Archive for July, 2011

I love the Pioneer Woman. Who doesn’t? I credit her almost completely with my huge jump in photography and editing skills a couple years ago, when I started reading her tutorials and downloaded her free Photoshop actions.

She does a regular photography assignment contest, and I always find it inspiring. This week’s subject is mobile phone shots, which I’ve almost completely moved toward, ignoring my sad, lonely dSLR. I’ve been playing around with Instagram a lot, so grabbed a recent photo I thought was interesting enough to add to her Flickr group.

Sure enough, she liked it and included it with the first group of photos. Thanks so much, Ree!


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We finally broke out the paint brushes again, over the 4th of July weekend, and got busy giving Clare’s blah room a bit more oomph.

Remember what it looked like before?

Very beige, like every other room here in Beigeland, save the downstairs powder room and Xander’s bedroom. This is the third room we’ve painted since moving in almost three years ago; we could really do with upping the painting pace.

Here’s what Clare’s room looks like now:

I’m not sure it has the same before-and-after punch that Xander’s room had, but it’s still a wonderful change and, like always, I’m so glad we did it — and wondering why it took us so long.

I was going for something similar to Clare’s nursery, in our old house. But I like the slightly softer shade we ended up with even better.

Now it’s time to get serious about painting our master bedroom, the guest room, and the living/dining/kitchen/family room spaces. We need to hire a professional to handle the living room, because of its vaulted ceilings, but the other rooms are totally do-it-yourselfable. (Yes, I made that word up.)

At the lethargic rate we’ve been going, all painting will be complete just before we’re ready to move out.

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