It’s a whole new project! Photos and outdoorsy adventures all in one place.

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Just a quick snap of a Christmas card I made for my Aunt, hurrah for more quilling. Also a homemade envelope as well.

Thanks Mom and Dad for the Art degree!

(must work on product photography….)

Just a couple snaps of a card I made for my Grandma’s birthday next week. This was the first time I’ve tried quilling (hello 1970’s!).

sketch book project

I’m really jazzed that my sketchbook finally arrived today. Can’t wait to start doodling!

It is with mixed emotions I report that I am now back in the US. While there are certain benefits (free refills on soda, better weather and one overweight yellow cat) I will miss my Scottish family, but I intend to be back over before anyone can really miss me.

*Shameless plug* if anyone is looking for either a web developer or software developer please let me know! I’m willing to relocate almost anywhere. I’m also good with photography/digitization, document encoding (XML), and have a few design skills. I could also be persuaded to increase my knowledge of mobile development (I’ve already done some work with Android).

During this time I’ll also be participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and The Sketchbook Project. I’m not sure what the novel will yield, so it’s doubtful any of that will make it to this space. I do intend to digitize some of my sketches so check back here to see what I come up with. My topic for this project is Life Underground. I’m not much of a drawer but I think it’ll be fun.

I’m also hoping to finally getting around to doing some other little projects to get me learning/more familiar with all the bajillion different technologies available.

One last exciting thing happening in November is Movember. Sadly I will be unable to participate in this as my facial hair is spotty at best. However my friend Gordon is participating so maybe you’d like to chuck a couple quid his way. Movember aims to raise awareness and money for men’s health. My grandpa has been dealing with prostate cancer and the effects from the treatment for several years now, so I think this is a worthy cause.

TL:DR – Hopefully I’ll be making better use of this blog with projects to keep me busy while I job search.

I stumbled across this today.

For a while now I’ve felt like I’ve needed to create something. Sure I’ve created an Android application and a couple websites for course work, Java programs, but I’ve felt like I’ve needed to do something just for me. An artistic endeavor to exercise that creative muscle again, and also add in some technology to continue to learn.

So far I haven’t come up with anything concrete, I like the idea of 365 projects, doing something small each day. I’ve been toying with the idea of doing something with typography as this is something I can definitely improve upon in terms of design.

The frustrating thing with these projects is sometimes it’s just not possible to create something that day, particularly as I’ll be once again moving, possibly back to the States and hopefully starting a job soon. It’s frustrating to post something that’s a bit lackluster (like 50 pictures of the cat) because you don’t have the time. Still I guess the most important aspect of these sorts of projects is having the discipline to do SOMETHING every day, whether its award winning or a bit crap.

What do YOU do to continue honing your skills, or as a side project to keep your creative self happy?

I handed in my dissertation on Wednesday, one week shy of a full year of school/Uni.

There were times I didn’t think I’d make it this far. The first month and a half were terrible. I was homesick and convinced I wouldn’t make any friends on the course. Programming made approximately 0 sense to me, and I had gotten myself into such a snit about it I panicked at every little thing. At one point I showed up on Stephen’s door in tears to get the last of my stuff announcing I was getting the next flight home.

These were not good times, and I’m not really proud to admit how badly I struggled.

But I made it through, finished my degree and can now say I have completed a master’s degree abroad, which not many other people can say.

Was it the hardest year of my life? Yes
Would I do it again? I’m not sure I’d do it again for the course, but through the course I’ve made some pretty great friends and gotten to be better friends with friends I stole from Stephen. So if I was guaranteed to meet the same caliber of people and have the similar experiences outside of Uni, I’d say yes.

This all sounds a bit (a lot?) negative and I don’t mean it to be. I’d just like this to be a reminder to myself that, in the words of Heather Armstrong from, “It sucked, and then I cried” and THEN I put on my big girl pants, gave myself a (few) pep-talks and accomplished something I’m incredibly proud of, and something really very cool. And now that it’s getting near time for me to leave I can’t believe it’s over and that I’ll feel homesick for Glasgow.


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Mar 182011

I’ve been needing a change of scenery recently so decided to take a little day trip to Troon. We booked a table for lunch at McCallums which was absolutely amazing food. The restaurant itself isn’t in the nicest looking area but inside is cozy with wonderful seafood and very friendly staff. After lunch we took a drive through the country to have some tea and cakes, then back to Troon for a stroll along the sea.

Weather wasn’t particularly nice, but it wasn’t raining. A very nice day out indeed!