a view from the laundry pile…

…it's all about perspective.

Stuff I never would’ve thought of…

My nephew posted this on his Facebook page last week. I’d seen some of these before but some were also new to me (especially the pop tabs and the can opener)! All of them worth re-posting, though! Thanks, Bryce! 
 
 
 
I believe these were found on lolspots.com – not sure if these ideas/photos are original to them or not – but there are some good’uns! 
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It’s never black and white…unless it’s a photo.

There’s a black and white photo, circling on Facebook right now, of a diver in front of an old, submerged airplane. I don’t know who took it or where it came from (but would love to, if anyone out there knows). And, for whatever reason, I can’t stop looking at it. It’s mesmerizing. Moreover, it gave me a whole new appreciation of black and white photos. You’re working with, basically, two “colors” and several in-between shades — and that’s it. It’s not as easy as it sounds and, especially, to do it well.

I’ve been poking through my photos and looking at them in black and white just to see how they change (not like I can now see Jesus’ face in the recesses or anything…though, do keep an eye out on eBay), but to see more of the light/dark and shapes that, otherwise, I may have missed out on. Here are a few that, I think, came out kind of cool.

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Changeable “Frosted” Glass Vases

This is one of the most creative ideas I’ve seen in a while. Not only is it versatile, it’s inexpensive and easy: “Frosted” Glass Vases. By painting on this special mixture (below), you can achieve a lovely “frosted glass” effect – that you can change as needed. You are always ready for any occasion – and it’ll always match! 

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  • A clear, glass Vase (or as many as you want to paint) – the cheaper the better and thrift store finds are great for this!
  • A Paint Brush – I used one that was appx. 1/2″ across. I think this was a good size.
  • Water-based Glue – I used the white school glue.
  • Acrylic Paints – the idea I originally saw used food coloring but I didn’t have any so used what I had on hand.
  • Small Container(s) – one per color.

1. Clean and dry the vase(s).

2. Mix about 1 tsp. of glue with paint — the amount of paint you use will be up to you. If you want it more “opaque” (see-through), use less paint (the glue will dry clear). If you want more of a solid color, use more paint (you probably won’t  need more than 1/2 tsp. per vase).

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3. Dip your brush in the glue/paint mixture and, using long strokes, top to bottom, apply the mixture. You may need to go over some of the areas more than once but let each coat dry in between.

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4. Let dry completely and that’s it. When you’re ready to change your color, simply wash it off with hot water and dish soap!

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Mini Breakfast Quiches

Don’t get me wrong, I like mornings. I’m just not crazy about the “getting out of bed and functioning” part of it. The rest is great.

The days that Fred works I make him breakfast and lunch (sometimes even dinner) so, I’m always on the lookout for things that I can make ahead. I adapted this one from a recipe found on myrecipes.com and am really happy with the way it turned out. I’m sure you could add, pretty much, whatever you wanted (other vegetables, meats, herbs, etc.) to make it work for you. 

mini breakfast quicheIngredients

  • 1/4 cup Onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup canned or frozen (thawed) chopped Spinach*
  • 1 Tbs. Bacon Bits
  • 2 oz. Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground Black Pepper
  • 4 large Eggs

(*If you use fresh spinach, you’ll need 1 cup. Then saute it in a tsp. oil 3 minutes).

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Spray or grease 6 muffin cups.
  3. Beat the eggs in a medium-sized bowl then add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.
  4. Spoon or pour the mixture evenly into the prepared muffin cups.
  5. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until set (these will deflate, somewhat, as they cool).
  6. Serve warm.

I’ve not tried freezing these, yet, but I will. I think I’ll make a few different varieties, too. Every step I take today gives me another minute in bed tomorrow morning. Life is good.

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Waiting for the sailors…

Apparently it’s a blessing that I still have to cook and clean and do the laundry. Otherwise, I’d be down at the docks waiting for the sailors to come in. Okay, I kid. My husband, Fred, frowns on the idea of me dating. But I probably would be wandering all over town, all day, taking photos. Therefore, I have to set aside time for pictures and, every now and then, a play date with someone special.

Today it was my lovely friend, Crystal. She and I went to the marina (no sailors involved) for a few hours this afternoon. Being a professional photographer, she’s always looking for new ideas and things to look for to take pictures of. Today she was focusing on “reflections.” I like going with her when she’s doing these “assignments” because it helps me, as well, seeing things through her eyes. And the girl chat is pretty fun, too.

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I must have found something really interesting about this particular boat. When I got home and looked at my photos, I had nearly 8 shots of it from various angles. It is a beauty, though, isn’t it?

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I couldn’t help but get a little caught up in looking for reflections. And this one just really caught my eye. The water was so calm and the there was so much to reflect!

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A great view of the marina from one of the docks.

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A very photogenic Blue Heron perched on one of the larger boats. He was quite comfy (as you can tell here by his “one-legged, Uncle Fester” stature) and Crystal and I managed to get quite close before he decided it was time to leave.

 

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After the storm…

One of the best things about the storms here is the next day, after they’re over. The skies are crisper, visibility is always better and, of course, there’s always something interesting to look at. Today it was the clouds (okay, so I admit that I spend so much time looking up, anyway, I’m sure that it’s one of the reasons I fall down so much…).

 

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The sun was peeking through, just enough, for me to see the shimmer on the water and, there was enough of a break in the sky, that I could see the tops of the clouds in the distances. Quite a breathtaking view.

 

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Toss in a big boat and the picture looks quite different!

 

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And the marina always has something to offer, regardless of the weather!

 

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Even the weeds were joining in the show!

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Fort Worden

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One of my favorite places here is Fort Worden. In addition to its great historical value, it’s a nice place to go camping…and I would if I camped. Not very adventurous, I know, but I started tent camping around 3 months old (so my mother says) and think I’ve done my fair share since then. I’m now more of a hotel-goer or (at very least, a trailer-with-a-shower-and-VCR camper). So, it’s nice to have Fort Worden so close to do day visits and short treks. Today I went with my good friend, Crystal. We really do have fun (and have promised never to post the “wide-angle butt shots” of each other…what more could you want in a photo buddy?).

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bunker 9aThe “secret order of rock stackers” were here (we have a lot of them…and I’ve been known to stack a few, myself).

bunker 11The sea wall at the light house.

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Here’s the wiki link if you’re interested in more information on Fort Worden

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Worden

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