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Photo an Hour: Traffic Control

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Hey, internet! I’m back! I spent all last week in West Virginia for work, and I totally let my blog go. I did, however, do some exercises to helpĀ  me find my niche and really focus my blog, and make some more changes since I’m all sorts of fickle. More on that later. Today I’d like to give you a little peek into my life, or more specifically, what I do at work through the creative lens of a photo-an-hour. Here we go!

8:00amĀ  I’ve been standing here for an hour already, and I just had this great idea to take these pictures. This is my taper. It’s called a taper because it is the line that indicates one lane tapering into another. It’s a pretty easy concept, but I’ve seen some terrible looking tapers in my day.

9:00am It’s time for a bathroom break! Since I’m out on a country road in the middle of nowhere, there aren’t any public bathrooms around, and I couldn’t get a ride to the Porta-John, so I managed to climb down this very steep hill and hide in the tall grass.

10:00am I’ve been moved up the road a few hundred feet, and now I’m overlooking this cute little cottage. Later in the day I would be able to move closer and discover that it’s a garden shed.

11:00am The weather was very nice on Friday, but very sunny and very hot. Around this time there was a slight breeze I managed to capture.

12:00pm Tiger lilies.

1:00pm This is my Rite in the Rain Waterproof Notebook. I originally wrote this blog post in this little notebook, and it is amazing. The pages themselves are waterproof as well, which is 100% necessary. I once got sprayed by one of the water trucks on site with a thick black notebook in my pocket, full of tons of notes and ideas and doodles. My notebook was completely destroyed, and I was absolutely pissed. It will never happen again.

2:00pm There were at least 3 dogs on this road that just roamed free. All of them were very friendly and it was so much fun to watch them run around and play with each other and chase deer. On this day I tried so hard to get a good picture of the two that were playing near me all day, but they would never sit still for long enough, so this was the best I could do.

3:00pm I’ve been moved again, and I’m in a cozy little spot with a patch of black raspberries so close I can pick them. Too bad they’re not ripe yet.

4:00pm Oh, and this is my lovely mountain view from the little stretch of road I’m on with the raspberries. While it’s very nice, I wished I were in a less open area with a lot more shade.

Well, there you have it! By 5:00 my phone battery was dead, and by 6 I was on my way back to the hotel. I was pretty far from the actual road work that day, so it was all rather boring and I didn’t manage to get any shots of the equipment. Also, I wouldn’t have enjoyed being caught by the inspector or foreman while snapping photos. Mostly, when I’m out flagging I’m spending a lot of time alone, looking at the little things in nature and enjoying my time outside. It’s nice to have time to myself to cherish the great outdoors, and I hope you have the chance to do the same. Have a great week!

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Spring Card Roundup

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Hey, internet! Here in sunny Pennsylvania, Summer is right around the corner, so I’ve decided to submit this roundup of cards that I’ve made this Spring! Hope you enjoy! Read the rest of this entry

A Card for Mom

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I know I already posted my Mother’s Day card for this year, but this card is for my MIL! I was pretty excited to work with this week’s color story over at The Play Date Cafe!

 

After I cut out all of my letters by hand, I felt like this card was going to be a little plain, so I figured I’d replace the O with a little button. This still left the card seeming a little bit naked, so I was able to create a great looking flower out of white duct tape! Since I don’t have any scalloped scissors and I love the crap out of scalloped edges, I decided to stitch my own by hand, too! The greatest challenge of making this card was probably sewing on the button in a way to get the duct tape petals pinned down just right. I really love the simplicity of this card.

 

Garden Party Mother’s Day Card

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Hey there! Before I get down to business, I’d like to say sorry for not blogging this past week. As of last week, I had to go back to work at my full-time job, which kept me pretty busy. Then our Liberty broke down while Brad and I were on our way home from work, and we had to leave it at a random Jeep dealership along the way. Unfortunately, it looks like we’re not going to be seeing our car again for at least another week. In lighter news, here’s my entry for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge!

This challenge was a lot of fun to work on! I believe the intention of the sketch was to help the participants to use up some scraps, and while I tried to pull that off, I ended up making my scrap pile bigger in the process. When I finished cutting out all of the individual squares, I didn’t think they were lined up quite right, so I then created somewhat of a frame for them out of white cardstock. I love that all the paper I used for the squares has the same texture to it; I hope you can tell from the picture! This flowery card is intended for my mom for Mother’s Day, but today is actually my mom’s 1st wedding anniversary! Be sure to stop by tomorrow, of course, to see the card I’ve made for my mom and her (relatively) new husband.

Anyway, thanks for looking, and be sure to check out this week’s sketch challenge on the Mojo Monday blog!