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by on 30.11.11
I activated my email posting option thing.. Now I can blog when I have no pc internet access. Cool huh? :-) Sent from my BlackBerry® wir...
I have some sad news...

The day before my birthday celebration my camera got stolen
Right out of my car. Whoever it was took everything out of my camera bag, closed the bag, returned the bag to the car, locked my car door again and went on their merry way....
Leaving me all sad and alone without my precious, darling camera.... 
i will be honest and admit to crying about it
I can't make pictures anymore :( 
i keep having to stop myself when my brain starts thinking about shoots i want to do or if i see something that will 'make a good photograph' because i have NO camera anymore...

and it also means i can't put photographs on my blog anymore, which is terrible, as now i have to actually think of things to write, to tell everyone! I have to write and use no pictures... i liked to use pictures in my blogging cos it was just so much easier than drafting and publishing a well written, interesting and exciting post. 
All i have is words now. Now i have that song in my head..."It's only words and words are all i have, to take your breath away". I am busy saving up for a new camera, so in the meantime i will discover my 'blog voice' and type, type, type.
Stick around and read it :)
i guess i can draw pictures instead.

I have a camera fund collection tin, which i don't have a picture of because, well, you know why, and several people have been generous and kind enough to contribute to my tin. I am very grateful to them all, they are good people. :) With their assistance i am 1/5 of my way to having enough money to get a replacement for my camera. :) Like my mother said when i told her,"there are good people in the world" and i am glad to know a lot of them and to be considered their friend.
It was my birthday, on Wednesday last week.
I am now 24.

The Sunday before that we had a little party to celebrate my birthday. Just like my sister's birthday we had the party at home. We made a whole lot of salads and homemade bread, always bread, cos i love bread of course and its my birthday so i can eat all the bread i want... There was rosemary buns, cornbread, oat bread, cheese and onion bread and soda bread. yum!

Olivia made a giant cake, it was giant i promise! check the photos and you will see..
it was pretty amazing. I said to her that im sure she was just trying to outdo the rainbow cake i made her for her birthday in August. She denies all!

It was really nice having all my friends from all over there, Pretoria, university, Cape Town, my old college, church, family etc etc. i even had some gatecrashers!

I got some lovely gifts, the top ones being a stick blender (Thank you Carrie) :D and a picture of a bicycle (Thank you Rickus)..... Somehow they knew about my fixation with bicycles and my new current fixation with stick blenders (which is now satisfied).

anyways, that was my birthday celebration, it was good fun and im really glad i organised it and glad that everyone enjoyed themselves :)

Here are some pictures that were taken (Thanks to Geni, for lending her camera and heather and Hannah for taking the photos.)

Cutting the cake up 

University Friends

My Dad and other cool old people 

The yummy food 
My family is great, i was in Pretoria the Saturday before my party doing a photography job, so all i made was bread, they made everything else! I came home on Saturday evening and all this was mostly prepared :)

The one in the middle is Rickus, he made me a cool bike drawing 

Geni's face says it all

Lemon Meringue
Milk tart
Marshmallow pudding
Apple pie
Jelly and yogurt pudding
two kinds of cremora tart
banoffee pie
and chocolate instant pudding with a bike on top 

AND Paul was here!
All in all it was a great day! :)

Remember i spoke about the Dutch boy, Bram, and the pink cake we made?
Well i got the photos from him....

Hey! Don't look at me, it was all Bram's idea...
For all its weirdness, it was well liked at varsity and the next day a girl asked me if i had any more left. haha!

Then a week later Bram came over again and this time we made....green cake!
And this time he took photos of the process....

So while i was making alien cake, Bram was busy looking over some of my varsity work. 

With the excess dough we made some cupcakes, with pink heart sprinkles.

Cut the cake in half. Excuse my face, i didn't know Bram had included it in the shot. I thought he was just taking a picture of the cake. haha
anyways, green!

 then, cos i was calling the shots, i put fig jam in between the two layers and sieved icing sugar on top.
but there is no finished cake picture.. sorry!

And this is the end of the story and i still don't like funny coloured food. I am very glad that there are always hungry boys at varsity that don't mind eating weird cake ;)

Alien Cake

by on 18.11.11
Remember i spoke about the Dutch boy, Bram, and the pink cake we made? Well i got the photos from him.... Yup. Hey! Don't look a...
Last week Friday was my final presentation of my dissertation/thesis for the year
I came in in the morning, was nervous to begin with, got a grip and continued right along (and did it sweetly, this part is important).

My parents came along too. I think they wanted to see what their daughter had been up to this whole year. Late nights at varsity and weekend pit stops. 
They didn't see much of me or my project.
As my Dad gets older he gets more emotional, (it is quite funny and strange at the same time) and he was rather proud of my presentation and the way i presented it. :-) 

So after a long year of working on my thesis, disappointments and challenges, good times and break-throughs, procrastination and all nighters at varisty with Donald, it was all over in 45 mins.

and now its too late 
too late for new ideas, too late for work to be done, too late. 
D-day has come and gone.

on Thursday we go into varsity for a meeting and we will find out then what our sentences, i mean, results are. All we can do is wait and see, no more worrying about it, thesis isn't on my mind constantly anymore...
which is a good thing, i can now think a lot more about bicycles and stick blenders(a new popular thought now on my mind) 

On Friday evening we had a cocktail evening/exhibition for our dissertation, us, our parents and whoever else we wanted to bring along to see our work. (i invited my friend, Geni, and my sister, Olivia) 
Olivia is cool, she helped me carry all my stuff back to the car... and Geni watched my camera and my bag while i hopped about between friends, friends' parents and lecturers and other interesting people.
Geni and Olivia were bored, i was not :-P

Part of the presentation was the giving of 'gifts' to the panel of judges. I wanted my gifts to be a continuation of my idea and concept behind my dissertation. 
So i made 'surprise' books!

They are just normal looking books

You can leave them on your coffee table

Or in your bookshelf

You're bored... so you pick up the book and flip through it....
(Most people like to touch and fiddle anyways)
or maybe you are curious

and then.....ta da!

This is not a story about Robin Hood at all! 
it is a piece of art. 

It wasn't anything like you expected it to be inside 

 Completely unexpected 

The pages have been glue together to form a '2-page' book
so when the book is opened it is opened to the art.
the whole thing is art really.

This one happens to be my favourite one

Which one do you like? 

i really enjoyed making these up until it was the night before presentation and i still had two more drawings to complete.... but it all gone done and they went down well with the panel :)

just goes to show that you can never judge a book by its cover.
in this case, literally.

It's too late now

by on 14.11.11
Last week Friday was my final presentation of my dissertation/thesis for the year I came in in the morning, was nervous to begin with...