Sunday, April 29, 2012

Anything Goes At Eye Heart Monday's





This weeks features:

Jewelry Tray by Making My Apt A Home. What a great idea.

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Marinade for Shish Kabob by Motivated Mommy of Two just in time for summer bbq'ing.



I absolutely love this white kitchen by Stone And Rose



Mustache Wine Glass Charms by Made In A Day. Super cute and fun.



What a great composition of links to find some Glamping from Anyone Can Decorate



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1. Link to a specific post on your blog (but not your home page) for pretty much anything new and fresh you would like to share every week as long as it's family friendly. You can link your sewing, craft projects, recipes, photos and giveaways. Anything Goes and we want to see it! The link party will be open every Monday.

2. Please follow me on my blog and while you're here it would be lovely if you also followed me on FacebookTwitterPinterest and LinkedIn (but it's not a must). Please link back using my button above by posting it on your post or on your home page. Let everyone see where you've been and share the fun.

3. Check back the week after to see if you were featured.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Friday Shout-Out





  
 What is this blog hop all about, you ask? Myself, Cinthya and a Guest Host will be hosting this blog hop every Friday for the duration of three days. The Guest Host will be a featured blogger picked randomly every week (and can only be featured once every month) from the list of everyone who link up. They will have the benefit of joining Cinthya and Myself in hosting the Friday Shout-Out blog hop along with getting some free promotional space on our blogs (hence the Shout-Out). We will post their button on our page for a week for free. Who doesn't love free advertisement?!


Meet out guest host for this week: Ramona from Create With Joy







My name is Ramona and I’m the founder of Create With Joy, an inspirational site that celebrates creativity in all its facets! Inside you’ll find arts and crafts to enrich you; mouth-watering recipes to entice you; books and resources to engage you; and so much more! You’ll also be entertained by the antics of Legend and Tsunami, my larger than life Maine Coon Cats!
Each week, I host three gatherings where friends old and new open their hearts and share their inspirations and dreams! Please join us for Inspire Me Monday, Wordless Wednesday, and Friendship Friday, and become a part of our dynamic community!


 
How to join in:
1.  Follow the hosts, Loren and Cinthya (Pandora's Craft Box and Eye Heart) and our Guest Host,  Ramona from Create with Joy  via GFC or Linky Followers. 
2.  Be sure to link up the HOME page of your blog as this is a Social Blog Hop. 3. Be social and visit some of your fellow bloggers who linked ahead of you.
4. Post the "Friday Shout-Out" Button on your blog to show your support and spread the love. Help us make this blog hop grow.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

7 Questions






I don't have a funny photo...just a photo.



1. You are stuck somewhere you really don't want to be, do you- walk home, call a friend, or stick it out?

I usually call a friend to come and help me get through it. If I don't want to be somewhere it's got more to do with the people I'm with so I will really need the help of someone trustworthy to me. Usually it`s the hubbs as he`s my best friend and I have always trusted him the most out anyone else in the whole entire world since I can remember. We`ve been together 15 years. That is a whole lotta trust.

2. Do you like to PLAY sports?

No. I joined field hockey in high school just so I could wear those really cute skirts and in grade nine I was a cheerleader for the cute skirts again. Now I NEVER wear skirts. WTHeck?!

3. Everyone has that one "different" song that they secretly love- what's yours?

My seven year old asks me to turn this off but I LOVE IT!!! I think it's all that little piano and xylophone...whatever they're called. And her voice, the blond, "Like I always doooooooooooooooooo"! Most of the music I obsess over is by female artists. I don't know why.



I also love this one. You know how in songs British people loose their accents? Well I love how she is still singing with a British accent in this...it is British right?


4. What is one thing you feel you are really good at?

I feel I'm really good at cooking. I can whip up a pretty mean meal in no time without a recipe. Just throw some s**t together and voila!! My hubby says to me, "Babe, you have outdone yourself once again." I love it. Maybe he just says that because he wants me to keep cooking but it works for me.

5. A dog is running in your direction and barking loudly- what do you do?

If it's a large dog...RUN. If it's a small dog...RUN. 'Nuff said. LOL. I love dogs and have always had them at pets but their bites hurt. Me no want that. Stranger's dogs are not something I want to face if they are running and barking. LOL.

6. Star gazing or cloud watching?

Star gazing all the way. I love the wonders of the universe. There is this TV series called the BBC Wonders of the Universe where this professor discusses how the Universe was created and how galaxies were born, black holes, dwarf stars and all that stuff and how ancient civilizations knew about and studied the stars. I LOVE IT!!!!!!! I took astronomy in college and it was amazing.


7. What time of the day do you feel the most productive?

To be exact...3pm. All morning I'm usually yawning and sooooooo tired, counting down until lunch. Then after lunch I'm soooooo sleepy. By three I get a spark of energy and get so much work done. By the time it's 5pm and time to go home I wish I could stay and continue. I'm soooo not a morning person. If I could get up at 10am every morning I would be set.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Anything Goes At Eye Heart Monday's

This weeks features:

A prayer chalkboard from an old mirror from Chronic Christian Crafter. Love it.



All those kids containers and cups have multiple pieces that make it dificult to keep organized. This is such a agreat idea from Motivated Mommy of Two.



This sign from Stone and Rose turned out great.



This is so cute and adds a nice pop of color. A charming pillow from Alderberry Hill.



Aww. I love this picture that Isabelle made at Handmade by Is.





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1. Link to a specific post on your blog (but not your home page) for pretty much anything new and fresh you would like to share every week as long as it's family friendly. You can link your sewing, craft projects, recipes, photos and giveaways. Anything Goes and we want to see it! The link party will be open every Monday.

2. Please follow me on my blog and while you're here it would be lovely if you also followed me on FacebookTwitterPinterest and LinkedIn (but it's not a must). Please link back using my button above by posting it on your post or on your home page. Let everyone see where you've been and share the fun.

3. Check back the week after to see if you were featured.

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5. Link away and have fun.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Earth Day Giveaway





 Earth Day Cash Giveaway 

Hello, everyone!!! Welcome to the EARTH DAY CASH GIVEAWAY hosted by MamaNYC! I am so excited to have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you a terrific CASH prize! This event is going to run from April 20-30, 2012 and open to residents WORLDWIDE! Keep reading below to find out how to enter this giveaway!

One lucky winner is going to receive. . .  

$500.00 PayPal CASH!

Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open to residents WORLDWIDE; 18+. Winner must have a PayPal account in order to claim this cash prize.

All entries are optional...but the more entries you complete...the higher your chances will be to win this prize! This giveaway will end on April 30, 2012 @ 11:59PM (EST). Winner will have 48 hours to confirm winnings or the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be selected.

Please note that you only need to enter this giveaway ONE time since we are all using the SAME Rafflecopter widget code. Look for the Earth Day CASH Giveaway button if you are unsure. You can always contact support@mamanyc.net if you are unsure or can't remember if you entered this giveaway.

* If you have any problems with the Rafflecopter please REFRESH the page by right clicking and using "Reload". As always, I am here to help you out! If you have any questions or issues, please reach out to me here at Eye Heart or Nicole at MamaNYC. 

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Friday Shout-Out






What is this blog hop all about, you ask? Myself, Cinthya and a Guest Host will be hosting this blog hop every Friday for the duration of three days. The Guest Host will be a featured blogger picked randomly every week (and can only be featured once every month) from the list of everyone who link up. They will have the benefit of joining Cinthya and Myself in hosting the Friday Shout-Out blog hop along with getting some free promotional space on our blogs (hence the Shout-Out). We will post their button on our page for a week for free. Who doesn't love free advertisement?!


Meet out guest host for this week: Denise from Spare Change Chic

Hi! My name is Denise and welcome to Spare Change Chic. I love flea markets, thrift shops and yard sales. I also love DIY, decorating, crafts, antiquing, re-purposing  items, baking, and scrapbooking. I am a follower of Jesus, wife to my sweetheart Christopher and Mom to a zany 14 year old girl named Danielle.I grew up with a super creative Mom who can design anything and a flea market savvy Dad who can fix anything. So I love projects. Especially projects that don’t cost much. My favorite tools of the trade are: my trusty glue gun, needle and thread, spray paint, and my hammer.  Over the last 2 years I have been slowly re-decorating my home with my fabulous finds. But it’s a work in progress and I hope to share what I’m up to with you.



How to join in:
1.  Follow the hosts, Loren and Cinthya (Pandora's Craft Box and Eye Heart) and our Guest Host,  Denise from Spare Change Chic via GFC or Linky Followers. 
2.  Be sure to link up the HOME page of your blog as this is a Social Blog Hop.
3. Be social and visit some of your fellow bloggers who linked ahead of you.
4. Post the "Friday Shout-Out" Button on your blog to show your support and spread the love. Help us make this blog hop grow.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

7 Questions








I'm joining Gentri Lee for 7 Questions again and this is my "I don't want to take a photo of myself photo".






1. What is your favorite App? (even if you don't have a smart phone I'm sure you've played around with someone else's)


I would definitely have to say Camera Amazing because it's like having Lightroom on my iPhone. I love it. When you're all done developing your photo it's got a little timer and while you wait it's got witty little remarks that pop up such as: "Stirring unicorn tears" or "Blasting alien slime". 


2. You have to come up with a book title on the spot- what is it? (don't think- just say!)


Beauty Makeup Fashion - That's what this blog was originally supposed to be about. I'm not good with words so it's a recycled name. Sorry.


3. You are given the choice between laughing at everything- always, or never being able to laugh again. Which would you choose?


I would laugh at everything. I already do anyways. LOL. I can't imagine not ever laughing again. It's therapeutic and makes you feel good. As long as it's not laughing at other people. That's just plain mean.


4. What natural disaster scares you the most? (tornado, hurricane, earthquake, flood, etc)


You freaked me out at natural disaster. They all terrify me. Tornado's can tear your house off it's foundation, hurricanes do the same regardless of the fact that they can be predicted and warnings can be sent. Earthquakes can be estimated but the exact time and exact severity are unpredictable. Floods can cause landslides and also kill people. I think that they would all be just as devastating as the next and I would never want to experience such things EVER.


5. What time do you wake up each day? What time do you go to sleep?


I wake up at 6:30am on Mon-Fri except for the first and third Fri. each month. I wake up at 8:00 on the first and third Fri. of each month and on Sat. and Sun. I go to bed generally at midnight every single night. If I had it my way I would wake up at noon. Not because I'm lazy but because I have scoliosis  that causes me so much pain at night and so I don't get good sleep because I'm tossing and turning all night. On top of that I have low blood pressure and iron deficiency which make me tired ALL THE TIME. 


6. (question courtesy of Katie) Who's your daddy, and what does he do?


I'm going to take this one completely out of context because that's just who I am...The only guy who ever asks me that is my hubbs. So what does he do? He's a geologist. Okay, okay. My daddy is actually one of the most serious guys I know. He's really sick these days and I've been worried about him because no one knows what's wrong with him. 

7. What's the craziest dream you've ever had? (like an actual dream- while you were sleeping)


I had a dream that I invented cold fusion. I had the formula for it and everything. In my dream I was really smart but I don't know what it was that I was saying. It was probably, "blah, blah, blah...cold fusion". If I could only remember that dream...I would be a very wealthy woman. My husband says that it's not possible to have cold fusion.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Photo Tip Tuesday - Portrait Photography Week 4

Ever since there have been cameras there has been Documentary Photography. Photojournalism, I guess it's also called. I'm not going to go into great depth about this subject because it can have multiple context. For example it can be used to chronicle significant historical events or it can be for creative purpose.

I'm just going to share some of my favorite photos which I've come across.

This photo is called Migrant Mother, a famous photo by Dorothea Lange, taken during the Great Depression. This poor woman looks like she's in her late fourties yet she told Dorothea Lange that she was thirty-two years old. She had just sold the tires from her car in order to buy food. I've heard these were not her children, yet in a quote from Dorothea Lange she says, "There she sat in that lean- to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it."



Migrant agricultural worker's family. Seven hungry children. Mother aged thirty-two. Father is a native Californian. Destitute in pea picker's camp, Nipomo, California, because of the failure of the early pea crop. These people had just sold their tent in order to buy food. Of the twenty-five hundred people in this camp most of them were destitute
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"Lewis Hine used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States." Wikipedia.

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Of course we all know Steve McCurry. As a person pursuing a career in photography I can definitely say that Steve McCurry is on the top of my list for inspirational photographers. I can't say that my work will be known worldwide the way his is but there is no shame in saying that one day I hope to be the same as he.

I remember seeing this photo as a child on the cover of National Geographic Magazine. I also remember watching a documentary about how Steve McCurry was reunited with her when she was approximately 30, she didn't know her exact age, and took her photo once more. She had never seen her photo before that day.

Afghan Girl Sharbat Gula - December 1984. This is the most recognized photograph in the history of National Geographic Magazine. Source

Another documentary portrait; Girl With The Green Shawl - Source

Here are my documentary photos:

The Milk Crate Guy

Hungry Broke Traveling Folk


Monday, April 16, 2012

Anything Goes At Eye Heart Monday's





This Weeks Features:

Teen Boys Loft from Stone and Rose. This would be so awesome. I hope I can do this for my boys one day.


3 dresses for $3 from Crafty Cousins. I love how she made these little dresses even cutter.

shirt into dress refashion (38)

Vegetable Garden by Motivated Mommy of Two. I want to try doing this. I dont' have a green thumb though so I'm a little scared to kill the poor little things.



Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers by The Little Giggler. I always make mine with beef so I can't wait to try this new take on stuffed bell peppers.

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As someone who struggles with eating healthy because of a busy life I'm definitely going to take pointers from this blogger. A must check out. Challenge Eat Right.



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And now for the fun!!! The time has come to link up to Anything Goes at Eye Heart Monday's. 
  

Linky Party Rules:

1. Link to a specific post on your blog (but not your home page) for pretty much anything new and fresh you would like to share every week as long as it's family friendly. You can link your sewing, craft projects, recipes, photos and giveaways. Anything Goes and we want to see it! The link party will be open every Monday.

2. Please follow me on my blog and while you're here it would be lovely if you also followed me on FacebookTwitterPinterest and LinkedIn (but it's not a must). Please link back using my button above by posting it on your post or on your home page. Let everyone see where you've been and share the fun.

3. Check back the week after to see if you were featured.

4. Visit some of the other blogger's posts and share the party love because after all it's all about getting to know one another and because you might just make someones day extra special.

5. Link away and have fun.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Friday Shout-Out

 What is this blog hop all about, you ask? Myself, Cinthya and a Guest Host will be hosting this blog hop every Friday for the duration of three days. The Guest Host will be a featured blogger picked randomly every week (and can only be featured once every month) from the list of everyone who link up. They will have the benefit of joining Cinthya and Myself in hosting the Friday Shout-Out blog hop along with getting some free promotional space on our blogs (hence the Shout-Out). We will post their button on our page for a week for free. Who doesn't love free advertisement?!


Meet out guest host for this week: Serena from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch


I am blessed with 3 lovely kids and an amazing husband! I love to cook and bring home cooked family dinners back to the table. I feel so blessed to have been inspired by my Granny who made breakfast, lunch and dinner from scratch nightly. She was an amazing women!







How to join in:
1.  Follow the hosts, Loren and Cinthya (Pandora's Craft Box and Eye Heart) and our Guest Host,  Serena Bakes Simply from scratch via GFC or Linky Followers. 
2.  Be sure to link up the HOME page of your blog as this is a Social Blog Hop.
3. Be social and visit some of your fellow bloggers who linked ahead of you.
4. Post the "Friday Shout-Out" Button on your blog to show your support and spread the love. Help us make this blog hop grow.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

7 Questions






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Me hiding behind my coffee mug.

1. Would you rather have your life be a constant vacation or always stay home?

I would say always stay home. I love going on vacation but I get home sick and can’t wait to get home and to sleep in my own bed. Whenever we go on vacation I always make sure that the house is spotless when we leave. That way when we get home we can totally chillax and not worry about anything and just enjoy being home.

2. What is your favorite book? (it can be any book! cook book, picture book, whatever!)

My favorite books are “A Song of Ice and Fire” series by George R.R. Martin. I am obsessed. When I found out they were making an HBO series I was a jumping bean. I was so excited. I read all the books years ago so it’s nice watching the show. It’s pretty accurate. I've read them all except the white one. That's sittign on my dresser at home waiting to be read. I just don't have too much time for reading these days. I've read the first chapter.

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3. You have to be on a reality tv show- which would you chose?

That’s a hard one for me to answer because I don’t watch much TV other than America’s Next Top Model and Game of Thrones. So…America’s Next Top Model. I would love to either be a photographer on it or a makeup artist, or fashion designer.

4. What is your favorite form of exercise? (running, zumba, step, etc)

Bike riding is probably my most favorite form of exercise. I did it a lot as a kid growing up and it’s something that we do as a family in the summer as much as we can.

5. What is one thing that you've never tried but are CONVINCED you hate? (foods, activities, etc)

Hiking and camping for a long period of time. I really like camping but I need running water and bathrooms. Hiking is okay but only short hikes. My husband and his family went on this 12 day hiking trip in the mountains. Something about experiencing what some pioneering family members had done decades ago…anyways two of them got lost and had to jump off a cliff because they didn’t know any other way to go. Another one got attacked by a bear…well chased but I would have died from fear. One got beaver fever and lost like 20 lbs in a week from it and another got stung by a wasp when their dog stuck his nose where it didn’t belong. I say NO THANK YOU!!! I am safe in the city.

6. Do you have any hidden talents?

One of my hidden talents is the ability to do the shuffle and to sing opera in the shower. Okay, that’s two but since they’re pretty lame I had to mention two of them to make up for it.

7. What's the best prank you've ever pulled?

I’m not the kind of person to pull pranks on people. I don’t know why…I’ve never done it before.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Photo Tip Tuesday - Portrait Photography Week 3



This week has mostly been about appreciation for the history of photography and the study of the greatest photographers from the early 1800s to present time. I can definitely say that you really learn to appreciate how easy photographers have it nowadays. We shoot a photo and can make all the necessary corrections. Back then you got what you got and sometimes it wasn't perfect.

The subject had to sit still for so long, from 2-5 minutes, in order to produce a photo let alone a sharp and in focus one. I can't imagine asking my kids to sit still now in order to get good photos of them. That's unheard of. There is this photo of some kids taken in 1909 that is incredible. Those kids must have been told they wouldn't have any dessert if they moved.



So why did everyone look so serious? Well, that comes from the fact that they had to sit still for so long. Any slight movement would cause a blur in the photo so they just stood or sat as still as possible.

A little history...there is way too much to be able to compile a complete timeline. These are just the few facts that stood out to me:

  • 1727: Professor J. Schulze mixes chalk, nitric acid, and silver in a flask; notices darkening on side of flask exposed to sunlight. Accidental creation of the first photo-sensitive compound.
  • 1816:  Joseph Nicéphore Niépce combines the camera obscura (box with hole on the side) with photosensitive paper
  • 1826:  Joseph Nicéphore Niépce creates first known photograph

Niépce oldest photo taken in 1826. Wikipedia.

  • 1834: Henry Fox Talbot creates permanent (negative) images using paper soaked in silver chloride and fixed with a salt solution. Talbot created positive images by contact printing onto another sheet of paper.
  • 1837: Louis Daguerre creates images on silver-plated copper, coated with silver iodide and "developed" with warmed mercury 
  • 1850: Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard invented the albumen print which was the first commercially exploitable method of producing a photographic print from a negative
  • 1851: Frederick Scott Archer discovered wet plate collodion method which allowed for one of the first high quality negatives. It was adopted by a lot of photographers as it was cheaper.
  • 1888: First Kodak camera
  • 1917: Nippon Kogaku K.K., established in Japan which became out modern day Nikon (sorry Canon lovers, including myself, they have been around the longest)
  • 1957: First Digital Image
  • 1963: first instant film introduced by Polaroid
  • 1985: Minolta makes the first autofocus SLR camera
  • 1987: Canon EOS with electronic lens mount introduced
  • 1990: Adobe Photoshop introduced  


We have come a long way, in what seems to me a short time, although summarizing it in a timeline tends to do that. It definitely makes a difference to know all these things next time you look in your viewfinder.

So go ahead and take some new photos. You won't feel so bad if you're taking photos of your kids and they run away. No need to worry about glass and working with toxic chemicals. Or in the dark. If you don't like a photo don't hesitate to delete. It won't cost you a day's work or compel you to make adjustments to your negatives...oh, wait, Photoshop. Never mind.

Can you imagine having a 200 megapixel camera? My camera is only 21 megapixels...although I never thought of ever saying only 21 megapixels.



Hasselblad 200-megapixel H4D-200MS is actually 50 megapixels but it combines 6 shots into one making for ridiculous resolution. I totally want it but at approximately $45,000 it's on my "if I win the lottery" list. I guess we'll wait a couple of years when they come up with the 3000 megapixel camera and the subject is literally dancing on the paper...then this one will cost pocket change right? Wishful thinking.

Joing me again next week.











Here is my recreation of historical photos. Meet my antique hubbs.









 
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