homeade marshmallows

on 10.12.12

Martha Stewart is my surrogate mother. Everything I know, I learned from her.   I love the idea of
cooking, but not so much the actual act.  Same with baking, I love the smells that waft through your
house, the memories that you make with your children, and of course the deliciousness that follows,
but I don't love the actual doing.  That's where Martha comes in.  I discovered her when I was about
20 years old.  I was instantly smitten, with everything she did.  It was like magic, as if she read
my mind.  The baking and cooking was really just a bonus.  She took something that I found
boring (baking) and turned it into an art project.  Now I not only baked out of necessity, but also
for the art of it.  Marshmallows are a great example of this.  Who wants artificial square marshmallows when you can have homemade snowflake ones!  Below are 3 recipes for homemade
marshmallows via Martha Stewart.  They make great gifts as well as goodies for your hot chocolate bar. I saw the episode where Martha and Kim Reiner made the chocolate covered marshmallows,
which she also used to make her homemade fudge, recipe here.  I have planned to make this for several years, but have yet to do it.   Maybe I will actually accomplish it this year?  Enjoy!

1. Snowflake Marshmallows     2. Candy Cane Marshmallows  3. Chocolate Covered Marshmallows


hOOt hOOt

on 8.12.12

Who doesn't love owls?

1. owl coir mat     2. owl gift card holder    3. owl ornament     4. wire owl
5. owl tea towel    6. owl cards      7. owl cards      8. owl cards

Christmas printables round up

on 4.12.12

Here is a round up of several great free printables.  I will definitely be making the DIY Anthropology gift tags seen below.  

flamingotoes ~ Gift Tags

Orange You Lucky ~ Gift Tags ~ more to choose from

The Black Apple ~ Gift Tags

Sharon Rowan Photo Design ~ Activity Cards
Sharon Rowan Photo Design ~ Coloring Page

Sharon Rowan Photo Design ~ Goodie Bag Tags

Sharon Rowan Photo Design ~ Gift Tags

Rambling Renovators ~ Print

Balancing Home ~ Print

Balancing Home  ~ Print

Mommy by Day Crafter by Night ~ Gift Tags

Sass & Peril ~ Gift Tags


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

on 3.12.12

I love nature, fresh greenery, white and simplicity when it comes to decorating for Christmas. 
This mood board reflects just that.  Can't wait to try make the waterless snow globes seen below.
1. car   2. wooden tree  3. chalkboard
4. kitchen tree  5. snow globes
6. pine tree  7. calligraphy font
8. noel


Impossible Project Advent Calendar

on 2.12.12

Have you ever heard of the impossible project?  Do you remember exactly what you were doing when Polaroid announced it wouldn't be making instant film anymore?  Well some really smart people got together and purchased the old polaroid equipment, worked hard to get them working again, and figured out how to produce several of the films, and it has grown from there. They call it the impossible project.  So this December they are counting down the days to Christmas with special offers and or giveaways for each day.   Check it out here!


A golden start to the Holidays!





Lovely December

on 1.12.12

I have lost my way.  I have been a bad blogger, I haven't done much with my camera, and I am still working on my autumn video project.  I have several pictures from this summer that I wanted to post but haven't.  I never finished my 2012 photography project.  I am disgusted, what am I to do.......
My blog was intended to be a space where I could collect the things that inspire me, as well as my photos and projects.  Those things continue to happen, but I just never get around to posting it. So I have decided that I will post something everyday this December so that 2012 isn't a total loss. Maybe the 31 days of blogging will help to create a new habit.
So what better way to start of December than with the holiday issue of Subtle Revelry!  Enjoy. Read here.


What I love about autumn

on 4.11.12

What I love about autumn..........

   brown, yellow, orange and crimson (the only 
   time of the year I like most of these colors)
   the sound of rustling leaves
   crisp air
   scarves, sweaters, long sleeves, boots
   gloomy days
   blowing leaves
   hot chocolate
   the urge to hunker down for a long winters nap
   crackling fires (cliche because it's true, it's all about
   the crackle)
   cinnamin, nutmeg, and cloves
   cozy, cuddly atmostphere
   meandering walks
   the pause of it all
   Each season sparks a mood in me, Autumn is 
   definitely the most romantic one.  I know this
   sounds more like a singles ad, but it is from my
   heart..  I swell with joy,  it produces in my such a
   giddy mood, that I feel like I might burst!

Delicious autumn ~

on 24.9.12

I am swooning! I ♥ autumn, I just do. It warms my heart, makes me smile, stirs me to bake, to take long strolls, inspires me to live, to love, and to just settle in and enjoy every moment.  Suddenly hot cocoa becomes this most romantic drink, as does reading, taking a stroll, and anything otherwise ordinary. Is there anything more so? 

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot

1. Cappuccino at Cafe Giulia Chippendale, 2. "Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.” -robert browning, 3. {five}, 4. Gold-soaked afternoon., 5. autumn in my heart, 6. one by one~, 7. Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing., 8. autumn bike ride, 9. .

Me and You 52

on 5.5.12

Still looking for inspiration for a daily or weekly shot?  Urban Muser and Anika have created a blog together to represent their mobile photography.  Their diptychs showcase some really great shots!  They have a weekly theme based on the alphabet, and a flickr group for you to play along.  Urban Muser also has a monthly self portrait challenge on her personal blog that is for any kind of photography.

In The Picture

Dare to fail......

on 4.5.12

I can be such a coward at times.......

Found via pinterest but the original site link was Rachel Ashwell.  However I could not find the original post.

on 2.5.12

Are you up for a challenge?  This one created by Fat Mum Slim is for phoneography as well as any other camera you would like to use. Follow all the prompts or just when you feel like it, I think that's what I like best.  Click here for all the details.

Photo Op 2012 ~ Phoneography Week 3


Inside out

Self portrait ~ reflection

Self Portrait ~ reflection

I just love this one, but then again I love nude trees.

Lovely clouds we're having

Walking, walking, walking, that's all we do.....

Shadows delight

Stay awhile.....

Sweet Shot Day

The Camera ~ short film

on 28.4.12

In an abandoned beach house, a solitary girl finds a mysterious camera that reveals something unexpected. ------------------------

The Blossoms of DC

Oh cherry blossoms, who doesn't love cherry blossoms!  Two things I love here, the first being flowering trees, the second being an abundance of flowering trees.  Is there anything more beautiful?

Cherry Blossoms Adrift

Pink petals passing
Scents above so high
Painted porcelain perfection
Blossoms caress the sky

Swaying silent shroud
Suitors strolling by
Pink petals passing
Lover's gentle sigh

Pastel hues falling
Slow fluttering grace
Pink petals passing
Lining streams in lace

Pink petals passing
Smoothest transit by
Soft essence floating
In most subtle lullaby

Inducing springtime slumber
Upon a satin shore
Sailing with the current
Pink petals pass before

Mary Fumento

Time lapse of a girl from birth to age 12

on 23.4.12

Frans Hofmeester took video of his daughter every week for 12 years.  He then edited it into a time lapse video.  What a fabulous project!  It brought tears to my eyes because remembering all those details has always been a big deal to me.  Being able to capture that on film, wow, what a gift!  Love it, it just fascinates me!

Live your Art

on 22.4.12

                         Working on it!

                                                       via workisnotajob

Photo Op 2012 ~ Week 2 Phoneography

The Corn Exchange

Uhhh, I don't even like coffee....

I really want the folks at Gap to give me this, but no can do. So I took a picture.  {sad face}


Window shopping....

Great little vintage store downtown.

Summer favorite

Life in LoFi - iPhoneography

on 21.4.12

This is one of the iphone sites that I really like.  They have a lot of great resources, a gallery, as well as articles, and they out alerts for apps that are available for a limited time for free.  Be sure and check them out!   

Life in LoFi - iPhoneography

Photo Op 2012 Phoneography ~ Week 1

on 19.4.12

On the way home......

Part of a montage I am working on....

Mall of America

Cliche, I know....

My daughter was preparing to go overseas for a missions trip.  We were all very sad.

Good times....

Goodbyes are never easy.....

The view from our hotel in Hawaii.

Street view from hotel.

Not downtown, just tourist hell.

Waiting for everyone to get going......