Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Sale!

Happy Friday, guys! I've been working on lots of stuff behind the scenes--I'll share an update soon--but in the mean time, I decided to have a fall sale to help make room for new things! Use coupon code "PUMPKIN" to save 20% on everything in my Etsy shop through the weekend.

This week has flown by, and I still have many things yet to cross off my to do list, but I'm looking forward to some beautiful weather over the next couple of days and maybe taking a day trip to see some fall foliage. What are you up to?

P.S. A random thing has been happening lately when I reply to comments; it shows up for a second and then disappears. I'm not quite sure why that's happening, and I am still able to reply via email, so it's not a big deal. Just thought I'd mention it in case someone out there has had a similar issue and knows how to fix it? I tried google and couldn't find anything that helped. xo

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Let's Take a Walk

On Sunday, we ended up in Georgetown after running some errands and decided to walk around and see if we could spy some changing leaves. Fall color seems to have come on slowly in our area, and even though there's still a lot of green left, it's starting to look really pretty! I can't wait until all the trees are dazzling reds, oranges, and yellows; it's my absolute favorite time of year to take a walk.

The Edes House in Georgetown, Washington, DC
Of course, there were lots of cute pumpkins and Halloween decorations to see too.

Halloween decorations in Georgetown, Washington, DC

I think next weekend we're going to drive out somewhere in the country or the mountains to see more autumn color. It's such a tricky thing to plan because you never know when peak color will hit. But I got some more film for my yashica, and I'm super excited to try to get some good nature photos. I definitely need more practice with that camera, and that's as good excuse as any to get out of the city for a little while.

Have the leaves changed in your neighborhood?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Forgotten Film

I got back my first roll of film from an old yashica I bought at Good Will a year or two ago. It took me a loooong time to finish that roll. I sort of forgot it was in there, and I hadn't picked up that camera in months. But I finally did finish it on our trip to Dinosaur Land, and I got my prints back last week. I had zero expectations because I wasn't even sure if the camera worked, so I'm pretty happy that a few came out ok. Anyway, here are really random shots from the last year or so; I don't even remember where I was when some of these were taken!

I definitely want to get some more film and try again. I wish photography wasn't such an expensive hobby, though. If anyone has a good source for film or processing, I'd love recommendations. xo, Mary

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Taking the Scenic Route

We've been passing by lots of beautiful countryside on our mini road trips lately. I always want to take photos, but oftentimes there isn't really a convenient or safe place to pull off the road. But on this particular day, I did pull off on a side road and get out of the car. The cutest houses dotted lush, green hills, and in the distance I could see what looked like a little village with a church and more houses. On the other side of the road, sheep and goats grazed, and there were tons of big, beautiful trees. I can only imagine how amazing these views must be when the leaves change colors or when the hills are blanketed in snow. Sometimes I forget what a beautiful part of the country I live in until I look back at photos I've taken. All the more reason to keep exploring and keep shooting. xo, Mary

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Today's Finds

Handmade fingerless gloves from Sudrishta

Handwoven wool blanket from TexturableDecor

Ceramic mug from Julia Smith Ceramics

Felted cat cave from ShpilkaFelt

Vintage fair isle sweater from MaisonW

Last weekend the temperature dropped down to the 30s with me staring at a closet full of summer skirts and short-sleeved tops, so needless to say it was a chilly wake up call that I need to replenish my stockpile of tights, sweaters, blankets, and cozy things! (Thankfully, the temperature has climbed back up this week because we'd rather wait a few more weeks before turning on the heat, and as an 80-year-old lady, I tend to run cold anyway.) I have started scouring the internet for new things, but typical to me, haven't ordered anything yet. It seems a lot of stores still have lighter sweaters and thin-ish layers in stock? It's hard to find thick, warm sweaters these days anyway. If anyone knows a good shop or brand, I'll gladly take recommendations. What I really need is a human-sized cat cave, with maybe enough spare room to squeeze in a good book. :)