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Jan 31, 2012

The Blue Hour


This photo of driftwood and candles was taken at the blue hour.

Wikipedia states the blue hour comes from the French expression l'heure bleue, which refers to the period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. The time is considered special because of the quality of the light at this time of day.

I'm linking to:
My 3 Boybarians - Sweet Shot Tuesday

Jan 28, 2012

Kitchen: Phase 1 and Photo Tips


I decided to paint the kitchen walls with Sherwin Williams in Sea Salt.  I love it!  It's light with just a whisper of color, and my blue and white plates pop against this color.


I still want to paint the cabinets white, but I'll wait until it warms up so I can sand the doors outside.

The next two photos were taken before the walls were painted.






Susan at Between Naps on the Porch has an excellent post about photo tips that have changed my life.  I'm not kidding.  I have struggled with taking indoor photos; they always turn out so dark no matter how much I play with the settings.  Susan at BNOTP has some must read, easy to understand photo tips. 


Are you wondering how you're going to edit your photos once Picnik goes away?  I've been a little concerned, but I figured the big girls (the experienced bloggers) would tell us what our options are; and that's exactly what's happening.  The following links are some of the blogs I've stumbled across that have written about our photo editing options once Picnik goes away.


Between Naps on the Porch
Centsational Girl 
Southern Hospitality

Jan 18, 2012

A Day in the Life of a Cat


A day in the life of Smokey Bear.


Catching some sunshine and zzzzzzz's. 


One of Smokey's favorite places is high on top the hutch.

 A good stretch.


Take time to smell the flowers.  This is why I use faux plants.


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Jan 10, 2012

Weekly Photo--Cuties



I hope to improve my photography; therefore, I'm going to try to submit a weekly photo to Sweet Shot Tuesdays at My 3 Boybarians.









Sweet Shot Day

Kitchen Update



I submitted the following question to Betsy Speert's Blog:

Dear Betsy, 
We live in a rustic cottage and the kitchen is a dark cave.  I'd like to paint the walls and cabinets white.  Do you have a favorite paint and color for painting kitchens?
 

Betsy had some excellent ideas.  To see what paint and color Betsy recommended, go to Betsy Speert's Blog.  You'll be inspired by her blog and answers to other decorating questions. 

Do you think I should paint my cabinets and walls white?

Thanks for visiting.

Jan 7, 2012

Thank You


This campaign dresser is my personal favorite project from 2011, and it also got the most features.

I'd like to thank everyone that featured this dresser the first time I posted it and also the year end features.

Visit these blogs and be ready to be inspired.

Jan 3, 2012

Painting the Kitchen


We live in a charming, rustic cottage (i.e, it needs a lot of work).  The kitchen is a dark cave.  Part of the reason the kitchen is dark is that it's on the north side of the house and the ceiling in the kitchen is 7 feet.



I  bought a a small sample of paint yesterday and painted to the left of the window.  I think I like it!



I've been thinking about painting the kitchen for a long time and have decided to paint the walls and the cupboards.  I feel a need to lighten and brighten this year.


I submitted the following question to Betsy Speert's Blog:

Dear Betsy, 
We live in a rustic cottage and the kitchen is a dark cave.  I'd like to paint the walls and cabinets white.  Do you have a favorite paint and color for painting kitchens? 

Betsy had some excellent ideas.  To see what paint and color Betsy recommended, go to Betsy Speert's Blog.   You'll be inspired by her blog and answers to other decorating questions. 

Do you think I should paint my cabinets and walls white?

I'm linking to The Nester Home Goal Party.