Monday, September 23, 2013

Colors of early Fall

Our local Farmer's Market is coming to an end soon, so I wanted to browse their flower vendors and find some blooms with some fall color. The bold colors of these flowers really stood out to me. I love all the rust and gold shades. I think the colors in these work really well for a late summer or early fall bouquet.  Since flowers are marked down at the market this time of year, I was able to find a great bouquet for five dollars! 

I wanted a bouquet with some sunflowers, and was quite surprised that I only found one, so I grabbed it quick. It is a huge bouquet and I did think about separating the flowers, but the stems were so intertwined that I just left it together since I wanted to take some quick pics. 

I believe the large flame tipped blooms on the sides are spider mums. I can't believe how big they get. I also didn't enhance the color of these in any way. They are so bright that I had to tone down the colors a bit. 

I kind of go back and forth between subdued and bright colors this time of year. The Asiatic lilies are so pretty with the flaming rust color against the mums. The mini white daisies provide a nice mix with all the larger flowers. I just loved the entire bouquet, especially since all I had to do was provide a vase. I tried to show all angles and I wanted to focus on the sunflowers, since I just had a few in the bouquet. 

I was kind of limited on time, so I created a simple vignette to enhance the beauty of the flowers. I was worried the mums would overpower the other flowers, since they are so huge, but I decided to leave them in because they are so dramatic. I noticed after I took the photos that there was a wayward bud stem leaning over below the sunflowers. I think it kind of adds to the beautiful mess appeal of the arrangement. 

There is construction going on behind our home, so this isn't the prettiest view. Green is one of my favorite colors, so I added a simple green checked kitchen towel with a few accent pieces. 

I just layered some fall fabric in a pretty cornucopia design to add a bit of fall, and it ties in with the flowers nicely as well. 

 Love the velvety richness of the lilies with the sunflowers.

The mini daisies look  like they are woven into the arrangement from this angle. 

An early fall bouquet full of color. If you have a farmer's market nearby I hope you get a chance to pick up some pretty blooms too. Thanks for visiting!

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Barn wood frame & old family photos

I have really liked barn wood frames for awhile now, so I decided to add some vintage family photos and create a farmhouse display.  I really love their rustic look, but I couldn't find the size I wanted at a price I wanted to pay. Like many of you, I'm always looking for thrifty ways to decorate! 

I did find a composite wood frame that looks quite real, although the 16x20 was a little smaller than I wanted, the price was right. I also love all the vintage window frames I've been seeing everywhere, so I wanted  to create a window frame look for my photos. 

Since I wanted a window frame look, I found some  narrow pieces of wood at Joann's to divide the frame and painted  and distressed the edges. I found a soft gray color that worked well with my frame. I then  added some scrapbook paper to the backing. This was so easy to put together.  The hardest part was picking out the photos I wanted.

I really like this scrapbook paper because it has the look of a vintage  Sears and Roebuck catalog.  And I definitely have some vintage photos to go along with it. 

I'm fortunate to have so many old family photos to choose from, especially from my Dad's side of the family. Since they were farmers they didn't have much money, but they managed to take quite a few photos, considering how expensive they were in those days. So I do cherish these photos and wanted to display them. I feel like why keep your lovely vintage photos in boxes and just look at them from time to time when you can display them as wall art. It also reminds you of your roots when you can look at vintage family  photos, some you never met,  and remember where you came from. Although it was a much simpler time,  they definitely had their share of hardship in those days. 

I decided my great grandparents photos on the right were a bit too serious to use. Since photos were expensive then, people rarely smiled in them. Although I love these photos, I wanted something more lighthearted and fun to display.

I also wanted to get a photo restored. But when I found out the prices for a very small photo I changed my mind. Minimum of 40 dollars, so I'm glad most of these photos are still in quite good condition. I made copies of the originals and was quite pleased with how well they came out. 

My paternal grandparent's had four children, and since I had pictures of all of them I wanted to create a collage to represent my Dad's side of the family. I was quite close to some of my aunts and uncles when I was growing up, so it's fun to display pictures of them when they were children. The picture in the center shows everyone as adults. 

Also, the quality of  some of these photos isn't the best, partly because I didn't have enough light and I'm using my canon point and shoot camera. It does quite well on a sunny day, especially outdoors, but it is hard to get the proper lighting on the east side of our living room.   But these are vintage photos, so the grainy look isn't a bad thing.  

I just added a few simple things to my small bookcase to help create a farmhouse display for my vintage family photos. A small platter was added, as well as  a round basket lined with burlap. I added some faux green apples to provide some color. The pitcher was a thrifty find and I added a vintage bowl as well. I wanted to keep it simple to reflect the times. 

 I believe the small chest once belonged to my grandfather. I've had that quilted heart in  a frame for quite some time, too. Since this bookcase is small, I didn't want to add too much to it and make it look cluttered.  

My grandparent's on their wedding day. What a simple, yet beautiful photograph. My dad and his siblings are pictured on the left. 

I have to share the closeups of each picture because they are just too cute to miss. I think so anyway. They took such adorable sepia photos in those days, especially of the little ones. They always dressed up so nice too, since it was such a special  occasion. 

This is a picture of my dad around 1 1/2 or so. His little sweater outfit is so cute. Love the leggings and hat. He was a real cutie when he was a little guy. They took such charming photos back then. 

My dad on the left with his younger brother Paul. I  wish the quality of these pics were a bit better so you could see all of the detail. They are so cute together. Lovely photo even though it's a bit faded. 

Here they are again outdoors with two sweet little girls that were friends.  I don't really know the story behind this photo. My uncle Paul is in front leaning away from the little girl, while my dad in back doesn't look shy at all. It looks like my grandparent's wanted them to stand together to embarrass them a bit. They are farm kids with their overalls and the girls are dressed up with bows in their hair. I love their expressions. 

More hair bows and bobbed hair. They were definitely in, back in the late 1920's. Yes I'm showing a photo of my dad again with his younger sister Ruth. He's leaning back a bit and looks slightly mischievous in this photo. Such a cute picture of them!I wish I had more pictures of my aunts when they were young. I'm glad for the ones I have though.  

My uncle Paul with his sweet sister, Esther. She was the youngest in the family, like me. She looks so adorable with her hair bow and curls. My uncle looks quite grown up in this photo. He certainly knows how to strike a pose! Lovely photo!

I need to add more decor to my walls, they are rather bare at the moment. I'm a bit of a minimalist who loves farmhouse style. I'll be gathering up some photos from the maternal side of my family. They didn't have as many from my mom's side, but I do have a fair amount so I'll share them another time. I hope you enjoyed my little walk down memory lane and the family photos. Thanks for visiting!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Columbia River Gorge & Vista House

I'm continuing on with my vacation pics from late last summer. I have many places that I love in the Pacific NW, but the Columbia River Gorge has to be one of my favorites. The views are spectacular here and we managed to visit on a fairly sunny day, at least for awhile anyway. 

A map of the Columbia River Gorge scenic highway. Vista House is located near Corbett OR, by the small black arrow. 

To find out more about Vista and the Columbia River Gorge visit Friends of Vista House  and Travel Oregon here.

From this distance the Vista House almost looks unreal, since it is perched atop Crown Point, a large cliff that juts out toward the Columbia River. 

It was rather hazy and overcast when we first approached the Vista House. I wasn't able to get the detail I wanted so I softened these pics a bit for somewhat of a watercolor effect. 

I was glad to see the clouds break up a bit as we arrived. Vista  House was built between 1916-1918 and was intended to be an observation point for visitors to relax and  enjoy the views of the Columbia River Gorge. The octagonal building houses a gift shop, museum and historic interpretive displays. 

It is rather dark inside the building, but the views outside reflect the beauty of the region.  

Lots of vintage marble and lovely stained glass windows. These stairs lead to the balcony.

More sunlight steaming in allowed me to take a few pictures that really showed off the variety of colors of the stained glass.  

The beautiful domed copper ceiling. 

A few more photos from the balcony of Vista House. I believe we're around  700 feet above the Columbia at this point. 

Around this time last year we hadn't received much rain so the sandbar is exposed. I love all the green and the haziness of the hills in the background. There's so much more to share about this region and if you're interested in finding out more make sure you check out the links by the map. 

I always enjoy sharing photos of our lovely region. Thanks for stopping by!

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