A Year closed ~ A New One Unfolds.
I was sifting through photos last weekend and there were more stories and moments I wanted to share with you. Some made it to the blog. Some didn’t. Time was such a thief.
I’m taking a look back at some stand-outs and they aren’t all the most obvious.
There’s no doubt a major highlight took place last year at this time. I shared a series about a trip to Las Vegas. This was no ordinary vacation. I visited a daughter who – for two years – volunteered full time with a non-profit called The Cupcake Girls. I spent much of the vacation in a celebrity suite at the Hard Rock Hotel (set up like a luxury spa), giving hand and foot massages to porn stars and women in the Adult Entertainment Industry. If you missed the story behind that, let me tell you, it’s worth reading.
You can check that out here: Little Things Are Big Things in Vegas with The Cupcake Girls
Just before I left for the trip I scraped up and sprang for a new camera (Canon Rebel T3i). I’m learning by doing and am sometimes flabbergasted by what gets captured in the lens. I’ve never had anything close to this quality before. I’ve got so much to learn, but jeeez…it’s a blast!
(Mr. Hungry would call me obsessed.)
Late last winter we took a day trip to Old Sturbridge Village, which is a living history museum.
I saw this sight and wanted to strap on an apron and cook along side them.
Beauteous in my eyes.
Here’s one more from that day.
Girls are never too old to play dress up.
Oh heck – one more – Mr. Hungry, appreciating the Cooper’s barrel-making.
My “Vegas Girl” moved back to Connecticut in April to prepare for her June wedding. I wrote a series about the Bridal Shower that was chock full of ideas for food, decor and all things classy neon!
I’d like to think up a new reason to serve a Mashtini Bar.
Top-Your-Own Mashed Potatoes in Martini Glasses…
Now, this may seem like I digress, but hang with me. Last month I shared a look into our family Christmas celebration, in what appeared to be a storybook location for a party – our Fest Hus (which means Party House in Swedish).
Ahh yes – what a beautiful looking room. But But…
What I didn’t show you is the “Before” picture taken less than a month earlier.
Less than a MONTH people!
Holy Transformation! A Christmas Miracle!
And you’re only seeing a small portion of the teetering towers and piles of shtuff filling the entire space.
We were once told the room looked like “Ten pounds of Sh*t in a Five Pound Bag”.
(Why do I love that saying?)
We’ve Been Busy!!!
Multiple car loads were brought to the Good Will and the consignment shop.
So think about that when you’re wondering if you have the gumption to clean out a drawer this week.
The place had been a workroom and storehouse for all things weddings and showers for
months years. As many of you know, all three daughters were married within 2½ years of each other. We weren’t done with one before we were planning another. I’m sooo bummed I never wrote a proper post about the last two weddings.
Would it be lame to do it long after the fact?
I’ll give you a peek at some of the projects from the last one.
Vases and containers lined up to fill for reception tables~
They were combined with vintage silver pieces. Every table had a different conglomeration of vessels filled with flowers and candles.
Once all the festivities settled down we were finally able to decompress and put our feet up.
Speaking of which, one night in September I was up out of bed in the middle of the night. I took my camera and walked around the yard and talked to the Good Lord. Call me a Kook. Go ahead. I don’t want to forget the moment.
Here’s another shot you never saw, taken at my sister’s place. She has a magazine-worthy shed in her back yard that we transformed into a tiny guest cottage. We’ve had many a sleep-over there, even though its only a mile from our house.
In a previous post I showed you this picture that was taken right across the street from her.
Zinnias are my favorite. They look so pretty in an old copper pot,
and as part of a summery yellow and blue table setting.
Ohh to have farm fresh veggies right now. But don’t wait, you can do something similar with vegetables year round.
Here’s another example of presentation. The only thing I actually “made” on the platter – if you can even say that – is that I chopped dried mangoes and rolled a small log of goat cheese in them (there in the back). Everything else was dumped straight from the container it came in. I sprinkled pumpkin seeds between the bowls. In case you’re wondering, that’s a jar of fig jam in the middle. I like to keep it on hand for a sweet element on a cheese plate. It’s found in the specialty cheese area at most grocery stores. My collection of bamboo platters and bowls is both practical and attractive. You don’t have to worry about taking them somewhere. They’re light and unbreakable.
Remember the simple recipe I shared for healthy ground turkey lettuce wraps this summer? I brought the bamboo collection with me! Doesn’t everybody tote serving dishes along on vacation?
For example, try to disregard the fact that there’s a lake in the background of this picture. I could be having my wine and cheese just about anywhere. But I’m having it on our chippety red table – that looks better all worn out than it did freshly painted. There were leaves falling all around me. I put my cheese and crackers in a wooden bowl that was pleasing to the eye – just for me – not just for company. I could have stood next to the counter and scarfed it out of the box. But no. Stop.
And here’s one more shot that makes me smile. I’ve told you before how I have this thing for laundry on the line.
Its been a fulfilling year in many ways.
Our oldest daughter and husband bought their first home just a few miles down the road.
Many projects are in the works there and I look forward to sharing some with you.
My Mom recently took up watercolor painting (not only that, but lately she’s been teaching herself to play the ukulele!). She painted this little gem after they moved in.
My Word. She was worried it wasn’t good enough to give them.
Um – Mom.
Have you not been listening to me here? I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite phrase of 2014…
In the last year, I’ve come to realize how much I love the whole creative process – and not just the photography. The writing and design have developed into a new love for me that I didn’t even know existed. I’m seeing life’s moments through new eyes as I think about sharing them in this space with you.
I’ve found that writing helps me clear out my head.
So how about you? Can we work on this together?
If you’ve stayed with me up till this point I have to hand it to you. You’ve put up with my ramblings and that means an awful lot.
Thank you for meeting me in this space.
I appreciate every single comment, share, pin and words of encouragement!
love you so,
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