Monday, January 18, 2010

ch-ch-ch-changes & winners (well, really just one winner)

so what do you think? i did a little changin' to the ol' blog. i really liked the black background, but was itching for some change... so at least for now, i'm sporting the clean, crisp color white, along with a new header. i'm definitely not an html expert, but i can google-question my way through simple changes. tell me what you think! is the bright new look great, or awful?

grace life & change
 supplies: patterned paper: Paislee Press - Midwinter’s Flight Kit, oscraps.com (blue-grey), Paislee Press - Chasing the Sun Kit (white pattern); frames:Paislee Press - Chasing the Sun and Apothecary Frames; font: Arial


thank you, thank you for all of the fabulous eBook ideas! they'll be tossed around by the fab ladies at ella for sure. now, without further ado, the winner of ella publishing's a year in the life eBook! and the winner is...
Blogger Veronica said...
Love that you can look back a year ago! It gets me "emotional" as well!
A great new book would be one that would incorporate how to use those "not so great photos" into a layout! Also including great, simple, easy photo editing tips all packed into one place!!
January 16, 2010 8:52 AM
congratulations veronica! shoot me an email, and i'll get you hooked up!

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now to finish off today's post of randomness - onto 365 shots from the past few days. with emma being the more willing of the girls to have her picture taken these days, she seems to have taken the picture of the day slots by storm lately. being a mom who tries to be fair, i drug torrey out for her turn. {hee hee} we messed around and laughed a lot, and ended up with these fun shots to show for it.

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we spent part of the weekend with my friend and fellow navy wife leila and her sweet little one, eva. we took the girls bowling friday night, then met up with trish (another fab navy wife) and her little one, isla, on saturday so the girls could paint some cute little pottery pieces for their deployed daddies for valentine's day. i'm sure stan won't mind getting a few packages of love in the mail in the next few weeks! {lots of painting pictures here}

on our way home from oak harbor we stopped by deception pass, an amazingly beautiful bridge over turbulent blue waters. it took the shot above of the girls reading the history of the pass and posted a bunch more here. we'd stopped by the same stop the night before just before it was completely dark, and i got the super lucky shot below. i was sans tripod, so i propped the camera on a pillar (with the car still running on the side of the road) pressed the shutter and got lucky!

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the water reflects the sky beautifully for just a short bit of time each night... but i've never been able to get it on film (most likely because i'm always shooting out of a moving car window - passenger side, of course). but this time i stopped, propped and rolled! there are a few other just for fun night shots here if you're interested.

one more fun thing to check out... i found this very cool site with ceramic rings. they've got all kinds of other bands for men and women too. check out their beautifully simple style here.

before i pain anyone further with the length and random-ness of this post, i am going say goodnight! let me know what you think about the new design... suggestions are welcome, too!

22 comments:

Kath said...

Noel, while I loved the old look, the new one is pretty, too. You just have a way of making everything you do look so nice. I wish I had a fraction of your talent and creativity.

Kimberly said...

I like the new look! I like the white, it sets the images off nicely! Great shot of Deception Pass- it's cool when you can capture the image of something the way it looks to the eye and I agree Dec.Pass is a beautiful spot.

Jill said...

Love the new look! You talent is amazing!

gilroy gal said...

Looks great, Noel! Always good to change things up! lOve the little camera with the heart..nice touch.

Katherine B said...

The changes you made look great. =]

Anonymous said...

The changes looked great. The white background is a nice change for my tired old eyes late at night ; )

Rebecca
Michigan

Amanda said...

LOVE the new crisp, white look!
Oh Noel... the pictures along with your sweet words to your girls are just perfect! You have so much talent!! Thanks for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

Stirring up the energy is always a good thing. Love the white backgroung. Although the black was cool and edgy, it was sometimes hard for me to read (bifocals and all). Keep up the great work.

Amy said...

Love the new look Noel!! It is clean and fresh... perfect for a new year!! You are so talented!! Always love to stop by for beauty and inspiration!!

Veronica said...

New look is GREAT! I changed mine as well.
Imagine my surprise to hear I was a WINNER! :-O Thank you. Sending you an email next!
Keep inspiring!! ;-)

okanogangirl said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the new look. Everytime I was on your blog and DH would walk by he'd ask who it was. I'd say "the girl in Camano." He'd say, oh, yeah the hard to read black. The white is so much easier to read! LOVIN' it. Liked the look of the black, but LOVE that I can read your blog easier now! I was feeling like I needed glasses! :) LOL!!! The new header is fabulous too!

Dawn Morgan said...

OK, first off, that water shot is AMAZING! I love it.

Your new blog look is great. I like the clean look of it. Great family pic too!

Jenni said...

Love the new look. Its just nice to change things up a bit every once in a while! (I just re-did mine similarly!)
Great shot of Deception Pass! Never been there at that time of day- beautiful!

Jennifer said...

I loved the black look, and I was determined to not like the new look. But I love your new header! Very nice, a totally different tone, but it looks really good. Clean white, makes me think of spring cleaning.
(love the deception pass photo's)
Enjoy!

torrey said...

wow mom that looks so nice! by the way what was the hee hee for? i like the scrap book page. the deceptoion pass was pretty.the silly face is so cute. i really liked the pic of thedeception pass in the sun set. the rock telling about the deception pass. love ya

Chrispea said...

Gotta love google!! LOL! I like the new blog look. Much easier to read. Love the header, too. Great photos... it's nice to see your landscape shots. Take care.

Wendi said...

I love the new look! Your Blog is wonderful. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself and your amazing work. You are an inspiration. WOW, what an amzing mom you are. Your husband is a hero. Thank him next time you talk to him and thank you for the sacrifices you make every day.

Joy Pearcy said...

I can't wait to see the new scrap projects you said you did:)

Luv2talk said...

Love it! :)

Good to see you back in action!

Tracey Locher said...

Love the new header and the white background is nice and bright! I love it... might have to copy you soon!!! :-) Have a WONDERFUL day, Noel!

Becky said...

I think it looks great! Your blog always looks awesome! I love all the pictures of your girls! It inspires me to learn more about photography and take more pictures!

kim.mom said...

I love the new look but I loved the old one, too. You are so creative!!

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