Friday, March 27, 2015

Pinterest picks for my birthday

I haven't put together a Pinterest favorites post in forever. My birthday seemed like a good excuse to make that happen again. Enjoy.

Recently I've started pinning cat pictures, which is a slippery slope. Of course many of them are little orange guys. That face...seriously, how does your heart not melt every single time you look at it?
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/265993921718068778/

Ever since Christmas, I can't stop browsing kraft gift wrapping ideas. Apparently this is going to be my thing now because I literally have enough ideas to keep me going for decades.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/265993921717829402/

 This is the best melted crayon idea.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/443463894531436387/

This picture is so perfect for so many reasons.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/285486063855661694/

Because I can read about all things photography for hours at a time lately (surprise, right?).
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/265993921718055366/

Butterbeer is a real thing, and no, it doesn't contain beer. I made the hot version for a get together earlier this month, and it was a big hit. Put it on your list of things to do.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/265993921718033473/

Finally, the past few months I've been listening to Pat Metheny's cover of The Sound of Silence all the time. And at the end of the day, I still have The Simpsons' The Sound of Grandpa in my head instead. #reallife Also, this made my whole month better.

What have you been pinning lately? Feel free to share links in the comments!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

a favorite early sign of spring

We don't need to talk about the fact that it snowed in the Midwest this week (and no, it didn't stick around for very long at least). Instead we'll talk about the fact that plants are starting to bloom! Even though it won't be really green for another month or so, it's so exciting to start seeing little shoots everywhere. Our front bushes start blooming in mid-March, and it always makes me happy to see those buds.






What are some of your favorite signs of early spring?

Monday, March 23, 2015

first 2015 trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo

Many of you know that I'm a huge fan of the Milwaukee County Zoo and I go multiple times each year. Somehow before this month, I hadn't been since the summer of 2014. The beautiful weather we've had this March was the perfect excuse to go again.













Where have you been taking pictures lately?

Friday, March 20, 2015

back at the VA grounds

If you've been following my blog for any length of time, you know that one of my favorite spots to frequent with my camera is the VA grounds. After months of nasty weather keeping me from taking regular walks in my neighborhood, it felt so good to get back there last week.






 


What are some of your favorite places to photograph?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

one of my favorite Etsy shops

I'm taking a few minutes today to promote one of my favorite Etsy shops: memoriesforlifesb. I know that many of my readers are familiar with Edi's shop and blog and/or have heard me promoting her items before. Whether you're a long-time fan of Edi's or you're just learning about her shop, I hope that you take a few minutes to pop over there and check out one or more of the following items.

Despite the recent popularity for fall and winter weddings, spring and summer are still by far the more popular wedding seasons. If you have a wedding in the upcoming months and are searching for those final few items, check out Edi's wedding section. She has an extensive selection of glassware (i.e. champagne flutes), guest books, table numbers, and personalized bridal party and wedding gifts.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/163398305/personalized-anchor-champagne-flutes

https://www.etsy.com/listing/159570787/tandem-bicycle-wedding-guest-book-photo

https://www.etsy.com/listing/91236192/custom-engraved-wood-table-numbers

https://www.etsy.com/listing/97745520/leather-flask-personalized-engraving-for

Are you in the early stages of planning a wedding? Edi also makes engraved wooden wedding invitations.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/183151409/wooden-wedding-invitation-calla-lily


Mother's Day and Father's Day are both going to be here before we know it. Stay ahead of the game and shop for your gifts now.

One of Edi's most popular items to date is her engraved cutting board. For moms who love to cook and bake and who make time tested family recipes on a regular basis, it's hard to go wrong with this cutting board.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/176496471/handwritten-engraved-cutting-board

Earrings are also an ideal option for many moms. These tribal wooden earrings are simple, lightweight, and versatile.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/205092232/tribal-wooden-earrings

For the dads in your life, think about picking up one of Edi's newest items: an engraved knife with a wooden handle.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/222318255/engraved-knife-with-wooden-handle-you

Cuff links are another great choice for dads that dress up on a regular basis.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/117249620/mustache-wooden-cuff-links
 
Finally, are you in the market for a spring or summer birthday gift? I love Edi's wooden greeting cards and customizable picture frames.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/168287362/wooden-birthday-card-wood-cut-card-any

https://www.etsy.com/listing/69167016/custom-engraved-wood-picture-frame-4x6