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365 Self-Portrait Project (week 39th)

What a normal week we’ve had.

One day at a time; that’s how I live these days.

It works.


For sometime now I’ve been thinking about putting up a post or a series of posts about self-portraits. I’ve received many emails as well as many comments asking questions about this project, about lenses I use, about camera I use, about places, time, if I use tripod, if I use remote, from where I get the courage to get in front of the camera each day, the ideas, etc.

I wrote and essay about this project for Bonbon Break, which will be publish on the 8th, and while writing it I just realized that sharing my story and my experience might be a help for many women out there, who are as afraid of being photographed as I used to be.ย  The essay for Bonbon Break is more like the one I wrote for World Moms Blog.

I’ve learned a lot since I started this project and it wouldn’t hurt if I share this knowledge.

So, I want to ask you, if you think it is a good idea to put together something like that. Would you want to read it? Would that interest you?!

I am not saying I would do it right away. First I need to finish this project in order to feel like I can teach/coach/guide somebody else.ย 


On Saturday we went to a b-day party where in a quiet office-room I would breastfeed my Little One.


On Sunday I’d played with No. 2 who likes to be close to me. She is getting better in playing on her own but she is the happiest when I am near by, within her reach.


As our No.1 says: “you wanna play blocks?

Yes. I want to play blocks, my dear. Lets play and let your sister play, too. Ok?

She’s got some sharing issues lately, so we’ve been working on them.

by the way, No.2 is extremely aware of the camera. She is only 5 months old (ok, almost 6), and whenever she sees me with the camera she transforms into this smiley, lovely darlin who looks like an angel, like a “zen baby”, as my friend named her. It’s unbelievable.

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That day I’ve tried to take a different photo but what I ended up with were those two. As my friend said: Big Ewa (yep, that’s my name) and Little Ewa. Does she really look like me?! I don’t see that.


It’s been ages since I write something in my journal. Actually after finishing my last one I just stopped writing a new one. With all the blogging and photographing and being a parent I just didn’t have the time for it, and I think, I just had lost interest in writing; the real writing, writing in Polish, writing the real thoughts, the raw thoughts without having to think about the audience. You know what I mean.

About two weeks ago I picked up one of my empty notebooks and started writing.

Those are not very happy words, but to write them down helps.


One of those shots: “Ok, let’s do it as quick as possible and be done for the day. Turn right, snap. Thank you very much!

I wish you all a wonderful day.

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Mystery Spot

Yesterday we took advantage of that gorgeous Summer weather and we went to Santa Cruz. We had planned trip to San Francisco but we changed it.

We wanted to do something fun for my b-day…

…and we did.

… and it was fun.

but not so much for me as for those who was watching us.

We went to the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz.

Everything was going pretty smooth until we started out tour. Sorry but I won’t explain why everything up there works as it does. I wasn’t paying much attention to what the tour guy was saying because our No 1 was doing everything she could to not let me to listen.

I actually don’t blame her. On this so called “gravity hill” it was hard to walk or stand straight even for adults.

I wish we had planned it differently so we would’ve enjoyed that place a bit more and for a longer period. It’s a beautiful place out there as Santa Cruz itself is.

Scattered Horizons

After a few minutes of being there our No 1 got really upset of not being able to keep her balance. And at the same time as a two year oldย  she wanted to go where she wanted not where we were going (yep, she got her “terrible two” moments up there). It was just impossible to make her stop whining!ย 

… and the only picture of me I ended up from that trip is taken in a hurry, while packing everybody to the car, self-portrait ๐Ÿ™‚

Despite all the bruises our daughter got from falling straight on her face she finished the day with a big smile.ย 

Oh well, without all those ups and downs that day wouldn’t be so memorable, I guess ๐Ÿ˜‰

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New haircut. The same me


Was I expecting something else. I don’t know. Haircut used to be a big thing.

When I decided to get a haircut, it always ment that I feel some changes coming or already happening.

Today I woke up feeling the same, or even worse than the same (changes?!). VERY tired, though. Our Little One has decided that she doesn’t like cow milk anymore, and that’s the only milk at the house. Once, we run out of the regular cow milk, so I gave her almond milk for a few times and she got hooked. So yesterday she went to bed kind of hungry. She ate dinner, and she took a few sips of that cow milk, but that was it.

So last night she woke up because, I suppose, she was hungry. I gave her milk but she wouldn’t drink it. So she went back to bed hungry. This morning she ate half of the bottle and she didn’t want a single drop more. So my husband went to the store to get some almond milk. My idea is to start mixing it half in half, so she slowly gets back to drinking cow milk only.

Will see how it works.

So, I got up so tired that I thought I won’t be able to take any decent shots of my new haircut, but after I took a few sips of coffee, and my daughter was still asleep at 9:30 am (I know, yeay!) I’ve decided to give it a try. I’m very sorry for my puffy bags under my eyes. I am not a big fan of make-up. I know I’ll change my mind after 30, but for now I can live without it. But YES, I am wearing a lipstick on those photos. I don’t know why I did that. Just for fun, I guess, or to take the attention away from my puffy eyes. lol

btw, my haircut after all wasn’t that drastic. I still can tie it up in pony tail ๐Ÿ™‚ I kinda like it. I feel like I lost a few extra pounds, as well.

and then, she {snapped}the long roadparenting BY dummies

…btw, I hate pink!

I really don’t like pink. Every time there is photo challenge calling for pink I skip it.ย  Yesterday I’ve decided to face my ghosts. So here I am… Thinking Pink!

First I didn’t want to use this photo but when I saw my daughter’s face I just couldn’t not to. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use one of those pictures, as well, but after I did some cloning it looked much better. Despite that I do not like pink, I really like purple! It’s kinda weird, I guess. Purple is close to pink. Right?

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Inner beauty of mine and a lot of patience!

Yeay!!! for eating time!!! Yeay for stirring and mixing and throwing and smashing and mashing, and YEAY for getting messy!!!

On that picture above you can see my daughter reaching with her spoon towards me… Yes! While I was busy taking those pictures she slapped me in the face with a spoon full of food. “Take that mom!!! You look hungry”

{A Photo} Challenge

Today’s photo challenge theme at Mikayla‘s blog is “What you wore today”. Instead I linked up those two pictures above as a “What I tried to wear today but it didn’t happen”. These days it’s really hard to look decent. Our daughter is in a process of learning how to eat… no… how to use a spoon. A few times when I got really tired of it I tried to feed her without letting her hold one spoon on her own, but she wouldn’t eat. She wants to hold it every single time. So, every single time she eats we end up dirty from head to toe. More than often it has its end in the bathtub with a quick shower. Having full belly, being clean and happy, time to watch some tv. Recently she learned how to climb up and down the sofa… . … where she loves to sit and play with remote controller(s). If we take them from her she just sits, watches tv, or throw all the pillows down, so she has more space just for her.

Yes, we let her watch tv. We are one of those terrible parents that let their kids watch news. We do not protect her from those terrible faces as Glen Beck or O’Reilly. What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. right?! It won’t harm to know from the start who to laugh at and whose words take into a consideration. Maybe. Maybe she’ll be the next Condoleezza Rice. Her parents let her watch tv as long and as much as she wanted to… . Anyway, from what I’ve noticed our Little Climber enjoyed the tv show “Army Wifes”… or wait… I think it was me… lol. But honestly the only thing she cares about is the music on every commercial to which she dances every single time and … changing channels…

and better one ๐Ÿ™‚

Linking up with Elena and her “Inner Beauty” theme for the week. My inner beauty is being a mom. I’ve changed… A LOT. I think different and I act different. I am a better person. She made me a better person. That little person turned my life around. I used to be patient, but with her… I surprise myself with how much more I can take than with any-body-else!!! Of course I break sometimes. I ask my husband to take a turn, but it doesn’t last long. The next thing I know, we are sitting on the sofa cuddling. I wouldn’t do that with anybody else. I hold a grudge against people for much too long, I know that, bu with her it’s just impossible. The thing is that grown ups know if they hurt somebody, if they did something, if they are who they are… She doesn’t know it, yet. She made me like people more… I feel like she softened me… Can’t explain that.

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย  But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!ย  ~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.

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Today, don’t know why, I am not in the mood of taking pictures BUT I’m in the mood of participating in Scavenger Hunt. So, I have to admit: For today’s Scavenger Hunt I didn’t take any new pictures. All of them are old… but never used on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Window (and our hanging on it guest)

2. Eyelashes

3. Paint

4. Leaf Veins

5. Faceless Portrait

Have a great Sunday, everybody!

Somebody has to eat it! Right?! (wordish wednesday)

There is a “thing” going on in our house. Some kind of rule. The rule sounds something like: “If you don’t eat it, dog will”.

First I was just feeding and fixing some cake. Our daughter has never done that before. She brought to me half empty bottle, handled it to me with that “mom, please help me” look. That’s a different bottle that she normally eats from. SHE HAS HIDDEN her old one somewhere at the house and we can’t find it. So while I was holding the bottle for her and mixing some cake batter I thought it might be a good photoย  – that family gathering in the kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

I set up my camera and… my Precious Little Girl wasn’t hungry anymore after hearing that first SNAP sound. As you can see on the middle photo she went right to where the camera was standing. Luckily it was to high for her to reach ๐Ÿ™‚

So, when she went away our doggy showed such a big interested in that bottle. NO I didn’t give it her. ๐Ÿ™‚ After all my daughter finished it up. But YES! That’s how it goes at our house. Sometimes those two precious creatures eats from the same bowl. Seriously.

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Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Finally I was able to join Ashley and her Scavenger Hunt.

1. Classic Still Life

In this case it is not “classic” and totally not “still” but floating on water.

2. Self – portrait

3. On the floor

4. Lines

5. Fresh

Have a great Sunday, everybody!

Hugs from my corner ๐Ÿ™‚