Wednesday, October 28, 2009
- Digital cameras, which are fine for shooting interiors, rocks, trees, mountains and people my age, don't have the speed required to capture a child.
- When playing with little boys from Ohio, one must be precise about equipment. Not a "bulldozer" but a loader. Not a "truck" but a combine.*
- Pushing two kids around in a wheelbarrow will wear you out long before it does them.
- Transport the backhoe loader to the jobsite via flatbed trailer
- Offload the backhoe loader
- Spread new asphalt on the road
- Steamroll the asphalt down
- Transport the backhoe back to the yard to hose it down
- Pick up coffee and a donut at the yard to eat on the way to the next jobsite
- Transport the backhoe loader to the jobsite via flatbed trailer again
- Choose the front loader bucket or the back backhoe bucket to do the job
- Dig a foundation with the back bucket and dump debris in a dump truck
- Forget the backhoe loader then transport a crane to the stone shop to offload stone slabs from the truck
- Decide if we need to use the mobile crane or the tower crane
- Finalize the crane decision and offload all slabs in record time
- Start over.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Here is the rest of the guest apartment we stayed in last weekend. It was modern, soothing and reflective of the nature that surrounded it.
I could throw out all my stuff and live here right now.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
We got out of the city for a few days with Tom's parents to enjoy the rain upstate. But even on dreary days, October is eye popping.
All of the sunny warm weather came after we were back in the city. Tuesday, Chinatown was like a homely girl captured in flattering light. The air was clear, the sun was bright, the vendors were giddy. Even the traffic cop was smiling.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Do you do this - come into a perfectly nice room and start moving furniture in your mind?
This week the Obamas posted their first official family photo. Maybe this is the year you won't be booking time with Annie Leibovitz yourself. Here are a few tips for getting some decent DIY family portraits:
- Have everyone dress in the same color.
- Take advantage of natural light and shoot outdoors if possible.
- Don't choose sunset on the beach
- If you did and the light is too harsh, consider converting your photos to black and white. They look OK when contrast-y, and they hide sunburn.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
After embracing Moroccan anything, suzanis, stripes, chevrons and about every other design trend that comes down the river, I've consoled myself with the fact that I do not care for the following:
- Mid-century modern
- Granny chic
Friday, October 9, 2009
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
In unrelated candy news, a workmate gave me two of these. They are peach-flavored gummy eggs he picked up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Peached eggs. Gotta love that Amish wit.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Well, it's 8 p.m. on Wednesday, and my totally unique never-been-seen-on-the-interwebs DIY project for this week is not finished. So I feel like a kid the day before a science project is due, which is the point at which you get your parents to do it for you. In my case, I will feature someone else's DIY project again this week. That cute ruffled pillow above? Not mine.
Ruffles are a big trend right now, both for clothes and for home decor. Fortunately, they are also easy to make - run a long stitch through a strip of fabric and pull the thread. Here's the gamut of what you can do yourself.
Merrilee from Mermag created a ruffled pillow tutorial for Kelly+Olive.
Photographer Ashley Ann via UCreate used a similar technique with contrasting fabric.
Add ruffles to a t-shirt with a tutorial from Tea Rose Home.
Turn a ruffled shirt into a pillow at Homemade by Jill.
Turn a large t-shirt into a ruffled pillow at Floral Showers (great potential for reusing old clothes here.)