June 16, 2014

wonderful thing about weekends.

over the weekend i made artichoke dip from scratch and dabbled at the idea of making my own bracelets. i have no clue where to even start so throughout the week i hope to gather some ideas. 

we also had lots of watermelon and also a watermelon juice drooling cocker spaniel. it was the cutest thing to see. and there was watermelon juice evvverrrywhere. 

oh and a couple of weeks ago, i purchased the a beautiful mess photoshop action - the folk collection and have been playing around with it for a while. the photos in this post, and this, this and this oh and this{!} were touched up by the folk collection photoshop action.

i was a little wary about buying it because before i started using vsco film, i was using actions that i was able to download for free. they were definitely unpredictable and some had kinks but i was able to eventually find ones that worked for me. 

actions definitely need some playing around and at times photos don't exactly turn out the way you think they would. but i'm happy with the folk collection. my favorites are imogen, norma, willis and light leak 4. and i love that you can use more than two actions to play around with the mood and all. i hope to purchase the other collections in the future and look forward to using these along with vsco film moving forward. 

hope you have a great week ahead. along with the bracelet diy idea, i also have another diy up my sleeve and after returning we have the secret life of walter mitty to watch next on netflix. i saw the original a long time ago and am looking forward to seeing this version. 

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  1. Watermelon is always a sure sign that summer is officially here - happy Monday!

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  2. Sounds like a marvellous weekend :)) Love that your dog loves watermelon, so sweet :) Have a great week doll xx

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    1. :) he looves it so much. hope you have a great week as well!

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  3. Your blog is a wonder-filled day dream!

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  4. I LOVE weekends :) who doesn't love,ha :)
    Me and my husband are so into D.I.Y projects, that I want to see your bracelets result! hope you'll share soon :)

    hugs.

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    1. i've been researching bracelets! wow! some of them look so hard to make but my interest level is peaked! :)

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  5. i love these snapshots! i'd love to get photoshop and learn how to use it - one of these days i will, i just need to save up a bit first :) x

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    1. wow! your pictures don't even need photoshop! they are so good!

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  6. Great pics (as always)! Yay for watermelon and summertime!

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  7. I love watermelons. We've been waiting to get the yellow ones at the store but they haven't shown up yet, I can't wait! Have a lovely week.

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    1. i actually never had the yellow ones! this year perhaps! hope you have a great week as well!

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  8. Sounds like the photoshop action purchase was a great investment! The colors in your photos really amplify the specific mood. Hope you had a great weekend! & here's to another week {cheers}!

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    1. it was! i'm glad they turned out great. hope you have a great week ahead!

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  9. you make me ache for watermelon now! they look so deliciously fresh...

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    1. they scream summer don't they? :)

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  10. Can't wait to see how your bracelets turned out. And that watermelon reminded me I'd also indulged in some. Time to make some watermelon-basil water!

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    1. i may need some major miracle for those bracelets to turn out looking half decent. :) watermelon-basil water sounds amazing. i must look it up!

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  11. These photos are awesome! I don't even know which ones are my favorite: they are all so wonderful! I was about to ask you if you took them with your iphone. I definitely need to get the iphone now when I get back from deployment.

    Looks like you had an awesome weekend Jane. I didn't have watermelon, but I had lots of fruit this weekend too. =)

    Jess L

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    1. thanks jessica! these were taken with my digital slr!

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  12. I really want some watermelon now! It never quite feels like summer until I have some :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  13. Beamer loves watermelon too. I'd love to see how your bracelets turn out!

    Your pictures are always flawless :)

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    1. thanks kat! would love to see beamer chomp down on some watermelon :)

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  14. Your photos always send me to dream of a beautiful place. And I would love to have one of your DIY bracelets! I love collecting one of a kind pieces. Hope you had a fun weekend!

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    1. thank you carmen! oh those bracelets are going to need some major miracle for them to turn out decent! :) i am still researching!

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  15. Looks like a wonderful weekend. Piri is absolutely adorable (and very photogenic!). Can't WAIT to see the DIY bracelets you come up with! Those wooden beads would look pretty awesome painted in all sorts of ombre pastels?!

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    1. thank you! i am still looking up tutorials! i was thinking about tying the ends but i think i'll go and buy some lobster hooks instead! crossing my fingers!

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  16. Sounds like (another) wonderful weekend c;
    You should totally make a beady bracelet ^___^
    Xx

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  17. Hey thanks for the heads up on the photoshop action. I bought a few and they are fun to work with and love artichoke dip! And I am hot and thirsty so that water mellon pix is not helping...


    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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    1. actions are definitely fun to work with. i was so used to working with photos on vscocam but it was a nice change to work with actions again. :)

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  18. I've been a Photoshop user for decades and I still have never gotten around to using 'actions'! How funny that programs like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro are just monstrous beautiful beasts that can never be completely mastered. Lol

    Btw Piri looks adorable with the watermelon :)

    Quinn
    www.Desgettier.com

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    1. i agree with you! i've been using photoshop for such a long time as well and still find something new about it!

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  19. I lurvz watermelon! And can't wait to see the DIY, Jane:)

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  20. PIRI IS LITERALLY TOO MUCH HOW IS HE SO PERFECT. UGH! And your pictures are goooooorgeous!

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    1. haha! thank you!! your photos are gorgeous too!!

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  21. Your photos are gorgeous! And thank you for the link! I have never heard of it before?!?! Your weekend looked fantastic...and that watermelon looks amazing! Wishing you an outstanding week lady! Nicole xo

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    1. thank you! the same to you nicole!

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  22. Ah that watermelon looks delicious, looks like you had a wonderful weekend. Good luck with your bracelets, can't wait to see! xx Kat


    Love and Ace

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  23. I love the light leaks in the a beautiful mess actions. I haven't bought them yet, but they look so good on your photos, I might just have to :)

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    1. the light leaks are pretty fun to play around with! i hope to get my hands on the other collections in the future!

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  24. These are beautiful pictures. And the watermelon looks divine.

    Jes
    Naturally Jes

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  25. Piri loves watermelon - best thing ever! And also artichoke dip - super yum :)
    Have been eyeing off those actions, I think I have too many though, it hurts my head :P

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    1. it was actually my first time trying artichoke dip! it was pretty good! i know what you mean! i had TONS of actions before. some didn't work properly etc. but i had a good collection.

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  26. Beautiful photos, such a warm and everyday like I do.
    Regards, Carou

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  27. Looks so summery and lovely over at your end of the world!!! Antichoke dip sounds YUM

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  28. Haha Piri looks like she loves the watermelon. I keep forgetting that it is in season over there... Being in Australia for a year messes with your sense of time... and season...

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    1. :) i feel the same way too when i visit blogs of aussie friends! you're getting ready for winter!

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  29. I love that first shot. I've only downloaded a few (free) actions but I usually end up spending lots of time altering them to get the right effect. There's one I always use and one I made myself that's ever so slightly different than a normal photo, for a lighter effect. I love how yours turn out!

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    1. thank you! that's pretty neat how you made your own!

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  30. Yummy watermelon! Love the shadow photo of you and Yangkyu. Love the person pointing to the sky! Great use of the actions!

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  31. I love this photos! they totally scream summer! too bad I don't like watermelon ;S

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  32. That watermelon looks so good! That is the cutest picture of Piri eating it. That dip sounds delish!

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  33. Your pictures are always beautiful Jane and I love how you've experimented with the different actions here! Also, that watermelon is mouthwatering- yummm.

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  34. How fun! Hope you'll share your DIY bracelets! On summertime it is so nice to spend some time on the outside making some creative project :) Oh! how interesting that you tried the ABM actions, I am also tempted. Have you already tried using both VSCO and these actions? Are they configurable in the same sense or is it only the intensity of the action? :) Is it fast to work or do they need extra tuning? It would be so interesting to read your opinions since I love your photo approach :)

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    1. yes! i totally tried using vsco first and then ABM. i think the floral friday one was like that? i can't remember exactly because i wanted to post pictures that were strictly made with the ABM filter so that i can see it without vsco cam. but in the future, yes totally, i would love to use both on photos! and i usually don't need a lot of extra tuning!

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