Trick or Treat

Another month is in the books! I can’t believe that I’ve been editing and posting a picture every day for nine months (I started in February). If you don’t yet know about my Project Edit 365, or if you’re wondering why I’m posting one picture every day, then go learn about Project Edit 365!

The girls enjoy drawing on the pumpkins more than carving them.

Two girls draw on pumpkins to be carved. Not So SAHM

Trick or Treat – ProjectEdit365 – 31 Oct

I had been practicing with my flash when I took this picture, and I’m not pleased with what it did. So I made it black and white. I cropped in to put more focus on the girls. I increased the contrast and clarity and messed with the tone curve to make the picture matte. I decreased the highlights and whites and darkened the blacks just a bit. I added a small vignette. Oh, and I cropped out the outlet on the wall. Here’s the original:


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Ugly gourds

Don’t judge a book by its cover or a gourd by its bumps?

Various gourds, some with bumps, fill a wooden orchard container. Not So SAHM

Ugly gourds – ProjectEdit365 – 12 Oct

The original photo was dark. I cropped in to focus more on the gourds and not on the surroundings. I made various adjustments and just wasn’t happy with what I was getting, so I ran a preset and liked the results! Here is the original:


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Hello, Fall!

I love the backlighting from the sun, and need to practice this more. I also love Ash’s pose.


Hello, Fall! – ProjectEdit365 – 11 Oct

The brightness of the sun can wash things out. I decreased the contrast, increased the clarity, and reduced the shadows a bit. I also reduced the exposure by a very small amount. I used an adjustment filter on their faces to sharpen them. I added a hint of a vignette. Here’s the original:


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Fall in the Country

You never know what you’re going to find on a farm. Tractors and pumpkins: definitely. A gorgeous fence, field, and sunset: any day. But steps that lead to nothing? I chuckled at that one.


Fall in the Country – ProjectEdit365 – 10 Oct

The original wasn’t much different than the finished product. Less golden light and vibrance. I increased the clarity and slid the tint slider more towards the green. I also gave it a small vignette. I used two graduated filters. The first was on the sky to warm the temperature. The second was on the grass to decrease the contrast to give it a more vintage feel. Here’s the original:


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She’s Crafty…Fall Edition

Each season has something to look forward to:

Spring has Spring Cleaning, which I can’t say I’ve ever really looked forward to that.
Winter has Christmas and all the holiday cheer.
Summer has July 4th, cookouts and sun.

Now Fall has something great to look forward to…other than the cooling temperatures, which I’m pretty happy about (and I’ve already started shopping for Fall clothes so when’s the temp going to drop around here already!):


Tiffany showed us how to make some really cute pumpkins. These are my versions:

Mini Preppies

Miss Preppy

Plaid and goldish


Gold and plaidish

Gold and plaidish

Joined my Miss Brown

Joined my Miss Brown

Reagan's design

Reagan designed this one

Went a little crazy no? I think they’re so cute. I’ve got to find a way to accent the ones outside my front door. I’m thinking bales of hay…but that may get a little too cuntrified juxtaposed with the preppy bows…


And, I can’t wait to make these magnet boards Julie showed us.

These are Julie's trays, make no mistake

These are from Julie

I’ve asked her probably too many questions about the craft and she’s given me hints and tricks.
I’ve got the:

  • paint
  • sealer
  • paper
  • little clear pebbles to make the magnets

I just need:

  • the cookie sheets (I have to find a dollar store around here)
  • the magnet sheets


This Fall has energized my creativity. I can’t wait to do more. Oh, one more (I know). I made this Operating Room hat for my cousin:

Reagan models the hat
Reagan models the hat

It kind of makes me want to become an OR nurse…or convince Reagan to become one.