Day Tripper #4

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This Day Tripper is a bit obvious after yesterday’s post, but we went to the Harry Potter Studios! Welcome, welcome, please take a seat, cup of tea? My craft from yesterday is on it’s own journey now. I had never done an indoor Day Tripper before, mainly because I don’t have a flash on Mr Trip, so I risked it. I pushed the boat out. Mental, right?

What’s Day Tripper? All explained here.

These are my favourite photos taken on my Olympus Trip. (Have I mentioned how much I love this camera. Like, a lot)

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Extra info that I have made into a habit of adding each time: I seem to learn something about myself or photography each trip, which I didn’t expect. From a photography standpoint I loved seeing the set as a set, I thought that was cool. People were looking at each item and taking photos, like they were there. I liked to see it as a studio because I haven’t seen that before. I loved seeing what other people had made, so clever. I also enjoyed watching others experience it – whether it was the man with his camera slowly walking up Diagon Alley for the first time, but watching it in his display rather than with his eyes, or the little boy with his school telling his teacher that ‘I don’t mind the blood, but you know I get scared with these things’. One teacher, after a lecture about something boring, in the same tone of voice she said to her 8 pupils ‘okay now, selfie,’ and everyone shuffled into frame in Dumbledore’s office. The sight of that made me laugh. These kids don’t remember a time before the selfie, it’s just standard.

I also learnt how important it is to not take photos sometimes. I love photography as a media to tell a story, I love Mr Trip, I love film, I love when it looks pretty, really simple. I’m not fond of when people view experiences through a camera, but whatever floats your boat I suppose. I used to believe it was important to document everything – especially something like Harry Potter Studios. Like I’m so inspired to make some paper model houses of stories I’ve written, seriously. But a photo isn’t going to capture that feeling. Capturing something in a photo doesn’t make it special, you make it special. The experience is the important part.

It’s the way I believed I represented Hufflepuff. It’s the way Little Man cried when I had to take him off the Knight Bus so I bribed him with the promise of knocking on 4 Privet Drive door. It’s the way the sun shone when I ran down the Hogwarts bridge. It’s the way Sophie bitterly said ‘I bet more than half of these people haven’t even read the books’. It’s the way we constantly said unfunny jokes, laughing away. It’s the way we remembered me saying ‘I would be a slut at Hogwarts’ (totally a joke!). It’s the way we walked down the Hogwarts Express with our stupid commentary and Dad jokes. It’s the way Little Man was screaming and crying while flying the broom and everyone in line was laughing their hearts out. It’s the way we were disgusted that someone working there didn’t know the house colours (she gave Sophie a green robe for Ravenclaw!) It’s the way Sophie stroked her Broom stick that had us and the staff cracking up. It’s the way my Mum looked in the photo they took of her, hilarious. It’s the way we fell almost silent once we reached the castle and didn’t take photos but just experienced it, studied it and asked each other questions. It’s the way we all felt so inspired at the end, but in different areas and for different reasons.

Some moments are magical. Now on with the photos!

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I’m not touching my butt! My hand was on the side of the bus. 

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And where I left my treasure.

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Over and out, Emily x

Side note: Day Tripper – absolutely nothing to do with the meaning of the song. I just love The Beatles, like a lot.

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Cup

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Nerd alert.

This is the Triwizard Cup. I warned you.

Those that don’t know what that means probably don’t care, but don’t leave, it’s cool, I’m cool, we’re cool. Cool.

For this weeks Day Tripper craft I had strict guidelines, which I gave myself. I didn’t realise how hard it would be to create a Harry Potter themed item without it appearing to be Harry Potter, which sounds mental, but that’s what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to do traditional colours nor something obvious, so even those who don’t know Harry Potter recognise the ‘brand’. I did want it to represent a house, but also I didn’t, you know, life can be so hard sometimes (I joke!). But I got there in the end, and what makes this craft so wonderful to me is the secret! Oh the secret, you make me feel like a little kid again.

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So this is the back of the picture. Shhh! Oi, I said shush! Thank you.

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What’s the secret compartment for?

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For our names to be put into because it’s the Triwizard Tournament! And for whoever finds it to put their name in. (I am aware I didn’t do the Goblet of fire, which is what the names actually go in, but it doesn’t have such a pretty outline.) And yes, Glenda put ‘Ravenpuff’ as her house, because she couldn’t decide, even though Pottermore put her in Ravenclaw. Sophie thought it sounded like a sexual orientation.

I also did the frame myself.

Anyway, this is enough geeking out for one day. Come back tomorrow for Day Tripper #4, and see where I left this craft.

Over and out, Emily x

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Sunday’s Feels For The Week #2

Page 6.jpg 1happy for the very few sunny days.

annoyed it wasn’t just a tiny bit sunnier, like please. I’m ready, Spring.

inspired x 10 from the place I went for Day Tipper, out next week.

anxious for no reason.

loving lots and lots of fruit.

longing to dive into my stories again.

satisfied with who I am.

Sunday’s Feels For The Week

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pleased I’m making progress on my knitted blanket.

thoughtful on what I need for a fulfilled life.

annoyed m&ms aren’t vegetarian, I didn’t realise. They have E120 in them. I thought my life was over for a minute.

excited for the weather getting a tiny bit warmer.

down that the sun disappeared this week.

inspired to take photos.

inspired after a little bonding with other fellow bloggers.

inspired to keep waking up early and going for walks.

looking forward to eating fruit in season.

Have a relaxing Sunday!

Liebster Award

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Thank you Project Patrol for this award! Pretty damn cool to feel a part of something, I greatly appreciate it. The Liebster (‘dearest’) (thanks Google) Award is all about giving blogs that you enjoy reading a pat on the back and a high five. I mean, that’s my interpretation. I’m very grateful you want to high five me!

The rules are to link the person who nominated you (give them a return high five) answer the ten questions they asked, nominate some other blogs with under 200 followers (that you want to high five) and give them ten questions to answer. (Except the high five bit isn’t a rule, ignore that.)

So these are the ten questions from Project Patrol;

1. How has blogging helped you?

It has focused my ideas, refined them, got rid of hobbies I’m not so interested in because I haven’t got the time and put me back on some sort of track. (Depression and stuffs. You know the deal.) But the putting me back on track bit has taught me so much about what I want in this world and out of life, which I didn’t think before and shown me I want to live. Which is a HUGE deal, obviously, and I am very happy with that.

2. Have you ever been on TV whether local or national?

Not that I know of. That seems pretty scary to me. Not my bag baby.

3. What’s your favourite time of the year and why?

I like all seasons, I really do. That is one of the reasons I like living in England, because we have all seasons. But time? I love Christmas, because it’s magical.. But I find myself day dreaming about the sun a lot recently, and not wearing layers. Walking to the park. Having a picnic. Barbecues! Skipping. Laughing. Playing catch. Sitting by a river. Beer. Isn’t the sun so positive. Where am I going with this?

4. If you could have/pick a super power what would it be?

If I could be invisible I think a lot of my anxiety would go away. But flying, how could I pass up flying?

5. What’s your favourite animal?

My favourites change all the time. Rabbits are always a favourite though because I’ve always had them in my life. Though elephants are great. And sheep. I do really like farm animals.

6. If you could only bring one item with you (wherever you’re going) what would it be?

A notebook and pen, they count as one right?

7. Would you rather scuba dive or sky dive?

I’ve always been obsessed with marine life. Not swimming, or water, but I wanted to be a marine biologist for the longest time, and then I changed my mind. I have done scuba diving before and I would do it again, even with sharks, I love sharks, they’re cool. (Even though I have major problems with my ears so I couldn’t go very deep before it hurts.) When I was younger I would have sky dived, but now I have a few more worries in me I don’t think I could.

8. When is the last time you wrote a handwritten letter to someone?

A month ago possibly? I write letters all the time.

9. Have you ever had a pen pal?

Yes, an American one through my dance school, up to the age of ten I think, and a German one through my school when I was fourteen. I also write a lot of letters to my friend Amy who I don’t see too often, just because we both like written notes, even though we could text.

10. What is a goal you’re working towards?

This one is very hard, because I like projects and goals and have A LOT of them. The most important one is to stay positive at the moment, and whilst I feel good go with it and do everything my hearts wants, things that I haven’t wanted to do for years.

Blogs I have enjoyed reading and nominate to continue this chain;

Interiors and Crafts

Daytimereverie

Absolute Happy

Crafting while anxious

Palmettos and pearls

And now my questions for my nominees to answer;

1. Where did I leave my keys and phone?

1. What job did you want to do ‘when you grow up’? 

2. What is your favourite quality in a personality?

3. What motivates you to keep blogging?

4. Three good things about yourself?

5. And now one bad? (Because we have to acknowledge the bad too.)

6. Dinner date with three people, any three people, who would you choose? Just not Rupert Grint because he’s at mine.

7. Something you’ve discovered about yourself through blogging?

8. Most important thing in your life at the moment?

9. What is the craziest thing you’ve done?

10. Do you do your chores? (Asked by my boyfriend, as I’m writing this rather than doing the washing up.)

Thanks for reading and I’m excited to read your responses!

Five Controversial Things About Me

So let’s imagine I’m at a party with all my friends and family: here are five things that would (and have before) cause controversy when brought up in conversation.

1. My favourite Queen song is Somebody To Love.

Wait what? But Bohemian Rhapsody! Don’t Stop Me Now?! Is this a joke? What about Under Pressure? I Want To Break Free?? Radio Ga Ga?! Come on!

I have great memories of singing Bohemian Rhapsody in the dark room at college, like don’t get me wrong I love it, I love Queen, but somebody find me somebody to love! Always a debate with people.

2. I’m not into social media. Maybe I just don’t get it.

But, but, but how do you live then?

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3. I’m a vegetarian.

WHY?!

4. I’m an atheist.

Any belief is controversial nowadays. Why can’t we all just get along?! I said that really dramatic, just so you know. But we just need to accept that everyone is different, and it’s actually cool and interesting. I want to know what you believe in, and it’ll be nice for me to share mine, and we can all nod our heads and say ‘oh wow, really? That’s cool,’ and high five. Yup.

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5. I suffer with anxiety and depression.

I’m really good at the moment (just thought I’d throw that out there), but why is mental health still a taboo subject? I’m so open, don’t just ask me ‘how are you?’ in a hushed voice, ask me questions if you are really interested. It’s okay. I’m okay. It’s just like having a broken leg..

And one cheeky extra one: my boyfriend is from the north, where as I’m from the south. Ohh, mental!

I encourage Project Patrol, Payton Mckee and Tiny Kelsie to share five controversial things about yourself! That’ll be just swell.

Over and out, Emily x