Every year, it's the same thing. You buy him that movie he's been talking about ever since it was in the theater, and then BAM! - you see the copy he just bought for himself sitting on the kitchen table. I think just about every woman can relate, whether it's your brother, husband, father, boyfriend, son, etc.
So I thought I'd share a list of some things that have caught my eye this season. Happy shopping!
Lately, I've been photographing many of my card collections. I've compiled a substantial amount of inspirational photos and thought I'd share! I'm loving the tiny, simple accessories and slightly textural backdrops in many of these photos.
If you're ever in the Northern Virginia area, you must take a drive on a Saturday to experience the Burwell Morgan Mill. It's one of the oldest, most original operational grist mills in the country. It's nestled in a small town called Millwood, a true gem of the Shenandoah Valley. Inside the Mill, there is a giant wooden water wheel powered by a local stream. The big wheel powers lots of smaller wheels that turn the grind stones, turning corn into cornmeal. While the Mill is in operation, it's truly an amazing sight to see. Even while it's at rest, it's sure the capture the hearts of history buffs, photographers, artists, and families.
Today, I created a poster to advertise weekly grindings. It's been a few weeks in the making, as it's mainly been a few sketches and ideas floating around in my head. So today I set aside the whole day to hand-draw the lettering and take a couple photos of the raw corn and wheat. I knew my unfinished wooden coffee table would come in handy one day!
Living in the Puget Sound area has translated to lots and LOTS of beach treasures. While at the beach one day, we found a perfect sand dollar. I've had it in a jar for a few years, but that's pretty boring, and the top chipped in our last move. I needed a better solution. Then while at Ikea the other weekend, I happened upon these square white Ribba picture frames for just $10! Perfect! The rest of the project is pretty self-explanatory. I have a few more treasures I'm planning on framing, and would like to continue to do so. Wouldn't it be lovely to have a whole series of these one day? Much better than having them in a box in the back of a closet. Lame!
I ended up using hot glue because I was feeling impatient, and a Sharpie pen because it worked better on the slightly textured scrapbook paper. It's been a few days, and the sand dollar hasn't fallen off yet!