Photo Finish 9: Nikon Reflection Selfie

Friday, February 28, 2014 by
Nikon Reflection Selfie | Black and White Reflection Self-Portrait |
You probably heard that the word of the year in 2013 was Selfie.  What that even says about our culture I won’t try to get into here.  In the photography world however, the Self Portrait has always been a valid part of Portraiture.  And the thing about being the photographer in the family is that very rarely do you end up in front of the lens.  You’re almost always behind it, right?  The re are three ways to go for a self portrait with a DSLR.  With a self-timer or remote, holding the camera at arm's length, or to do a reflection shot, which is what I did here. 

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DIY Rope Detail Chandelier

Monday, February 24, 2014 by
Well it feels like we are in a full-on race and the finish line is March Break.  Is anyone else feeling the need for a chance to change the pace and regroup?  And what are the chances that we’ve seen our last snowfall this winter?…except maybe on the ski hills so the kids can still ski and snowboard during the Break…fingers crossed.

DIY Rope Detail Chandelier | white kitchen with black detail, IKEA curtains |

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Photo Finish 8: Two at the Birdfeeder

Friday, February 21, 2014 by
Two at the Birdfeeder.jpgSo I set out on a day of appointments and errands.  Noticing that it’s actually a sunny day…oh, hello Mr. Sun!…I pack my camera and a pair of heavy boots thinking I’ll have time to drive by the park in the ravine to catch a sunny outdoor photo (for a change)! 

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Easiest Sweet & Sour Meatballs {Suppertime Save}

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by
Easiest Sweet & Sour Meatballs |
So do you ever have those days when you just didn’t get to the grocery store before dinner, there’s nothing fresh jumping out at you from the fridge, but you’re on a schedule to get through the evening?  If it does then read further my friend, because this series of Suppertime Save posts is for me and for you.

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Our Valentine’s Day

Sunday, February 16, 2014 by
Valentine's Mantel | personallyandrea.comValentine's Mantel |

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Photo Finish 7: Bookworm

Friday, February 14, 2014 by
Photo Finish 7 | Bookworm |

Hey everybody...Happy Valentine's Day!  In honour of the day, here's a photo of somebody I love.  He's cute and he makes our family a better place to be. 

I love when I can capture the kids in their liitle moments, unawares.  Here he is chillin'...on the couch in his Joe Boxers, nose buried in his book.  A Stink Moody book by the way…one of the best fictional character names ever, don’t you think? 

Wishing you a love-ly day. 

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One Hundredth Post and a Giveaway

Monday, February 10, 2014 by
100th Post Photo Giveaway -
So technically this is my hundred and first post, and the one hundredth was on Friday when I posted the photo framed here as my Photo Finish 6.  One hundred posts.  Wow.  I don’t know if I really saw myself pursuing this so far…it started out as a whim…I was taking a course that involved a lot of photocriticism so I was looking for a forum to post some of my photography with some text to go along with it.  And then I also thought Why don’t I post photos of the gifts and favours I sell so that customers can check them out online.  So that’s how it began..…Honey, I need something techy…

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Photo Finish 6: Vintage Finds Vignette

Friday, February 7, 2014 by
Photo Finish 6 | Vintage Finds Vignette |
Oh the weather outside is frightful.  And I’m really done with freezing my hands and my camera trying to take pictures outside.  Even brand new snowfalls piled beautifully on fences and tree branches don’t entice me anymore.

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Cheater Chicken Parmesan {Suppertime Save}

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by
Cheater Chicken Parmesan | Suppertime Save |
I don’t know if you’re like me, but sometimes an evening can fall apart for lack of a few groceries and a simple dinner to prepare.  But I’ve ready plenty about the value of a regular family dinner time and seen the importance of it too.  With the crazy and amazing schedules that most families live with though, the more tricks you can have up your sleeve to make dinner happen well, the better.  This is the first of my Suppertime Save posts on how I try to keep our family dinners happening as much as possible by using staple ingredients and minimizing the need to plan.

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Hemp Cord and Button Wrap Vases

Sunday, February 2, 2014 by
Wrapped Vases |
So did we all have a super weekend?  (See what I did there?)  January is finally over, Groundhog Day and Superbowl excitement…something for everyone I’d say.  To mark the beginning of February I decided to lighten up the decor around here a bit with some fresh flowers.  I’m not up for redecorating the house because of Valentine’s Day.  But there is a bit of a decor lull after Christmas, and a few spring-like hits of red and some hand-made-ness don’t hurt. 

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Photo Finish 3: Winter Clouds

Photo Finish 3 | Winter Clouds |
The thing about living in the suburbs is that most of the scenery is really boring.  Subdivision upon subdivision, big box stores, semi-industrial complexes, malls.  It’s even worse now in this stage of post-ice-storm, partly melted and refrozen January bleakness.  No funky or architectural urban landscapes.  No mountain or ocean views. 

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