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Sweet Life


This week has been quite a challenge for me. While am loving Shimelle’s class and truly enjoying all aspects of it, this week’s photo prompts threw me for a loop. Monday we were asked to answer some questions that would help us identify our “photo zone”–that place/subject/camera/environment in which we are comfortable shooting; the place that helps us reset our ‘photo button’ when things get mundane, boring. I didn’t even know I had one. But after much prompting by Dear Knight I think I’ve identified my personal “photography zone”: our own backyard. More specifically, the garden area on one side of our house. I have four raised beds. One with veggies, one with herbs, one with strawberries and one that started as a science experiment but has become my favorite; it is filled with wildflowers that bloom with abandon. I sit on the bench and just look at the flowers. I hunt through the herbs and blossoms for praying mantids. I let my thyme and marjoram get unruly because the bees love them. I am consistently drawn to this part of our yard with my camera in hand. I have folders upon folders of photos of the flowers, bees, grasshoppers other critters that visit this space. This is my zone.

Here is the LO I made using my two favorite photo’s from this weeks prompts. I am really pleased with the outcome. Even my husband thought it was the best LO I’ve ever done! The only thing I am not pleased with is how the LO itself photographs. I just can’t seem to get the lighting right. It really is more vibrant that the picture shows. The pinky-red of the title completely mirrors the pinky-red of the ribbon trim and they are BRIGHT! And I LOVE that ribbon…it’s the “Lovely” ribbon from the Dear Lizzy line. I know I’ll be using it quite a bit!


Well…not really. But a very awesome online class taught by the very awesome Shimelle starts today! I’ve already completed the two challenges for today so I’m not behind…yet! The next 4 weeks promise to be very fun!

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Yes, my baby is 4 years old and is delighted with that fact.  Sunday was the big day and babycakes Cupcake (her own hand-picked nickname)  was over the moon in love with the whole idea of “Birthday Girl” specialness.  She wore a special cupcake dress (gotta love Gymboree and their great prints) to church, had too many to count folks at church wish her a happy day, had her very special friends Bryan and Kristen over to share  her star and moon cake (and ice cream) in the afternoon and had a ducky shaped pancake for dinner (birthday child gets to pick  dinner on their special day)!  All in all it was a success; Cupcake enjoyed herself and we enjoyed her excitement!


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Coram Deo. Lola

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