Posted on Feb 10, 2009. 8 comments

I'm here to tell you today that I can stop playing with my new camera any time I want too. 'Cause then I'll just have time to explore photo software and overdose on my daily breadmaker bread. Thus far I've wasted time messing around with white balance and normalize or equalize using the gimp (is that an unfortunate name or what?), and then waste even more time after I upload to flickr the real magic happens. Picnik gives fantastic control over exposure, (including local exposure), temperature controls, saturation, and probably some other stuff I don't know about yet.
Recipe Aside: The perfect Breadmaker Bread Recipe
Makes one 1.5 lb loaf.
9 oz warm water
1 tbsp softened butter
3 c flour
2 tbsp sugar
1.5 tsp salt
2.5 tsp yeast
1 heavy tbsp irony
Put all dry ingredients except for yeast in breadmaker reservoir. Add butter and water. Make a divot for the yeast in the flour mound. (I use the tablespoon to press out a spot). Add the yeast and place reservoir into breadmaker. Set for medium crust, 1.5 loaf and white bread. Start and in three short hours enjoy! Spread butter and raw honey on freshly baked bread for maximum enjoyment. Pose for self portraits while trying to look ironic.
Self portrait : tinkered within a pixel of it's existence, using every software option available. (The tee came from the $5 Threadless tee-shirt sale).
I'm actually learning about camera stuff too. For example you have to have something to focus on to take a picture in self portrait mode. Ever the artist I fashioned a dummy.
I think it's a suitable stand-in although she could stand to loose a few according to Orange County standards.
When not obsessing over the white balance 10 lbs I'm chasing Maya around with the camera as a card carrying member of the Mamarazzi. She wants to know why she can't chase cars with umbrellas and cross the street without cameras flashing in her face.
These days the only time she gets a break is when I'm drop spindling (shut up I can quit that any time too). This yarn is my current favorite, Midnight Merino purchased from the Dizzyewe. I didn't link the merino because I want it ALL FOR MYSELF. Buyer beware of giant eye rolling and teeth clicking if you buy my the fiber. I may stalk your front lawn with a camera and empty spindle should you purchase it.
The good news is I'll be trailing koigu and freshly baked bread.
The smell of butter and honey on fresh baked bread will definitely overpower the Perfume d'Obsession, right? Anyway it's not my fault that the overexposure of Elmos, potties, and overdose of fresh bread along with half eaten chicken nuggets have addled my brain. I bet there's a tee shirt for that and a willing adolescent minded model somewhere....


  • Posted by lyssa on Feb 13, 2009

    mmm…bread. That’s just not fair.

  • Posted by Roberta on Feb 13, 2009

    I know I haven’t seen Maya in forever, but I can’t get over how tall she is.
    You crack me up with your new addiction (that you can quit anytime you want). But it does make lots of pretties. And then there’s the fresh bread, mmmm

  • Posted by mindy on Feb 11, 2009

    I refer to them as my self-mulching lawn mowers…

  • Posted by Susan on Feb 11, 2009

    Ummmmmmm, bread. I think I’m going to have to go pop some in during my daughter’s nap. Will mine trail Koigu too?

  • Posted by Heidi on Feb 12, 2009

    spinning is so addictive…

  • Posted by mindy on Feb 10, 2009

    Can I get the roving if I let you pet and photograph my baby goaties when they get here? Whether I can or not- I want the bread and honey. Now. (my bread machine has gotten cranky in its old age- you never know how much time you’re going to spend unplugging, replugging, and hitting start before it finally does). We can’t talk about cameras. Mine is broken.

  • Posted by Restless Knitter on Feb 11, 2009

    Shouldn’t the stand-in gain a few (silicone) according to OC standards?

  • Posted by Michelle on Feb 11, 2009

    J-She should be wearing a bag more expensive than my mortgage too. I’ll try to be more accurate next time.
    M-I’m really thinking a goat would be similar enough to a dog to fool these city slickers into having one. Added bonus: my grass will be short. Maybe we can arrange a trade of bread, photographic equipment and fiber.

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