LOVE this iPhone camera app I just found called myFilm. I love the tilt-shift look; I think this does it better than the Tilt Shift Generator app.
Admission: I’m a serial crafter. I take arts and crafts very seriously, and you’ll have to pry the hot glue gun out of my cold, dead fingers before I stop. So on that lovely note, last Christmas I made some headbands to sell at the Hoffman Media employee craft fair for some extra cash. I used some French silk remnants I had laying around and threw in some velvet and feather trims and a good vintage button here and there. I slapped a pretty reasonable price tag on them and a couple hours later I was totally sold out and with some orders for more! I just finished filling a couple more orders, and since I’ve never had a proper photo taken of them, I recruited Kimberly and Kamin and their tilt-shift lenses (aka Small Sexy), and with some extra help from Jessica, had a some lovely shots! Thanks so much guys!
I’m so in love with my plastic toy camera. Love this photo I shot with it a couple months ago of the gorgeous Irish landscape! That sunlight reflecting off the water…oooh snap.
“if you haven’t noticed, i’ve got nothing to say. and actually, that’s inaccurate. i’ve got plenty to say, but only a limited amount of time and energy to say it with. oh and i have to say stuff in lots of other places. so it’s not that i don’t care. it’s just that i am out of film, short on time and low on energy.”
Here, here. I just returned from Ireland (refreshed and exhausted at the same time), I’m tapped out creatively, my nerves are fried, I’m anxious and stressed 24/7, and I’m tired of people hurting my feelings, letting me down, and taking advantage of me. It’s just gotten me really down. I love blogging, I love sharing my thoughts and creativity with people who appreciate those thoughts and creativity, but lately, it’s just hard and I don’t have any motivation to keep putting myself out there.
Baked in Birmingham won’t go away; I’m not going to end something I love doing just because some people like to rain on my parade. But I think my break here will continue for a little while. Stay with me, and come back when things are going swell again. I’ll be baking my little heart out in the meantime, and hopefully take some pictures along the way. In the meantime, if you’re the praying type, then you know what to do.
It’s been below freezing for almost a solid week here in Birmingham. I love cold weather (mostly because I love cold weather apparel and accessories), but lately I’ve really just been dreaming of being in other places, more beautiful, warmer, and fabulous places. Like, hmmm…maybe it’s time for me to go back to Capri?
Over these last couple days while I’ve been on my (desperately needed) vacation, I keep thinking about what was significant in my life in 2009. (From a market/trend standpoint of course; 4 of my best friends having babies, going to Italy twice, my awesome job that I’m so thankful to have, my friends and family, etc., all go without saying!) 2009 has been a really amazing year (albeit so busy I’ve barely had time to breathe!)
So I compiled these fun boards! Enjoy!
1. Jadeite, jadeite, jadeite: I’ve always loved it, but this year I can’t stop collecting it! Every time I see a big collection at an antique store my eyes glaze over and there is a good chance I have drool on my chin. My favorite piece I found was two little egg cups. Does it count if I stole them from my mom? (image via Country Living)
2. Babycakes cookbook: XOXOXO to the girls on BabycakesNYC. Vegan baking is such a fun challenge! If you’re a friend of mine, chances are high you’ll benefit from my experimental baking from this book in 2010.
3. French macarons: If you follow this blog even a little bit, then you’re well aware than 2009 was the year of the French mac for the whole of the baking blogosphere + myself. Hooray for macs! (image via Paulette)
1. Roll tide baby! My Alma Mater is going all the way this year! Watch out Texas, we’re gonna bring it at the National Championship on Thursday. In 2009 I got to go to the Tennessee game (famous for Mount Cody’s “Rocky Block”) and to the LSU game, where I had the “privilege” of sitting right next to the LSU fun section. It was obnoxious when were losing in the first half, but pretty awesome when we screamed the Rama Jamma cheer at them.
2. Toms: Every pair you buy gets a pair for a child in need. And they’re comfortable. Win-win! I ended up with 3 pairs in 2009 because I walked my first 2 to death. I know they’re a fad, but I think they have more staying power than say…2005′s Croc phase? *shutter*
3. Marcy Playground: Always been a fan, but ever since my husband took me to see them back in July, I’ve been listening to not only their comeback album, Leaving Wonderland…In a Fit of Rage, non-stop, but all there other ones as well. I hope their reunion is here to stay!
4. Chuck: Monday nights at 7pm, guess where I am? Yeah, in front of my television watching this Converse-wearing nerd saving the world. Zachary Levi…I mean, Chuck, you can save my life through a serious of slapstick circumstances anyday!
1. High-waisted skirts: Totally cute and totally hides all those extra calories I’ve accumulated in 2009. Throw in a belt and you’re golden. (This outfit via Heidi Merrick)
2. Woven button-down shirts + chino shorts: If it’s above 70 degrees, this is what you’ll find me in. It became my summertime uniform this year! (This outfit via J. Crew.)
3. Wayfarer sunglasses: been popular for about 25 years now, but I got my first pair (with prescription lenses anyway) back in the summer for my Italy trip. Love them. Can’t live without them.
4. Skinny jeans: Specifically deLiA*s dark wash Morgans. Dress ‘em or down, they always look chic. They look good with virtually any shoe (my favorite is a metallic gladiator sandal). I like wearing them on casual Fridays here at work; they make me feel like I hold on to my rock-n-roll roots even when I have to be professional.
5. Flowery and feathery headbands: I started wearing them a little bit in late 2008, but nary do I leave my house without one these days! I even started making them, and maybe I’ll have an Etsy shop open soon!
I’m curious to see what things I become obsessed with in 2010! Bring it on!
Sure, they stayed covered up by a glass half the time, but that’s no excuse to have unsightly coasters. I love these from Fishs Eddy, one of my favorite e-tailers ever!
Sorry for my absence, especially on the heels of the most fun week ever here at BinB. Man, last week was one for the record books as far as stress level goes, but I always find that looking at something gorgeous almost always makes me feel as least a little better. So for today, Ladurée‘s macaron menu. Sigh. What I wouldn’t give to be eating macs at a gorgeous Parisian patisserie right now.
It’s a Halloween twofer today, folks! My friend Chantel and her boyfriend Tyler have started brewing their own beer. I’m fascinated by it. What an awesome hobby! Some people knit, I bake, and Chantel makes beer. Rad. A few weeks ago I tried some of her pumpkin ale, and while I’m the first to admit that I’m not a beer connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination, I really enjoyed this! She was gracious enough to brew some more for me for Saturday’s Halloween party, and if you ask nicely, she might even brew some for you!
(Gorgeous photo by nonother than Kamin Willliams, who seems to be having a down day, so go to her blog and tell her how fabulous she is!)