July 27, 2011

more videos...

Under Construction - continued...

This is just a continuation of my previous post on the house and the current state of affairs...

Here is a video before some of the construction. I am working on uploading a couple more that were filmed just yesterday!

First up, the front door. I was determined to paint it a cheery color and I did.

Before it was black
Then it was grey from the primer

Now it is a antique moss with blue trim!

New couches, not delivered yet but soon!

Here are some of the items going into the kitchen:

Tile backsplash

Cabinet and handle (top handle, ignore bottom)

Counter sample sitting on cabinet

Electrolux Icon Professional Double Wall Ovens (yay!)
Thermador gas cooktop

Apron front farmhouse sink


And we have been working on the guest accomodations as well (come visit soon!):

Paint is the middle yellow color and the carpet is the blue

July 26, 2011

House stuff

Well, the house is still not ready but things are moving along... While I cannot set up the nursery yet, I thought it would be fun to share some stuff we have for it.

Here is the general plan:

Now here are some of the actual items:

The crib is the actual crib but the changing table is different (kindly passed down from Shirley, Brian, and the tots).

The room will be painted a slate blue with a bit of muted yellow trim. The curtains are yellow and I am making (trying to make) a tie up shade out of this fabric:

Shirley helped me find the fabric yesterday so I am super excited! We have a lot of toys and stuff already but here are a couple that I found that I can't wait to put in the cubby holes:

These are wood with safe, non-toxic paint and I found them on Etsy. The store is Imagination Kids. I am still looking at the toy helicopter. Just can't decide on what color!  :)

I will have some pictures of the house and the current state of affairs soon. Painting, walls, and soon carpet, oh my!

July 9, 2011

Plate to Pixel Food Photography Workshop

I like to take pictures but have never had a inkling of any training. I picked up a camera and started on auto settings. After many years, I worked my way to manual settings and I'm still figuring things out. My gram (a very talented painter and photographer) always warned me to find my own style for images before I let any one muddy the waters so I always avoided taking any classes.

But then came a food blog, a lovely food blog. Hélène Dujardin, who blogs as Tartelette, showed me that you can make beautiful things and then show them in a medium that makes them even more appealing. A brief snippet of a perfect crust or berry saved for the ages... what a nice thought.

I nearly lost my cookies when I read on her blog that she was going to be in Salt Lake City. She was kicking off her Plate to Pixel tour with a class, a very small class. I bit the bullet and signed up (Shirley came too).

I am sooooo glad I did! The group was so nice and everything Hélène covered was so helpful. I was happy with the book. But hearing things in person and being able to see an example/setup, well, that cannot be beat. The organizer, foodiecrush, did a great job. The location, food, and treat bag were perfect!

I snapped a few shots, nothing fancy but I hope that with my new ideas I can bring some great shots to the blog.