Friday, July 27, 2012

Point & Shoot as DSLR

I used to have a really great camera.
Well, I still have it, actually.
However, it's very sick and needs a check-up.
I would say that it's been like a doorstop for about a year.
Just, and I mean _just_ as I was learning more on how to take better pictures on it, it started doing odd things.....so sad.
It's a Canon Rebel with the lens it came with....so, so sad!!
Truly, though, it's kinda sad that I waited so long to learn how to use it!!
It gave me 6 great years of service....and hopefully more when I get the chance to get it fixed!!

So, what's a girl to do when she see's beautiful photography all over the place taken with fancy cams?
She learns how to make do with her point and shoot, that's what she does!!

I have a Fuji Finepix F500EXR.
She's red and very pretty!!
I would say style over substance informed this decision.
What, I like red!!

Anyway.
I love the look of the blurry background.
Now, this camera comes with a setting for that buuuuutttttt it isn't consistent.
Or I'm using it improperly.

Either way.

But I was so excited to read this article the other day at Lil Blue Boo!!
I don't have a lot of flexibility on aperture, but I do have zoom!!
So, I got out my lil p & s and played around.

Here are a few of my very first shots....I'm kinda impressed with myself!! 
I didn't edit these at all except for the mark, cuz I know how popular my pics are!!
Ha!!




The two photos above were taken within minutes of each other.
I was using the zoom and focusing on the flowers and then on the suitcases.
I'm going to have to do this more because I don't really know why the light changed so much.
I really like them both, though!!


Then I went outside.
I wanted to try #2 from the article, Zoom and Distance.
It sort of worked with the grapes, but I couldn't find a good spot to really get any distance.
The roses, though!!
I'm so happy with how this turned out!!
I got exactly what I had hoped for!





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I hope that I can learn more and more about creating pretty pictures without a fancy camera!
I'm sure it can be done, don't you?

Do you have a fancy camera?
Do you have a p & s?

Do you have tips to share??

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Have a beautiful day!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I Have Weird Rules

 So, I had told myself that I wouldn't write a post until I had finished the pillow I started in JUNE!!
I really like blogging so I thought that would be great motivation.
And it was!
Besides seeing the dang thing done I would get to share it, too!
Except, joining squares is not easy..at least as not as easy at I thought it would be.
As you can see from this first picture, they are joined and not very well.
But then I added the border and I was happy again!
I felt the border sorta took they eyes away from the gaping joins!!

Then, during one of my fabric store forays I found this pretty fabric in the remnants.
I only shop in the remnants department, btw!!
I didn't have this pillow in mind for it, but it worked out great!
I searched the web for an envelope pillow tutorial and found this:
I liked that she used one piece for the cover.
It was easy!!
I don't sew much at all so if I say it is easy, it truly is!! 
So I had the pretty fabric sewed into a cover!
Then it was time to attach the crocheted part.
..........sigh...........
That.
Took.
For.
Freaking.
Ever!!!! 
(Back of the envelope pillow)
(I iron even less than I sew!!)

Sewing something to the top of an envelope pillow is foolishness!!
But hey, now I know and I'm telling you so you don't live my nightmare!!
For the future, I would use this envelope pillow tutorial that constructs the cover in 3 pieces like this:

But it is now finished and enjoying life in it's natural habitat!!

Whew!!!!

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Have a lovely day!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

When Life Hands You Nutella - Bake Brownies!


Nutella and I have a special relationship.
I love it and it loves me!

It proved it's love by being given to me by a sweet lady at church.
She also gave us lemons...and I just realized the irony of the title!!
And, I didn't make lemonade!
Oh, how I amuse myself!!!
(at least someone is amused by me!!)

And what did I do with my free Nutella?
I made this bad boy you see below......
(and by bad I mean so darn good!!)


Those gorgeous swirls are brought to you by Nutella!!

Let's all have a moment of silence as we gaze upon the beauty.......

Okay, are you back with me??
Good!! :)

So, this recipe is so easy!
If you make brownies from a box, stop.
Just stop.
Right now.

Making brownies from scratch is almost as easy and so many millions times better!
There is a depth to the flavor of homemade brownies that you don't get from a box.

My standard brownie recipe is from the back of a package of C & H Dark Brown Sugar, called, appropriately, Brown Sugar Brownies.

However, this may be my new go-to recipe, with or without Nutella.
This one has only regular sugar so really, we need both in case we find ourselves in dire need of brownies on and we find ourselves out of one of the sugars!
See, I think ahead like that so you don't have to!! 

Without further ado - The Recipe -

Nutella Swirl Brownies
1/2 cup butter
4 oz. (4 squares) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4-1/2 cup Nutella
Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 8×8-inch pan with nonstick spray. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over medium heat, stirring until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool.
Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl until thick and pale; beat in the chocolate mixture, vanilla and salt. Add flour and beat on low speed or stir just until blended.
Pour batter into the prepared pan. Heat the Nutella for about 20 seconds in a small bowl in the microwave, just enough to soften it enough to swirl over the batter. Drop by the spoonful over the batter, swirling it a bit with the spoon or the tip of a knife. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until just set and the edges are starting to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
Makes 16 brownies.


It says it makes 16 brownies.
That's a typo - it makes one huge brownie!!
Haha!!
(And there's the reason I joined Weight Watcher's yesterday......sigh......)

The Link:


I shared this recipe on Facebook and my cousin messaged me that he made them for his coworkers and they loved them!!
I love that!!!

If you make them please let me know what you think!!

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I hope you have a beautiful Independence Day
And, if you are reading outside the states, have a lovely Wednesday!!