Posts Tagged ‘Simply love’

I love banners, buntings, and garlands and I have been seeing them everywhere lately. (click on the photos to see the owners)

Untitled (by Veronica TM)

Lavender Garland (by Vintage Amethyst)

newspaper snowflakes (by mayalu)

delicate newspaper bunting (by mayalu)

Mini Bunting (by Chez Larsson)

spring banner (by littlethings1)

Untitled (by kelly rae roberts)

295: 11.22.07 (by girlhula)

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blueberry dreams (by Leaca's Philosophy)

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins
• 2 cups cake flour
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 pinch salt
• 3 ounces cream cheese, cut in cubes
• 2 teaspoon lemon juice
• 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 Whole eggs
• 1/4 cup melted butter, hot, about 175°
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1 cup blueberries
• paper muffin cup liners
Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°. Line the cups of a muffin tin with 12 paper liners. Set aside.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir well; set aside. Using metal blade in food processor, process cream cheese, lemon juice, and vanilla in food processor until smooth. Add eggs and process 15 seconds. Scrape down side of container with a spatula. With processor running, pour hot melted butter through food chute gradually, but within 10 seconds. Process another 10 seconds. Add milk and process 5 seconds. Add dry ingredients to container and mix with 4 to 6 half-second pulses. Add blueberries and fold in with a spoon. Pour an equal amount of batter into each muffin cup, filling each about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 30 minutes. Cool on rack 15 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.

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Joy St. Claire Photography is offering a free wallpaper that is spring divine.

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I have been inspired by all the spring photos on flickr. I even went back through my old favorites to revisit old faves.

really ready for spring (by steph parke)
photo by steph parke

chives (by rained out)
photo by rained out

~~*~~ (by angela )
photo by angela

good morning~ (by *Peanut (Lauren))
photo by Lauren

54 365 - Daisy daisy give me your answer do... (by ly wylde)
photo by ly wylde

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{rest} (by Leaca's Philosophy)

~Mt. Redoubt has decided to cool off, the levels are still higher than normal and the level continues at orange. AK Dave has some great shots, we bumped into him when we were at the beach watching.

~ I have been so busy this week, maybe a better word is distracted. The kids have been out for spring break and so I have been filling my time else where. We went to see Taken and it was good and intense.

~ I have been obsessed with making these little banners and can’t get enough. I have bought some vintage papers and have been caught up in creations. I love it when that happens.

~ Tonight there is another Sneak Attack on Etsy. I can’t wait to see another shop watch their sales go through the roof and not know what hit them. I love this kind of thing.

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I love these little cups–they call them hob nobs. =]

Isn’t this the coolest bag??? I have been wanting to knit and have my supplies in a basket or a bag and I have been having a hard time finding something but these bags would work perfectly.

I want this lamp shade.
daisy (by Leaca's Philosophy)

photo courtesy of Rachel Ray

image courtesy of Kristybee

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Charlane and I collab together, and that has allowed me to get to know Char and her photography pretty well. She has a vintage feel to the way she composes and processes her photogaphy. Char is also a blogger and writes beautifully. I hope you enjoy learning more about her.

1. What do you shoot with?

I’ve always been a canon girl. I started out years ago with a little 35mm cheapie and then confiscated my brother’s film rebel about 15 years ago. Then for some reason I put it aside until 2007. Then one Saturday I was looking at catalogs for wall art and thought, “maybe I could do this myself”. I picked the film rebel back up. And was reminded of processing costs. So I upgraded to the XTi…and then last year I upgraded again to the 40d.

I also shoot mainly with prime lens – 50mm, 85mm and 100mm macro. There is something about stepping to recompose that I enjoy.

2. What is your favorite photo on flickr? (one of yours and one other photographer)

Wow. Difficult for another photographer as I admire so many. After looking back at 22 pages of favorites…yes, 22. I decided to go with the first shot I ever favorited on flickr.

Tree in Fog (by Vili5)

It’s from my friend, Kurt. Kurt and I go a way back being old blog friends from the days when I used to myspace (I no longer do). He doesn’t post to flickr any more and I think it’s a big shame. He is one of the most natural photographers I’ve ever met. His eye is flawless and I admire his compositional choices.

My favorite shot of mine? Well, normally I would pick a family member but I think I’m going in a different direction for this interview.

Over the Bridge (by CharlaneG)

This is the first landscape shot I did after I started classes. It’s the first one where I really paid attention to composition and color. I was so excited when I processed it.

Another photographer?

Snowflake in my window (by shuttermeister)

I just favorited this today. Look at the color and detail in this shot. It is gorgeous.

3. What would be one tip for someone new to photography?

Well, after fiddling with my camera and stumbling around for about a year before taking classes, these are my words of advice. Take the camera OFF automatic. Play with aperture, play with shutter speed, learn the basics of white balance and ISO. Learn what turns YOU on as an artist. Anyone with a point and shoot can take a decently focused photograph on automatic. But…challenge yourself to try and reproduce the same results not on automatic. (It’s harder than it looks)

Then I would definitely recommend classes if you have access or can afford them. The leap you make in classes will astound you. If you don’t have access (or funds) for classes – read, read, read and then shoot, shoot, shoot. Shoot something from many angles and study the shots. Look at how light hits the subject. Learn the basic rules of photography like the rule of thirds, leading lines, depth of field, the golden mean. Know them and then know how to break them, if need be, to satisfy your artistic eye.

Develop a critical eye towards your own photography. Discernment, what works, what doesn’t work. If you take 57 shots of berries (like I did this morning) – learn how to tell which photograph is better than the rest.

Sorry, that wasn’t one was it? I get really excited about photography and love to talk about it. Just remember, photography should bring you joy. Do what makes you happy regardless of anyone else. that being said, take your camera everywhere.

4. If you had to choose between stills, macro, portrait, landscape, what would you choose?

Difficult question. I’m so all over the place with my photography. Right now stills are making me happy…but, I’m excited to have a model lined up and I’m about to begin working on portraits. Wish me luck as this is one area where my experience is very thin.

5. Who’s photography influenced you the most in the beginning stages of your own photography?

Dorothy Lange and Ansel Adams at first. Their images are just so powerful and beautiful. Ansel’s use of light amazes me to this day. And Dorothy Lange, iconic. She captured feelings so very well. Then as I started studying photography, Henri Carter Breeson – his “moments” are just perfection. He’s a great one to use as an example of breaking compositional rules as well as saying not every shot has to be in absolute focus.

Then, my favorite instructor at Samford – Carl DelFavero. He has years and years of experience in photography and is an avid nikon shooter. Very inspirational and kind. He pushed me to learn how to handle critique and how to develop my critical eye. He doesn’t flickr but he does have a few shots on JPGMag.

6. Where do you get your greatest inspiration now?

Flickr is my greatest inspiration as far as learning and growing as a photographer. There are so many talented people that are so open and generous with their art. I have learned so much about processing from flickr.

I’m also inspired by nature, my family and whimsy. I love the whimsical moments in life where you just happen upon something so amazing that you must take a shot that instant (a good reason to always have your camera with you). The way the light hits something, a cloud formation, a heart shaped rock, a blue balloon skipping along the sidewalk. My family – my nephews and nieces especially. I never want a day to pass without seeing them smile. And nature – what beauty and detail, the reoccurring psi elements, perfection and imperfection.

7. Who are your top five favorite photographers on flickr right now?

This is like asking a momma which child is her favorite. She loves them all and on different days she may just love one more than the other, until the other comes back around with more kisses and love.

Traci French

Andie Edwards


Stacey D.

Sew Fab Martha

Alicia Bock

Oh wait…that’s more than five isn’t it? Sorry – I couldn’t pick just five and I actually about at least five to ten more people that I just adore.

Previous 7 questions
Thousandwords Photography
Mainemomma 2007
Leaca’s Philosophy (me)
Rachel Schell
Something Cheeky
Sarah is Bulletproof

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I have seen these around flickr and finally decided to do a search for more info on them and I love what I found. I also love that I can always see some similarities between Buddhist beliefs and Feng Shui, helps my learning curve since I am already familiar with Feng Shui. Anything that can increase life, fortune, health and wealth, I am in!

I have been seeing little garlands out there in blog world and thought that they were so cute and now I have decided to incorporate both ideas into one little project for me. Sometimes I need something other than photography to keep me busy and then I photograph what I am doing so it all works out.

Prayer Flags (by pinhole (Mark))

prayer flags (by leschick)

Untitled (by mischievousmeg)

tibetan prayer flags (by mischievousmeg)

a year of prayers (by mainemomma2007)

my prayer flag (by andie♥edwards)Blossom and prayer flags (by Lou in China)

Click on images to see the photographers.

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I first came across Stephanie Roberts of Little Purple Cow in a 365 group. I loved her macro shots and the subjects she chose to shoot. She later stopped posting publicly because of theft issues, if I am remembering right. Months later I joined Shutter Sisters and realized she was one of the main sisters. I was so happy to find her and her site. Today I was at her site and noticed a link on the sidebar that took me to her mixed media projects. I just can’t say enough about how talented this woman is. I fell in love this video she did about her five photos and of course I had to share.

Five Image Experience: W. 12th Street, NYC from LittlePurpleCow Productions on Vimeo.

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I stumbled across Provincijalka on Etsy and she had a link to her flickrstream. Check her out or just click on any of the photos, it will take you directly to her stream.

love, Alice... (by provincijalka)

dust of my heart... (by provincijalka)

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. (by provincijalka)

resting within... (by provincijalka)

Sliding into the New Year (by provincijalka)

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Zapis o cudu (by provincijalka)

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life. (by provincijalka)

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