Appreciate the small things (aka Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details)

A few years ago I was living on a different continent, away from home, and a few timezones from my family. I missed seeing them, but was never homesick. I think part of it had to do with all the little things that reminded me of home. Like my photo for this week’s photo challenge:Appreciate the small thingsThis is of a purple hydrangea. I hadn’t seen any outside of my home before. Usually they grow either blue or pink, but it takes a special mix of acidic and base dirt to make one purple. Too much of either and you get the pink extreme or the blue extreme. This little detail is one of many that kept me from being homesick while so far away. I hope you like it (:


A Dr. Who Christmas (aka Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise)

Yesterday, my friend Katie, my brother and I all exchanged Christmas presents. There were lots of surprises on all sides which is why I thought it would be perfect for today’s photo challenge.

This first photo is of Katie’s present from my brother and me:

I won’t tell you what was in her present quite yet. It will be your Christmas tutorial surprise! I’ll post it later. Her gift bag, wrapping paper, and two of the gifts were made by me :) You’ll just have to wait and see!

This photo is her amazing present to me:

YES!!! That is an exclusive David Tennant bookmark from ElloKaitlin Creations, a sonic screwdriver that writes invisible messages and tickles, AND British chocolate. Oh the amazing surpriseness!! I had no idea what she was making and was completely surprised :D

The rest of our day was spent playing/dying in Spelunky, watching a 2/3 Lord of the Rings Marathon (we didn’t get to see Return of the King because of a funeral), and exploring the woods in the rain. It was a great day full of Christmas surprises and weather surprises. A good day indeed.

Here are some rain shots:

It was raining and we got wet. But @ellokaitlin was happy so that's what counts.

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Nature. Wet nature but still nature.

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This nature was already wet so it didn't care about the rain.

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@ellokaitlin trying to fall off a tree.

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UPDATE 12/25/2012:

These are the links to the Christmas Surprise Tutorials :)

  1. Mustache Wrapping Paper
  2. Ombre Bleach Tee
  3. Mustache Mug
  4. Merry Christmas Gift Bag

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Wonderland of the Snowy Variety (aka Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons)

I live in North Carolina. Occasionally it snows. Mostly it doesn’t. It’s one of the trials in life I’ve come to accept. I love snow. It’s so fluffy and pure. I realize it is also life threatening, but some of the best things in life are. Like flying or eating too much chocolate. Some times life threatening things are good.

Anyways, every time it does finally snow, I go out and take loads of pictures. And I mean LOADS!! This is one of my favorites:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

It’s also my entry in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge. I hope you enjoy it!


Take the time to listen.
Watch the sunshine glisten.
Hear the beautiful breeze
As it flows through the trees.
Watch the flowers as they bloom
They tell you summer is coming soon.
Hear the frog as it croaks
Hello to its blokes.
Watch the sparrow as it soars
On its sunny day tour.
Hear the wind as it blows
Season scents to your nose.
Take a look around; see what’s going on
Because before you know it, it’ll all be gone.

[day 27] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

Today’s post is of some woods behind my house. The reason I took this picture is because my friend Kyle sent me a text this morning: “I wanna go to the park.. go to the park for me and take pics and send me a pic every 5 mins… k thanks.” Sooo that’s what I did! Only, I replaced the park with my back yard since it was closer and met the qualifications of being park-like.

Day 27:

[day 22] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

Andddddddd today’s post doesn’t include the Southern Women’s show either. Oh wells :) But today’s photo DOES include a corn picture. We spent the afternoon at a corn maze near my house. More of that post is in my photo challenge entry coming soon.

Day 22:

[day 2] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

It’s raining. Like pouring and snoring, kind of rain. Sooo that’s what day 2 is about: rain. Here it is!

[day 2] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

Day 2 isn’t over yet so that means there are still 29 days to join in the challenge. You can tweet, comment, link, pingback, instagram, facebook, etc. to share your pictures. I can’t wait to see some of the creative and random pictures!

Bonus: At church this morning we played a game called Flip Your Lid where you have to flip a cup over and get it to land on a water bottle or a Pepsi. Check out the video:

It was by far my favorite game of the year. And that’s saying a lot.

[day 1] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

A few years ago I did a “31 days of December” photo challenge on facebook. It turned into more work than fun soooo I’m trying again. The bright side of having challenge in September is that I won’t be in final exams this time. Oh and the weather is nicer for picture taking and there are more things to photograph. Maybe this time things will turn out better :)

Day 1: Trees in my backyard.

[day 1] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

Do you want to join the photo challenge?? Together tends to be better! Comment a link to your post if you do :)

Jig of the Morning in Music (aka Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Blogging)

This is a poem pulled from a post last year. As soon as I read the challenge, I knew this poem was the PERFECT thing to do for sound. It was originally written to music, so an updated version put to music is exactly what this challenge is about.

To hear the poem, press play on the video and follow along below with the voice. You can also watch the video first. It will recite the poem with music and give you a visual of these flowery dancers.

The lyrics/words are below. Continue reading

Urban Flowers (aka Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban)

This was a hard post to find a photo for. I don’t live in an urban area (Walmart and subdivisions are not urban to me), so I’ve pulled one of my pictures from a few years ago when I was living in Wales. My friends and I took a day trip to London on our day off. We did the ride the bus tour. We did the walk for forever tour. We did the take pictures everywhere thing too. The amazing thing about our one day in London was the weather. The temperature was a tad warm, but that’s to be expected in late July. The sky though was breathtaking. Blue, blue, and more blue with little white puffy clouds. GORGEOUS!! I couldn’t ask for a prettier (or more conducive to photography) day than the one we received.

The reason I picked the picture above for the challenge is because urban doesn’t mean concrete and metal to me. My favorite urban places are fully of color and vibrancy. All over London were walls of flowers. Walls of them!! So much green, pink, purple, white, blue and red everywhere. I suppose the people putting up these flowers were compensating for the gray rain that usually surrounds London. And if the flowers combined with the blue sky weren’t enough, we passed countless walls with bright graffiti on them, colorful banners hanging from the sky, and posters of bright adverts. All together, they made a very colorful urban area.

Here are some of my favorite London pictures: Continue reading