Shabby meets Cottage

Forget the 15 bridal magazines that I've subscribed to; just give me some shabby chic meets cottage interior design magazines.  I've been spending 4 of the last 7 days in Barnes and Noble and let me tell you, this place sucks you in like some kind of vortex.  Even though I've got my nose in a series right now, I just have an impulse to buy more books.  I don't like to borrow or rent books . . . there is something about the smell of a brand new book and to know it's only yours makes it that much better.

Anyway . . . where was I?  Oh!  Interior design magazines.  Yes.  I. Love. Them.  I forewarned Josh in a nice way.  I said, hey babe, when you're done playing your video game, can you come look at these magazines to see what I really like and what you're getting into?  He never came.  I took that as a sign of "Honey, I trust you."  Score!  :)  I have finally nailed the look that I am going for.  That shabby chic meets warm cottage.  Think it can't happen?  Oh, it can.  Just you watch! ;)  I even convinced him that as long as I can gather things from thrift stores, antique shops, and barn sales, he won't have to spend much money on "real" furniture.  Again, he didn't respond so I took that as a big "Yes!  You're too cool and I love that you save us money all the time!"  *clears throat and bats eyelashes* ;)

I will have to post some photos of what I'm talking about another time! 

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Pile pickin'

Because this was my sister's time of custody with her son, we decided to open Christmas gifts this morning so that he would have time to play with his toys before going back to his dad's tomorrow.  This year was more fun with him than last; he's 2 months shy of 3-years old, so he's all about opening his Christmas gifts (because he already opened a couple and knew what they were so we had to tape them back up!).  It's always fun to hear and feel a kid's joy during Christmas time. 

My sister and I . . . well, we enjoyed it, too.  Every year, it's fun to see what kind of odd things my mom gets us.  This morning for example, as soon as my mom left the room, my sister's pile grew larger because I regifted.  Yes, regifted while opening gifts.  :)  She inherited a colorful array of bobby pins and a rather hideous (sorry, mom!) pair of red and black fluffy sock/slippers.  I also fought her for her awesome pink keychain for my similar blue one until mom stepped in to tell us that they were are birthstones.  Oops!  When my nephew was preoccupied opening his Chuggington train set, tinkertoy, and VeggieTales DVD, I was picking from his pile.  Hey, don't judge me!  The reese's bites and bubble gum were so good! ;)  Next year, I will be married, beginning my own Christmas traditions, so it will be interesting to see how next Christmas will be different.  Really, I can't wait to wake up next to my Husband on Christmas morning laughing because we were too excited and opened our gifts Christmas eve and have nothing to open that morning.  :) 

Well, here's to you and your family's CHRISTmas peculiarity. ;)  Enjoy it!

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2010 Christmas List


This is my 2009 Christmas list to my boo.  We don't normally make lists, but I had to find a way to make it clear that by 2010 I wanted to officially be "soon-to-be  Mrs. Staples."  That didn't happen, though.  But, finding the list was cool because it reminded my that my Lover loves to spoil me (and that I got almost everything I asked for throughout 2010).  So, common sense might tell me that if I make a list for 2010 Christmas, odds are I won't be getting them all for Christmas, but that I will probably accumulate them throughout next year.  So . . . my 2010 Christmas list is as follows:
1: a great big house
2: lots of furniture for that great big house
3: a brand new car (bow on top, too, please)
    ... and last but not least ...
4: a cute little baby (yes, I said it!)

Okay, okay, maybe I'm being a little too hopeful, but he does love me, right? ;)

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Loyal readers

*Frantically looking around*  I really hope that my two readers haven't left me abandoned like I have them.  No?  Good . . . Glad that I'm not the only one that isn't the most punctual when it comes to updating their blogs. 
With Christmas right around the corner (really? It's that time?!), I've been busy and yes, not feeling like blogging but instead Christmas shopping, focusing on photography (and ways that I can grow in 2011), reading new books that I've stumbled upon.  But, I am grateful that I know I have at least 1 loyal reader . . . I think. 
Oh and because I'm actually pretty proud of myself (after 2 weeks) that I discovered I was blogging under the wrong tab which was why I wasn't able to load photos, or italicize my photos.  Both of which are very important in blogging, so I'm back! :)

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What happened

I have no idea what made me think that I would be able to log onto this thing and share my "daily photo" with you anyway, but I did! LOL I hope you all are having a great weekend and for all you local friends, hope you're enjoying our first snowfall. :)

And . . . I came to share my photos, but it seems that the "add photo" button has disappeared, can someone help? :/

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Project 365 initiation

After having recently written a blog about commitment (or lack thereof), I've decided that it would be in my character to go ahead and make another! Because people aren't really diggin' cold photo shoots, I thought it would be a brilliant idea to do the Project 365. You know, that project that you have to do to enter to photog world? Since falling into peer pressure is a rather new thing for me (all good, I promise!), I thought why not? Here's what I'll be doing: every day, for the next 365 days I'll be taking a photo. Could be a random photo with no purpose (or maybe no beauty) or could be someone that I've had scheduled for some time. I will challenge myself, step out of my comfort zone, and establish my style more. So, this means that at the end of my blogs for the next year, I will be posting a photo . . . and it may have not a single thing to do with my blog post, but it will be there for your enjoyment (or whatever). :) Oh, and by the way, today is day three, so I will flood you all the next time I blog.

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