How to Pickle Beans to Keep in the Refrigerator

Monday, July 20, 2015 by

Looking back on my post titles it would seem that I’ve become a food blogger, but that’s not really true.  It’s just that the summer time offers so much gorgeous fresh produce, and a little less structured schedule, so that there’s opportunity to experiment in the kitchen, don’t you agree?


Refrigerator Dilly Garlic Beans

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How to Make Homemade Strawberry Syrup

Monday, July 13, 2015 by

Around here we love strawberry season.  A trip to the strawberry patch marks the beginning of school holidays and the long hot days of summer.  And baskets of strawberries on the counter mean jam-making and treat-baking and fresh-strawberry-eating for daaaays.  And also this beautiful stuff which I’ll share with you today…

How to Make Homemade Strawberry Syrup

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Instagram Fun: Half a Year of #photoaday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by

Hey everyone!  Can you even believe that half a year has gone by?  … yikes!  How’s your year going so far?  It was one of my New Year’s resolutions to take and post a #photoaday on Instagram for all of 2015.  My goal was to try to keep up my creativity and learn something about my own strengths and weaknesses as a photographer.  I figured the halfway point is a good place to review and see how it’s going… and here we are, halfway.

For my IG friends, you might have already caught on that I’ve been posting a #photoaday.  A lot of you are posting every day too, sometimes even more.  And if you’re not on Instagram, you’re missing out on a lot of fun!  But don’t worry, you can get caught up on at least half a year right now…  

Instagram Coffee Posts @personallyandrea

* regular coffee posts *

I like to post my coffee vignettes.  Something about coffee that inspires me. #givemeallthecoffee


Creativity:

So I  starting making a deliberate effort to post every day sometime around the end of last year.  I realized then, that I was having a lot of fun with it, learning new things about photography and meeting an inspiring group of fellow IGers.  That’s when the idea to challenge myself began.

Instagram Hunter Boots posts @personallyandrea

* 6 months of Hunter boots *

To help me out I started to follow and post to feeds and hashtags that connect me with some inspiring Instagram communities.  These have been some of my favourites: 

@bethadillly’s #thebethadillychallenge (daily prompts)
@my_365’s #my_365 (daily prompts)
@it’s_my_week (a new theme weekly)
@transfer_visions (which accepted me as a member in June!  yay!)
@nothingisordinary_  (frequent features and occasional specific prompts)
@kimklassen’s #mystillsundaycompetition (I heart Kim Klassen)

Instagram Most Liked Posts @personallyandrea

* most liked and commented posts *

Some of the tags will select features to repost on their own feeds and some of them don’t.  Either way, it’s a great option for finding IGers to follow, and for building your own following too.

Strengths:

Well, first of all, I’m doing it!  I’ve posted every single day so far this year without missing.  And, since I’ve had some of my posts featured by the amazing feeds I mentioned, it’s motivating me to come up with great images to post.  Who doesn’t appreciate their work being recognized and shared?

Instagram NIO feature @personallyandreaInstagram #mystillsundaycompetition feature @personallyandreaInstagram @its_my_week feature @personallyandrea

* a few features *

Do you recognize my stuff?  First grid top left and bottom left.  Second grid top left.  Third grid bottom right (for My Week of Circles).

Weaknesses:

As I look back through my feed, I realize that most of my posts are taken with my iPhone.  It’s really too easy to quickly whip out your phone, snap a photo, make a few edits and post a #photooftheday on the go.  (I talk about my process for taking photos with your phone camera in this post here if you’re looking for some tips and editing ideas.)  It is possible to create some great images with only your smartphone and a few editing apps.

Instagram iPhone

* most popular iphone photos *

BUT… I wish that I had made the effort to take out my big camera more regularly.  The idea really was to learn and improve my photography.  And there’s a lot more to learn on a DSLR than a smartphone camera.  Out of the five posts that had the most engagement in my feed (likes and comments), four of them were taken with my big camera.  That should tell me something.  #usethebigcamera

Instagram DSLR

* most popular nikon photos *

The next 6 months:

Sooo... in the next half a year, expect to see more photos taken with my Nikon on Instagram.  That’s gonna be my biggest goal.  Some of the photos you see here are available printed as greeting cards in my Etsy shop.  Please stop by and browse through what’s there already.  And I plan to have more photos in the next half a year that are worthy of a greeting card too.  You’ll see them on Instagram first but stay tuned to the blog for new designs being announced!  Sign up to receive new blog posts into your email inbox if you don’t want to miss it.

Thanks for recapping with me!  It’s been a lot of fun.  Are you on Instagram too?  Leave your username in the comments and I’ll follow you.  Will you follow me?  We’ll take pictures and share them together...  
xo andrea

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My Dairy Free Smoothie Creamsicles with 3 Ingredients

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by

Hey everyone!  Happy first week of official summer.  If you’re like me then you’re looking for more cold and refreshing snacks lately.  And also spend less time in the kitchen and more outside.  Let’s break out the popsicle moulds and make these smoothie creamsicles.

Tropical Smoothie Creamsicles

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Pottery Barn Inspired Rope Hurricane

Thursday, June 18, 2015 by

There’s always a place for some coastal or beach-y decor during the summer, don’t you think?  Either at home or cottage or cabin, or for your summer special events.  These are inspired by a Pottery Barn hurricane, but you can make them for a fraction of the cost.  Come and see how.

Pottery Barn Inspired Rope Hurricanes

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Behind the Scenes at Merry Mag Summer: Photography

Monday, June 8, 2015 by


Hey everyone!  After the weeks months of planning and prep that have gone into this project by a huge group of Canadian bloggers, it’s pretty exciting to announce that here it is…

Merry Mag Summer

* yaaaay! *

I love a collaborative project, and this was a collaboration in spades.  Spearheaded and directed by Melissa at The Sweet Escape who is super-talented and creative.  Make sure you browse through her blog sometime for tons of handmade and vintage prettiness and inspiration.

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I Scream for Ice Cream {New Card in the Etsy Shop}

Friday, June 5, 2015 by

Happy Friday everyone!  How was your first week of June?  I don’t know about you, but the first of the month totally caught me by surprise.  But now we’re into it full swing and it’s definitely time to think about summer-y things…like ice cream!

Etsy Ice Cream Card Announcement

* now available in the etsy shop *


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