Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sharing the "Goodwill".


Yesterday I ran into one of those Goodwill "dumpster diving" stores.  They can be incredibly fun while at the same time a little "skeevy"(is that even a word?lol).  There are lots of interesting people and very very interesting things to go through.  Like all thrift stores you have an assortment of clothes, linens, books, home decor, toys, accessories.....you name it...it's there.

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So you'd think I found a bunch of things.  No.  Just no.  Perhaps it's the fact that I wasn't really "feeling" it yesterday.  I wasn't in the creative, inspiring mood.  So what on any other day would've been a treasure chest....was a trash heap.  Sorry, if you were there. lol.  I even had someone tell me I was lucky because I found some fun stuff....and they wanted what I had.  

As I looked down at my bundle, I realized I was creating a little vignette...right there in my arms.  So I trudged on.  I kept rummaging through the heaps of stuff and then......yuck! I was totally grossed out because I touched something sticky.  I think that is really what set me off of everything. blaaaggghhh!  

Meanwhile my hubby went to look at a floor lamp I thought I'd want to paint.  It had great lines and would've been perfect. As we went up to see how much it was and they informed us it was $10 dollars....I just turned to my hub and said nope (that was tooooooooo much, I'm a cheapo).  I told him I was going to make someones day and give them my loot. He said why and I replied with....I'm just not feeling it today.



With that I went and tapped the young man on the shoulder that was coveting my loot and asked if he wanted it.  His eyes widened and glistened with delight....well perhaps not so much with the glistening but I was feeling descriptive writing this.  Anyway, he accepted and I handed it over.

As we walked out I felt pretty good.  I didn't end up accomplishing much but I felt like I made someone a little bit happier than they were when they entered Goodwill.  It was "Goodwill" that I shared! LOL

Until...........

Hubby had a funny smirk on his face as we got in the car.  I was like "what?".  He replied with...."So you weigh #@!%".  

I looked at him with both surprise and daggers!  As I was merrily walking out of Goodwill with the feeling I spread "Goodwill"...I had inadvertently walked over the MASSIVE scales!  My weight apparently flashed in HUGE NEON GREEN numbers to anyone looking.  Hhhhhmmmpph.  I never!



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This picture is similar to the scale I walked over, although the digital readout was unfortunately NOT this small.

I spent the next 20 minutes explaining how it was wrong!  My purse weighed at least 10lbs!  (Honestly it was stuffed and could've easily been 8lbs. :P)  

In conclusion.....don't ever, ever walk over the Goodwill scales. LOL





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Saturday, April 19, 2014

My nominations for the Liebster Award.

The other day I was nominated for the Liebster Award.  I posted my answers to 11 Questions and 11 facts about myself.  What I did not have was who I was going to nominate. 

 So today is the day!

I nominate 


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Amy@ Amy Krist








Congratulations ladies!  I can't wait to get to know you all better and to see your blogs evolve and grow!  I picked each of you because I think we can be great supporters of one another and great friends! (If you've already been nominated feel free to go ahead and answer the questions so we can get to know you and your blog!)

The Liebster Award is a way for other bloggers to discover new, up and coming blogs.  It's a way to network and show your love and support. The rules in your search, nominate 5-11 new bloggers with less than 200 followers.  

Ok, so I know that one of these lovely ladies have been blogging a little longer and has a few more followers but I was looking back at the rules and there are two different "standards" floating around out there.  Basically the rules have changed over time.  One, it's less than 200 followers and the other is less than 3,000 and yet another is less than 1,000.  So I've decided that somewhere in the middle is good! 

If you accept the nomination than here are your rules:

1. Answer my 11 questions.
2. State 11 facts about yourself.
3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers you have discovered (new, with less than 200 followers)
4. Create 11 questions to give to your nominees.
5. Have fun!

Here are my Questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is a secret talent you have?
  3. What do you do when you have free time?
  4. What is your favorite color?
  5. What is your favorite T.V. Show?
  6. What is one thing that makes you actually LOL-laugh out loud?
  7. What time of day do you blog/network/social media?
  8. What is your favorite accessory?
  9. What is the most recent book you've read.....or magazine? LOL
  10. If you were an "-aholic" what would that be? (mine is skittles-aholic,thrifting-aholic,magazine-aholic)
  11. When you were a child, what did you dream of being? Did you do it? (thanks Janice!)

You can use the Award I created for you, at the top of this page to post to your Blog! Congratulations and Good Luck on your search and discovery!

Can't wait to hear what you all have to say!

Oh and Be sure to say Hi to your fellow nominees and to Janice @ Nearly Handmade! :) (She's the sweet girl who nominated me.)



  

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

First Photo Shoot!

I know it seems like I've been posting a lot about taking pictures with my camera....and I have. lol.  I think the thing with me is that when I'm on a roll with something I just go with it.  I'm really enjoying experimenting with my camera and software.  For me, when I'm learning something I like to immerse myself in it.  I guess you could say I definitely like to focus all my attention on whatever subject it is.  When I feel like I've figured it out or I am satisfied with what level I am with the subject than I will move on.  So far that time hasn't happened.  I really am finding, I love taking pictures.  

I think right now I'm trying to figure out my style, what I like and what subjects I like taking pictures of.  I'm also figuring out how to work with the equipment and that takes a lot of practice and "doing".  I'm definitely a "hands on" learner.

The other day I got a chance to work with my first official "models" and photo shoot.  I recruited my brother and his precious little family.  I was itching to take pictures of more children after taking a few of my friends little girl a few weeks ago.  It wasn't the perfect time of day....it was mid day. So in the photography world it was not the prime hours for the best lighting.  That would be early morning and late afternoon/early evening.

That being said, I didn't care because at this point I just needed to work with people, children, live models.......and not in passing!  I really wanted an actual photo shoot to take time with the types of shots I wanted to try out.  

The girls were on their way to a party so we didn't have hours but that was ok because I doubt they'd have the patience for that.  :)










I love the shots of them dancing and moving.  I am partial to pictures that show lots of movement in hair and accessories.





With the way the light was hitting them, these shots reminded me of fairies in the forest.





I think what I love about this picture is how natural and messy her hair is and those chubby cheeks!





I love how this picture captures her in the air.  








 Love seeing them laughing!


 This picture was done with a filter.  Don't you just get a feeling of quiet and stillness?




Another shot I really love taking are closeups of the face.  I'm sure you could tell based on all the previous pictures.






There were sooooo many pictures that I loved.  I was actually surprised at how many worked out because I really wasn't thinking there would be many. (This is only a small portion of what I shot and it was very hard to pick which ones to share.)  

The girls were great and the only time they really smiled was when their daddy did something or said something silly.  Because the sun was so bright and harsh, we moved around a lot.  I think that's why we got so many great shots.  It also helped keeping their attention.  Everything was new!

I definitely want to take more pictures with models...I find their features so interesting.  I'll have to start recruiting! lol


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Monday, April 14, 2014

What's in Bloom?

Another day at Silvermont Park and this time new things were in bloom.  That gorgeous Star Magnolia was pretty much done with it's blooms this week but there were other beautiful trees and flowers in bloom.

I think I told you in my previous Silvermont post, that the landscape designers/gardeners designed the park to be in bloom constantly, all year long.  Well let me tell you, it's really fun to go every couple of weeks to see what's new.

Here are some of the new plants in bloom.

















I'm not sure but I'm thinking these are not Lilly of the Valley's ...or at least the traditional ones.  Any ideas?



This flower was on a single stem and not very tall (maybe to my calve).  There were a bunch of them along with those white flowers above.  Anyone know the names?


Someone told me the names of these a long time ago and I forgot. Suprised? lol.  

No, I don't have a clue what this is.  It was on a sparse tree.
It's really hard not to take pictures of these gorgeous beauties.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what's in bloom two or three weeks from now.  Check back and we'll see. :)


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