Sunday, February 28, 2010

I've fallen in love with a camera.

My husband spoiled, and surprised me with a new camera that I'd been trying to save for.
So now, I'm going to bore you with multiple photos of everything that can be photographed, while I figure out it's many settings. (Professional photographers, avert your eyes while I make every mistake in the book please. Thankyouverymuch.)
 Buckle up, because we're starting with the little surprise birthday party my sis-in-law and I threw for my mama this past weekend.
 Have I ever mentioned that I really like themes? Um, cause I do.

I wanted something that reminded us all of spring, ('cause I'm still on that tangent right now) so I went with potted flowers.
 Primroses. Simple and sweet.
 We planned a lovely little luncheon and some spa treatments for my Mama, because she needed some pampering and good company.
 We know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the two of us are good company. (giggle)
 Have I also ever mentioned that I'm nearly incapable of having a party without a little take home gift? It's kind of my house rule. I found these darling tall pots and saucers at Michael's for one dollar each! So I painted them white...

...rubbed them with sandpaper for a rustic look, and then placed a ninety-nine cent potted primrose in each pot. I carefully tucked some shredded book pages all around them. And voila, I had my theme and take-home gift for under $3.00.

I placed one at each place setting.

I tied each pot with a piece of twine, and fastened a little cardboard initial, along with a sweet verse.

And a luncheon would not, I repeat not, be complete with out many candles. I chose Spiced Pear from Pier 1, because it's my signature go-to house scent. I'd bathe in it if I could. But that might be weird. And I'm not weird.
 I actually bought these little pot napkin rings before I had children, and have used them only once in all that time. I keep forgetting I have them. Children don't exactly appreciate napkin rings. Who am I kidding? Children don't appreciate napkins.

I made sweet little place card tags, and tied them onto the napkin rings with more twine. Some of my favorite things- shredded paper and twine. They complete me. In an odd sort of way.

I've given up sugar. Have I mentioned that recently? I've become boring without it.
 I bought these because they went with my theme. I do that sort of thing. The color was perfect.
 See? What did I tell you. I'm prepared to post many a photo that makes no sense to anyone, but I just like it because I like it, and it will lead me into many a story. For example, this photo of the garnishes we put in our water, make me want to tell you that my husband can tie a maraschino cherry stem in his mouth, in about ten seconds. I know, because I've timed him. It's like having my own personal circus freak. I might add, that my BFF can also do this. I'm surrounded by circus freaks.

I have a feeling someone is going to take my new camera away if this sort of thing keeps up.




49 comments:

  1. Oh what a beautiful party you threw for your mom. Loved the take home gifts and all the table settings. Just beautiful. You did great with your photographs...like a pro.

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  2. I bet you and your sis and your mama had the best time! I love to give gift that include me too!!!

    I'm glad you left me a comment because I had no idea that you had changed your domain. I just thought you weren't posting. I'll change my blog list so I'll stay posted!

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  3. Love the sweet new profile pictures!!! And goodness, what a lovely camera.... Congrats! :)

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  4. gorgeous gorgeous pics! love it! now i'm hungry...

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  5. Oh man.. you sure know how to spoil your Mama. You will have to give us more details about your party, food, dessert, spa etc.
    Your pictures are wonderful, what a thoughtful husband!

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  7. Your photos look beautiful to me! That's quite a skill with the cherry.

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  8. Ah, so you HAVE been posting! My feed hasn't updated you and finally I thought "Okay, no way she hasn't been posting for this long!".

    Beautiful pictures!!! I am so jealous!

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  9. I think I'll send my husband your post so he can take a hint I'd love a new camera too! I love your theme, so simple classic and elegant. You throw a beautiful party!

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  10. I realize we don't really know each other, so would it be inappropriate to ask you to throw me a surprise party. I get that it wouldn't be a surprise, but I would totally act surprised (I took drama as an elective in hs so I should totally be able to pull it off). And then, knowing that a themed party with matchy matchy table settings and a take home gift had been thrown in my honor, well then I could die happy.

    Seriously this is so thoughtful and perfect and thrifty and lovely all rolled into one. I think I adore you!

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  11. What lens are you using?! Are you taking pictures in manual modes? Your photos are great. This post is full of your usual funny little tidbits ("who am I kidding...children don't appreciate napkins") And by the way, those napkin rings are adorable!

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  12. Oh yay! Now we're both enamored with new cameras. Aren't hubbys just awesome, the way they know that a new camera will just make a girl melt? Or at least go snap-crazy? I love your shots by the way. I'm still learning with mine, too, so maybe we can exchange notes. And you and your sis are wonderful for throwing your mama a party. She's lucky to have gals like you for daughters! :-)

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  13. Laughing and laughing at your post! You're funny. I think we might be twins with the whole theme, take home gift, love it, love it!
    Yay for your new camera! I like all your little photos. I did, ahem, do the same thing with my camera that I got back in June. It's too fun not to.

    Interesting fact about the whole tying the maraschino cherry stem in your husband's mouth!

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  14. I also have a new camera, and I'm madly in love with it. And don't you take fabulous photos!

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  15. That is totally gorgeous. We would never do all that for a lunch for three, but I absolutely love it. We would have had frozen pizza off paper plates. That's the way we are around here. Pretty simple peoples.♥

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  16. What a beautiful and special weekend!

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  17. Is it wrong to be jealous that you have a new camera? I have a camera that can... take pictures but it really misses out on the whole thrill of taking pictures. Does that make sense? Anyway, I love love love your site! Thank you for making this mama's day a bit brighter!
    I love your humor as well as the way you are not ashamed to say that you love God! That's awesome!!!

    Have a great day!

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  18. Simply gorgeous! The pictures are fantastic!

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  19. You are so good with that camera! When I get something new, it takes me forever to learn how to use it (and sometimes I break it before I actually get the chance).

    Great details!

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  20. Stopping by from SITS... wow great shots.

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  21. not bored at all- lovely photos!

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  22. By the way, sweet lady, I gave you an award for your most beautiful blog! I gave it to you because yours was the first blog I wanted to follow! Come visit me to get it! www.The-Still-Waters.blogspot.com

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  23. Everything is so beautiful and springy, do you have room for one more, lol? Love the pictures, I sure need a lesson in picture taking and a new camera. What a great hubby!

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  24. what a great party for your mom! lucky her and lucky guests to get to take home those darling pots and plants. cute, cute!

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  25. You are good and already!!! How in the world?? That camera has to be complicated. I'm impressed. Looks like a fabulous party. I'm sure your mama was so pleased:)

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  26. You put Martha Stewart to shame... honest! and you inspire me... =) given that I love photography... your pictures ARE not flawed at all... they are gorgeous! I love artistic pictures!

    and I can tie a cherry stem too... if it is not too short... in less than 10 seconds! =) its genetic! lol!

    So .. my sister and I were up to no good this weekend... in an hour you must come visit my blog... there will be a little slice of Lemonade Makin Mama on my post! give me an hour... K?! its 9:30 am right now!

    Just Jenn~

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  27. love that table setting-- beautiful!!! thank you so much for the advice, I guess it is back to the "painting boards" next weekend!

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  28. I love all the pics...I have the same Canon camera and I love it! It takes great pics!

    I love all the brunch decor...very very fun!!

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  29. Oh how fun that you got a new camera! And you're already soooooooo good at using it...fabulous pictures...really fabulous!!! I think you need to start a whole blog just about tablescaping because you're just so dang good at it!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the shout out about my giveaway, I really do appreciate it!

    Hugs ~

    :) T

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  30. Such a FRESH table setting, LOVE those Pot Napkin Rings!!

    Well, What kind of Camera did you GET????

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  31. Sugar is so good, but so bad...

    You throw a gorgeous party. It looked like something out of a magazine.

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  32. I love the pictures! I think you did an amazing job. I also love the party. How fun!

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  33. wow! looks great! i am a theme girl too! gotta have a theme! i just became a follower! cant wait to see more! what type of camera did your sweet husband get you?

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  34. Just me :0) No updates stillto my page when you do something so I had a lot to read thru lol

    Brandi♥

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  35. Wow, you´ve made beautiful pictures! What a talent!
    I´m just stopping by. Found you on balanced moms. :o)

    Have a good day!

    Verena

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  36. You know how to throw a party, girl. I'm putting you in charge of my 2nd baby shower. Ha, yeah, I forget...it's so uncooth to have a 2nd baby shower, and then there's that whole 1,000 million gillion mile difference thing. That's okay, you can plan by birthday party instead. (grin)
    Your pics look fantastic! Those canons are excellent pieces of machinery. I'm tellin' ya, you can so totally learn manual mode and you and he(she???) will be BFF's for LIFE.
    That's like practically being married to your camera. It's kinda awesome. Kinda. Because Canon's don't have biceps.

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  37. I adore your table setting. That is so wonderful that you did such a nice little luncheon for your mama. My mom's bday is on the 19th, perhaps I'll steal some of your ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.

    And lucky you with that new camera. I love my Canon, they are so fun.

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  38. Oh Sasha, You're so talented! I love all the touches and thought you put into it. Bet you guys had a fun time! xo great pics too! :)

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  39. You are doing GREAT with your new camera!!!! And how special you made your mom feel...it looks wonderful!!

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  40. I love your photos! Your party decorations were beautiful, and I am sure your mom loved every minute with you!

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  41. Everything looks gorgeous and I love all your little details...just the way I love to entertain. Your mom must have felt so special.

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  42. LOVE it! It looks like it turned out great! Did I miss the post where we find out what you were in the backseat with??? ;)

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  43. I'd love a 'big girl' camera - have fun with it!

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  44. THIS is soooo suppperrrr dooooppppeeerrrr cccuuuttteeee!!!!!!

    You're so talented!

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  45. Wow you just inspire me to want to go decorate or throw a party. Shredded paper - neat idea - do you just use whatever paper to shred?

    And I happen to know of two kids who do appreciate napkins, yes mine do. But a napkin ring would be lost on them too.

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  46. yum, cherries & oranges and love the little $20 outfit, same colours see. you're photos are great, what fun a new camera!

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  47. I know this is an old post but I'm new to blogging and just read it - ADORABLE! I love your blog and your ideas - wow. Great job - be blessed :)

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