Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5 Fun Beginning of Summer Things to Do with Bandanas

My Girl Scout Brownie troop around year 2000 hamming it up in their super cool flying cow bandanas!




Today's post is all about things we all
like to do and wear that's fun for our kids and 
for grown-ups too
and with 
summer coming up and this weekend being 
Memorial Day...
Patriotism and good memories of loved ones 
and fun times 
is on my mind and
were the inspiration for this 
perfect
beginning of summer post.
I'm talking about something that is a
staple in everyone's drawers
and camping supplies ~ good for
washing dishes on a campout
to 
making a mini backpack to tie
to a little pole ~ it's those wonderfully versatile
bandanas!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Sentiments ~ Scripture Quilts and a "How To"



Happy Sunday evening to you!
I thought I'd share a little on
something new I found recently:
scripture quilts...



Friday, May 19, 2017

Places to Shop with Sparkle on the Menu



Some days start off as normal
everyday run-of-the-mill days
but after 
morning eye appointment
where the doctor had dilated 
both of my eyes,
I wasn't just seeing stars
because of some eye drops...
;)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Blogger Thoughts and Special Moments...


Yellow coreopsis blooming in Arizona ~ 2016


Okay, sometimes we've just got to have
a totally random post... just because!
Here's what I've been up to
for the past couple of weeks now.

What I've been working on:

Getting gear for an upcoming birthday party
photography shoot.  Here are some of the goods:






I've been texting and talking back and forth
with our son about what kind of tripod
I should purchase for this upcoming photoshoot
as the current one we have is just falling apart ~ 
one leg falls off when
it's not convenient and the swivel head
sags so you have to hold it up with your left hand
{kinda defeating the purpose of the whole tripod thing}
;)
He suggested getting this bad boy!
It's the Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 with a 3-way head.
It weighs in at 17+ pounds ~ and should hold up
our Canon camera and a mounted flash
no problem!

He also suggested getting the Fstoppers
flash diffuser to create soft light
on the subject being photographed.
I'm excited to see this in action!
Can't wait 'til it gets here.
XD



Learning programs

I'm currently working on learning how to 
create special "pins" in Canva and I'm also
beginning to work on editing photos
in Adobe Lightroom.

I can shoot pictures all day long
but shooting the right way
and then editing each photo in a new
program is tough.

Does it ever seem to you that there
just. aren't. enough. hours. 
in. the. day
to first read about using a program
then practice with it
then really do it.
{I fell asleep at the computer last night head fallen down
probably snoring
and woke up sometime after midnight. ;) }

Maybe you never get stressed out
but this week I. am.
It'll all be good and worth it when it 
all comes together, thankfully.
:)



Gardening

Friends gave us a couple of herb plants
so I've been figuring out just
what kind of ceramic pot or wooden tub
I'd like to plant these in.
I found one yesterday at Lowe's
so I'll be out photographing
in the garden soon.






Direction

Sometimes we are given dreams.
A new hope.
A new direction.
I feel that is happening for me, for us
my husband and I
right now.

Sometimes everything you've done
in life
just all comes together in one
special moment.
Coming to Texas has given us an
opportunity
to live a better, happier life.


Faith is something that is unshakeable
sometimes maddening
sometimes very difficult
but what someone or something else
meant for bad
God can make good.




Happy blessings to you,
Barb :)



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Sunday, May 14, 2017