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Christmas Activities Abound!

This weekend was chock full of Christmasey goodness. First of all, my favorite holiday movies (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) were being played all weekend on TNT. Since they came out at Christmastime I cannot help but associate them with the season. Second, we took the boys to see Santa today. There is a […]

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VanderbiltWife - December 16, 2007 - 11:52 pm

I have a really yummy sugar cookie recipe if you want it!

Iaian does look like the Love Actually kid. I LOOOOVE that movie!

whimsigal - December 17, 2007 - 12:40 am

Yes, please email your recipe to me! I need a good sugar cookie recipe so we can leave Santa some yummy treats.

I love Love Actually, too. So many great stories in there!

Cate - December 17, 2007 - 12:46 am

I love those two films & can certainly see the resemblance.

Thanks for the emailed camera info too – you’ve inspired me & I’ve taken your info & started researching what is available in NZ.

Love the expression in the Santa pic – just what did Santa tell your boy?

Mama Podkayne - December 17, 2007 - 1:01 am

Does your camera have a B&W setting? Mine is supposed to but since it is so new to me I have not figured it out just yet. The book says that using the setting when you take the pictures has even better results. ??

whimsigal - December 17, 2007 - 1:05 am

Cate, you’re very welcome for the camera info! I’m so excited that you’re looking into it! If I can help you with anything else let me know.

LOL I don’t know what Santa said. It was really shocking I guess!

whimsigal - December 17, 2007 - 1:10 am

M.P., I do believe mine has a monochrome setting but I don’t use it. When I take pictures I do it in Raw instead of jpeg. Raw is basically a digital negative and it allows you work from it without changing the original file. I used Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software that came with my camera to make the B&W conversion on these two.

What kind of camera do you have?

Rinnyboo - December 17, 2007 - 2:59 am

Ha! That picture is freakin’ hilarious!! I am laughing outloud at Iain’s expression.

The B & W pictures are breathtaking. I can see what you mean about the Love Actually kid in Iain’s photo. I haven’t seen Nanny McPhee. I think they have a similar smile.

whimsigal - December 17, 2007 - 3:08 am

Hey Marin! Isn’t it funny? Totally cracks me up.

Thanks for your comment on the B&W photos. I am really loving them, too. You should watch Nanny McPhee when you get a chance. I think it’s a sweet movie and, of course, I cry at the end.

Just a Walk in the Park - December 17, 2007 - 3:08 pm

I love the black and white pictures!

How do you make the “paint” for the sugar cookies? Tha Park Wife

whimsigal - December 17, 2007 - 3:32 pm

Hey Park Wife! For the cookie “paint” I just followed Ree’s recipe over at which was 1 egg yolk, 1tsp water, and a couple of drops of food coloring. You do this for each color you desire.

It was simple and a lot of fun!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment!


VanderbiltWife - December 17, 2007 - 6:40 pm

Evie…also, re: cookie recipe, I always ice my cookies so maybe that makes them taste better!! :)

piscesgrrl - December 22, 2007 - 10:32 pm

You are such a good mama! Homemade cookies, visit to Santa (expression is priceless!), gingerbread houses, vintage photos… yer makin’ me look bad.

Oh wait, I do that all by my scroogish self!

I love Love Actually too! And only saw a bit of Nanny McPhee, need to see the rest. Rob and I watched Blood Diamond last night and I wept. DEFINITELY not holiday movie fare.

My new favorite photo

I took some photos of my niece for my sister this weekend so they could send them out with Christmas cards and while there are many that show her scrumptious little self, this one is my favorite: This is the shot as I took it. I don’t know why it’s my favorite but there’s just […]

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kelli - December 12, 2007 - 4:06 am

Love that photo, so cute. Isn’t Pioneer Woman so inspiring?

All your pics are so colorful, wonderful!

whimsigal - December 12, 2007 - 4:28 am

Hey Kelli! Thanks so much! Yes, Pioneer Woman is inspiring and I have s much affection for her. She really puts herself out there and it’s so wonderful to read her blog every day.

Thanks so much for coming by mine!


Cate - December 12, 2007 - 5:21 am

These are so cool Evie!

Photoshop is something I really want to learn. I’ve been inspired by some blogs too & want to learn how to take better pics.

Will be watching your experiments with interest!


Alison - December 12, 2007 - 6:45 am

Great Pic..I like the vintagy one in color the best..

carri - December 12, 2007 - 12:34 pm

Wow Evie! I lurve them all!

Life With Us - December 12, 2007 - 12:34 pm

I love the warm up and intensify. I love photography. Mt daughter and I have been very inot taking pics lately. I will have to check out her site.
I have enjoyed looking at your photos.

whimsigal - December 12, 2007 - 12:43 pm

Cate, I’m still learning Photoshop, too. It’s so freaking expensive! My copy is from the year 2000, I think. Add to that I’m on a Mac and I still don’t get it yet and you have a big puddle of confusion sitting here a lot of the time. For most of my photos I use Photoshop Elements which has many of Photoshop’s features, minus the most advanced ones. The actions I used on these pictures are just things I select and click play and the rest is automated. The actions are predesigned to make all these changes themselves. In otherwords, I still don’t get Photoshop but I can at least use the actions.

Alison and Danette, I like those two also. The warm up makes the photo really pop and vintagey just looks neato.

Carri! Have you watched Saturday Night Live when they do the skit of the chick who runs the register at Target? Your comment reminds me of her! LOL

carri - December 12, 2007 - 1:20 pm

I haven’t watched SNL in like forever. Now I have to make a point of it.

Rinnyboo - December 12, 2007 - 4:18 pm

I like Warm up and Intensify and the Vintagey Over Expose in color and the dark B&W.

You know I love photography and I still don’t feel comfortable with my (SLR) camera or Photoshop. I guess I really need to do more research to track down the manual!

whimsigal - December 12, 2007 - 4:34 pm

Carri, I emailed you a link to a video…

Marin, I can’t remember which version of photoshop you have but Scott Kelby makes some great hot-to books for Photoshop. They are very easy to understand, don’t have a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo. I haven’t had as much time as I would like to go through it but maybe in February I’ll become an expert. LOL If it weren’t for these automated actions, I wouldn’t be able to play with photoshop well.

Stephanie - December 12, 2007 - 4:41 pm

Was this picture taken in May???


whimsigal - December 12, 2007 - 5:43 pm

Ha ha Miss Snowy Pants. I can’t help it that the high here yesterday was friggin 80 degrees!!! Just rub it in that you have snow and we still have leaves on the trees and green grass.

My sister actually had to turn on her A/C…in December!!!


Elaine - December 12, 2007 - 9:26 pm

Evie, thanks for the tip you left on my blog about PW. Looks like you’ve got a great blog going here as well.

my blog:

whimsigal - December 12, 2007 - 9:33 pm

Elaine, it was my pleasure! Thanks for coming by!

VanderbiltWife - December 13, 2007 - 9:23 pm

I am totally addicted to PW thanks to your blog, Evie! And PWC (is that an approp. abrev.?? LOL). I made peach cobbler from it the other night and sometime this weekend we’ll be having Malboro Man’s favorite sandwich. Now if I could only get my DH to eat your brussel sprouts!

whimsigal - December 13, 2007 - 11:00 pm

V-dub (vanderbiltwife) Ha! It’s easy to get addicted to either one of her sites! Isn’t the Peach thing to DIE for???? Have mercy. When your husband eats that sandwich, he’ll give you anything you want. LOL

On the brussel sprouts, so many people don’t like them! Just fix them and eat them yourself. That’s what I do with the foods my DH doesn’t like!

Alison - December 14, 2007 - 5:37 am

You’ve been tagged!!

MarlaQuack - December 15, 2007 - 12:05 am

nice job on the photos.

kalurah - December 19, 2007 - 10:35 am

This is AWESOME, Evie!
I LOVE it! :)

whimsigal - December 19, 2007 - 12:27 pm


I’m so glad you came by and left that comment. I had sent it to my mom, telling her it was my favorite and when I asked her what she thought she said,”Well, she’s just standing in the yard.” Made me feel like an idiot!

I’m glad to know that you liked it!


kelli - December 19, 2007 - 1:16 pm

“Well, she’s just standing in the yard.”

Wait…. I didn’t know we were sisters *g* I’ve totally heard comments like that from my mom too.

We must put those comments out our heads…we don’t want them commin’ ’round here! :)

And those black and white ones of the boys are amazing~

kalurah - December 19, 2007 - 9:49 pm

Oh, some just cannot understand us “artistic geniuses”!! ;)

piscesgrrl - December 22, 2007 - 10:22 pm

I totally see why you love this photo! It’s not posed, she looks so sweet in that dress, and it seems to capture the innocence and dreaminess of our wee ones. It’s lovely! I love seeing the different effects. I’ve been dabbling with Picasa, Google’s free photo editing program. There aren’t that many effects to choose from, but I’m hooked nonetheless.

Anonymous - January 25, 2008 - 5:22 pm

Great photos. On the topic of costly photoshop you should try out

House of Style – Gingerbread Version

So last night Ryan wanted to make the gingerbread houses. I think it was really because he was tired of me telling him he couldn’t eat any of that candy until we’d made our houses but that’s neither here nor there. We had fun! The last time I tried one of these the results were […]

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VanderbiltWife - December 11, 2007 - 7:10 pm

Now I wanna make a gingerbread house! Too bad my DH hates gingerbread…I’d have to eat it all by myself. ;)

whimsigal - December 11, 2007 - 7:20 pm

LOL Why don’t you make one out of rice krispy treats? My sister watched Rachael Ray do that on her show the other day. I am not planning on eating any of these but I sure could tear up a Rice Krispy house!!

Rinnyboo - December 11, 2007 - 9:03 pm

Wow! The gingerbread houses look so festive and colorful. Nice pictures and great house design by Iain and Ryan!

carri - December 11, 2007 - 10:22 pm

Love the houses! Looks like ya’ll had a great time.

Alison - December 12, 2007 - 6:46 am

Our house never looks that good!! Great job.

Stephanie - December 12, 2007 - 4:46 pm


childsplay - December 12, 2007 - 10:23 pm

I melt for gingerbread houses! These are great!

KMDuff - December 13, 2007 - 10:23 pm

very inspiring gingerbread houses. so lovely. :) glad you get to enjoy christmas!:)

piscesgrrl - December 22, 2007 - 10:17 pm

I haven’t made a gingerbread house since I was a kid (bad mom!)… I wonder if we can still squeeze it in, this looks so fun! And lovely enough to eat! ;-)