My Year In Photos: May Week 4

If these seven photos are going to stand as the final word about my last four weeks I guess they’re saying it was a month of contrasts.  I see soft focus and hard edges here and by Friday I even posted one image twice because I couldn’t decide which direction to take with editing.  You’ll have to let me know which version you prefer. 🙂

Sunday’s photo is the last of my spring peony series and Monday I snapped a preview of our new wood brand tags.  We’re almost ready to list a few new items for our Etsy shop and these tags look great  on the pillows and blankets.  After the soft petals and round edges of the first two days Tuesday’s photo shows us some gritty concrete and I asked my Instagram and Facebook communities to weigh in on their choices when facing a crossroads.  Is your first instinct to turn right or do you look left?

Wednesday was all about roundness and soft focus when I shared this photo of the glass globe John and Ryan gave me for Christmas and Thursday I told the story about why these UPF protection scarves are so important to me.  The short version is that 8 years ago I received the bad news that a small mole on my leg was really Melanoma.  Fortunately my Doctors were able to successfully remove all the cancer (along with a good chunk of my calf) but now I to follow a strict regime of daily sunscreen, limited sun exposure and frequent check ups to watch for any changes in my skin.  I’m always looking for new clothes and accessories that can also serve as protection and this soft stretch jersey makes beautiful scarves that block 98% of the sun’s UVA/UVB rays.  Friday afternoon I stopped to snap this photo of the small strip of visible sky through parking garage floors and by the end of the day I couldn’t decide which version to post, the soft faded one or the hard edges and bold colors.  Do you have a favorite?  The week ended with a small detail shot of a decorative mirror in front of the brick trim around our fireplace.  I can’t wait to pull this brick off the wall and start fresh with some built-in bookcases but while it’s in place I might as well make it work for us. 🙂

Coming soon I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest adventures and if you’d like to follow along in real-time don’t forget I post my daily photos on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. If a once-a-week blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

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My Year In Pictures: April Week 3

My last set of photos was really a random, disconnected glimpse into our mid-April but this week I’m seeing a definite trend toward happiness and good wishes.  Not only did I stop to appreciate a sign announcing “I’m in the pursuit of happiness” but we had the good fortune to enjoy plenty of flowers, candles and even some birthday cake.

Sunday’s photo is a product shot of our new Lemon Verbena candles and Monday I have a close-up of Ryan’s newest treasures because he says “dinosaurs make everything better.”  Tuesday I slowed down long enough to acknowledge we should all be in the pursuit of happiness and by Wednesday morning it was time to make a wish on dandelion fluff instead of complaining about all the weeds.

Thursday’s photo is a shot of this hardy clematis that thrives in spite of its terrible location and more than a little neglect and Friday night we took Ryan out for a little pre-birthday celebration and plenty of cake. 🙂  Saturday was his big day (Happy 15 Ryan!) and the entire family came together to share a great meal, more cake and a fun round of Monopoly.

Coming soon I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest spring adventures and if you’d like to follow along in real-time don’t forget I post my daily photos on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. If a once-a-week blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

My Year In Pictures: April Week 1

It’s always nice to look back on a week that felt like any other and discover you actually saw some great things along the way.  April in the Pacific Northwest means fresh flowers, a little bit of sunshine and a lot of rain, all of which you can see above, and to keep things interesting we added a few baskets of fish and chips accompanied by an impromptu concert of Star Wars favorites.

Sunday’s photo is the listing image for a new small blanket in our Etsy shop and Monday Ryan brought out his older French Horn to play me some Star Wars music on a rainy afternoon.  Tuesday is a pretty blossom shot from my morning dog walk and Wednesday night John and I visited Spud’s for Fish and Chips.

Thursday had me wishing I could tuck this bouquet of flowers in my  handbag to carry home but then Friday morning this view was waiting out my back door so I felt ok about leaving the other arrangement at my Hair Salon. 🙂  Saturday started bright and early with a quick trip north to the Skagit Valley tulip fields before the crowds arrived and peaceful photos became impossible.

Coming soon I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest spring adventures and if you’d like to follow along in real-time don’t forget I post my daily photos on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. If a once-a-week blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

My Year In Pictures: March Week 4

If you’ve been following my daily photos on Instagram you might have noticed I’m falling a little behind in my weekly recap schedule here on the blog.  In fact, I’m planning to write the next recap tomorrow so cross your fingers we’ll be caught up by the middle of next week. 🙂

Now that I can see this set of 7 images together in a grid it looks like my eye was once again drawn to some similar colors and themes.  I don’t know if this was a reflection of my mood, preferences or just a product of the season but I’m seeing a lot of soft yellow and natural tones, wood grains, blue skies with clouds and some spring greens represented here.

I found a spare hour Sunday afternoon to work on some packaging ideas for our new soy candles, and Monday morning found Ryan and I back at the Orthopedic Specialist office only to be directed to a third clinic for further evaluation.  The good news about this late recap is that I can share a little more news and tell everyone that his new Doctors are fantastic and I feel like he is really in great hands.  Tuesday’s puffy clouds and blue sky were just plain pretty and by Wednesday evening it was all I could do to snap one fast photo before closing the curtains and falling asleep.

Thursday morning is something I usually shoot around when sharing my morning dog walk photos but today I decided to turn the camera away from the trees and show what was behind my back.  Friday night was for packing orders and this fun set of Cocktail napkins is now on its way to a home in Colorado.  We have three more sets of four available in the Etsy store, each one featuring a unique combination of plaids and/or stripes in red, green and natural linen tones.  Saturday closed the week with an afternoon walk past this fun Easter tree.

Coming soon I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest spring adventures and if you’d like to follow along in real-time don’t forget I post my daily photos on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. If a once-a-week blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

My Year In Pictures: March Week 2

A quick scroll through my photo files highlights an interesting color trend that peaks about this time every year.  Once our highly saturated strings of lights and holiday decorations are put away it takes me about six weeks to reach for strong colors again so January and February appear as soft months filled with ivory, blue and gray. By mid-March I’m ready to brighten things up again and true to form this week marks the return of brights.

Sunday afternoon this colorful gumball machine caught my attention and Monday morning Finn and I returned to the camellia tree to find these two blooms side by side in the grass.  Tuesday I added some new Dryer Ball colors to our Etsy store and by Wednesday evening I could see the drive home would be long and wet.  Thursday brought the first of two big windstorms and here someone’s party balloon was abandoned in the middle of the street.  Friday was a strange day and marked the first time I had to evacuate two separate buildings because of (false) fire alarms.  In the rain.  Saturday started out with clear blue skies but a second storm was on the way and Ryan and I found this lonely seagull down by the beach watching the wind blow.

Coming soon I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest March adventures and if you’d like to follow along in real-time don’t forget I post my daily photos on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. If a once-a-week blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up December With Hipstamatic (week 2)

I’m pretty sure I read hundreds of “how to” articles before starting this blog in January of 2013 but only one piece of advice really stuck in my head,  “never apologize.”  At first I thought this was just a throwaway line from the kind of person who thinks manners don’t matter on the internet but once I got to the content part of the post I actually agreed with what they had to say.  People choose to spend their precious free time reading blogs for many reasons but most of us are connected by the desire to experience something different.  A moment to look through someone else’s eyes, take an armchair adventure around the world or escape into a new piece of fiction.  Of course you can’t truly escape when your chosen blogger spends most of their post complaining about the very same things that drove you to find escapism entertainment in the first place.  Opening each new post with an apology for being late or not keeping a regular publishing schedule is a surefire way to drive people away so all of this is my long-winded way of acknowledging my postings have been few and far between lately but I’m trying not to bore you with apologies.  This blog has become my creative home and I am so thankful that you’ve chosen to spend a few minutes of your free time reading and watching as I continue to explore my corner of the world.  I treasure the friendships and conversations that have grown from such a diverse global community and while I can’t promise multiple posts each week I can promise each one will be full of something that interests me and hopefully entertains you. 🙂

I started this random photo of the day series in February as a way to shake myself out of a creative rut and spark some new ideas for the year ahead.  My plan was to find one thing interesting in each day and take a photo that I would then post “as is” without any post-processing, shifting my focus toward composition and storytelling instead of editing.  I decided to take each photo with my iPhone using Hipstamatic and its “shake-to-randomize” feature further removing myself from editing choices because part of the fun of the app is that I don’t even know if the image will be black and white or color before it “develops” and appears on the screen.  I really have to take what I get so composition is everything.  In the beginning I wasn’t sure how long I could continue the one photo every day pace but somewhere around the 6 month mark I decided to finish the year.  Now I’m thinking about a fun way to recap the entire series once we reach February 2016 but don’t worry, I won’t republish all 365 photos!  Maybe a top ten post or some greatest hits.  Any ideas?

The first photo this week is a corner of our mantle decorated for the holidays, and Monday’s picture made me think somewhere out there is a sad little princess missing her sparkly tiara.  You’ll have to take my word for it that this was bubble gum pink with lots of glittery rhinestone accents. Tuesday brought the darkest day Seattle’s seen in the past 10 years.  Apparently there is a light measuring device on a rooftop at the University of Washington and we’ve been setting records. 😦

Wednesday’s photo is a close up of Ryan’s sling and Thursday you get to see what I saw looking up while Finn did his business on the tree trunk below.  Friday night I walked past this lonely piano wishing someone was playing it and Saturday morning found me finishing this custom order for a lucky young girl’s Christmas present.  Our Etsy store has been keeping me busy but we’re off to a great start and I can’t wait to share the new items we have ready to list next month!

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens, filter and flash used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

 

 

 

A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up November With Hipstamatic (week 4)

I’m still shaking my head at the fact that as I write this there are only a few hours left in the month of November.  Our wintry weather, family activities, busy work days and holiday decorations are all telling me the end of the year is almost here but I swear it we should just be wrapping up September not Christmas packages.

The steep learning curve involved in opening our new  Etsy shop means all of my spare time is spent at the computer so Sunday’s photo is a behind the scenes view of my listing manager page while I was writing item descriptions, uploading photos and calculating shipping charges for new items.  Monday is a larger than life Nutcracker I found walking through Seattle and Tuesday’s image is part of a dusty display case I noticed in the hallway by Ryan’s wrestling room.  Apparently his High School changed their mascot from the Chiefs (Chieftains) to the Mavericks in 1999.

Wednesday morning I stopped for a quick snap of a corner of our living room and Thursday I convinced Ryan to bundle up and take a chilly walk along the waterfront before we sat down for Thanksgiving dinner.   Friday night was the first time in 310 days I almost forgot to take a photo for this project… as you can see I cut it pretty close but the glowing numbers in our kitchen prove I had 32 minutes left to find an interesting subject to share for the day.  If you don’t typically click through to see these daily images in a larger format be sure to check out this particular one, the addition of the Spiro Gel affect added some fun details to the background.  Saturday morning found us back on the road driving to my parents house for a the first full-family Thanksgiving dinner we’ve shared in many years.  Yes it was a few days after the official holiday but I’ve always felt it’s the spirit of the holiday that counts and this year we came together to fill our childhood home with three generations of family, a few dogs and plenty of great food and wine.

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens, filter and flash used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

 

 

A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up November With Hipstamatic (week 3)

“Wow what a week”  is all I can say as I after seeing this set of 7 photos together in a gallery waiting for my post.  It’s been another non-stop whirlwind of activity broken up by a major wind storm, a night without power and some chilly days.  Brr…winter is coming.

Last week I mentioned a big project that has been limiting my blogging hours and Sunday’s photo is your first real look behind the scenes of what I’ve been up to.  After years of talk and “someday” plans John and I have opened our own Etsy shop selling handmade accessories and home decor!  The store is in its early days now with plenty of new items ready to be listed over the next few weeks but if you’d like to take a peek at what’s been filling my spare time and keeping me away from WordPress please come by for a visit at Northwest Frame of Mind on Etsy.    These pillows will be available by the end of the week and in keeping with my blog I’ve got a few fun projects coming soon using our favorite photos. 🙂

I’ll continue share one or two new shop previews every few weeks but Monday’s shot is of how I keep myself entertained during some very long commutes.  Currently I’m listening to Louise Penny’s A Rule Against Murder while sitting in freeway traffic.  Lots of people like to complain about holiday decorations going up before Christmas but I have to say, rainy days look a lot prettier when viewed through brightly colored snowflakes.  Tuesday’s rain storm turned into a major wind event and we were one of the 350,000 households that lost power. I’ll count us as lucky that we didn’t have a tree come down on the house but we did spend a chilly night waiting for the hardworking power crews to restore our electricity and it will be weeks before our yard is back to normal.  Wednesday’s photo is the end of our street buried in green branches and storm debris.

Thursday was Finn’s annual Vet exam and final post-op check up.  I’m happy to say he sailed through with flying colors and even tolerated all of his shots and a nail trim for good measure.   I found this poster in the high school gym advising students to “Pause before you post” while waiting for Ryan to finish wrestling practice Friday night and Saturday morning brought our first hard frost of the season.  It was such a pretty morning I didn’t mind bundling up for an early dog walk and Finn waited patiently while I knelt down to take a picture of the shimmering leaves and fresh salal growing in the neighborhood.

Now that our shop is open I hope to return to a more regular posting schedule. I’ve missed all of you and can’t wait to dive back into my reader.

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens, filter and flash used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.