Monday, December 15, 2014

Joey and Johnny Light Trees


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It all started when I read this cool blog post filled with fun holiday photo ideas.  I just had to try to create my own version of kid light trees.  Joey and Johnny were both eager to help.  I dug out a strand of white on white and color on white Christmas lights.  A 50 light strand will do.  I put my camera on my tripod and set up a manual exposure for various times between 3 and 10 seconds. I tried shots with the background Christmas tree on and off.  The boys did a great job of holding still.  I used the self timer and then started spinning the lights around the boys in a nice circular pattern.  I did my best to keep me and the extra light string out of the shot.  The boys were super impressed seeing themselves surrounded by a light tree.  Give it a try for yourself.  It's great family fun.


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

NC Capitol Christmas Tree

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Each year the NC Capitol puts up a huge Christmas tree.  It's always gorgeous.  After taking a tour of all the lights at the Executive Mansion last night, Donnie and I walked over to the Capitol and enjoyed the tree.

Wishing You a Joyous Holiday Season

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Another holiday light creation.  I love spiral trees and all the cool shapes you can achieve depending on how you move the camera.

Lighted Snowman in a Blizzard


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Each year I drive around looking at neighborhood Christmas lights, and this year is no exception.  I LOVE painting with light.  Why hold the camera still when you can move it around and get such interesting effects.  This one seemed so appropriate as Mr. Snowman gets caught in a blizzard all of his own making.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Vintage Christmas


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I took this picture at a doctor's office today.  Don't worry, it was more of a spa trip...nothing wrong.  The ladies in the office said that they hired someone to come in and do the tree.  And, what a gorgeous tree it was!  I loved all the sprays laid into the branches and the red and gold tone combination.  I lined up the shot to catch a beautiful painting on the other wall which gives the effect of a mother and her children enjoying the tree from across the room.  The only thing missing is a warm fire:-)

Here's the original.  I tried to give the shot I posted a vintage and painted effect.  Maybe a Christmas dream...


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Glorious Sunrise!


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Sometimes you have to stop for a sunrise picture on the way to take the tween to school even when he's griping in the background.  "Mom, it's a school day!"  "Mom, we don't have time to stop!"  "Mom, I'm gonna be late!"  He was NOT late:-)  I enjoyed the sunrise despite the protests.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Tablescape


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As much as I liked the owls in my November tablescape, it was time to transition to red and a new December tablescape.  A lot of folks that know me will remember that I am a fan of blue lights, and in general, blue tone Christmas decorations.  Going very red and green this year, while traditional, is a new thing for me.

As usual, many of the items on the table are from Guardian Angel Thrift:

Other items:
  • The red and green candles are PartyLite.  The peppermint candle came from Wal-Mart.
  • The ceramic Santa was painted by my Aunt Teresa, and the ceramic tree came from my Aunt Pauline.
  • The red ornaments in the tall hurricane came from Wal-Mart.
  • The poinsettia came from Home Depot.  
If I can keep the white of the snowmen clean for the entire month it will be a miracle:-)


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