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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Scripture and a Snapshot..

I took this photo over Thanksgiving when we visited my SIL.   They have a beautiful farm and a pond that sits at the edge of a field.  It is so peaceful, one could sit there for hours.

I immediately knew what I wanted to do with this photo, and I am pretty happy with how it turned out.   Truly, we need to more like Christ and be fishers of men.

Have a blessed Sunday!


Friday, January 28, 2011

A little rusty....

I love this old tractor's headlight; at least one of them is still intact!

I miss the country more than ever for some reason right now.   Home is not far away - I just do not make the time like I should to go back very often.   I think I need to fix that!

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blue Morning Glory

Even though here in the South we are not getting hammered with snow, we have had a much colder winter than usual and a lot of the days have been overcast and gloomy.   Today is another of those days and its pretty windy.    

I found this sweet Morning Glory while going through some old pics and thought I would share it with you. 

This was taken last spring.   I am counting down the days; I miss the sunshine, pretty flowers and walking barefoot in the grass. 

Happy Wednesday!!   To all my blogging friends up North - stay warm and be safe!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Bloggers Block and a Barn

I have had what I will call "bloggers block" for a few days now.   My "get up and go" has gone and I can't seem to find it.   Hopefully, I will be back to myself here soon!  

This barn and tractor belonged to my daddy's best friend's father.  I had a wonderful time a few weeks back taking pictures, and remembering lots of good times spent playing on that farm as a child.   I have several more barns that I will be sharing and lots of pictures of great old stuff! 

I hope you are all doing well and I will be catching up with everyone soon!  For more great barns - be sure to visit Tricia.    Have a great Tuesday!

Barn Charm


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Before and After - Frozen Drop

This is my SOOC shot on Monday.   

And this is my edited version.  

I cropped it a little, ran Pioneer Woman's Sharpen and Define action x 2, played with the highlights and contrast, and then ran it through Topaz Adjust and to lower the noise.   I was still not happy so I added a layer and chose Pin Light.  I really have no clue what I am doing with layers yet!

Be sure to visit Ashley for more great editing tips and tutorials.  She really rocks! 

Happy Thursday everyone!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Barn Charm and Midweek Blues

Tuesday is almost gone and Wednesday is almost here, so I am combining this post for Barn Charm and Midweek Blues.  

I used Charlene McCoy's Vintage texture (her textures are great!!) and ran Pioneer Woman's Boost and Warmer actions.   The light was fading fast and the shots I took of the front did not turn out well.  I plan on going back when the weather cooperates to get more shots.  

I hope you are all having a great week!

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Monday, January 17, 2011

SOOC and Macro Monday

This frozen drop is straight out of the camera and yep, it was taken during our big snow and ice event.   I took it during the morning before it melted, so hopefully that counts for this week's theme "Good Morning."

There is a little reflection of some red berries in it at the very bottom.   Hopefully, when I edit it they will be more visible.  So, be sure to check back on Thursday for the edited version.  


Also, be sure to visit Lisa for more great macros.  It is always a fun way to start the week!

Happy Monday!!


Saturday, January 15, 2011


This one little leaf was standing up straight in our front yard in the snow/ice.    Can you imagine the strength it took for it to stand upright in the snow, ice and wind?  

May you all have a very blessed Sunday!   Be sure to visit Katie for more great Scripture and a Snapshot.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Frozen Parsley....

I'm teaming up with Ashley for Shoot and Edit.   I missed the SOOC link up on Monday, but have displayed it below. 

SOOC.  This flower pot sits on my front porch but the wind blew the snow and ice in on top of it.

My edit:  Opened in PS Elements 8.  Cropped.   Under "Enhance" I lightened the shadows at 27%, darkened highlights at 3% and boosted the midtone contrast to 33%.   I then adjusted the brightness up to 15 and increased contrast to 26.    I used Pioneer Woman's Define and Sharpen action x 2 and then used Florabella Rain action.  I adjusted the layers to suit my taste and then ran it through Topaz Adjust (GREAT product!) to decrease the noise.    I am not sure this is my favorite edit for this pic - but I am learning.  

Thanks Ashley - and I look forward to learning more about layers and masks!    I am also linking up with Macro Friday with Blogging from Bolivia.

Have a safe and blessed weekend!



Southern Snow/Ice

These are just a few random pics from our snow/ice event.   We had at least 2 to 3 inches of snow, but then the sleet and freezing rain came through coating everything with an icy finish. 

My empty tricycle planter was frozen in place. 

The back yard was a sheet of ice.  My poor dog Rascal did not like it one bit - poor thing slid around just trying to find the "right" spot to do his business. 

My garden girl had a basket full of puppies covered in ice.

And this is my little guy's take on snowboarding - he did it with his Yo-Baby plastic skateboard!  He and his buddy had fun playing ice hockey in the front yard. 

Happy Thursday - I hope you have a great one!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Horse Barn and Midweek Blues

I wish I had the history behind this barn.  I know that it is very old and used to be owned by the City, but is now privately owned.   It sits adjacent to a race track that is used for sulky races.   

I have never seen a brick horse barn before and was pretty excited to find this one close to home.  The snow/ice on the ground is a bonus!  I also added Kim Klassen's Greyday texture.

We ended up with 2 inches of snow and had a coating of sleet on top of that followed by freezing drizzle.  Its pretty to look out at - but not a lot of fun to get out in for me.   Southerner's are not used to this kind of weather and driving quickly becomes hazardous.   I had stocked up beforehand and was able to stay put.  Hopefully I am over the worst of the crud - good riddance!

Be sure to visit Tricia for more great barns and check out Midweek Blues too!  


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Frozen.....Macro Monday

I'm sorry to overdose you on icy/snow shots, but that is the big story here right now.   This particular shot was taken during our last snow event the day after Christmas.   This little branch and drop was frozen after the snow had started melting, but had refrozen during the night.  

We are forecast to get 1 inch of snow overnight (I'm hoping for more!) but the big story is the ice that is expected tomorrow afternoon.  Grrrrr......  Ice is never good, no matter where you live.   

The "crud" has also reared its ugly head again and I have been sick and have fallen behind on keeping up with everyone.  I hope to be catching up with all of you tomorrow, provided we have power.       

For more great macros be sure to visit Lisa - its a fun way to start the week!

Have a wonderful week!


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Stuck Like Glue....Macro Friday

These two red berries look like they are stuck together with a drop of Super Glue.   The snow had melted the day before, but these two had refrozen together overnight.   There is talk of more "winter precipitation" this weekend, but I'm not sure if it will reach down this far in SC.

For more great macro shots - be sure to visit Blogging from Bolivia.  

I hope you have a wonderful and fun-filled weekend!!


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blue Bird - Midweek Blues

This pretty blue bird was sitting in a window display inside of Tiffany's in New York City.   My son wanted to get his girlfriend something special for Christmas.  I wish I had snapped more pics while we were in the store, but my son gave me that "please don't embarass me by taking tons of pictures" look.

The jewelry was absolutely beautiful, but it was very apparent that we were on the very expensive wrong floor of the 5 story building.   He did find a very pretty silver necklace with an oval-shaped pendant.   She was absolutely thrilled with it, and who wouldn't be with something from Tiffany's?  

Be sure to visit here for more great mid week blues!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Old Storage Building

This little building has seen better days, but is still in pretty good shape overall.

I am still having issues with blogger and its driving me crazy! For example, when I choose the picture to post - it takes to me to a new screen that I have not seen before and instead of inserting the picture like it used to while in draft mode, it now places a code of some sort. The photo appears after I choose "publish post." Any ideas?

I'll link this over at Tricia's at since the hyperlink isn't working either. UGH....

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, January 3, 2011

Frozen Reflection....

After the snow started melting last week, I found this little berry that was partially encased in ice with a frozen drop attached to it. It turned out to be a sweet little macro shot!

Be sure to visit Lisa at for more great macros. Blogger apparently made some changes and I cannot get my link to work. Is there anyone else having problems? I also cannot make my picture x-large like before either. Oh well....I'll figure it out later when I have more time.

Happy Monday!


Saturday, January 1, 2011


When we were in NY shopping at Macy's - these pretty illuminated signs were found throughout the store.  

BELIEVE - what a wonderful word!   I decided that would be MY word for 2011.  I need to start believing in myself again.   Somewhere along the way I lost it - but am determined to find it!

For more Snapshots and Scripture, but sure to visit Katie for a great blog hop. 

Happy New Year everyone!!   I wish you and yours a very blessed, prosperous and healthy 2011!