Thursday, February 24, 2011
I've used them on scrapbook pages, but mainly, they just sit in a little baggy in my scrapbook room waiting for the right moment.
This weekend, Gene and I will be attending our local hospital's Gala. The theme is the Kentucky Derby which is right up my alley. I love me some horses, and I love big hats.
Not that I can wear hats and not look a fool.
I finally decided that a good compromise will be a hairpiece, a fascinator full of feathers.
Here's some beautiful and reasonable priced headpieces on etsy. But really, if you go on etsy, you'll see thousands of feathery goodness.
I loved her earrings. Amber didn't agree with me. Amber is a stick in the mud.
Love you, you big stick in the mud.
I'm actually going to make my own! It will have an antique brooch, some bridal veil lace, peacock feathers and... CHICKEN FEATHERS. Can't be a Cease Fire Ranch girl, without some chicken feathers. I'll take photos and report my findings.
This could get interesting.
That's it. Winter is no longer fashionable. It's last years skinny jeans.
Not that I've ever worn skinny jeans. There's something the world has no interest in.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
- Several serious bridal inquiries this week. I solidly expect to book at least one. Woot. I am at the point that if I don't book any more, I'm ok. I'm also a couple weddings away from a rate increase. (woot again)
- It's almost spring, which means lots of late seniors. LOL Why does everyone put this off? No really.
- Not really "luck" but I got my new Lightroom 3 program. My life suddenly got easier.
- Selling multiple paint by number paintings off of my etsy, which is great because I have a HUGE STACK that needs homes. I think I'm going to try to find a way to better store these. It might mean taking the bed out of my guest room. I've not broke this news to Gene yet.
- And lastly, yesterday, I found a $50 bill laying on the GROUND. Yeah buddy. I thought it was a fiver, still worth getting out of the car for. As I bent down to pick it up I prayed no one would jump out and go "Oh that was mine!" Photography fund it is. I'll take dirty $50 all day long!
PS. For some reason, Gene could not understand why I was so fascinated by the penny in the rain puddled with a dome of water. He's weird. I've had good luck all day since!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Gene: I've called him "Baby" pretty much forever, really to the point of embarassing myself in public. "HEY BABY!" across a crowded room. LOL. In fact, for a long time it felt weird to even say his name out loud. Yeah, that much.
Seth: Seff, Seffie, Sefferton, Sug (short for sugar) and DAMMIT SETH! But my favorite was when he was little. I called him Binky for years and years. I slipped a couple times after the age of 11 and that didn't go over very well.
Tanner: Tanny, Tanman, Tanmannerton, Mannerton, Tanner T-top, and Buddy. ("Buddy the elf, what's your favorite color?") My favorite is probably Manny (derived from Tan-man). I like it to the point of wishing at times I'd named him Manny. I think that's a handsome name with lots of character. It also reminds me of Almanzo from "Little house on the Prairie" which were some of my favorite books as a child.
I randomly call other people's kids "honey, hun, sug, sweetie" including all of Gene's granddaughters. I'm sure that all these kids think I'm some crazy lady. Which I am. Someday I'll wear too much lipstick and it will bleed into my mustache like Aunt Genie (not my husband.. no really), but people will just laugh and say 'Oh crazy old Aunt Lana, but she calls me sweetie!" (Psst.. speaking of which 3 new layouts of the girls over on the scrapbook side!)
The chickens: Well, I only call them chick chick, chickie and QUIT POOPING ON MY DECK!
The most creative though, are for these guys:
Mack: He was named after Mark McGwire. I don't care, I still think Big Mac is hot. Anyway, Mack is also known as Mackey, Macklin, Puddy, and Puddypud. He'll only answer though, to "Mack". He's kind of a diva that way.
Jingles: Pringles (it was obvious), Jiggly-puff (this actually refers to his loosey goosey abs. Yep, i have them too!) Jiggles, Jiggly, Rotten, and Wotten. He responds best to: MOVE and LAY DOWN.
Wouldn't it be more fun, to give your kids pet names. I think I'd prefer to call Seth "Midnight" and Tanner "Snowball". Seems more fitting doesn't it?
Monday, February 21, 2011
Well, you're probably missing out then on a pretty awesome place to visit. It's like Disneyland for hunters and fishermen. It's Bass Pro shops! Now, you might have been at one of their stores in one of dozens of locations around the country, but we're not talking about those. We're talking about the mack daddy of Bass Pros. *the* Bass Pro - Springfield, MO.
This place is pretty cool and almost a museum. There's so much to see, you could easily spend an entire day there and not see it all.
There's even a "shooting gallery" there, where you can fake shoot at targets. I took a photo of this couple because it just made me chuckle, the boots, the cut off t-shirt, the ball cap... very "redneck guy, with his redneck girl" (said in a loving way).
We only stayed about an hour, as we were waiting for an antique store to open, but we had a lot of fun in that short time frame.
How did I convert my manly man to a girly antique lovin man? LOL.
Don't answer that.
Friday, February 18, 2011
I've been inspired by props lately. Props are a mainstay from most photographers. It gives the subject something to "do". Sadly I forget to drag along my bag of props most of the time, and then when I do, I forget to drag them out. DOH.
Click on the photo to see more by these photgraphers.
And these photos actually by me:
Maybe a few hats and crowns:
Even a piece of candy can be a prop:
and everyone has a basket:
an older one by me:
So if you're at a loss of how to take a photos, look around and see what you have that could be used for a prop.
Now, if I could JUST get someone.. anyone... to let me use a chicken as a prop.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I can has kitsch" about a year ago and add cool things as I find them - with some pretty good success.
Jeremy even came in, which was even weirder. lol. It's was slightly surreal for me, talking to someone that I knew a lot about, but had no idea who I was.
*I've had that happen to me a few times* It's weird. (probably moreso because for the life of me, I can't remember a darn face/name... even ppl that I've lived in the same town with and "known" for 20 years! dude... I'm getting old, cut me some slack!)
They nicely let me take pics of anything I wanted and well, that makes them pretty cool in my book. Sadly I didn't get any pictures of the cupcake shop that's there too! I was "having a moment" sorry.
yeah... I didn't think so either.
Red Velvet is located at
211 E. Commercial
Springfield Mo. 65803
Shop hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12-7 PM.
If you are here looking for their phone number, they don't have one.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
So, I bring you my latest installment of... Buy it or don't buy it!?
1. Cute little well done paint by number. It had cows. I have little impulse control. Bought it.
2. Little blue Marilyn Monroe dress. Will look good in our new vintage clothing online shop (did I tell you that?). Bought it.
3. Bust of David. My husband has been trolling for a bust for MONTHS. *no really* He keeps coming up with 30" tall monstrosities, made of marble, imported from europe for a whole lot of money. He keeps forgetting that my dining room is not a historic hotel lobby. This was a good compromise, and a reasonable compromise. Bought it.
4. Old buckle with filligree. Going to add some feathers and a clip for my hair. My new weakness. Bought it.
1. Sign with handmade rooster made out of license plates. Very impressive work, I kinda cringe at the thought of the sound cutting metal makes, would look awesome on the side of my chicken coop. Expensive. I have license plates. Didn't buy it.
2. I have a soft spot for glass bells. Also deer horns. Also birds. It's weird and I love it. I have some horns myself, but no bell. Maybe I should have bought it? Might be regretting this. Didn't buy it.
3. The pin that inspired the buckle above. Wanted it badly but it came with a mink stole. No thanks. Didn't buy it.
4. Be sure! (yes) Be safe! (yes yes) Be thrifty (oh dear god yes!) Feed Nutrena! with a rooster! I want! Oh suck, you're expensive. Didn't buy. *stomp*
6. 1940's white dress that can pass for a wedding dress. Very cute. Will look great in our selection of vintage wedding dresses. (more on this soon I promise). Bought it!
7. Enamel brooches. Everywhere I turn, I get all woozy. bought it.. again and again and again.
8. Lucite clutch purse. Steal of a deal. Will look great in my vintage shop. Bought it.
(Dear Amber, please come be my model soon. Love you!)
5. Some old carnival game dolls. Too creepy and in the *ACCCCKKKK* category. Didn't even consider it. Just wanted a picture to scare you. didn't buy it (thank god, because now I can sleep, those things would have eaten my face off in the middle of the night!)
6*. Royal Yoruba Headdress. With an astrisk, because *I almost bought it* Yep. Really. I sometimes find things and can see the history or the quality of work. Not because I want it for myself (well sometimes) but because it's so unusual, it must be worth something. Apparently these are worn by the Yoruba tribe shamen and kings. Apparently there must be a lot of those because after some research, I found some for as little as $75 online. Whew. Glad I didn't gamble. It was $285. Didn't buy it.
7*. Underwater helmet. Again, with an asterisk. This was a Gene thing, and he was interested in an investment. Again, found out they don't sell for much. Thank god because that thing was huge. Guess who'd be mailing it off? yeah her. Didn't buy it! (yes!!)
8. Bread sign. "let's be friends" (in a creepy non-single white female kinda way). I promise not to eat your face off. bwhahah. Didn't buy it. Didn't even consider it. Is it weird that I still think it's kinda cute?
like this. The checkbook won, but mainly because I'm so darn cheap.. and I can find spoons 10 for a dollar every day. I want one to hang over my kitchen sink.
But daddy I want it NOW!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
That boy... he did alright this year.
I'd told him I wasn't letting him off the hook this year. Almost always come February, something will come up and I'll let him off the hook and say "that can be your V-day gift" and he breathes a heavy sigh of relief and we go on about our winter.
However, this year I decided I wasn't letting him off the hook so easy. He was going to need to be creative. After deliberation, he finally picked something (but I figured it out because he's a horrible hinter! ugh).
Around Tuesday, I suggested we got to Springfield for the weekend. Don't get too excited, it's not like we jetted off to Italy for the weekend or anything or even Springfield, Mass. Nope, just good old Springfield, MO.
Why? Well, down south seems to be the antique epicenter of Missouri and you know we have absolutely no will power.
Long story short, we went, we had fun, we spent too much money - mostly on ourselves (oops) and man, did we have the worst motel bed ever.
(more on all the stuff we did some other time).
So on the way home, Gene starts telling me about getting my V-day gift (I bought him a movie), and I caved. I told him he was off the hook.
(btw, that gift was a trip to a day spa)
Instead, I let my gift be this:
No, not another fat cat. A cute vintage, turquoise chair for my craft room.
I could have had both!!
So yesterday, it was a nice surprise when he showed up with flowers. Maybe flowers are a little "expected" but he did alright, they weren't roses. AND.. they go nicely with my new chair yes?
and just for good measure... DAMMIT!