Beautiful Inspirational Pictures of Autumn

September 12, 2013 at 7:00 am | Posted in Imikimi, Inspirational, Photography, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Autumn is a photographers dream season, the scenery is so beautiful and inspirational.  You can get a lot of ideas from just sitting outside and watching the leaves fall.  There are so many different colors to look at that you don’t see in the other seasons.  Leaves change to beautiful vibrant colors, fall off the trees, and lay on the ground for families to have fun playing in.

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Inspirational ideas for autumn can be taking time to reflect on the year, and thinking about what goals you want to accomplish before the year ends.  Just driving around the streets and parks,  taking in all the beautiful colors, and taking stock of your emotions.  Check out all of the beautiful reds, yellows, purples and many other colors.  Just browse on the internet to see all the beautiful autumn photo’s.

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There are two holidays in the autumn months that people really find inspirational, Halloween and Thanksgiving.  For Americans, this can be a great time to celebrate all of the autumn colors!  Holidays are a fun  time for all of us,  getting dressed up in costumes or handing out candy to the little ones, and even baking a turkey and inviting our family over to visit.  You’ll find great ideas in every aspect autumn.

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Photo Source: thanksgivingwallpapers.blogspot.com

Life can be stressful at times, but during the autumn months you should take time to relax and take in all of the vibrant colors.  If you are not sure where life is going to take you next, try just gazing at the beautiful scenery for inspiration! You will be amazed at all of the ideas that will pop into your head!

Spice Up Your Autumn Photographs With Imikimi Frames

September 9, 2013 at 7:00 am | Posted in Digital Art, Imikimi, Photo Opts, Photography, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Autumn is right around the corner here in America.  Before we know it we will be seeing the leaves change colors and drift to the ground, smelling the spices of the season, and eventually stuffing ourselves with delicious turkey and pie.  Take advantage of the cooler days and gorgeous natural backdrop, and spend some time outdoors to capture some pictures to celebrate the season.

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Photo Credit: Imikimi

This frame is a great example of just how beautiful the oranges, reds, and yellows are this time of year.  Imagine yourself watching the leaves fall off the trees as you stroll through the woods, kicking the leaves around, and hearing them crunch under your feet.

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Photo Credit: Imikimi

Who could possibly resist this cowboy posing in the Fall foliage?  Not me!  Go on…Add yourself in there for fun, or take him out to jazz up your own pictures.  Look how the red leaves accent the frame.  Grab your favorite red sweater, snap a pic, and be prepared to fall in love with the scenery.

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Photo Credit: Imikimi

With school back in session, don’t forget to create some dazzling shots with the kids.  Grab their school pictures and have fun with this one!  What is sweeter than your little darlings faces embedded in logs with squirrels on top?  This one is sure to be a keeper, and will hang around long after the spectacular colors have disappeared.

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Photo Credit: Imikimi

Next stop: Camping!  This is the perfect time of year to find a secluded cabin in the woods to hide away for a weekend (or two!).  Just looking at this one, I can easily imagine being curled up next to a fireplace with a good book and great friends.

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Photo Credit: Imikimi

Last, we have autumn memories.  It’s important to stop and appreciate how Mother Nature shows herself during the changing of the seasons.  The beauty can be so short-lived, sometimes we forget to put the chaos that life brings aside and just enjoy for a bit.

I hope you will enjoy using these frames as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them!

Why People Keep Coming Back to Conventional Art Forms

September 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Conventional Art, Imikimi, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Conventional Art is art that is made using standard mediums, such as paint and canvas. This art continues to be the favorite form of media. The visual aspects of conventional art keep bringing fans back for more.

There is a lot of  new and experimental media out there, but when it comes to buying art,  Conventional  is what people gravitate toward. The newer art is very interesting to the viewer’s eye, but when it comes to purchasing, most people stick with Conventional Art.

People are more comfortable with this form of art because it has been around for centuries. Most people will gravitate to what they know, not the new and upcoming thing.  That’s not to say that the other forms of art aren’t flourishing as well, but Conventional art will never die, even though the prices are higher.

Transient or performance-driven art is often “short-lived”. Therefore, it’s difficult to purchase. When it comes to displaying art, sculptures and paintings offer  flexibility.  There really are so many different aspects to conventional art, such as, materials, media, price, style, and whether you want to hang your art or display it on the floor, it is entirely up to you!

 

 

Conventional art will never go out of style; people will keep coming back to the old standard, because it is the most popular. People like to decorate their businesses and homes with it. This form of art has been around for centuries, and will continue to thrive into the future and beyond.

Don’t Let Yourself Be Blinded By Someone Else’s Vision

August 28, 2013 at 7:00 am | Posted in Imikimi, Inspirational, Photography, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Have you ever picked up someone else’s glasses and tried them on?  I did it all the time when I was a kid.  I’d grab my mothers glasses and usually end up falling down because I couldn’t see through them, even though they were meant to improve vision.  I had a hard time understanding that as a child, and even as a young adult.  That was her vision, not mine.  The same thing applies for inspiration.

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Image Source: We Heart It

Inspiration can come from many sources: Nature, food, colors, animals, clothing…I could go on, but you get the idea. Two people can look at the same sky and see two completely different shapes in the clouds.  They might see a dolphin, while you see an alligator.  Art is one the few things that are unique to each person.  Different eyes see things differently.  Let what you see dictate what inspires you.

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Ancient Egyptians were influenced by their beliefs and daily lives.  They drew characters on cave walls and papyrus to express themselves.  While it may seem like a bunch of stick figures and symbols, there was a meaning to it.  The colors, the way the bodies are positioned, and even the animals had a purpose to the art.  It was a time when there were no colored paints or pencils.  They used what they had, when they had it, and they did it where they could.  Don’t tell yourself you can’t paint a sky because you only have purple paint.  Use your vision, not someone else’s.

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Image Source:  John Briner

When Grant Wood created “American Gothic” his inspiration was simply a house.  He saw it and decided to paint the folks that he thought should live in such a house.  Wood used his sister to model the woman, and his dentist as the image of the man.  What he saw as appreciation, others saw as mockery.  Is this an accurate depiction of the people who live in that home?  We may never know.  What we do know, is that Grant Wood saw something through his own eyes that others couldn’t see.

Back-To-School: Imikimi Style

August 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Digital Art, Imikimi, Photography, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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As summer winds to an end we all get a little emotional.  Memories were made, vacations were taken, images captured.  What better way to commemorate these events than with this awesome frame?  It just screams summer with flip-flops, sand, sun, and seashells:

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Image Source: Imikimi 

The beach has become iconic of the American summer vacation.  Families across the country take an average of 4.5  trips per year, and sun and sand are the most popular destinations. The end of summer also brings back-to-school preparations.  It might be your child’s first time off to kindergarten, or a nearly grown teenager returning to class.  Either way, we have to get ready.  We want them to look their best on that first day back.  Hair combed smoothly, wearing the trendiest looks to hide their nervousness.  Be sure to snap a shot of them as they head out the door.  They’re sure to complain, but you’ll be glad they did when you can look back at them in this frame in a few years:

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While shopping for new clothes and shoes to wear, don’t forget to grab supplies!  Fill up that new backpack with brightly colored pencils, pens, folders, and notebooks.  The store shelves are filled with every character and color scheme the kids are into.  With more options than ever before, back-to-school will be a lot less “boring.”  Check out this frame for inspiration:

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Image Source: Imikimi

As the school year progresses, there are various concerts, plays, parties, and sporting events to record for future reminiscing.  Also, you cannot forget the everlasting school picture.  Using Imikimi frames will provide boring school pictures with the opportunity to shine, and they’ll make cherished keepsakes for friends and family:

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Image Source: Imikimi

Your child’s teacher plays a significant part of his or her school year.  Teachers are with the kids day in and day out and (usually) come to feel as if they are their own children.  Sneak a class picture while you’re on a field trip, or take a photo of the teacher from the yearbook and stick it here for a Christmas gift that’s sure to make her smile:

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Lip Gloss AND Duct Tape? No Way!!

August 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Posted in Craft Corner, Imikimi, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Ssshhh!  I’m about to share a secret recipe with you.  A recipe that will make any tween or teen think you are “Awesome-sauce.” It’s summer, and the kids are bored, right?  Using ingredients you likely have in your kitchen and bathroom, you can easily make custom flavored lip glosses for a fraction of the cost in the store.  This craft can be done at birthday parties, sleep-overs, or just for fun. Adults love it, too!

What you’ll need:

1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

1 drink mix packet, such as Kool-Aid (choose your flavor and color)

1/4 teaspoon hot water

What you do:

Mix the in a bowl until smooth and set to the side.  In another bowl, mix the water and drink mix (don’t add any sugar!).

Still with me here?  Good.  Now start adding small amounts of the juice/water mixture to the shortening until it is the color you want. When finished, place it into tiny jars, empty lip gloss containers, ziplock bags…Anything that will hold it.

Wasn’t that easy?  You can add tiny bits of glitter to your new lip gloss (a little bit goes a LONG way), decorate the jars with paper, ribbon, and beads and give them as gifts or wear a new flavor each day.

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Photo Credit: TheSage

Bonus Project!

I couldn’t let you go with just one project.  Let me show you a little something to do with all those rolls of pretty duct tape you have.

What you’ll need:

Scissors

Duct tape

Bobby pins

What you do:

Cut a length of tape twice as long as you want your bow to be (about 4″ for a hair bow).  Lay the tape down, sticky side up, and fold the ends in to meet in the middle.  You should now have the decorative side of the tape showing on both sides.  With your fingers on the outer edges in the middle, pinch it together to shape a bow.  Cut a 2″ strip of tape length-wise and wrap it (sticky side down) around the center where you pinched it together.  Slide a bobby pin into the back, and pop it in your hair!

Make this bow in several sizes and use it for more than just your hair.  You could even make a smaller version to decorate your lip gloss jar!

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Photo Credit: TipJunkie

Have fun!

Trendy Summer Jewelry Crafts

August 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Craft Corner, Imikimi, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Beauty on a budget has been a concern among women (and men!) for years.  You have that one outfit with no jewelry to match it, or perhaps you’ve seen a piece from an expensive brand and cannot bear the thought of spending a lot of money for occasional wear… Do-it-yourself jewelry crafts can be found all over the web for all skill levels using things you might just have laying around the house!  Here are five fun wearable’s you can craft today:

1.  Using paperclips, tape (any kind), and jewelry findings you can create one-of-a-kind pieces that will get you plenty of attention!  Imagine making this in all colors for variety.Image           Photo Credit: How About Orange

2.  Wondering what to do with all those old cd’s you have?  Break them up, glue them to felt, and BAM you have a new pair of earrings.  You could get very creative with this one by using shapes other than circles.  Think rectangles or triangles.ImagePhoto Credit: PinkChocolateBreak

3.  Taking a vacation this year?  Make a wearable memory of it by cutting your destination from a map and gluing it onto a cabochon.  This would also make a great gift for any recipient.

Image                                                                           Photo Credit: Unfortunately Oh!

4.  Root through your garage or basement to find this simple, yet bold ingredient for a ring: A basic hex nut from the hardware store, painted any color you desire!  Clicking the photo will also show you how to make other crafts with nuts and washers as well.ImagePhoto Credit: Design Crush

5.  Last, but not least, you’ll need a place to store all of your sparkly new trinkets, right?  An old frame and strips of lace should do the trick.  ImagePhoto Credit: Decor4all

Instructions for all of these crafts can be found by clicking either the photo or the photo credit below it.

Best Photo’s of July!

July 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Digital Art, Inspirational, Photo Opts, Photography, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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For the Best of series for the month of July, we here at Imikimi.com thought that we would showcase some beautiful imagery from NationalGeorgraphic.com. Using the theme of light and water, these images not only visually exhibit a beautiful digital contrast the water and light, but they also provide some great ideas for digital art projects that anyone can do….
Light Waves and Dark Currents
Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Geograpic 2photo credit: National Georgraphic
This photo first caught our eye because it sort of reminds you of a storm around a beautiful lake maybe on the evening of fourth of July. What does it remind you of? A led light was used in this photograph to define the direction of the waves.
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Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Geographic 3photo credit: National Georgraphic
“The camera and film allowed me to extend my exposure time an hour or longer, though 40 minutes was often about right with the camera settings I needed.” Joel James Devlin
The photographer for this photo used a Mamiya 7, a medium-format rangefinder camera. This image can remind you of a humid July evening while taking a walk in your local park, trail or favorite wooded spot.
Photograph by:  Gordon Gahan, National Geographic
Best of National Geographic 4photo credit: National Georgraphic
The light reflecting off of the water in what seems like an endless tunnel is not intriguing but brilliant photography done by National Geographic’s own Gordon Gahan.
 
Gentle Stream
Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Georgraphic 5photo credit:  National Geographic
The photographer used a small LED light floating on the stream to create this beautiful, peaceful as well as calming image.
“The speed of the light is quite important, so a gentle stream is ideal. If it was too still the light would just stay in one place and blow out [in the photo],” he said.
It is amazing how light can take an image to a whole other level. Whether using led light, other lighting or even altering an image using your favorite image editor, use the this months pics as an inspiration to explore the beauty of light outdoors. See what effects you can create.

Photo Opts.. June’s Best Photos

June 28, 2013 at 7:47 am | Posted in Digital Art, Inspirational, Photography, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Although Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial summer kick-off holiday, June is the first full month of the Summer Season. The month of June means that elementary and high schools are finishing up their academic years and families are heading out on vacation to engage in any number of summer oriented activities. In this post I wanted to highlight some of the images that not only allow us to think of the summer season’s first full month, but those we find inspiring as well.

Activity #1: Picnicking and Barbequing: In my opinion there’s nothing better than the aroma one smells of food cooking on the grill or fresh fruit and salads coming out of a picnic basket located on the beach or by a lake. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chicken, Pasta Salads, Watermelon, and Fresh Baked Cookies are all some of my favorite summer-inspired dishes, what are some of yours?

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Source: GreenGroveGardens.com

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Activity #2: Camping & Fishing: One of my most memorable and inspiring summers came when I was a little boy and my uncle took me fishing on the lakes of the Adirondack Mountains. We’d fix ourselves a camp site, pitch the tent, make a fire very night and roast marshmallows under the starry night sky. Each morning, we’d wake up and launch our three-person row boat off the shore and set out on a fishing adventure that began with Sun Fish and ended with Trout. Have memorable moments from your childhood, ever inspired you as a parent?

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Activity #3: The Beach: For those of you who prefer crashing waves and beautiful sunsets over the calm and still beauty of a lake-based atmosphere, then the beach is the place to be. As the waves crash on the sandy shores, I think from an artistic perspective and strongly believe that a new canvas unfolds during each tidal cycle. One of things I love about the beaches here on the East Coast is that during the month of June, tidal cycles tend to deliver the clearest water during the summer months, and that clarity is what inspires me.

(Source: The Surfers View.com)

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Crafting Away for the 4TH!

June 21, 2013 at 8:19 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Crafting for a holiday can be exciting and memorable.  Whether you want something for your kids to create or you want something to create yourself, choosing the craft is half the battle!  Here are 3 crafts aimed at different audiences; toddler, kid and adult…chose your craft and get creating!! Source: http://www.mosaicofmoms.com/marble-painted-fireworks-diy/

Toddler Time

Source: http://www.mosaicofmoms.com/marble-painted-fireworks-diy/

Supplies needed

  • Red, white and blue paint
  • A disposable (or washable) cup – one for each paint color (I used an egg carton this time.)
  • A marble for each paint color
  • Paper
  • A box large enough to lay paper flat on the bottom
  • Large shirt or apron

Craft

Directions

  1. Place a piece of paper into the bottom of the box.
  2. Put a small amount of paint into each cup.
  3. Drop a marble into the cup and roll it around to cover it in paint.
  4. Drop the paint-covered marble into the box on top of the paper and roll it around by tipping the box to create your ‘fireworks’.
  5. Repeat with a new color and continue until you feel it’s finished!

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Kid Craft Time!

Craft

Supplies

  • Empty toilet paper tube Small coffee filter
  • Red crepe streamer Blue card stock White card stock
  • Glue/double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Star stickers
  • Pop-its or Snaps

1.  Start by fitting and gluing a coffee filter inside one end of the tube.  This sealed the one end and made a little holder, so to speak.

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2.Then wrap  and glue some red crepe paper streamer around the bottom several times.  I made cuts in it once it dried.  This made the “rocket flames”.

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3. Using a piece of blue card stock, cut it to the size of the tube and glued it into place.  Cover the glued part of the crepe paper streamer too.  The clips held it in place while it dried.

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4. It is decorated with stars and filled with pop-its.  You might call them pops, pop-its, snaps, or
snappers.

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5. I used white card stock to cut a circle, made a slit in it, and folded it around to make a cone shape. I used double sided tape to attach it to the top.

Adult Craft Time!

Now to get the creative juices flowing!!

Tie Dye Patriotic Pillow

Craft

MATERIALS

The TULIP Tie-Dye Kit comes with everything you need but the fabric.

Includes 8 4oz bottles, 12 different color dyes, 8 pairs of gloves and 40 rubber bands

1. First read the directions.

2. When I was done reading the second thing I did was test the dyes.  I wanted to make sure I had the right color. As I tried them I labeled each bag with the name of its color for future reference and use.

At this point I was ready to create.  I mixed, inside of the bottle that came with the kit, the dyes with water according to the direction

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3. I wanted my pillow to have a rustic old look so I eye balled the stripes for the flag.  Using the tip of the bottle I traced the red ones first.

4. Then I used my finger to spread the dye.  More dye you put more even the look will be. I wasn’t worried about it being perfect so I just had fun with it.  After I was done with the red I repeated the same step for the navy blue rectangle.

5. Then all I had left was to let it dry and sew the flag to another piece of burlap to make a pillow.  I added some old metal buttons that I had to give it a little more detail.

Let the crafting begin!!

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