Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Time

The following three photos processed with textures by Kim Klassen for Texture Tuesday.
I'm so happy that my favorite flowers are in bloom. Unfortunately, they have a very short season but not matter, I'll be buying them every week until it ends.

The ranunculus flowers are grown in the coastal area near Half Moon Bay, where the vendor who sells them at our local farmer's market is from. Oh, she has other flowers, but I have to pass them by right now.

These are just too pretty not to go home with me. Now, if I can just keep Nipper from eating the petals. Silly cat.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Rose is a Rose

Scented Roses 

Oh, I love these roses. $3.99 a bunch at Trader Joe's so I bought two this weekend. Pink, and white. First, I had them in one large vase. Then, I split them up into several small vases. However, they were all in the same room as I photographed them. 18 roses all together. Beautiful to look at. 

And then, I walked by them in the evening and the scent of all those roses hit me full on. Instant migraine! Unfortunately, I am sensitive to many scents including flowers. Who would think such lovely things from nature would inspire such a reaction. Ah well, I would put them throughout the house if Nipper would not make a meal of them.

Regardless, I'll still be buying roses. Maybe I just won't buy so many. I think I'll bring some to work this week, well, maybe one in a bud vase!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Day Two: Mobile Posting Experiment

Happy day to you! My computer is at the Apple store being repaired, so I haven't yet seen my last blog post. After I posted, I realized that the photo was cropped and low res for Instagram, so I'm posting another today in my continued experiment on mobile posting. I'll have to see if this one looks different. Do you see a difference?  

Today is my last day of vacation, so I must make the most of it. I plan to practice my calligraphy and take a few photos, after spending a lot of time running around on errands. Of course, not having my Mac will keep me unplugged which is actually a good thing! Enjoy your day today!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mobile Posting

Today I'm testing the Blogger app on my iPhone. I've never posted from my phone before, so consider this a test! If you post from your phone, please let me know how it works for you. In the meantime, I hope this image looks okay or else it's going bye-bye with this app! 

Monday, February 17, 2014

I Love February


February Favorites

Ooh, it's been feeling like spring lately. Even Trader Joe's has ranunculus now. I was so excited to see them because I wait for them each year. Unfortunately, I do need to place them in the garage each night as Nipper tends to make a meal out of them. The past few days, I've had to guard them before she has had a chance to make them dinner!

We're just a few days past Valentine's Day. I enjoyed taking some themed photos with my iPhone and posting them on Instagram. You can see them here on their feed. I post quite often, so feel free to follow me at @afancifullife.

February is a month I look forward to each year. Aside from Valentine's Day, we have President's Day, a birthday, and usually some vacation days. And then there are the cherry blossom trees outside my house that begin to bloom. I'd say February is one of my favorite months. I hope you are enjoying this month as much as I am!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Cheers To A New Year


It's a New Year!

Happy new year to you! It was a short holiday season and here we are in 2014 already. 

I've started on my resolutions, have you?

Each year I make a list organized by different categories. Oh, I never complete the entire list, but that's okay. I know I'm too ambitious but there's alway so much to be done, to learn, or to plan. 

This year I've actually contemplated not reviewing my lists throughout the year, but rather just concentrating on whatever the moment calls for.

I'm not sure I can actually do that, but it's a nice thought!

My favorite holiday item this season? Why, it's this adorable bear holding a tree in one paw and a toy sheep in the other. I said I wasn't going to buy any more Christmas decor this year, but there were some things I found that could not be passed up. 

As time goes by, and the nature of things change, I've found myself taking more and more photos with my iPhone and posting them on Instagram. 

I love using apps such as Afterlight, Snapseed and PicTapGo to edit the photos. It's hard not to be addicted to that!
It's all very quick and easy; such is the changing landscape of social media these days. There's so much inspiration to be found there in the palm of your hand.

Cheers to a brand new year!

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

It's That Holly Jolly Time Already


It's that time of year again. Where has the time gone? Well, might as well jump in with both feet.

So, I did a little decorating yesterday. I'm actually putting most of the decor in my multi room where I spend most of my time. I bought the little red vintage wreath last year at the flea market and it's still one of my favorite pieces (bird added by me).


How long have I wanted to get back to doing some calligraphy? A long time!

It's been on my oh-so-long "to do" list forever, so yesterday I took out my pen and paper to play a bit. 


That was after I set up some Christmas items and spent some time taking photos. Still looking for more bottle brush trees. Our new Cost Plus World Market just opened and I hoped to buy some there, but it turned out to be a smaller store and they didn't carry them. Off to the big store!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. No matter what, we all have something to be grateful for in our lives. Thank you for visiting me today!

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Missing Spring

Processed with textures from Kim Klassen at the Kim Klassen Cafe
Oh, yes. I know it's not spring. But I just had to experiment with some prettiness. I've been inspired lately by Sarah Gardner at Sarah Gardner Photography. Her work is very dreamy and pretty. So, I took this lovely spring flower, and added some textures to create this. Oh, how I wish ranunculus were still in season!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A Fab Color Combination

White and Pink

What's your favorite color combination? White and pink seems so classic, soft and feminine. Right now, I can get enough white in my house. I've been painting my decor white, slowly. That cheery, yellow living room? I'm imagining it white, too. The two floral chairs? Need to be white also. Slowly I'll get there. For now, I'm having fun creating vignettes, and painting frames and memo boards.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Roses, Roses


Weekend Roses
No, these roses aren't from my garden; they are from Trader Joe's. I look forward to seeing their floral collection each week when I do my grocery shopping. Great prices and a nice selection, too. 

For these photos, I wanted to play with my 50mm lens at its widest aperature of f1.8 because I love the beautiful bokeh (blur) backgrounds it creates. 


I also like playing with different presets (filters) in Lightroom. This one gives the roses a vintage feel, with a warmer, more yellow hue overall.


Oh, and it helps to have a window that hasn't been cleaned recently!

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