Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bringing spring to you!

Are you feeling tired of winter? Got the winter blues and can't WAIT (literally) for spring to get here? Well I have a spectacular project for you that brings a little spring to you!

I know I've been gone for awhile - my in-laws are visiting and so I've been quite busy and distracted. But I will get back into regular blogging soon. Anyways, for Christmas my husband's grandma (and mine too of course), purchased me a subscription to Better Home and Gardens Magazine! I am pouring through my first copy and found a GREAT idea to freshen up your home while winter may continue outside.

I hoped to get pictures for you too however as many of you know I got a new camera for Christmas and went hog wild with it and so now my card is full with about 1,400 pictures on it, yes I'm not kidding, and so I need to empty my card before I can get any more pics on here. However is the idea:

Materials Needed:
- branches off a deciduous tree - cut about 1 or 2 feet long
- shallow container, dish, whatever
- fresh water
- floral foam
- Scissors (sharp)
- And decorative rocks (optional)

What to do:
- Place floral foam inside the shallow dish you have chosen
- Cut some tree branches about 1 to 2 feet long and place into floral foam in any arrangement you like
- Fill with fresh water
- Cover top with decorative rocks to cover foam and make it look nicer
- Every 2-3 days cut fresh ends off the branches and replace water
- This will "force" the branches to bud giving you some greenery and a little spring made at home!

I'm putting mine together today so hopefully by the time they bloom I will have space on my camera to get a pic! Hope you enjoy the project!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Some favorite recent photos!

Ever since I got my camera I have been snapping pictures everywhere and of everything! So I decided to share a few of my favorites lately!
This first one is at my church - the church owns a working chuck wagon and I took this picture at like 6:50 p.m. which means it was almost pitch black - but I took it on a natural lighting setting and captured this amazing photo and NO IT HAS NOT BEEN ALTERED ONE BIT! This is exactly how it came out I have done nothing to the photo!

This second one was a gorgeous sunset the other evening that I enjoyed watching from my back door! I just saw the sunset through my window opened my back door and started snapping shots! I LOVE sunset pictures - can you tell?

This last one was taken the same time as the first wagon picture. I have to take the pastor staff pictures for our church website next week so I was experimenting set-ups and asked one of our youth to help me. She gladly posed for like 30 minutes in the cold while I looked at every angle possible! It was so fun and I ended up capturing a great shot of her!