Why your print lab is so important!

on 24.10.11

Annie over at Paint the Moon has written a great post about preparing your photos for printing and has included a giveaway.  She has also included amazing examples and lots of helpful information! It is a must read!  I recently printed some photos that included texture.  Sadly the prints were horrible, almost unrecognizable.  I am still trying to figure out what went wrong {sad face}.

D.I.Y painted t-shirt

on 22.10.11

Have you seen the fabulous things you can do with those bleach pens?  I saw a tutorial and wanted to give it a try.......but it was an epic fail.  Some how the t-shirt I chose was bleach proof, never knew there was such a thing. I painted on the bleach and waited, and waited and waited, 30 minutes later, and there wasn't a mark on it. weird. still weird. I was so bummed and then it came to me.  I had purchased these paint pens for another project, hmmmmm. What did I have to lose?  I looked them up online to see if they would work and it listed fabric as one of the items it could be used for.  So instead of using bleach, I used a white painters pen, and it worked!  What I was most happy about is it didn't leave a thick crusty design all though it probably could if you wanted it to. So below are the steps I took. Sorry the pictures aren't very good, they were an after thought.
Next time I shall do better!

This is the painters pen I used.

1. Spread the t-shirt out, and place a protective layer between the front and the back.  I used packing paper.

2. I then free handed my design.  This is actually the photo I took when I used the bleach pen.  The paint pen went on equally as well, only it didn't sit on top of the fabric like the bleach did.

and the final product.............

I dig it!

How to tie a scarf.....

on 21.10.11

Wendy is adorable and entertaining.  Who knew there were so many ways to tie a scarf.

                                      found via Divas and Dreams

Autumn inspiration

on 17.10.11

 I have had a crazy life lately.  Sadly, I have not been able to get out and take pictures of one of my favorite times of the year {sad face}.  So I decided to go browsing for a little taste of autumn.

1. autumn emotion, 2. Autumn Leaves, 3. Autumn, 4. Autumn leaves. [FP], 5. It's not what you give, it's the way you give it., 6. Bookmark, 7. HFF #21: Magical bokeh lights edition..., 8. {figs}, 9. Napping in Nature 70/365

Cheap prints until October 5th

on 2.10.11

Snapfish is having a

huge sale now thru Oct

5th.  Click here.  You can

get 100 4″ x 6″ prints for

$1 with code ALLPRINTS100,

200 for $2 with code

ALLPRINTS200, or 300 for $3

with code ALLPRINTS300.

Found via the mom creative

If your into scapbooking 

be sure and visit her blog.


I have been wanting to participate in this photography workshop since it's inception!  If you don't know about it check it out here


on 30.9.11

Ever hear of yarnbombing? Think of it as graffiti, only instead of paint or other permanent media, it's done with yarn thru knitting and crocheting.  It turns a cold environment into something straight out of Dr. Suess!
It's so popular now, they now have a yarnbombing day.  Here is some history about the movement from wikipedia.  I so want to yarnbomb a large tree, if only I had one.  Knitters of Rapid City unite, we should start a chapter,or a circle or whatever the term is.  Here are a few photos that inspired me the most.

via Yarnbombing

via Babble

via Babble

via Babble

via Yarnbombing

Stuffed shells....yum

on 28.9.11

I thought I would share this recipe from Emeril that is awesome!  It's super stuffed shells.  I have been making it now for a couple of years and not only is it delicious but it seems to be better the second night. Click here for site.

Emeril's Super Stuffed Shells

1/2 (12-ounce) box jumbo pasta shells (18 to 20 shells)
2 teaspoons salt
1 pound fresh baby spinach
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cups finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 (15-ounce) container low fat or fat free ricotta cheese
2 large eggs
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Essence
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups Best Basic Red Sauce or store-bought pasta sauce

Make sure the oven rack is in the center position and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of the salt and the pasta shells to the water. Cook until the shells are tender yet still firm, about 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally with a long-handled fork or spoon to prevent the shells from sticking together. Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the pot from the heat and drain the shells in a colander set in the sink, pouring away from you. Rinse under cold running water, shake gently, and set aside to drain. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, until very soft, about 7 minutes.
Add the spinach and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. In a large bowl, use a large spoon to stir together the ricotta cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Add the spinach mixture, the extra-virgin olive oil, nutmeg, Essence, the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, the basil, oregano, and pepper, and stir to combine thoroughly. Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish with the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the spinach-ricotta filling into each cooked pasta shell. Place the filled shells in the greased casserole dish. Pour the Basic Tomato sauce over the filled shells and top with the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, until bubbly, about 20 minutes. Using the mitts or pot holders, remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Mod Podge love

I think this is quite cool!  I wish I had thought of this with my first car, a 1982 Chevy Chevette.  It would have when from lame to awesome in no time!  Tanya, if your reading this, I think you should do this to your new (old) car.  Then we can be all Thelma and Louis in it..... {snort,snort} I tried to talk my daughter into but she didn't see the humor.....Found here.

Life is......

on 27.9.11


       Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.


Sweet Shot Tuesdays

Italian Bistro

on 23.9.11

I didn't go to Hawaii to eat italian, but everytime we walked by this little bistro, it looked and smelled so good!  My husband and son wanted to watch a game on tv, which gave my daughter and I a perfect opportunity to go out to lunch.  I don't recall the name of my dish, but it was delicious, and the pineapple tea wasn't bad either!  We were eating outdoors, had several lovely feathered dinner guests, delicious food and we were right next to the ocean.  It doesn't get much better than that!  The smaller picture with the blur was actually part of an experiment with vaseline.  I smeared vaseline (a little too heavy) on a filter before taking the picture.

Capturing Hawaii

on 21.9.11

These were taken on our recent trip.  It is the Byodo-In Temple, in Hawaii, which is an exact replica of a temple in Uji, Japan. Built in 1968 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants.  The entire structure is built with out any nails. The buddha is thought to be the largest carved statue outside of Japan. The tv series Lost and Hawaii 5-0 have both been taped there.  The sacred bell call Bon-Sho is used to announce yourself before entering the temple.  I wouldn't mind one in my back yard. 

Birds ~ Birds ~ Birds

on 20.9.11

So many birds in Hawaii,
 even they obey
 the traffic

29 Ways to Stay Creative

   2 cents worth
     of wisdom

Poster via Ed Hall

Double Happiness

Who doesn't love to swing?  What if you were swinging while being high above the ground?  This is an art installation created by architect Didier Faustino.  It's actually a billboard turned swing.  I love creative minds!

Duke Kahanamoku

on 13.9.11

My family and I recently took a trip to Oahu.  I love the surf culture so of course I had to take a picture of the father of international surfing ~ Duke Kahanamoku! It's tradition to hang your leis on his arms as a sign of respect or honor.

Bookplate Freebie

Found freebies!  I love graphic owls and these bookplates are adorable from LulaBird.  Click here to download.

Found via LulaBird

Covet Garden Online Magazine

on 11.9.11

Covet Garden is an online magazine that looks like a fabulous peek and read and it's free!  I looked through the anniversary issue and wanted to share. You can view all the back issues as well. In their introduction, they state they are  interested in spaces not styled professionally, and that reflect the passions and interests of those who live in them. Be sure and check it out! Covet Garden

Photos in a bottle

This is really a great idea!  I think I would only use copies though and save my originals.

100 years of fashion in a 1 minute and 40 seconds

Very cool!

Video via Go Retro

Would you, could you, in a ......

on 18.8.11

This just might be one of those things that is so lame,  it's cool!  Instead of a traditional hotel room, you can stay in a hip pull trailer or caravan as they call it, that is indoors.  Indoor camping at it's finest.   If you happen to be in Berlin, you can have your pick of indoor camping experiences at the Huettenpalast Hotel.  Makes me smile.......

Images via  Decor 8


Glass magnets

on 13.8.11

I came across these on Mod Podge Rocks, but the tutorial comes from two girls being crafty.
Here is the tutorial I thought it was a super cute idea, and could be used for other things as well.  I love scrapbook paper, and am always trying to figure things I could do with it, other than scrapbooking, of course.


on 7.8.11

I am very behind, well, in everything.  So here are some photos of lilacs that I took in the spring, but only just discovered them.  I love lilacs!

"The lilac branches are bowed under the weight of the flowers: blooming is hard, and the most important thing is - to bloom."
~ The most important thing 

How'd That Get There?

on 6.8.11

I found this awesome book called Caffeine For The Creative Mind: 250 exercises to wake up your brain! There are 250 prompts of things to do, some are ubber easy, some are incredible challenging, but all are fun! I purchased a copy of the book as a gift for my best friend, Tanya, who agreed to do these with me even though we don't live in the same state.  The first one we did was easy, document with a camera 10 things in your environment that don't belong where they are.  This is the result of that first assignment. You should be proud Tanya, I finally got it posted!


1.  Strap to Sunday's car seat  2. Vacuum attatchment that won't stay attached
      3. CD to Sunday's book                      4.  Tim's sunglasses            

1.  Tim's ski googles 2. Little part to Sunday's jeep 
                     3. Hat    4. Hat #2                                        

1.  Spices kept out of Toby's reach            2.  Little paper clip thing             

1.  Hat that I never can find before my game    2.  Blistex, don't leave home without it.  3.  Fell behind the chair and took forever to find   4. Wallet                                                   

1. Scissors, never where you need them      2.  Garden shoes   3. MP3 player   4. My flip flops                                   

1.  Bramm's mowing shoes left outdoors   2.  Cool CD I found at the Wilson summer festival

God is in the details

on 26.7.11

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

~ Albert Einstein

Purple haze

on 21.7.11

"Here’s your sweet lavender
sixteen sprigs a penny
that you’ll find my ladies
will smell as sweet as any"

Lavender Sellers’s Cry, London England CA 1900

Sweet Shot Day