It’s All In The Spin

vacation prep desktop for carole knits

Yesterday, when I shared this photo on Instagram (follow me here, if you’d like) I captioned it by saying that this week is all about dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. And that’s very true. I’m getting ready for two weeks of vacation and there are reports to be filed, grant applications to be completed, payrolls to process and bills to pay.

In other words, I’m busy.

I’m also grateful. Grateful for a job that I enjoy, grateful for work that keeps me focused on productivity and not negativity, grateful for a paycheck that means we can afford to rent a house on Cape Cod every summer, grateful that having means that the days go by quickly, and grateful for an excellent staff who will do everything they can in my absence to make sure I can relax and enjoy my time away.

What’s keeping you busy today? And how can you put a spin of gratitude on it?

Ten On Tuesday

When last we posted for Ten On Tuesday, the topic was 10 Things I Love About Visiting the City. This week, as a yang to the yin, our topic is 10 Things I Love About Visiting the Country. As a caveat, I think it’s worth noting that “the country” may mean different things to different people.

morning sun down back for carole knits

  1. A sky full of stars. There’s nothing like looking up and seeing them all to make you feel small but in a really good way.
  2. Gardens. I love an old fashioned country garden with big blooms and roses and everything being just a little bit wild and overgrown.
  3. Water. I probably associate ponds and lakes more with the countryside but I do love the ocean best of all.
  4. Birds. Songbirds and big birds like hawks and eagles – the abound and they make me happy. Rare ones get checked off on my life list. Yes, I am that dork.
  5. Sounds. Cicadas and peepers, the hush of falling snow, the snap and pop of a campfire.
  6. Smells. Fresh mowed grass, wildflowers, and a pie cooling on the windowsill all come to my mind.
  7. Critters. Deer and elk, bunnies and little furry things. No snakes, please.
  8. Clothing. Blue jeans and cowboy boots, flannel shirts – I love that laid back style.
  9. Wide open spaces. Apologies to the Dixie Chicks.
  10. Cooking. Cast iron fry pans loaded with fried chicken and cornbread, stews and chili, mason jars full of lemonade.

I have to admit, this list was easier to compile than the one about the city. I guess I’m a country girl at heart and that’s okay with me so long as the city is still a quick trip. If you wrote a post for today please include your link below so we can all read it. If you want to subscribe to the Ten On Tuesday mailing list please click here.

***Please note, there will be no Ten On Tuesday on 8/18 and 8/25. This blogger will be on vay-cay-tion.***

Fiber Revival 2015

I believe, and I’m not being corny, that every day is a gift. Every morning we get a chance to do the things we love, to spend time with family and friends, to work hard and play hard and to live. Some days, though, the things we get to do are a bit more fun. Vacation days, Jimmy Buffett concert days (this coming Saturday – eeeek!), SPA, beach days, and – of course – Fiber Revival. It was this past Saturday and it was just as good as ever.

The weather? Perfect. No humidity, blue skies and slight breezes and comfortable temperatures.

The food? Delicious. Sandwiches and cookies (even the ones Sharon brought that had kale in them) and snacks galore.

beer truck for carole knits

The beer? The Ipswich Beer Truck was there. Need I say more?

The shopping? All of my favorite vendors. Hand’s down.

enchanted knoll batt for carole knits

The fiber? There’s nothing like one of Josette’s batts on my wheel to make me fall in love with spinning all over again.

spencer peirce farm for carole knits

The scenery? The Spencer Peirce Little Farm is a hidden gem, my friends.

3 beers for carole knits

And speaking of friends? Absolutely perfect. Having the chance to spin and knit and catch up with these friends of mine is my favorite thing about Fiber Revival. There is nothing, and I truly mean this, but nothing like sharing stories while spinning. Truths are told, hearts are revealed, laughs are shared and tears are shed, it’s a tremendous time of bonding and I’m so blessed to be a part of this circle of women and so lucky to call them my friends.

So, yes, every day on this side of the grass is a good one. But some days? Days like Fiber Revival? They might just be better than the others.

Eye Candy Friday

sunflowers in pitcher for carole knits

I just love when our CSA pick up includes sunflowers. I almost always put them in this pitcher because it’s sturdy enough to hold them but also because I think it just look so old-fashioned and perfect.

I’ve got some fun stuff planned for this weekend, including Fiber Revival on Saturday – woot! I’m really looking forward to spinning and shopping and catching up with all of my awesome fiber-y friends.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

iPhone Photo Apps

loupe collage aug 2015

You all know that I have a big digital camera – a Canon 6D, if you want to get specific. It’s wonderful and I have great lenses and I love it. But sometimes I just don’t want to carry it around. In the past I’ve been reluctant to use a camera phone but since getting the iPhone 6 and – even more importantly – since finding some great photo processing apps to use – I’m using that camera phone more and more.

Kim and I were talking about this recently and she asked me to recommend some apps and, wa-la, a blog post was born. Here, in no particular order, are the apps I use most frequently to process photos on my phone.

PicTapGo. $1.99 from iTunes. This little gem comes from the people at Totally Rad and it’s great for quick editing. You can lighten and darken, you can sharpen, you can add fun filters and more. It’s very easy to learn to use and totally worth the money.

Transfer Pro. $1.99 from iTunes. This is probably the biggest reason why I use my iPhone more – it makes transferring photos from my phone to my computer the easiest thing ever. You simply open the app, type the address it gives you into your computer, and there are your photos ready to be downloaded. Woo hoo!

SKRWT. $1.99 from iTunes. You know how I can be kind of anal about straightening my photos, right? Well, SKRWT takes care of that pesky little problem and so much more. It’s also great for cropping and fixing composition problems.

TouchRetouch. $1.99 from iTunes. This glorious app is like a mini Photoshop. Got a zit you want to remove? A distraction in the background? A few swipes of the eraser and you’re all set. It’s got a bit of a learning curve to it but once you figure it out – and it’s definitely easier if you’re familiar with Photoshop – you will be amazed at how powerful it is.

Waterlogue $2.99 from iTunes. I’m betting most of you are familiar with this one – I use it occasionally and Mary uses it frequently and Kym and Margene are also fans. I will caution you and say that some photos just don’t look great as a watercolor but the ones that do are fantastic.

Instagram. Free from iTunes. Finally, a free app! It seems like everyone but me has been on instagram forever. Now that I have finally taken the plunge I have to say that I had no idea I could actually edit my photos within the app. There are some great filters and you can also adjust your brightness, contrast, sharpness and more. I like that you can upload a photo to instagram and share it on Facebook at the same time. And then there’s all those hashtags! (Just for the record, here is the link to my instagram account.)

So there you have it, a few handy photo processing apps for your phone. I know this is geared for iPhone users but I’m sure quite a few of these apps are available in other formats. And I want to say that (sadly) I have not been compensated for any of these reviews.

Let me know if you try any of these and remember, it’s supposed to be fun!

P.S. I should also mention that the photo collage of my instagram photos was made using Loupe.

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