Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Family Photo Session

Yesterday, I told of my sorta sunrise stroll (I'm southern ya'll) on Tybee Island, but I didn't tell you why I was there.  I am going to humor myself and pretend that someone out there cares. (grin)

I was in Tybee for a reunion of those on my father's side of the family.  The whole family couldn't make it, but enough for a nice group photo attended, so we decided to have ourselves a little photo shoot.  Yes, we planned ahead, which is why we all match...well almost all of us, but hey what's Photoshop for if you're not going to use it?

I could easily just show you the final shot, but what fun would that be?  So many wonderful moments are always caught on camera in an attempt to get that perfect shot.

So here's my share for the day.  May I introduce my family...

It's the lady in charge.  When big sis directs, we listen...cause we're skeered not too.

Notice how big sis is front and center, putting everyone into place.  I told you we listen.

Just a little test shot.              Our final collaborative effort.

I took what seemed like hundreds of pictures that evening.  Here are a few of my favs.

My baby girl lovin' on some butterflies.

My Aunt & Uncle adore each 
other.  They are so stinkin' cute.
A special moment of joy 
between a brother and his sister.

The newlywed's and Baby J.

My sweet angel is growing up. (tear)

Me and my honey.
Hello, Daddy.

 And finally, my miracle cousin and his favorite cousin. Nope, I'm still not offended at all that he didn't ask for  a picture with his redheaded cousin. (sniffle)

Strolling for a Sunrise on the Seashore

I adore the seashore, everything about it in fact.  The shells, sea foam, seagulls, sunsets and most especially the sunrises. I should mention that I do love aspects of the beach that don't start with the letter s, but hey, I was on a roll.  Anyway, it gives me great serenity to stroll the shore for seashells as the sun peaks up over the horizon (hmmm, now I can't get "she sells seashells by the seashore" out of my head).  I love the shells. I really do. They are like the jewelry of the sea and what girl doesn't want a little new jewelry? I speak the truth, people.

On a recent trip to Tybee Island, GA which by the way is one of my favorite places on the planet, I was determined to sooth my soul with a seaside sunrise (again brought to you by the letter s).  I set my clock so that I would have plenty of time to "rise & shine" and be in place with my toes firmly planted in the sand awaiting my chance to capture the sun in all it's glory with my beloved Nikon D5000. It was all perfectly planned, so you can imagine my dismay as an early morning beachcomber deemed herself the sunrise police and shouted, "no sunrise today" as I eagerly crossed the boardwalk to the beach.  Who was this lady and why was she dashing all my hopes so early in the morning?  Maybe I wanted to take pictures of...oh, I don't know, gloom & doom beach goers such as herself.  Needless to say, I was genuinely disappointed at her news, however I decided to prove her wrong and see what glories the Lord would reveal to me that morning.

I am so glad I didn't turn and run at the sound of the Tybee town crier.  She was right, the soft glow of the morning sun wasn't present, but my morning stroll was still full of beauty for me to behold.

So go ahead...behold.  You have my permission. ❤

Monday, September 13, 2010

Way off topic, but I had to share.

Oooooh, I felt a feeling I've never felt before.  Now don't laugh, but I totally felt EMPOWERED in my kitchen.  Those of you who truly know me will understand the significance of this because I am not a person who cooks, by any stretch of the imagination.  This lack of kitchen skills haunts me every day of my life...3 times a day, and I have finally decided to do something about it.

As you may know, in the craft world, I feel completely at home.  A sense of inner peace and, shall we say, elation flows through me at the thought of creating something in my craft room.  I have no idea why that doesn't spill over into the kitchen, it's just another room where one creates, or so I'm trying to tell myself.

My hubby once said something profound and I am going to apply his wisdom (again, do NOT laugh - that would just be mean). He said, "If you don't like something, you should become a master at it so you only have to do it once when the occasion arises."  Now, he was referring to his own dislike of painting - as in houses, interior walls and the like - and learning how to be a master at that task so he would never have to go back and touch up a wall.  I can honestly tell you, by the way, he is the absolute best painter I've ever seen, and he refuses to tape areas off - just cuts it in perfect every time.

Okay, back to my logic.  I don't dislike cooking, per say, I just don't enjoy doing something over and over again that I stink at.  I know some of you can relate.  So, to fix this little problem of mine, I have decided to learn (master would be too strong a word) how to cook - or at least a few weeks of recipes.

I discovered a blog,, that I have fallen in love with many times over, and to my delight she has a cooking section complete with pictures for every step of the way.  It's what I need, people.  I am remedial in the kitchen.

I came across a recipe on PW's blog for muffins that taste like donuts.  Oh the delight I felt.  I adore donuts, so I thought this would be the perfect thing for me to whip up ( I have to master the chef's lingo too).  Once I had the little treats in the oven and commenced to clean the horrific mess I'd created, it happened.  THAT feeling.  The feeling of power.  I am woman hear me roar, I tell you.  It was intoxicating and something I want to feel again.  Maybe, just maybe, it will be that feeling that will propel me into this strange new world of recipes, herbs, spices and dare I say... dinner parties.  I'm giddy just thinking about it.

Because I have a slight obsession of photographing every aspect of my life,  I had my new little muffin friends get all gussied and pose for a photo shoot.  My kids think I have a screw loose, but I just knew I couldn't tell you this story without a picture.  It was needed and I obliged. 

Behold the little lovelies:

Because I am an avid donut connoisseur, I must be honest and tell you they didn't really taste like the royalty of the pastry world as they claimed, but they were absolutely tasty in their own right.

Here's the recipe just in case you want to crank a few out yourself. Oops, slipped back to my craft lingo.  It's a process, ya'll, and I have to take baby steps. 

The Recipe


Sunday, September 12, 2010

My Digital Studio

I have wanted Stampin' Up's digital scrapbooking/card making software since the day they rolled it out and I am pumped to say that I FINALLY HAVE IT!   Now, I know I want to take all the tutorials offered for this little disc of fabulousness, however I just couldn't wait to play. Soooo, here are a few super quick projects I cranked out so I could get to the business of playing with all the tools.   I promise to study hard and bring you some projects with a bit more finesse & pizazz as soon as I can.  For the mean time though, aren't these cute?

A side note to self:  When will I learn to stop paying for the kid's sports pictures and start taking them myself?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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