Sunday, April 29, 2012

A "10" Weekend

Photo processed with textures by Kim Klassen

Top 10 Weekend Highlights

1. Shopping at the Farmer's Market

2. Lunch at Nordstrom's

3. Preparing a pasta and soup dinner for my mom and sisters

4. Playing a game after dinner

5. Relaxing in the sun next to Gracie

6. Photographing more Spring flowers (and Gracie too!)

7. Watching instructional videos on Kim Klassen's Cafe

8. Catching up on reading The American Way of Eating plus assorted magazines

9. Reading the Sunday paper while eating Swedish pancakes with strawberries

10. Putting my Spring bedding out and the winter bedding away until winter

Yes, I was able to do some reading this weekend including the new issue of Artful Blogging. Each story is so inspiring and the photos are beautiful. I'm also enjoying The American Way of Eating which takes a look at where our food comes from and the effects on the workers. It's very eye opening when the author goes undercover working in the produce fields. Now, if I can only finish it soon as I just reserved two more books from the library. So much to do, so little time!


Monday, April 23, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Week's Wrap-Up

Happy Sunday to You!

It's the final day of my week-long vacation. What did I accomplish? A lot! But first, let's admire these fabulous ranunculus flowers from the farmer's market.  I love the colors!

And the fluffy petals... especially the two-toned ones.

This past week, I had a "stay-cation" and of course I had way too many things on the to-do list but I did get quite a bit done. Here goes... read the book The American Way of Eating, decluttered and donated trunk-load of items to Goodwill, donated trunk-load of art supplies to teacher's resource, bought shoes/returned shoes, worried about dad in hospital for two days, Stanford shopping center for lunch, cleaned house, took bulbs to recycling center, started Beyond Layers II online course, accompanied mom to doctor, spent time with Gracie, cleaners, changed lightbulbs, farmer's market, read and sorted magazines, enjoyed lunch with a friend, photographed lots of flowers, new shoes - did not return!, started Slice of Life online course, delivered meal to friend, reformatted iPad for Gracie and me, ate Hagen Daz bars without guilt, wrote and mailed cards, surfed the net, stayed up way too late, got up too early... well, you get the idea. It felt like a good week off, but two would have been good as well!

My sis bought this chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting at Teacakes on Burlingame Avenue the other day. She was kind enough to allow me to photograph it before she ate it. Actually, she offered to buy me one as well but these days I usually prefer to photograph them rather than eat them (they can be too sweet!). 

But not for Miss Gracie, oh no. And as usual.... Miss Gracie just had to have some frosting while I was trying to take the picture. 

Notice anything in the lower right on the cupcake? Or, I should say something missing. Yes, that's where my Gracie licked it. She certainly does enjoy a cupcake and there's no depriving her because at my house, cat happiness usually comes first!


Monday, April 16, 2012

Floral Spring

All photos processed with textures by Kim Klassen for Texture Tuesday at the Kim Klassen Cafe.

These past few days, I've been photographing a gorgeous bunch of flowers that I bought at the farmer's market. They were so beautiful, I just had to bring them home. 

Ah, yes. I love Spring.

I much prefer the multi-color bunch - the variety of colors just makes it that much yummier.

However, I do love my all-yellow daffodils. In this bunch, there was just one flower that was orange inside. It felt like finding a four leaf clover!

Textures create a wonderful artsy look to photos. There are so many ways you can affect your photos. I adore the brights in the flowers...

...but I also love a pastel dreamy look. Here I've shown two ways to treat the same photo. It's always hard to say which is my favorite.

And here's my Miss Gracie. Before I could get all set up and place the flowers on the table, she was up there claiming the space. Well, Miss Gracie, I'm just going to have to photograph you instead!


Every Day a Holiday

So it's not Valentine's Day, but we can all use a little love, right? This "love" sign hides a little vignette of favorite items in a box. I think of it as a screen, just like you would use a room screen to hide a portion of the room. This helps to have a less cluttered look and I can always peek behind the screen.

Nearby the love sign, I see that I still have my Valentine display on the birdcage. Hmm... maybe it's time to change it out but I really like the vintage style postcards on it. They even have glitter - oooooh!

Speaking of holidays, yes, that's a little feather Christmas tree smack-dab in the middle. It's a holiday all year long at my house. 

I picked up this cup and plate holder at the flea market a few years ago. You can use them to display all kinds of things; I have another one that holds rolls of crepe paper. And I just noticed there is another Valentine's item here on display!

Wow - The yellow card on the lower right is an Easter card (those are bunnies on the cover). I can see that I have a theme going on here today so I'm going to go with it. 

We've just covered Valentine's, Christmas and Easter all on display in my creative space. Why not incorporate the holidays into your space if it makes you happy?  Holiday or not, if it's pretty or has special meaning, there's no reason to take it out just once a year. Having things around that you love adds an extra joy to the day. Now go dig out something special and display it proudly!


Monday, April 9, 2012

Ranunculus - The Softest Flower

All photos processed with Little Things texture by Kim Klassen at the Kim Klassen Cafe for Texture Tuesday.
Recently, I found a gorgeous bunch of ranunculus at Trader Joe's. With their layers and layers of petals, they have such a soft look. 

After Nippy "nipped" the stems in half, I wound up cutting all the stems and placing the flowers into tiny vases. This happened after finding the stems on my countertop two nights in a row since the sneaky kitty had gotten into them.

But that's okay because I actually like them much better cut lower into little bunches. I moved them upstairs and placed them in front of the glass and rhinestone photo frames.

I love the assorted colors in the bunch, with yummy yellows, pinks, and oranges.

This photo is the same as the one above with the colors desaturated. Both are lovely, don't you think?

Even without Nippy biting the stems, some do tend to fall over. I think the stems sometimes are too light to support the flower head. No matter, it still looks pretty from any angle.

Have a beautiful week!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Daffodil Days

It's that time of year - Trader Joe has bunches of daffodils at a bargain price. How can a person resist?

I bought two bunches the week before last; they are so cheery that I just want them everywhere.

Luckily, daffodils are one of the flowers that Nippy does not eat. If only I could have gerbera daisies again! Thank goodness only one of my kitties snacks on flowers.

This past weekend, Trader Joe had a run on flowers due to the holiday. By the time I got there, the selection was getting slim. I did manage to find the last bunch of tulips though - in a pretty, soft yellow.

Wishing you happy daffodil days this week!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Such a Softie

Photo processed with Kim Klassen's textures "Word" and "Canvasback" for Texture Tuesday
Soft is the theme at the Kim Klassen Cafe today and what better than to show my little softie, Gracie. So soft, we often tell our Miss Gracie that she feels like a chinchilla. 

Now that Spring is here, I'll miss those cold winter nights when Gracie comes under the covers with me, keeping me warm with her soft and warm little body snuggled up against me. I guess that means I'll just have pick her up and snuggle her anyhow!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Happy Birthday, Nipper!

Happy birthday to Nipper! Today she is seven years old.

Happily, I was able to capture some birthday shots this morning. Normally, she's sleeping the day away and doesn't get up until 5 pm once she's had her breakfast.

After she munched on my flowers in the kitchen, she wandered into the living room where I followed her. I got down on the floor and took these photos. What a good kitty to look right at me.

So happy birthday, Nipper girl. You were such a tiny thing when we got you and now you're a big 16 pound girl. That's okay, we still love you, even if you do cry all the way to the vet when you're only getting your nails done!