Saturday was spent walking the National Zoo in DC. It was crowded, but at least not too hot and sunny-the weather was just right(until we left when it stormed)! Our first time at the zoo, I did my best to snapped a few photos. The lighting was the best in the bird areas-it was filtering through perfectly. I wish I had a better zoom lens for the tiger/lion enclosures...they were so far away(which is a good thing). It was such a beautiful zoo, the best I have seen...
Today I spent the day with little baby Noah, Ellie's baby brother-plus, Ellie too! My first time watching him while their mama went for an interview. He was super sweet and easy-unless I was slow in getting him his bottle! Once fed he fell right back to sleep-and I couldn't resist grabbing my camera for a few photos....
Sweet Ellie last Thursday. I had the pleasure of
watching Ellie (my good friend Tracy’s' grand daughter, and Caitlyn’s sweet
little girl) while her mommy went for her doctors checkup-baby no.2 is due any
day now. This was my first one on one with Ellie-or any baby since Kiela, lol.
Thank goodness Pipa the Pig (Ellie loves Pipa & pigs) was on TV and made
her forgot mommy had left! We raided Kiela's room for toys, and she discovered
Kiela's nail polish-Ellie LOVES nail polish too. Lulu just wanted to lick
As I have mentioned a few times-we live in the country (today I can smell it slightly coming through the windows;-P)! I have to past a lot of working farms & wineries to get home. This past weekend Tracy & I went up the road to take a few photos of some of the local cows. I have been really wanting to get some photos of the local animals to frame around the house-finally I got a few photos! I wish that they were a little better, maybe next time.
Sorry! For no new updates last week. I
have just been spending time with the family. The weekend before last LaVaughn
had been out of town for 3 weeks-really four...because he was gone for a week 2
weeks before that, lol. Plus, it's spring break for the girls. Kiela & I
have been dying to spend the day in DC-I have frames that I want to fill with b&w architectural photos for around the house. LaVaughn is in DC everyday, so it's hard to talk
him into going on the weekends. Kiela has not seen any of the monuments,
nor has Amira(but she's a sour-puss TEEN). Mira wanted to stay home,
so the rest of us had a nice time on the mall. There is still so much more
for us to see and so many more photos to take...I was able to fill two of
my four frames with my photos! And we finally had a chance to try
Sprinkles-which was a perfect way to end the day.
The Saturday after Black Friday LaVaughn and I went tree shopping-there is nothing like a real tree! We have grown tired of the fake tree we have had for the past 4 years, and it was time to go back to buying real trees for Christmas. The smell is amazing-and they just look better. Yeah, I hate the mess and trying to keep them watered-argh(LaVaughn really keeps it watered)! Lulu keeps hitting the tree with her tail when she is looking out the window, and needles are constantly falling from that...and a few ornaments.
[around the house]
I can't stop adding to the decorations! I had to get this pine cone wreath and a few more vintage ornaments-which I love dripping from the mirror. I have been a bit obsessed with taking photos of everything over the past few days. It's a great way for me to polish up on my photography-I have been learning some new tips from some great photography pins. I struggle with sharpness & noise-but when I find a spot with perfect light I am truly excited. It has been driving me batty not being able to get a clear, sharp, and bright photo of the vase with the branches & hanging pine cones/icicles-I have taken HUNDREDS of photos of just that...and from every angle. I just don't get why I am not getting the results I want, lol!!
Hello Caligirl...I love and hate Tyson's area...love the shopping, hate the traffic/construction!!! I was there 3x's last week doing some Christmas shopping. All that stuff was from Target! I was so shocked to see that there was still a few items left-they had marked it down a couple weeks before. I think what I found was probably backstock that was missed-lucky for me! Because it wasn't there a couple days before that-trust me...I am there way too often hoping for a deal!!
Kiesha, your home is so gorgeous! I just love it- should totally be on HGTV! And it makes me even more giddy to know that you are a bargain shopper, too! Love awesome clearance sales and sweet deals!!! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home and great finds with us! --Nitasha
Nitasha...thank you so much!! I am a total bargin shopper-if it is not on sale I won't buy it(period). I love to clip coupons and keep a stash of them in my purse at all times. I have even created a monster-my husband...LaVaughn is always asking me if there is a coupon or code or sale. And he gets a bit put-off if I don't have any extra discounts, lol. I used to love the outlets-but now they have turned into cheap quality product made for outlet stores-so I don't buy the stuff that they have TONS of in stock. I believe the more I save the more I can buy;-)
I got a bit carried away with taking photos of some new vintage ornaments I just bought for decorating the mantel. Would you also guess that every photo was taken in the DARK?! I took all these photos at night without any lights on-just the snap of my speedlite giving just the right amount of light. My neighbors were probably wondering what the heck was going on with all the bright flashes from our windows. I kinda of like night time shooting-I never take photos at night. Oh, the photos with the red ornament was taken during the day-forgot about that!
Oops, I totally forgot that I had this post scheduled to go live this morning! With the time change I fell asleep by 8(last night) and since the girls have today (& tomorrow) off from school-I slept in longer.
Today-I plan on packing up Fred and the gang-it will be so hard! I love having them hanging out on the sofa and seeing the crows here & there around the house. The house looks so empty when it is all put away, but I must move on to Thanksgiving...and then Christmas! It all comes and goes too fast...
Hope you came through the storm ok. Up here in Maine it got bad depending on where you live. The coast (where I am) took a beating, but we're fine. Hope you and yours are as well. Love the cards, gorgeous as always!
Hi Heaven, so glad to hear that you and your family are doing well after Sandy. It was sad to see how bad the storm had been for so many people on the east coast. We lost power for 24hrs-so we can't complain. I was stunned to see how bad it was in NY & NJ on Wednesday.
Last week I was thrilled to start pulling out all the crows, Fred the skeleton(I made him a sign), and his buddies for Halloween 2012! I am still working on placing things and need to stop at the local farmers stands for a few white pumpkins. I was so excited to see that this year two of the stands I pass have loads of white pumpkins-love the competition between the two farmers!
I also have ideas swirling around in my head of stuff I want to make-but where is the time? This weekend I felt like I was all over the place-drove to Cindy's house for her Thirty-One party on Saturday. Sunday I took Mira and a couple of her friends to the mall for Homecoming dress shopping-by the way, did I ever mention she now has her driver's permit...and she has a certain amount of driving hours to achieve before getting her license. The 20 mins we spent driving through the neighborhood was super fun;-)
Today-I am staying HOME! In my studio...I hope to finish a couple of layouts I started last week and doing some Halloween stuff. And maybe do some cleaning-Lulu's hair is everywhere!
I have been wanting to leave a comment for the last month or two when I came across your blog through Making Memories. Quickly I added you to my "favorites". I simply love your blog and style. Everything you post from crafts to photography is chic, elegant, simple and beautiful. It not only shows in your craft but design, decorating and home. I LOVE popping in to see what other marvelous project has been posted. This is truely one sight I never get tired of looking through and spend sooo much time looking at photographs for ideas, inspiration or to simply look at pretty things like I would a favorite magazine. Your so blessed to be very talented. Thank you for taking the time to post all these pictures and share all the lovely things in your life. Looking forward to all your future post. -Jasmin : >
Hi Jasmin...well, I just don't know how to thank you enough for taking the time to leave such great compliments. It's always wonderful to hear what people think and I always hope that everyone enjoys each visit. I love it when I go to a site and it makes me want to make something right away...or makes me go rearrange the decorations in a better way somewhere in my house-a site that makes me feel inspired makes my day...and then makes me want to also inspire those who come here to my blog. I am thankful when I read a comment like yours(or any comment left)-thank you Jasmine & all others who may feel the same way!!
Keisha, I love this mini album. I recognise the skeleton stamp from My Mind's Eye but what company or companies is the paper from? Also those labels (Spider Fangs, Deadly morsels)are amazing but have no idea what line they are from either. I would love to use something similar for a mini album for my granddaughter if you could provide some company names for me.
Joan...Lots of old stash stuff with a bit of new stuff! Ok, the Deadly Morsels is Martha Stewart from 2 or 3 seasons ago-look on Ebay for those stickers. All the other stickers( SpiderFangs, Hemlock, Trick or Treat and Oct 31) are new K&Co sticker set I grabbed from Michaels-the witch sticker too. The papers are all from My Minds Eye-a mix of two lines. One is their Halloween line and a line of black & white papers called Meadow Lark...I love doing Halloween in blk/wht with bits of orange. Yep, the stamps are My Minds Eye...and the skeleton at the end(or the first photo on black cardstock) is a Michael's stamp. Lots of old Making Memories stickers(letters/numbers and word stickers) & some Jenni Bowlin bingo cards and journaling cards. Studio Calico stamps(2006)...te glittery spider might be Jolee's...some black sequence...OMGosh, I am just noticing that there are a couple pages missing, lol.
Peonies-LOVE! I bought these on Thursday at the grocery store and they still look amazing. I wish the seeds I planted last year would give me some blooms, argh!
My wall of framed tags & photos is growing-slowly! I added some new frames over the weekend. I don't have a set sketch of how I will hang each frame-I am just eyeballing it. I still have 5 smaller frames on my floor that I am not sure how I will add them to the wall. I do like what I have done so far!
I've only recently discovered your wonderful blog & can I just tell you how much I'm enjoying your multiple talents. Admire your style....for instance how you've used the punch ..."now why didn't I think of that???" Thanks for the inspiration.