Friday, January 28, 2011

Fixing Grey Snow Photos

My friend Glenna took this photo of her sweet little dog in the snow.  Right away I noticed that the photo was underexposed making the snow look grey.  Our camera's have an algorithm that evaluates all of the light and creates an exposure value.  Grey is a mid tone value.  The camera tries to make our images fit in the midtone value range so that it is neither under or over exposed, thus the grey haze on color photos and the grey color of the snow.
Anyway, if you have grey snow photos and Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CS2,3.4 or 5 you might want to watch this tutorial.

Thank you to Glenna for allowing me to use her photo and I appologize for calling your dog "him" in the video.  I now see the pink leash.  :)

If there were Dog Days of Winter.....

today would be one of them.
My friend Wendy works as an EMT on an ambulance.  She has a Boxer named Boston.  Boston and Tigger are buddies.  Wendy had to work a 36 hour shift so I volunteered to bring Boston down to play with Tiggs for the day.

Romping in the snow was the theme of the day....





Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sports Pages

Last week I went through several years of sports team photos and got them scrapped for the kids sports scrapbooks.  Here is a handful of pages I did.  I did 16 pages in all that day.

 I save a spot on this layout for photos.  I just need to have them printed.

And one more, not sport related.....(this one is a digital scrapped page)

Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Evan

Belated Birthday Post, that is.
Evan's birthday was December 26th.
We took Evan out to Texas Roadhouse for a steak dinner.
Of course the servers all came out and gave him a big birthday Yee Haw, as they do.

He opened his gifts and then we headed home for some chocolate cake with chocolate icing.  My favorite, I knew I raised this boy right!

So Happy 17th Birthday to my awesome, smart and loving EVAN!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Storage Space

Melanie over at Southern Comfort in a Northern Life has inspired me to clean out and show my pantry space.

When we bought this house 3 1/2 years ago it only had one pantry space built into the kitchen cabinets.
Our youngest son, 8 years old at the time, used to have to climb up onto the counter tops and reach across the walk space to get cereal and snacks from the top cabinet.  Feeling like that was a little dangerous, we decided to build shelving in the laundry room.  (more on that later)

Now the top cabinet is where we keep all of the boxed "dinner" type foods, wraps and breads.
The bottom of this cabinet is a slide out tray.  Handy for reaching the stuff (lunch boxes) all the way in the back.

The bottom portion of my pantry is where the magic begins.
When you open it up, it looks like shelves and spice racks.

But wait, those shelves open up too and there is more storage on the backside and behind the shelves!

Room for baking, can goods, teas, sauces, dressings and more!

Now for the new pantry.  The laundry room was just a bunch of wasted space.  Just after we moved in Dennis and I built in a wall of shelving and turned it into the kids pantry.  Here you will find snacks, cereal, chips, cookies, drinks and more.  I have room for laundry baskets under the bottom shelf and kitchen and party storage above the washer and dryer.  The wall near the door is where my giant calendar hangs and a dry erase board to hold important papers and such.

After this room makeover, we added shelves to our mud room, but that needs to be cleaned up before I can show it off.  Maybe later!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Learn Photography!!

Do you have a nice camera and only use it on Auto mode?

Did you get a new camera for Christmas and don't know how to use it?

Love to take pictures and want to improve?

Beginning in February, I will be offering a Beginners Digital Photography Class.

Discovering Digital Photography will be a 5 week course that meets one night a week.
   }You will get better acquainted with your digital camera, all of it modes, buttons and dials.
   }Learn what Aperture, F/stop, Shutter Speed, ISO, White Balance are and more
   }You will learn tips on composition and taking better pictures.
   }We will explore lenses and camera accessories.
   }And finally, tips and tricks when editing your photos in Photoshop.

Class size will be limited to 5 participants per session.
Classes will be held in my home in Newburgh, IN
Weekly assignments given.
An online space will be available to share your practice work and get instructor critique.

Sound like something you're interested in?
     Send me an email and let me know!   E-Mail Jodie

Oh, you're probably wondering what the price is for all of this awesomeness?

Introductory Price for February 2011 participants is only $100

Join now as this class is sure to fill up fast!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Spelling Bee

Last night Isaiah competed in the school spelling bee.  He did very well.  He was very nervous, but amazed me with his composure and bravery as he took the stage and out spelled 70% of the participates.  This was the 3rd year in a row that he won the homeroom bee and was able to compete for his school.

 The competition and the judges

 Standing when they announce his name

I only take photos at the bee during the beginning round.  I am so nervous and so is Isaiah.  I would not want him to mess us because his mom is taking pictures.

Receiving his participation award 

Well done Isaiah!  We are so proud of you!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2010 Christmas

As usual,  I'm running behind on my posts.  It's already January 2nd.  I should be wishing you all a happy new year, So Happy New Year.  Now backtrack with me a little bit....

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love a beautiful home decorated with all the Christmas trimmings.  I love time spent with family and friends.  I love shopping for gifts, planning trips and looking forward to special dinners and get-togethers.

This year we traveled to Ohio for the Minniear Christmas get-together.  All of Dennis' family met in Columbus at his oldest brother Davids house.  I didn't think to take my camera, so no photos of the event from me.  I can sum up the day with three words... Food, Cards, Naps.  Oh and I should mention that our menu was quite different.  Oh, yes we had tukey and ham.  But we also had Bear and Goose.  I tried both and found out that I really like Bear!  Who knew.

The Grandkids and my SIL Marie playing cards with Grandma  (photo courtesy of my nieces facebook)

December 22-24 was spent with my family in Indianapolis.  I've posted photos here.

Late Christmas eve we drive back home to Evansville so that the kids can wake up Christmas morning at our house.


Logan finally gets a real gun

Isaiah got a new flat screen tv for his room

Evan got a new stereo and speaker system for his Jeep

Isaiah also got a new Compound Bow and some more arrows

So excited to try out his gun!  The good thing is we live out of city limits and have fields behind the house so he's been able to do some shooting.

I hope your family had a magical Christmas this year.
My favorite part was being reminded throughout the month that without Jesus coming to us as a tiny baby, we would not have been given the best gift of all....The gift of eternal life through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior!