Sunday, May 31, 2015
quality literature: the absolutely true diary of a part--time indian
Saturday, May 30, 2015
cocoa daisy: DITL kit (sold out!)
this month's cocoa daisy day in the life kits are amazing per usual and are already sold out per usual. ashli did a supercute and informative unboxing video of the kits this month and she talks about the perfection of design and quality of product. it's really spot on. if you're into pocket pages at all, these are really worth a sub as they're so fabulous month after month. they also have a nice variety since cocoa daisy uses a rotation of designers.
Friday, May 29, 2015
we saw tomorrowland. i didn't exactly know what to expect, but it was nothing like what i expected. i think it had a profound effect on both of us. i actually had to fight back a few tears toward the end and g kept talking about it all the way home and all evening long.
"it really made you think."
this is what my boy kept saying. i love that he is still idealistic, and i love that movies like this and being with him remind me of what it was like to be young and idealistic. the movie ends with the message that the world needs dreamers, and there is still a bit of dreamer in all of us if we open our eyes to what could be.
my 5th grade graduate
Thursday, May 28, 2015
cocoa daisy june reveal!
1. everything is awesome. (my analysis)
2. can you stand the cute? (rhetorical question)
3. go, now! (action statement and helpful link)
4. the fabulous cut files (hello, crabs, clouds, labels, whales, and so much more) are free to subscribers!
wchs: a few macro lens tips
macro lens tips from one novice to another:
1. take a lot of photos - this is the cardinal rule of digital photography in general
2. lock your focus - digital cameras are very sensitive and will focus on whatever is closest to the lens. this is probably not where you want the focus to be. i keep my focus permanently locked on the center. i then focus on what i choose to focus on and can move my camera, holding the button down to keep that focus, while recomposing my shot.
3. choose your focal point - you will have a very shallow depth of field. not everything is going to be in focus you have to choose the most important feature to be in focus to create a pleasing composition.
4. the closer you are, the shallower your depth of field will be - if you want more things in focus, zoom out a little. the closer you get to your subject, the less of it will be in focus. additionally, you can even get so close that nothing will be in focus and your camera will probably refuse to take the shot.
5. movement causes blur more easily with this lens - have a steady hand and wind is not your friend in this instance. sometimes holding a flower stem steady on a windy day will help.
6. sometimes the camera will not take the picture even when the shot looks like it is perfectly focused- i don't know if this is just a quirk of my camera or why it happen, but it drives me nuts. i have found a way around it though. i allow the camera to focus (sorry, i always use autofocus), then flip the switch to manual and look through the lens physical moving it closer to or farther away from my subject till it is perfectly in focus again and then take the picture. i guess i am overriding my camera's stubbornness this way. i don't know, really, but it works.
that's all i can think of at the moment. hope something in there is helpful to you!
joining with annie and "how does your garden grow?"
do you have a favorite youtube channel? i know i'm late to the party, but i'm just now getting into it. i've been trying to find some more specific planner/journal/collage/sketch type channels, but i keep coming up empty. it's very frustrating. i keep trying all sorts of combinations of journal, filofax, planner, moleskine, midori, collage, smashbook, documented life, but i just can't find any more. sigh. any suggestions?
these are the few that i've found so far:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n8EIR8w98o love her #creativemidorichallenge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HomJMOFkfQs journaling in a Midori (close to what i'm looking for)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yORJBZ9bOw love listening to her; she's like a motivational speaker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiSrf2KHA5Q travel journal in Filofax (norwegion)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaTDtbBfRV4 travel journal in Moleskine(esque)
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
g's bookshelf: bud, not buddy
g's thoughts: i thought it was an adventurous book. it was a great story. you kinda built tension; you wanted to know if mr. c was really his father. you kinda get shocked at the end when you figure out what happens. i liked how they described the hooverville in flint and the muskrat stew that they ate there.
if you're looking for greatness, check out christopher paul curtis's "the watson's go to birmingham - 1963." it will make you belly laugh and the sob buckets. also, if you're a school teacher or a homeschooling mom, you'll definitely want to check it out. i use it often with my freshman esl class. it's very well suited for 4th - 8th grade i would say. it seriously uses every literary device known to the english language. it's also great for teaching history and compassion. this one's in my solid top twenty of all time reads. it's that good.
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