It is incredibly hot and dry right now, and the day I took this shot there was a chance of rain, so I was wishful thinking!  
It actually did sprinkle a little bit, but it was still dusty. :(  




Week 29...super quick, super random, and super green!

I am midway through my first week at the new job and am LLLLLLoooooving it!
Next week is going to be super hectic but I'm up for the challenge 
and ready to hold on for the ride. :)

And, can you believe it's almost August?  What's up with that?


5211-28 and Vintage sheets

I thought it was high time that Mr. Angus made another 52 Week appearance.  
Trust me, it was hot. 
How do I know?
(The wagging tongue is a huge giveaway!)
The sheet, is a pretty vintage that was given to me by my friend Sonja.  I love vintage sheets and I love that there are awesome people who know that and stay on the look-out for me. :) 

If you follow the link and see that ruffle quilt that I talked about last year, well, I have not even started cutting any strips to begin this project. In fact, another wonderful friend of mine's mother made Carlee one. 
Me on the other hand....I'll probably do something a little simpler 
than that for my first quilt project. 

Maybe something like this one:

I am also loving this embroidery hoop wall art:
(source: The vintage sheet blog) <--tons of ideas here!

Oh and my friend Mandie is selling some delightful vintage sheet fat quarters in her Moxie Mandie Etsy shop, so check those out if you are needing some cool pieces.

If you know of any other vintage sheet ideas, please link me up!



This was last week's 52 Week shot.  Nothing real special about it, but I feel like I look content and relaxed in this shot and that is exactly what I am!

Just something after church at mom's on the farm.  A little post processing work using the One Day action with my own adjustments from My 4 Hens Hippy Dippy Trippy action set.


In reading more and more about photography and thinking about where I want to go next in my own photog quest, I am thinking about my "look".  I don't mean my personal looks! I mean the look of my photography.

You know, most photographers have a trademark look, something to keep them distinct and different from everyone else.  I don't really know what my trademark is so I've been going through some of my shots to see what my common thread is.  One thing I have found is I lean toward a warmer tone in my shots. In fact, sometimes I think I tend to go warm too much and try to occasionally cool things off!

If you notice other things that set my photos off from others, I would love any input! Or if there is something you think I should work more on, or a look I should include more or less, I welcome any feedback or constructive criticism.  (I have my big girl panties on so don't worry about hurting my feelings!.) :o)


orange flowers in my yard

I have no clue what these are (tiger lilies?)
I do know they are just stunning! 
I love flowers, I just don't have a green thumb.

These have the most interesting shape. 

I have had several different lilies come up this summer. 
I have planted some because they are so low maintenance and hardy
I do remember planting some but I really didn't remember these last year.  
I decided this would be another pretty canvas for one of my found Pinterest quotes:




I know, I know, you expected Carlee bath pics didn't you?!? 

Nope. Not this round.

We've had some welcome sporadic showers around these parts this week. 
SOooooo, when you have showers, you get puddles, 
and when you get puddles, you get a nice little bath! 

Welcome July!
Thanks for some of the wet stuff you've had with you. 

Also, if any of you wanted to download the little free photo print download from the Queen Anne post last weekend, just let me know and I'll arrange that.

{AND You my friend Julie are too sweet for pinning that....made me :):):):) }


Queen Anne

Every summer, I admire the pretty Queen Anne's Lace that grows rampant around these parts. 
It's dainty, lacy, weedy self grows along the roads and in the fields.  
I'm sure it may be a nuisance to many, but to me it just splendid looking!

I decided these shots would be fun to experiment with.
I've been a pinning fool on Pinterest lately and one of my favorite boards to pin to is my "Good Words for the Soul" board which is basically quotes, quips, scripture, funny and serious that I either find or repin. 

 I love this one in particular:
I cannot read it without feeling good. :)

This one is so simple and so true! 

I searched high and low on the internets but could not find who authored either of these lovely quotes.  If you know, please advise so I can give proper credit.

Now here is a little question for you, would you be interested in printing one of these for yourself? 

I was thinking of making these available as a free download.  Why, you ask?  

Well, let's just say I've had a great week and I just feel like doing something.  Why not a giveaway?  My Pinterest quote board has really spoken to me. I go through and read it often when I need a laugh or a little pick-me-up so I'm hoping these might do the same for you! :)
BY THE WAY: If you are on Pinterest, follow me. If you are not but want to be, let me know, I'll send you an invite!

I think I am going to print mine to frame and hang in my new office at work!


Some happiness to share

As captured by my Instagram yesterday: I call this my Perma-Grin look!  Why all the happy and smile you ask?  Well, I have accepted a new job this week and I couldn't be happier!

It has been time for something new in that aspect for awhile so when this opportunity came along I jumped at it and landed it!

Looking so forward to new challenges...it feels like a huge weight has been lifted and I truly believe that God has been preparing me for this for sometime now that I look back on the last few years.  I have asked Him "Why?" on so many things and now I know! I love when I finally get the answers.  It makes me know that I MUST trust Him - I mean I know I must trust Him, but sometimes it is easier said that done!  

So, let's just say this perma-grin is brought to you in full by my great God!

This is another Instagram from yesterday.  This little message was put on the public restroom mirror at work that I use many months ago.   I have looked at it daily just knowing it was put there for me! Well, yesterday when I saw it, I actually burst into tears!  Tears of happiness for knowing without a doubt it was for me!  The cool part about it is I am sure it has touched others who frequent that ladies' room in the same way. 

People are so cool when they do little things like this that make such a huge impact on others....I know whomever put this message up was totally led by God. 

I plan to put up a little message similar to this in a random public place and I challenge you to do the same! You never know who or how many people you may impact!

I begin my new job on July 18 and am just so excited!!! For those of you who have prayed for me on this, all I can say is THANKS from the bottom of my heart! Oh and for those who are local and would know, I am going to work at UACCB as Assistant to the Chancellor. 

Oh, and if you use Instagram, I'm kwhitten and we can certainly be friends. :)