Picnik is CLOSED (T-T), but please try PicMonkey, it has most of the same effects!
I was on fb, looking at a friend’s photos (which looked absolutely AMAZING!!), and when I asked her what editor she used, she said Picnik, and that I would really like it, too. She was right!

Just a quick fix up

There are two different ways to use Picnik… or three I guess, depending on how you count them…

There is a free version, which you can either create an account for, or not. If you create an account, it will remember the last few photos that you worked on, but that is the only added thing you get for logging into the free part.

You can also pay for membership and get a lot of “premium” extras. Some of these effects are really cool, like changing the eye color, putting texture into the picture, and chopping up the picture to look like puzzle pieces. And for all of what you can do, the price really isn’t that bad… though I haven’t actually ever gotten it, because I am a poor college student who can make do with free stuff… :D

The upgrade is very cool, but you can do a lot with just the free part, too:

Before Picnik

after applying Orton-ish effect

I like to use Picnik for quick jobs like this, and you can play with the intensity of effects to get a large range of looks. I like to go fairly intense on some some photos (like the one above), blurring the edges and giving it a rather unreal look.

Lomo-ish effect

1960's effect

Something a little more fun

You can put in stickers and words, and with so many fonts in the free category, I don’t know if you’ll ever need the premium fonts.

another picture taken while I was repainting the dining room, with the Cross Process effect

pure fun :)


And you can take that to the snowbank

The Doggies are wrestling

If you don't get covered in snow from head to toe, there is something WRONG

It doesn’t happen often, only one or two times a year, but if you don’t have to drive anywhere it can be fun!

In Central Illinois, we have hot summers, cold winters, and little snow. When it does snow, it usually drifts because there are few trees and nearly no hills to block the wind. With plowing apparently becoming a luxury this year, it has made driving hard. But as long as you don’t have to go anywhere, the snowbanks and drifts can be a lot of fun ;D

Things to do: snowball fights, snowmen, and wrestling with dogs. Even just rolling around in it can be fun!!

So Cute

My Boy!

Hank the Cowdog

He’s seven years old this year, and he is the cutest little thing on the planet! Though we call him “Puppy,” his real name is Picasso. (We got him from my art teacher ;)

Especially now that my brother got a new dog, we sometimes like to refer to them as Hank and Drover.

If Puppy were all brown instead of white with brown, he would look a lot like Hank, too. For anyone who does not know who Hank the Cowdog is, I feel very sorry for you. Someone has clearly slacked in your education. Hank the Cowdog is the Head of Ranch Security, and he is the only thing that keeps his ranch from running smoothly… I mean he keeps things running smoothly… well, it’s one of the two. No matter how hard he tries, the trouble always gets blamed on him, the only one capable of saving the day.

Joining him, with very little help to offer, is Drover. Whenever there is anything to do besides eating, sleeping, or taking the praise that should be Hank’s, Drover’s leg gives him too much pain even to walk. This means that when the coyotes attack or Wallace and Junior (the vultures) stop by for a visit, it is up to Hank to run and hide… I mean to fight them off.

The author of this amazing and hilarious book series, John R. Erickson, is a genius when it comes to writing these books. And they are for all ages to enjoy!! They also make really good Christmas gifts for some of the younger people in your family.

Except for the fleas (at least most of the time) and the marking of tires, Puppy is a lot like Hank. He can be our Head of Farm Security with his deputy… **cough cough** Sparkle.

The picture is a link to the website. PLEASE check it out, or at least check a book out of the library and give it a try ;D

My Hank
and my brothers Drover


Jumping Whale
(click for the big picture)

This is one of my BEST photos EVER!!!! \m/>.<\m/

My aunt and uncle took me on a whale watching trip while I was spending a week with them in Massachusetts. We took a boat out of New Hampshire, and that is where I got the shot.

Here’s the trick

Right before the whale came up out of the water, there was a circle of green that appeared in the water where she was going to come up at. (I remember that it was a she. I don’t remember her name, but she had had a few calves already.) This circle of green is made by air bubbles that she blew out to scare little fish, then she would come up from underneath them to catch them. Then in this picture, another girl, that had been traveling with the first one, came up for air and was just going back in when the first one decided it was time to eat. SO COOL!!!

The ONLY thing that would make this better is if the water was level in the back, but I can live with that.

Harvesting Beauty

Other pics

Each year when they harvest the beans (which, by the way, are not green beans, but soybeans), dust fills the air. Not sure why, but something about harvesting the beans kicks up a lot of dust, which kicks off my allergies. But it makes for a cool picture anyway.


The Midwest
(My Back Yard)

The colors in this picture are so beautiful, but the real thing is much more so! We might not have a lot of rolling hills or large lakes of water in central IL, but we do have the picture perfect billowing clouds, and they are all the more beautiful when God paints them pink and orange.


Last but not least is something else I found in my back yard. I must have taken 20 pictures of these mushrooms, but I think this one is the best (go figure—it was the first).

None of these are really related much (except that they’re all nature pics, I guess), but I hope you enjoy them anyway. You can click any of the pictures to see a bigger version. And don’t forget to look at the beautiful things that God has put around you!!

PLEASE be polite and don’t use these without mentioning me. And sorry if the pictures look jumbled. I have a wide screen and don’t always see what you do, but adjusting your window size should make it a little better.

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