30th Jan2014

Favorite Pictures from January {In the Dark Room}

by Daenel

One of my photography goals this year is to learn to shoot in Manual. To accomplish this goal, I’m participating in 2 photography challenges on flickr: Challenge Friday and 52 Week Project: 2014 Edition. These are my favorite pictures from the month of January.

Earrings - Red {Living Outside the Stacks}
Earrings ~ Red

Tweezers - Tool {Living Outside the Stacks}Tweezers ~ Tools

Clouds - Edge {Living Outside the Stacks}Clouds ~ Edge

Cape Girardeau - Urban {Living Outside the Stacks} #visitcapeCape Girardeau ~ Urban

Are you participating in any photography challenges this year? Do you have any favorite photos from this month? Post a link so I can check them out.
Daenel T

30th Sep2013

Coffee Talk: Placenta Prints; Home Decor; Photo Challenge, Maybe {In the Cafe}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}Hi, and welcome to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

1. Are you pregnant? Do you dig original art? Well, now you can have your placenta turned into a Tree of Life Print. dry heaves Seriously, who looked at their placenta and thought this is totally craft worthy? thoughtful pause I assume the same folks who thought, I’m hungry and this bloody veiny mass looks nomtastic, maybe I’ll have a nibble. I guess having a kid for eighteen years isn’t enough of a souvenir anymore. I don’t get it…

2. Do you change out your home’s accessories with the seasons? Adding Placenta Prints does not count. I never have before but this year, I thought I’d switch things up and bring in more saturated colors. Maybe I’ll post some pictures. I’d be interested in seeing how you’ve decorated your space. Feel free to share your pictures with me on Facebook.

3. Did you know yesterday was National Coffee Day? I celebrated with 2 cups of coffee and an addition to my “I Heart Coffee” stream on flickr. I think next year I’m going to try to do 365 days of coffee. I’m being ambitious. I have yet to succeed at a daily posting. Have you ever tried a daily something? How’d you do with it?

What had you scratchin’ your head this past week?

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24th Sep2013

Ten Things I Love About Fall {In the Cafe}

by Daenel

Things I Love About Fall {Living Outside the Stacks}

10. Hot apple cider

9. Autumn displays ~ Missouri and Pennsylvania have the most beautiful Fall weather, from the falling leaves to the deep blue skies, nothing is more indicative of the hand of God at work.

8. Heated seats ~ A warm bum. Need I say more?

7. Return to school ~ I enjoy the arrival of the students back on campus. After a quiet summer, the buzz of student activity is refreshing.

6. Boots and socks ~ Can you think of a better cool weather fashion statement for the feet?

5. My favorite TV shows ~ The Walking Dead has given my television viewing new, ahem, life.

4. Big ol’ bowls of soup ~ Have you checked out my Pinterest board? I plan to add every one of those chowders, soups, and stews to the rotation.

3. Comfy sweater ~ It may be because I’m a librarian or because I’m cold blooded, but there’s little better than wrapping up in a cozy sweater.

2. Saturated colors ~ I love the deep rich colors that become so prevalent as the weather grows cooler.

1. Coffee ~ I big puffy heart coffee just about any time but sitting on the front porch with the hubs chatting over a cup of coffee makes my life.

Are you Fall person? What do you love about Fall?

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21st Mar2013

Date Night at the Mississippi River {In the Neighborhood}

by Daenel

When you’re a parent, finding time for a date night can be hard. Sometimes it seems impossible. But, let me tell you, it’s so vitally important that you carve out time for each other. I know a lot of moms put their children first but your marriage should come first and then the kids. Trust me on this oneOne day your kids are going to grow up and leave your home and you’re gonna be stuck with that man that you married and the last thing you want is to be stuck staring at a stranger who you have absolutely no desire to get to know. Anyway, one of the things that hubs and I like to do is go out for coffee and walk along the river front.

The Mississippi River {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last weekend, the hubs and I went downtown and decided to take a look at the Mississippi River; we weren’t prepared for how much it had risen. Areas where we had just sat the previous month were now covered with water.  click here to see more pictures The ledge where I had captured this couple was now completely submerged. click here to see the picture We were completely blown over.

When you’re a parent, finding time for a date night can be hard. Sometimes it seems impossible. But, let me tell you, it’s so vitally important that you carve out time for each other. I know a lot of moms put their children first but your marriage should come first and then the kids. Trust me on this one. One day your kids are going to grow up and leave your home and you’re gonna be stuck with that man that you married and the last thing you want is to be stuck staring at a stranger who you have absolutely no desire to get to know. Anyway, one of the things that hubs and I like to do is go out for coffee and walk along the river front.

Last week’s theme for the 365 Project: 2013 Edition was “Street Photography”. This was my submission; if you’d like to see my daily pictures, click here.

I’m not sure if this couple is married or if they have children but it was just sweet to see them walking by the river front holding hands.

Date night doesn’t have to be expensive nor does it have to be elaborate; it’s just about you and your husband taking time out away from the kids so you can enjoy each other’s company.

How do you and your husband reconnect?

13th Mar2013

Google Reader is Disappearing {In the Cafe}

by Daenel

Ya know, it seems like every time I start using a product or get hooked on a TV show, Jericho, anyone? it gets discontinued and I’m left scrambling to find a replacement… And so it is with my favorite feed reader, Google Reader.
Thursday Likes {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last week’s 365 Project: 2013 Edition theme was “Double Exposure”; this was my submission. If you’d like to see my daily pictures, click here.

It was announced on 13 March that Google Reader will retire on 1 July 2013. What? Who made that decision? And how come they didn’t talk to me first? That gives us three months to find a new reader. If you’d like to keep your Google Reader data, you can do so through Google Takeout.

Once you download your data, you should easily be able to transfer your files to a new RSS feeder.

I’m not sure what I’ll use yet. If you have any ideas, leave them in the comments below.

In the meantime, remember, you can always follow me on Facebook or talk with me on Twitter

How will you keep up with your favorite bloggers?

11th Mar2013

Three Things {About Me}

by Daenel

This year is a year of celebration for me. Not that I don’t celebrate every year, but this year I turned forty. Actually, I turned forty on yesterday and today I’m celebrating my eighteenth wedding anniversary. Yes, I realize I totally hosed myself on the gift departmentbut being married to my bff is the gift. Yeah, I’m totally gagging, ’cause we do not talk like that. We make fun of people who talk like that.

Anyway, I decided to celebrate my fortieth year by taking photos of myself. Because, you know, the weekly What I Wore Wednesday pictures aren’t enough… Anyway, here’s what I have so far:

1. January

Three Things {Living Outside the Stacks}
I’m an overachiever. The doctor diagnosed me with both the flu annnd bronchitis.

2. February

Three Things {Living Outside the Stacks}

Updating the blog because it doesn’t update itself. For the record, I don’t always look like that when I’m working but I was having a particularly good hair and makeup day and decided to commemorate it.

3. March

Three Things {Living Outside the Stacks}
Eighteen years, y’all. It hasn’t always been easy… There’ve been times when I’ve thought no court in this country would convict me, but I’m glad we stuck it out.  If you’d like to find out how we met, click here. P.S. what is up with my butt in that picture? Yes, that’s what I noticed.

You can follow my year in pictures by clicking here.

07th Mar2013

Thursday Likes {In the Cafe}

by Daenel

I thought I’d try something new on Thursdays; instead of just posting a picture and linking to my flickr account, I thought I’d share a couple of things I’ve found while surfing the web. These may be links to products I think are cool, blog posts I find interesting, or outfits I absolutely love… I hope you’ll find these things as interesting as I do.

Thursday Likes {Living Outside the Stacks}

1. Coffitivity ~ When I work, I like having a bit of ambient noise to help get my mental motor going. I also used to like working in the coffee shop before I started working in the library. I liked the hum of conversation, the smell of freshly brewed coffee, and the warm comfy feel of that was my local coffee shop; this website evokes those feelings. All you do is play your music slightly louder than the sounds of the simulated coffee shop. So cool.

2. Kleinworth & Co. ~ I don’t know what’s more nom worthy, Gina’s pictures or her recipes but let me tell ya, you will be drooling when you look at her blog, so wear a bib. Her recipe for Blueberry Pie Bars will have you running out to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients.

3. Women Need to Say ‘No’ More ~ I shared this article from Christianity Today with one of my church groups because I think it’s important that women learn the power of the word “No” for their own spiritual, physical, and psychological protection. No one should feel pressured to take on more work than they can handle or accept unwanted help from a stranger because they don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings by saying “No”. That one word could save your life.

And a few things from me that you may have missed:

What did you find interesting this week?

Disclaimer: Unless explicitly stated, I don’t receive any compensation for anything I’ll be promoting on this post. I’m just sharing ‘cause that’s what I do.

27th Feb2013

Street Photography {In the Dark Room}

by Daenel

Street Photography {Living Outside the Stacks}

I like to think I’m brave but I’m not. At least not when it comes to taking out my camera in public spaces. Even at tourist spots, I get nervous when I pull out out my camera and start shooting. So this week’s theme for the 365 Project: 2013 Edition was particularly challenging. We had to go out and capture street scenes; impromptu pictures that tell a story. Basically, a moment out of a stranger’s life. So intimidating.

For this first picture, I sat in the parking lot across the street from the gas station and started snapping away. I felt like a total creeper but I like the way the car lights reflect off the wet concrete. And, if you look carefully at the top right hand corner, you’ll see a UFO.

If you’d like to see the rest of my pictures from the challenge, click here.

20th Feb2013

How to Create a Watermark Using PicMonkey {In the Dark Room}

by Daenel

I’m not a professional photographer, but I play one on my blog. Hahahaha I kill me. The hubs says I’m only funny to myself and the girl I shared a uterus with {that would be my twin sister} but I think I’m hilarious. Anyway, for the longest time, I’ve been “watermarking” my images by typing text over the picture and then saving it. Tedious, I tell ya. And pretty inconsistent as far as branding goes. So I started looking for an easier way to “stamp” my images and, lo and behold, it was sitting right there in front of me all this time: PICMONKEY!!!!!!

PicMonkey is by far my favorite tool for quick photo editing. It has just about everything I need when I’m in a hurry and it’s free. There is a paid version but, really, you can do just about everything you need using the free stuff. If you aren’t using PicMonkey, it really is worth a try. And creating your own watermark is the perfect way to get in there and play around.


{Side Note: Click the Image to Make it Larger}

1. Open PicMonkey in your browser

2. Click on “Create a Collage”

3. Click “Layouts”, the second selection down on the left hand side

How to Create a Watermark Using PicMonkey {Living Outside the Stacks}

4. Click “Create Your Own” at the top, the picture will default to a 1024×1024, that’s OK, you’ll change that later

5. Click on “Background”, the fourth selection down on the left hand side

6. Click “Transparent background” and then save; make sure you save as a .png file or you’ll lose the transparency

How to Create a Watermark Using PicMonkey {Living Outside the Stacks}

7. Close out of the picture and go to “Edit a photo”

8. Open the image you just saved

9. It will look like nothing is there but trust me, your image is there

10. Now select text to write your name or the name of your blog; pick a font that represents you and your brand

11. Have fun with the colors and the transparency; I selected white with a transparency of 55% because I don’t want the watermark to interfere too much with the image

How to Create a Watermark Using PicMonkey {Living Outside the Stacks}

12. If you’d like to have a fun image to go along with your text, select “Overlays” and find something that matches your brand. I chose a butterfly because of my tattoo and because they’re whimsical.

How to Create a Watermark Using PicMonkey {Living Outside the Stacks}

13. Go back to the “Basic Edits” and select the crop tool and crop as tightly on your watermark as you can get without cutting off part of the image.

14. Now save the image as a .png file to retain the transparency

15. You now have a watermark that you can add to all of your images as an overlay.

How to Create a Watermark Using PicMonkey {Living Outside the Stacks}

This week’s Project 365: 2013 Edition theme is “Diptych”. This is my favorite shot of the week; if you’d like to see my other pictures, click here

Now that you’ve created a watermark, you can protect your pictures and not worry about someone stealing them. Furthermore, your brand will be consistent and look a little more professional. Suh~weet, huh?

01st Jan2013

Happy New Year!

by Daenel

Welcome to 2013! I’m so excited about the possibilities that come with a new year. It’s almost like life is giving us some sort of cosmic do over. And boy do I need it! I missed some of my goals for last year but I’m pressing forward and not dwelling on the past. I hope that you’ll continue to share this journey with me and that you’re just as excited for 2013 as I am…

Morning Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

I began today much like I do any other day, with a cup of coffee. This is how I prepare myself for the day’s activities: a cup of coffee and a few minutes of silence. And with this being the beginning of a new year, I used my quiet time to think about all the things I will accomplish.

This year I’ll be turning the big 4~Oh! This is so hard for me to believe. There are days when I feel like I’m barely out of my twenties. And a lot of days when I look at those four teenagers living in my house and wonder why they’re calling me “Mom”. You’d think after nineteen years I’d be used to them by now. I’m not sure what I’m going to do to mark this milestone birthday, but I know I have to do something big.

I’ve joined not one but two photography challenges for this year. Like last year, I’ll be joining in the Photo A Day Challenge hosted by fat mum slim and posting the pictures on Instagram (be sure to follow me there). The second challenge is the one I’m most worried excited about because it requires that I use Nikki (my Nikon D3100). Poor Nikki hasn’t been getting out as often as she used to since I started working. Mostly she’s been relegated to taking outfit pictures but we all know she’s capable of so much more. So I’ll be stretching my creativity and, hopefully, learning some new tricks along the way. You can view my photos from  365: The 2013 Edition by clicking here.

At church I’ll be busy with the women’s group. Pastor Z asked me if I would help lead the women’s group. squee and eek I agreed because I thought it might be fun and since I’m not reading the Bible in 90 Days this year, I thought this would be a fun way to engage myself with other ladies in a study of God’s word. Our first study will be True Woman 101: Divine Design by Mary Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I’ve already run it by the ladies and they’re all kinds of excited about the study and the discussions that we’ll be having.

I’ll also be doing some product reviews, sharing some of my favorite books and, hopefully, hosting a whole lot more giveaways. As always, I enjoy reading your comments, so please don’t be shy, leave a comment whether you agree or disagree; life is all about learning and sharing.

And I look forward to sharing 2013 with you! Be blessed and be happy!

01st Jun2012

Summer Plans and Staying Connected

by Daenel


Today’s the first day of June, can you believe it? I know everyone is saying this but omg this year has just flown by… It feels like I just finished writing my end of the year wrap up post. Anyway, we don’t have a lot planned for the summer, we’ll probably just go visit family, tour some of the historic sites in the area and  spend the rest of the summer relaxing. Do you have anything planned for your summer vacation?

As the summer comes in full force, I want to take this time to say thank you for reading my blog. I don’t take for granted that you take time out of your day to join me here. Feel free to keep in touch with me through Facebook, flickr, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. And make sure you @ me, so I know you’re there.

Have a happy summer and stay in touch!

11th May2012

How to Pin Photographs from Flickr to Pinterest {Photography}

by Daenel

I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with Pinterest. Seriously, there’s nothing I enjoy more than curling up with my iPad, a cup of coffee and a prepped and ready pinning finger. I pin stuff to try, stuff to wear, stuff to eat and stuff that makes me laugh. I also like to pin photography tips and pretty pictures. In fact, there’ve been times when I’ve been on flickr and tried to use my “Pin It” button to pin something only to be rejected because of copyright and attribute issues.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who has wanted to share my photographic finds because Pinterest and Flickr worked together to enable pinners to pin photographs and retain the original attribution to the photographer.

To pin from Flickr, just do the following:

1. Go to Flickr and find a pretty picture. I’m going to use one of my own for demonstration purposes. Besides, I am my biggest fan

Photograph and Pin It Button

If you don’t have the “Pin It” button saved to your toolbar, just go here to download it.

2. When you get to this screen, select “Pin This”

Pinterest and Pin This

This is your last chance to back out.

3. Select your board

Select Your Board

Add some descriptive terms to your pin. For example, I let everyone know that I edited my photograph using textures from The Coffee Shop Blog.

4. Your shiny new pin

Flickr Pin on Pinterest

See the little Flickr icon? Not only does it let everyone know that your pin came from Flickr, it also links to the original photograph on Flickr.

Other pinning tips for photographers and bloggers:

  • Watermark your photographs. Even though the pin links to your original photograph, watermarking is a nice way to get your information out there. For watermarking how~tos, go here.
  • Drive traffic to your blog through Pinterest. Don’t simply self~promote, encourage others, create interesting boards and people will want to find out more about you. For more tips, go here.

Do you use Pinterest? Are you a photographer on Flickr? How do you feel about people being able to pin your photos?

03rd Sep2011

Loose Threads and Random Thoughts

by Daenel
  1. White FlowerDo you like taking pictures?  I’m not talking about just snapping pictures of your kids while they’re little so you can remember how sweet they used to be once they become teens?  I mean, do you carry your camera everywhere you go?  I do.  I love snapping pictures and playing with the various editing tools.  I’ve even joined a couple of photography challenges.  This fall I’ll be joining up with Kristi and her crew for the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge.  For more information, go here.  If you decide to join up, let me know in the comments.
  2. Last night I had the worst case of insomnia.  Ever.  I suspect it could be the copious amounts of coffee I’ve been drinking.  Dude, that Chocolate Truffle coffee by Folgers is soooo good.  I’m totally operating off  3 hours of sleep.  Oddly enough, I’m not cranky or irritable, just my usual charming self.  But I’m tired.  I want to go to sleep but I refuse to do so in the hopes that I’ll sleep tonight.
  3. I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  Best movie I’ve seen all summer.  Hands down.  And I’m so gonna be the first in line when they release the sequel.  There will be a sequel.  There better be a sequel.  Seeing Caesar kick butt totally reinforced my love of primates (check out my Monkey Love pictures here).
  4. Today the hubs and I drove around the Cape Girardeau area to get a look around.  I love the river front.  It’s so beautiful and dockish.  Is that a word?  I don’t care.  It’s my blog, I can make up words if I want.  Anyway, just off the river front is Main Street which literally looks like Main Street straight out of Mayberry but with a New Orleans twist.  I took plenty of pictures, you can see them by clicking here.
  5. Hickory House BreakfastWe found a new breakfast place, it’s called the Hickory House.  They serve the most incredible Southern breakfasts ever.  So far I’ve had scrambled eggs, grits, bacon, pecan pancakes and biscuits with gravy.  And let’s not even discuss the portion size or the cost.
  6. Today I discovered that I can access Twitter and Facebook from Flipboard on the iPad.  Do you know how happy this has made me?  I was seriously bouncing back and forth between my notebook and my iPad when I wanted to reply to someone.  Can you say librarian fail?  Or rather, that chick doesn’t know the power of the machine that she holds in her hands?

What’s your favorite app, be it cell phone or iPad?  What tech tool do you love?

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