The Quest for the Perfect Bag – My Colourful Life

I’ve been wanting a new bag for a few months now for carting my belongings to and from work (when I return) and seem to have spent so much time looking for the perfect one that I feel a bit l…

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3 Guaranteed Strategies for Stepmoms to Shut down Bio-Mom For GOOD

Bonused + Blessed

Any stepmom will tell you that walking in her shoes is not for the faint of heart, whether she has her own children or has the dreaded “Childless Stepmom” label (that’s another post all together), if she’s a new stepmom or has been pouring into the lives of her stepchildren for years. No matter where she may be in her journey, the consensus is the same: it ain’t easy. I can tell you from my own experience as a stepmom of two boys that it is not an easy life. Hardly anyone chooses this position, rather, it chooses them.

While, for me, the rewards that come with sharing in the responsibility of raising children in a blended family environment outweigh the struggle, the difficulties of this type of life are varied and aren’t always rooted in negativity. Parenting and marriage are hard no matter your family dynamic. Add to that…

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Monochrome Monday – Black and White Photography (43)

Meg Sorick, Author/Artist

This week’s theme for Cee’s Black and White Challenge is ‘things with engines or motors.’

Double decker bus:

Trailer of Teslas:


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Make a puzzle calendar 

Annas Art - FärgaregårdsAnna

This is a repost from last year. It’s time to prep your puzzle calendar. This is how you do it.

Repris på ett inlägg från förra året. Dags att förbereda årets pusselkalender. Så här gör du.

Find a puzzle you like. Set every piece on its place. Divide it in 24 sections. Put the pieces for every section in an envelope or something else that collects the pieces, set a number on each envelope. Ask your friend or someone’s in your family to do the same.
Hitta ett pussel du gillar. Bygg det. Dela det i 24 delar. Lägg varje sektion i ett kuvert eller något annat som samlar bitarna. Numrera kuverten 1-24. Be någon i din familj eller en kompis om de vill göra likadant.

Switch puzzle with each other at December 1st and start building your calendar puzzle. One section per day until Christmas eve. By then you…

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Photography 101: Image Previsualisation

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

I like to think of my photography as a creative art form. I am more interested in the aesthetic of photography than I am the technical aspects of photography. But I know photographers who base their work on the latest technical techniques.

And some of their work is very artistic indeed and well thought out. Astrophotography (a relatively new genre in photography) immediately comes to mind and techniques like compositing, exposure and focus stacking are also in vogue today.

Previsualisation (seeing a final outcome in your head before it happens) is almost de rigueur for this kind of photography. I have a very hard time doing this because it sets me up for failure. As a child I had a modest artistic talent compared to my peers—it was both a gift and a curse. For the interested few you can find more details on the biography page of…

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