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What I Wore- À la Plage


For our first day at the beach I wore what I think are the beachy-est colors; Light blue and sea foam green! And also a sweater because it was a little chilly that morning.

I had been wanting a small backpack for a while now, to carry my additional cameras/lens’ in, and I found the perfect one a few weeks ago at an antique store! Although I don’t think it’s more than ten years old. It really came in handy when we were out exploring and I wanted all my camera stuff but didn’t want to worry about carrying a bag around.

Also, that’s my lens cap in my back pocket..
This was the windiest day!

Outfit Details
Shirt: Target
Shorts:Target
Sweater: Target
Backpack: Thrifted

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Housewife Photoshoot

 When I made chocolate chip cookies the other week, I wanted a cute picture of me holding the cookie plate, and then that escalated into a photoshoot.
Since I have been working part time, I have filled my free days with activities such as baking, cooking and cleaning, and I must say, I quite enjoy it!  The only downside to it is never having any money. :p  But I am trying to enjoy my free while I still can, because I know I’ll miss it when it’s gone!
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Beach Trip- Part One

I love any type of vacation, but to me, nothing ever compares to a beach vacation.

I’m not sure what exactly I love about beaches the best; watching the waves while soaking up the sun, the endless sand castle possibilities, early morning shell walks.. I get so excited every time I think about the beach!

For this years beach trip Steven and I went to our favorite spot, Atlantic beach. It was the first ever trip we took together, and second time we went we got engaged! This was our third time going and we had a blast.

We always stay at the cute little Sand Dollar motel.


One of the cool things about North Carolina is that is has 200 miles of  barrier islands banking the coast, known as the outer banks, which is home to many light houses, wild horses, small islands for exploring and plenty of seashells! 


During the drive to the beach I can hardly contain my excitement, and by the time we get to the big bridge, I’m almost jumping out of my seat!

From the top of the bridge you can see across the island to the ocean on the other side!






One of the places we visited was sand dollar island, which is just a giant sandbar in the middle of the ocean that is home to tons of sand dollars and conchs! A ferry drops you off at low tide and then comes back to pick you up before the tide comes back in and the whole island gets covered by the water.



I had never seen a live conch before, some of them were HUGE, just wandering along the shore. But by the time I went to get my camera all I could find was this tiny guy.

Of course taking living guys isn’t allowed, so it was back into the sea with him! 

I loved sand dollar island so much! I had never seen a sand dollar except for at stores, and there were soo many live ones just hanging out in the sand! I am so excited about all the sand dollars I collected!
 
On the ferry ride over we passed a few islands and got to see some wild horses.

These photos are from an early morning walk to watch the sunrise, but I forgot that the sun doesn’t rise over the ocean at this beach because it faces east-west instead of north-south, so my sunrise pictures weren’t that exciting. But I was pretty happy with the other pictures I took in the morning fog.





 
We ate at a couple ocean front restaurants, such a great view!


 We ordered a pizza for lunch one day and took it to a little beach side picnic area (and pretended we didn’t see the no alcohol signs!) :0

Probably my favorite beach activities is just sitting on the beach all day, watching the waves and reading while drinking delicious beachy drinks. When I get too hot I’ll run into the water to cool down, then maybe I’ll dig in the sand and build a castle or something. 

Writing this post made me miss the beach so bad, even though we just got back. I can almost hear the waves crashing and taste the salty air as I look through these. I have a few more beach posts to come, so stay tuned!

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Veggie Garden Update- Plenty of Veggies!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a veggie garden update!



Ok so some of my bell pepper plants started growing… Well, whatever these things are… o____0 No idea what happened there.

Annnnd, I know you’re all wondering how my luffa plants are doing…

They’re doing great! They’ve taken over the fence and are starting to flower!


There is a future luffa, waiting to bloom and be pollinated!


I kind of let my broccoli get out of hand..
This is one of two gourds I’ve gotten. Sadly all of my squash plants got infested with squash borers and most of the vines died!! :'( I replanted them but I’m not sure they’re grow in time before the first frost hits. I was really looking forward to drowning in squash this year!

But other than my squash fiasco my garden has been doing great! I love going out and picking fresh veggies from the backyard.

What are your favorite vegetables to plant?

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What I Wore- Posing With Sunflowers

Outfit Details
Dress: Target
Shoes: Thrifted
Belt: Forever 21


These shoes were my first pair I ever found at a thrift store, and since then I’ve only gotten one other pair. I never seem to remember to check out the shoes when I’m thrift shopping; maybe it’s because I’ve always been slightly apprehensive about buying thrift store shoes since they’re not so easily washable like clothes are. Anyone have any good tips on how to disinfect them when you bring them home? 

Whenever I wear this particular outfit I’m always reminded of the one time I wore it on an unusually warm day in December, close to Christmas, two years ago. I remember being excited for spring, even though winter had just begun. I think that was one of the first moments I started preferring summer over winter.
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Land Camera Model 95 Tutorial

One of the highlights of my birthday adventure back in February, was finding this antique land camera.

I’ve had a fascination with polaroid cameras ever since I saw my uncle using one on a beach trip when I was eight years old. I just knew I had to have my own. For my birthday the following year I got an izone camera, and two packs of film. It made tiiiny little photos and I had a blast taking pictures of my pets and my toys. But eventually I used up all the film and for whatever reason never got any more. I never did get a real polaroid camera like I wanted and early this year I discovered the polaroid land camera and knew that was the camera I needed. Not only was it a super neat vintage camera, but you could still take pictures with it! So imagine my surprise when I happen to stumble upon one the next day.

Since finding this particular camera I have learned quite a few things about it that I wanted to share!

You can collapse the camera and the lens folds up to give you a handy way of carrying it around. This is mainly to protect to lens but it’s also convenient  if you don’t want people staring at you while you lug around a bulky 70 year old camera.


To open it you just press the silver button at the top and drag the lens out until it clicks into place.

Closing it is a bit more difficult though, you have to press down on the metal bars towards the back and then force the lens to slide back in. I’m sure it worked great back in the day when it was new, but it’s a struggle to get it back in now. Especially if you’re out in public and trying to rush to put away before it prompts someone to come over and ask you a bunch of questions! (Oh the horror!)



The inventor of this camera was Edwin Land and it was the first instant film camera ever made.  I read a story that said one day his daughter asked him why she couldn’t see the photos he took right away, and that led him to develop this instant camera that was manufactured by polaroid. The polaroid company dropped “Land” from their camera names in 1983 when Edwin Land retired. 

The one I happen to find was the first ever model of the land camera which was produced in 1947! Unfortunately these older models take what is called rollfilm, which stopped being produced in 1992. 🙁 


However you can still find the film on ebay if you’re lucky!  It’s a gamble buying expired film though, because you have no idea if it will actually work or not until you try it.  It takes polaroid 200 roll film, and it can also take polaroid 3000 rollfilm but since it’s such a fast speed I think I read that you need a special filter for it.. I haven’t gotten around to messing with that part yet.



To load the film you have to completely unfold the camera

Pressing the long button will open up the first hinged flap of the camera



And flipping this switch will open up the rest

 When you open a pack of film you will find two rolls, one is the negative film, one is the the positive film and they are attached together with some ancient scotch tape.  DO NOT BREAK THE SCOTCH TAPE. There are directions on the back that show how to load it; the negative roll goes on the right side,  the positive roll goes on the left side and the wrapper wraps around the first hinged flap and a small portion of it should be hanging out once you completely close the camera.

Gently tug on the wrapper to pull it out. It will be about 15 inches long and then it will stop. This means the first exposure is in front of the lens and you are ready to attempt a photograph!

There are a just a few settings you’ll need to adjust before taking a photo. The most important is the aperture, which is done by rotating the knob shown above. The numbers range from 1-8; One being the largest aperture and eight being the smallest. The larger the aperture the more light it lets in, so a low aperture setting is good for shooting indoors and a high aperture setting is best for bright sunlight outdoors. As you turn the knob you can see the aperture changing, which is great way to check to make sure you have the setting right.

The next setting to adjust is the length of the lens, depending on how far away your subject is. This is easily done by just sliding the lens forward or backward.


And then you’re ready to take a picture! Just press down on the shutter button and the aperture opens to expose the film.

The image will not start to develop until it is pulled through the rollers which release the chemicals. To do this, you press the film release button which is the little round button on the back of them camera. After you press it, pull the roll of paper until it stops; the photo you just took should now be in the back of the camera and the development process has started. The box of film says to wait about a minute or so, but since the film is super old I usually wait about three to five minutes before opening the back of the camera to get the picture out.


Once the time is up you can open up the back of the camera and get your photo. Just grab the little triangle tab and pull it off.


However, using expired film that is over 20 years old is risky and more often than not, will not work out! The picture above shows the remnants of an entire roll of film that did not work out.

I have actually managed to take one photo! It was the first roll of film I ever tried and it took me a while to realize that the negative roll had broken away from the positive roll (Remember that very important piece of ancient scotch tape I mentioned above?!) Well the tape had ripped apart by itself so I was only pulling the positive roll of film through and my photos weren’t developing. Once I realized what the problem was I was able to take this photo, but it just happened to be the very last exposure on the roll. This was a particular bummer because I bet I could have gotten an entire roll of photos if I had realized the problem sooner. -_-

But that’s ok, I’m still amazed I was able to even take one! It’s of my plants on my windowsill, I was a little annoyed at myself at first that I didn’t take a photo of something more interesting, but then I remember that the first photo ever taken was out a window so I thought it seemed kind of fitting.



My reaction to a bad exposure covered in old goopy chemicals. 

I am determined to take at least one more good photo with this camera!