Hello everyone! For the month of February I have been trying to raise money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Saskatoon Royal University Hospital through sales of my February calendar photo. If you recall, I took the photo during my calendar project in 2014 after my nephew’s passing. Oliver was born premature and had spent his short life in the hospital — I will make the donation in his name. My nephew, August, was born premature last year and was also taken care of in the NICU. Today he is a healthy baby, living at home with his Mom, Dad, and big brother Odin.
So this is how redbubble works; each product they sell has a set manufacturing fee, and the artist can set their margin — the default is 20% (as is my own). Every cent I make from sales of “February (for the little ones)” will go to the NICU in the beginning of March. The photo is available on many different products, all of which are very well made. If you are interested in helping, as well as owning a unique product, please check it out in my redbubble shop at http://ashleyloseth.redbubble.com !
As always, your support is greatly appreciated! ^-^
Finally! I meant to have these up hours ago!
These are both a little green. You may have noticed that I love nature photos… but I did try not to repeat the same pattern every month. I thought Spring and Summer would be easy, but after a while every leaf (branch, cloud, garden gnome.. etc) starts to look the same, even if they are drastically different in reality. Anyway, here they are…
June – Lady bug
I definitely prefer June out of the two. I got a lot of photos in July, but most of the time I was experimenting and not really liking what I was coming up with. I like this one, but I wish I could have gotten a good picture of the blue jay I was stalking that day… oh well!
Ok so I’ve been busier than I would like to be lately, but I do have June and July photos waiting to be posted. I’m determined to make time tomorrow to finish them up. My poor July photos have been stuck in my camera for a while now… so I will definitely post again tomorrow!
Now I need to talk about ONE OK ROCK for a bit…
I think I love these guys even more now that I’ve seen them in person, I’ve known from the first moment I heard them that they have something special. And Taka has this way of making people understand regardless of their native language. The first song of theirs I heard was Et cetera (live), my favourite to this day. I choked back a slew of emotions — I knew this song fit me at that time in my life, even though I only understood a fraction of the lyrics. I felt what he felt, through his tone and expressions. The song ends with a painful whisper, “bye bye” — and it was simultaneously the cherry-on-top and the nail in my coffin.
Since then they’ve been releasing gem after gem, getting better all the time. Last year I shared their song, “Be the Light”, released on the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami… I still can’t listen to it without getting teary. That album also consisted of; “The Beginning” (the end theme for the hit film, Rurouni Kenshin), “Clock Strikes”, and “Deeper Deeper”. This week their new song, “Mighty Long Fall” (the end theme for the Rurouni Kenshin sequels) was released along with “Decision” and “Pieces of Me”. I have officially heard them all and my ears are nothing but pleased ^-^ I’m in love with the lyrics to “Mighty Long Fall”, so naturally I have decided to share it with all of you here. Enjoy ^-^d
They make it harder and harder for me to have a small list of favourites.. I mean, if they’re all faves, then at some point they cancel each other out, desshou?
As a bonus I will also share a video of Et cetera (I couldn’t gush about it that much and NOT share). This is not the first one I saw back in the day, but it is my favourite version now. I kind of wish this didn’t have subs, that way more of you would have a better chance of feeling the same way I do… but oh well.
Hey everyone, happy Canada Day! I was out taking pictures last month, but have yet to choose just one — this is a good thing! I’ll probably post June and July together, as I did for April and May. So for today let’s remember Albi the baby robin, who was found in the road two years ago today and was successfully rehabilitated by my bird-whispering mother. Isn’t she sweet?
Today, another baby was found in the road. He or she is older than Albi was, and it has a couple of injuries. We’re hoping for the best, but they are much harder to rehabilitate at this age. Hopefully it will eat soon. And please watch out for birds on the streets, I have seen way too many getting hit by cars! They don’t always fly away in time or even in the right direction.
I haven’t seen Freyja in far too long and I miss her like crazy! She’s so cute, and looks more and more like my Grandma every time my sister shares a picture, which makes me smile. I took these photos the week we met, back in September. It was a crazy and kind of scary week, but this photo shoot helped boost morale quite a bit. It’s hard to believe she’s already one year old!!
She looks even more like Grandma when she smiles ^-^
It took me until today to pick my April photo, and it was one I almost overlooked. I have mentioned once (or twice) that I like to point my camera at the sun and see what I get. Well that’s what I did, and this is what I got…
I actually got a few robin photos that day, but they didn’t really turn out so I will be trying again and again this summer! That’s why it took me so long to decide. I couldn’t commit to one of them, but had a hard time letting them go.
As for May… well, Shea and I went to Toronto to see ONE OK ROCK (ugh, so good!) and went for a short photo walk the next day. Oddly enough, the photos that kept popping out at me are not obvious Toronto shots — but that’s ok with me. It rained off and on throughout our trip, so I was blessed to find these raindrop covered shrubs outside the Allan Gardens Conservatory.
Yesterday it snowed for probably the third time this month and this time it stayed! Winter’s leftovers were almost completely gone, and the universe must have thought we needed more. I don’t have any photos to show you what it looks like out there, but I wanted to talk about it for some reason. I’m hoping things will start to look up soon, so I can get an April photo or two that is not winter themed. I’ve started a new job this week and am hoping to find inspiration somewhere in my new ventures, but it is a bit hard when Spring refuses to show it’s face. You may have noticed that I am fond of nature photography (a fondness that has developed in recent years) and am hoping to capture some hope in Spring (at least for us central Canadians) — I’ll be checking the forecast often!
In other news: I’ve been dealing with kappi business for some time now, we have a website and blog that I take care of. I’ll be taking new photos and updating the site tomorrow. If you are interested in a knit or crochet hat, check us out at knitkappi.wordpress.com or visit the kappi facebook page 🙂
I probably won’t be back with another post for a little while, so I’ll take this opportunity to say, HAPPY EASTER!
The March photo was a tough one for me — not because I lacked inspiration, but because I had to choose between two completely opposite concepts. One featured a giant cat made of snow and the other, a lucky charm. I have decided to go with the charm. And here it is…
My original plan for February had something to do with snow and love, but an image popped into my head one day and I knew I had to make it happen. February started with sadness and I wanted to do something in Ollie’s memory. I posted one picture on my personal facebook page last night and it seems that people understood what I was trying to say. That was just one ribbon — in total there were five. This is what it looked like…
I actually pictured all blue ribbons, but then decided to put some pink in there too.
This is for Oliver, Troy and all other little ones who have left us too soon.
All month I have been toying with the idea of doing a calendar project inspired by my favourite variety show (Sekai no Hate Made ItteQ!), in which they take a photo every month for a calendar they sell at the end of the year. I won’t be going on adventures all over the world like they do, but I like the basic idea. Of course I couldn’t make up my mind until today, so I have basically missed out on January… but I’ll still head out in the dark and try to top my favourite winter shot (Frosted Tips). Now off I go — hopefully this works out!