Thursday, July 7, 2011

Overcast

For three days now it has rained. Somewhere out in the gulf, Tropical Moisture has unpacked his bags and decided to stay a while, and his staycation has consequently colored our skies to a constant state of dreary gray. The sky looks like an ashtray, even though the glass-is-half-full voice that dwells within is begging me to retract that statement or at least change my description to mysterious silver. Pensive sky is, I believe, how I've referred to it in the past, but the monotony of this weather pattern is wearing on me and affecting my mood.

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I went down to the beach today, just a quick trip to inhale the best of the stormy landscape, the brightest and most open of skies, even though the sea sky was still heavy and gray. The mangroves were thick with mosquitos, and the sand was dense and wet. But the view from under my umbrella was still beautiful. Quiet.

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Just as I was arriving, an older woman was crouched over on the boardwalk, wringing out her socks. Her hair was still dripping, and her clothes stuck to her skin like wet paper.

"That's not from the rain is it?" I asked, startling her on a vacant beach.

"Oh no," she smiled. "I got down here, saw that quiet water, and it looked so inviting. I jumped in, clothes and all, and floated on my back in the rain. It was amazing."

I smiled. I'd like to be her someday.

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I haven't taken very many pictures the past few days as good light is absent, and that vibrant inspiration that's easily ignited by the sun seems to be a little lacking these days. It felt good to force myself to take a few shots on the beach though, to find my inspiration even under stormy skies.

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Nella has taken up climbing. This chair is, as Goldilocks would say, "just right" for Little Bear, and she's memorized every step to get up in it, turn around, sit, and slide back down to start over.

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RAINY DAY D.I.Y. Photo Display Project

Obviously, we have a slew of photos to choose from for display in our home. But displaying them the same way can get boring. Framed 8 x 10s? Fuhget about it. I am always looking for (inexpensive) new and interesting ways to display our pictures to tell the story of our family. This one happens to qualify for debeigifying as well (a long project I'm working on, room by room. Color and Character!)

1. Begin with 12 x 12 frames. I purchased these at Michael's--buy one, get one free. I spray painted them red to add some ooomph for our walls.

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2. I discarded the glass as I was going for a 3-dimentional look and wouldn't need it. I traced the back of the frame onto a piece of fabric, cut the square out, and adhered it to the frame backing with spray adhesive.

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3. I hot glued 1/2 inch wood blocks (Michaels) onto the middle of the fabric backing for mounting.

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4. Next, I used 5x5 photos I had printed on Styrene (I used WHCC Labs) and hot glued them onto the block mounts.

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5. Secure back in frames. And Voila. New photo wall, highlighted nicely by crappy overcast lighting.

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And that little project right there was almost as good as sunshine.

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Congratulations to the Net Nanny Giveaway winners:

Comment #8, Emma: The 4th Juky is one of the things I miss most about living in CA! The pictures are lovely but the last shot is completely awesome! Glad that you had so much fun xx

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Bomboleo Necklace

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Left, La Coco Turquoise Bead Necklace with Paradise Brooch; Right, Silver Charm Base with Leaf Charm, Turquoise Briolette Charm, and Wishbone Charm.

Contact Amber directly and e-mail her your order at Yourstylist.amber@gmail.com and she will give you free shipping.

One commenter will be randomly selected from this post to win a $50 gift certificate to Amber's Stella & Dot store.

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I'm working on a few projects right now, some of which will make it to the blog soon. Stay tuned!

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We'll be back tomorrow!
Happy Day!

561 comments:

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Drvance19 said...

The legs hanging out of the chair, love it! She is changing all the time, with every picture you can see it. It kills how fast they change and grow and learn.

Scott and Jean Lucas said...

I love the idea of the picture frame project. I must get to the craft store pronto.
Thanks :)

B. Wilson said...

Beautiful necklace! I've been eyeing myself some necklaces from there.

Your girls are gorgeous. And the frames, creative! I'm sooo not crafty.

jenilu2 said...

Cute art project, I love that idea!!

barrysbites said...

Your daughters are absolutely beautiful!

carlotta said...

The beach photographed under such a grey sky gives it another, not as often seen, mysterious, quietly beautiful look. It's stunning. And I'd like to be like that lady someday too. I love it.

gillian said...

Love the photos. I now want to go outside and dance in a leotard and rain boots.

jen said...

the thought of the woman drifting in the ocean slays me. someday.
oh. and stella and dot? well ... since i've got myself a stella ... it would only seem appropriate that i take a look at stella and dot. huh?

Erin said...

Nella is always so happy!! It makes my heart smile to see her smiley little face!

Rachel Catherine said...

So excited about the frames. I need a good picture idea for my bridesmaids! I love the way you write with passion of life. We all need a little dose of that sometimes. Thanks for blogging!

jadedlovely said...

Sometimes the rain in summer can feel so blissfully different than fall or winter rain - it's often a nice break! Loved the post!

L INGRAM said...

I'm not the craftiest person out there but those frames put me in a creative mood! Love them!

PK said...

I love Stella & Dot!!! super cute & bold! Your picture project is something I could do to fill my office walls :) cute, cute cute

{ T G L } said...

I actually love seeing how the overcast sky blends into the sea. There's a mystery to it. But I can understand that if you actually have to endure that weather, you might yearn for some sunshine! :)

Ah, and those picture frames are SUPER cute. How original.

And your girls are adorable as ever. Love those stripey tights!

Blessings,
This Good Life

MSURachandNed said...

LOVE the frame idea... my new sewing machine was delivered today and I've been bitten by the crafting bug. Stay up late and sew? Don't mind if I do :)

nicole gabrielle said...

The turquoise in the jewelry is amazing!!! I'm a sucker for that color!

It's really refreshing to hear about that older woman enjoying and seeing Lainey dancing in the rain... I miss when my BFF & I used to "meet in the middle" of our homes to go puddle jumping and rain walking. I hope I can make sure my son learns the simple joys in life such as that!

morg8211 said...

I love your arts and crafts! I wish I had girls that would play with me!

Miss Jewells said...

I love your frame project! And Amber Silva's Stella and Dot store! :)

Deborah said...

I can relate to the mood the rain brings on. Not recently but April and May it rained almost every day here in Norther PA! However I must tell you I noticed in the adorable photo's of Lainy dancing in the driveway that gas sure does look Green!!!! I know thats not very Common this time of year in FL:) Also love the Jewlery!

Dee said...

Ballerina chic! Love the leotard!

Elisha Pape said...

Love the new picture frames! I may have to make a trip to Michael's myself! and those necklaces are gorgeous!

Jenny said...

I love the craft idea and Nella's striped tights : )

Debbie said...

It's a dull gray sky here too in New York...but even with the lack of sun, the tomatoes are growing like Nella...they are stretching and reaching the tops of their cages and tumbling over...hopefully soon the sun will turn them red and we can crush their juicy goodness while they are still warm.

Nella and Lainey are so beautiful, they inspire me.

Kendall said...

I'd like some of the rain, please! I think the beach looks beautiful, in a different sort of way, with the overcast skies. That second picture is my favorite.

Also, Nella is adorable. Love that smile!

The Whirling Dirvish said...

I want to be the lady floating in the ocean someday. Preferably alive while doing it. :) your frame project is awesome - I think I might steal it. :) Have a indoorsy, sunny day!

Kimberly said...

Beautiful pictures, as always! Your new 3D frames are gorgeous! And I love that story about the woman you met on the beach. People like that make my heart happy. :)

Lauren said...

I just LOVE the last shot of Nella!

Cara said...

I love the picture idea! Just fabulous. It's bookmarked :)

Kerry Molway said...

I just adore coming to your website. I visit it daily, hoping to catch a new post. I don't have any children yet so when I see something adorable you have done or the fabulous clothes you dress them in I obsessively take mental notes. As a fellow photographer I am jealous of the models that you get to shoot with each day ;). Can't wait to try out that picture frame idea!

Bugg's mama said...

Here in Utah, winter lasted into May!!!! Oh, the frustration of those winter-y blues!!!

No worries, though, girl, you've got it goin' ON!! You'll get past these downer days - press on!

Iris Murdoch said, "One of the secrets of a happy life is small treats."

So bake, that's what I do!

xoxo, love, Bree

Life with Kaishon said...

Your little chair climber us so cute. I adore shooting on overcast days. It's my favorite. Gray can be pretty. Sometimes too much color can make you sick.

Jennifer S said...

I adore the cloth doll that Nella is holding. So adorable! My little girl is a climber too, it is getting hard to keep her off of stuff!

Cynthia said...

I LOVE the frames! I wish I were crafty...but goodness knows I'm not...and probably won't be. Ah well...I will just glean the good ideas from people like yourself ;^)

Here's to some sun coming your way!

Life with Kaishon said...

P.S. Such a fun project.

katie said...

Loved your idea for the frames! Reading about your bad weather makes me feel right at home. I live in Oregon and we have had maybe 10 days of blue sky all year. It's been rough!

jessica.cagle311 said...

I would love to win a piece by Stella & Dot. Jewelry can be an instant pick-me-up, especially in a bright summer color like teal and coral :)

Emma said...

Those pictures are super cool and very creative......I'm pretty sure that mine wouldn't be anywhere near so attractive!!! x

Vicki said...

I love the picture frames. I'm always looking for new ways to display photos.

I often wonder what do you do with all of the photos you take? Do they stay on your computer and on discs? Or do you have a mountain of photo albums.

I've started making photo books for my daughter but haven't quite figured out what to do with all of the millions of other pictures I take of the husband, dog, cat, etc..

Andrea said...

great rainy day craft idea! love the 3d effect!

Melissa said...

I know all about the "overcast blahs". My husband and I just moved to the Seattle area and although it is BEAUTIFUL here after a few days of gray skies I get a bit crabby. I LOVE your Bamboleo necklace. :)

Nic said...

Stripey tights? Swoon.

Funky picture faming ideas? Stolen.

That jewellery? Love.

nsb8285 said...

The rosebud pattern on your overstuffed chair reminds me of the fabric of my favorite pj's when I was a kid. Now I want to climb into that chair, too.

Mia said...

I absolutely LOVE the frame idea!!! I think I may do that. I need to have some time to do stuff that I want to do. I"m kind of feeling the downer, not because of the weather, but because of a hectic schedule and lack of sleep. I need to do something to brighten up these walls.

nak008 said...

I LOVE your framing idea!!! I might just have to steal it! The jewelry is gorgeous as well.

Andy said...

Hi Kelle, how are you?
Excited to hear about the news.
Your pictures are amazing, as always.
I'm just helping my sister to plan my nephew's 1st birthday party. We're from Brazil, and here, kids parties are HUGE events. And I can't believe my little boy is turning 1. Time flies.
And now that I'm totally involved in party things, i got to think a theme party that I'd love to see you throwing for Lainey or Nella, "Alice in wonderland" your parties rock because you think about every little detail. Can you imagine what a party you'd throw?
Hahaha, jk.
God Bless.

LydLyd said...

LOVE the new photo wall, I think I've been inspired... I'm 38 weeks pregnant and this seems like something that doesn't require much moving :)

Sarah said...

Love the craft idea. Looks like some good rainy day fun!

Carrie said...

Living in New York City for the summer, I've really wanted to capture through photography the intricacies of the city. There's nothing like a rainy day to capture a little kid in a rain jacket and frog boots with an umbrella. What beautiful little girls you have and I read your blog daily because of your inspiring words that flow so well. Thank you for sharing your children and Down Syndrome with such an elegance! This summer I am learning a lot of DS at NDSS and I thank you for everything you do for that organization. Have a fantastic summer and I'm going to do your frame project because my college beige bedroom needs an oompf and I need a way to display the "capturings" of the city.

KalynErnest said...

I will definitely be doing those picture frames, I LOVE that idea!!

Miranda said...

You're crafty too? Is there anything you can't do ;)? I love Nella's striped leggings - too adorable. Also, I love rain. It's been dry here for a while and I like that if it rains, I don't have to do anything outside, ha!

D's Mom said...

Love, love, love your picture frame project. You have inspired me to try something similar!

Sunny said...

You are clearly making your own sunshine!

Abby said...

I swore I wouldn't comment on a giveaway post for awhile because I wouldn't want you to think I'm using you for your giveways when in reality I'm using you for so much more. (Like the frame idea I plan to completely swipe. And the pretty ballerinas & chair climbers. And your ability to appreciate the central FL ashtray skies we've had for like a month straight.) But I couldn't resist. ;)

Love, Chelsea said...

A nice swim in the rain sounds enchanting...and like a recipe for a lightening strike!

Terry said...

Love, Love, Love your "seize the day" attitude ... even when it's grey and dreary you find a way to bring sunshine to your world! Great frame project and your girls continue to bring smiles!

Summit of Glory said...

Bummed for u that u have no FL sunshine. Pooh. Great photo project. I'm a Michael's addict---I'm a "gold" member! Ha!

Melissa said...

Rainy day blues-I remember those.
Now in our blustery town of Ellensburg, WA we have windy day blues. I'm trying to find the joy in it!

Stephanie said...

It's been raining here {Atlanta} every afternoon as well...gives me the blues as well, so the second the sun comes out I am sitting on my back porch-usually enjoying dessert. Soaking it all up whenever possible! I think I need some rain boots like Lainey's though!

Emily said...

I LOVE their striped tights! =) Also loving the new color frames...I'm working on doing the same thing in our home right now!

Jen said...

God I want to live where you do. You make everything about the whole world so inviting and welcoming.
I agree with you, I want to be that woman. Someone who doesn't care what she looks like but just does something because her heart tells her too.

SarcasmInAction said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the framing idea! Thanks for sharing... I'm definitely gonna try it out!

Southern Gal said...

Look at that sweet little stinker in that chair!!

I love Nella's doll. Where did you get it? I'd love one for my granddaughter.

Katherine said...

I llove that first necklace, it's perfect! I hope I'm like that older woman too.

MGS4783 said...

Love your photos and your writing.

Ms. Flick said...

Love the picture frames. I hear ya on the the weather affecting your mood. We had 23 days straight of measurable rain where I live...and let me tell you, we were all feeling it! Your blog ALWAYS helped me put a positive spin on things, even on the worst days. Thanks so much! Sunny days ahead!

florest family said...

Those frames are so cute---what a great idea!

{elena} said...

I love the pictures of Lainey ballet-ing it up in the rain! She's a natural. :)

our clan said...

I love your blog!!! Your daughter has it right in the last four pictures. Nothing can touch you, not even the rain when you dance!!!

Megan said...

Hoping some sunshine heads your way soon. I don't do well with lots of rainy gray days.

However, that Stella&Dot jewelry just screams summer!

Oh, love both of the girls' tights. Nella's bold stripes and Lainey's sweet girly ones.

Inspiração Inesperada said...

Loved, loved the frames... and the story of the woman at the beach :)

Artesia said...

The rain is a nice change in weather and for the photography. The beach makes everything look beautiful. Loved the frames!

Marcie said...

I'm in Tampa Bay and I've over the overcast too... C'mon sunshine state!

Thanks for another great giveaway :)

CoyGirl said...

-Thank you for using the word "debeigeify."
-Nella is still a warm, little, snuggly kitten.
- I have been grumpy about the rain in Orlando as well. Today I got DRENCHED walking back to my car from the gym, and I was so mad- fuming in fact. "Florida summers are LAME!" is what I think I told my Mom on the phone immediately after. Maybe next time I will embrace it like Swim-In-My-Clothes-In-The-Rain-Beach Lady. Thanks for the inspiration. x

Katy said...

Your picture frame project is perfect. Thank you. I was looking for a way to bring a certain fabric into our kitchen, and now I know how.

The jewelry is great too.

Jamie said...

These pictures are incredible! I love the beach ones [even though it's overcast]

For Love of Cupcakes

Dani said...

I get super excited when I see a new post of yours! I'm inspired by you as a momma and as a person!

Yay for climbing on chairs!

Becca said...

The lady who jumped in the water reminds me of a book I just read-A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. I too want to be like her when I grow up! =)

Amy said...

LOVE that jewelry and would love a tiny (!) bit of that rain for my garden...summer afternoon showers are nice for nap time :)

swonch said...

LOVE the frame project!
beautiful pictures of your beautiful daughters as always!

Liz said...

I love your frame idea. Might have to steal it ;)

Caroline said...

Oh that Nella makes me smile! And to see her proud smile - just love it! Hang in there with those storms. We have brief afternoon storms that give me just enough of a fix and then they move on leaving in its wake a beautiful sun shining off little puddles.

Nico0ne said...

this blog was exactly what I needed today. My mood has been that of the weather you describe but you remind me to view life like the older woman you met :)

Julie said...

Great picture mounting idea! Thanks, I am going to take that info to my husband, the artist. And Nella climbing in the chair, legs sticking out...the best!

Cary said...

I love your new artwork! What a great idea and they look super!!

Housewifespice said...

On rainy days, we make cookies and read Oliver Pig. Colorful accessories help too. We are having gorgeous weather here in Chicago. Come visit!

josierenee@gmail.com said...

Love the picture frames...so creative :)

olivia said...

I love your posts and your pics!

Michal said...

Omg, I'm sooo all over that frame idea! Thanks for the easy how-to manual.

Your girls are heaven- love the ballerina in rain boots pics.

(Oh and I totally ran into a random Scentsy booth at a 4th of July fair, and bought of bunch of stuff- all thanks to you... well also thanks to their amazing stuff, but probably would not have walked over if you hadn't mentioned em here).

And... I HEART Stella and Dot jewelery... I was actually just looking at the site last week for some birthday gift requests (b-day is next wed) but maybe, JUST MAYBE, I will win them here? I never get randomly chosen, so I shall not hold my breathe.

Stay dry friend. And keep them projects comin.

KTemple said...

I absolutely love their website! The Charlotte Statement necklace has to be mine!

Megan Miller said...

I love that picture of nella climbing on the chair! priceless! Lil stripped legs sticking out. This weather has got me down also!! ughhh!!!

prettipenny said...

I am loving the frame idea, I have a on of pictures I have been meaning to frame, so I just might make these my next project!

Covey and Justin said...

I <3 those wicked witch of the East tights nella has. Something absolutely precious about little girls in tights.

Katie said...

The picture of Nella after the chair climbing is 'melt your heart' happy. And I love the little red headed doll she is carrying...I'm a red head and my baby girl is looking like she'll be a ginger too...i.am.thrilled.

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that DIY frame project! Maybe I'll take that on next.

PS - Turquoise is your color girl! That necklace just totally POPS on you!

Shauna said...

totally love those frames! but not as much as Nella's climbing abilities :)

Jen said...

Love it all. Especially the old lady rain swimming. Putting that on my to do list! (Along with getting one of those awesome necklaces)

Cathi Heilman said...

Rain Rain Go Away! I love Stella and Dot!

Jen said...

Love the necklaces. And Lainey in leotard and Hunter wellies.

Katy said...

Love those necklaces!! :)

*~*Simply.Kim*~* said...

Oh I am in love with that photo project! I can't wait to head to try it!

maggie said...

Looking at your post just now with my two year old...when your picture came up she asked if "that was mommy?" I guess it's my new bangs--

Either way.....that was the best compliment to me of the month! :) Love this blog! It's my new pick-me-up!

SAHM said...

those overcast skies remind me of home so much. My memories of the 'wet coast' consist of rainy, grey skied days. It's all good. A little yin and yang do a body good. Awesome picture frames! I love how you can think of these amazing ideas, that we can all steal!!!

Kelly Pious said...

Stella & dot? Yes, please! Love your photo project!

Lauren said...

LOVE the frames! you are so creative!

also love the necklaces. gorgeous.

Johnna said...

I love that photo frame idea. How creative!

Also, Nella's striped stockings are TOO CUTE!! :)

notfirstbutlast said...

Nice job on the frames! They look great! I love Stella & Dot. Their jewelry is really beautiful!

Amy said...

I love your new art project and the necklaces are beautiful! I wish we could some summer rain storms here in Northern California....its very, very HOT right now!!!

Smaychel said...

I love the photo idea! Fantastic. I've been looking for a way to put more photos of my family up on our walls and this is a great idea.

Here in Scotland it rains nearly every day. When it's warm, though, the rain can be lovely. And when it's cold, there's nothing like curling up next to the window looking out and listening to the rain.

Rachel said...

As always, LOVE your pictures, and those necklaces, WOW! LOVE

Maria said...

Beautiful necklace...but Nella still steals the shot! :) Red rainboots with ballet leotard....exactly what my Bella wears as well...even when its not raining! :)

Debby said...

I love the frames. I really want to try that.
The necklaces are beautiful.
Love
Nella in the chair and the playing in the rain.

kalah said...

i too would like to be the woman swimming with her clothes on. tonite i was the mother trying to convince the baby to not jump in the tub with her pajamas on! i will send a can of sunshine your way - MA has been non-stop sun these last few days!

Katie said...

I feel your gray sky blues. Today is the first dreary day we have had in NW Ohio in WEEKS and it is killing me! I should be working out, taking a walk, doing my dishes, and just plain being productive, but I got off work and headed for a nap instead. We can't be happy, creative, and productive all of the time, can we? Nahhhhhhh! P.S. LOVE the photo frame idea!

T.J. & Becca Wuth said...

That pic of Nella bent over in the chair with her tights made me laugh out loud, and let's face it- I needed it today! Thanks!

Kristen said...

The picture idea is genius! I love it!

cathy said...

we all need a little rain once in a while...

xoxo
cathy

Rachel said...

I went to a Stella and Dot party and loved that first necklace you are wearing! I could never afford it :) But, I liked it! I love your first few pictures especially #2. and I'd love to be that woman too!

Stephanie said...

So cute, love the new artwork! I would love to be so carefree to jump into the water and soak it up!

Alicia said...

ok! i'm totally ripping off that idea :) tooooo cute! i love that! i'll have to check out that website where you printed those pics...very cool. can't wait to see what else you've been working on!

kristen said...

I love the picture frame craft. Looks awesome and is so unique!

Loresa P. said...

You have many wonderful, creative ideas for your photos. Love them!

Isabella's Mommy.... said...

So sorry it's so gloomy there. Reminds of when we lived in NY. Sometimes it would be like that for a week at a time. It can get old really quick! Atlanta usually is a perfect mix, most of the time. ;-) Hope the sun shines on you soon!!

jeshiko said...

My youngest has started climbing up on our little chair. It looks a lot like yours but in a more manly brown leather. Check out my blog for a pic of him - poor guy had pneumonia and is feeling very sorry for himself.

HollyElise said...

Love Nella's thrilled face after the climbing-the-chair sequence! She's so wonderful :)

Kelley said...

I used my "me" time tonight to catch up on blog reading. I am so glad I happened by yours. I love the song playing. We've had a lot of rain in GA too. Hubby and I sat on the front porch last night during a heavy downpour and just enjoyed it. That hasn't happened in a long time. Some times you just have to slow down.

Kim said...

no matter what kind of day i have been having, seeing a new blog post from you brightens my day! your girls are amazing and it's so kind of you to let us all seem them grow and flourish.

Krysta said...

I love Stella and Dot!

Christina said...

Oh my, I love all of the necklaces in the "bold" category. I would wear the La Coco one every day. And great idea with the frames! Stylish and thrifty.

Leticia said...

I absolutely LOVE the rain....I am sooo jealous

PradaPrincipal said...

Ah, girlie - you inspire me to write. And to hug my kids more. And to take more pictures, and not just on my blackberry either. That'll do, girlie, that'll do. :)

Laura J. said...

Love, love, love the "pop up" picture frame idea. I so needed this to get inspired for my boys rooms!! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to more ideas soon.

Anna said...

What a great picture frame project! I just might try it! That picture of Nella smiling down on the floor in her stripey tights melts my heart!

Kimberly said...

I absolutely love the picture display. I might have to borrow this idea....not that it would be first. Thank you for the inspiration.

Emily said...

I love the pictures of Lainey in her leotard and boots. I spent many days in outfits like that. My mom would never let me wear my ballet slippers anywhere other than in the dance studio, so I was always wearing my leotard and tights with random shoes like cowboy boots, Mary-Janes and saddle shoes. She's adorable.

Leah Alexandra said...

I love that picture frame idea! I've been trying to slowly fill our walls with the many pictures I take, but this is a great way to shake things up! Love it!

Leah
www.lovelifeandmommyhood.blogspot.com

The Hartsfield Family said...

The old woman you met who was invited by the ocean to take a swim? She's inspiring.

She reminds me of myself in my teen years, and the nights where I'd gather with my friends at the beach for a bonfire. One minute we were enjoying the warmth of the fire and the next we were jumping in the ocean, just because it sounded fun. Because we could. Because our parents weren't there to tell us no. And I? I did it because made me feel like the daring, break-the-rules person that I wasn't. ;)

I will be that old woman someday too. Thanks for sharing that story!

Becky said...

I bet that was my grandma :) LOVE the pic project, thanks for sharing!

Hanna said...

Finding inspiration in the unexpected is always a challenge... I want to be that old woman too... floating on my back in the rain :)

Katie S said...

You can have our sun, it's HOT here!

Pinky said...

Love the picture frames, great idea!

Junebug said...

love your frame project!!!!

Shannon said...

loved the picture of Nella climbing the chair :) Just got back from a great time up in Michigan, thats where the sunshine escaped to. Lake Michigan was dreamy

mistybeth said...

I love so much about this post....
The lady who jumped in the ocean, the frames, and those beautiful necklaces!!

Megan said...

LOVE the photo display, I might just have to copy you! It has been gloomy here in NC every afternoon all week! Hoping for a little sunshine to brighten my mood up a little!

Kathleen said...

I love the picture fram craft idea...I love being crafty! And I love stella and dot but I'm on a teachers salary so a giftcard would be awesome :)

Love reading your blog and seeing your sweet girls!
-Kathleen Alfano

Lynne said...

Lainey's red boots with the pink outfit are too cute! I could use a pair of rain boots myself these days, we have had more than our share here of that wet stuff.
thanks for the chance to brighten up these rainy days with some great Stella and Dot pieces!

Jackie said...

Thank you for sharing your art project! We'll be heading to Michael's tomorrow to try one of our own :) Sending some sunshine from MN your way!

Callie said...

You GO NELLA GIRL!!!! Get your climb on superstar!

Jill said...

I just re-did my picture wall this morning and it is a little blah - thanks for the great idea for adding some color and fun!

Michelle said...

Alas! My boys ended up going to summer camp this week, during the most summer rain So. California has ever had. At least it will make memories!

Natalia Jean Sansosti said...

This feels a little weird and backwards to say but... sending you sunshine from sunny Ohio! :-) Even the most steadfast optimist is entitled to a few "blah" days - they make the radiance of the sunny days (as in, sunny inside and out) that much more noteworthy!

BTW - absolutely going to steal the photo frame idea for the blank space above Nattie's crib, which has been bugging me for, oh, I don't know, 17 months or so! THANKS!!!!

Amy said...

I love the new photo wall - I've been inspired to take "artsy" pictures lately so to not spend $100 at Kohls on pictures of a tree :) Those frames would go perfect with my new nature shots!

Stunningly Sweet said...

My 3 month old screamed all day today; I think she's coming down with something and my 18 month old tried on some sassy pants. Gosh I love them; I really do. My husband came home late from work, took the girls and told me to read "that blog that you like so much, you know the one that relaxes you and makes you so happy". I gladly did; and on this day it was refreshing to hear your ashtray comment! Thank you for not hitting backspace.

theenglishgirl said...

Love love LOVE the pictures of Nella's legs on the chair, with her little hand at the top!
You look quite the ballerina modeling the jewelry.

AWS said...

thank you for being here, and thanks for calling them gray skies. it helps to know there are others seeing the same sky.

amyuhl said...

What an ADORABLE photo idea..must copy! :-)

Victoria said...

gloomy days always make you happier for the days that are sunny though :)

i love all those colorful pieces of jewlery!!

way nella for mastering climbing!! what a doll she is :)

craftymama said...

Love the new frames.....went to the dentist today and saw a little guy with downs.....smiled and thought of you the other day. He was playing the wii and smiling ear to ear. Hang in there,,,,you have to have rain to enjoy the beauty of the sun.

jkluke said...

I love the leaf necklace. The rainy weather makes for pretty sidewalks. I may have to try the photo project:)

Strongmomma said...

I could use a lovely little present for myself ;)...I am not ashamed to admit it!!!

joeltrista said...

Love Nella's little belly hanging over her shorts in the last picture and the way she has her doll embraced under her arm!

Gina said...

even your gloomy rainy day pictures are fabulous! Love that frame project - I just might have to try that!!

mama marchand said...

Oh, I just love your frames! What a fabulous idea.

I love the beach and the rain but have never experienced them together. :)

Marjorie said...

You're so creative! Love those frames.

lala said...

LOVE the new frames! I need to spruce up our walls. What a great idea!

Meredith and Jason said...

I love the picture frame idea... and it looks like something that even someone as un-crafty as me might be able to do!

Crystal said...

We have been living in a constant strain of rain up here in BC:) we get a speck of sun and then it's gone! But the good news Is it's suppose to be back tomorrow; to the lake we go!!!

Emily said...

Love your new photo display. Wish I had the time to make some. Gorgeous jewelry too!

Sorry about the dreary weather...day one is kind of refreshing, but once you get to day three it's just a bummer. Here's hoping you get some sunshine soon.

hope said...

that photo idea is brilliant! i'll have to try it out for myself! :)

lori said...

LOVE the story about the woman on the beach. i want to be like her, too.

Roz H said...

i love the frame project and will definitely give it a shot this summer! i just purchased new fabric in azure blue, turquoise and burnt amber to add oomph to my space, as well...scrapbook paper would work well as a background to the photos, too. :)

Jess said...

Love the dancing in the rain! We all need to do this I think.

Kat ~* said...

Love your Photo displays!
The pictures of Nella getting into the chair are the best! Gotta' love baby's and their persistance :)

The Gustafson Family said...

I love those turquoise necklaces! I am a firm believer in great jewelry, especially as I have changed sizes many times in the past 3 years. Jewelry always fits!

Roksalanna said...

I love the way you've captured the beautiful rainy mood of the beach and have shown how lovely this can be. xo

summer said...

we had so much rain this spring - and now we are on vacation and the rain is still around! the glass half-full mentality is ideal, but it does take work to keep it up day after day! Hope you get the real sun to peek out soon, until then your projects are great - hope you walk by it every hour and smile with how great they look!

ashillingburg said...

Your writings everyday brighten my day up---you are an inspiration, and such a "ray of sunshine". BTW...I LOVE, LOVE that necklace!!!

beck said...

hang on little tomato...that sun will be right back! ;)

Shelly said...

The woman, who lived in the moment, on the beach...someday I want to caste all cares to the wind and bathe in the richness of the sea. Like Miss Rumphius, the book. Keep Smiling:)

Lindsay said...

Love the craft. And LOVE the doll Nella is holding...where did you get it?

rachel said...

the picture frame idea is genius. hope you don't mind, but i'm totally copying! with proper credit of course :-)

Susan said...

Would love to have some of your rain. Enjoy it! The frame project is fabulous and I would love to try it. I especially love the jewelry. Will have to check out her website.

Kristin said...

As a Washington state girl from heart, I can appreciate the gray you're having. :)

Also, as always, your girls are so cute. As is that turquoise necklace.

lau_benard said...

First time poster who has a new grand baby and loves to watch little ones grow. I appreciate the "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade martinis" attitude you have.

OhanaMama said...

Be that woman TODAY, Kelle.

Enjoy!

Schwartz said...

I've come to appreciate the varied shades of gray as they compliment so many other colors, say violet? It also helps that both violet and gray are the middle names of my daughter and son. :) Wishing you some sunshine soon to help cheer up your day and bring you inspiration!

Mike and Amanda said...

oh my goodness, i want one of those necklaces! they are amazing. i know i'm out of the country, but can i win, and the gift be sent to my mom to bring me when she visits? that would be fab. and i totally want to do that photo project. next on my list, for sure!

Jessica said...

AGHH That rainy weather has been pushing its little ol self into Tennessee. I am not a fan. I can handle a rainy day, even love them for all the cleaning I get done. But raining for a week straight? No thank you.

Although I tend to get crafty when it rains like this and I love those frames. I may steal your idea! Super cute. Love that first S&D Necklace!! Heres to hoping for some sunshine for the both of us!

annelise said...

Spending some time at an empty beach is the perfect way to while away time. And I adore the thought of the woman diving in, clothes and all, just because it looked so inviting!

Amber's designs are beautiful. I'm on a real turquoise kick at the moment and I particularly love the necklace with the leaf. Gorgeous.

Melissa said...

You have a beautiful way of finding sunshine on a cloudy day! Look forward to learning about your new projects :)

Melissa

Señorita Carolina said...

Your photo of the sea turtle sign brought back sweet memories of when my grandparents took me to see a Loggerhead lay her eggs on the beach in Florida when I was about 8. Thanks so much for the beautiful inspiration that your blog brings!

Michelle said...

Oh what us Texans would do for some rain about now. We are on day (i lost count) of blinding dry heat. My spring planted backyard haven is about dead and our water bill is getting harder to hide from the hubby. I'm loving the frames...I too am on the lookout for some budget friendly ways to feather my nest.

Heather Bisson-Simpson said...

Oh my gosh I ADORE those framed pictures. We just bought a house and I've been trying to figure out how to display some of our photographs, thanks for the inspiration!

The Wickman Family said...

I love your blog! You are such an inspiration in all things mothering, style and crafting. Thank you! I'm a huge Stella and Dot fan, have several items from the La Coco line. Such fun jewelry.

M said...

I love Nella's legs and the chair! My daughter does the same thing and it amazes me every time.

Maura

Lindy said...

Those frames look great!

Amy Parris said...

I live in Georgia. What I wouldn't give for three days of rain. Regardless of the light, your pictures are always beautiful, as is your attitude towards life.

brooke said...

just browsed through the shop and there is some great stuff! i fell in love with the Camilla Ring!

Ben & Jess Buehner said...

Love love love the photos! I am going to have to male some asap :-)

Jaclyn Hicks said...

I completely understand the monotony of the weather, except here in Texas, we are dry to the bone. We haven't seen rain around these parts in months, and the temperature has lingered at 110 for months. Too hot to be outside, and I love being outside!!!

Love all your sweet pictures....your attitude is one I should try to adopt, but fail sometimes to observe.

Ah well, tomorrow is another day and I still have time to turn this one around!

Sending some of our sunshine your way!

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