Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Gone Fishin...

Yes, what we have here is a complete disconnect between the post title and the photos.  The photos are a result of some late night fiddling with photo processing which I rarely do because I take such lovely photos right off the camera.  OK, just kidding, the truth is, I do prefer less editing and more real photography, that is a fact, but the REAL truth is (get in close now, we don't want to say this too loud), I don't really know how to do much photo editing.  Read: the girl is clueless and doesn't have much desire to learn. 

With this in mind, you can imagine how happy I was to find Picnik some time ago.  Easy to use, free (even better), and fun.  It came in handy for those times when I needed a little somethin somethin.  But alas, they are shutting down tomorrow.  INSERT BIG FROWNY FACE HERE.  My friend Rene' blogged yesterday about another photo editing site very similar to Picnik called Picmonkey.  Hmmmmm, need to check this out says I.  So, last night after work, I piddled around a bit and I have to say, it is very similar to Picnik, easy to use, even for the editing challenged, and it looks like they are adding more features in the future.  I have to say, I think I'm going to like it.  I particularly liked the daguerreotype thing that I added to my first picture.  They had some neat text fonts too.  Kind of makes me want to think about doing some fluffing and designing a new header for the blog.  But maybe not today...

My photos, only prettier...

Which gets me to the reason for my blog title.  I've been working hard around these parts, tiling a bathroom (that's a story for another day), trying to keep up with my Etsy shop, my blog, my real job, my know, typical mom stuff.  But sometimes, something's gotta give.  I'm middle aged and I'm pooped. So, friends, for the rest of this week, color me gone.  I am hanging out the metaphorical "Gone Fishin" sign and giving myself a break so that when I post again, it will be because I have something to say or show you and not just because I am racking my brain to come up with something clever.  I know a lot of you talented folks just include your camera and your thoughts as you go along and the whole web log thing comes natural to you.  You are or were probably journalers.  Not me.  Before I began this blog, the only time I ever felt a need to write my thoughts down were when things were so bad that I just didn't have any other outlet and that wasn't very often.  Blogging about fun things and pretty things and things that inspire me or things that I do just doesn't come naturally.  I'm trying to work on that because I think it is a good exercise and I think it has helped to open certain channels of creativity; and well, it's fun to connect with like minded people all over the world. I certainly would have no trouble yakking it up with you if you were standing next to me...but I am so envious of those who can just sit down and write about your day and show us a few pictures, hit "post" and make us want to come back again tomorrow.  That is a gift.  So, for all of you gifted peeps out there, "thank you" for sharing your world and your creativity with all of us.  Now, I am going to go out and go junkin' before work (how decadent) just because I want to.  If you comment on this post, know that I always love to hear from you and I will be reading your thoughts but I won't be responding for a few days.  Enjoy your week and don't have too much fun without me. 

Until next time,
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  1. Nice pictures and that new program sounds interesting.


  2. Judy- Enjoy your time away. I WAS a journaler so it does come easy for me...but even then there are days that I wonder why anyone in their right mind would even want to read what I have to say!;>)

    I am NOT a photographer though and I don't do editing-although I have popped in and tried Pikmonkey and find that even I can use it...if I want to...that remains to be seen. I seem to be known for my poor quality pictures and wonder if I want to give up that honor.

    Take good care and we will see you when you have re-charged your battery. xo Diana

  3. Judy,
    Sometimes we all need a creative break.I am sure I will feel that eventually too.Enjoy junking.I am just starting a etsy shop and I am really stressed.Hoping things will get better soon.

  4. I know how you feel. Sometimes I struggle to come up with a post, and I am a person who journals. I just figure no one would be interested in most of the stuff that I could write :)

    Hope you enjoy your break!

  5. we all need a break sometime, I was just talkin with another blogger about this,
    go ahead go fishin enjoy

  6. Wow, your pictures are just so awesome. I too, like photo's in the raw..after all it is what we really see and the way it really is. But, what I like about changing the photo's is you can have so much fun..

  7. Have fun fishing:) See ya when you get back:)

  8. Enjoy your time off and happy bargain hunting

  9. Enjoy your time off! And when you're in the mood give Pixlr a try....I'm using that and really like it...very user friendly!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  10. We all need a time out now and then, a chance to catch up with our real everyday stuff... embrace that time. I will say have fun going to sales, but the tiling? I will say best of luck with that, I look forward to seeing the finished project! See you soon! t.oxoxox

  11. I know exactly what you are talking about here. That is why I haven't been posting much lately. I just haven't got much to say these days. Enjoy your time off Judy. In the beginning I was able to post about three times a week, but things were left undone that needed doing, so I rearranged the way I thought about my blog. It works so much better for me to post when I actually have something of interest to share..or my mind gets so full it has to spill out or explode :)

    I don't do much editing mainly because I'm a little lazy and I don't want to take the time to learn. But I just may have to give Picmonkey a try.
    sending hugs...

  12. Enjoy your break. Sometimes we just have to do that.
    PS Enjoyed looking at your photos.

  13. So beautiful!
    Love your photos!
    Have a nice day

  14. Hello Judy,

    I really love your photos, they are always dreamlike. I hope you have a great time the next days and the luck to find some nice things.
    With kind regards

  15. I hear ya Judy! Sometimes posting is so hard! You enjoy that break of yours. I'm glad to see you had fun with photo edits. These look wonderful!
    I've been meaning to thank you for that wallpaper I got from you. They are fabulous! I've already got one idea for them...
    Hope you enjoyed your junkin. :)

  16. Enjoy your downtime Judy...I found that when I post on my own schedule it is much more enjoyable!!

  17. Love your photos! So dreamy, and sweet. Have a good break, relax, and smell the lilacs that are blooming all around. -Al

  18. Well either way I love your images. They are beautiful and I am so very grateful you share them here for us to enjoy! Take care. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  19. awww....I am tickled you call me friend:)...I love what you did with that first photo!
    Have a great rest...I get all of this, more than you know.

  20. I am going to try that right now! Thanks

  21. Well, I want to hear about your "junkin" trip. When I write, it's usually just telling what I'm doing right now and I carry a camera almost everywhere by this time - well, not to work, but I mostly take photos at home because that's my favorite place. I'm sure a lot of my posts are pretty boring, but there is eventually something for those of varied interests, re: my Plumbing Tutorial. haha So, take a little break, come back and tell us about the "junkin" trip.

  22. Liebe Judy, du schreibst aus dem Herzen, ich denke, deine romantische Welt ist etwas Besonderes, die vielen Dinge, alles geht sehr zu Herzen.

    …yes, I also find the photos without editing much nicer, and there is more to reality and truth of the objects depicted on the lights, the pictures are clear, clean in their admirable authenticity without any change,
    It can sometimes be exceptions, but generally I find your thoughts properly, we show is more direct and use the natural beauty of things.

    Schöne Dinge habe ich bestaunen dürfen, in der letzten Post der feine kleine Bilderrahmen, alles schönes Handwerk, oft aus alten Zeiten mit Legenden.
    Wo gibt es diesen kleinen Beutel mit der Tänzerin und Spitze zu kaufen? Kannst du es mir schreiben, Danke

    ich wünsche dir alles Gute, herzlichst Jasmin

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  23. Nice pictures, lovely blog!

    Happy weekend!!

  24. I've been meaning myself to give myself more time with the kids. I think I have to put that second next to the most important thing in my life. My own health.



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