Outdoor Photography and Reverse Videos

I’ve been doing some photo posts lately, so I decided to do a real post with words. Over the past couple weeks, I took lots of pictures of my backyard: the trees, blossoms, flowers, new plants, and tulips… (also, you can see that I’ve been using A Beautiful Mess‘ new photography app available on the App Store!)

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My brother and I bought an app that reverses videos, and we have had a BLAST playing around with that. Some things to experiment with if you like reverse videos:

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  • Pick flowers = place flowers and join them to their stems
  • Spray water = draw up water from the ground
  • Jump out of a tree (carefully!) = leap into a tree
  • Eat food = take food out of your mouth whole/
  • Tear paper into little pieces and sprinkle them = pick up pieces of paper using “the Force” and join them seamlessly.
  • Crinkle paper up = smooth paper out

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Have fun!

Over the Weekend

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This weekend, I stayed with my dad and brother in a hotel. Some of the things we did included eating a burrito out of a styrofoam coffee cup, watching more than one Harry Potter movie, and in the process, I neglected my blog! Aah! Well, now I have something to write about. We walked around an outdoor mall. First of all, we got to watch a full grown man put himself into a small plastic box, then we moved on to  different shops. Later on (after my brother bought himself a giant multi-colored balloon hat, of course) we went into a place that did henna tattoos. I got one on my arm and I love it! The woman rubbed my arm with henna oil, then drew the tattoo, and finally sprayed it with a lemon sugar water mix. I noticed that the woman who did it had a green cone that held the henna ink. Now that I think about it, I remember seeing something just like it at the Indian grocery. Guess who will be experimenting with that…? A henna tattoo, two bags of taffy, a giant balloon hat, and three taco bowls later, we left. What a weekend.

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Chive + Onion Cream Dip

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You’ll need:

1 cup cream cheese

2 tablespoons blue, feta, or any other special soft cheese

1 teaspoon dried, chopped chives

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

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In a large bowl, whip together the cream cheese and soft cheese using a rubber spatula, whisk, or hand-held electronic whisk. Slow whipping speed and add chopped chives, onion and garlic powder, and salt. Serve with potato chips. Enjoy!

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This recipe is great for summer get-togethers or anytime of the year. Until later! 🙂

Lunch, My Vintage Suitcase, and {FINALLY} the Hair Bow Tutorial

For lunch today, I made my brother and I some well-done quesadillas and a dairy free chocolate coconut milkshake. The quesadillas are pretty simple. You just shed a little mozzarella cheese onto a white corn tortilla, crush some feta cheese on top, and sprinkle a dash of garlic salt onto all that. Then, you cook it in a toaster oven (NOT a microwave!) set at the ‘toast’ setting until the cheese is golden brown. Ta da!

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Here is the recipe for the dairy free chocolate milkshake:

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Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Milkshake

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You’ll need:

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1 tbs. dairy free hot chocolate mix

1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

1 drop Sweet Drops English Toffee liquid stevia OR 1 quick squirt of agave (optional)

1 scoop coconut ice cream (any flavor, I used vanilla)

A sprinkle of vanilla powder (optional)

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Turn over a glass cup with a flat rim. Set rim in almond milk for a second. Then press rim into a small amount of the hot chocolate mix. Whisk together the almond milk and hot chocolate mix in a cup until combined. Whisk in the vanilla powder. Add liquid stevia or agave. Add the coconut ice cream. Enjoy!

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If you aren’t dairy free, then just use your “regular” dairy-containing milk and ice cream. I’m slightly lactose intolerant, but I used whole milk mint chip ice cream. Have fun with your milkshakes! Dip the rim in honey, agave, jam, or peanut butter for a different flavor. This milkshake recipe is mainly meant as a starting point for you guys to expand on. In the comments section, you can post your variations on this recipe!

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I bought a vintage suitcase at a local store for $38. I was around $40 at first, then I took a chance and waited until it went on sale. I bought it later. What a grab! (It’s for display because it’s old and I don’t want it to be damaged on plane trips.)

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I finally decided to upload the pictures for the hair bow DIY like I promised. I will post them in episodes. Today I am showing the first 4 steps. Keep checking for the next parts!

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Well, this has to be the longest post ever! I hope you liked it. Don’t be afraid to comment and be sure to like and follow me.

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Bite-Sized Post: Photo Editing Tips

Here are 3 tips for getting as much as you can out of apps like Repix, Photo Toaster, Fotor, or Pixlr-o-Matic on your iPhone or iPad.

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Tip #1: Don’t be afraid to edit outside the box.

Try out funky and unusual effects, clash different colors, and play with frames and lighting. Try combinations of effects and themes, and you might find something that you like. Even if you don’t, it’s fun to expand your horizon.

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Tip #2: Mess around with all kinds of photography and photo editing apps.

Regularly check for photo apps that are free but don’t be afraid to purchase occasionally. Also, make an attempt to use a medley of applications and software to enhance a single photo. Try editing a photo using 5 different apps.

 

Tip #3: Take snapshots of ANYTHING.

Scroll through the photos on your phone or computer and see if there is a certain way you take photos, or a type of setting or person that you photograph more than others. Don’t be hesitant to snap a quick and blurry photo of a flower, (and don’t delete photos that aren’t perfect.) If you mainly take pictures of people, take more of nature or animals, and vice versa.

 

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I hope these tips help you discover more about photo editing and photography. The main point is: photograph and edit what no one else does.  😉

Thrift Stores, Pictures, and Cinnamon Rolls

A few days ago, we went to a giant thrift store to donate. And no, it didn’t stop there. We decided to look around. A couple hours later, we emerged, carrying 3 full plastic sacks of goodies. There’s nothing wrong with that — we donate 4 full bags and buy 3 full bags. Here are some key benefits of thrift shopping…:

  1. You can find some unique and quirky things.
  2. You can buy a few bag’s worth of clothing and spend 1/4 of the amount you would in a department store.
  3. Buying from thrift stores usually goes to a charity.
  4. When you donate at certain stores, you receive a discount on your next purchase.
  5. It’s fun!!

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In the end, I walked out with a cute Merona jean jacket, a pretty scarf, a unique wood carved elephant candle holder, a blue and white Asian vase, a record of Russian folk music for displaying, (I have 2 in my collection, and the records they sell at this store are 49 cents), and a pair of almost-new Dansko sandals that were a bargain at $6.99!

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I have been doing less editing lately, but I did manage to do a few. This one is my favorite. (There is a tutorial for this hair style/curling method coming up, right after I post the hair bow DIY.)

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Yesterday, my mom made gluten free, dairy free cinnamon rolls, and they tasted amazing. She made a butter pecan frosting to go with it. You kind of have to taste them to understand how great they are, especially for being gluten free. We all have celiac, so cooking gluten free is a necessity for us. (Learn more about her cooking skills here.) If you participate in this poll, then I can post more recipes with your food allergies or sensitivities in mind!

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First live post

The Scribbling Pixie blog is live with no password protect! Had to share these photos. Edited on my iPhone using Repix, Pixlr-O-Matic, (my personal favorite), and Photo Toaster.

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The cilantro are from the Indian grocery, my dad took the picture of the Argentine cactus, and my mom made the fruit salad. It had kiwis, apples, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, a little mint, and essence of lime. Notice I use past tense — had.

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15 Ways to Decorate Your Bedroom

As I cleaned up my bedroom today, I took some photos of a few of my DIY projects, shelf spaces, and other decorations and set ups. I compiled a 10 Ways to Decorate Your Bedroom photo list:

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Here is the link to the Word Board DIY.