So valentines day is creeping up on us ... personally i'm not a huge fan (it's a commercial holiday) ... but i am in love with this gorgeous treasury. So so cute & a wonderful selection of a heart shaped, pink & red items, many of which belong to members of the Homefront Team. To check out all the items on offer click on the link ... HERE ... & don't forget to check out the wonderful smellies & candles on offer in the shop belonging to Lilac Ave the fabulous lady who put the treasury together (i swear her shop just gets better & better).
So there seems to be a theme in the treasuries i'm posting right now ... see the weather here moves between "sucky" & "suckier" (those are more weather dude technical terms) so here i am sharing something that makes me smile, think of spring & prey this horribleness will leave us eventually. Anyways not that i'm biased but this here treasury is full of stunning photography & gorgeous tones. Be sure to click on the link ... HERE ... to check out the actual images & for links to the various shops & of course don't forget to check out the shop belonging to the wonderfully talented lady Magalerie who is one of my all time favourite treasury fairies!
So i admit there are quite a few photos in this post but that's cause i couldn't choose ... so i appologize for my indecision!
Anyways back to the post ... this past friday, the 21st of january i headed down to Frankfurt with my friend Nelou & a day of shooting with some other photographers including the wonderful Kim Kravitz another military spouse & photographer based down in Heidelberg. We'd met online (as i have discovered so many fabulous photographers) & had been trying to get out shooting together for a while.
So Frankfurt was chosen because well i wanted somewhere new ... i wanted to experiment & push my boundaries ... instead of history & pretty i wanted modern, metal, glass & everything that goes with. I've never really liked the city so i've never photographed this kind of architecture. & to say i had a wonderful day is putting it mildly!! We wandered aimlessly (my favourite kind of exploration) & i made use of my ultra wide & loved it!
So sit back ... relax ... maybe grab yourself a cup of something ... & i hope you enjoy the pretty pictures!
So after a week's break (things are a little hectic round here you must excuse my missing an occasional week) we are back for a new journey! 2011 has seen us checking out the work of Shannon Blue Photography, in Boulder, Colorado & then heading south to San Antonio, Texas to view the hollywood feel of K. Clark Photography. Well this week we're heading back up north, to Colorado (again), more specifically Pueblo & the gorgeous imagery of Frankie Kins & Bluemoon Studio.
As i looked through Frankie's shop i felt like i had stepped back in time, a long way back in time to the Victorian era. The tones of Bluemoon Studio are very subtle, & warm reminding me of sepia & "ye olden days". There's a stillness in her work, peace & quiet & calm, & this can be seen through her variety of subjects. There's no one thing that stands out, & many of her images remind me of stories i've heard or read, a Charles Dickens Novel or a fairy tale. She brings life to those small moments. & whilst i find Frankie's imagery calming i also notice a haunting quality in it, reminiscent of a ghost story. Not in the evil sense but an unknown presence or energy, something you can feel but don't necessarily see until the shutter clicks.
To really get an understanding of what Frankie Kin is about you have to view all of her work ... she doesn't fit into a box instead she pushes the boundaries & asks questions of the viewer ...
... winter or spring? ...
... natural or artificial? ...
... real or imagination?
All the images you see here can be bought in the Blue Moon Studio etsy shop. You can also view more of Frankie's work on flickr & her blog.
i can't believe we're already 2 weeks into 2011 ... i feel like time is flying (but then i can't believe i'm in my trimester either) ... anyways here are my first two reads of 2011 (there won't be any spoilers):
Mark of the Lion is the first in a series, the lead character is one Jade Del Cameron & it's very much in the realm of an Agatha Christie who done it. Jade is your stereotypical bold, adventurous, stubborn, outspoken, beautiful heroine setting out to solve the dying wish of her WWI pilot friend. The book is set against the wonderful African backdrop & whilst a little predictable in places it was highly enjoyable & an easy read. I will be continuing the series, something light that draws you in & leads you off into a colourful world of safari, & post WWI colonies, with some great characters (if a little stereotypical at times). Like i said Agatha Christie esc!
Winter in Madrid is set against the backdrop if post civil war Spain in 1940. The rest of Europe is at war & here we watch as the past collides with the present in a historical thriller. There are spies, suspense & some powerful observations of the human race. The backdrop of Madrid was incredible, & the historical context new & refreshing. Any book that teaches me as i read & leads me to looking up all kinds of things on the internet can't be a bad thing right? The characters were well written & whilst you could see what was coming round some corners other twists came as a total shock. The book is "gripping" in the words of reviewers & left me with more questions than answers.
Every where the weather seems all out of wack this winter ... from 17 degrees through to 55 (here in germany) you go to sleep in a winter wonderland & wake up to floods! Anyways my world of germany is currently full of ickyness (that by the way is a technical weather dude term) so when i saw this fpoe treasury created by the fabulous Natalie French i decided it needed to be shared. Look at those wonderful, divine, sweet, spring tones! I could easily turn this into a poster & put it on my wall! To view the actual treasury click on the link ... HERE!! have a wonderful day people.
So we all know how much i like to read ... & the only thing i like more than actually reading is looking at pretty pictures ... well throw in some incredible talented artists & writers & you have all kinds of wonderful blogs to while away the hours. The only way this could be better is if all my favourite blogs came out in a monthly magazine but then i would most likely use up half a rainforest a week & so i'm stuck with my google reader. Anyways i decided it was time to share with you the places where i gleam my inspiration, & introduce you to some of the wonderful ladies who help me start my morning off.
Many of you will have heard of Decor8 & are most likely following it ... for those who haven't it's definately worth a look. Full of stunning photography, DIY projects & gorgeous shops i can spend hours just checking out the archives. Plus the added bonus for me is that Holly Becker, the lovely lady who runs it lives in Germany & so is always providing me with shops & lines to check out. As much as well all love shopping online, it's nice to go into somewhere & check out the pretties for yourself. Holly has another blog called Haus Maus which is more about her personal world & life in Germany that is well worth checking out as well.
Where do i begin with a place for twiggs ... well probably with the photography, a mixture of work belonging to Claudia (the amazingly fabulous owner of said blog & also a gorgeous shop on etsy) & other photographers ... it is stunningly gorgeously amazingly pretty! Ok maybe a little over the top but this blog is worth the pictures alone. So then we throw in some wonderful interviews with said photographers & Claudia's own writing ability & you have the perfect answer to a lazy sunday afternoon. Recently Claudia moved her blog to it's own site, & it's looking divine not to mention some great articles to start the new year off. Plus notice under the list of sponsors ... that should answer any doubts as to how much i love this blog.
Well quite simple Nicole's Homemade Treats makes my list because of the food ... "oh my god" (think janice in friends) ... are the recipes simple delicious looking. Now i have personally bought from Nicole's shop & can vouch for her own culinary skills, & here she is posting recipe after recipe of mouth watering goodness. I have so many of these saved, now to get my lazy ass in gear. Oh & Niki is a military wife & member of the Etsy Homefront Team, not to mention a stay at home Mum. Now imagine the meals her kids get for dinner ... & the treats, i can't lie i'm a little jealous. Right now i can't decide between this White Bean & Proscuitto Soup & caramel apple lasagna!