Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sunday Scavenger Hunt

Hello everyone! This has been a rather interesting week.  I have been learning to use Adobe Illustrator CS5.  That program is no joke! I've seen what it is capable of, but there is definitely a steeper learning curve associated with it in comparison with Photoshop.  So I've been watching tons of tutorials and I think I'm slowly getting a grasp on it, but I can totally see why people go to school to learn this program.

Ok, on to Scavenger Hunt Sunday.

These pictures were all taken this week, which is a pretty big accomplishment.  Usually I wind up searching the archives. 




Knife, Fork, Spoon:

Rule of Thirds:
This little boy melts my heart. He's getting too big. 

Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Moments Like These...

Whenever Nate and Lance are sitting together, I immediately have to grab my camera.  If I don't, I feel like I'm missing out on capturing something really special.  On this particular evening, things started out well.  Nate was enjoying sitting by his brother and watching the movie, Cars.  We had just gotten home from somewhere and Lance was definitely ready to nurse.  Letting him sit next to Nate was entertaining him for a bit, but before long, Lance got a little clingy and Nate wound up moving to the end of the couch.  I love the look on Lance's face..."Hey! Come back brother!"


Monday, November 21, 2011

I'm Done!

Today marks the last day of my last class for my Master's degree and I couldn't be happier to have it done.  I still have student teaching to do, but I'm just thrilled to have the classes behind me. I feel like I've been in school For.Ev.Er.  I'm looking forward to not having deadlines or nightly discussion questions to answer.  As much as I loved school when I was younger, I'm ready to be done for a while.

In other news...

This weekend, we took another drive into the Cascade Mountains.  The mountains are dusted with snow and the trees are frosty.  Even though it's cold, its beautiful.  This area is known for having one of the largest concentrations of Bald Eagles in the winter so we were hoping to see some that were close enough for me to photograph, but the ones we saw were soaring far above our heads.  In another month or so we expect to return and find a lot more.  They feed on the salmon that have travelled up the Skagit River to spawn.

Do you ever just head out for a drive with your family? Where do you find yourself driving?

Sweet Shot DayShades of Autumn Photo Challenge

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Edit Me: Week 26

This week's Edit Me photo was supplied by Alita. Honestly, I fell in love with this photo while editing it.  I wish I had taken it.  It is so pretty and crisp.  With that being said, I did have some fun with this and took it in a fun direction.

Here is the SOOC:

And here is my edit:

Here's what  I did:

I opened the image in ACR and increased the blacks a bit.  That's really all I needed to do in ACR since the white balance was spot on.  Oh...I did increase the recovery silder a little because the clouds were blown out, but I don't really mind that too much.  In PSE9, I ran MCP's Mini Fusion action, which I rarely use because I like figuring out how to achieve the desired result without actions, but I still don't know all the steps that go into creating the Mini Fusion action.  I turned on the blue layer to help the image retain that crisp, winter feel.  I then placed the image in this template from Skinned Knees because I could easily imagine this photo as a piece of wall art in an office.  How cool would it be to separate it onto different canvases like this? After that, I just resized it for my blog and sharpened.

Enjoy your week! 
Our tiny BIG Life

Monday, November 14, 2011

Style Me Sweet Designs: Sponsor Highlight

I am so excited to have Mandy from Style Me Sweet Designs as a sponsor.  She designs and sells one-of-a-kind logos as well as premade logos.  I promise you that there is something awesome for every brand and every budget.  

Her designs are sophisticated and cute at the same time-perfect for a photography business, etsy site, or small business.  

Mandy says, "Graphic Design and Illustration are my PASSION..besides my family its what i live for each day, i draw inspiration from everyday life, the things around you can probably tell, i love nature and cute things:)."  

Style Me Sweet Designs features one-of-a-kind logos, which will never be resold.  These logos include a vector file, PSD, PNG, JPG, and ABR-Photoshop brush.  

She also sells adorable premade logos, which will be resold, but are quite a steal.  

And if she doesn't have exactly what you are looking for, she also takes custom orders. 

Here is just a sampling of what you'll find in her shop

Be sure to check out Style Me Sweet Designs for your graphic design needs.  
And check out her Pinterest account.  She pins some seriously awesome stuff.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sunday Scavenger Hunt and a Freebie!

Happy weekend everyone! I've been toying around with the idea of making digital scrapbooks for my boys and have been practicing making embellishments and digital papers, so I thought I'd start sharing what I make.

Today's Freebie:

There is no way I'd ever be able to put these cute buttons into a scrapbook for my boys, but they would look awesome in a girl's scrapbook.  I even like the idea of decorating photo collages with them or you can add them to a blog header (I have buttons in mine). :)

There are 3 .png files and have a transparent background and can be dropped onto any scrapbook page, picture, or header or design (you are free to use these for any personal uses, just please do not repackage them and sell them as your own).

Click HERE to download the freebie. onto this week's Scavenger Hunt:

Before and After: 
Rita, from the Coffeeshop Blog, just released a new action called Boost It.  Here is my first attempt with it.  What do you think?

Opposing Lines:

Custom Bokeh: 

I read the tutorial on creating custom bokeh, but never had time during daylight hours to practice, so you're just going to have to settle with this bokeh shot. :)

Which pair of shoes should I wear?

I just adore little boy shoes.  Aren't they adorable!?!

Little Features:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


My sister made a word cloud this morning that was made up of words from her Facebook statuses. This left me inspired to do the same (you can go here to make your own).

Just admit it.  Facebook is a pretty big part of most of our lives.  Sure we could function without it.  Lots of people do.  But what do most of us do when we have a few spare moments? Check facebook.  When we want to make an announcement, how do we go about it? We update our status.  I am guilty of mostly posting pictures.  I'm not huge on updating everyone with every little second of my day, but I do post occasionally.

The word cloud that was generated from my statuses makes me laugh because that is so my life.  The names of my boys show up most often and that is to be expected. But there are also words like potty, poop, coffee, caffeine, and sleeping, which are pretty big parts of my day.

And then there are also words like fun, adventure, awesome, cool, and great.  If you asked me to describe my life, I would probably use those same words.

That's all I have to say today.  But here's a picture just because.  He's totally rocking vertical photography with his wooden camera.

NapTime MomTogand then, she {snapped}Live and Love...Out Loud5 Minutes for MomThe Paper Mama

Edit Me: Week 25

This week's photo is from Misty.

Here is the Sooc:
And here is my edit:

Editing steps:
Opened in ACR and tweaked the exposure a bit to warm it up.  Next, I took the photo to PSE9 and lightened it and sharpened it.  I messed with the saturation a bit and cropped it a bit tighter.  I also cloned out the toy laying on the ground. Then I used one of Rita's storyboards with a built in texture to give it that aged look.

Our tiny BIG Life

Enjoy your week! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Real Life

I suppose that there are a million different ways I could portray myself on this blog.  Happy.  Perfect.  Supermom.  Frazzled.  Frustrated.  Annoyed.  Lazy. Relaxed. Burned out. Poised. And on any given day, I might be any one of those.

But isn't that the way that parenthood, or adulthood for that matter, works? Different emotions plague us on various days.  Nobody is perfect and no one has it together every single day of the week.

You might hop over here to read a post of mine and see a super cute picture of my boys.  They might be smiling and I will probably write some cute remark about how great it is to be a mom of boys (it really is great!).

But believe me.  I could have also shown you a picture of my boys crying.  Or of Nate throwing a fit because I won't let him watch Elmo. Again. Or of me being attitudey (yes, that is a word in my household) to my husband.  Or frustrated because after changing diapers, brushing teeth, tucking in, nursing, and getting both boys to sleep, one of them wakes up right as I'm about to work on an assignment (working on my final class of my Master's, btw!), and I wind up having to spend an extra half hour getting that sweet baby back to sleep.  I might even have to type while holding a baby in my arms, which while I am grateful to have moments like this, sometimes I just wish they were more conveniently timed.

As young mothers, we have a wonderful resource that our parents did not have.  At any given moment, we can turn on our computers and peek into the lives of moms around the world who choose to share their daily adventures with us, but we just need to remember that just because they seem to have it all together, they still have less than desirable moments, just like the rest of us.  No one is immune to those.

Most likely, I will always choose to share that one image out of 50 where both boys are smiling.  And that isn't because it's what I want everyone to think my life is like, but because it is what I want to remember next year, or five years from now, or in twenty years when my boys are out of the house and living their own lives and moments like these are just a memory.

Here are a series of images I took the other night.  They are real.  No forced smiles.  Just a night in our life.

Enjoy your day!

Sweet Shot Day