5/02/2016

Scotch & Cigarettes

While working on a project, I took a few side shots for a still life that just presented itself.







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3/15/2016

Fog Over The Mississippi

Hey, there! No, I haven't disappeared off the face of the earth. LOL I've been working and haven't had a ton of time for my art. Plus, I started off 2016 with seemingly endless circle of The Plague invading my house. But, this weekend, there was an incredible fog over the Mississippi River and I had to get out to take some shots.







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12/04/2015

Rainy Sunday in the City

Took this last weekend, while The Hubs and I were exploring downtown. Loved the perspective of the modern buildings with the peek of the gothic City Hall building in the background. And the rain.

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I went for a little moody on this process, with just a touch of HDR. Just a bit of the cinematic feel was what I was shooting for, especially since the sky was a blank sheet of gray. After three days of a sky like that, I was really happy to see the sun again!

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12/03/2015

Wall Mural

(Ugh! I did it again! Had this all set up but forgot to schedule it! I was in an all-day seminar and certification testing yesterday, ended up with a pounding headache, and The Hubs very sweetly decided to take me out to dinner when he got home. All my norms were disregarded. LOL Sorry about that!)

During our three days of rain over the weekend, The Hubs and I decided to run some errands and I took the camera along just to see what I could see. Well, I saw this cute little wall mural on the side of a bank in the Grove neighborhood! Looked like a good subject for black and white to me!

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It's a pretty vivid mural, but just really popped in black and white! I saw a ton of cool murals in The Grove neighborhood. I think I need to wait for a sunny day and go for a walk down there!

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12/02/2015

Wordless Wednesday with Silent Jay!

Got another cool Wordless Wednesday shot from Silent Jay for you today!

Wordless Wednesday


Wordless Wednesday

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12/01/2015

Our Christmas Tree 2015

Well, it's December 1st, so I'm joining in with the obligatory Sharing O' The Christmas Tree! LOL I'm seeing people's pictures of theirs popping up all over the place, so I thought I better get mine in there, as well!

Christmas, Xmas, Holidays, Yule, Festivus, Decor,

Actually, this year may turn out to be my favorite of all years for the Christmas tree! Why, you ask? Because I came home from work to find out that my middle son is apparently Buddy the Elf and was so excited for Christmas that his normally jaded, twenty-one year old self had put the entire tree up for me! So, this year, it's been all Christmas cheer and no Christmas headache!

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It has literally been raining to some degree non-stop for three days, so the outside lights aren't up yet and I still have some decorating to do in the house, but the biggest Christmas chore of all is finished and up to enjoy! Roll on Christmas!


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11/30/2015

My Tiny-Living Inspired, Vertical Photography Workstation

Hey, there!!! How was your Thanksgiving? We had an excellent time and some much needed time off. The Hubs was home, the kids were home, I was home - good times! Also, I finished up a project that was a long time coming - my own, tiny-living inspired, vertical Photography work space/office!
 

Tiny Living, Ikea, Work, Station, Office, Workstation, Photo Lab, Photography, Studio, Photographer, Work Space

Now, while everyone else in my house has their own space, I do not and never have. LOL Each of the offspring has their own room, complete with desks and entertainment systems. The Hubs...well, the entire back hallway is his studio for music or art or model-making or research or writing - whatever his thing-of-the-moment is, he's got plenty of space for it. Me? I'm wherever I can find an unoccupied spot in the house. Up to now, that has usually meant the kitchen table or on my bed. I constantly battle with dinner plates and homework and family stuff 
for valuable real estate. And I'm always having to move out of my spot for someone else who needs it.

One night, while sitting at the kitchen table and checking out Ikea Hackers, I realized if I bumped some stuff around in my kitchen, I could pull about three feet of single wall space together for me to use. I pulled this tutorial for a charging center off Ikea Hackers (which is what gave me the idea for a vertical workstation in the first place). Then, I planned my shopping trip to Ikea here in St. Louis. My list included the Bjursta wall-mounted, drop-leaf table and this Ekby shelf, plus the Samla container, Samla insert, and Blecka hooks needed for the charging station hack. I realized I had a few components of my workstation already, including my awesomely retro stepstool chair and some odds and sods I had stashed around the house containing things I always need but can never find.

And The Hubs and I went to work.
 
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I made and hung the charging station, which worked out perfectly. I hung it just off the floor, leaving a spot for my toolkit beneath it and a nice little spot next to it for my camera bags. And, it holds everyone's everythings to charge. Heh. 
 
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My computer found a nice, secure home in a office style file pocket bolted to the wall. My mail sorter/personal key rack I mounted on the side of my refinished hoosier cabinet. And the family key rack/chalkboard/bulletin board stayed right above my work space. 
 
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The Ekby shelf holds a light, my cameras, chargers, and other miscellaneous stuff and looks very awesome. And my Bjursta desk lifts up to hold my computer, my mouse, and my tablet - necessary for the watching of Netflix while I'm editing photos or doing other SSC work.
 

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When open, I have the space I need. When I'm done, I can close it up and all my stuff has a place to go. There are a couple of things I still want to add - I need a storage box for the shelf and maybe a different, smaller light - but I can totally live here! And it been a nice exercise in design for tiny living, which will come in handy when I finally get my studio-on-wheels. Someday...

Talk at me, peeps, and let me know what you think!


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