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Announcement time!

15 Jan

joshua tree w (3 of 10)Hello to my wonderful followers, all 200+ of you!  I just recently passed the 200 mark, and I was super excited but also have been very busy, and couldn’t figure out exactly how I should announce it/celebrate, so I didn’t post anything about it yet.  Today’s post is actually to announce something else… That my main website is now hosted with a different company, so this is no longer lysbleudesigns.com, and that website is different, although mostly the same.  I installed WordPress over there and imported everything from here over to there, but I am in process of updating the site, so some things will be changing.  My Hipstamatic photos are only available on here, not there.  I will be making all my posts over there though, and not really doing anything new here.  So, please GO THERE AND FOLLOW ME!!  The one thing I didn’t think about when switching everything is that now that I finally hit the lovely 200 follower mark, I am losing every single one of you and starting over at zero there.  BOOOOOOO!!  So please, please, please spread the love over to the new site!

I am going to try to repost my posts over there on here, so that I don’t abruptly cut everything off for you all, but I have not tried that yet so I cannot guarantee that it will work.  I think it should though, but just follow the new one now and you won’t have to worry about it! 🙂

I love you all and you are wonderful, thank you for your support here!

*I included a lovely photo from our recent trip to Joshua Tree, to further tempt you over to the new site, because I will be making a post there with more of those photos. 🙂


Weekly Photo Challenge: (Extra)ordinary

16 Oct

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “(Extra)ordinary.”

Alright y’all… This is my FAVORITE thing to photograph.  I don’t post as many of them, because I’m never sure if other people like them as much as I do, but seriously, my favorite thing in the world to take photos of is “ordinary” things.  I am very detail-oriented, so I notice little things that others often do not.  In addition, I find almost everything beautiful.  Give me something “boring”, and there’s a good chance I can pick out something about it that I find beautiful.  And then cry about it, because I cry about beautiful things.  Yup, that’s me…cries about everything.  It’s great!

I had a hard time choosing one photo for this challenge, as you might guess from what I just said…I might have to make my own regular posts of (extra)ordinary things!  I just took this photo yesterday, so I choose it because it was my most recent (extra)ordinary thing, and one I hadn’t edited yet.  I was also excited to have a use for these fabulous mushrooms, because I wasn’t sure what to do with them otherwise. 🙂 I absolutely hate mushrooms as a food, I keep trying but I have not yet found a mushroom that I like, but I am completely fascinated by them, and tend to freak out when I find some.  Just look at them!!  Aren’t they fantastic?!

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Garden Party of the Century

8 Oct

Anything that has this name, of course I had to go! Since this year is Balboa Park’s centennial anniversary, they are doing a bunch of special things all year long, and a big floral party was one of them. I unfortunately had to miss most of it, but did get to see this one small part of it. You can’t go wrong with flowers!

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Coronado Flower Show, part 2

29 Sep

This is the second and last set of photos from the Coronado Flower Show, the first is here.

Coronado Flower Show

28 Sep

As I mentioned in my last post, I LOVE flowers.  I have never been to a show that was just flowers, so I was pretty excited to go to the Coronado Flower Show.  It was AMAZING!!  I’ve never seen so many flowers in one place, and there was a great variety of different types of displays, including tiny arrangements, table settings, children’s creations, etc.  There was even some live music!  This is my first post out of two, because I have so many photos!


27 Sep

Here is a random picture of flowers. 🙂 Flowers are my favorite, and I need to work on posting more of my individual photo edits on here, so here’s a start!flowers w (1 of 1)

San Diego County Orchid Society Winter Show

19 Mar

The title on this is pretty self explanatory, ha.  It’s the San Diego County Orchid Society‘s Winter Show. I’m a little behind on posting this, since it’s almost time for their spring show.  I thought I was going to spend a lot of time editing the photos so I put it off, but I didn’t.  Orchids are one of my favorite flowers, and I have tried to have them in my house before, but since I have a black thumb of death and they’re one of the hardest plants to take care of, they of course died.  Now, however, I want to try plumeria, which sound even more difficult.  I’m a flower sadist, I guess.  I LOVE flowers though, and I didn’t even have a clue there were this many varieties of orchids!  So gorgeous.

Hornblower Whale Cruise

5 Feb

I went on a whale-watching cruise with some friends with Hornblower.  This was an AMAZING experience. We saw dolphins, gray whales, and a super playful humpback! The gray whales are a little hard to see, but the dolphins and humpback were quite obliging. Plus, to top it all off, we got a rainbow when we came home, probably to complete the perfect day.  It was my first whale-watching cruise, so I don’t know if this was a typical experience, but we did hear from the crew that it was pretty unique.  So I can’t guarantee that if you go, it will be this amazing, but it was a lot of fun and worth a try!  Plus you can also just come back and enjoy my photos if you don’t get as good of a show as we did. 🙂

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Golden Leaf

24 Sep


Testing out new Hipstamatic gear. This uses the new purple flash with the Mabel lens. I LOVE that combo, but somehow the effect it had on this leaf was magical. Or maybe it was a magical leaf…?



1 Jul

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Rose. Because that’s how we roll in Portland.

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