Saturday, December 25, 2010

Trial Week 2

December 19th-25th 2010
This week's photos are a bit less eventful, most of them are taken at my grandma's house (where I am staying over break). Enjoy!
December 19, 2010
I had nightmares about really having to pee after this day.

December 20, 2010
My kitten Macey discovering paper bags, we made her a kitty tunnel after!

December 21, 2010
Mom putting an Icy-Hot patch on in the Target parkng lot during some last minute Chrismas shopping. 

December 22, 2010
Kelley, winner of the ugly sweater contest enjoying her prize!

December 23, 2010
My new book, I am totally in love with this book. It makes me want to write more.

December 24, 2010
My cousin Megan and I at our HUGE family Cristmas Eve gathering!

December 25, 2010
Christmas Tree on Christmas Morning, I love the way they look before presents are opened.
This week was nice, I had way too much fun, and was not productive enough. But the picture taking project is going very well!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

And so it begins

I have set out on a new and exciting adventure. It just recently occurred to me that my life is happening so fast, I feel like it is hard to slow down and really appreciate what is around me. At school I find myself so busy I hardly have anytime to write about my thoughts or partake in other hobbies. I love art: drawing, photography, painting, etc. I miss it and I never have the time at school for it. I have decided I want to try an experiement, one that will get me appreciating the world around me and partaking in some of my favorite hobbies.

Awhile ago I saw a website where a man took a picture everyday for 20 years, sometimes of him, mostly of just other things. I like to think of it like a photo journal. I wanted to launch a year long project for myself starting 2011. There will only be one picture chosen perday, everyday. To see how managable it was I did a trial week. (Monday-Saturday):

here is my week:

Monday- Dec 13, 2010
Finals week, I practically lived in the Library!

Tuesday- Dec 14, 2010
Lunch with friends at jazzman's cafe. I was admiring the lovely view!

Wednesday- Dec 15, 2010
Picture of Daniela, me, and Sarah feeling ashamed after our juries. 

Thursday- Dec 16, 2010
Downtown Corning, breathtaking.

Friday- Dec 17, 2010
Derek, Alex, and Josh pranked our house!

Saturday- Dec 18, 2010
Mom's intense pile of Christmas presents!

I like to think that this week was successful! :) and I am really looking forward to developing this project further, and I can't wait to start into the New Year. I have plans to try and continue everyday from now until the New Year because it is good practice. Wish me luck!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Wordy Wonderment

My new home is quite lovely, a little bit of a typical "college house", however still pretty great. One thing that I noticed was missing was wall art. We have white walls in every room except the bedrooms. Over the summer I decided I was going to be crafty and make something to hang, it will go in the kitchen, hall, or living room. Most likely kitchen. I bought a wood frame and stretched some big floral print fabric over it. I bought another fabric which I will sew on to the base, with some saying. Here is the issue I don't know what saying to use. I need quote ideas! 

some brainstorming: 
home is where you are.
Live. Laugh. Love.
Eat. Pray. Love. 
Home sweet home. 

I don't know! Everything I think of sounds silly. So please help.
 Short is key, but something I actually like is more important. 

While searching the internet for ideas I came across some very interesting ideas for wall decor. 

A tea cup clock..... So so so awesome! 

Pinwheel wall decorations... easy and cute <3

please if you have a good idea toss it my way. I want to get this thing made, but can't decide on what to write! 

Friday, August 13, 2010

Rural PA

Tomorrow I move into my house near school. This house is not equipped with internet...yet , which is very sad and means no searching the internet for crafty ideas, or excellent deals, or things to do. 
Which means a bored Danielle. 

Maybe I will be back sooner than I think, but as of now it will be a week and a half until I am "online" again. Don't worry I will think of some excellent blog ideas while I am gone! and have plenty of new house pictures to contribute! Goodbye world wide web, I will miss you. 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Magic Number

What if you were on a deserted island and you could only bring 3 things, what would you bring?

The better question is what if you were forced to limit your worldly possessions to 100 things, what would you keep?

A woman named Tammy Strobel became famous for participating in this minimalist challenge. She states that even though it isn't easy it really makes you decide what is important. You start to realize that maybe just maybe all the shopping and material things may not be the key to happiness after all.

Her List is pretty detailed and defined. Her and her husband got rid of their cars, of the television, and lots of other things our society knows as "essentials."

Thinking about my own possessions I feel shameful in comparison. I have loads of clothing, accessories, shoes, purses. And that is just clothing. Not to even get into books, journals, art, and so much more.
I started thinking about what if i got rid of lots of my books? I mean I guess I would have to go to a library more often. What if I got rid of lots of my clothes? Well I probably wouldn't miss a lot of it, I do that silly thing of keeping old clothes I wish I could fit into still. It really does make sense to trim down our material baggage, and would be super convenient for moving around, or trying to save some extra cash.

Now don't freak out- I'm not selling my car or going to give up all of my childhood keepsakes. But I am going to take this to heart. The whole try and not buy buy buy. recycle, refresh, reuse, limit yourself. Perhaps I will do another round of spring cleaning, and give some more stuff away. heck maybe I can even sell some stuff and put it towards my Europe trip fund.We shall see :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

bringing back the aprons

For some reason I have recently become obsessed with aprons. Not ugly stupid simple aprons, oh no. Aprons with ruffles, colors, and adorable graphics!
Enjoy these aprons all pictures from Anthropologie.

 A word to the frugal apron lover... K-mart has some cute ones for like $9... 
vs. the $32 ones on Anthropologie.

timwill not disappoint

I was looking up photos of Old Sheldon church, in SC and came across some bridal photos that had been done there. I decided after looking at a couple from the shoot I loved them, and I tripped on the blog of the photographer who did them. To my delight he does many wedding photos, and several other varieties. I spent hours looking through his pictures I love them. Every wedding seemed so different but every time he seemed to be able to capture the people's real emotions on the film. Some of the shots were simply breath taking, like shots from a fairytale, or even just a good romance movie :) enjoy and be sure to check out his(Tim Willoughby's) stuff!

Just the Brides:

Engagement Photos:

Group Shots:

Bride and Groom:

Maybe someday I will be lucky enough to have him shoot my wedding :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Getting Started

Making a blog is both ridiculous and time consuming. Never the less here I am, making a blog. I apologize in is advance if it takes me awhile to get the hang of things. Basically I will use this to share the things I like. :) enjoy.