Saturday, February 28, 2009

It's Official

I am now officially licensed to drive like a New Yorker, including, but not limited to, honking at the car in front of me IMMEDIATELY when the light turns green.

Bring it on New York!!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Some finishing touches...

I hate leaving things undone. Are you the same way? I got some final work done on a wedding album from a wedding in July of last year. It has been done for a while waiting for the bride's final approval, but I took some time today to do some more tweeking. I love tweeking, but it's addicting and isn't good for a perfectionist type of person like me...

So I thought I'd share a few of my favorite images. It was a gorgeous July day at The Hudson Gardens and Angie looked gorgeous!

PS. Someone recently asked what made me get into photography. I have to admit that it was a boy. A boy I met in Paris. We dated, and he introduced me to the art. He is now long gone, but my love for photography is still in tact!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

First Fabric Makeover Finished

So the first fabric project is finished! I've had these theater chairs for about 7 years, and this is only the second time I've recovered them. But this time is MUCH better than the last. I actually took all the layers off and took apart the original cover to use as a template so I would have a more fitted upholstery look rather than just gathers at the corner. I love it!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Mini Photo Session

Not much to say really. We just had a fun afternoon! It's amazing how your kids don't seem that grown up to you until you see them in photographs. You would think that I of all people would know that, but it really hit me today. They are growing up!!

Spring Eating

Oh how we are ready for Spring!! What is it about quiche and fruit salad that makes me think of Spring?? We had such a yummy, and beautiful, lunch today that I wanted to share it with you. The fruit salad was super yummy, but it needed something red. All things need a touch of red...

Feb 23 Lunch 01

Feb 23 Lunch 02

The quiche is actually my sister's recipe, but I love it, and it's super easy. Here's how to make it:

1. Grease 10 inch pie pan.
2. Put the following in the pan: 1 cup of meat, 1 cup cheese, 1 cup mushrooms.
3. Beat 1 1/2 cup of milk, 3/4 cup of Bisquick, 3 eggs, some salt and pepper, then add to the pie pan.
4. Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Farmer's Market

Today we went to the Indoor Farmer's at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Mamaroneck. I love farmer's markets and am excited to check out the local produce once summer hits. I've heard there is a weekly farmer's market in the main parking lot in Rye...within walking distance!

But for now, we'll settle for the indoor market.

Here are my finds from today. These carrots are soooooooooooooo sweet, and I've already had three slices of toasted cinnamon raisin bread with a healthy spread of Brummel and Brown. Hmmmmmm.

Friday, February 20, 2009


Who doesn't like a good looking fabric?? One of the things I have been looking forward to doing more in NY is sewing. With no photography business (for now), I have more time on my hands to try some other creative outlets.

Mom taught me how to sew when I was in junior high and I used to make a lot of my own clothes. I usually made skirts and dresses, but I have done an occasional shirt. I don't know if I'm brave enough to sew clothes again without Mom close by, so I'm sticking to sewing decorative things.

With my closest JoAnn fabrics 30 miles away with $10 in bridge tolls, I've had to resort to some other places to buy fabric as well. On-line, or IKEA (which by the way has a great fabric-by-the-yard section).

So here are some sample materials that I've purchased, washed, and will hopefully be creating into some cool things. I'll keep you posted as the projects are done!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hanging at the Homestead

So now that Grandma and Grandpa have left and we have the house to ourselves, I think we were a little depressed today. No more entertaining, trip planning, exciting drives or train rides into the City. So ya, I think we were a little depressed. Also because there is a very large stack of mail staring at me and an even bigger pile (or piles) of laundry waiting for me in the basement.

So we spent most of the morning in our pj's hanging out in the playroom. And I, of course, decided to do a little rearranging while singing along with the Little Einsteins.

As a photographer, I love light, and I've realized that the playroom would make the most amazing studio for me if I had my business out here. It's big enough for equipment, and has a huge walk-in closet. My kid's toys don't know how good they have it....they have more storage space than my own closet.

So when Tyson asked me to take his clothes off so he could put on a princess dress, I of course ran for my camera and took advantage of all the gorgeous light.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Comments....bring 'em on!

I just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who has left a comment. I love reading them, and they often make my day! I haven't figured out the best way to reply, and with some of you, I can't find any contact information!

Michelle Cowgill, of course I remember you! I remember how you braved the hill behind your ceremony with me at your wedding so we could take some shots in trees, and I remember how intimate your ceremony was. PLEASE leave another comment with some way to write you back! I hope you guys are doing well.

Anyway, thanks to everyone for comments, e-mails etc. I love them, and I'm glad you like to stop by and read. It makes me feel like I have friends out here in NY, even if you're not in NY.

PS. Feel free to become a "follower" (not that I'm a rock star or anything) on the home page. I like seeing your smiling faces.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Natural History Museum

President's Day...did anyone see us on Martha today? We DVR'd it and we were totally on there! Nice.

We went to the Natural History Museum today to see the butterflies. Sounds exciting, doesn't it? Well, it was pretty cool.

We arrived a bit early, thanks to my stellar planning and a tendency to leave too early, so we stopped by Central Park and the Diana Ross playground. I wonder if she actually paid for that playground to be built, or if she just donated some money to the Central Park Conservancy and got it named after her. As we were admiring the surrounding residential apartments, especially the penthouses on the top floors, we were trying to picture her up there checking out who was playing on her playground. May be a stretch....

We became members of the Natural History Museum, because....well, it's the Natural History Museum, but by going on President's Day, we were joined by all the City kids who were out of school. No problem though, we had a great time despite the crowds.

The butterfly exhibit was pretty cool. They only let in so many people at a time, so you can wander through the pavilion at your own pace, and it's already about 85 degrees inside, so no need for it to get any hotter! There were about a million butterflies (a bit of an exageration) flying around, but none were brave enough to land on us even though we did ask nicely.

On the way back to the car, a fire truck pulled up from it's latest call, and it was amazing to watch it stop, back up into the firehouse, and disappear from sight. The driver had about 3 inches of clearance on each side, but within about 60 seconds, the truck pulled up, backed in, and the door was shut.

I have always prided myself in my parking skills, especially parallel parking, but I have nothing on those guys.