By the way, we love having company and it's a good motivator for us to clean. However, we do get disappointed when our company doesn't show . . . ahhhmm Mr. JR.
Monday, November 30, 2009
I was able to hang the pom pom fringe on the white curtains in our bedroom but Ryan put a stop to it and hid the fringe. He thinks it looks terrible and I feel it adds that finishing touch. One of my favorite stores is Anthropologie and part of the reason I like it so much is they have that "added touch" to make it unique and interesting. So what's your opinion???
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Check out this pile of junk that was in our crawl space! We're adding insulation and had to remove it before they could get started. The pile includes a Christmas tree, garland, two furnaces, a sweatshirt, a gigantically heavy piece of cast iron pipe, plastic planter, ceramic planters, wire, parts of a blower motor, wire fence, a wooden folding table, glass jars, beer cans, cooking pots and pans, and my favorite - a red plastic dashboard! There may be more but there are only 10 hours of daylight.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Today local firefighters were gathering "Toys for Tots" and it was the perfect opportunity to purchase games and toys for the kiddos. I know a lot of charities are suffering this year so we picked up a couple extra ones.
This evening we were a block away from the house and the car completely DIED! We couldn't put it in neutral and the emergency lights wouldn't come on!!! Scary! Within 10 seconds, two cars stopped to help us out. Someone called a tow truck for us but Bob saved the evening. He was able to fix the fuse for us to make it back to the house. I couldn't believe how many people offered to help; there is still plenty of good in the world.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Remember when you were a child and you received the new toy catalog. Start the list and circle your favorites. I got a sneak peak at Jesse's and Ethan's list . . . J is requesting 38 hugs from our family. Such a sweet 8-year-old, I hope he never changes.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
This Thanksgiving, I'm very grateful for all of my friends and family, especially for this sweet little boy.
The other day, I told Harrison we needed to blow his nose before we left. He made a mad dash into the bathroom. I was pleasantly surprised, thinking he was getting toilet paper. When I walked into the room, he was pulling out the blow dryer :)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I've painted the wall in between the windows, what do you think? Ryan didn't notice it until I pointed it out then he said he liked it better the other way. I have quite a bit of blue paint left so it can be changed. I'm also working on an idea for curtains which I'll post once I get them up.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Harrison's room is finally starting to come together. I hung the curtains or I should say fabric for the curtains a couple of days ago. When my sister comes she's going to help hem the edges but I couldn't wait so I cut the material in half. Originally, we hung the numbers with sticky velcro taps but they kept falling on H's head (sorry buddy). We have plaster walls so it's very difficult to hang anything for fear of creating a huge hole. We bit the bullet today and tried nails. Woohoo, it worked! I made the numbers last February so it's nice to see they finally have a home.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
There's a house on the corner that has the best pine cones you've ever seen. They're bigger than the average cone and they have a warm tone to them. If the cones are laying on the sidewalk, I figure they don't mind if I take them. Actually I've never seen anyone working on the yard so they probably welcome removal of them.
I haven't decided what to do with them (I'm still working on the collecting phase). I saw in a magazine, a group of them hanging upside down by red ribbon. At Pottery Barn they are painted silver, with or without glitter. Or I could paint the tips white. I think I'll have to sleep on it.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Maybe I should do a series of photographs on "Signs of Downtown". The colors on this one are beautiful, the way the rust from the arrow is intruding on the white circle . . . love it. It's a shame we don't make buildings and signs like they used to.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I loved the color of our bedroom when we first painted it but after we moved in, it became my least favorite room. My mom suggested I accessorize with blue so your eyes can move about the space. My sister suggested painting the spaces in between the window so it appears to be one unit and the blue isn't broken up. I've added a lamp and a bedspread with shades of blue. Tonight I'm painting the space between the windows. I think it's already looking better.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
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Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
We stopped by the Oriental Market today to pick up some noodles and it's always an interesting visit. I had to get a shot of the "luncheon meat" and the variety of options. I'd probably choose the "Fortune" brand and hope I was fortunate enough not to get sick. If you're ever in a new place check out the grocery store. You might be amazed at what you'll see or (if you're brave) try.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
We're hoping to wrap everything up today. Unfortunately, the morning started with us trying to hunt down the product then we were having issues with the lighting. After about two hours of scrambling, everything fell into place. I'm beat today and ready to get home to my boys.
Monday, November 9, 2009
One of my favorite parts about my line of work is art directing photo shoots. Today we're photographing stuffed chicken breasts and pub wings. We hired a food stylist from Chicago and shot the images in-house. After 7 hours of picking, poking, shooting and moving, we ended up with four glamour shots. Click here for an interesting blog read about food styling and photography.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Two photographers I really admire are Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Both were experts on capturing the "street photography" or "real life reportage", I've always tried to carry this style with me as I venture behind the lens. There was something about these ladies that stopped me in my tracks.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Most people can look at leaves and immediately identify the species. Me, not so much. Let's just put that piece of knowledge on my ongoing "to do/to learn" list. I'm still searching for that extra hour or two in the evening but haven't been able to locate it in quite some time. At least you'll never hear me say "I can't find anything to do today".
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Whenever you're in a relationship there will always be some sort of compromising and by doing this you may see your world in a new light. In today's photo, I imagine the husband really wanted a carport for his precious truck but the wife wasn't about to give up the old tree in the backyard that's been with the family for years. Well then we'll cut a hole in the roof and everyone will be happy. Problem solved.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
We've had this wireless router for about a month. Ryan spent a good portion of one evening trying to hook it up but no luck. Tonight I messed around with it and everything was installed correctly but no internet. Out of desperation, we called the Geek Squad and they were going to charge us $150! Gasp! I don't think so . . . five minutes later I got it working.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Lucy's life involves sleeping, eating and getting harassed by Harrison. Every once in awhile, she gets to enjoy a day in the warm sun. Today was her day to shine. We gave her a little leftover salmon to keep that noggin working. Some kitties have it made.