Summer Project

I’m going to give myself a photo project over the summer. Want to join in?

Our Colourful Summer by Kat Molesworth

 

Not that I need an excuse to pick up my camera… Last week Blogtacular hosted a chat on creative summer projects and afterwards I was left with the feeling that I’d like to focus on something over the summer.

I want to keep it simple so I’m celebrating the colour and vibrancy of life on my instagram. I want to collect and savour all of the full-saturation the season has to offer.

Our Colourful Summer by Kat Molesworth

Our Colourful Summer by Kat Molesworth

Our Colourful Summer by Kat Molesworth

 

{image by Xanthe Berkeley}

Our Colourful Summer by Kat Molesworth

Our Colourful Summer by Kat Molesworth

I’m keeping it simple with one hashtag: #ourcolourfulsummer on Instagram. No rules, no days to remember, no competitions; just one colourful spirit and you’re welcome to play along too if you want. Kat, xoxo

Our Colourful Summer by Kat Molesworth

 

6 Places Where I’ve Been Cheating On You…

Wild Flower Bouquet

Oh my dear friends I am so sorry for going quiet for so long. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to be here, I have missed writing to you all so much, it’s that I have spread myself so thin that this corner of mine fell silent for a bit.

Even setting down these words here is like a breath of fresh air. I have started so many posts which I ran out of time to complete and it has left me feeling blocked.

Hedgerows by Kat Molesworth

Before I jump back into my regular posts I wanted to share some of the place I have been over the last few weeks. Yes my friends – I’ve been cheating on you all over the place.

Sea Pinks by Kat Molesworth

1. I had a fun lunch with Kate from A Playful Day when she came down to record her podcast recently. You can catch my episode about creativity in blogging on her site now.

2. My super good friend Kelly has just celebrated 10 years on her blog. To mark the milestone she invited ten bloggers to create a guest post. I wrote about Ten Women I want My Children to Know.

3. I wrote a post for Mollie Makes about networking at events and meet ups. The second picture of me from last year’s Blogtacular – OMG I look pregnant. As an aside, I’ve radically changed my eating habits and one of the first things that happened is all of that bloating disappeared.

Blogtacular 2015 Official Photos by Piers MacDonald. Thanks Mollie Makes (218)

 

Photo by Piers MacDonald for Mollie Makes.

4. I have been doing loads of teaching recently. Both photography and social media. I even hosted a basic photography session at Blogtacular. You can catch my session as part of the virtual conference. I also make an appearance at the beginning of Grace Bonney’s keynote. Now ordinarily I cut myself out of the videos but as Grace referenced my I got to stay in. You can watch it and check out our virtual conference here (we still have one or two goodies bags left for VC ticket holders if you’re fast).

5. This month I’m writing for the Manfrotto Imagine More blog. I’ll be sharing some photography tips, I started off with fireworks and I have three more posts to come all packed full of practical tips. Keep an eye on my twitter for new posts. You know that the photo geek (and Manfrotto fan girl) in my is head-over-heels-happy to be guesting here.

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6. And finally I went to the Gnome Reserve without you. It is one of the weirdest places in the UK and I know you would love it there as much as I do.

Let’s not leave it so long next time. I have so much to share and some ideas to explore so I promise faithfully to be right back.

Gnomes

 

Make it Sewcial Meet Up

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Aren’t we so lucky to be able to meet people online? Back when I met Mr Kat online my best friend and brother staged an intervention to try an persuade me not to meet him in person because you only meet weirdos online, right? These days many of my closest friends started out online and I don’t miss an opportunity to meet up with onliners.

When Allison announced that she was taking her weekly Make it Sewcial hashtag off Instagram and into a meet up I knew I had to go.

Last weekend we headed up to Impact Hub Birmingham which Allison had decked out in pure Make it Sewcial style complete with a loaded treat table.

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We spent the afternoon crafting, chatting and getting to know each other. I made a pennant with Sue, a button hole with Judith and bracelets with Christian.

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The atmosphere was incredible and I met so many wonderful people. I think one of the best aspects of the day was that it was so inclusive. Everyone was there on an open invitation and because they love to make.

Community is so valuable and finding a way to meet your online friends is totally worth it.

I caught a few clips of the making on camera so you could share the magic. (click here if you can’t see the video)

After we’d finished making, gossiping and eating cake we took the big balloons and headed through Digbeth to take some fun photos. There were loads of amazing walls, textures and spaces. Search #MakeitSewcialMeetUp on Instagram to find all the pictures.

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We rounded out the day setting the world to rights over drinks in The Custard Factory – I totally wish I lived close enough to rent a space there.

Thank you Allison for a superb meet up. Looking forward to the next one!

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Food Revolution Day

Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day 2015

Food and nutrition are about as important as you can get when it comes to raising children. The importance of feeding them well sits alongside teaching them to feed themselves well.

For me poor food choices in childhood have become a real issue and I want a different outcome for my children. Someone who I think speaks a lot of sense on this subject is Jamie Oliver.

Since coming into the public eye Jamie has used his platform and influence to fight for awareness and change around food. His campaigns are largely focussed on children whose lives don’t have to be mapped out by poor food early on.

How much do you love that song?

Today is Food Revolution Day and this year’s campaign is focussed on fighting for food education and you can make a difference. Sign the petition and share it with everyone you know.

The aim is to take the petition to the G20 and press for food education. They passed 1,000,000 signatures yesterday and if they can make it millions by the time they submit it then it has even more power.

If you agree that food education is the way forward add your name to the petition and tell everyone you can about it. We are living at a time when our voices have never been so powerful, let’s use them for change.

If you need some inspiration to hold a revolution in your own kitchen Food Revolution has lots of recipes and I have loads of ideas in my housewife recipes and baby led weaning sections.

And if you want to start your children cooking for themselves here are Milla, Monty and Betsy cooking up a healthy fish finger recipe.