April Catchup: Plants, Prints & Projects

It’s been a while. April rather flew by, and May snuck up on us. I’ve had quite a slow month and taken some time to rest, think and plan ahead, and feel all the better for it. As it’s been a little bit of time since my last post, so I thought I’d fill you in on what I’ve been up to…

1) New Directions

In having a little break from the blog, I’ve been able to step back and think carefully about what I want to get out of it. I’ve thought about stopping, I’ve thought about relaunching. I’ve thought about posting every day, and I’ve thought about posting once a week. I haven’t come up with a definitive answer, but I love this blog, and I love having it here when I want it to be. So I’m going to keep going as I am, sharing what I want to share when I share it, and if you fancy reading it too, then that’s rather lovely.

2) New Projects

If you follow me on instagram, you may have spotted that I’ve started up a new account: @carriefryphoto. I’ve been looking for a new project for a while, but realised I had one sitting right in front of me. I take an awful lot of photographs, but the vast majority end up on hard drives or on my laptop gathering metaphorical dust, which I think is actually rather sad, so I’ve decided to fix that. I’m working my way through my photo stashes to organised, print and store the photographs I’ve taken, while setting up a system to store new photos I take. In the process, I’m going to create a real life printed photo album, something I haven’t done in a long time, and I’m going to share my progress on instagram, so do follow along if you like!

3) Setbacks

While moving furniture I took a tumble in my own living room and sprained my wrist. I injured my pride but thankfully broke no bones, and have been left with a little bruising and my right hand needing to be in a splint for a little while. This has left me a little useless, but has reminded me the importance of resting and actually stopping, as sometimes you have no option other than to slow down, recover for a while and heal.

4) Simplifying

You may remember that I’m working on an ongoing project to simplify my life. I’ve noticed one area that needs some work; I’m realising that my life is a little cluttered by online noise, and this is something I need to stop. I spend endless time scrolling through news feeds of various sites, which is time that could be used far more wisely elsewhere. Also, and more importantly, I’m bringing stress into my life by reading things I don’t necessarily want to read or know. I’ve taken initially steps towards this, and have deleted the twitter app from my phone. It’s amazed me how many times I’ve mindlessly automatically scroll through my phone looking at it, and I’m learning to enjoy sitting quietly without needing to scroll and read.

5) Watching

Having need to rest a little more this month, I feel I’m definitely getting my money’s worth of my Netflix account. I’ve become totally hooked on Designated Survivor, which I would most definitely recommend. For an evening chill out, we’ve been enjoying re-watching Rick and Morty, and most recently a new favourite, in the form of Bill Nye Saves the World

7) Writing

I realised I hadn’t actually shared this, but a little while ago I wrote a piece for Mint Velvet’s online magazine, sharing a fun little DIY on creating terrariums at home. They are easy to make and simple to look after, and a lovely little way of adding some green to your home.

8) Out with the old…

…and in with the new! In the interests of simplifying my life this year,  I’m trying to get rid of 100 things. I have the habit of hanging onto things I don’t need, and I’m trying to fix that. I’m not quite finished but I am a number of bags down, and have loved the process so far. My wardrobe feels clear and my local charity shop has a few bags of rarely worn clothes, which I think is a much better place to be. I’ve also sold a few pieces I didn’t love, and purchased a few bits I do, so instead of having three pairs of jeans that are a little loose, I’ve swapped them for one pair that fits perfectly.

What have you been up to this month, and what are you looking forward to in the next?

  • I love the idea of creating a real life printed album! Blogging has been my way of organising my photos, and I like this method, because I am also trying to simplify and minimalise my life, so keeping my photos digital has been helpful in decreasing clutter. Of course, I still have a few photos printed and hung up to decorate my room! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • JoannasCorner

    Love the idea of this and it looks so beautiful. Was jus wondering where you get your photos printed? (:

  • The photographs in this post are just stunning
    Alicia x

  • I have tried so many times and failed at organising my photos and things. It’s so time consuming! I’d love to hear how you’re making it work!

  • Laura Kanevičiūtė

    Firstly, I really really love your blog! Your posts are always so honest, so chill and so lovely to read so never ever think of stopping! You`re creating amazing things here <3 And the second thing is about your photography – it`s just freakin amazing! Like I love every single picture, every snap and that new project is something unbelievable – your Instagram account is now my fave place on the internet <3 Keep going!
    Love, Laura

  • I loved this post so much – I’m all for simplifying my life and it’s something I’m truly trying to make the initiative to do. I like the idea of 100 things rid of – it’ll challenge me to get rid of things rather than just tackling specific areas. I’m in desperate need to print photos as well – I plan to do that once I return from my trip early next month. Hope your wrist starts to feel better soon too!!

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

  • I have followed your other instagram account and the photos you’ve already posted, I love – I think the whole photo album thing is a great idea, and I tried to the same last year as I have so many photos just on hard drives and other various places!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Kat

    Gorgeous Instagram account. Gorgeous blog! A new follow from me. And designated survivor is on my list!