Eggs, Eggs, and More Eggs

I’m just going to say it:

I could do nothing but photograph farm eggs all day long.

THIS is why I need chickens and a coop.

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Hooray for Progress

Thanks to the super-motivational leadership class I’m taking, I’m actually making progress in a few small  business ventures that I’ve been dreading/avoiding/afraid of for some time.

One of those ventures that I’ve been avoiding is my poor, neglected Etsy shop.

But never fear!  New inventory has been added, with more to come!  Hooray!   Check it out here.  I even added a widget to the sidebar on the left so you can easily find me on Etsy whenever your heart desires.  🙂

One of the ventures I’ve been afraid of is my photography “business.”  But I’m making progress and moving that forward as we speak.  Good-bye, fear of failure!  Woot woot!  (And if, by any chance, you’re reading this and you’re an Indiana family member who would be at all interested in a mini-photo shoot while we’re in town for Christmas, let me know!)

Oh, and something I’ve been dreading is running….but Angela has motivated me to do a 5k…in  two weeks…so I’d better get over that one.  And soon.  😉

A Word About Photo Editing

Consider this my PSA for the year.

I’ve been using Photoshop CS2 for a while.  It’s really, really outdated now and had been acting really sluggish and was ticking me off.  So I decided it was time for a change.  I decided to try Photoshop Elements 11, since it was a.) relatively similar to Photoshop and b.) TONS cheaper.  I think I got it on Amazon.com for $70ish.  I’ve been completely happy with it.  It’s totally user-friendly and I’ve gotten some great edits with it.

Enter The Coffeeshop Blog.

I came across this site a while back.  The host of this site has developed literally hundreds of actions for Photoshop photo edits.  An “action” is simply a easy to use, super fast edit.  It usually combines 284 complicated steps into one button that you apply to your photos for awesome results.  Better yet, all of her actions are free.  LOVE free!  You can, however, purchase all of them for $39 and save yourself HOURS of downloading actions and loading them into PSE.  That’s what I did.  I’m cheap but my time is worth something, and having 100+ actions loaded into PSE in a minute’s time is worth a lot.

AND I LOVE THEM!

Using actions is completely addicting.  I can spend hours trying them on various photos.  Nothing can save a really bad photo, and goodness knows I have my share of those, but her actions have made a lot of my so-so pics look fantabulous.  SOO if you’re in the market for some photo software and are nervous about finding something that’s easy to use and gives you great results, I highly recommend both PSE 11 and the Coffeeshop Blog actions.  Be prepared to spend hours of your life glued to your computer once you get them…you won’t want to stop.  🙂  (PS…these are my honest, humble opinions.  Neither the peeps at PSE or the Coffeeshop Blog have any clue that I exist.)

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This Week

Nothing very inspirational to write today. It’s been a pretty mundane week here so far. We have a couple of birthdays to plan for, and farmers market to prep for, and a garden to kill off, and seven tons of laundry to do. So here are some pics of our quiet week.

When Riley feels lazy, he feeds himself by acting like a vacuum cleaner and sucking up his food from his tray.

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As a result, he often ends up looking like this:

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We’ve been to the big pool:

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And played in our own little pool:

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This Week’s Pics

It’s been a quiet week here. I love quiet weeks, days filled with small, easy moments at home. Ahhh.

Abby loved having a birthday and three days later is still singing happy birthday to herself and asking to open presents.

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Riley was my model as I tested out my new lens (the long-coveted 50 mm 1.4).

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Today we’re enjoying an April snow day at home, feeling thankful for the moisture. I’m considering going outside to clean up the winter wood pile mess during naptime…hoping the snow will mean my chances of having a snake encounter will be almost nonexistent. Fingers crossed! :/