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This weekend I avoided my chores with

Too little sleep
sunshine
antique shops
walking in the park
candy shopping
catching up with friends
sewing

here is a sneak peek at what I worked on in the sewing room

dress hem

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The weather has been too nice to permit sewing. It’s perfect for exploring though!

baby hands exploring grass

baby hands in grass

My camera and I did a little exploring as well.

spring flowers dream

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Our weekend revolved not only around the Easter Celebration but also the celebration of a good friend’s wedding.  Besides the obvious importance-of-marriage highlights, my top ones include

Taking lots of pictures (I love family photos!)

The band.  Seriously, this bluegrass band was amazing.  They led the party all night at the reception (we square danced!) then back at the Inn (yes, I laid in bed listening to them play until 2am), and then on Easter morning the cellist played right outside of our window to welcome the morning. 
(that is a cello, right?!)


Sunrise on Easter Morning

Hiking at the Natural Bridge State Park in Eastern Kentucky

We really had a great weekend full of friends (we did go up for a wedding!), great food (our friends are farmers!), laughing, fresh mountain air, and enough dancing and hiking to make my calves ache again this morning.

To top it all off, we had an Easter morning celebration that included singing Down in the River to Pray and Amazing Grace, a message about the significance of the historical ressurrection of a man named Jesus, and reading a poem by Mary Karr.  We sat out on picnic tables over-looking a cliff and had nothing but our voices–no instruments, microphones, slide projectors, anything.  It was serene and beautiful, perfect to reflect on the significance of what we were celebrating.

Descending Theology: The Resurrection

by Mary Karr

From the far star points of his pinned extremities,
cold inched in—black ice and squid ink—
till the hung flesh was empty.
Lonely in that void even for pain,
he missed his splintered feet,
the human stare buried in his face.
He ached for two hands made of meat
he could reach to the end of.
In the corpse’s core, the stone fist
of his heart began to bang
on the stiff chest’s door, and breath spilled
back into that battered shape. Now
it’s your limbs he comes to fill, as warm water
shatters at birth, rivering every way.

Descending Theology: The Resurrection

by Mary Karr

From the far star points of his pinned extremities,

cold inched in—black ice and squid ink—

till the hung flesh was empty.

Lonely in that void even for pain,

he missed his splintered feet,

the human stare buried in his face.

He ached for two hands made of meat

he could reach to the end of.

In the corpse’s core, the stone fist

of his heart began to bang

on the stiff chest’s door, and breath spilled

back into that battered shape. Now

it’s your limbs he comes to fill, as warm water

shatters at birth, rivering every way.

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Every time I go to the grocery store, I am assaulted in the floral department.  I love flowers, especially fresh cut flowers on my table.  I can usually pass by unharmed, but not today.  Today it was a cold, gray, almost-spring day, and I could not resist the bright sunshine yellow ranunculas smiling up at me.  I picked up one bunch (I did resist the second.  and third.) and went happily on my way.


When I got home I played around with our camera and then iPhoto and these are two of my favorites.  Which one is your favorite?

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I am about 70% sure that I did not take the pictures in this post; Brandon did.  However I have taken the liberty to play around with them on picnik (don’t worry; I saved the originals!)  Back in September and shortly after Adeline was born, we went for a walk in a city park about 20 minutes from our house. I think this was one of the first days we had our new camera and we spent plenty of timing playing around with it at the park.

pumpkinbI like the pumpkins in this picture (it is Fall, after all), and I think they are a timeless subject.  I used a “vintage” style to edit this photo and added some texture to add to the older feel of the photo.  Of course the rounded edges top it all off.  I think the rounded edges are currently my favorite way to edit my photos.

outhouseThe picture of the outhouse is begging to not be so centered, but even with cropping this was the best I could do.  I still think it’s an interesting subject for editing, especially with the opposing colors of red and green being so prominent.  I just wish I could see off the the left of the photo a little further!  Oh well.  We learn as we go.  Now we’ll just have to go back to the park and get another shot.  I warmed up the tones a bit in this one then used the “cross processing” edit.  I am not really sure what that means, but I like the way it looks.  It definitely amplifies the rustic quality of the outhouse–which I happen to think was painted within the last few years but made to look like it hadn’t been painted in 20!

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In my pre-college days (which is beginning to feel like a long time ago) I worked in a photo developing station at a drug store in a quaint village  of northern California (that’s the PC way of saying small, rural town).  This was back in the day when the majority of people still developed their photos from real film and a select few used digital cameras.  This was also during the days when the county fair was a BIG deal.  If you didn’t go to the fair, you were truly square.  And if you didn’t enter something, anything–a rabbit, a quilt, a photo, some flowers, just something–you were almost just as square.

Back in those days, people would come in to get their photos developed for submission in the County Fair.  And there was a lot of talk behind the counter of which photos would win prizes and which wouldn’t.  Then there were the conversations about the digital photos and *scandal of all scandals* which ones had been edited!  That was my first brush with photography and for a long, long time after getting my first digital camera, I was too scared to edit my photos or at least to admit that I edited my photos.  It would be like admitting I had a nose job (which I do not have).

Things have since changed.  Most people edit their photos, and the editing has become part of the fun.  There are so many programs to help you edit your photos, and I am in the process of looking for a great one that won’t cost an arm and leg, or just an arm or just a leg for that matter.  I have no limbs to spare.

Thus far, picnik has been my editing site of choice.  It is amazing that I can take an ordinary photo like this

P1000639And turn it into this

P1000639aOr this

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Take this boring old close-up as another example

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It is much more appealing to the eye when it looks like this

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While I am not overly impressed with my photos or the edited versions (I’m not submitting any of these to the county fair), I do think that photo editing is an art form just as taking photos and developing photos is. Perhaps I could say I am an artist in the making (and this is where I would use a smiley face I weren’t too ashamed of the nose that would show up)

If you would like to recommend a good photo-editing website or software that would allow me to retain all limbs, that would be welcome.  For now, I’ll stick with picnik and just wait until I get a Mac (that is a whoooole other post that I probably won’t write any time soon!)

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photo-shop 101

There is something about having a baby that makes you spend money.  Lots of it.  toys. diapers. cameras. clothes.

Actually, that would be camera–singular.  We bought a fancy new camera that neither of us really knew how to you, so along with it, we bought a book about using digital cameras.  I’ve been reading the book a little, looking at other people’s photos a lot, and just playing with the camera in between.

Today I took Adeline for a walk and strapped the camera to the back of the stroller–you know, just in case.  It is fall in Louisville, which means everything out of doors is featured in stunning color.  Because the clock fell back last night, the sun was already beginning to set during our walk.  As we were walking along and saluting various neighbors, a tree with some pretty little berries caught my eye.  It also caught the sun.  So I caught the camera hanging from the back of the stroller and then caught this:

berries rounded edge

And this:

berries 2 rounded edge

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