Thursday, November 7, 2013
Details, Details. I love them! Afterall, it's the little things....
...that can eat up my whole day...that can paralyze me. Ok, wait, I hate them.
No, wait! I do kinda love them...
...and now I'm not writing, just arguing with myself. Have I made my point?
In the past couple of years, I have dropped in and mostly out of the blog-o-sphere for a couple of reasons, but one of the big reasons is "details". Nester calls them lovely limitations.
This photo is a great example. My sons and hubby chopped a lot of wood this year. This will be our first winter using the fireplace (but that's another story). So when the fire started crackling, I ran to get the camera and capture it. It was cozy and warm and we loved every minute of it.
I saw the pictures on my computer...and the "details" jumped out at me... and then I was all..."Hey, Honey, can you like, light another fire so I can take pictures again because I forgot to pull that Halloween zombie-garb swag out of the way and it's messing up my ambience."
"Oh and I need you to take those brass thing's out real quick where I ripped out the fireplace door last year, m'Kay?"
I'm pretty sure he just closed his eyes and walked away. (Possibly making some hand gestures as if he were swatting flies...)
Or he just said "no"...I can't remember which.
Anyway, I let that detail get in my way. I saw the imperfections of the picture instead of the warm, cozy fire and my butt-kicking brick job.
It's what I do.
And it's a part of what has stopped me from posting picture after picture... It's true, I'll admit it. I muchly prefer perfection. Muchly.
And maybe now that I'm going to be old soon...no longer celebrating a new century, but just old...I could stop doing this and just enjoy the fire.
...or I could try bribing him with cookies...
Posted by Jami at 9:12 PM
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Well, we got through the rainiest Halloween ever. In fact, we more than "got through", we rocked it!
And I have no pictures to show for it. :(
I did take some cool pictures around the house, but I was not able to get them all edited, so let's just forget Halloween, shall we? I'm so over it, aren't you?
Let's talk TURKEY.
I'm excited for Thanksgiving this year for a few reasons. I get to celebrate someone special on Thanksgiving and my Nannie will come for a visit. At least that's the plan and that's what we hope for. Time will tell, as it always does.
Here's a picture of Nannie with all the Great Grands who live in town (and who were born at the time this was taken!) She is in a wheel chair now, so mostly we go visit her, but on special occasions, we like to bring her to us for some real home cooking and hanging out. It's a total of 4 hours driving her to and from for one short meal, but she is worth it!
I am also looking forward to trying some new recipes from my cooking magazines this year. And I've already made 2 pumpkin pies and a pumpkin bread this year. Yum!
The pumpkin bread turned out SO GOOD that I wanted to share the recipe with you. It's from Recipe Girl.
(you can find this and other recipes on my Pinterest page.)
The only change I made was to finely chop a large baking apple and add it instead of the oil. But then I got scared, so I added 1-2 Tbsps into the batter just-in-case. Whew! I have to say that as it baked the whole house smelled like cloves, which was yummy, but then I got worried that I overdid the cloves. (I just watched an episode of CakeBoss, where he scolds someone for over-spicing the pumpkin bread. Yikes!) But when it came out of the oven and cooled a bit, I tried it and it was pumpkin bread perfection! I tried it with butter, I tried it with frosting. NO. It was just perfect as is. And I don't say that much! Plus, I cut the recipe in half to use up the 1 C of pumpkin I still had in my freezer from the last recipe I cut in half, so it all worked out great! I urge you to try it if you are a pumpkin-o-holic like me. :)
So back to Thanksgiving...I have been working so hard on making typography posters for my store. It takes longer than you might think to get one made and then actually post it for sale! And this week I am supposed to be drawing for Christmas and for gifting...so I decided to do a little giveaway on my etsy store's Facebook Page to let people know I made a few Thanksgiving designs too. I, personally, can't wait to hang them up!
Please go to the Facebook page and become a follower, be sure to enter in my Gratitude Giveaway going on RIGHT NOW!
Please go the facebook site for the scoop on that. I made it easy to enter.
Just share the graphic and then leave a comment ON FACEBOOK telling me which picture you would choose. All the deets are there, so please enter!
I know it's confusing because I have different names for the store and the blog...someday that may change, but for now, my etsy store's name is Flock of Six. You can also follow the store on Facebook.
This month, I am teaching drawing to 10 year olds. You know, there is a difference between doing something and explaining HOW to do it! LOL Wish me luck!
Posted by Jami at 10:01 PM
Friday, October 25, 2013
Most days, I think "I should post that on my blog" or "I should write about that" or something, but most days, my life is so full and busy that I never get back here to actually do it. So today is just a quick post to show off my Halloween mantle.
I have gotten really into mantle decorating since we have been in this house. It's fun to have a small "manageable" space to decorate and just sort of pile up with things that make you smile. Plus, I totally re-finished this fireplace after we moved in and it just looks so much better that I love making it a focal point. I hope to share some of the birthday mantlescapes and others I have done as well. In fact, I really want to show off some before and after shots of what this entire room used to look like...and what it looks like now, but first I will have to get over the fact that I NEVER feel like I am done.(meaning, I never feel like I am ready to share photos...) In this room, we have done quite a bit, but between this room and the kitchen (The entire back half of the main floor) there is still the most to be done...moulding, light fixtures, cabinets.... Maybe I will get some photos sized down and pop them up here this fall just to show the progress. Even though I am no decorator and the house is far from perfect, it is WAAAAAYYYY better than what we started with. It is a work in progress, like everything else. (I'm actually ready to paint again, but don't tell my husband. LOL)
Anyway, I am already out of time, so I will just post the Halloween mantle for today. Enjoy!
By the way, there are so many things to love in this house, but the lighting is not one of them. The only room that gets any natural light to speak of is the Master Bedroom, which is not exactly the place I hang my Halloween decorations, so bear with me. It's not as bad in person. (if you are like a cave-dweller or something.)
Enjoy your day!
Posted by Jami at 9:36 AM