through all the pictures again, and I thought- why not share some of them here on the blog? I didn’t before, because I wasn’t blogging last year! I have these and tons of other photographs that I’ve never shared or done anything with, so I’ve decided that I’m going to start a little column here called “photographic memory” where I’ll periodically share old photographs of mine. (get it. . .  photographic memory? hahaha. . . ) They might not necessarily be related to anything, but it’ll be nice to do something with them  🙂

So today, in anniversary of that trip one year ago- I present to you “The Doors of England”. Obviously this is not an exhaustive directory, it’s more like “The Doors of Stow-on-the-Wold”, the village where we stayed for 10 days in a little cottage. It was a lovely area, in the Cotswold region of England, and the loveliest thing about it is that because it is an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” (so classified by the British government) it attracts a lot of tourists, and so everything in the area is quite historic and photogenic 🙂 The majority of the buildings are made of “Cotswold limestone” and even the new construction is built to suit the same style. Pretty much everywhere you look there is another beautiful photo opportunity! As a lover of history, I absolutely adored Stow, and the whole Cheltenham area, and I would definitely recommend it to everyone. Coming from western Canada, where we are lucky to find a building that is 100 years old and not fallen to the ground, it was so fantastic to see all of these ancient buildings that are still in use, and still being lived in. The front doors were such a fabulous part of the town as each one was so different and unique.

Can you imagine walking out your front door each day if it looked like these?

I loved the one above, which was the front door to the cottage across the road from where we stayed. It reminded me of a face, and it was so short that the man who lived there had to stoop to walk through it! I also love the ones covered in vines, but really I couldn’t choose . . .

Which one is your favourite?

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