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Day 304: Rolling in the Deep

Posted by annagrace under Days 301-365

I was perusing some ukulele chord/tab sites the other night and came across this amazing instrumental version of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep! I don’t know about you, but I’m a tad sick of Adele since all her songs are on the radio ALL THE TIME!!! But, I think that this ukulele version is worth sharing AND embedding into this post so you all can see how awesome this guy is!

At any rate, I’m nowhere near good enough to play the whole fancy version he tabbed out, so I ended up just recording the chords in the background and the melody over top of that!

Rolling in the Deep

Clearly not as fancy as him, but I liked just doing something on uke without singing for a change! Maybe one day I can rock out like that, but at the moment, my poor joints won’t allow it… :( That and I FAIL at strumming. But hey, it’s all in good fun, so who cares? :mrgreen:

Anna Grace


Day 303: Ruby Tuesday

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I’ve got a few things to post tonight, so I’m going to make this quick!

This post is quick cover of the Rolling Stones’ Ruby Tuesday! I found the ukulele chords on one of my favorite ukulele sites and went from there! I had to sing the chorus and versus in two different octaves to fit my range.

Ruby Tuesday

I have NO CLUE what that weird noise in the background is… maybe the AC? It’s hot, yall!! Anyways, I really love this song and I hope my quick take of it does it justice. One of my favorite mixed CDs from my friend Brian has this on it!

Look out for at least one more post tonight!

Anna Grace


Day 302: Photoshopped Self-Portraits 4

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I was bored the other day and didn’t have my computer, so I decided to use the Photoshop Express app for iPad and do some quick edits to a couple of pictures!

I started with this picture from the St. Patrick’s Day party I went to all decked out in green and orange.

Then I just amped up the contrast a bit.

And then I used the sketching technique (or the cutout? Can’t remember…) with the sort of yellowed effect (sorry my ipad doesn’t have enough charge at the moment to look and see what everything is called.).

Then I played with this picture of me with zombie make-up that my friend did.

I just made the colors a little more intense and made the corners fuzzy for added nostalgia! :mrgreen:

The last picture I edited is the most recent picture of me. Lately I’ve been playing around with the natural curl/wave texture that my hair has, so this picture was to show that. Here’s the original.

I played with the contrast and did the cutout tool, then created this image with the 4 different colors.

I then took the original image and used the rainbow effect on it.

Then I played with the hue and gave it a fun border!

So that’s what I did on my iPad! Later that day when I was browsing the web, I found this site where you can make yourself into a Mad Men character!! Since I love that show so, so much, I decided to make a portrait of myself meeting Don Draper for a cocktail after work!!

I loved all the different options they had available for body shape, clothes, accessories, etc! I think it looks so much like me, don’t you?

Anna Grace


Day 301: Recap Video

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It’s been quite awhile since I did a recap video, so I decided that because I have reached the 300 posts benchmark, I should do another one! I think since I stopped paying attention to where I was supposed to be in posts on the calendar, I stopped thinking about being how-ever-many months in or whatever. At any rate, I did this recap video to show how much I’ve done!

I chose my covers of Apologize and Suddenly I See for this video. Hope you like it! On to the next 64 and the ultimate end of the project!!

Anna Grace

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Day 300: Suddenly I See with MOM!!!!!!

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

WE MADE IT TO 300 POSTS!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!! To celebrate, I thought I would post this recording I did with my awesome, creative, talented mother! I went home for the first time in quite awhile last weekend, so I took advantage of the situation! A mutual artist that mom and I like is KT Tunstall, so we decided to cover her song, Suddenly I See!

Mom refused to look up the chords because, as she said, “That takes the fun out of it!” so we listened to it until she figured them out! By the time we got ready to record it, mom’s hands were getting pretty tired on the guitar, but we pressed on! I left the recording exactly as we did it– the full take, without any editing– because I thought it was funny! Mom messed up at the beginning at first, but then started over so fast that I wouldn’t have been able to cut out our talking anyways! And in the middle of the song, I couldn’t figure out exactly how I was supposed to come in on the bridge, so my mom told me to just do it, so I did! You also get to hear us laughing at the end, so I think it’s all fun. :) Mom wanted me to make sure and tell you that guitar isn’t her primary instrument and she’s much better at piano, but I think she did great! We recorded the guitar and me singing first, then recorded mom over that!

Suddenly I See

I think KT wrote this song about some celebrity or something that she wanted to be like, but I think it relates to mom and I well because mom is someone I definitely look up to and hope to be like! Love you, Mama! I had such a good time with you last weekend! :*

Thanks to all of you for bearing with me through 300 posts! It is taking me so much longer than originally planned to do this project, but I’m still enjoying it and having fun, so that’s all that matters, right? 65 more posts to go… I look forward to each and every one!

Anna Grace


Day 299: June Desktop Wallpaper

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We may already be a week into the month of June, but I decided it to make a desktop wallpaper anyways! As per usual, I used the Benjamin Moore Pottery Barn colors from the Spring/Summer collection! Since a lot of my friends are getting married this month, I made this calendar wedding themed!

I found the clip art cake online, so I just took it into photoshop and changed the colors a bit, then I added the couple to the top! I really love the way it turned out, and I can see myself using these colors and pattens in my own wedding cake, someday! As always, click on the image above to see it bigger and save it as your desktop wallpaper! Here it is on my computer!

300th post coming up in a bit!! Get EXCITED!

Anna Grace


Day 298: Fireflies

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This post is a quick rendition of Owl City’s Fireflies with ukulele! For a long time the beginning of this song was my ringtone because it’s just so fun and it was something I knew I would be able to hear in most circumstances. I had to stop using it because I got sick of it, but I think I might use it again since I love it so much!

I found the chords on my favorite ukulele chord resource site! I really do love that site… I could find enough tunes on there to finish my blog if I really wanted to… but I’m not going to do just uke songs! Anyways, I found the chords and ended up just recording it in one shot! Obviously, this is a waaaayyyy simplified version of the song, but I still like the words and melody.


I’m pretty happy with it, especially considering that I didn’t spend much time on it!! I’ve got a few more posts coming up later tonight, including a special song with my mom for the 300th post!! Stay tuned!

Anna Grace