Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Texture Tuesday - B&W

I received these pretty tulips for Mother's Day and thought they were perfect for sharing this week on Texture Tuesday.

Layers from top down:

Texture - 1412: Multiply 50%
Texture - 1412: Soft Light 100%
Image with RadLab filters: Sugar Rush, Contrast (luma) and Homestead BW
Background Image

I used a big soft brush to reveal a glimpse of the color beneath.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Home Inspirations

Ken brought me to a new store in Everett on Saturday while we were waiting for Anique. He drives past it each day on his way home from work and thought I might like it.

Home Inspirations has a varied collection of home goods and furniture. Some have been re-painted or re-purposed and others are true antiques. New pieces are mixed in too. It's a bit eclectic but fun to look at all the colors and the arrangements.

I am currently in love with the turquoise adironack chairs above. Need to save my pennies now. We bought the blue buffet on Sunday and it is now proudly sitting in my entry way. So excited to start arranging items on the top. The items on it now are just temporary until I can find a good arrangement.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

I hope everyone enjoyed their Mother's Day and had an opportunity to relax and celebrate.

I was a bit spoiled this year. We chose to do most of our celebrating yesterday since we knew today would be spent visiting and celebrating our own mothers.

Ken took me to lunch at the Vintage Cafe in Everett while Anique was in drama class. The food is simple but well made. They have all the comfort foods. The building is quite old and there are pictures on the walls of historic Everett sites. We also spent some time exploring the different shops on Hewitt.

Afterwards, we headed home to pick up Bailey and then swung over to pick up Ellie. We headed to downtown Seattle to explore Pike Place Market and look at the ferris wheel on Pier 57. The weather was beautiful and it was much more crowded than last time we were there. We  explored some of the shops. Ken tried coconut almonds and the kids and Ken raced up the stairs coming back up from the pier. Oh my goodness are there a lot of steps. Bailey won the first set of stairs. Ellie won the second race when Bailey missed a step at the top and went sprawling.

The kids took a ride on the carousel and then we headed over to The Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner. Yum!

We finished up the night at Funtasia (now part of Bullwinkle's). Ken and the kids raced go-carts. Bailey crashed twice which makes me worry his driving in the near future. Really, I'm only kinda joking. Anique and I played skee-ball while Bailey and Ellie waited for the Max Flight simulator ride. So glad she was there to go on it with him. Last time, I had to go since Anique is too small and there is too large a difference in size between him and Ken. That is motherly love. The same love that had me going on a flying swing ride with Anique last summer. I'm not a fan of heights or being upside down.

I digress. Skee-ball is my most favoritest arcade game ever. Maybe it's because it's so simple I can actually do it and there are no buttons to be pushed. Simple roll and shoot.

It was a great afternoon and evening and I was happy that my family enjoyed it as well. As you know, I wouldn't be celebrating without them.

This morning, Bailey made me breakfast (eggs and strawberry toaster strudel) and Ken ran to the store for purple tulips for the presentation. Anique made me a little purple flower dish. I do love these guys!

These pictures were all shot with my old point-and-shoot camera. It was quick and easy to take with me yesterday but I do miss the resolution and clarity of my Canon.

And the brick wall that looks like it has confetting on it above is actually a "gum wall". Kids thought it was the coolest thing ever. I think gross and want to reach for my hand-sanitizer just thinking about it. Ick.

Friday, May 10, 2013


I don't know if you are familiar with The Vintage Pearl or not, but you should be. They design and produce the most charming hand-crafted silver jewelery. I have been blog-stalking them for over a year now. Lots of reading but only sporadic comments on my part.

At the beginning of this month, they decided they were going to bless as many mothers as they could get to before Mother's Day. They asked that any nominations be emailed in to them. No guarantees but they would do their best.

Of course, I nominated my mom who despite suffering with some major health issues of her own has been helping to care for my grandma (her mom). My grandma had a rough first three months of the year. She was admitted to the hospital on three separate occasions for three completely different things. My mom spent hours at the hospital and continues to monitor her recovery, she took over all of the household responsibilities and still managed to babysit for the grandkids too. She's amazing!

She was chosen as one of the recipients and received her beautiful necklacewith the names of her grandchildren in the mail yesterday. She was so happy with it and emotional too.

Thank you to the ladies at The Vintage Pearl for sharing your incredible gift and demonstrating your open hearts!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Texture Tuesday - Pop

The theme for this weeks Texture Tuesday was "pop". I couldn't find the image of my glass bottle of Coca~Cola (soda pop). However, while I was looking through my archives I came back across the Valentine's Day marshmallow pops.
They are pretty and fun too! I used Kim's "Mary" filter at 100% in Soft Light. Then I used a foreground to transparent gradient to that exposed more of the pops and added a darker blue to the bottom right corner.

Monday, May 6, 2013


Each spring I try to take time to photograph my kids. Not candids, but actual photos. Last year there we played a little dress-up. I promised Bailey we wouldn't do that this year. Somehow he managed to escape this year but I will get him cornered at some point. (insert evil mom laugh here)

Ken played chauffeur but wouldn't get out of the car. I think he was afraid I'd try to take his picture too. Apparently the guys in the family have this in common.

We headed first to Everett where there is an old rust covered building that I wanted to tryout as a backdrop. I brought my reflector but didn't pull it out and have some harsh shadows I could have prevented. I'm still learning as I go. Next we tried a field that was closer to home and I'm much happier with those shots.

I'm glad she's willing to play along. They change so fast and it's fun to look back and see the differences and remember the year.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Fun Day in the Sun

Today the temperature reached 80 degrees. This is not a common occurrence here the Northwest. Especially not at the beginning of May. The sunshine always cheers me. It is truly a dose of happiness.

Yesterday, Ken and I spent an hour or so walking around town while we waited for Anique to get out of her drama class and then we she joined us walking and window-shopping in Snohomish. Did I tell you that Ruffles and Rust carries Artful Blogging? So much closer to home and way cuter to look around in than BN.

Anyhow, today we tried to spend more time outdoors as well. We began the day with a photo shoot with Anique. I've been trying to get her photos done since she turned 9 but we just couldn't find a good time. I'll post those soon.

We drove to Flower World to see if they still had any Venus flytraps (they didn't but I have one reserved for Anique). I'm really not a gardener. No skill and quite honestly I have little interest in the it. However, I am really, really wanting a magnolia tree. We looked at all the different types and they are so pretty. Someday...

At some point, Bailey, our lost teenage son, returned home to his family and we headed to Flowing Lake to soak up the sun with our packed lunch. Anique played in the water and they boys played catch with the football.  I took photos and read a little bit.

So, my house isn't completely clean but we had a fun weekend and have all had a little solar-powered recharge.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Texture Tuesday ~ Wise Words

I'm not sure why I had such a hard time finding an image this week for Texture Tuesday. I collect quotes like they're going out of style so that part was no problem, other than narrowing down which one I wanted to use.
This picture was taken two years ago at Relay for Life. Bailey's TaeKwonDo school was participating. Bailey was warming up for their presentation with his best buddy Cole. I can't believe how high he could get. They used to launch him in the air to break boards that were held over an adults head. I'm talking over 6 feet high and then he would drop back to earth.
Talk about a positive attitude. He thought it was great and had no doubt he could do it. I'm not sure I could face the same challenge with that positivity!
I'm working excellence in other areas though and while some days are more challenging that others I'm mostly staying positive. Have a wonderful week!