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Two hundred and forty

A lovely Autumn day. This crazy vine on the tree in my parent’s front yard was screaming to have it’s photo taken. So why not include myself? This photo isn’t the greatest, but that vine is rocking! A random thought only because this is number 240: Why is it that if the number 4 is spelled foUr the number 40 is spelled forty? What happened to the U? The U makes it the number 4! The English language makes no sense. I feel sorry for anyone that has to learn it as an adult. It’s no wonder I can’t spell anything, cause it makes NO sense!


“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” ~John Burroughs


I don’t usually do this, but this photo was taken with my phone and I used some cheap-o effects from some crappy app that I have. It was also taken at my son’s baseball practice. I like how it turned out. I love the look of old photographs and that was one of the effects I used, also some lens flares and some scratches and dust. Those apps are fun to play with. If I had an iPhone I’m sure I would be an instagram fan as well; maybe one day, probably when it’s not cool anymore.

“We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.”  ~George Eliot

One hundred and fifty

I took this one while sitting at my son’s baseball practice. It was a pretty boring shot, so I thought I would spruce it up a bit. The photo I layered over the top I also took at the baseball practice. It was of a young oak tree with the evening sun shining off the leaves. I love the pattern and texture that it created with the portrait. It helped remind me that I don’t always have to have a straight up shot, I can manipulate it any way that I want. This will be more apparent in some of the following photos, keep an eye out for them.

“April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.”  ~Christopher Morley

My favorite shot of my kiddo getting ready to hit from that day.

I have been wanting to do photo transfers FOREVER! I finally made some on a sheet of flat magnet that a friend gave me. Only 3 out of 8 turned out, but they look pretty sweet. Going to make more. For now check these out. They are also for sale in my Etsy Shop!






Christmas morning with my Christmas socks in front of the Christmas tree with the Christmas presents all around. I have had these socks for a few years now and I always wear them to bed on Christmas night. They are fun. I guess I am into my own sort of traditions.

“One can never have enough socks.”~Dumbledore

Yes, we are in trouble…

Came across this torn flag stuck in a tree yesterday morning. The wind was beating it all over the place, so symbolic. I think we all agree our country is in trouble, but we are so torn on how to fix it.


Since my in-laws were still visiting and would be leaving soon, we decided to buy and put up a Christmas tree a bit early. I also think my husband was excited about it because he was not home last year for Christmas. He was in Iraq. On day fifty-three we decorated our real tree, our first real tree since moving out of our parent’s houses. This ornament is my baby’s 1st ornament. 1981 represent! I have always loved this one and let no one else hang it ever! I’m glad that my Mom let me have it when I moved out. It is a small, but important part of my holiday traditions.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder


Day forty-five is my one and only tattoo. It is rather large, all grey-scale, on my upper right thigh. I drew it and my very good friend and fantastic Virginia artist David Zobel did all the work. It has a ton of symbolism behind it. The tree concept is based on the family tree. The roots are strong and run deep. The birds are something that my Grandfather, whom also was an artist, used in his work. I never got to know him very well, he died when I was a child. However, I feel like I know him because of his art. It was always in our house and is in my house now as well. Overall it’s a tribute to my artistic ROOTS. The photo was a bit difficult to take. Trying to get the focus and angle right as you are holding your camera at arm’s length to photograph your own leg isn’t as easy as it may seem.

“In all ages, far back into prehistory, we find human beings have painted and adorned themselves.”~H.G. Wells


This day I was very angry and depressed for no reason, actually it was the day I wrote my Bad Day blog.  It was a warm night and I needed some time to myself to clear my head. I stepped out the back door with my camera and a beer and sat on the stoop taking pics. I ended up taking pics of this little tree that is growing next to our shed that always catches my eye. Later I put the two best shots together to create this one. I used the tree shot more than once to create a framed effect on top of the self-portrait. I used muted colors, just a hint of sepia and a hit of blue. Pretty happy with this one, even if I wasn’t happy at the moment.

I’m sitting here alone in darkness waiting to be free” ~Leif Edling, Candlemass



Day thirty-six was a nice day. It was cloudy, but not too cold. An ugly Sunday, so the song says, but ugly in a good way. Peaceful. I ventured out into downtown with my son. It was quite empty. We drove around for a while and hit up a thrift store before heading over to the new home of the Killeen Civic Art Guild, of which I am a member. A group of us meet there to clean and organize the new space. As I was about to head out I decided to walk around the building and take some photos. It is a renovated church that has some nice architecture. I took some nice shots and started to walk back. I figured, hey dummy, you have your camera, take some pics of yourself! Took a few as I walked and this was the best. Editing was more than it looks. Used a gradient layer to create a warm color. I changed the exposure and lighting as well. Also created a vignette type look using lighting effects. I like this one and I think it captures the kind of day and mood that I was in.

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”  ~John Muir
Here is my favorite photo of some of the windows.