Farewell

I’ve made the decision to end my blog and start a photography page on facebook instead. I loved writing for the blog and sharing pictures but for the past few months I’ve had very little time to write. I’m excited to start this page and just showcase my photos. My main goal of the page is to show my photographs but also gain clients. If you’re interested, you can go like my page HERE!

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Home Thrifting

Come May, I will be moving out and getting my own place with my best friend, Ashley. In the mean time, I’ve been thrifting a lot and collecting items for our home. Ashley and I have very similar taste when it comes to decorating; anything eclectic, old-fashioned, funky, and colorful! So for the next few months I’ll be posting the thrifts we find for our home.

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1. set of six mason jars: $.99 each

2. small teal glass bowl: $1.49

3. bird wall hangings: $10.00 for both

4 & 5. amber glass dish: $.89

6, 7, & 8. two coffee mugs: $.99 each

9 & 10. jasmine tea tin canister: $1.49

11 & 12. white jar: $1.49

13 & 14. green glass bowl: $1.49

15. old-fashioned vegetable chopper: $1.49

16: floral pitcher: $2.81

 

 

 

Ariane’s Letter

Yesterday I received another letter from my sponsor child, Ariane Mae. I always get excited to read her letters because it makes this experience more real. She tells me about her life and I tell her about mine.

My Dearest Casey,
Thank you so much for the pictures that you sent to me. You have cute pets named Lucy, Mandy, Lucky, and Lola. You are so beautiful in your picture. Last month we had a dental check-up and we have also many activities here in the center. I am now in Grade 4 and I study well. How is your family? I hope you will always include me in your prayers that I will be a good child always. Me also, I always pray for you. Thank you and God bless.
Love,
Ariane Mae

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Off to write this beautiful little one back. Happy Sunday!

Twenty Thirteen

I’ve always been the person to make New Year’s Resolutions and never ever stick to them. This year is different because the goals I’m making ARE attainable and I can work on them year after year.

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PHOTOGRAPH RELIGIOUSLY

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(with all of my cameras)

TWO

READ MORE, WRITE MORE

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THREE

DIY PROJECTS

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FOUR

PLAY MORE

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FIVE

WRITE MORE LETTERS

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These are my five goals of 2013. Although I have done all five of these things, I want to learn to do them better and more often.

CHEERS 2013!

Fr-amily

This year has been incredible. I couldn’t ask for better friends or family and my heart wouldn’t be complete without each and every one of you. I love my (not-so-little) Fr-amily! You make me smile and laugh and I couldn’t imagine this life without you all! Let’s make 2013 a year we’ll never forget.

(Caution: lots and lots of photos ahead.)

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Friend Families are the best.

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Eleven iPhone Photo Apps

FINALLY! I’m on winter break from school and I actually have free time now. That means more blog posts! I’ve been M.I.A. for far too long.

I get asked ALL the time what apps I use to edit my photos with and now I’m finally sharing my (not so secret) secrets! All of these apps can be found in the app store, some are free and some aren’t. The most I’ve spent on a photo editing app is $2.99.

These are the applications I adore and use constantly!

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ONE: PicFrame

This app is exactly what it sounds like. Frames for your photos! First you start my picking which style you want, upload your photos, and edit it further if need be.

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You can also adjust the width between the two pictures so it looks like a seamless photo.

TWO: Pixlromatic

This app is perfect for layering filters together and adding different lighting effects. It has SO many to choose from!

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THREE: Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express is an awesome app for simple editing. The effects aren’t my favorite but it’s perfect for changing the temperature, saturation, exposure/brightness, etc. of a photo. When I take a picture that’s too dark, too blurry, too bright, or not vibrant enough, this is my go-to app.

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FOUR: Timercam

This app is also very self-explanatory. For pictures that need to be taken from a distance, I use this app because it gives you 5, 10, and 15 second intervals before the picture is taken. All you have to do is find a stable place for your phone, press the button, and jump in the picture! Here’s an example of a photo I took with the Timercam.

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FIVE: Fisheye Pro

I LOVE this app. It’s one of my favorites because I’ve always been a fan of the Fisheye lens. Within the app you can change the style of lens you want to take the picture with (there are three), what type of film to use, and whether or not you want to add a color flash to the photo. The third photo is an example of what color flash can look like.

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SIX: Squaready

This is an app that I probably couldn’t live without. For all of you Instagramer’s, you know that it can be frustrating when you have a perfect picture but you can’t resize it to fit within the square that Instagram provides you. Now you can.

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SEVEN: Vsco Cam

The good thing about this app is that it’s super simple. It only has a few filters (all of which are awesome) and a few tools to fix the photo even more (exposure, brightness, vignette, etc.).

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EIGHT: Pictureshow

This is perfect if you want tons of effects to choose from! It can get pretty extensive but the main tools are simple to use. One of my favorite things is the Tilt shift tool (seen in third image). The only bad thing I’ve found with this app is it dilutes the quality of the photo, but it isn’t that noticeable. I’m just picky.

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NINE: DeluxeFX

I love this app for the lighting effects. The only downside is it constraints the photo to a square (just like Instagram).

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TEN: Afterglow

Also known as one of my favorite apps at the moment. It’s like every photo app you need, rolled into one. You can make simple changes (like Photoshop Express), you can add effects, change the frame, etc. One of my pet peeves with other photo apps is you add an effect and it just ends up being TOO much. With this app you can “fade” the effect so it is less subtle. (Third picture shown is an example of the triangle frames you can use. I further edited this photo with “Blender” to get the final effect)

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ELEVEN: Blender

This app is SUPER simple but really cool when you want to layer two different pictures on top of each other. You can also choose what blending mode you want. Some lighten the picture and some darken.

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So now you know!

Happy editing!

Currently Lately

Currently my life has been jam-packed with school and work and more school. Free time is rare so when it does come along I fill it with the people, places, and things I love the most. (p.s. break is almost here! My heart is happy)

Lately I’ve: 

Visited the coolest music store in Wichita and got my first guitar! (Pics to come)

Gone trailin’

Hanging out with these lovely people. (p.s. SO glad to have my best friend Danielle back in town! This past summer she graduated from basic training for the airforce [which I wrote about here] then went to tech school and now she’s FINALLY back to visit before she is stationed overseas. Not to mention she surprised me by showing up at my house, I had permagrin.)

Baking! I’ve missed it.

 

Taking and editing photos whenever I can

Sippin’ drinks and having (numerous) study sessions with this really handsome guy I know 😉

 

Home

Whenever I meet someone that isn’t from Kansas my first question is always, “Why did you move here?!”. Partly because it’s Kansas…and well….it’s Kansas. All we’re known for is flat land, tornadoes, and Toto right? I’ve never been fond of Kansas or my hometown until I learned to appreciate it. And not to mention we have the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I’m proud to call this place my home.

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Kansas is beautiful, there’s no denying that, but true beauty can be found anywhere. And no place can truly be called home without your loved ones. To my friends and family and everyone in between, my home and my heart would not be complete without you. Much love.