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Monday, January 31, 2011

movie inspiration: "finding neverland"

over the weekend i watched "finding neverland"... i hadn't seen it in a while & i was reminded of what a wonderful movie it is! the acting is obviously amazing, with johnny depp & kate winslet. & it is SO beautifully filmed! it really is such a sweet story. & yes, it's a bit sad, but in a really beautiful way... maybe these photos will show a little bit of it's loveliness, but if you haven't seen it,
i think it is definitely worth the time! :)
"finding neverland" is a semi-biographical film about j.m. barrie, the writer of "peter pan". it tells of his life & of his inspiration behind the story of "peter pan". this film was nominated for several academy awards.
i love it because it's a beautiful story that teaches us that we never have to loose our imaginations, no matter how old we get...
& that we shouldn't always be in such a hurry to grow up.
"a bit of silliness" is always good! :)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

a few photos from my weekend...

saturday breakfast: blueberry crumb muffins... yumm.

me & my sister, browsing my favorite antique shop! always so fun!

the beautiful vase i bought from the antique shop for $5!!

i filled it with bright orange tulips... i love them!
please come soon spring...

& my cutie-pie doggie, just for fun!

Friday, January 28, 2011

early morning...

i love the feeling of early mornings. they are so quite & the air feels crisp & new. plus, it's a great time to take photos. these shots are from wednesday morning, i got up & took my kodak duaflex & canon digital slr out for a mini photo shoot! it was amazing...

the last photo is a part a new project that i have recently started...

lately, i feel like i have been in a bit of a photography rut, so i decided to start a "365 photo challenge"! after seeing some inspiration from laney butler's 365 on flickr (i always love her photos), i decided that it would be a good idea! so this is my goal... i want to try to push myself for creativity & maybe learn more photo skills along the way. i have always wanted to do this before, but it's a lot of pressure to take/post a photo everyday... to be honest, i am afraid i may not be all that great at it... BUT i am going to try anyway... i will be posting all of my photos here, & sometimes i will share my favorites on my blog...

i hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

& the WINNER is...

first of all, i would like to thank all who entered the giveaway for the hand-knitted forever scarf, made by me! you are all great & i am so blessed to have you following my blog! :)

now, on to the WINNER............ gave me this number:
so that means...
is the winner!!

Congratulations Haley! :)
send me an email {} with your mailing information & you will receive you new hand-knitted forever scarf soon!!

thanks again to everyone who entered. i am sorry if you didn't win or if missed entering the giveaway, but there will be more fun giveaways down the road... so keep following my blog! :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

just a little reminder...

there are only a couple of days left for you to enter to win
this hand-knitted forever scarf... made by me ♥
you have until the end of tomorrow.
(january 26th at midnight, MT)
the link above will take you to the "official giveaway post", on my blog.
there you will post your comment(s) in order to be entered to win!
it's easy! :)

Monday, January 24, 2011


Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

design inspiration: light & bright

i love a space that is filled with light...
& i spotted this beautiful home on
it is a cape cod–style cottage, in california
it was featured in House Beautiful this month (february issue)
designer Alexandra Angle  
photography Victoria Pearson
i especially love the kitchen.
my favorite is the exposed shelves, instead of typical cabinets!
& the colors are so pretty!
oh, what a lovely space... :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

yesterday {instant film}

"& today is all you've got now.
& today is all you'll ever have.
don't close your eyes..."
i love these instant film shots that i took yesterday...
happy memories from a good day! :)

"this is your life, are you who you want to be?"

& don't forget to enter my giveaway >>>

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

a few things...

> last night, i finished reading the lost memoirs of jane austen, & i really enjoyed it! it was a sweet story, with a blend of fact & fiction, on jane austen's life... there were a couple of quotes at the end that i loved...
"i believe there is a kind of happiness to be found in everything in life, in all that is good & pleasing, as well as in that which is sad or poignant."
"i have come to believe, in the end, that there is no shame in truth, only freedom; & that, in time, every tale has a right to be told." -quotes by syrie james

> yesterday, i got a pretty new light pink nail polish, it is supposed to smell like cotton candy when it's dry!! can't wait to try it!! :)

> i am starting a new Bible study, next week!! & i am excited!

> we are supposed to get 1-2" of snow tonight... & it makes me think of this pretty music video...

> click here to enter my giveaway, for a cute hand-knitted scarf...

Monday, January 17, 2011

winter giveaway: a cute & cozy scarf

it has been a while since i have offered a giveaway, so i figured now would be a perfect time to have one!! & because it is winter, i thought it would be fun to giveaway one of my hand-knitted scarves!
this giveaway is for:
a hand-knitted forever scarf, in misty blue
{pictured below}
 this is a circular forever scarf. it can be hung around your neck to be long & skinny, or it can be wrapped around your neck twice, for more warmth! the yarn is bulky; 85% wool & 15% mohair.

to enter the giveaway, just leave me a comment to this post!
& tell me what your favorite thing is about winter??
for extra entries you can:
+1 be a follower of my blog
+1 share about this giveaway on your blog
+1 visit my etsy shop & tell me what your favorite item is
(you must leave an additional comment for each extra entry)
this giveaway will end on January, 26th!


Sunday, January 16, 2011

over the weekend: the mountains

this weekend, i took a drive up to the mountains, with my mom & sister, in my mom's brand new car! we even took my doggie! :) there was a lot of snow, but it was a really nice day! we "hiked" around a little bit & my doggie loved it so much! on the way home, we stopped & got baskin robin's ice cream, my favorite! :) 
it was a fun day & i was glad to actually get out my camera & take a few photos...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

i love these words...

^ a photo of yesterday's sunset, taken with my fuji instax mini

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

inspired by: watercolor

i love watercolor paintings! they are so bright & colorful! i just discovered a wonderful watercolor artist on etsy, so i wanted to share some of her paintings... they give me the hope of spring, in the middle of this snow & winter... i know it's pretty early to be thinking about spring, but i am anyway... :)

her lovely shop is: Watercolor By Muren

Thursday, January 6, 2011

inspired by...

...this photo shoot.
it was styled by her & photographed by her
& i think it's really cute!

new in my etsy...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

resolution: read more books.

i don't have a set list of "new years resolutions", but i would say that one of them is to read more!
reading makes us grow & learn! it definitely should be an important part of our daily lives!
i love to read! ♥

here's what i am currently reading:

i got the lost memoirs of jane austen by syrie james from the library recently, because i love jane austen! i wasn't sure what it was all about, but since i started reading it, i have been loving the story!
(i am about halfway through) it is a "historical fiction" about jane's life, love, & writing. it is really fun to learn more about her, through a light-hearted fictional story!

the other book i am loving right now is more last-minute knitted gifts by joelle hoverson of the purl bee. a current goal for me is to be able to successfully knit from reading patterns. in the past, i have only done the basic knit & purl stitches straight through to make a simple scarf or hat. i really want to learn how to do more interesting stitches! which is why i am so excited that my mom got me this book for christmas! it has tons of beautiful projects, for all skill levels, that are broken up into chapters based on how long they will take. i have already started a scarf from the book, called the "big lace scarf". it repeats 4 rows, so the pattern is pretty easy! i am not always good at keeping track of where i'm at, but it has gone pretty good so far. :) here is a picture of the project i am working on now! it's so pretty!

another one of my big goals for this year is to read something from the bible everyday! i often use our daily bread, because it gives a short devotional along with a verse & additional scripture you can read too! i like that it is short, because then i can try to meditate more on the selected verse(s). & i can take it one day at a time! also, i will be starting a new beth moore bible study on daniel, later this month & i always grow so much through reading her studies, so i am excited for that! :)

there are so many great things to read out there!
what are you reading right now?