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You Had Me At Holga

I got a Holga from my secret santa (my sister) and was the happiest person on earth.  I’ve been wanting one for a very long time.  It is a very light plastic camera.  I think even lighter than the 110 camera I used to have back in the 80’s.

Holga’s are supposed to produce dreamy distorted photos, or as worded here:

My sister even included a couple of medium format rolls of film.  This one is the black and white one:

I was so excited to use this camera but later learned that it was harder to have the film developed than expected.  I went to Mike’s Camera because it was the closest one to my house but I don’t know if that was the best place to go.  I heard Wolf Camera also develops medium format so I’ll have to give them a try next time.

I first used the black and white film because it was 400 speed and I was taking it indoors (my Holga is flashless).  Out of the 16 exposures, only 7 were developed because the others were probably exposed to light when I loaded and unloaded (I forgot I was supposed to do this in the dark), and out of the 7 photos, there was only one I would call decent.  Two other were not bad.

These are the photos:

The photos were scanned in black and white by my husband.  The actual photos have a tint to them, similar to this:

I added the the yellow/brown in photoshop to make it look as close to the actual picture as possible.  The photo is actually a little more bluish but I had a hard time trying to pull that color out.  Also, the graininess on the photos is from the dust on the flatbed scanner.

For some better Holga photos, visit my “Altered Lens” board at Pinterest.com.  These images were repinned from other pinners who’ve pinned them from bloggers and websites.

And, before I end this post, I wanted to share a song I still love by Bruce Springsteen called, “Secret Garden” from, Jerry Maguire, a movie I also still love.

Day 2

Look at how excited they were!!

Kylie said, “Is it from Santa?”  I said, “Yep!”  No point in arguing with her.

After Kida opened hers, she helped her sister.  They were super excited, except I accidentally gave Kylie the gift with the red M&M instead of green.  I knew she liked only the green one and thought I made sure I gave the girls the right one but I didn’t so Kylie was bummed.  She wanted the green one really REALLY bad.  Luckily, the outside didn’t matter to Kida so she exchanged with Kylie and everything worked out.

The time it took from opening the gifts to eating it all: 2 minutes.  Not really, but it sure felt like it because I didn’t see them eat it.  It was as if they swallowed the candy in one gulp.

Before they ate their candy, they wanted to show me some tricks.

Kida showed me how fast she could twirl her ponytail.

Kylie showed me how fast she could twirl her arm.  She said, “I don’t have a ponytail but I can spin my arm.  It’s like a helicopter.”

‘Tis December

What better way to bring us into December than with snow!  Yes, it’s snowing!  That is real snow on the fake tree decor photo above.  Below is the view from the front porch.

This month, for the first time, I’m attempting a 24 day of Christmas gifting for my two girls.  Before Kida headed out to school I surprised them with their first gift.  They were both very excited, except Kylie kept thinking the gifts were from Santa.  Kida even told her that it was from Mom and Dad but Kylie told her, “NO!  It’s from Santa!”

They got their first collectible ornaments.  I hope to make it a tradition.  My husband’s parents used to do this for him and his sister when they were kids.  We’ve been using husband’s collectibles on our trees every year and I love the feeling of knowing that they were thoughtful gifts given to be cherished forever.

Anyway, here are the girl’s ornaments brought to life.

Credits on the the “brought to life” photos: music string from Greymouse Manor kit by Lorie Davison and sparkles from Tom Thumb kit by Irene Alexeeva.

Happy December!

Trenching the Yard

[8.2011: Kylie doing a balancing act]

The backyard landscaping is moving along slowly but it’s starting to take shape.  I could almost see what it’ll end up looking like.  Husband and my father-in-law (FIL) trenched the yard a couple of weeks ago for the sprinkler system.  Man, that was serious labor.

This machine looks very innocent but it’s extremely heavy and difficult to push.  Husband said that bringing this machine (a rental from Lowe’s) down the hill to our backyard wasn’t so bad but pushing it up the hill was dreadful.  I’m just glad this is a one time thing.  Imagine having to do this as a job!

As I type, husband and FIL are laying down tarp and rocks.  I should have photos coming soon.

Btw, we planted our first tree in the backyard: a ponderosa pine.

Orchids In Black And White


I’ve been neglecting the orchids lately.  This is a tribute to their loveliness.  I took these photos yesterday of the master bath white orchids.  These are the second set of blooms.  The first set died out about a month ago when these were just coming in.  I’m a bit sad to say that these are getting ready to go as well.  It’s funny because they seemed to have been waiting patiently for me to take their photos.  How sweet if that were true.