Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Hobby!

I have a love/hate relationship with blogs. I love keeping up with friends and family, I love seeing pictures of fun happenings in the lives of people I love, and I love being inspired by the craftiness (as in arts and crafts, not cunning) and wittiness (is that a word?) of people around the country. I hate, however, reading the blogs of the ultra-talented, creative, trendy people who can turn trash into treasure and still look cute in the process. Don't get me wrong - I wholeheartedly wish I was one of them. And I don't intend to stop reading their blogs just because I am insanely jealous. More than anything those blogs remind me that the Lord gifts us all differently - I just sometimes wish He had given me the gift of creative expression as well. :)
With that in mind, I fell upon a new blog that falls under the above mentioned list-of-things-I-wish-I-was. I love it. It is fun and creative and attainable! Not only have I found the first project on a blog that I feel like I might actually be able to tackle (once a friend shows me how to use a sewing machine, that is), but it also offered the simplest tutorial I have ever seen for my new fancy-pants Canon Rebel (thank you, Ginger!). So what did I do this afternoon? I played with my camera!
I do not profess to be awesome at this; in fact, I keep reciting the things that I'm reading on this blog to myself as I try out new settings ("low light, high ISO...high light, high that right?"). But I am excited about the prospect of getting better at something I've always loved.
Here's some of what I did today. Please do not judge them. Remember I am neither ultra-talented, creative, or trendy. But I like to pretend that I could be if I tried REALLY hard. :)

Deen didn't even try to lick the camera this time! She's really growing up...

Little Deenie was the blissfully unaware test subject for trying out my camera settings. I ventured off of auto - a big step for me!

Our hammock. Beautiful, isn't it?

This one is a bonus - John and I went on a dessert picnic yesterday afternoon. It was delightful!


  1. You are so fun and artsy and crafty! I like your blog. :)

  2. Blog stalking is one of my favorite past times and I can very easily get caught up in feeling inferior!! Can't wait to help you with the strap. You will laugh at how easy it is!!

    Great pictures!!!

  3. Love the pics! So glad you are enjoying the Rebel!