The first day of fall is here guys!! And, although I’ll be sad to see the sunny days of summer turn cold I’m pretty ready for a little change of scenery. How about you? Here in Pennsylvania autumn brings the most gorgeous muted colors of dried corn stalks and harvested hay, along with the fiery hues of falling deciduous foliage, ripe apples, and a plethora of pumpkins. It also means gearing up our home for the winter, when the days are shorter and Mother Nature tries her darndest to force us indoors. For me, that means busting out the bin of snow gear and cozying up our living areas (my bedroom included, with more details to come soon!). During my search for some ways to up our home’s “fall-factor” I came across a number of lovely leather throw pillows. Some are simple, and let the characteristics of the leather take center stage, while others have added details that truly make them statement pieces. You may tend to think of leather as “lodge-like,” but I can assure you that with the abundance of options this season you are sure to find at least one that fits your style. I think they are a perfect way to add texture, warmth, and coziness to any room. Which ones do you guys like?
So, Valentines Day is around the corner and I haven’t done a darn thing to prepare! Not that I typically do a lot for the holiday except maybe a card and a home-cooked meal (and perhaps some cutesy kids valentines for their classrooms) but, it does happen to fall on a Sunday this year and my sister will be coming into town with her girls, so I thought it would be nice to celebrate…at least a little. I’m thinking brunch and maybe a hike? Give the kiddos a chance to get outside, away from the electronics that they’re glued to these days, and me a chance to practice all the photography tips I’ve been accumulating this past week. I’m not sure that it’s what my husband would necessarily choose to do on his one day off of work, but he always seems to have fun once he gets started. I will cross my fingers for good weather! In the meantime, if you’re anything like me, you may be in need of a last minute card for that special someone…don’t worry, I’ve gotcha covered!
NOTE: Save file and print at 100% onto 8.5″ x 11″ white cardstock. When trimmed and folded, the card will measure 5″ x 7.”
Hope this makes your holiday a little less hectic and a lot more special!! 🙂
It’s one of my New Years’ resolutions this year…to figure out how to actually use my new camera and lens. I’ve been using the Canon Rebel with a 50mm 1.8 for so long I am totally intimidated by what the 5D Mark III can do. So, I’ve challenged myself to take a photography or editing class each day for the next month on Skillshare and complete the projects, which includes uploading it to the class webpage. I’m hoping that there I’ll get some constructive criticism on my work and start to feel a little more at ease with sharing my photos publicly. One thing I’m really trying to work on is not being such a perfectionist. I have this horrible tendency to pick apart every detail to the point of getting absolutely nothing done. Holding myself accountable to a daily project will, hopefully, force me to use what I have on hand and just create SOMETHING, whether it’s perfect or not (and it never is).
Today’s class was DSLR Photography for Bloggers by Lindsay Ostrom, who writes Pinch of Yum (if you haven’t checked out her blog yet it’s a definite must!). She did a really great job explaining aperture, shutter speed, and ISO…which isn’t new to me, but it was great to have a little refresher because I tend to shoot in Av mode. I definitely feel more comfortable shooting manual after today’s project and am so excited about the range of new possibilities it gives me. Probably the most helpful topic she went over was lighting. She detailed several layouts for lights and reflectors in order to achieve different looks in our photographs. I’m pretty excited to use her backlighting technique soon because I wasn’t able to use it in this project. We were supposed to set up a party scene and get 3 shots using 3 different settings so I chose to do a Pancake Party, because I’m like a pancake-making-pro, and because who doesn’t like pancakes?!
If you just happen to also be in need of some camera courses, I highly recommend Lindsay’s class. You can check out her intro video HERE or if you just want to show my project some love, head over HERE and click the little heart!