Friday, February 26, 2010

Rainy Friday

Ruby and I are longing for sunshine on this dreary and rainy Friday afternoon. 

To keep our spirits up, we keep asking ourselves, who is the cutest? and checking out this website.

Keep on Keepin on.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Little Self Growth

Today, I am starting to read from cover to cover, Photoshop CS3 for Dummies. The other book I got in combination with today’s read is Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D For Dummies, which will be read in conjunction with my photoshop learning.

In college, one of the electives I chose one semester was Introduction to Photography. Photography has always been an interest of mine, whether it was/is looking at others creations or dreaming of my own; it was also something I never thought I could do well, understand, or afford. I did fairly mediocre in my class and deemed my photography skills as non-existent. I moved on to things that came easily for me.

A couple of years ago, after the photography itch lingered with me still, I finally saved up and bought a decent camera, the Cannon G9. I was so super excited and the picture taking effort was re-ignited. I love/loved my Cannon G9 and I took it practically everywhere with me. I am naturally pretty shy, especially in big groups (3 or more), so people are not really prevalent in my picture folder, but my dogs and nature are definitely subjects I’ve found that I am comfortable photographing at this point.

Well, Sparky totally knows my love for photography and my growing urge to learn about it and excel at it. Although I heart my Cannon G9, I’ve been drooling and dreaming of the Cannon Rebel or any other form of next level Digital SLR Camera. Anytime I stepped into a store that had an area of cameras, I would directly head that direction or secretly find my way there by “accident”...I think Sparky caught on to my tricks.

This past Christmas, Sparky surprised me with my very own Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSI kit and an extra zoom lens! He’s so supportive and believes that my love for photography is something I can do well with the right tools and PRACTICE.

So, I’m reading and will continue to read on tricks, tips, and how-to’s for my camera, photography, and photoshop. I've got my eye on the Exposure Digital Field Guide by Alan Hess.  There is so much to learn, but I’m so excited to finally realize one of my long time passions is something I can actually pursue...and enjoy! And I will and need to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. I’m hoping in this growth process with my photography that I might also be able to overcome some of my shyness in group settings...crossing my fingers!

The lessen I've learned is that if you love something, be patient with it.  The right time will come for your heart to truely be in it and then nothing can stop it from blossoming.

and maybe some day I might be able to come close to the gorgeousness and loveliness of Simply Bloom some of their lovelies below.

Keep on Keepin on.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I'm Crushing On: Simply Bloom Photography

I don't think I can express how much I heart Simply Bloom Photography!  Today I'm crushing on these should too.

Keep on Keepin on.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, Meghan!

This is my friend Meghan and she is turning 30!  Her friends and family surprised her this past Saturday with a birthday party and I think she was uber surprised.    I decided to use her birthday party as a good opportunity to use my new camera that Sparky got me for Christmas.  Enjoy her surprise as we all did!
Happy Birthday Meghan!

Someone's Thirty!

This is Meghan's wonderful husband of the year Jeff.  We all think he did good with the surprise party and deserves husband of the year recognition...well, until he screws up something.  (just kidding!)

  Waiting for Meghan to arrive!


She's HERE!


Now it's time to EAT!


The surprise dinner was celebrated at Trattoria in OKC.  It was delicious.  I had the Mezzaluna which was ravioli stuffed with spinach, ricotta, and mozzarella cheezes with tomato, alfredo, and pesto sauces.  YUM YUM to my TUM TUM!

Getting to know you.


This little girl was so precious.
uh, oh.  I think Meghan wants one of her own.
ummm, adorable
The things we can do with foil.


Keep on Keepin on.

Friday, February 19, 2010

I Heart Tulips

I  found this gorgeous photo of tulips over at Half Assed Kitchen.  It makes me sigh and dream of spring, dainty dresses, ruffles, fruit smoothies, ballet flats, picnics, girly rain boots, twirling, giggling, rain coats, jumping in rain puddles, and whispering secrets of sweet nothings.  Just saying.

The white tulips are my absolute fave and I could just fall asleep in a bed of white tulips with the spring sun gently glowing on my skin.

And I'm thinking that the Poor Person's pan au chocolat would be the decadent perfect snack when I wake from my white tulip and sun filled nap.

yum-yum to my tum-tum

Keep on Keepin on.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I'm Crushing On

I am currently seriously crushing on this chair I stumbled upon the daily icon via SimpleLovely (great blog!).

Keep on Keepin on.