{2nd} inspired card

•July 11, 2009 • 7 Comments

I attempted Tina’s Travel Challenge number {2} this week. (and I learned how to make a link!  baby steps…)

The inspiration photo comes from Anthonette of Chavez Designs of the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico.

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All these travel photos are making me miss traveling!  At least I can live vicariously through other people’s fun trips…

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The inspiration I drew from the photo was the colors – browns and blues are some of my favorites!  I also loved the rounded edges on the pueblo – translated into the petal shapes.

I am having some trouble taking photos of my cards – they just don’t come out true to how they really look – any suggestions?  I already use a lightbox, but maybe I need to just shoot them in natural light…?  I’m not sure, but everyone else’s cards come out great in their photos so please pass on your tricks!  (I just switched out my lightbox photo for an outdoor shot and it is SO MUCH BETTER, maybe that’s just what I need to stick with)

lem

inspiration

•July 8, 2009 • 2 Comments

moroccan slippers

I have been needing some inspiration (and desperately needing some time) to get back to my blog this summer, I thought Tina’s fun challenge over at travelingmama.net (I have a link to her blog on the side of the screen…I need to learn how to make it link inside my post!)  After looking at the cards other people created from the inspirational photo I was feeling less confident about mine, but I wanted to share anyhow to get myself out of my no-blog rut.  So, here is my card inspired by Tina’s lovely photo of the Moroccan slippers…

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i call it “cup of dirt”

•May 22, 2009 • 3 Comments

It’s a cup…with dirt IN it.  I call it “cup of dirt”.

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Today was our last day of short course swimming, so of course we had fun day!  And, a day isn’t fun without snacks so I channeled my inner 9 year old and decided we had to make cups of dirt – chocolate dirt, that is.

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Cups filled with brownies, chocolate pudding, oreo crumbles, and gummy worms.

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When I asked the kids how it was, the chocolate mustache and goatee covered kids replied “it’s aaaaaawwwweeessoommmmeeee!”  I love that, I never get that great of a response when I make stuff for adults, they can always seem to find something to critique.

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So, Tuesday starts the long course seasons which means days that start with waking up at 5 am and much colder water than I want to think of.  It should be interesting…

I had some really great photos of the kids and now I can’t find them anywhere!  They were on my camera, then they were on my computer…I don’t know if I accidentally deleted them, but they are missing and I am sad – I can’t retake those photos!

lem

time’s up

•May 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Do you ever set deadlines for yourself or goals that you don’t reach?

I gradutated from college last May, a year early….so, I gave myself a year to figure out what I was going to do, where I wanted to go, who I was going to be as a “grown up”.

Well, that year ended last weekend and I still have no clue what I am going to do, where I want to go, or who I want to be.  If you know me, you know I am really bad at making decisions.  This can range from picking a candy bar to take the the movies to which color shirt I should wear today to where I want to live, I am idecisive.  There are, however, a few things I know that I love.  I love my coaching job.  I love making things with my hands.  I love helping people.  Oh, and I love ice cream!  (I don’t think that will help me to figure out my future though).

So the goal for the summer, make tough decisions.  Find another job I love that I can do along with coaching.  Keep up with my artsy stuff.  Do something that helpes other people.

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I am also working on my photography and taking pictures in the lightbox Mark helped me build.  So, hopefully more pictures of stuff I make to come!

lem

by any other name

•April 27, 2009 • 1 Comment

layered-rose

I have taken  a lot of photos since I got my new camera – well it has been a year.  But I am really terrible at posting them and especially at editing them.  This is probably due to the fact that I have no idea what I am doing.  Thanks to the lovely weather we have been having, plus a few really rainy days, all of the flowers in our yard are blooming and I have been taking pictures of them daily.  This rose is one of my absolute favorites, I mean look at all those layers!  I love the weathered, rough looking, darker layers on the outside and the really bright fuschia (did I spell this wrong by the way?  I thought this was right…but spellcheck is telling me ‘fuchsia’), softer layers near the center.  Then I messed around with the contrast a little and viola!

I was thinking about getting into a comparison between the rose with the multiple layers and how people and life can have so many layers, but it came out sounding more lame than I was going for.  Some other time…

lem

cherry blossoms

•April 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I am pretty terrible at keeping up with this thing!  To be honest, I think I am just terrified to put any of my ideas or photos or anything out “there” which is pretty ridiculous because I mean everything I say…and I like my photos!  So, I’ve got to get myself over this crazy fear.

Last week I flew up to DC to visit my Granny and Pop-Pop; I was the family representative.  I thought it could be a little awkward being just me and them and none of my family around for back up, but it was completely normal and no awkward moments – other than my almost puking in a cup in the car on the way home from the airport because of the most turbulant flights of my life followed by a turbulant Pop-Pop driven ride home.  That rough day would be one that I would have preferred to forget altogether if it weren’t for the cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossoms are apparently this big deal in DC, they have a big festival to celebrate them and everything, and my grandparents drove me downtown to see them (cup in hand).  Most of them downtown at the mall were past their peak, but they took be to this area I had never been to before right on the river and the trees were gorgeous.  Bummer I was feeling out of it because I could have gotten more shots, but I did take a few.

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img_2764I have the best Granny and Pop-Pop ever!

I’m sure my Granny’s favorite part of me being there last week was that she got to have me for Easter.  So easter eggs of course had to happen and the colors came out fantastic, I just have this thing for color – it makes everything more exciting and beautiful.  They came out so cool and tie-dyey and fun.

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Didn’t the colors come out cool?  And I always love how th cracked ones end up.

more to come!

lauren

biscuits and bokeh

•March 14, 2009 • 2 Comments

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I apologize for my lack of blogging this past week, I have been working more than usual and it has worn me out!  I did find some time to make biscuits though…3 times!  These are so yummy and super easy to make, try them!

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar

-mix all these dry ingredients together in a large bowl

  • 6 tbsp butter (room temperature)

-using a pastry cutter or your hands, cut the butter in to the dry mix until it looks sort of cornmeal-ish

-make a well in the middle of the dry/butter mix and pour into the well…

  • 2/3 c. half and half
  • 2/3 c. whipping cream

-mix all together with a wooden spoon (or whatever really) until the dough starts to come together in a ball

-it tends to look pretty crumbly when I mix it, so I just press it all into a ball at the end

-on a floured surface fold the dough over itself and press down 2 or 3 times – important to not overwork it

-roll it out with a rolling pin until the dough is about an inch thick, then cut with a biscuit cutter (I used a square cookie cutter, you can use anything really, I have used a cup before as well)

-brush a little bit of 1/2 and 1/2 on top of each biscuit and sprinkle with sugar

-cook at 350 on a pan with parchment paper, somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes, they should be golden brown on top

Enjoy!