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Capture Your 365 + 1: Leap

29 Feb

Today’s prompt was leap.  Since I wasn’t about to leap and take a picture of myself in the process, I decided that my cat would be the perfect volunteer for the task.  (If you haven’t figured it out yet, I live alone and she is my ONLY volunteer.)  After all, there is nothing more graceful than a feline in motion. We also had some abnormally warm weather so I hoped the great outdoors would be the perfect backdrop for our little photo shoot.

I outfitted Valley with a stylish trench coat and planned on letting nature entice Valley into motion.  As you can probably guess, my plans went quickly down the shitter.

The only motion I saw was that of my arm pulling on the leash to get her to step foot on the grass.  When she did deign herself to move, it was to head back to the door and wait to be let in.

Human you know what I want.  Now.

Human I hate you with the passion of a thousand suns.

She finally loosened up a little, but not enough to actually move with any speed approximating a leap.

Human you will pay for this when I drop a stinky poo and I step in it and your white couch.

Como se dice “Payback’s a bitch”?

Maybe there is something to this “nature” thing…

 

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Puppy Love

19 Feb

This is me after a full day of taking pictures of dogs at the local dog warden’s Puppy Love event.  I was so worn out from all the excitement of taking hundreds of pictures of so many cute dogs.

Here are some my favorites from yesterday:

There were 34 dogs up for adoption, and at the end of the day 20 dogs had been spoken for!

Pinterest Fail

14 Feb

So I’m a religious Pinterest-er, and I saw this picture the other day:

Pinterest Kitties

I thought it looked  like a pretty easy, cute thing to do for Valentine’s Day.  I thought that my normally easy-going cat would fully cooperate in order to appease her master.  How little I know about the inner workings of this creature because she was anything but easy-going.

So instead of an adorable kitty with a heart on its head, I got an angry kitty, with a heart kind of on its head.

She promptly let out one of her infamous, putrid-smelling farts.  She showed me who was boss–She might be six pounds, but she won’t be pushed around!

Capture Your 365 + 1: With a Heart On It

12 Feb

It seems I have been on a black and white kick lately, but today I am doing a bit of color as well.  One of the prompts last week for the Capture Your 365+ 1 project was with a heart on it.  My cat Valley, short for Valentine, is named after the heart shaped spot on her side.  It is sometimes hard to spot if you don’t know where to look for it.

The heart is such a fitting mark for her because she is the most loving creature I’ve ever met.  She is sweet to the point of being saccharine sometimes.  The only time she is a pain in the butt is when she wakes me up before my alarm goes off.  Or when she drops one of her lethal kitty farts.  They smell like they emanated from a 300 lb. truck driver after a dinner at a truck stop buffet.  Baaaaad.

So in honor of Valentine’s Day I decided to jazz up her heart with a Sharpie.  Don’t worry they are non-toxic, I checked.

Don’t those eyes scream undying love?

Capture Your 365 + 1: Black and White

11 Feb

I was excited about this prompt because I really like black and white photos.  It is odd how the deletion of color can sometimes communicate a different story or deliver a unique perspective.  This is a picture of my favorite subject Bella Bear trying very hard not to fall asleep.  When I converted this picture into black and white it made me think that Bella was  very woeful and forlorn.

Capture Your 365 + 1: Tattered and Torn

9 Feb

I drove past a local high school that is getting torn down and I thought about this prompt from January.

Being a part of the Rust Belt, Toledo has plenty of tattered and torn areas.  This high school has so many cool architectural features that it seems like such a shame that it is being demolished.

Capture Your 365 + 1: Makes My Heart Sing

7 Feb

This prompt was from about a week ago and I took the picture in December, but it fit the prompt perfectly.  Not a lot makes my heart sing lately, but one thing that does is my dog Bella.

I was forced to ship her back to my parents house in Texas after a series of unfortunate events left me looking for an apartment.  There are very few apartments that will take large dogs, much less pit breeds.

I get a little teary eyed when I look at pictures of Bella because it makes me miss her so much.  Don’t get me wrong, I miss my family and friends too, but I can at least talk to them on the phone, Facebook, email, etc.  This picture makes me happy because I love how happy and content she looks, and I think it’s adorable that my brother is cradling her like a baby. A 65 pound pit-bull/lab baby.

DIY Portable Photobooth

30 Jan

My friend and I teamed up to make a photobooth for our friends’ wedding reception.  We used the instructions found here.  The tutorial also has a link to the website we bought the three and four-way joints.  I looked at many home improvement stores and even plumbing stores, and could not find the four-way joints.

Here is a picture of the cut pieces of PVC pipe:

We assembled it to make sure it was going to work before we moved on to spray paint the pieces and sew the curtain that would go outside the entire frame.

Next my friend spray painted all the pieces.  He took everything apart, but he suggested leaving it assembled and just spray painting it as it is because he had some trouble getting some of the pipes to fit back into the joints because of the spray paint.

It took about 10 yards of fabric to make the curtain that hung around most of the frame.

Here is Joe pinning the panels together before he sewed them.

He then clamped the panels up on the frame to make sure they would go around the frame and that they were long enough.

I bought some satin ribbon, cut it into four-inch pieces and sewed the top and bottom of the ribbon to the top of the big curtain.

This is me fake smiling.  I was so fed up with the machine bunching up the bottom thread every time I back-stitched.

I used a hot pink piece of fabric to let people know where to enter.  I also sewed loops on the fabric to hang it.

I would suggest using spray paint made for plastic if you want to spray paint the pipes like we did.  We had a lot of scratches on the pipes by the time we finished setting up.  😦

I bought a pair of clamp lights from Lowe’s to light the booth.  We only ended up using one light.

You can see the tabs that hold up the curtain in the picture too.

Overall, it was a pretty easy project.  The only time-consuming part was the sewing, but that is probably because we are both novices.  The software I used, Sparkbooth, can also be set up to take pictures with a DSLR (only Canon).  I have a Nikon, so we had to use a webcam.

 

Capture Your 365 + 1: Folded

17 Jan

Today’s prompt is folded, and nothing has more folds than a wrinkly sphynx kitty!  With the amount of cat related posts on here, I feel like I am making myself out to be some crazy cat lady that spies on the neighborhood kids and yells at them when they step on my lawn, but I swear I’m not!  I actually have discovered that I’m not a cat person, but I keep her around because my boyfriend absolutely loves her.  (I might be more fond of her than I let on as well.)

Here she is in all her creepy glory.

Capture Your 365 + 1: Defined

15 Jan

 

I have been going to the local dog warden’s office on the weekend to photograph the dogs that are available for adoption.  What strikes me the most, is the love and affection that these dogs show towards any person.  These dogs have been through so much, in many cases abused or neglected by their owners, that it always amazes me the trust and gratitude they show.  For me, these dogs define unconditional love.

Here are some of my favorites from yesterday:

 

 

 

 

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