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fabulous friday challenge

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Hmmm. Once again I didn't take a lot of pictures this week. This whole snowing one day, frigid the next is killing my creative buzz. Here's hoping spring is finally here so I can get out and have some fun with my camera.

Here's a picture of Owen that I took yesterday. Not the greatest picture I've ever taken, but my favourite picture from this week.



Now let's see your stuff! I'm excited to see what you came up with this week. Once again there is no theme. Just show me something you took this week that you think is fabulous!

Just a reminder of the rules:

1. The picture has to be taken by you.
2. The picture has been taken during the past week and it can be a picture you have posted earlier in the week.
3. Link up using the link to your individual blog post and not your main blog address.
4. Please include the Fabulous Friday button (below) in your post to link back to my site.
5. Leave feedback for five other participants. Let them know what you think!
6. By linking up you are okay with me re-posting your photo here if you are chosen for the top five.



Good luck!!! The linky closes at midnight Monday morning and the finalists and winner will be announced Monday night. Thanks for participating! Can't wait to see your week two entries.





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day 90 - where's owen?

Yesterday they beat the living hell out of each other. All. Day. But first thing this morning when Ethan woke up in his bed without Owen, he demanded to know where he was.

He was fast asleep in bed with me with his little feet digging into my back.



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day 88 - baby number one

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Today was the day I have worried about for eight years.

Last night we discovered a growth on one of Scarlett's hind paws, so today I took her to the vet. It's not bothering her, but it is a mass that should be removed as it could become cancerous if it isn't already.

Scarlett is the first pet I've ever had, so it was my first experience sitting in a vet office and being told that your dog needs very expensive surgery or if the cost is prohibitive, riding it out until their quality of life starts to deteriorate.



Is March over yet because seriously. This has been a really bad month and I have never been so happy to say goodbye to a month than I am right now. Enough already.

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day 87 - tickle me pink

Monday, 28 March 2011

Did you know there's a crayon colour called "macaroni and cheese"? I discovered that the other day while colouring with Ava.

Apparently there's another one called "tickle me pink". Didn't know about that one either. It's the week twelve colour for Project 64 (which I have become horribly behind on, unfortunately).





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fabulous five - top five and a winner!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in Fabulous Friday! I am so thankful for each and every one of your beautiful entries and I hope that you will all participate again this Friday.

We even had a tutorial in the mix. Thank you so much to Flower Photography for the Bubbly Orange Tutorial. Make sure you check it out and if you get a chance to try it, please join her link up that can be found at the bottom of the tutorial. Her shot was another one of my favourites and it's definitely on my to do list for this week.

Picking a top five definitely wasn't easy. Andrea and I had a hard time picking and my top five was different from her top five. As a result, we called Jen in for the tie breaker.

Without further delay, here are the top five:

Elena at Selfie Magic for her breathtaking beach sunset:



Rachelle at They Call Me Mommy Rachelle for her adorable capture of her son playing:



Trish at Life Through a Lens for the beautifully shallow depth of field on this capture:



And Mira at Learning the Art of Photography for her fabulous shot of a beautiful castle in Slovenia (you should also check out her incredible storm cloud picture - it's another one of my favourites):



::drum roll please::

And the winner of week one of Fabulous Friday is Keara at Now I Know What Life is All About for her absolutely stunning dandelion shot:



Congrats ladies! Please sure to grab your button below for your blog!


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scavenger hunt sunday

I'm linking up today with Ashley Sisk's Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Thanks for the prompts Ashley!

1. Decay (old/abandoned):



2. Groups of three:



3. Kitchen:

I am a baker. I've never claimed to be a cook. To tell you the truth, cooking doesn't interest me that much but I try my best. My mom is a great cook and what I know I learned from her. So today when I discovered I didn't have Shake 'n Bake I didn't panic. I've seen her use Cornflakes and I've also seen her use regular potato chips. Ever used Hickory Sticks? It was all I could find and it was actually pretty good.



4. Things that make you go hmmmmm...:



5. "Me" time:

Luke Spencer was the driver of the car that killed Jake Webber?! Shut up!





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how to create a fabulous (and cheap) photo collage

A big thank you to all of the participants of my first Fabulous Friday linky party. I really appreciate you taking part and hope that you will link up again this Friday!

A few people had questions about the collage I posted a picture of, so I wanted to do a proper post in case anybody else was interested. Here's the scoop:

I created my collage over a year ago and in its original configuration it was arranged in five rows with ten pictures in each row. I have since taken it apart and done mini configurations throughout my house. I have a row of four on each side of the closet in the laundry room, a smaller rectangular collection in the upstairs hallway and the arrangement in my kitchen as shown in my picture from day 83.

The truth is, it was easy to make and it was CHEAP. Here's how I did it:

1. I printed seventy five 5" x 5" prints at WHCC and put a 1/4" border around them before I sent them off to print. I printed them during their winter print sale with their standard (and beautiful) lustre finish. I put 50 prints on the wall and saved the other 25 so I had extra ones to swap in at a later date.

2. I bought two sheets of white craft foam from Walmart for the backer. I trimmed it down to 4.75" x 4.75" squares. To be honest with you, the cutting job was pretty sad on some of them because the foam core dulled my cutting blade really fast. The good thing is you can't tell because the edges are not flush.

3. I glued the photos to the foam core, stuck two squares of magic tape to the back of each picture and stuck them to the wall. I'm more of a "why measure twice when you can cut right now" kind of girl so I basically took a guess at centre and used the level app on my iPod to place the first picture. From there I placed the pictures one by one, periodically checking to make sure I was still level and eyeballed the placement keeping a 1/4" gap between the pictures.

Total cost? $12 in prints and $6 in foam core.

Here's what it looked like in its original configuration (not a photo but a computer mock-up I did at the time):



So steal away! Although I've done similar collages for my walls in the past, I can't take credit for this one. It was an idea I first saw on the Paisless Press blog. If you scroll down in her post you can find a free clipping mask template that she was kind enough to post. You can use it to setup your pictures.

Enjoy and good luck!

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day 86 - i heart graffiti

Sunday, 27 March 2011

I have a passion for graffiti. Photographing it, not creating it. Downtown Guelph has a lot of it and it's usually a mixed bag. Sometimes there's a lot of good stuff, other times it's a bit weak. Some times you can find lots of it and other times there's very little because it's been painted over by the city.

Each of the artists bring their own little flavour. There are the rebels.



Word, brother.

There are the romantics.



Awwww. I'm more of a flower girl, but this works too. And big points as he used you're. Ding, ding, ding. Not so easy for some people.

When looking for graffiti in Guelph you don't have to go too far. Today we walked from Goldie's Mill along the river, past the Matrix building to the courthouse and there was a pile of graffiti. But the mother lode of graffiti can be found at the bus station.



I'd heed the ominous "Abandon hope all ye who enter here" warning and please god, if you are going here don't go alone and do not go at night. There were a couple of sketchy individuals hanging out in the tunnel today. They didn't bother us but I am really glad we were in a group.



Make no mistake. We may be small but we're mighty and the one on the right swears like a pirate.

Here are some other randoms from today:






So overall it was a good day. Damn cold, but a fun day. Thank you my friends. It was nice to get out.

(Today I'm linking up with Monday Rewind and Mikayla's Photo Challenge. You should check out Mikayla's blog. She's 15 and absolutely brilliant. I could only dream of taking a self portrait this fabulous.)

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day 85 - earth hour

Saturday, 26 March 2011

I give up on nap time. I am tired of fighting with the boys so I give up. Bedtimes will just have to get earlier.

Today rather than nap, we went to the curling club to see Daddy curl. We promptly left because the boys kept pummeling each other, Owen kept demanding to know where the nets were and Ethan kept dropping an eight letter swear word (or is it two four letter swear words) that he picked up from his mother. While watching the game, Ethan blurted out "That's ---- ----!" in disgust. Right around the time people started asking "Did he just say what I thought he said?" we were out of there.

Crap. But in my defense I did just lose my job.

So we left the curling club with the promise that they could each pick one item from the dollar store if they were good. They could have whatever they wanted and we could pick up some supplies for earth hour.

By the time we got there, the boys were asleep so we sat around in the van for a bit and waited for them to wake up.

XL steeped tea + sleeping twin boys + an 80s classic + stolen wifi = HEAVEN



I immediately regretted the whole "you can get any item you want" discussion when they each picked out a 15" water gun.



In the evening we marked earth hour with Nana & Grandad. Last year we went with flashlights. This year we went with glow sticks and laser beams that attach to your fingers with elastics. The glow sticks were a BIG disappointment. The lights weren't bright enough and they didn't work well at all. The finger laser beams were perfect. The candle in the background worked out well too. It's the little star burst you can see in the pictures.







Shortly before the one hour mark the troops started to tire a bit (this is Owen).



What a nice way to spend a Saturday night. We tripped over each other in the dark, the dog crept away and got into the garbage and at one point Ava kneed me in the eye but it was worth it. In fact I don't know why we don't do this more often.

(For those of you following my Project 365, I have a couple of days from last week I haven't posted. I didn't miss those days, I just haven't gotten around to posting them. They'll be up tomorrow.)

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