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Day 337: Lake Pictures

Posted by annagrace under Days 301-365

For my birthday weekend (which was over a month ago at this point… oops), the Georgia part of my family and I went to a friend’s lake house! Well… we call it a house, but it was more like a mansion!! I’m telling you, that place was huge! At any rate, it and the views were gorgeous, so I took a ton of photos. I immediately instagramed some of them and then got around to editing a few more today in Photoshop. This post is pretty photo heavy because I had a hard time narrowing it down, so I’ll keep the descriptions short!

This first photo is of the main house looking from the direction of the lake.

This photo is of the small A-Frame guest house.

And here’s my cousin Clarissa and aunt Kitti walking with second cousin Wells in front of the guest house!

And Wellsie on the small dock, which she kept calling a boat!

This was the view from the small dock to the main house and dock.

Here’s part of my family swinging on the swing outside of the guest house.

A closer look of the main house…

They had this sign right by the door… I thought it was appropriate :P

Here’s one of my other second cousins, Charleston or Charlie! Isn’t she adorable??

They had this amazing stone fireplace where the stone went all the way to the ceiling in this double-height living room! It was nice and cozy to be around!

For my birthday my aunt made one of my favorite desserts, Pineapple Upside-Down Cake! It was soooooo good!!

So! Overall it was an amazing, restful weekend! Probably one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had! I can’t wait to go back!

Anna Grace


Day 313: UT Gardens Pictures

Posted by annagrace under Days 301-365

I happened to have today off, which is very strange for a Wednesday, so my roommate and I decided to go to the Farmer’s Market in Market Square! We caught the tail end of it and bought some great veggies, but we also found out that there was another Farmer’s Market at the UT Gardens later this afternoon! So we decided, why not go? We got there way before the market actually started, so we decided to walk around the UT Gardens. In case you don’t know, the University of Tennessee has a huge agricultural department and actually started as an agriculture school originally. So, they’ve set up these huge gardens on the Ag campus, as we call it, that showcase beautiful plants! I’ve been one other time, very briefly several years ago, but it was in November, so most of the stuff was dead. I was really blown away at how gorgeous and well kept everything was, so I ended up taking a bunch if pictures! I took them on my cell and I edited them in InstaGram (super technical, I know…) and thought I’d share them here!

One big fenced off section of the Gardens is called the Kitchen. It houses tons of different fruit, vegetables and herbs from all over the place! It had an amazing aroma and I put some mint, rosemary and thyme in my bag, so it smells great, too! This first photo is of some teeny eggplants!

Lining the outside of the fence there were a lot of sunflowers. Sunflowers have always been my favorite flower, I even designed my bedroom around them when I was little (it was very 90s complete with sponge painting…), so I had to snap a picture when I saw them! I think they were the bees’ favorite, too!

Away a little bit from the Kitchen there was this HUGE plant (bush? I couldn’t find a plaque with the name of it…) that had enormous leaves on it! As I told Bethany, you could swaddle a baby with those leaves, they we so big! The second pic below is just for size reference so you can see how huge they were compared to my hand.

Any good garden has to have roses, in my opinion, and the UT Gardens definitely lived up to that! I think this is a rose…. But I’m terrible at flower/plant recognition, so I could be wrong, so tell me in the comments what it is! At any rate, rose or not, I thought it was gorgeous!

I noticed this red arbor from several yards away and immediately wanted to take a look at it! Much to our surprise and my pleasure it surrounded a labyrinth! Here’s Bethany happy to be outside in front of the arbor.

I think this picture is my favorite from the day. I didn’t edit this at all because I thought it was perfect without any special filters! I just love how the slats of the arbor looked going in a curve!

As I mentioned, this arbor surrounded a labyrinth made of stones. I’ve walked labyrinths three other times in my life, and each time I’ve gotten a sense of calm and clarity that I can’t explain. The first labyrinth I walked was one I helped create with my youth group and one of my earliest moments of spiritual clarity and peace. The second labyrinth was in Ireland the second day I got there. I walked it in silence with my youth leader and it stands out to me as one of the closest moments I have ever had with her and the first of many moments where I really felt the presence of the holy spirit with me in Ireland. It also really prepared me for the trip ahead, I think. The last labyrinth I have walked until today it the one outside of my church back home. Shortly after it was made, I walked it in silence and found clarity about issues with my life at that moment. Today’s experience at the Labyrinth at the UT Gardens was no different. I’ve had an issue that has been laying very heavily in my heart for the past few days, and as I walked the labyrinth, I had sudden clarity about what I needed to do, and what was right for me. I really can’t explain the feeling it gave me, but it was as if my eyes opened to what I needed. I’m not a super religious person, but for me, labyrinths like this one are one of the best ways for me to find my own spiritual guidance, and now that I know this one is here, I plan to visit it more often.

This has ended up being a wordy post, but I felt the need to write out my emotions that happened in this garden today. It was really a magical day and I hope to go back!

Anna Grace


Day 264: Beaux Arts Photoshop

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

One of the first apps I downloaded for my iPad was the Photoshop Express app. As you well know by now, I love Photoshop and all of it’s amazing abilities, so I was curious to see what this free downloadable version of Photoshop for iPad could do! So I decided to play with some pictures that I already had on my iPad. Unfortunately, I don’t have that many pics on there and was limited to choosing either from my Paris pictures or from Beaux Arts 2010: the Monster Ball. So, I choose the Beaux Arts pics!

As I’ve already explained in a previous post, the Beaux Arts Ball is a sort of dance that the UTK College of Architecture and Design has every spring. Each year there is a different theme that everybody dresses in. The costumes are always crazy and risqué, but none more crazy than 2010 when the theme was Monster Ball or Lady Gaga/ Avant Garde. I took some so-so pictures of myself and my friends that night, but I thought I would highlight the crazy costumes even more by amping them up with the PS Express app!

The first picture I edited was of my good friend Whitney and my current roommate, Haley! While neither of them are actually in the CoAD at UT, they’d both been to a couple of the balls with me and didn’t want to miss the chance at another one! They went a somewhat more traditional route with fun jewelry and makeup and false eyelashes. That is, more traditional as compared to the rest of our group… they laughed so hard when they saw me! I do love Haley’s fabulous mask/headpiece and Whit had these great gold shiny sticker things from the Wal-Mart craft department stuck all over her! They kept falling off all night and we HAD to save them… oh the memories!! Anywho, they looked like hot stuff while the rest of us just looked crazy! Here’s the original pic.

And here’s the after! (I’d go into detail about what I did to it, but the Percocet’s kicking in so I’m going to make this snappy…)

This next picture is of my roommate at the time and fellow ID major, Alyssa. Her approach to the Gaga style was to put extensions in her hair to make a ridiculously long braid which she intertwined butterflies, flowers and other things into and then added some white body spray paint to her body and hair. She also had some jewels she put around her eyes! Here is the original photo.

And the after!!

This photo is of my good friend, Brian! He took a pretty simple route by just wearing a mask/headpiece, but man, it was a pretty awesome/extravagant thing! I think the original photo is pretty cool on it’s own as just a moment captured in time!

But even though I liked it as is, I decided to play with it a bit anyways! :)

This picture is of my friend Lauren B. She and I went together to MAC in Belk before the ball to get our makeup done! I thought her funky makeup went really well with her sort of bat wings and black satin and leather she had going on! Before…


This next picture is of my friend Lauren M. She and our other friend Perrin (who’s pic I’ll show next!) decided to go with an Alice in Wonderland theme! Lauren was the White Queen with lace and tulle and flowers and birds and God knows what else in here hair all covered with white hair and body spray paint! The before!

Aaaannnnnddddd after!

The person in this picture is Perrin, who was my roommate at the time! She went with the Alice theme and ran with it! She spent forever on the Queen of Hearts costume, molding the corset out of cards, making the mask and crown, perfecting the makeup… the girl loves costume-making and she’s great at it! She won best female costume! She hates this photo of her, but I thought it was cute with her blowing the little hearts :) . Here’s the before

And maybe she’ll like it more now after editing?

This last picture is of little old me! Since I couldn’t wear a mask with my glasses, I had my makeup done to look like a mask in rainbow colors to match the rainbow poofs on my costume! False eyelashes on the upper and lower lids made it even better and this was my initial discovery of my favorite hot pink lipstick! I also teased my hair as much as possible to add to the poof level of the whole ensemble… Here’s the before, which isn’t a bad picture itself, thanks to the handy work of my friends :)

And the after, amped up a touch :D

There you have it! Apparently the photoshop app brings out my hidden love for over-exposed, obscured, fuzzy-edged, bright, hipster photos! Haha I always knew there was a little hipster in me! :mrgreen: I love how all of these turned out! They just add to the memory of how awesome that night was! :D

Anna Grace


Day 216(10 days late): Benny Photoshop Portraits

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

Today is one of my best friend in the whole wide world’s birthday! I’m working on something else for Whitney that is my present to her, but it’s not quite ready, so I thought I’d honor her birthday with fun portraits of her cat, Benny!

Whitney has always been a cat lover, but her love became much stronger when she met Ben! Ben came from an abusive house where they actually shot him with a bb gun! He was left with one ear and a lazy eye, all of which made Whitney love him and want to have and help him even more! So she adopted him and had her brother keep him until she was done with school and could live somewhere that allowed pets. Now that she is in her own place with a real job, Benny is the love of her life! Now, I am definitely not a cat person, mostly because I’m allergic to them… in fact, for the most part, I really dislike them, but it’s really hard not to love Ben! He’s just the most comical cat ever! Whit’s always calling me with tales of his antics and texting me crazy pictures of him, so I decided that I would photoshop some awesome pictures of Ben that she took, and make them hilarious!!

This first one is Benny walking on the log away from the camera. I thought it would be funny if he was glowing and had butterflies around him! This is particularly comical because I really don’t like butterflies! I mean, I think the can be very pretty in their natural state, but any time I see and item of clothing or jewelry that has those cheesy butterflies, I want to tear it apart! Whit knows this about me, and loves to point out butterflies in everything, so why not have crazy glowing butterflies and raise the level of tacky?

This next one I used the same glowing method and highlighted Ben and his crazy eyes! When Ben gets in his cat fits, he attacks his toys and/or the rug and gets this crazed look in his eye! haha

This last one is more of a nice one where I just cut out the green parts of the photo and pasted them onto a black and white copy. I adjusted the saturation a bit to make it stand out even more!

That shows Benny’s classy side! :mrgreen:

Happy birthday, Whitney!!! Love you!

Anna Grace


Day 137(5 days late): Chicago Pics

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

I finally have internet back, so I’m going to try and get a couple of posts in today!! I hate when I get this far behind, but there wasn’t much I could do about it…

Anyways, like the last day’s project, for day 137 I’m going to post some pictures from my trip! These will be of Chicago itself, mostly from the Architectural Boat Tour I took… which was amazing!! I highly recommend that anyone in the city, even for just a couple of hours, go on this tour, particularly if you’re an architecture/design lover like me!! All of these were taken on my Droid and most of them were with the Retro Camera app. There are a ton (and this is after I filtered a bunch out), so I’m making them pretty small and not going to say much about them… that and I forget what about 80% of them were haha!!

These next few are the Trump Tower… which is amazing! The sun behind it made it look very ominous! I wish I had gotten a picture of the base where it looks like it’s floating on pillars!

That last one is my favorite! There were several buildings by Harry Weese who liked to do triangular and rounded shapes and Mies Van Der Rohe who played with variations on the rectangular buildings (and also had some amazing furniture… he’s kind of a god :) ) just to name a couple. Some of their stuff is in these pics, as well as many others who’s names I’ve forgotten… whoops.

(Sears or Willis Tower)

There was another really amazing building designed by Jeanne Gang called the Aqua Tower that was completed in 2010. It’s designed to look like rippling water that’s pulled towards different sights and important parts of Chicago with curved balconies. It’s pretty amazing :)

These next two pictures are of the Opera House and then the building next to it that was designed to mimic the “throne” shape of the opera house.

And finally, most of the bridges in Chicago were originally designed as draw bridges to let large boats and other water-craft through. These 2 pics are of a bridge that’s always up.

Whew! So many pictures! I had such an amazing time in Chicago and I can’t wait to go back and spending longer than a couple of hours downtown. I know that that the interiors of many of these buildings are just as spectacular as the exteriors!! (and I would probably enjoy the insides even more :D )

Anna Grace


Day 136(3 days late): Evanston, IL Pics

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

This weekend I went to Chicago/Evanston, IL for my sister’s graduation from Northwestern University. While I was there, I took a lot of pictures of both Evanston and Chicago, and will be posting the Chicago ones tomorrow, but for this post, I’m sharing some pictures of Evanston. I took all of them with the Retro Camera App on my Droid. There’s several, so I’ll just get right to it.

The first set is the Baha’i Temple, which is just ridiculously beautiful and amazing!

This next one is the program at her graduation.

And I took this next picture of the sound clouds at the graduation because I thought it was cool  how they reflected everything.

These last pictures are looking out at Lake Michigan on the walking trail at Northwestern.

You can barely see Chicago off in the distance!!

I had a lot of fun on this trip. So much so that I’ve gotten behind on posts. I’ll get caught up tomorrow, hopefully!

Anna Grace


Day 105(4 days late): Lab on Droid Day 4

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

I’m sure all of you are as sick of these lab app posts as I am, but I promise this is the last one and I’m going to work something else out until I get my new computer charger in the mail.

BUT, this post is a little special because it features my dog, Chai, and my mom’s roommate’s puppy, Baxter! These pics are from Christmas, I think, so Baxter’s gotten a lot bigger since then!

Chai and Baxter could rule the world :)

Sketch of puppy love!

D’Awwwww! So precious!

The pups love My Little Pony!

Cheesy dolphin love!

Dandelion poofs!

Look at that hottie!!

Gaga loves the puppers!!

So… hopefully I can figure out something else to do for posts, but I think we’ve had more than enough of these silly pictures. I’ll work something out!

Anna Grace


Day 104(4 days late): Lab on Droid 3

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

More pics from the Lab Android app.



Future World Leader Haha


Now I’m Harry Potter’s patronus?

Johnny Depp loves me :)

Sketch 2

Gallery of AG

The aliens choose me!

So… only one more day of these pictures and then I’ll try and come up with something else to do until I get my computer working!

Anna Grace


Day 103(5? days late): Lab on Droid 2

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

Continuing in the theme of the last post, here’s some more pictures using the Lab app on my Droid.

Super Anna!!

I’m the glitch in the Matrix!!

Sometimes, I even aMAZE myself!!! (Yeah… that was bad…)

This is the dawning of the age of AQUARIUS!

Cartoonized AG


Kaleidescope 2

ZOMBIE!!! That’s actually really creepy…

Another Lab post coming up! Sorry… still no computer…

Anna Grace


Day 102(5? days late): Lab on Droid

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

I think I’m 5 days behind… not sure but I’ll figure it out tomorrow. Anywho, like I said, I’m without a computer right now, but I decided to do some posts anyways on my phone, so if they’re sort of janky, just bear with me.

I discovered an Android app a few days ago called Lab, which is sort of like for Droid phones. So, for the next few posts, that’s what I’m going to do. So, here’s this bunch:

I like being the artist’s inspiration lol

That dog reminds me if my old Jack, Java :(

A picture is worth 1,000 words :D

Graphite Muse

Van Gogh’s Muse

Can Dr. House cure me?

Joker’s lucky card

Anna Grace Kaleidescope!

A couple more posts of lab pics and hopefully by then I’ll have my charger for my laptop!

Anna Grace