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 My days are filled with the {presence of wonder}.  Has it always been this way?  Of course it has, but I’m pretty sure that I wasn’t always on the{lookout}.  You see I gave negativity power, I focused on what was not right in my life and let it dictate my days….months really.  I’ve made the choice to change what I will allow in my days.  I’ve made the choice to change my focus to the little wonders throughout my day…
Some wonders around the farm today…
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~ A little girl who is finally trusting in herself
~ The inner glow of all things living
~ His glory

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~ Sun flares
~ The simplicity of farm life
~ The sounds of silence

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~ How fast they grow
~ How easily they *love*
~ My gift to capture these wonders and their beauty
What wonders will you be on the lookout for this weekend?
Oh and an awesome wonder discovered and explained to me today by a five-year old farm living child….
…Mom dogs make and stir milk in their {bibs} for their little babies puppies to drink..
:0)
Happy weekend dear friends…
xoxo
kristin

{All photos taken and edited on my iphone, you can find a few of my favorite apps here}
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  • October 1, 2012 - 7:20 pm

    Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed - Love your farm wonders and especially to find the wonder in everyday. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • October 2, 2012 - 12:38 pm

    Cindy - A great quote and a sweet picture of you daughter. Love the bibs on mama dogs..too cute.ReplyCancel

  • October 19, 2012 - 11:31 pm

    Julie M. - Happy new page! Happy weekend!!

    : )

    Julie M.ReplyCancel

    • October 22, 2012 - 3:20 pm

      kristin - Thank you Julie…it has been quite the process..sheesh.. :0)ReplyCancel

I have another confession….
I am a IG addict…completely and totally obsessed! :0)  Instagram, for me, is beyond a place to add filters to a photo.  It has become my {social} outlet, with all the political ranting now filling facebook everywhere I look, I turn to Instagram to catch up with everyone ;0) so much more inspiring!  It gives me a chance to glimpse into their souls; to see what beauty captures their eye, and their truths.  I love the interaction and support that comes from Instagram, it is the first thing I check in the mornings…
So Instagram is more social to me than a {photography app}.  While I like the filters they offer and the tilt-shift blur effect I prefer to edit my photos in other apps.  I thought i would share a couple of my go to apps for editing photos…oh, and if you are an IG’er I would love to see your truths and beauty, you can find me here:

Follow @fadedprairie

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Lo-Mob: Love this app for the TTV filters and emulsions, you can actually see your photo applied to the different filters instead of waiting for a preview.  This app definitely doesn’t work on all types of photos but for lovely horned herefords it is beautiful!

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PhotoToaster: This app is amazing for all it’s filters and effects!  I also love the control you have over a texture you are applying.  Oh, and the Airprint feature….{divine}!!

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Camera+: This is my go to camera on my phone.  The zoom feature, area of focus, and depth of field effect are essential to me.  When applying an effect you can see your photo in nine different filters, definitely a must for an impatient person such as myself! ;0) Maximus thinks it’s pretty nifty too!

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ScratchCam: This app is my most recent download.  There are many different textures, colors, and scratches you can apply to a photo…again, this app may not work with certain photos just use your creativity and play!

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Vintique: I love the move and scale feature of this app!  It opens right up to the controls, you can crop, rotate and adjust to your hearts content.  There are oodles, and oodles of filters you can apply to your photo, again you can see your photo with all different effects on it…{perfection} The vibrance, temp + tint, and vignette controls are some of my favorites.

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Remember there really is no right or wrong way with iphoneography!  The best advice I can give is to jump right in, mix and match apps, and enjoy!
What are some of your favorite apps??  You know I have an addiction and would love to hear!
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  • September 25, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    traci - i love it too. i have most of these apps, but am definitely checking into scratch cam. thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • September 27, 2012 - 1:08 am

    busybee - I LOVE IG!!! Totally addicted! I wasn't able to find the scratchcam but I'm going to keep looking! Thanks so much for the hints!!!! I started following you! Come follow me @jennluvsjosh9ReplyCancel

  • September 30, 2012 - 3:14 pm

    Nancy Wyatt - Your photos are always so amazing!! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

I have to tell you right from the start…I’m ready to write off 2012. I am, this year to say the least has been hectic. How awful is it to live this way? To dread another day that you are sure is going to bring stress and heartache, that you feel as if you can’t take another minute of it.
I’m fed up and ready for something different. I’m ready to just BE..
It is strange how this whole year my focus was BE, in fact it is {was} my one little word for 2012, and here we are the middle of September and I still haven’t found my {BE}ing.
I made the scary, hard, life changing, decision to become a full-time mother, wife, sprinkler changing, gopher trapping, cow herding little fool this year! It has been a month since I didn’t go back to work at the school and I’m still trying to find my {place}. I have always worked outside of the home, away from the {man’s domain} aka our ranch, ;0) so it is all new to me an my little family. I’m giving it some time though, I really am focusing on what I will accept in our lives and what I will not put up with any longer. I recently came upon a post about a horse clinic with Buck Brannaman, a true horse whisperer. In his clinic he talked about letting the horse just {BE}, that given a chance a horse will return to the quiet of his soul and the true meaning of what they are…
To {be}…what a beautiful and peaceful place…it is what i desire the most in my life. With Buck’s whispers in my ears, I decided to take Clancey and our mares, Pippi and Party Twister, on a day of just {be}ing.
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{our old cowdog Tick decided he wanted to tag along}

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We reconnected with each other, the land, and our horses. We all made promises under the golden hue of fall that we are going to {BE} and that it is enough.



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  • September 18, 2012 - 9:42 pm

    Jessica Cramer - I can totally relate to your post. I have been an at home Mom for 17 years, though I have always worked part time in some capacity, it is difficult to just “BE”. I was working full time for the last 6 months, hated it, and just came home again. Give yourself time to readjust to what really matters to you. All will become clear in time.ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2012 - 10:21 pm

    AntiqueChase - Hang in there
    xxoo
    MarcyReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2012 - 10:28 pm

    Alice - After commuting to work in another city for what seemed like an eternity (and it was a place I wanted to retire at) the office was suddenly shut down and our jobs given to people down in Florida who didn't care about our customers. It took some time, but finally I found my place,and have never looked back. You'll find your place there too.ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2012 - 10:33 pm

    Cheyenne - Kristin, I always appreciate hearing from you-wherever you are at in life. I don't think we can give each other advice really, but we can listen, commiserate, rejoice and grieve together—as women, wherever we are at in life—on a ranch or in down town NYC, we have many of the same emotions. We all have to find our 'place.'

    When life is so tricky, I find myself having to quiet myself and come back to a place of gratitude–in whatever situation I'm in. I'm grateful to see that you come back to what matters—a day of quiet with you and your daughter.

    and the sun continues to shine…

    you are a lovely soul.

    an awesome mother.

    a talented artist.

    a gifted photographer.

    and I'm sure you can castrate, handle a horse, and move equipment…:)ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2012 - 12:36 am

    Anne Marie - us mothers who embrace life as such, can sometimes be spreading our arms so wide to hold it all –
    it's as warm as the autumn sunshine at times, but as hard as workin' the horses in the ice and snow

    our daughter's looking for a western saddle for our 16 hands horse – know of any?ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2012 - 12:45 am

    Blondie's Journal - I have been a stay at home mother for as long as I can remember. While raising my children, I think I sort of lost my authentic self. It is only now that they are older that I think I have come to see myself as a whole person, separate from them. I now have time and energy to live in the moment and just be. I owe it to myself. You do, too.

    XO,
    JaneReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2012 - 2:03 am

    Elise Ann Wormuth - I've just come off of three years of family stress, so I truly sympathize. I'm glad you were able to just “be” with your horses today. That's a blessing.ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2012 - 1:35 pm

    SueAnn Lommler - Consider the rest of this year as a dress rehearsal. You will do great!
    Hugs
    SueAnnReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed - Your heartfelt words touched me today. Sometimes for me the answer comes in my most quiet times. So glad you made precious time with your daughter. May God continue to bless you.ReplyCancel

  • October 1, 2012 - 9:02 pm

    Renaissance Soul - Kristen, you have made BIG changes in your BEing this year, so please be gentle with yourself and patient. I live right up the road from Buck Brannaman and he is everything and more, a horse whisperer. Watch his movie and you will realize everything he applies to horses applies to us too. Take good care of you, I so enjoy your blog!! ShelleyReplyCancel

Where does a girl even begin? Trying to find words to describe the beauty, serenity, and love surrounding a Pacific Northwest farm…After three years I’ve come to realize that maybe the magic cannot be captured with mere words. . A soul must experience it for themselves to fully understand, to feel the gentle touch of grace against your cheek as you step upon the lush soil. To smell the life of the pines and wildwood; the small whispers coming in almost inaudible sighs. You must {still} yourself, letting your heart guide you to a {meant to be} treasure.

There is truly nowhere else…there is simply…




You cannot believe the line!! It snaked it’s way along the fence line and didn’t end…



{Farm and Frills}




{Barn House} again.. :0)

I’m sorry, I’m not sure who’s booth this was but the colors of pure nature where unbelievably stunning!

{Sparrow} love this girl with all my heart!!

So blessed to have finally met this girl and her husband!

{Camas Antiques}??? not sure….

The one item that just stopped me in my tracks…


yep, a calf bottle!! The kids just giggled over this…we still use ours and can’t begin to tell you how much of a chore it is to mix these things up morning and night for the little dogie calves. :0)

Flying in for the show and not having the truck put a serious damper on my shopping…sigh. My mom had some serious faith that her vintage veggie bin would fit into her suitcase. I can’t begin to tell you the sweat, blood and some not to appropriate words where shed to make it happen! ;0) It made it home safely and looks amazing upon her wall…definitely meant to be.

It was SO good to see my PNW family…I miss you all so much already! Thank you dear Joe and Jermonne for hosting such a beautiful event. I cannot begin to tell you the peace that this little trip brought to my soul, it was also very bittersweet. To be there with you all but to not be. It was definitely different being a shopper and not a vendor! :0)

I just want you two to know…You are truly heaven sent….

xoxo
kristin


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  • August 15, 2012 - 6:54 pm

    Farmgirl Chaos - I don't know which is more beautiful…..the words you say or the photos you shared.
    Thanks for blessing us today. :)ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    littleprairiegirl - Amazing talent! Wish I was there!ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2012 - 9:13 pm

    Sall's Country Life - thank you so much for sharing! What a great event! It makes me want to jump out of my seat and start planning my own! I wish I had those guys' talent!!ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2012 - 11:55 pm

    Peggy - Beautiful photos! Love the calf bottle! Ha ha!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 16, 2012 - 3:44 am

    Barn House - You are such a beautiful person!! I wish we had more time to just hang that day. It meant the world to us that you came to visit the BH Family!!! Much Love,

    J & JReplyCancel

  • August 16, 2012 - 2:34 pm

    Tracey - Awesome!!! A beautiful post Kristin! I really hope to make it to this amazing sale someday :))

    xo

    :) TReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2012 - 3:53 am

    Lorraine Lewis - Your images are gorgeous Kristin. You should have sent your moms bin with us- we had plenty of room. it was so nice to meet you and your mom- you are both such beautiful women…inside and out!ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2012 - 3:57 am

    Billie - Kristin,
    The honeycomb in the jar was offered in my booth at Barn House. I have a shop in Vancouver called Cottage Vintage Home. I was lucky enough to have been invited to sell at the Barn House show for the 2nd time. It was wonderful.
    Thanks,
    BillieReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2012 - 12:18 am

    Leah C - Just two words…Oh My!!ReplyCancel


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