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Photo Art Friday and Overheated Brain

I had TOTALLY different idea for this week’s Photo Art Friday theme: HARDWARE. 

I did not have the time to do it, so I went with a simple shot of a fork:

mom photographer,fork

After I was done with it I had decided not to use it and skip this weeks PAF. 

I am overwhelmed by new information and by new ideas I got from today’s online workshop. I can’t sit still, I want to try it now, and I want to do it now!!! It doesn’t work like that, though. I do not have the skills nor I do have the equipment. Anyway I had tried a few new things today, and while editing and creating a BIG project my editing software quit on me, TWICE!!!  

I am so frustrated and angry I can barely stand anything and anybody. I had spent all day trying to figure out two editing softwares and putting together a cute project. After the first program quit on me, I just took a short break and started it all over. The second time I was almost done. I would say, there was a several minutes left to the moment in which I click “save the project”. Boom!!! Everything went to hell, altogether with my good mood. I just want to scream!!! 

I just hope that tomorrow I will have more luck with it, but the thing is that I wanted to have it done tonight… ugh… Now I am not going to think about anything else. I won’t be able to relax for the rest of the evening and I hate when that happens! 

I hope you guys had a better day! 



My twist on 365 Project

At the beginning of this year I joined a self-portrait project hosted by Urban Muser – “In the Picture”. To make my life more complicated (because it’s actually not that complicated, anymore) and harder, I’ve decided that my number of self-portraits is 365.

I’ll be posting my pictures once a week, on Sunday.

This blog actually started because of 365 project. The project didn’t last long but I still blog so I succeed at some point. Right?

Today I’ve got more than 7 pictures because I didn’t post anything last Sunday. I just wasn’t sure if I really should do that. I’m still not sure. It’s easy now, but I know it’s not going to be in a few months after our second Little One appears and I’ll be tired and tired and even more tired and the last thing I’m going to think of is taking self-portraits. Until, I’ll try to stick to my plan and not to think about excuses.

Lets start then:











I actually have no idea how I’m going to come up with 365 photos of myself. I barely started it and I’m already complaining. Bear with me, though 🙂

Mommy and Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious?

Simply me!

Last Saturday I’d decided to pass on Elena’s Seflie Saturday. Her topic is “Backyard” and I do not have one.

Anyway sometime between Saturday and Sunday I had changed my mind. 🙂

Non of them are backyard photos. They were taken in my kitchen and in a bathroom. Some of them are headless. Of course! I lost my patience trying to fix it. At the same time my daughter was done eating and she didn’t want to sit in her chair anymore, and I didn’t want to take those pictures without her. Had to go with what I had taken and call it good. I’m not very upset about it, though. I think they look pretty interesting.

On the other hand I focused only on my head shooting in the darkness of my bathroom. The light was only from two candles, so most of my shots were too dark to fix them… (i don’t shoot in RAW! I used to). My ISO was 800 and I didn’t want to go any higher. 800 was almost too high anyway.

Those few I’ve chosen were good enough to make something from it. I made them all black and white not because the original color was bad but because it looks much better that way.

When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes.  But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!  ~Ted Grant

The picture below is pretty funny. I actually had no idea that my camera is so close, almost in a reaching distance, from my daughter’s sticky and dirty hands.

Mommy and Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious?

different edition of this photo is here. It seems like I do not have that picture anywhere on my computer. Can’t find it!!!! Grrr…


I love everything in this photo. Light, lines, and the texture(s)! I know this is not technically perfect. It’s blurry and grainy, but those two things make it so interesting and attractive, I think. I even used one texture to add more grains to this photo, and one from Kim called “Aurora”.

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Lao Tzu

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Selfie Saturday with Elena

Took this photo a few weeks ago, but I thought it’s good for Elena’s this week theme – “Light”.

Picture below was taken a few days ago as well as this one.

(linking up with Life-n-Reflection – Texture Twist)

My last picture was taken today while taking pictures of my new crochet creation – belt for the camera or I should say cover for the belt. I’m loving that cover! It’s so awesome I can’t believe I made that 🙂 Seriously. With not pattern. I am not such a big thinker when it comes to stuff like that. I just do it and at the end I almost always end up with something that doesn’t work, or is too small or too big, etc. This time it works, lucky me but, gosh it was hard to put it on.

All those pictures were taken with very poor light, and with 500 ISO (the last one had 400 iso). That’s why they are so grainy. I kinda like it. I used to be so terribly afraid of big ISO. Today my ISO almost never go below 350 and I’m really happy with my pictures. I feel like I’ve discovered my style, and I feel pretty good about it.

Rose Garden in Black and White, Pinkish, and Sepia :)

Visiting Guadalupe River Park and placed there Rose Garden. I took those about a week ago, but I didn’t have much time to process them…, and actually I didn’t have any idea how to process them. Finally yesterday I came up with one – to make them all in black&white or in sepia. It’s a kind of weird idea, because the garden explodes with colors right now, and those pictures are soo colorful and vibrant! Still, I wanted to make them black&white 🙂 Little bit different from everybody’s expectations about Rose Garden.

So there we go:

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Texture Twisted Tuesday

So, it’s 3:00 pm and I feel like I’m gonna have one more cup of coffee. It’s not that I need it. I want it! 🙂 Usually one coffee per day is enough. Every morning. Hot and dark. After that it’s just green tea with grapefruit juice or fresh squeezed lemon juice +honey!  Today is a good day. I got up before my husband, did some YOGA! Yeay! And I feel like I deserve that second cup 🙂

Ok, done with those ramblings and back to photos.

The doves photo I’m using today it’s an old one (i used it before) but couldn’t find any better for the Victor Hugo’s quote I wanted to use for today’s Kim Klassen Texture Tuesday (the word edition).

I talked about my patio doves mainly in those two posts. In one of them is the original photo without the texture and text:

Doves, more doves, one baby and a dog

Getting ready to say “goodbye” to the patio doves!

My first Texture Twist:

and the second one:

A few horses and a cow

My last post of talking about (read: posting pictures of) Nola’s Iris Garden. Beautiful place in the most beautiful area! Not only that they have the broadest and biggest display of irises but they have cows and horses (and a few dogs). Just a perfect place for me to live someday with a bunch of different plants instead of irises 😉

Next posts will be about Rose Garden 😉

No, Seriously! 🙂 Beautiful place in the middle of San Jose… but I’ll talk about it some other day.

and while walking around and looking for some interesting and funny names of those irises I have found a ladybug without dots… Crazy. I had never seen a ladybug without dots before. Had to snap a picture!!!

Meet my husband 😉

Taking a break from walking around.

Walking, pointing at everything, picking everything from the ground and of course tasting it! – our daughter had a blast over there!

And I need to say something else at the end. For the last month or so I wasn’t very good in taking pictures for myself. I’d done some shooting for friends but most of the time my camera was in my bag, deep in the closet. Picking it up once again just for fun, just for myself reminded me how I really, really like it. I like my camera! I like taking pictures! I like the way I talk through my camera …

… but I’ve learned something as well. I’ve learned that it’s ok to put it away for a while. Not forget, just give it a quiet time, give myself a quiet time.

It is ok!

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Getting ready to say “goodbye” to the patio doves!

Our patio doves are almost ready to leave us.

Today the nest is empty. Doves are gone. They are not gone gone. They’ll be back for the night, I think.

They learned to fly yesterday.

Those are the last few pictures I’ve taken the day before they went out for walk around the patio fence! 🙂

and this is where I found them yesterday! hanging out at the other end of the patio fence… peeking outside!

… waiting for mom to come home…

and when she came back she started feeding them but then I came out to take some pictures and they just freezed!!! all of them!

I’m not good with the sun flare shots, but yesterday I just couldn’t not to try it. The light was just perfect!

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After I left them (kind of because I still was watching from the inside) the mom had started flying back and forth from the spot where they were all standing to the nest. She had done that about 3 times. After that one little dove did the same. I totally screwed that up – I had my camera set up on manual with all the setting when I was shooting outside. So I just wasn’t fast enough to adjusts everything and I ended up with 0 pictures of the fist attempt to flying of our patio dove. Grrr….

I was still hoping for the second dove to do the same…

That time I was all ready!!! 😉

It didn’t happen though.

Mister/Miss Lazy just walked back to the nest…

Today I got up, checked on them and they were already gone! I saw them hanging out on the fence a few times, but for the most of the day they are gone.

Oh well… Finally I’m getting closer to have my patio back!!! 🙂

and… My Little Red Pants making faces while eating a piece of bread and doggy waiting for the right time to steal it from her.

and baby getting naked.

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hugs from my corner, everybody!

Museum Model

… and it’s exactly what that is! A museum model made by this young lady whose umbrella (and not only ;-)) you can admire @Inspiration Studio. My picture of her was futured in there a few days ago. I didn’t know about that untill yesterday!

What a great surprise!!!

I am flattered – Thank You, Jamie!

Anyway this is my picture for Kim Klassen Texture Tuesdays.


And please, don’t ask me how many layers of this texture I used here… Too many, I guess! I lost track after 3rd 😉

And extra few shots so you can see what this model looked like actually!

Pretty cool!

Peanut Butter Oat Bites

I know that this is my second post today 🙂

I couldn’t wait until tomorrow to post this recipe and a few more pictures of the doves! 😉

And nop, my husband doesn’t go hungry all day, neither my daughter. My daughter has her diapers changed everytime it needs to be done. I even had the time to read a few stories to her and to do the laundry – 3 loads!!!

Oh, and we went for a morning walk and were able to take an advantage of estate sale. Too bad I didn’t have my camera with me. I don’t think thy would let me take any pictures of the inside, anyway.

Back to my cookies!

So you know, they are very peanut butter(y), and you can’t eat lots of them at once! maybe one or two. really. but they are pretty good.

To make them you’ll need:

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 confectioners sugar

3 Tbsp. honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal

1 cup quick oats

1/4 cups raisins

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1/4 cup finally chopped lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove pan from heat, than stir in peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, honey and vanilla.

Allow mixture to cool and stir in Rice Krispies…

…and oats and raisins. I did not have mini chocolate chips so I didn’t use them, but if you have them this is the right time to add them, as well 😉

Form mixture into 1-inch balls, then roll each ball in chopped peanuts (I did not use them).

Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

AND… I couldn’t help myself.

Doves again!

Ok, now I think I’m done with blogging for today!

Have a great evening, everybody!