My New Favorite Camera Lens BFF

My New Favorite Camera Lens BFF

 
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A while back I attended a photography class at Haven.

It’s where I first met Layla….definitely my finest embarrassing moment.

At the class they talked about aperture and focal points and the rule of threes and about a million and one other things to take amazing pictures.  I don’t really remember much about anything else because I got distracted trying to figure out the wall treatment in the room and redesigning it in my mind for the upstairs room.

Focus….KariAnne….focus.

But the one thing that stuck with me.

The one thing I remembered…..

…..was this amazing camera lens they talked about.Continue reading


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The Thankful Tree and a Giveaway

The Thankful Tree and a Giveaway

This post and giveaway are brought to you by Birch Lane.

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One of my favorite books is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

If you’ve read it….you are nodding right about now.

If you haven’t I’ll totally Reader’s Digest it for you.

It’s about a tree who loves a little boy with all her heart.  When he is young he plays under the tree and swings from the branches and eats buckets of apples.  And as he grows older he sells the apples from the tree and uses her branches to make a house and her trunk to make a boat to sail away and explore the world.

And when he is older and his travels are done, he sits on the stump and rests…..

….and returns to the tree that he loves.

“And the tree was happy.”

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My Favorite Decorating Tip

My Favorite Decorating Tip

 

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I started this blog with the lofty intention of perching on the steps of decorating Mount Olympus and handing out sage advice and pithy quips on decorating.

In my mind….I was going to be amazing.

At the time, I had a camera that came in a yellow disposable box and you threw it away after you used it.  The words white balance and manual focus and DSLR were not in my vocabulary.  So I hired a local photographer to come out to the house and take pictures of my Christmas decor.  I worked for weeks getting the house ready and composing witty decorating repartee’ for my big blog debut.

The pictures came back and I loaded them into the computer.

I was so excited.

I couldn’t wait to share my decorating knowledge with the world.  My hands practically danced for joy as they flew over the keyboard writing a lengthy dissertation on how to use neutrals in Christmas decorating.

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Fall Decorating Ideas (and a Thank You)

Fall Decorating Ideas (and a Thank You)

 

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Do you remember the commercial from Dove that ran last year?

It featured women who sat behind a curtain and described themselves in great detail to a sketch artist.  He asked them about their facial features like their chin and their hair and their eyebrows and cheekbones and so on.  They described themselves as they saw themselves to the artist.

He never saw them.

He simply drew the picture from what they described to him.

Then….each woman was briefly introduced to a stranger….someone who had never met her before.  And after a short visit…each woman left and the stranger was asked to describe the woman he or she had just met…..

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Fall Home Tour

Fall Home Tour

 

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It’s that time.

The much promised fall home tour is finally here.

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If you are stopping by from The Inspired Room or Finding Home…..welcome and nice to meet you.

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I’m so happy that you are here.

Truly.

Mostly because nothing says happy fall like a fancy rhinestone necklace and leopard heels.

(total aside:  have you ever seen anyone so happy to open a door in your whole life).Continue reading


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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

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Look what just arrived to a WalMart or grocery store aisle near you.

The Better Homes and Gardens Christmas magazine.

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And look at who is on page 10.

Those burlap curtains finally have their star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

I wish you could have been in aisle 4 last night.

It was a party.

My husband bought every magazine they had and promptly handed them out to people in line.

Best Friday night ever. :) Continue reading


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Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin

Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin

 

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I am up to my elbows in acorns and spray paint and wooden bowls carved from stumps and mercury glass pumpkins….

….decorating for the fall house tour on Monday.

And I can’t wait to share it with you.

In the meantime….please enjoy a repeat of one of my favorite projects from last year.

Because nothing says fall….

….like a chalkboard word find pumpkin. :)

 

Remember when pumpkins were orange?

Back in the day.

Before anyone ever painted pumpkins?

Before burlap pumpkins and dryer vent pumpkins and can lid pumpkins and straw pumpkins and pumpkins made from pallet wood.

Just orange.

Orange pumpkins from the Piggly Wiggly with a carved face.

Nothing too fancy…..

…just a face with triangle eyes and a triangle nose and a moon for a mouth.

And some years you were extra fancy and cut a snaggle tooth grin.Continue reading


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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

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Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1.  Does it count as fall because it’s September?

Even if it’s 90 degrees and the pool is still open?

2.  Do you have any tips on how to get grease stains out of clothes?

My favorite shirt met some salad dressing and lost.

3.  What are your thoughts on velvet pants?

Yeah or nay?

What if I told you they had flowers on them?  Would that make a difference?

4.  I am so all about lemonade right now.

Usually I only drink it in the summer.

Which leads me back to the all-important question 1. :) Continue reading


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