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I’ve Moved!!!

August 7, 2011

If you’re here… I’ve moved!  I’m now at my dot com:

Thanks so much for your visits and comments over the last 3 years.  I look forward to seeing you over at the new site!


Sentimental post…

August 6, 2011

Well, today’s the last official day of this blog.  For those of you who don’t know yet, I’ve set up a dot com at:

Evidently to do a redirect from this blog to my new blog is in conflict with the TOS (terms of service).  So, I guess I’m asking you to just go to the new blog and sign up by one of three ways: by subscribing by email, by liking my Facebook page, or by following through Google Follow (if you have a Google Reader).

Anyway, after looking at some of my old posts, I started getting sentimental.  When I started I only had two kids (I was pregnant with our third).

Robin, Nathan, & Ashlyn, AUG 2008

I blogged about the joys of pregnancy, about bargain shopping, and interjected just a few things from our lives that I found amusing at the time.  I always enjoyed taking pictures and looking at photography books, but I never anticipated that I would enjoy photography so much (something I’ve been blogging about for over a year now).

I look forward to the journey ahead over at the dot com… I’m not sure what the future holds over there, but excited nonetheless.

Thanks for the memories!!!

Sunset Splendor…

August 4, 2011

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!  This Saturday will be the LAST day that Playdough in My Carpet will be at this address.  Please visit…

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I do love me a good beach sunset. However, it seems like trying to replicate this daily event through the lens of a camera is impossible. And it IS impossible. You can’t experience a sunset without seeing the rays spill out over clouds, reflecting over the way, warming your skin for the last time for the day.

Anyway, so here is an attempt to capture the end of what was a spectacular day. I’m really not sure what all happened that day, but to know that I lived it is a gift in itself. Here’s the before… there’s things I like about it, mainly the reflection of the sun in the little bit of water on the shoreline. I kind of like that you can see the circular haze around the sun.



I must say, this “after” is quite a bit darker than the before. It seems like the trend is to make everything lighter, but I think there’s DRAMA in dark images. I love seeing a pic of a primarily dark subject with just a little light shining.

Anyway, first I went to work on the little sun reflections. I remembered a tutorial I saw on YouTube talking about starburst effects. I thought it would be cool to see one on the reflection on shore. It really didn’t do much to it, but it did provide a cool starburst on a bit of the sunlight peeking through the pier.

I wasn’t happy with how the sky ended up after these adjustments, though, so first I adjusted with curves. I still wasn’t happy, so I did another copy of the background layer and changed the blending mode to “multiply” and then masked out that on the sand to keep it from getting too dark. I then ran MCP’s Crystal Clear Web Sharpening.

Here they are side by side

Where did the summer go?

August 3, 2011

Seriously… where did it go?  I had such BIG plans for the summer.  One of my plans was to spend each day going through one month of photos beginning with March 2006.  How far did I get?  June 2006.  Yep, behind on that one.

My other plan was to do ALOT of fun things.  Movies, outings.  We’ve done a couple and I’m hoping to do one today, but quite honestly, the month of June stunk because of sickness that seemed to cover every square inch of space in our house.  It ran its course at separate times with different people.  Different members of our family had manifestations of it in different ways.

We did manage to get to KY to see my parents and to do an overnight trip to Sanibel Island in July.  It still seems like a large part of that month is missing, though.  Where did it go?

And now it’s August.  We’ll begin school in a couple of weeks (provided Mom can get her act together and continue to plan).  Ashlyn is already BEGGING to do school.  Nathan isn’t so stoked.  I think we’ll try to squeeze in a couple of fun things before all the craziness with that begins.

Have you accomplished everything on your summer to-do list yet?

Today’s picture edit is from the Edit Me Challenge over at My Reflection of Something.  You are given a picture and then everyone that participates edits that picture in a different way.

I must confess… I  used alot of actions on this one.  I like to try to do everything myself or at least attempt to, maybe limiting actions to one or two.  But today I’m of the persuasion that actions are there for a reason and I might as well use them 😉

Here’s the before: photo courtesy of Carrie at Page’s Memories

Here’s the after:

First I cropped it in a bit to an aspect ratio of 5X7…

Ran Ashley Sisk’s Clean Action  (I can’t find the link) 😦

Ran Vibrance by A Sort of Fairytale at 60%

Ran The Bees Knees/Urban Delight (I can’t remember opacity levels)

Ran Pioneer Woman’s Quick Edge Burn, changed the color to a sea blue and lowered the opacity.

Here they are side by side…


There ya go!  I’m off to try to check off some more things on my summer list.  Have an awesome Wednesday!
My Reflection of Something

Goggle Eyes

August 2, 2011

So… setting up a dot com isn’t for the faint of heart.  Or the ignorant of html code.

I’m using a standard theme for my new blog, but learning about child themes in order to make some adjustments that needed to be made.  I fix one problem, but then it seems like another one pops up.  Can I hear an amen from you other self-hosted people out there?

At least right now it’s functioning even if it isn’t perfect.  I’m sure, like many things, it will ALWAYS be a work in progress.  My kudos to you computer geniuses out there.  To visit my new blog (which will be active beginning this coming Sunday) visit:

Anyway, today’s sweet shot is of… Ashlyn.  I really need to get more shots of the boys here, but it seems like they are just too fast and active for me sometimes (although my daughter can hold her own sometimes in the activity department).  She almost ALWAYS wears these goggles when she swims… she looks cute with her little goggle eyes.  She made a big leap yesterday in the swimming department (she’s been able to swim now for about a year) but she can now swim underwater without holding her nose.  Yipee!

Sweet Shot Day

Sunsets and big news…

August 1, 2011

Hey y’all!  Happy Monday to you!  I was pretty much absent from the bloggy world for the entire weekend… well, let’s face it, I didn’t do a lot last week.  Our homeschool evaluation went well and although I now have the task of trying to plan our schooling year and do some other things, I’m so glad to be able to jump back in.

I also have a big announcement!  No, I’m not pregnant.  Scroll down for the news…

Today’s SOOC shot was actually taken a couple of months ago.  I think I’ve posted pics from that June day here before, but I had a plethora of sunset pictures.  Plethora… I think I learned that word from “The Three Amigos.”  “Effe, would you say that I have a plethora of pinatas?”

Anyway, here it is.  I plan to post my edit on Thursday, be it clean or a crazy creative edit… I’m not sure.

Okay… and my big news?

I FINALLY (after a year of owning my own domain) set up playdoughinmycarpet DOT COM!  That’s what I spent most of the weekend doing.  It’s still in the tweaking phase, but I plan to totally switch over beginning next week.  I’ve put all my posts from this blog over there, but I can’t seem to get the comments to load.  Anyway, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do a redirect (click on playdoughinmycarpet.wordpress and it sends you to the .com) so… it’s kind of like starting over.  I do plan to have the “subscribe” button and the google follow widget over there.

So, PLEASE update your bookmarks, reader, etc.  My new home will be     🙂

I’ll probably duplicate this week’s posts over there, too.

Have an AWESOME Monday!

Good to WOWSA…

July 29, 2011

Wowsa… today’s my birthday! 🙂  I’m 37.  And I’m good with that.  If you want to know the skinny of why I’m absolutely fine seeing another year come, read this article.

With all the stuff I listed before on my to-do list, I haven’t been a very good blogger this week.  Seeing as today is my birthday, I’m probably  not going to be doing much blog hopping/responding either.  Thanks for understanding!

Here is my Good to Wow that I was supposed to post yesterday…


AFTER: Pretty much just a clean edit.  I cropped it, did a curves adjustment, then adjusted the hue/saturation.

I’m off to eat a breakfast cooked by my hubby and to enjoy the streamers/various decorations hung by my kids.  Happy Friday everyone!