This year we didn’t put up as much as in the past but now that the new year has begun its time to pack everything up to save for next year. This small sleigh is one of my favorites which I put different things in each year. I found cinnamon spiced smelling pinecones this year which was a great addition and I’m hoping they will still smell yummy next winter.
I hope everyone had a safe and happy new year! As the new year starts we all start off with a clean slate and look back and reflect over the past year. Last year had some major bumps in the road along with a lot of tough times and loss of a beautiful angel from our family. I’ve taken a hiatus to try and regroup and am ready to take the next step forward into the new year.
I’ve decided to do a 365 photo challenge! I’ve realized how important photos can be to remember the amazing people in your life and memories over the years. I know the 365 challenge may be a little tough to remember to take photos every day but I’m hoping it will be the perfect jump start to my creative side while capturing memories throughout the year.
Here are the first 2 photos bringing in 2013.
Do you have any resolutions for this year? Is anyone taking part of a 365 challenge?
A couple of us were standing outside after lunch enjoying the beautiful warm day we are having, when all of a sudden we heard that familiar musical jingle instantly recognizable from when we were kids. But wait… this is a business complex so we must be hearing things. Walking back into the building everyone was looking out the windows and it was true! The ice cream truck was sitting outside our office, what a surprising treat! I got a chocolate ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles. Perfect way to get some energy for the rest of the day. Had to share a pic before I ate it. This was taken with my phone and edited with the PicSay Pro app.
Hope you’re having a “sweet” afternoon =)
The other day at work someone brought in some delectable little sweet treats to share with everyone and they were so cute I had to take a few pics before trying any. I have a new app on my phone which I played around with some of the vintage style effects and love the way they came out. Some of the styles were a bit extreme and the lollipops would lose their stems with some of the effects making them look like creepy eyeballs…yikes. Here’s the completed collage. Enjoy!
I absolutely looove old vintage effects! Old photographs always are so unique in the coloring, faded areas, and distressed markings. I’ve always been fascinated with vintage and how I can replicate the look and feel. I’ve taken a few photos using different techniques and each one is always a little different. This one from the summer used more of a grunge feel which can be seen here. Another I had played with used more subtle and saturated colors which can be viewed here in a previous Capturing the Moment post.
Recently I came across a great blog at Blog.SpoonGraphics. He has some fantastic tutorials and various techniques for Illustrator and Photoshop. So while I’m always looking for new ways to play with my photos I came across his recent post for giving your photos a Vintage Polaroid Effect which you can check out on his site. I decided to see what I could do with a couple of photos from my travels over the years. The mountains are The Grand Tetons and the canyon is the Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. As much as I love the originals, especially the vibrant colors of the canyon, I love the older worn vintage look of the distressed images.
There’s nothing better than a beautiful, warm fall day. It’s almost Thanksgiving and it’s warmed back up again with no humidity. You can’t ask for anything better when you can open all the windows and doors and let the fresh air blow through the house. This was a perfect weekend to enjoy the outdoors and I spent it running a 5k down near the inlet and topped it off climbing up the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. So yes my legs felt like jello after all that but it was worth it for a beautiful view.
Hope everyone is enjoying the nice fall weather and getting ready for thanksgiving!
For longer than I can remember I have been working 2 jobs and never seem to have enough time to do all the projects I have in mind or even take the time to relax. Living in Florida you would think that I spend most of my free time at the beach, but the reality is life starts to get in the way and 1 missed beach weekend turns into 2 which continues the trend. Recently my husband said we have to stop taking things for granted and take more time to relax and enjoy the moments of life. I loved that he mentioned this!
This makes me think of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” So true! There are so many moments that we take for granted. If you take a moment to enjoy them they can take your breath away, so sometimes you have to stop and enjoy the moment before it passes you by.
As I was driving home from work the other day my husband called asking if I wanted to go to the beach. It would already be 6pm by the time I got home but said sure why not. I arrived home to find he had packed a cooler with sandwiches and snacks for dinner and had all the beach towels and chairs ready. (What an awesome husband!) A quick change and we were off. It was so nice to relax after a long day at work and spend some quality time together. Couldn’t have gotten any better… relaxing with my hubby, waves crashing in the background, slight warm breeze… ahhhh.
As the sun started to go down it was time to go. Right as we started going over the bridge from beachside to home the sunset looked amazing and serene. Wait no camera! Quick! Grabbed the phone and managed to roll the window down in time to take this pic while he was driving. Just a simple reminder to capture the moment and enjoy all the simple things in life.
Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by!