April 29, 2011

The Royal Wedding

Mario Testino


I cried.
I loved it.
I'm totally enthralled.

Spectaculars


{Pictures of me wearing new glasses soon}.

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April 28, 2011

Rearrange & change

Last week I tore down the photo wall in our room. I've kind of been HATING it. So I feel better now. I'm wondering what to do with all that blank wall. I was leaning towards just a couple prints I adore (not an easy choice) in gigantic frames. (possible frames).

Until I saw this image.....


Staggered frames creating a single line around the room? Yes, please. Let the collecting begin.
(I love how all the frames are touching). This is going to be so great.

P.S. the master bedroom is my least favorite room in the house. It needs A LOT of help.

Trust yourself



I'm willing to listen and act on the
intuition and wisdom of my true Self,
while ignoring fear-thoughts.




I love this.

The pink lady rides




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April 27, 2011

You are my fave



Which of my photographs is my favorite?
The one I'm going to take tomorrow.





Photo Challenge: Through

I got obsessed with this challenge. I loved it. Still loving it. Still shooting it.
(some more here)





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f5.6 at 1/60
mostly I was wondering if my shirt would show up in the reflection at this exposure.

April 26, 2011

Be yourself



To be yourself in a world that is constantly
trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment.
-unknown



Back to the MOA


{I didn't realize these were hangers the first time. Hello, that's cool. Seems like you could DIY it for the home.
A scaled down version of course}.







Found by H at the gift shop. $2. Cool.

One of the coolest things about this trip was listening to my nephew and what he noticed about the Carl Bloch paintings. Insightful.


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April 25, 2011

Can I get an Amen!



Living without color is like living without love


COLOR CRUSH quilt

Inspired by
J Crew Spring 2011




image from istock photo



So, this is not what I was going for, but that's ok. (After making this I know what I need to change to make what was in my head). I consider it a successful failure. And a really pretty one too.



Quilt Front

M sleeps with this one at night
finished quilt measures 54" x 73"





Quilt Back

I love the simple quilting.
I pretty much love everything about this quilt.



I used this tutorial as the guide for creating the corners of my squares.
No measuring on my part. Just freely sewing them on.



Mmmm, I love you my pretty......



The back and binding fabric are the same.
It's Pink polka dot by Riley Blake.





Most of the solids are Kona purchased at Joann's. I would have preferred to use all solids, but it just wasn't possible with the local selection. So I found what I could to make the gradient.

My favorite detail is the corner of khaki (bottom left). It's metallic and so pretty. Unfortunately, it wasn't really reading in photos. The fabric is Fairy Frost Glitz from the Princess Collection by Michael Miller. Also not as pretty online as it is in real life. Kind of smitten with that little detail though.

April 24, 2011

The Good Report

1. I heart forsythia. And it's in bloom everywhere I look.
2. Resolved a bill crisis.
3. Major validation came my way from someone I admire.
4. The enlargements for the photo wall look fantastic. (I added wheat and footprints).
5. A neighbor watched L while I went to the grocery store. What a dream! So glad I ran into her at the mailbox.
6. Babysitting all worked out so I could go to the monthly meeting of the f8 group.
7. Best. Meeting. Ever. Best photo group ever. Coolest chics ever.
8. Alisha loaned me her 180mm lens. Oh yeah. Our cameras are best friends.
9. Did not die when the car hydroplaned near our house.
10. A neighbor invited L outside to play one morning. Yes, please.
11. A sister who totally gets it when I suggest we have personal Easter celebrations with our own little families.
12. A fantastic chat with Alisha. I'm so fond of people who make me laugh.
13. Finally made it to the Library. Wow. Now, that's a library. (The children's section was so cool).
14. Photographed a bunch.
15. Loved the people watching.
16. The girls loved exploring.
17. Had some of the most beautiful moments as a family this weekend. I needed that.
18. Stopped to photograph someone's spring blossoms and the woman noticed and told me to take a branch home. What a dream! It's now sitting on my kitchen table.
19. Happy Easter in the form of mini bowls. Mint and seafoam. Ooo, I love color.

I have a hate relationship with sugar cookies. Too much work and they never turn out for me. But when my mom bought me the Cookbook I thought I would give them a try. Totally botched these by melting the butter. I don't know???...I had a brain freeze. And they do NOT bake when you melt the sugar. It was gross. I was really grossed out. The hate relationship continues. Will someone please tell me the secret to fab sugar cookies? They are usually so dry and boring. I will try this one again. In hopes that not melting the butter will make all the difference and I will suddenly love sugar cookies for the first time in my life.
update: made a second batch. they are a great basic cookie. I love that you can decide on a crunchy or soft cookie based on thickness and cooking time.

I also tried the Quick and Easy salsa from their book. It was not good. I adore salsa and have a couple terrific recipes. So this one really didn't do much for me. But I do like that it made such a small batch.

Cooked on our Foreman Grill (which I looooooove). I was so excited to try the spice in this one. I think ground beef needs a little something, you know. But I wasn't blown away. Probably won't make it again although it was good. My favorite part of this recipe was the grilled onions (also cooked on my Forman Grill) and the mozzarella balls inside the burger. Yeah, baby. I'm glad I came across this one because I think it will lead to burger experimentation. Nice.

This was good, but I think next time I'll make it with mushrooms only. Red pepper is a strong flavor and it takes over (not surprising). The hubs and I loooove mushrooms and I want to taste them. Also, I had tons of ricotta mixture leftover and veggies too. Not sure what that was all about. I even reduced the amount of yellow squash by half. So judge accordingly.

Best DIY. Ever. Chandelier here and here. I do believe I'll be making one.
I also want to make a Rorschach for the photo ledge.
Coolest quilt rack. Ever. (I want it in the basement).

P.S. Color Crush quilt revealed tomorrow.

April 22, 2011

Photo Challenge: Shoes


feeling pretty mediocre about this image. meh.

These are my favorite shoes. Ever. Totally beat up and loved to death. I still get compliments on them.


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April 21, 2011

Conference weekend

Every six months my favorite weekend rolls around.







(Weird light, huh?)
view from my sister's front door.




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April 20, 2011

Home Sweet Home {& inspiration}


Just added this to the wall. I heart it.



Came across some more rugs for the wish list:
orange here, green/blue, red, stripe, or the crewel jewel

Ribbon curtains. Eee!
Medallion curtains.
OH. MY. this wallpaper is killing me.
So are these brocade bins here and here. Um, pretty. Times ten.

I'm feeling it


from HERE

I can't figure out why they left out binge eating and punching someone in the face.

April 17, 2011

The Good Report

1. I've been wearing those new glasses. But I'm still not convinced they are cute.
2. Returned to the Carl Bloch exhibit.
3. Whitnee watched the girls the entire time.
4. I'm so down with neighbor trade (babysitting).
5. Took some cool snaps while cruising the photo friendly areas of the museum.
6. I can't find it on their website, but the MOA is bringing an African quilt exhibit this summer. Eeee! Em and I are so there.
7. I love my new bangs, but can't always style them the same as Heidi.
8. Human planet. Oh my goodness. Breathtaking. Awe inspiring. Wow. Kind of blown away by it all. The living bridge....!!!
9. Had an important conversation with my parents.
10. Taking a break from starting new quilts to sew some Oliver + S for the girls. Like this one I just received. And I still want to make this.
11. M is really talking. Saying so many words. Repeating everything we say. It's awesome.
12. Jeff and I managed to avoid catching pink eye from the girls.
13. Bro-in-law cooked some killer steaks on the grill.
14. My mom bought me the Our Best Bites cookbook. Eeee!! I've marked about 900 recipes to try. My mom and I fell hard for Brazilian Lemonade. It's so, so, so good.
15. The hubs avoided an accident at work. I'm grateful. I worry all the time about that.
16. An 800 speed film to replace the discontinued 800Z. Woooohooooo! I require 800 (due to that bellows factor).
17. Noticed that piece of paper sitting on the burner BEFORE it ignited into flames.
18. Found out no one (L and M) needs glasses after a visit to the pediatric eye doctor. But M has to be watched.
19. M started barking (croup) but it left just as quickly as it came.
20. Dropped off five rolls of film. Get ready for a quilt reveal. And much more.
21. It was an inspiring week. Visually speaking.
22. My sister is here!
23. Salmon on the grill.

I really loved the olive oil flavor coming through in this dough. (can't believe you can taste it above all the spice in the Pizza Sauce). Yum. Our pizza was ready in 11 Minutes (a little bit under recommended baking time which I had to dig to find in the comments). I was worried about the center of our pizza being undercooked, but it was perfect.

The tops of these get a little crunch that is so good. Such a great contrast to the warm smooshy inside. This recipes makes WAY too much crumble. I really like that this only makes 12 muffins. I do not like leftover muffins. It's fresh only for me.

Had an idea to coat fresh mozarella using the same method as Panko Crusted chicken bites. It was good. Would be awesome on a sandwich. Or with a slice of really good tomato. Try it.

It was good enough. Not permanent rotation material.

April 15, 2011

April 14, 2011

Untitled

L, age 3



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April 13, 2011

Photo Challenge: snow

Remember me mentioning that photo group I'm a part of? Every week we are given a challenge. I'll be posting the results.






I'm not claiming these are mind blowing, but I did love this challenge. I've only photographed snow one other time. I learned what shutter speed captures FALLING snow. And that it doesn't matter if you have a fast enough shutter speed to freeze it because you won't see white snow unless there is something dark behind it (duh!). And discovering that new little tidbit for myself makes this a successful challenge. I'm also thrilled about seeing new pockets of light around our house (see previous post). Priceless.


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April 12, 2011

Snow Day

Snow day in the back yard


I'm kind of digging the light in between our houses. I've never photographed there before.


.....or under the deck


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April 11, 2011

Tree Form



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April 10, 2011

The Good Report

1. Trip to Hobby Lobby with my mom. Wow. Coolest store ever. And the most helpful employee.
2. I love good customer service.
3. Jeff stayed with the girls while my sister and I went out with my parents.
4. Was able to spend time with an aunt/uncle I haven't seen in a while.
5. Lab finished my enlargement order in record time.
6. Even called to double check some of the details which I really appreciate. (more great customer service).
7. I'm so excited to add to the photo ledge.
8. Jeff stepped in during a late night tantrum. Oh the horror. It's not good when L and I are BOTH really tired. The hubs has amazing patience.
9. I'm happy about technology because I was really distracted during general conference last week.
10. Picking up the camera and photographing our life makes me really happy.
11. My brother in laws greasy tacos are so deelish. I try to invite myself over whenever they are being served.



Not exactly a PF Changs, but still Great flavor. definitely a repeat. Super messy to eat.
These might be closer replicas Here and here or here

I'm so making this.
There's no doubt.
Switching to white instead of acrylic.

April 08, 2011

Par-tay



a snap from our Valentine celebration
seriously not loving my blue walls reflecting on the ceiling. grrrr...


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April 07, 2011

On being an artist



read the entire thing HERE.
fantastic.

My new favorite photo



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April 06, 2011

M climbs everything

And I've been wanting to capture this grin for a while.




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April 05, 2011

The Museum {my birthday weekend}

Mamiya C220, Fuji 800Z


This is the one photo I took of our visit to the BYU MOA. They don't allow photography in their exhibits. One word: LAME. If Boston (with much more copyrighted artwork) allows photography throughout their museum I'm not really getting why the cougs don't. Anyhoo....

I've got a camera that draws a lot of stares/attention. I prefer to fade out from the scene and do my own thing quietly. I could tell by the look on faces people were utterly confused (which happens all. the. time). Double their confusion when I pointed that camera at the front desk. Especially when the rest of the masses were flocking to gigant-o Carl Bloch sign. I can't deny THAT PART brings me great satisfaction. The best photos are rarely the obvious ones peeps. I happen to love this one I took.

Don't you think that girl makes this photo? Wouldn't be the same without her.

So let's talk art.... the reason we went to the MOA was Three Mormon Towns. Love to the tenth degree! The portraits were amazing. I went back to stare at my faves three and four times. Love! Just go. and check out the original layout.

Breezed through their permenant collection which was mostly western landscapes. B to the ORING.

And then there was Carl Bloch. Not the reason for our visit, but certainly not going to miss it. Do not go on a Saturday. I plan on going back in the middle of the day in the middle of the week when I can move freely, at my own pace. I can see how you could have a moment with this one. Those paintings are stunning in real life. Especially compared to the reproductions we have all grown up with. (Ensign covers, poster prints....bleh). They are so full of light. Just awesome. And the exhibit is put together so beautifully. Unfortunately, it was just too crowded. I don't do well with crowds. Nightmare.


April 04, 2011

get your CHACH-kee {around the house}

{actual spelling of Tchotchke. I never knew.}

5' x 8' rug is from rugsusa. I'm in love.
It was my birthday present.




Here's a room view.
I'm in the process of building the photo wall.
Adding artwork, having enlargements printed, cutting mattes.
The lounge level is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots.




This one amuses me. Another nod to my roots.
From West Elm's Christmas clearance.
But here is the original seller.



In love!
{and saving for two more area rugs}

Check out my wish list:
favorite floral here, a good basic here, and stripe here.
But this blue is real pretty too.
and loving for the living room.
Dwell studio has one I love. But Lands' End is more affordable.
orange
blue
The Trellis one and two




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