Monday, February 23, 2015

Photo A Day Week 8

Day 47 - From where I stand
It looks cold out there.

Day 48 - Routine
My daily routine was messed up because Michael was working at home.

Day 49 - Bedside
I was staying in a hotel this day and the bedside isn't very interesting.

Day 50 - Fresh

Day 51 - This is so me

Day 52 - Matching
Shylee's matching hat, scarf, and gloves

Day 53 - Macro
My favorite model, again.

It was so nice to go spend time with my girls and then bring Shylee home for the weekend.  I could have done without the below zero wind chill, but it is still February after all!

Have a fabulous week!

xo Annette xo

249.  that I can decide on a whim to pack a bag and go see my girls a day early
250.  seeing Shylee happy
251.  the wind stopped blowing
252.  knowing I'm loved


Monday, February 16, 2015

Photo A Day Week 7

It was so so cold this last week and this coming week promises to be just as cold but with snow.  At least it's not as bad here as it is in Boston.  See, there's always something to be thankful for!

Day 40 - Energy

Day 41 - This inspires me
The fabric, books, magazines, colors.  Inspires me every time I walk in this room.

Day 42 - On the wall
Our house was built in 1976.  The chimney has a bicentennial brick on the outside and also one on the inside under the mantle.  I liked it because I graduated from high school that year!

Day 43 - Pointy
My straight pins.

Day 44 - Temptation
So very tempting.

Day 45 - Love

Day 46 - Spot
I spotted a cardinal and blue jay in the back yard at the same time.

I hope your week is off to a good start.  I'm looking forward to seeing my girls and maybe spending some time in the sewing room.  What will you be doing this week?

xo Annette xo

244.  longer days
245.  learning to live in the moment
246.  love...in all it's different forms
247.  observing the angst and awkwardness of teenagers before a Valentine's dance and being                relieved that I made it through my teens and my kids' teens         
248.  discovering new facts about Michael's childhood


Monday, February 9, 2015

Photo A Day Week 6

I got behind this week and had to play catch up in one day...not fun!  Life gets in the way sometimes and you do what you have to do.  It will probably happen again before the year is over!

Day 33 - Mail
This was happy mail.  One of two orders I placed on Etsy and it came just in time for this prompt.

Day 34 - Water
I don't know how many pictures I took of a water splash that didn't turn out.  I finally just took this up close shot of water in a fancy glass.

Day 35 - Reward
My reward for walking past the bakery and candy aisle without buying something.

Day 36 - Something blue
Last summer I got new glasses.  I didn't pay attention to what brand or designer they were, I just liked the way they looked.  When I went back to pick them up and they pulled the Tiffany blue box out of the tray I was a little surprised.  By the time they showed me the glasses case, pouch, cleaning cloth, and certificate of authenticity, I was laughing.  It's probably the only thing I will ever own from Tiffany's!

Day 37 - Makes me smile
Annie makes me smile every day...even when she turns away from the camera.

Day 38 - Stripes
In my dining room.

Day 39 - In my bag
There is nothing exciting in my bag.  But it's colorful and makes me happy!

I hope you have a good week.  
xo Annette xo

240.  an old friend finding me on facebook
241.  Downton Abbey tea from Sean
242.  common sense
244.  a weekend with Shylee

Monday, February 2, 2015

Photo A Day Week 5

It was so cold last week so I stayed in as much as possible.  I have such a hard time getting warm when I'm cold to the bone.

Day 26 - Three things
Three teacups and saucers in front of the Christmas tree so I could get the bokeh effect.  Michael gets in no hurry to put away the tree.

Day 27 - Morning
Every single morning, the very first thing I do is check my blood sugar level.  My little kit includes a glucose meter, lancets, lancing device, and test strips.  It goes with me everywhere I go.

Day 28 - Strange
I think it's strange that a weed can still grow in 20 degree weather.

Day 29 - Winter/summer
We got a dusting of snow and I was okay with that.

Day 30 - Fave food
Chocolate, of course...but only one a day!

Day 31 - On top
The Longaberger baskets on top of a cabinet in the kitchen.  I used to sell the baskets at home parties.

Day 32 - On my plate
Apple pie and ice cream on Michael's plate.

I hope you have a great week!
xo Annette xo

235.  just a dusting of snow
236.  celebrating 36 years with Michael
237.  an antiquing day with Erin
238.  my sister's generosity
239.  my coat, scarf, and gloves

Monday, January 26, 2015

Photo A Day Week4

Day 19 - Homemade
When I think homemade, I think of food.  The description for today's prompt talked about things made by hand, so I went with handmade.  This is part of my grandmother's handmade quilt made into a pillow.

Day 20 - Window
I've always loved the windows at the Cafe des Artistes, a French inspired restaurant.  But then I'm a sucker for lace curtains and twinkle lights in any window.

Day 21 - In a row
Embroidery floss numbered and lined up in a row.

Day 22 - Collection
Just a small portion of our large collection of books.

Day 23 - Something far away
If you look close, you can see a water tower...very far away.  And believe it or not, this is a color picture.  It started snowing about five minutes after I snapped it.

Day 24 - Play time
This is my kind of play time.

Day 25 - Black and white
This guy had no problem posing for me.

I hope you have a great week!
xo Annette xo

231.  big fat snowflakes falling ever so slowly
232.  the end of Dr appointments for a few weeks
233.  quiet mornings
234.  cheaper gas

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Paying It Forward


Last year I signed up to participate in a pay it forward art making project with Kathy from Kluless. Kathy made me this beautiful journal and I made her this dish towel.  I knew she liked color, birds, old lace and buttons, so I went through my stash and found what I hoped would work together.  I took more photos of the details but they turned out too blurry.  It was a fun project.  I sure hope Kathy enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it.  Have a great Wednesday!

xo Annette xo

226.  lunch dates with Michael
227.  Pinterest! 
228.  the crockpot
229.  an almost warm afternoon
230.  art making for another person


Monday, January 19, 2015

Photo A Day Week 3

I struggled with a couple of these prompts this week.  I was tempted to pull photos from the archives, but resisted the urge.

Day 12 - Bright
I spent the day trying to find something bright before I realized this candle was burning most of the day and the flame was quite bright.

Day 13 - Lucky number
I don't have a lucky number or even a favorite number.  I was truly stumped for this prompt.  I ended up taking an online quiz to determine my lucky number and it said 5.  On a different day, while I was out, I saw these 5 seagulls.  Maybe that was lucky?

Day 14 - New
This is the only prompt I knew right away what I would photograph.  My newest teacup from Erin.

Day 15 - Old
I've photographed this barn before.  It's one of my favorites in the area.

Day 16 - Nature
The sun shining on the water looked like sparkly diamonds.

Day 17 - Jump
I didn't know what to do.  Michael wouldn't jump for me, nor would Annie dog.  Shylee wasn't here but I had some great jumps of her in the archives.  But then I saw a picture of two old men playing checkers and got this idea.  Michael was willing for this kind of jump!

Day 18 - Today is...
Today is rainy, cold, dark, and dreary

I'm looking forward to this week's prompts.  Have a Marvelous Monday!

xo Annette xo

221.  feeling better than I have in a very long time
222.  chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, chocolate ganache, and peanut butter cups
223.  dinner and a movie with my hubby
224.  TV remotes
225.  feeling happy

Friday, January 16, 2015

Another Doll Quilt






I realized that I never did show you the finished doll quilt I made for Shylee.  This is the first applique quilt I've made and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  For about three seconds, I considered keeping it for myself as a wall hanging, but Shylee knew it was for her!  I guess that means I have to make another one!

My favorite part is the tree trunk.  I love how it looks like real bark.  I also like the tiny buttons in the center of the flowers.  I didn't plan to use them, but when the flowers were done, they just needed something more.  This was such a fun project and Shylee was thrilled...and that made this grandma happy!

I hope you have a spectacular weekend!

xo Annette xo

215.  heaters that work
216.  shopping with my mom and sister
217.  happy reactions
218.  good reads
219.  hanging out at the bookstore
220.  a really yummy cinnamon chai scented candle

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Catching Up On One Thousand Gifts


I got behind with posting what I'm thankful for.  I've been writing them down but forgetting to include them in the blog posts.   Here we go...

196.  phone conversations with Shylee
197.  seeing my children happy
198.  answered prayer
199.  a husband who enjoys cooking
200.  anticipation of Christmas
201.  Shylee's willingness to "help"
202.  twinkly lights
203.  memories that old ornaments bring
204.  road trips
205.  Christmas with Mamma and Daddy
206.  family.  always.
207.  unexpected surprises
208.  the boyhood stories Daddy tells
209.  my own bed and pillow
210.  getting back in a routine
211.  feeling relaxed and un-stressed
212.  the promise of a new year
213.  Annie's greeting after 3 weeks
214.  having something to look forward to

What are you thankful for today?

Happy Wednesday!

xo Annette xo

Monday, January 12, 2015

Photo A Day Week 2

Day 5 - Square
One of five pillow ornaments

Day 6 - Round
Twig balls

Day 7 - Currently reading
Some of my favorite publications

Day 8 - Landscape
Yay for blue skies and sunshine!

Day 9 - Pattern
Never really paid attention to the tower before

Day 10 - Hello
Hello 30...not me, but Erin turned 30.  I officially feel old now that both of my kids are in their 30's

Day 11 - I see...
Six year old toes

It was fun having Erin and Shylee here for the prompts!  I hope the coming week is just as fun.  Have a marvelous Monday my friends!

xo Annette xo