I'm seriously obsessed with the portraits in this book + with plants that have deep purple leaves. The former started last Winter when I watched this documentary about Tina Barney. That film included footage from some of the photo shoots in the book. Begin obsession here. Right away I did a quick internet search and found that a copy of The Europeans was going to be a serious splurge. So I waited. And waited. And every once-in-a-while I'd do another search. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when I found a secondhand copy on ebay for a steal. Nice. And the plants? Oh, I discovered a long time ago -- back when we lived in Texas -- that succulents were the perfect specimen for a poor plant caregiver such as myself. They thrive in almost any amount of light, require infrequent watering and look great alone or grouped together. Double nice. If you've been around here for even a short time, you probably remember how happy I was when I bought the Zwartkop. Well, multiply that times ten to describe how I felt when I spotted this Paddle Plant. It was love at first sight. When viewed from above, I think it looks like a giant rose.
My mom forwarded me a video that my sister-in-law made of Spiderman and Frogboy (a.k.a. my nephews). Being the loving Aunt that I am, I thought I should share snapshots of my favorite moments with, um... the-entire-world! Apparently, Spiderman adores his costume -- check out those muscles -- and it seems that Frogboy digs it too. That isn't fear you see on his little froggy face, it is pure amazement. I mean, what 17 month old boy wouldn't be totally amped to discover that his big brother is, in fact, Spiderman! (You can watch the video here.)
With this post, I thee wed. Okay, maybe not exactly wed, but I think it's definitely getting serious. I have hit another milestone with this old blog -- my 400th post! I am not a prolific blogger by any means, but I have stuck with Liquid Paper for almost five years now. And you, you, my dear friends, have stuck with the both of us for 4 x 100 posts! Hmm. You're either very loyal or very patient people -- or a whole lot of both. But most and best of all, you're very kind, generous and gosh darn it cool-as-all-get-out because you get my jokes, my silly stories and well, me. You like me, you really like me.
Then it hit me. What should I do to both thank you and commemorate this momentous occasion? I quickly realized that making 400 of anything was way too insane -- even for me. How about photographing a cake with four hundred candles? That sounded both cool and dangerous. Best leave it for another time though. I toyed with the idea of doing something on a smaller, more manageable scale. But, reducing it to something like one whatchamacallit per hundred posts would -- to my mind -- diminish the happy occasion.
Then, just when the drama was at its peak and my crafters block and panic had risen to a level no mere mortal could possibly take, the storm clouds parted, the birds sang and it came to me: I would create a... a Thumbnail Retrospective. (Imagine the angelic choir here -- ahhhhh.) Mmm... a Thumbnail Retrospective. Powerful stuff huh? Yes, I knew right away it was the perfect thing to do. What could be better than a little (pun intended) look back at all those pictures of all those crafts, projects, places, people and things? (Hmm, I think I've developed a bit of a flair for the melodrama a long the way, no?)
Ahem. Skip to the bottom for details about a prize drawing. Wink, wink.*
And so, without any further ado I present to you the Liquid Paper 400th Post Thumbnail Retrospective!
*If you looked through all of that, you deserve a prize! There's got to be a prize, right? I'd love to give away prints of some of my photography. So, if you made it this far, go ahead and leave a comment. Then, next Tuesday I'll pick ten comments at random and contact you about your prize. In the meantime, you can look through my archives or my flickr photos and decide what picture you'd like to receive. And thanks again for sticking with me all this time!
First of all, I'm way behind in my thank you to Jen over at indie fixx for featuring my Pom Pom Pumpkins tutorial as a part of her Tutorial Tuesday feature on her blog. Thank you so much! I can't believe it's been a year since I first posted about them. And thank you to everyone who's stopped by because of that post or because someone linked to it!
This is the wall opposite our fireplace wall in the living room. The stairs (at left) lead to a small landing where you can go down the back stairway (the maid's stairway back in the day) or turn and continue up to the second floor. Even with the newell post lamp on, I couldn't quite get the exposure right because there is so much light coming through the window and so little in the room. Looking through our window, you can see the side of our neighbor's house and I promise you it's like watching your own personal Autumnal parade of colors. The vines started out bright green, turned orange, orange/red, red, scarlet and are now deepening from scarlet to purple. About three days ago I took a photo of them when they were mostly green and red (see below). I need to get out there again and catch them as they darken -- before they're gone!
Last weekend I hitched a ride with Dad and Kim as they headed over to Wisconsin to visit my sister and her family. We spent Saturday at The Little Farmer Orchard. The day could not have been more perfect: cold in the morning and so warm by mid-afternoon that you could take a nap* in the middle of all the festivities.
*Demonstrated by my brother-in-law, second photo from bottom, in the left corner of this collage.
I absolutely wanted everything in this photo. Which is why I bought nothing. I found myself typically frozen with indecisiveness when presented with so many choices. It's like trying to pick a favorite child -- this thing, it can not be done. If you live in the St. Paul, MN area and feel that you are up to the task, head over to Pete's Classic Retro shop and choose!