It's been awhile since I did my weekly photo diary...and I miss it. I need to bring my camera with me. Everywhere. I lug so much stuff around on a daily basis, that I just forget. There are so many moments waiting to be captured - the ordinary can become pretty fantastic when captured through the lens of a camera.
I hosted a clothing swap last Sunday, and enjoyed having my friends over for some yummy snacks, wine, and these watermelon granitas. I got the recipe from Pioneer Woman Cooks - I love Ree, and her cookbook is filled with beautiful food photography (my favorite) and recipes. If you are interested in hosting a swap yourself, you should check out Elizabeth's post on Delightfully Tacky. Her suggestions are great, and make for an organized and social swap. We are going to do swaps at least twice a year.
My daughter's cat, Sparkles, was trying to capture a bug as it flitted against the window. Her shadowy, silhouetted form against the rain-splattered window was so evocative of the weather and mood that day. This was beautiful light - and it's really the light that makes this picture. I just happened to be there. Any house we buy in the future must have a window-filled Northern exposure. It makes everything look like a Vermeer painting.
We went back-to-school shopping this week.They are going back so early this year! Avery scored some new clothes, and having school supplies in the house brings back so many memories of my own school days. I could inhale the scent of new pencils and fresh reams of paper all day. Why hasn't someone bottled this?
My chocolate chip ajuga plants are going nuts in all of this rain! They are spilling over the sides of their pots, and their purple blooms are so pretty on our patio. This is the first year I've ever planted them, and I will again every year. They grow super fast.
I have been getting to know LightRoom. Photoshop intimidates the heck out of me, and I want to take a class on it someday, but LR seems to be pretty straightforward. I try to capture what I want in the raw in the first place, and typically don't do much editing to photos. But I had some fun with this one.
This lamp is one of my very favorite flea market purchases. It waited for me, patiently. It looks vintage, but is the Stranne Lamp from Ikea. It reminds me of an exotic anemone.
And of course, lots and lots of coffee. 'Cause that's what makes my world go round. ;)