Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Black and white photo letter art

Hello friends,
      Today I'm sharing a very special artwork project I have been working on for a few months now.
I love the photo letter art that I've seen a few places, 
and decided to make my own. 
It's finally finished and I love it!!

This is just a small sample of how much  EVERYTHING
I see reminds me of her.

The most time consuming, but fun ,  part of this was getting pictures
of the right letters.
I  wanted them to be naturally formed intoarchitecture,
but the options are endless!
I was surprised how easy this was.

Once I had all the photos
I just made a collage using the 'picture pile' setting in Picasa 3.

Picasa is a free software download from Google that helps you:
  • Locate and organize all your photos
  • Edit and add effects to your photos
  • Create galleries
  • Can update your Picasa web albums automatically

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Weekend at the mountains in pictures

Me and my Mom


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I finally ran three miles!!

Well I finally made it....puff puff...  3 miles.
I wish I could say it was a breeze, but it WAS NOT.
I was jogging while in the mountains and let me tell you....
After 2 1/2  miles, I could hardly breathe.

 It makes me feel good to say that the 
air is thinner in the mountains and I'm not used 
to the steep hills and all that good stuff.... and I made it anyway,
but the reality is 
I'm just not quite there yet.
It was hard at the end, but it was enjoyable at the same time.
The lake was beautiful,

 the weather was warm and sunny, (just the way I like it)
 and I shared the road with some deer.
Annnddd  the calories I burned were just an added bonus!

Hope you all have a great day!!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

30 days of photography Day 3

Day 3
I am doing so good with this photo thing!
I am a little surprised at myself, I have a hard time with 30 days of anything... 
let alone specific random photos.
so hopefully I will keep it up
Today's photo is
I  took this photo
up the mountains last Sunday.  
 The weather was mild and gorgeous and we
were just hanging out with the family
and I was like....  perfect sun flare photo opportunity right there!! 
 I really like how it turned out.

My handsome husband :)

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving !!

 If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
"thank you," that would suffice. 
~Meister Eckhart
photo courtesy of   Cooking with Nyla
Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men;
but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. 
~E.P. Powell

Hope you are enjoying this holiday with 
friends, family
  good food and football :)
I sure am.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Best Rolls Ever Recipe

I make these rolls for holidays and when I 
am having a lot of people over.
We LOVE them!   They are soft, light and  yummy!

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 sticks  butter  cut into cubes
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 3 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 1/2 cups self-rising flour


  1. In microwavable bowl place 2 cups water and butter or margarine. Microwave about 2 minutes.
  2. In mixing bowl, blend 1 cup sugar and eggs.
  3. In a separate cup, microwave 1/2 cup water for 30 seconds. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and dissolve/stir yeast in this.     (let set for 3-5 minutes  if it foams up a lot , your yeast is working.)
  4. Mix butter water and sugar and eggs mixture together; add salt. Mix in yeast water. Stir in 7 to 7 1/2 cups flour. Mix well.  Dough will be sticky.   Put in lightly greased bowl and let rise in the refrigerator overnight, covered.  
  5. When ready to use, dump onto floured surface (DO NOT PUNCH DOWN!) and let warm to room temperature. LIGHTLY KNEAD! Only work in enough extra flour to handle.
  6. Shape into rolls and place on greased sheet(s). Let rest 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  7. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F (205 degrees C) oven until tops are golden.  8- 10 minutes. (optional Brush with oil or butter immediately out of the oven
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

30 days of photography Day 2

Welcome back to my photography challenge!
This is Day 2 and I'm really enjoying this,
now that I got
past that painful  self portrait business.   haha.

Day 2     Bridge

I took this while I was walking around in a local park.
It was so beautiful!   I wish I could say it was peaceful and 
all, but it wasn't .  It is located near some high traffic roads.
but it's okay to just look at it and pretend.   I do.

Aaahhhh   gotta love fall.

Have a great day!!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wooden tray redo

A friend of mine gave me this tray.
It's one of those trays that the wooden letter blocks come in.
 she was organizing their toys into bins and didn't have use for it.
  I was sure I could make it useful for something.

It was a perfect size, but not very pretty...
so I pulled out my handy craft paints and scrapbook paper and
painted and mod podged like crazy!

I overlapped two 12 x12 pieces of scrap paper and after gluing them down I had to smooth out the bubbles
pretty tray for my new ruffle lampshade.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

30 days of photography Day 1

I decided to try the 30 days of photography challenge.
I like to take random pictures and I would love to share them with my readers,
maybe when I don' t have any fun projects finished.
A tiny problem of mine.....  why finish one thing when
you can have ,like, ten going at the same time??
Makes life so much more interesting...... and chaotic :)

I certainly won' t be finished in 30 days, my "short attention span" mind
would never be able to pull that off, but it will be thrown 
in hopefully once or twice a week.

So stay tuned for some pictures that will probably help
you get to know me a little more.

 Day 1     Self portrait

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Day 3

Hello all!
Although I'm going to be busy, I am so happy the weekend is almost here!
I have flowers to do for This wedding, and so far , so good :)  Just gotta keep my fingers crossed with that.

So anyway,  Day 3   is a picture of you and your friends.
that's an easy one:   This is me and my absolute best friend,  the person who knows me better than I know myself,  and fortunately loves me anyway :)
 St. Thomas last March
aaannnndd   these are my best girlfriends:

Not sure what I would do without my sisters!  Taken at my wedding 6/24/2006

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, November 14, 2011

How To Arrange Flowers

I recieved an absolutely beautiful arrangement
from one of my best friends the other day.
And as I was taking them out of the clear cellophane and green tissue they
were wrapped in, I thought that I should share some simple tips 
on how to arrange loose flowers in your own vase.

Fill your vase with water.
criss crossing  the stems will help hold your flowers up.
your tallest flower should be at least 1 1/2 times the height of the vase.
cut each flower just before you place it in the vase
the "main flowers"  are usually the largest and heaviest flowers

and then adjust anything that looks wonky...
and you're done!

Hope this helps you a little bit....
Just write any questions you might have in a comment 
and I would be happy to help you out!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Something I Love Saturday 4

It is SUCH a beautiful day today!
Sunny and mild... my kind of weather.

I did "Something I Love Saturday" a few times
 quite a few months ago but it's been on hold ever since.
Just the other day I went back and read the 3  ( whoa... big number) posts
and I was just like ,  wow it's encouraging to me to see how far
I've come from only months earlier. So I think I will keep it up.
No promises there.... You never know:)

So this weeks LOVE is....
and please don't get offended, but I needed a laugh so bad 
and this totally did it for me :)