Throwback to 2017: February Instagram challenge

It’s a little late but here are last month’s Instagram challenge posts from the Sophie’s Voice feed. Each title will link to the corresponding Instagram post.
Day 1 – ‘a street’

Le Grand Escalier and the boulevard d’Athènes in Marseille, seen from Saint-Charles train station – photographed after a very rare rain shower.

I remember the time I spent in Marseille very fondly.

Day 2 – ‘light’

This wooden folding USB rechargeable book nightlight is on my wishlist at the moment. It’s absolutely beautiful and the design is so original.

Day 3 – ‘happy’

This picture of a Norwegian Forest cat makes me happy. It’s basically a fox / cat hybrid – which is my unicorn.

Day 4 – ‘mix’

The girls’ modern version of paper dolls. These are magnetised from Melissa and Doug Toys.

Day 5 – ‘morning sky’

Facing north from my front door towards Penny Lane.

Day 6 – ‘corner’

Mid century teak corner cupboard. I’m a little bit in love with this piece – which just sold – and very jealous of its lucky new owner.

Day 7 – ‘fashion’

Sunday was spent with my eldest daughter – creating this masterpiece on the Barbie Spin Art Designer machine.

It’s actually really fun!

Day 8 – ‘faceless portrait’

Pedicure day – this is Max Factor Glossfinity in Candy Rose.

These toes haven’t seen light since I put away my dancing shoes after Christmas. They were feeling the cold!

Day 9 – ‘treat’

A morning spent ‘researching’ and eating white and dark chocolate swirl pastries – from Rough Handmade – with my 3 year old daughter. She loves a bit of Vogue and Red in the morning.

Day 10 – ‘the view from here’

With one child at home with a cold, we decided to do some Valentine’s Day themed crafting. Luckily, the post came before I could die of boredom.

Day 11 – ‘words’

Off to match the bird to the word in the park with her father – while I have a relaxing time with her poorly older sister. The intrepid ornithologist is seen here wearing stout boots, camouflage and Minnie Mouse accessories. Like you do.

Day 12 – ‘pattern’

This Sew Different t-shirt is made using the next pattern I have on my to do pile…it’s pretty grownup for a T. I’m thinking of a scuba type fabric.

Day 13 – ‘flat lay’

This is a quick and dirty flat lay of today’s work – a @birchbox review and makeup shoot starring @bourjois_uk Rouge Edition velvet lip colours – nude-ist, pink ping, hot pepper, grand cru and don’t pink of it. Plus a little loved by Lou Lesage.

Day 14 – ‘hearts’

I did a flat lay for Day 13 but here’s a second. It’s my favourite.

My kids have been working on decorations for Valentine’s day all weekend.

These are the ones they made for me.

Day 15 – ‘bright’

Neon art.

Day 16 – ‘from where I stand’

It is 4167 miles to Eleuthera from where I stand in Liverpool. My children and their father will be there for a week over half term. I stay here. In just two days time there will be a third of the globe between us.

I just finished packing their luggage. I am excited at time alone but incredibly anxious as well.

Day 17 – ‘sport’

Synchronised swimming practice.

Day 18 – ‘a habit’

I obsess about the weather constantly. I can’t begin to do it justice but I even categorise rain.

Day 19 – ‘best invention!’

My mum uniform – t-shirt, chunky sweater, coated leggings, boots. Styled by Camilla Pihl.

Day 20 – ‘books’

Books on the shelves above my desk. It’s a small space so my Kikkerland jumbo pencils and Moleskine scrapbook live there too. Along with a whole load of other ‘stuff’.

Day 21 – ‘lines’

Striped chair next to my desk. With added striped sweater for good measure.

Day 22 – ‘on the shelf’

Workshelves shared by the children and I. Their work is much more colourful.

Day 23 – ‘drip’

Artwork by Faig Ahmed – based on Azerbaijani carpet and textiles.

Day 24 – ‘treasure’

I keep these treasures in a box in my bedroom. Their principal value is sentimental but they are a wonderful way to distract children.

Day 25 – ‘grass’

Tiny rainforest.

Day 26 – ‘artsy’

My children and I created this collage when they returned from their holiday this morning. That’s as artsy as we’re going to be.

I have my Ash and Kristofferson back – and they brought me a fantastic apple.

“They say all foxes are slightly allergic to linoleum but it’s cool to the paw, try it. They say my tail needs to be dry cleaned twice a month, but now it’s fully detachable, see? They say our tree may never grow back, but one day, something will. Yes, these crackles are made of synthetic goose and these giblets come from artificial squab and even these apples look fake—but at least they’ve got stars on them. I guess my point is, we’ll eat tonight, and we’ll eat together. And even in this not particularly flattering light, you are without a doubt the five and a half most wonderful wild animals I’ve ever met in my life.”

They are the most wonderful wild animals I’ve ever met in my life – and I made them.

Day 27 – ‘new’

Winter is a state of mind by February. Every scrap of happiness needs to be cherished. Those new daffodils don’t bloom twice.

Day 28 – ‘evening sky’

Liverpool’s Anglican and Catholic cathedrals photographed around 10pm.

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