Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Texture Tuesday: Orange Tulip

textured with KK_1612 (inverted and applied with Screen)

The past week or so our family has been passing a nice little bug around between us. So, this is just a quick sharing of one of the pretty tulips I picked up yesterday. Looking back through my archives, I found a definite trend toward springtime tulips. Just love their cheerful nature.

When you're not feeling well, a bright splash of color is welcome. And simple is all you really want.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Washi Doings

I have been looking for a way to store my washi tape. It had been living in a clay pot hung on the wall in a wall sconce but I chose not to re-hang the sconce when I changed rooms.
I saw some cute ideas with dowels and hooks on Pinterest but I'm trying to work with what I have on had. Ken contributed his big muscles to help pull apart some old copper pipe from a previous display and I re-purposed it into a smaller arrangement with two bars to hang my tape from.
Now I can see exactly what tapes I have and they easy to use. I see washi tape projects in the near future...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pool Party

A few weeks ago my nephew celebrated his birthday at the new aquatic center. All the cousins were there and everyone had fun floating, sliding and splashing. Non-swimmers are restricted to a small margin along the edge. Unfortunately, that meant some of my shots were blurry as I was in full zoom to capture my target kid. But you can sense the overall kid happiness right?


birthday boy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Texture Tuesday: Perfectly Imperfect

Textured with Kim Klassen's kk_0303 and kk-Luminous
It took me awhile to find a photo for this week's Texture Tuesday. I thought of maybe using some outtakes. Goodness knows I have lots of those.
Eventually, I opened up a folder from a few years ago. One mostly comprised of raw photos that I hadn't been able to convert because I was using Photoshop CS3 and couldn't convert them efficiently. I've since upgraded but hadn't revisited my old folders. It was a trip down memory lane. Wow, have things changed.
I'm not sure who took the photo above. One of the kids or Ken most likely. There was lots of background clutter and the lighting was funky but this is probably the last photo of my grandpa and I together before he passed away just a few days later.
The photo itself may not be perfect (nor even my processing) but the memory is a wonderful one.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Randomness: Food Wish

Here's this week random question.

Random Question:
What is one food you don't like that you wish you did?

I wish that I could like oatmeal. Really and truly I do. It is scientifically shown to be good for you. It's low calorie. And there are so many ways to make it. Things to add to it. Fortunately, my kids like it so I can try new recipes on them.

However, I just can't get over the texture. I don't even like it in cookies. Cooked it's even worse.

What about you? Is there a food you wish you liked? Please share in the comments below.

DIY Chicken Wire Bulletin Board

I recently started the process of transforming the playroom into a studio/office space. It's twice as big as the room I was using previously. I'm trying to use space more wisely and make the most of vertical space as well.
If you are a crafter as well, you may also find that you manage to accumulate a lot of "stuff". Items and bits that may have potential some day in the future. I gathered up some pieces and put together a nice little bulletin board.
Chicken wire from an outdoor project years and years ago. A thin poster frame whose glass was broken in a move. My handy dandy staple gun.
I stapled the chicken wire to the back of the frame and used wire cutters to clip any wire that was overhanging the edge. And that was it, a lightweight bulletin board ready for clips.
I used bright colored plastic-coated paperclips to attach my cards to the board but you could use other types of clips as well. It's flanked by my magnetic boards from Ikea.
I'm so happy to have a space to display my cards. They've been stuck in a drawer for years. I collected the set from HOW magazine. Yes, their a little offbeat but I love them.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Etsy Favorites

Are you as big a fan of Etsy as I am? Maybe some of you are on Etsy yourselves sharing your beautiful creativity?

Here are a few of my favorite things I saw this week. The links are below so you can share in the goodness. Have any favorites of your own? Please share in the comments below.

1. I can totally relate to this tee.
2. These are some of the coolest hose I've seen.
3. Too cute. This is in my favorites and is going to be on my Mother's Day wish list
4. I love, love, love this pillow!!!
5. Loving this vintage camera screenprint