Photo Collage

This branch of fabric leaves has hung in our dining room for the past year or so that we have lived in this apartment. I hung them last fall, loving the burst of color they added to the room. And then I just never replaced them (mostly because I never got around to making something to hang there instead and hated the idea of leaving the frame empty). The other day I saw this pin on pinterest, though, and finally got inspired.

I chose some of my favorite photos to print. This afternoon I lay them out across our sunroom floor, arranging them inside the frame until I was happy with the arrangement. I hammered tacks into the side of the frame, stringing thin wire between them, and then clipped the photos to the wire with clothespins.

The finished product is less rustic than the inspiration photo, but I like it. It’s nice to have something different hanging there now. And the photos remind me of beautiful things every day.

In other house decorating news….this weekend I succumbed to the pumpkin craze and bought two for our living room.

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New Things

I know I’m overdue for a garden post (it’s coming, I promise), but first I wanted to share about one of several exciting purchases recently….

A car? Yes, actually! We did just buy a car, the first one we have owned since we got married and the first one that I have ever owned in my life. It still feels novel that we can simply get in the car and go places rather than shuffling through bus schedules, lining up times, and waiting out at the stop. After years of walking, carpooling, and taking buses, this is a big deal for us.

The other big purchase for me, though, was a nice camera. A Canon Rebel  XS, to be specific. I have been wishing for one for years, but just couldn’t justify spending that much on a camera when we didn’t have a car. A couple weeks ago Derek and I looked at our budget and our savings, though, and decided that this summer we could look into it. Just a few days later my friend Jeff announced that he was selling his for a good deal. Amazing! It arrived yesterday morning and I spent the afternoon playing with settings and snapping around the house. I have a lot to learn about what the camera can do but I am enjoying experimenting so far.

Here is a sampling of pictures from yesterday:

So this might mean I might be posting more often again, now that I’ll have fancy new photos to share….maybe….

Winter Walk

On Thursday Derek and I took advantage of the sunshine and went for a walk at Wildwood. The sunlight and the snow were stunning. Here are a few pictures: