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appreciating doing something other than work

17 Dec

so i started thinking

before i started writing this blog, that i’d write about hobbies and my lack of having one.  however, during the real in-depth research i do for every post, i discovered – HA! – i actually have several. i’ve also discovered that i do not like the word hobby.  maybe because it reminds me of holly hobby and i always thought she was stupid.  but also the word hobby doesn’t really do what it means justice.  case in point, if you like designing grand pieces of abstract art that demonstrates your radical existential viewpoint on life but you don’t make a living at it, is that your…hobby?   i guess so.


i guess a hobby i have is photography.  i don’t have the fancy cameras, in fact, my phone will work just fine.  i love capturing everything.  what i think is important is then transferring those photos to something tangible like a book.  i haven’t gone that far yet.  with my photos, i like to capture a city’s beat or pulse.  i like to capture moments and make them look pretty.  for some reason, this year, i love capturing in-flight photos.  maybe because i appreciate God’s ability to get me up in the air and give me a glimpse of the earth from 15,000+ feet. i also like ‘slice of life’ photos – for the same reason i like woody allen’s slice of life movies.

big boy

so that’s photography.  now

my other love, which kinda links into yesterday’s post on home offices, is to make collages.  and don’t use that term …what do they say?… can’t think of it now but it’s some french term.  who knows what i’m talking about?  DECOUPAGE (just thought of it) it’s not that.  i like collages because i liked ripping stuff out and blowing up pictures and putting it all together as one big thing I like made of small things that i like.  does that make sense?  here is my work i’m so proud of.  it hangs in our extra room…

these are two panels and include:

photographs taken when katie and i went to stay at the broadmoor resort in colorado after dad died – just to get away, photos of chicago landmarks for me, snippets from magazines and things that i like.  i need to do more and have been inspired by the work done by eva :

lastly, a hobby i want to be able to do – actually two – one is sew and another is knit.  i found some cool knitted stuff on etsy:

i love all of these – what a unique yarn scarf above and the mug warmer – adorable!  you can get more info here on all of these etsy finds.

so – what hobby do you do – or what do you want to do?  XXOO

5 lovely links (you’ll love): orange is it

6 Sep

lately, i’ve been inspired by everything orange. 

is it because i’m desperately wanting october to arrive?  orange reminds me of the fall leaves that we do get, believe it or not, here in the big d.  or maybe orange reminds me of the morning which is my favorite time of the day.  the sun coming up…orange juice.  whatever it is  – orange is my color pop of choice.  not surprisingly, i don’t have a lot of orange in my house.  i’ll have to change that.   but here are 5 links to some cool pops of the color that i call my favorite:

print of chinoiserie chair by Anne Harwell

these are from the one, the only wisteria.   wisteria is located here in dallas.  and i am a fan.  my husband ROF, has been known to say to me “we don’t need anything” which is really always a true statement.  however the definition of the word, NEED, varies considerably depending on who you talk to.  right? my definition of NEED is very similar to the terminology of WANT.   which brings me back to wisteria.  oh wisteria.  this is a very high fahluton catalog with great stuff you’d have to be stupid to pay full price for.  the wisteria outlet is very close to me and i have gotten some very unbelievable deals there.  i also can walk into anyone’s house and tell instantly if they’re a fan.   call it a gift i have.  then we talk a language foreign to any non-wisteria fans.  kinda cultish.

decorating with orange is fun as an accent color. 

if i NEEDED new artwork, this is what i’d get.  to your left is a vintage horse poster from stories divinations i would frame and hang and then throw this great pillow (on your right) on the chair on the other side of the room.  these pillows from erin flett are fantastic.

finally but not leastly…

i want these so bad.  since ROF and i make a big deal about our morning coffee i love these retro espresso mugs with the splash of orange to pop out of the BROWN.  oooohhhh.  i can see us using these right now.  love-er-ly.  thank you jo and sonja for finding these.

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