Archive for April, 2015

Project 52, part 4

April 28th, 2015

Spring is here and with it comes some great weather. It also comes with a lot of rain. I was going to say it’s unfortunate, but really, Texas usually needs the rain. And of course, it picks the weekends to rain on, which are the days I’d like to go out and take photos!

The plus side of being stuck indoors is that it forces me to practice with my speedlite flash. The first photo is an outdoors one, but the rest are indoors and use an external flash for the light source.

#14 – Bluebonnets
Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas, and when spring comes around, they pop up everywhere. And I really do mean everywhere. They’re most commonly seen all over the grass strips next to roads and highways. There was a large patch of them next to the feeder road near my house, so I walked over to take some photos. More are in this gallery!

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5 more random things about me

April 23rd, 2015

This was inspired by a recent post by Jhanz, where she wrote 23 things about her for her 23rd birthday. I thought about doing the same since my birthday was last month! But then I realized I turned 30, and I don’t think I have 30 things to share… But anyway! The last time I did a “5 random things” post was back in 2012, so I think it’s time I did another :)

I grew up wanting to be an artist.

I actually had a pretty art heavy background before college. When I was very young, I was already drawing a lot, and my teachers took notice. They suggested that my parents sign me up for art lessons outside of school. At age 8, I was learning charcoal and pastels. At age 9, I was doing watercolor. I also loved cartoons and had dreams of being a cartoonist.

Crappy phone photo, but I did this watercolor when I was 9.

Crappy phone photo, but I did this watercolor when I was 9.

In high school, I switched to oil paints and Prismacolors and had also taken an interest in Anime. I wanted to sell paintings! Or maybe be a comic book artist!

However, around that time, I also discovered webdesign, and that’s what changed my world. I realized that I loved to code, and when college application time came around, I had changed my mind to being a Computer Science major (which is what I graduated with).


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Home Decor – entryway

April 16th, 2015

We had a messy entryway for a while because we had wooden boards and flattened cardboard boxes leaned against the wall. A few months ago, we cleaned those out, and while it looked better, it still looked very plain.

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I wanted to do something about it! At the very least, I wanted something for guests to sit down at while they put on their shoes. I had a few things in mind:

  1. A console table and two chairs – one on each side of the table
  2. A bench and a coat rack
  3. A bench and wall hooks

I ended up going with idea #2. I liked the idea of using a bench because it could fit more people, and it doubles as a shoe rack. I’ve also always liked the look of coat racks. They can look nice when empty and are also functional to hang things on.

So we bought them!

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