Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pretty-Pretty.

I'm not sure if it's just the way I was born, but I love pretty.  There are literally times when I see something and I almost feel an ache in my heart because something is so lovely and if only I could capture it somehow.  Preserve that moment in still form and savor it like a sweet flavor.  I suppose that might be why I adore photography of all varieties.  Enter, Instagram.  It was time to replace/upgrade my phone last month, so my man researched it and bought me a certain type of phone, all because it's supposed to have one of the top of the line cameras right now.  That boy sure loves me.
I thought I'd share a few of my instas with you guys for the fun of it.   I love the quick editing you can do with Instagram.  I tend to like that sort of instant gratification. 
  My kids have a favorite country road.  It has a lot of dips and someone who shall remain nameless *cough*myhusband*cough* is often talked into driving quite fast (yes my brother is a police officer, don't tell) over those dips to the delight of two hoodlums.  (I'm ashamed.)  Anyway, returning from Grandpa's house, I chose this road and informed both hoodlums that I would not be breaking the law for them.  I did, however, break for cows and barns.  Cows are adorable.  Having milked and fed them, my man would disagree. 

 (And P.S.  My man is normally a very law-abiding citizen.  Just not on this particular country road.)  These cows were very curious.  Cows make me laugh.
  This wasn't an instagram photo... but it was one I took with my phone and thought was pretty. See what I mean?  I can't help myself... and really, I do live in a very pretty place.  (Especially when the skies are not gray and threatening rain.) You literally have to make "hay" while the sun shines... but when it shines, it's GLORIOUS.
Now I've got to depart from our regularly scheduled program (grin) and show a few before and afters just for the heck of it. Most are from my big camera... a couple are from my phone.  We found this darling, beat-up (and uber affordable) desk at the Goodwill.  Adrain helped Ava choose her paint color... and while I strongly disliked it... (not being a creamy white and all) it was her choice to make and I respect it.  
 And really, all said and done, it's very Ava.  I fixed the vintage pulls with a little wood putty and re-arranging.  So much better!  My budding authoress is in love and is often sitting here writing stories and poems.  Gosh I love that. 
 I couldn't help myself here.  I was compelled to add it into this post... Gosh you just feel for him, don't you?  One can spot a belly flop a mile away. (Though I'm so blown away that both my water-fearing hoodlums have come so far in such a short space of time.)
 This was an Instagram photo and when they're tiny, that little soft-focus dot isn't quite as annoying as it is when they are huge.  Nevertheless, it's still an adorable photo... my boy killing the spiders for me in my hydrangea bush and bringing my flowers in...
 Just so I could have a pretty bouquet in a pitcher my mama bought me.
 And I love this one... taken with my normal camera.  It shows our useless room before...
 Useful room after!  Hooray!
Anticipation.
My last Instagram.  Do you Instagram?  Isn't it fun?  I sure love a pretty picture. 




24 comments:

  1. I love instagram too! Beautiful pics, I can't believe a phone took them.

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  2. So pretty! :) And the cookies...I'm having a major cookie moment right now. So thanks for that.

    (love the new look, btw)

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  3. love your pics, as always. I thought only i-phones had instagram.... I am so behind on the times!

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  4. I love IG it is such a quick way to keep connected, love your affection for cows.
    Have a great day Barbara AKA lm_4_bn

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  5. I still have a regular phone but if I did I know I would be Instagramming up a storm. And no, that is not a word. ha
    QUESTION: What creamy white paint do you use the most???
    I have a couple of things I want to paint and really like the ways yours are white but not bleach white. Thank you!!

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    1. All are from Sherwin Williams. My favorite is called Navajo white from Sherwin Williams. My second is called Creamy... and actually I like one other white- called Netsuke. All are creamy and vary in warmth. Navajo white is the closest I've come to antique lead-based paint on vintage items. FAVE!

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  6. When we take a walk down to the end of our road, my 2 year old, Garett, says "Hello Ladies!" to the cows. His Daddy taught him that. Sigh.

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  7. I love your beautiful photos, instagram or otherwise! I wish my phone had a decent camera! Although it was good that I brought my regular camera to a party this weekend, we were able to use the timer to get a group photo. Everyone else just had their phones.

    Your daughter's desk is perfect! It's a lovely colour, even if it isn't white ;-)

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  8. i love ava's desk. way less boring than creamy white. ; ) haha. oh! i have family in Prosser and they are hay brokers. everyone just had a family reunion there (but me... SAD!). anyways, i'm thinking one day we'll go visit them and YOU!

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    1. I'm going to hold you to that. You'd better come visit someday! :)

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  9. So, please do spill all of your hubby's research to save me the trouble. I've been wanting to upgrade but, like you, want the one with the best camera. I never know where to start researching because everyone has their own opinions and you never know which ones to trust. I trust yours and can see it does take great pictures. Of course, some of that is your mad picture taking skills!!! :)

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  10. i don't instagram, but I am in awe with what pretty fabulous pictures my phone can take. Last month we were in South Dakota to see Mt. RushmoreI snapped a pic with my phone and use it for my wall paper and I also took pictures with my canon...and you probably couldn't tell the difference. The clarity is that good. I am amazed I tell ya.
    You took some pretty lovely photos with your phone. I love me a pretty picture too. : )
    Aw man, Sasha, did you have to leave us with a sweet treat photo?? Those cookies look yummy :)

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  11. So glad I talked you into it. I love another way of keeping connected:)

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  12. I don't have that new fangled phone "yet" I just have a droid.... (waiting for the new addition then I am switching over! I do love your pics and LOVE the new room, hard to believe it is the same one in the before picture!! good job! Nancy

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  13. I am addicted to instagram!. Love your new space

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  14. I am not a big fan if Instagram. I prefer the old fashion way of holding a blink and taking a mental picture. Also, I never speed. Not once have I received a ticket on one of those country roads. Have you?

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  15. Adrain Joseph! You stinker. Get off my blog.

    And that ticket was 18 years ago. I was young and foolish. Also, I'd like to remind you of the Ev-Goshen road ticket.

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it, big man!!!

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  16. Oh my gosh...Total Instagram addiction right here! I love it. Such a fun quick way to take little snippets of life. You always take such great pictures...I am looking forward to seeing your Instagrams! Oh, and I love that desk. What a great find!!:)

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  17. I can't WAIT to join instagram, but I have to. Next month I'll be getting a new phone and then I can join in on the fun. My husband is a researcher too and LOVES anything technology or gadget-y....but I'm not a phone talker, I'm a picture taker!!! So please, please what kind of phone/camera should I tell him to get ;)

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  18. ohhh goodness! loved all the before and afters!

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  19. I heart Instagram too: ) I guess that makes sense since I love capturing pretty: ) Have a great weekend!

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  20. I love how you've changed the look of your blog. You are too cute Instagraming like a fiend. I just discovered it and I'm no pro like you but am having lots of fun!

    I read a while back a post you did on ADD and I was wondering if you wouldn't mind talking about it with me. We diagnosed our claire and she is now on medication. I've always admired your honesty with things and would love some advice!

    Megan (aka 1 Funky Woman)
    http://1funkywoman.blogspot.com

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  21. I'm loving your new header! So cute! I have not gotten into Instagram yet---you make it look pretty fun though!

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