Scavenger Hunt Sunday
This week just got away from me, and I don’t really have anything to show for it (I feel like I just said that…deja vu anyone?). I have been trying to update my Photo Challenge page though, so if you host a photo challenge…please have a look and make sure I’ve included you on the list. If I haven’t and you want to be included, please CONTACT ME.

With that said, it’s Scavenger Hunt Sunday. If you’ve been participating in the Scavenger Hunt each week, I hope this week’s items inspired you. If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt…WELCOME! Next week’s items are sponsored by April 2011 Photo Hunt, Looking for Strawberries, and Flower Photography.
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
The rules are simple:
  1. Anyone can participate. 
  2. You’re encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. 
  3. If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive (although I’m not too strict about it – I do my best to take fresh shots). 
  4. Link up here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest) – you can use the button above.  
  5. Leave comments for at least five entries around yours (we have so many new participants each week, this is the only way I know to be inclusive).
  6. Have fun!
Without further discussion…here are my interpretations this week:

1. Decay (old/abandoned)
Abandoned RS
Not much to say about this one…just an old house that seems to have been abandoned.

2. Groups of Three
Party of Three RS
I’m not sure I have much to say about this one either, except that I found these nesting dolls in my office the other day and thought they might make an interesting photo. I tried several compositions but ultimately went with a grouped shot.
(be sure to check out Kat’s latest Exploring with a Camera post – and link up your “groups of three” photos)

3. Kitchen
Kitchen Levitation RS
Inspired by Constantly Evolving: Levitate
I originally planned to put together a cloning self portrait in the kitchen…until I saw Caroline’s “LEVITATE” post. Why didn’t I think of that?!
Photography love...

4. Things that make you go hmmmm…
On Wednesday, I got a little bored and a little curious. Growing up in the South, our meals included Sweet Tea and Mello Yello. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Mello Yello…it’s similar to Mountain Dew, but way better (in my opinion). Nowadays, I don’t drink Mello Yello (well not often, it’s not exactly good for you)…but I’ve always said that if they ever made DIET Mello Yello, I’d totally drink it. 

Okay, so getting back to Wednesday…I randomly Google Diet Mello Yello. Amazingly enough…there was such a thing as Diet Mello Yello…rare, but it does exist! So, I start searching for stores that carry it. It appears as if there are several Lowes’ Foods stores in the area that have it, so I get off work a little early and drive across town to get a bottle (or several bottles, whatever they have). The first store is an utter failure and I drive away disappointed. I run a few other errands and settle in for the night.  

A few hours later, I decide to look again. This time I call first! I talk to a manager who puts me on hold while he walks over to the soda aisle to confirm that they do in fact have Diet Mello Yello. SWEET!!! The guy even asks me if they are rare…ugh yeah! I throw on some clothes and drive quickly to the store. And you’ve got to know that I’m imagining the photo I’ll take with my new bottle of Diet Mello Yello…the story I’ll tell…I’m all but dancing – lie…I was totally dancing! I walk in the store, walk down the soda aisle and wait…where are they? Sigh.

At this point, I feel severely defeated, but I walk up to customer service and ask the manager (same guy I talked to over the phone) where I could find said Diet Mello Yello. He walks with me back to the sodas and immediately points to the DIET MOUNTAIN DEW. SERIOUSLY?!!!  I quickly point out that those are not Diet Mello Yello and it immediately occurs to him that he was mistaken. 

So, I did not get a bottle of Diet Mello Yello this week. I have put in a special request for the Coco-Cola guy to bring some so we’ll see if that ever happens. This is the picture I would have taken – instead, I’ve used a stock photo (sourced above) and added a Pixel Bender filter to it for an artistic twist. 

Yeah, this definitely falls into the category of “things that make you go hmmmm.”

5. “ME” Time
Part 1: Last week during my lunch hour, I snuck (is that a real word) over to Marshall’s for a little shopping – I still had a $30 giftcard to spend that I received during the holidays. I found a cute new tank top and cardigan that I wore on Saturday to an engagement party. I liked the outfit so much that I re-wore it on Monday…I mean, no one at work saw me wearing the outfit, right?

Part 2: I absolutely love “getting my hair did.” Since my hair is rather long, it takes a few hours to foil my head (that’s right…I’m NOT a natural blond), but the process is so relaxing. I had my hair done on Monday.
Looking Good RS
When I got back to the office, I thought to myself…”you should really get a picture of yourself looking all sassy.” So, I went to the bathroom (ya know the one I used to take that “under” shot of my shoes) and quickly took a few shots. I was practicing model eyes – until recently, I didn’t notice that one of my eyes is bigger (or smaller depending on how you look at things) than the other. I know…random.

What were your interpretations of the items this week? I can’t wait to check them out. Be sure to load your pictures in your blog (or your Flickr photostream) and link up at the bottom of this post.  Feel free to grab a button to display on your blog along with your scavenger hunt items. The linky will be open until Tuesday night at midnight (EST). If you didn’t participate this week, but want to participate next week, here are your items (these can also be found at the bottom of my blog each week):
  1. High Key
  2. Bedroom (April 2011 Photo Hunt item)
  3. Something Tiny (April 2011 Photo Hunt item)
  4. Off in the Distance (Looking for Strawberries’ suggestion)
  5. Stripes (Flower Photography suggestion)
Again, thank you to the Amy (April 2011 Photo Hunt coordinator), Lindsay (Looking for Strawberries), and Flower Photography for so many great scavenger hunt items. If you’d like to contribute items to the list, just send me an email with your suggestions (I can better keep track of them this way…and we’ve got some great prompts coming up in future weeks). Each week, I will select one reader’s prompt list, add those items to what is currently on tap and give the selected reader a shout out on my blog during Scavenger Hunt Sunday.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for Shoot and Edit: Part 1, Week 12.  The prompt/theme is “green.” Happy Shooting!


    That kitchen piece cracks me up! Love those little nesting dolls.

    Great pictures. I love your outfit and hair. Ridiculously cute. :)

    Marla @

    That ‘levitate’ photo is so cool! I was looking and looking at it. :)

    Mello Yello! Talk about a blast from the past. I didn’t know they still make that.

    Beautiful photos, Ashley (loved that abandoned house shot)!

    (I didn’t really have a blog makeover. Just got a new template and ‘cleaned up’ things a bit. The flash slideshow came with the template I purchased from Cinnamon Girl Studio.)

    I love looking at your photos! So beautiful! You look like a model to me.

    All the pictures are great Ashley. I still can’t believe there is a picture of you in the KITCHEN! The one place you are never..LOL JK…Now we just have to get you cooking, and I don’t mean heating up a tv dinner. =)

    LOVE all your shots this week!! That kitchen levitate is SO creative!! Love your take on ME time…how relaxing to have your hair done! Your Saturday Selfie is stunning…you really rocked the squinty eye look :)

    Love these! The kitchen shot is fantastic…and I love that last shot of you. Beautiful. Totally had no clue they made Diet Mello Yello…

    I love your kitchen. Even though it looks nothing like my paternal grandparents’ old kitchen in Duluth, MN, there is something about yours that reminds me of theirs. A year from now I will probably figure it out.

    Also, we had Mellow Yellow in Minnesota when I was a kid, but I haven’t even seen REGULAR Mellow Yellow in years. For about six months, though, I was completely addicted to Mt. Dew…like drinking six cans every day! Dunno how that started, but when my aunt told me the effects Mt. Dew and similar pops have on your teeth…needless to say I have maybe had five in the last ten years! I’m obsessed with teeth.

    And, you make sassy look, well, sassy! And pretty. Makes me excited to get my hair done tomorrow!

    very creative, as always! :)

    brilliantly creative shot, love your levitate one and love your hair!

    Taking photos at the hairdresser can be fun, glad you tried it out :-)

    I really enjoyed stopping by today. I can’t pick a favorite, they are all so good. Have a blessed Sunday. xxx

    So much fun! I always love your interpretations Ashley! Cool levitation photo and love the old house!

    I LOVE that Kitchen shot…going now to check out the link…must know more! Your Hmmm story was hilarious! I wonder if that earned you a nickname at the market…
    Happy Sunday!

    I love your decay and kitchen shots!

    Thanks to your mello yello shot (dont think we have them here) I now have they call me caramello… Koala stuck in my head, whichis funn cause I took 2 photos of caramello koalas this week :)

    Ha ha. Love your kitchen photo. My favorites are your decay and I love the effect you did on the diet mello yello. They are all great this week. Your hair looks great. I am debating getting highlights done but I don’t know.

    I love your kitchen shot!! Very cool! I’m off to check out the post you linked to :D
    Your hair looks great too, I haven’t had mine done in so long, I’m patiently waiting for my hairdresser sister in law to come over and do it hehe. In exchange for photos of her newborn bub of course :D

    Great job Ashley! Love your new tank and cardigan shot. I might just have to download that pixel bender filter. I saw the one A Moment in Time Photoblog did with your help yesterday. It looked great. So much fun!

    Having issues this morning with dial-up….some of your pictures are not loading for me. But I do love the kitchen shot and the one of you with your hair newly done! Great job and I will try later to view the rest of them!

    Have a great Sunday!

    All of your shots this week are fantastic!! I love your decay shot and your groups of three. SUcks that Mello Yello is so hard to track down. What a bummer. You need to hint hint to your hubby and make him order you some;0. Hey, did you know that supposedly everyone has one eye that is “lazy” a little smaller than the other? I do too and so does my hubby it’s just that some are more obvious than others. I thought that would be interesting trivia;0 hahaha. You are beautiful Ashley!

    Okay, so we need to have a serious discussion about how awesome you are Ashley. Your decay shot is fantastic and I absolutely love your kitchen shot. Really amazing. Great job as always Ashley!

    Hi, and thanks for hosting. I must say, your creativity puts me to shame!

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    Have a great week!


    That levitate photo is really cool! I also love the first one. I feel like there is such a story there. I love getting my hair did! I had mine done this week, too, but only had a trim. I am growing it out so that I can donate it. Once I can cut it I will be doing some coloring and I can’t wait!
    Oh, and I have one eye bigger than the other when I smile in pics, too! So you’re not alone!

    Amazing shots Ashley. I like the redish tints to that tin roof on your decay shot and your kitchen shot made me laugh.

    You sure had the runaround with that mello yellow – I’ve never heard of it nor mountain dew but seemingly google says that MD is here in the UK.

    Hairdressing appointments never last long enough for me – though I’ve never dared to go anything much lighter than brown.

    My fav is the one of you on the counter. Not sure how you managed that one, but that last pic of you- WOW! Stunning! Tell me what settings you use in the bathroom to get such a fab result. Also, most people have one eye slightly different than the other. Totally normal. And cool. Have a great week.

    Your portrait is marvellous, you look very lovely!

    I LOLed when I saw your levitate shot! :D

    LOVE the kitchen shot. LOL! You are too cute! I really like your treatment of the old house shot. I grew up in the Philippines and grew up drinking BOTH Mello Yellow and Mountain Dew! I live in Thailand and they don’t have either. :(

    As for your question about my rain shot: No, I didn’t add texture to achieve that look. It really was raining. It was one of those “accidental” photos. I was shooting something else right before this shot. Saw the boys running back and forth in the rain and just wanted to capture the moment. The photo was then over exposed. I decided to convert it to B&W. I loved the result!!!

    I love, love, love your “abandoned” shot as well as your “Groups of 3″ I struggled with the “3” shot for some reason. Got it, but struggled.
    As always, amazing captures!

    so glad to be back on board! your pictures are amazing!! and yes i love my DISHWASHER!! With so many mouths to feed, i was at the sink MOST of my day before the dishwasher came!! have a great day!

    love your selfie :-D and your hair looks great :-D

    Oh wow, what a gorgeous collection, Ashley! And I loved your stories, too! Hope you’ll get the Diet Mello Yello!!

    I’m totally dancing…you crack me up. Sorry such huge disappointment on the DMY. I’m sure Mr. Coca-Cola will hook you up.
    I love your selfies, and the beautiful processing on your abandoned home. Kitchen shot, of course rocks. Thought you were climbing the counters there for a bit-didn’t know you could levitate.

    LOVE your shot in the kitchen. How creative and fun! I’ve got to try that myself. :) Hope you’re having a great weekend, and get your diet mellow yellow soon! I’m a diet Dr pepper girl, I’d probably shrivel up without it. ;)

    The kitchen one is so neat! And I was laughing at your diet Mello Yello story.. Sorry, I hope you do find it soon ;)

    I always love your selfie shots Ashley. You are gorgeous! Someday I will have to join your challenges. When my life slows down a bit. :)

    Love the hair!! You look so beautiful. I love the kitchen shot – it made me stop and look for a second and figure it out – soo fun!

    Of course I LOOOOOOVE the levitate shot! I just wish you didn’t have to cut off your right foot! But I know how hard it is to make sure it’s there. I’ve done quite a few of those and they’re the hardest to pull of without losing a toe or a limb :)

    I’ll be doing a tutotial on what I call “magic tricks” in one of the future weeks of SS ( don’t remember when exactly), so you’ll get to practice more.
    But innit fun! I love it!

    Oh and I love your shot in the mirror, you’re so pretty, your hair looks gorgeous!

    Great photos! Yeah I think it is pretty impossible to find Diet Mello Yellow here too! Although we did drink Mountian Dew here too!

    I love all your interpretations this week. Your “me” time is one I don’t get too often – but certainly appreciate when it does happen. LOVE your hair- absolutely perfect! Your story about the soda totally cracked me up. I have been there when it comes to Black Bottom Pie. It’s only made at Marie Callendar’s & I grew up with it. They don’t keep it on the menu anymore- you have to specially ask for it now- sometimes call ahead & order it a few days in advance. When I get there- they give me chocolate cream instead- or worse- it’s black bottom- but with whip cream on top instead of meringue. :( Go figure.

    Great photos! Decay is cool, and I really like the kitchen shot!!

    That old house is cute, to bad it is abandon.

    Hope ya get your mello Yello.. Now I want to see if we have that here.. ha,ha, if we do I could mail it to you.

    Love your self shot.

    Looooooooooove your kitchen levitation shot! Don’t you wish you could do that in real life??? And I love the selfie you did with a purple top, just beautiful! Oh yes and that abandoned house…gorgeous. I could just go on and on…

    Another week of awesome photos! That levitate photo is very cool! Sorry you didn’t get your Mellow Yellow. I won’t go into how bad diet soda is for you. :) All soda is bad, but diet is the worst. Okay, that’s all I’ll say. Promise. :) And your hair looks great!

    Love them all Ashley! Your kitchen shot is so much fun. And I love getting my hair done too…it is such a nice feeling to feel pampered, have a new outfit, just feel pretty. And I love nesting dolls…I have a set that my friend brought back from Hungary and they are so special to me.

    I really admire the way come up with great photos, week after week. The sign of a true photographer for sure. :)

    Hey Ashley~

    Great photos (as always). :) I love the cardigan outfit-of course, I love anything that goes together well. :D

    I have a request-could you do a tutorial post on how to make a cloning self-portrait picture? I’ve seen a lot around lately and have wondered how to do it-i.e. do you have to use exposure lock to make sure all the photos are same?…etc. And also, do you have to have Photoshop/PSE to do it (I assume so)?

    I haven’t done Scavenger Hunt Sunday before, and I would like to…in which case I had better head outside with my camera if I want to do it this week. :) Thanks for hosting it!

    Happy shooting,

    You just can’t take a bad picture! Thanks for another week of great prompts!

    Love your levitation pic – so fun!! :)

    Love your story on the mellow yellow! Maybe someday you will find it. You will have to report back on how it tastes. I like your cute group of three – a cluster is perfect for the dolls! Thanks for including Exploring with a Camera in the scavenger hunt this week.

    Okay, levitation is next on my list of photoshop stuff to try with Isaac. FUN! Love your kitchen shot.

    And I LOVE your selfie. Seriously, it’s beautiful.

    Fab shots this week!

    Hi Ashley.. I just love what you did with your kitchen photo.. That is so cool.. Thanks for another fun week..

    Hugs, Linda

    I love the groups of three. Love!

    Woof, Ashley, I’m back!
    How’s Kitty?

    Woof, what are you doing up on the cabinets?!!

    Love your selfie! So cute!! I can’t get enough of the levitation shot. Just sooooooo super cool. I can’t wait to try it out one of these days. :) I have a total thing for abandoned/falling apart homes. I love that first picture. Fabulous! I want to go explore it. :)

    I love the shot of the old house! I always wonder what the story is behind old homes like that.

    I think having one eye larger than the other is pretty common. (I have the same “problem”.)

    Great photos Ashley. I love your kitchen shot. I looked at our supermarket for Diet Mello Yello for you and they didn’t even have regular Mello Yello. :(

    hahaha I still love the mello yellow story, so great = )

    AWE!! thanks for showin some love!! <3 your blog, and happy/excited to do Scavenger Hunt Sunday!! thank you thank you!! {for getting me out of a rut!} The levitation photo is so awesome! I've googled and googled {hope to turn up something this week that get me on my way (I have boys who play basketball... u c where im going with that?? lol) ALSO... self portraiture~ I'm starting this week, thanks to you!!

    Be blessed!!

    Great shots Ashley.
    Love “Levitate.”

    Your kitchen is just great, i love your post as always
    Have a nice week ;)

    Your kitchen shot is perfect! Such a great idea.
    Also the dolls are beautiful.

    You look gorgeous! Great shot! Plus, the levitation shot is an awesome idea, nicely done. Thanks as always for hosting this!

    Kitchen is briliant! Bumbed I missed this week :P

    i am in love with your kitchen shot!!! holy cow i love it!

    Love your kitchen picture, Ashley. I like your hair, too…and I would have never guessed you weren’t a natural blonde. I’m glad to be participating in the hunt this week!

    I love the nesting dolls – and the texture!

    Love the levitating shot! Now that I’ve given the closed selfie a try I’ll play with capturing “model eyes” :)

    This was one of my favorite SH weeks!

    I love the kitchen shot! that’s awesome!

    love the hair! looks great. I’m so sorry you didn’t get the diet melo yellow. boo. And thanks for the sweet comment on my scavenger hunt this week it means a lot!

    I’m the same….one week leading into the other…I’m in a supposed-to-be-spring-but-it’s-still-winter slump!!!! Can’t wait to actually get outside and enjoy! And jump in puddles! LOVE that first shot!!! Sad that you drove all over for nothing…hope you find some soon! That’s like us trying to find Cherry Coke. I seriously had a serious addiction that people would bring it back from the U.S. for me a few years ago! And you look gorgeous!

    I love all of these! The kitchen one is my favorite, and I love Mello Yello. Haven’t had it in years, good luck finding it :)

    Ashley you never cease to amaze me with your shots each week.
    Your kitchen shot cracked me up.

    P.S. I wanted to submit a suggestion for a prompt – weathered.

    Wow! I honestly don’t know which one is my favorite–it’s pretty close between the matryoshkas, you levitating in the kitchen, or your extreme sassyness. Talk about kicking it up a notch!

    Great photo’s your hair looks great! I’m loving that floral top.
    I don’t know if you’re interested but I am hosting a photo challenge on my blog and I would love it if you checked it out:
    Again, beautiful photos!

    love them all!

    great photos! I need to get my hair done too blah!

    Love your levitate shot! I also love the cloneing your self! I have to figure out how to do that!

    That levitation shot is so fun! And I’m with you… I love getting my hir did. It’s the only time I feel like “me” again :)


    Your Diet Mello Yello experience sounds like a total bummer. Right now, there is no Diet Mello Yello, however, we have just introduced Mello Yello Zero to market. It’s only in a handful of places right now, but expect to see it in more locations by the end of summer.

    Stay smooth,

    The Original Smooth™

    Guess who came to mind as soon as I saw the “Kitchen” photo and your little explanatory note? “I Dream of Jeanie” ;-P

    Really love the decay/abandoned shot. Makes me wander about all the memories that were in a house like that.
    ‘Levatating’ shot is very creative! Cute pajamas ;)

    Love the levitation shot.

    Ashley, I love Kitchen!
    Your Mello Yello story was funny.

    You are so cute!!

    Love your Kitchen photo! That levitation idea is BRILLIANT! I’m so stealing that at some point. :)

    These are all fabulous and I absolutely LOVE the last one. What an awesome self portrait!

    loving the old building – my kind of photo -
    oh yes your self portrait is pretty great too!!!
    Enjoy your week it’s been pouring here everyday -
    kinda nice for a change

    LOVE the decay shot! :D