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Color Palette

As I save up for a new camera, I took the weather today as a deciding factor for me to backup and go through some of my old files. I think that in the near future I will post some of my Taiwan favorites that I haven’t really had a chance to post over here as I wait out this dry camera and wet typhoon spell. But first, let me also mention that I decided to try something new out as well.

Inspired by my design seeds post yesterday, I decided to take some time today to learn how to do that myself. I remember for my Picture Color class this summer, one of my classmates posted a tutorial on it, but I hadn’t had time then to really go over it. I went over our archived posts on the message board and found it. So, without further ado, here are a couple of color palettes I made today. I took both from my FYE Inspiration file, and you can find more about that here.

It was a lot of fun to learn how to add, pull, and place the colors in their own little boxes, and I think that in future I may do a few more of these as well. (I think I may start to do five colors in the next round, though.)

If you are interested in learning how to make these, you can check out this lovely tutorial with circular swatches here. Enjoy! 🙂

Where I’ve Been

We’ve been having a wonderful time while home. I’ve been meaning to blog a few things, but much of my time (when not spending it with family and friends) has been dedicated to blogging for my photography class: Kat Sloma’s Find Your Eye e-course. To read about some of my experience as well as where I’m headed while finding my eye on my photographic journey, you can go here. 🙂 Enjoy until I make it back here with some photo sessions as well as other posts.

And because I love a post with photos, here is one I took about a week ago that makes me very happy.

I hope you are having a sunshiny day where you are!

The Many Faces of Houzi

So, a couple of weeks ago, one of our dear friends, nicknamed Houzi (Monkey), asked us to go along with him to photograph him getting a tattoo. We caught up on everything we’ve missed out on, and we had a good time. Unfortunately we weren’t able to stay the entire time due to some previous engagements, but it was great to see him again, and I was honored and happy to photograph one of his journeys. 🙂

I must admit, he had some great facial expressions.

Some of my other favorites from the day:

This is the tattoo artists’ dog; he so wanted to be outside or in the room with us. Poor little guy…lol.

A happy accident, and definitely one of my favorites:







*Please don’t use any of these images without permission. Stealing makes me sad. 😦

Fall Treats

As I’ve mentioned before, the food in Taiwan is obviously different from the food I grew up with – good, but different. This definitely includes treats. For instance, my friend bought a slice of pumpkin pie the other day, which had a lattice top and sadly tasted more like baked squash than the well-known sweetened pumpkin pie it was supposed to resemble. However, you [my friends back home] don’t have to worry about such things (hopefully), as you have most likely begun to indulge in all things I dub as “holiday season delicious-ness.” IF you have not had a chance yet, I encourage you to partake in the fall treats you can find – if not for you, then at least for me please, because I miss them greatly. 🙂

Also, if you are having trouble locating such delicious-ness, then might I suggest the Chocolate House of Ann Arbor?* You should definitely go the next time you are in the Ann Arbor area, and not just because it’s my brother-in-law’s. 😉 Oh no, trust me: delicious-ness abounds inside! I was lucky enough to take some photos for them while home, and I promise you, it’s all worth it.

For starters, their delightful caramel fondue pot, only around for the fall season, has an array of yummy apples, spice bread, and brownies for dipping.

They also have yummy pumpkin spice and caramel drinks, too!

And finally, the homemade truffles. These are available all year ’round; however, their Mexican Spice Truffle is ahh-mazing and has a nice seasonal “kick” to it, if I do say so myself.


*This is not a sponsored or paid post; everything at the Chocolate House of Ann Arbor is just THAT good.

Three Weeks?!

Wow – first, Internet, thank you for sticking with me while I’ve been enjoying my busy month home! I noticed a few of you checked every once in a while to see if I am still alive – and I am, so thank you!

Second, what a BUSY “vacation” it’s been so far. I can’t believe three weeks has passed already. It’s hard to believe that in 10 days I head back already. I have been enjoying the busy-ness of it all, though, don’t get me wrong. I’ve seen some wonderful people, got to shoot a wedding with one of them, battled a nasty cold, helped out at a chocolate shop (mmm….), and have been advancing my Taiwan career by working toward obtaining a certificate – more on how that all turns out after this weekend, though – lol.

It’s been a wonderful, wonderful three weeks, and I’m looking forward to my last one before heading back to the Beautiful Island to see my husband again, enjoy our new apartment, and finally start moving toward our goals for our time in Taiwan. And swim in our new pool. 😉