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Mishmash and Uncle Looey

19 Jun

June 18 – Mishmash and Uncle Looey (and the accidental DIY)

I have a thing for old books. They’re fun to read, and they’re fun to decorate with. A few months ago, I read a blog post about making a journal out of an old book. (FYI: This is from one of my favorite blogs, and I’ve not added it to my Internet Favorites list yet, so you should check it out.)

So of course, I went through my apartment, looking at all my old books and picked out the perfect one to journal-ize. A children’s book called Mishmash and Uncle Looey was the winner. I made the journal some time ago, but I kept the pages I cut out for a later project.

Yesterday while Dustin was computer-ing I picked up the stack of pages and cut out our letters. I didn’t have any plans for the letters, but Dustin liked them and suggested framing the letters individually with black frames. So that’s our plan.

And that’s the story of how Mishmash and Uncle Looey became an accidental wall art DIY.

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Mixed-matched hodge podge

18 Jun

Dear Blog World, I haven’t forgotten you.

I started the week with a to-do list that I was confident I would never be able to finish.

And then my laptop and I got into an argument mid-week (coincidently, mid-to-do-list). I decided it was time to end our 5-year relationship. I quickly rebounded with a new desktop, finished the to-do list, and ended the week on top.

In the midst of all this computer drama,  I didn’t keep up with blogging and now I don’t know what photos I took when. I tried to keep take a photo every day, but everything is kind of jumbled.

So this is post is kind of a hodge-podge, mixed-match catch up sort of post. I’m kind of sorry. But I’m kind of not, because I think it will be fun and kind of a life lesson in disguise. It’s good to forget plans and live life as it comes every now and then.

Enjoy the carefree, date-less post!

We found a new (to us) local pizza place. It’s wonderful.

I’ve been taking pictures of patterns a lot lately. I told you about my strange photography phase in the last post.

Dustin and I were searching out frozen custard, and in the process of turning around in a store’s parking lot, we discovered the largest flea market/antique store in Missouri. We spent an hour browsing and only looked through a fourth of the store before it closed for the day. I bought this fun blanket, and we went back the next day. The best thing about this store is that there were a lot of really cool things, and very few “who bought this to begin with” things.

Our balcony has an increasing bird population. They like to play in our flowers and hang out on our railing. At first I thought it was some sort of strange fluke, but they’ve been back every day for almost a week.

One night this week I was playing with my camera on the balcony while talking to Dustin who was playing video games just inside the door.

The lighting was wonderful, and I was having fun taking photos of my plants, my dog, my balcony furniture. But let’s be honest, there’s a limited number of things one can take a photo of on a small balcony, so I at one point I was taking pictures of my feet with the grass in the background.

And then the lady who lives on the first floor drove up and asked if I was taking surveillance photos.

And at that point I realized that maybe what I was doing came across as extra-creepy.

I’m not creepy, I’m just weird. And awkward.

It’s really not a creepy photo.

Well, unless you think feet are creepy.

But I quit taking photos for the night, and I’ve been making an effort to be more conscious of my surroundings.

That’s my awkward story for the week. Have you had any sharable awkward moments lately?

Life Lately

9 Jun

Life lately has been busy. And wonderful. And stressful. And fun.

June 6- Patterns

I’ve been photographing patterns a lot lately. It’s a phase.

Some people go through food phases and eat a lot of sandwiches. Some people go through clothing phases and wear jeans and T-shirts almost every day. I go through photo phases and photograph all the patterns I see. It’s a quirk.

June 7 – And then I joined my generation

I downloaded the Instagram app on my iPad a few months ago. I played with it for about five minutes, decided it didn’t live up to the hype and didn’t touch it again.

But then on Thursday I gave it a second try. I’m pretty sure I love it now. If you want to follow me, then you should. I only have 4 followers right now, and that’s kind of lame. My username is mrsktbarton.

June 8 – Good Intentions

Friday consisted of non-stop work, until about 3:15 p.m. And then I decided my weekend was going to start early. I abandoned my responsibilities for a tuna sandwich and a conversation with my husband. It was a good trade.

Of course, around 11 p.m. I realized I still hadn’t taken a photo. So, I searched my house for something photogenic and found my flowers. I thought they looked nice, glowing in the window reflection and back lit by the street lights. But, now that I’m looking at it again, the photo really just seems creepy.

You can’t always be a winner, guys. And really, however creepy my flowers look they’re still 10 times more photogenic than a tuna sandwich. You should be thanking me right now.

June 9 – Do-nothing Saturday

Today was a wonderful do-nothing Saturday. Dustin brought me an iced coffee while I was still in bed, and he ventured out to buy breakfast ingredients. (We aren’t very diligent grocery buyers, so we’re out of normal things like eggs and milk a lot.) After we enjoyed our breakfast on the balcony, we abandoned our plans and goals and just let the day happen. Nothing is more wonderful on a Saturday.

100 percent fun

6 Jun

June 6 – 100 percent fun

I found a fun surprise in my mailbox yesterday afternoon.

Corrie, one of my oldest childhood friends is working on a Disney Cruise Ship right now, traveling the world and having all kinds of fun adventures.

She sent me a moose-themed package from Alaska. I absolutely love everything in it. In case you didn’t know, I absolutely love moose (meese in the plural).

The upper-right corner of the oven mitt label says “100% fun”, which perfectly describes the package.

Aren’t friends wonderful?

And to end this post, here’s a photo of us from an elementary school birthday party.

Busy. Busy. Busy.

4 Jun

Last week was eerily quiet here at Living With the Birds, a sign that my non-blogging life has been anything but.

Tuesday I began my newest project: launching a new lifestyle magazine. The company that owns the magazine already has several successful magazines in other cities, and this magazine will be following the same format as the other magazines, so a lot of the work is already done. But, there’s still a lot to be done.

I’ve been working part-time with the legal magazine I was with before this new project came along. I will be there in the mornings, and my afternoons will be dedicated to the new magazine. And there will be a few freelance projects and blog posts mixed in with everything else.

I’m getting the opportunity to work on wonderful, fun projects, and my resume is going to have some great new additions.

It’s going to be a busy season for sure, but I couldn’t be more excited for it.

May 30 – Crackers

For a household of two (plus a dog), we eat a lot of crackers. All of these cracker boxes were sitting on her counter Wednesday night. I’m pretty sure there’s part of one box left four days later.  Wednesday was our turn to take snacks to small group, and two of the boxes went with us to accompany the Reuben dip that Dustin made. Even with that considered, we still eat a lot of crackers.

May 31 – Pen Pal fun

I just started writing letters to my first pen pal. I’ve been exploring all kinds of stationary supplies, and I just discovered this fun decorative tape. It comes in a variety of designs and is great for jazzing up your paper — if you’re in to that kind of thing.

I’ve found the tape at Target and on Etsy.

June 1 – Weekend Transformation

Weekends always change the dynamics of our home quite a bit. During the week our lives consist of sleep, work, and a tiny bit of conversation with each other. Weekends are almost always filled with friends, family, and an abundance of activities. This weekend brought a few family members, several adventurous outings, and several hours spent playing Killer Bunnies.

My sister has recently discovered Transformers, which is one of Dustin’s childhood favorites. It was talked about a lot this weekend.

June 2 – Feed the Giraffe

Saturday morning brought a much-anticipated trip to the zoo. And of course, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to feed the giraffes.

June 2 – Underground Explorations

I love caves. I was a tour guide at a cave through most of high school and all of college. My sister and I took a trip underground yesterday and had a wonderful time. We learned some interesting things about local history and saw some pretty formations.

 

My to-do list isn’t that important.

24 May

May 23 – My to-do list isn’t that important.

For the past several weeks my to-do list has been growing at an alarming rate. Alarming because I haven’t had time to start crossing things off that aren’t incredibly pressing.

I’m fully aware that next week I’ll have the time to jump in and attack my list with all of the force it deserves. And until then, I’ve been trying to keep it organized – using a rainbow of highlighters to indicate similar projects.

But organization or not, it has been a little stressful knowing that I’m adding things to my list faster than I’m crossing them off.

And then I remembered, God’s got this.

He created the world, and He’s got a plan.

In His grand scheme, my list of things that need cleaned, people that need called, and articles that need written is not as important as it seems in my mind.

In a few weeks, my to-do list will be completely different than it is now.  Tasks will be marked off and new projects will be added. And God will still be ever-present and loving, and His plan will still be in place. There’s nothing I can do that will mess this up, because God’s got this.

The list certainley needs to be addressed, but it’s nothing to stress about.

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Celebrating a Milestone

23 May

This is Living With the Birds blog post no. 101. This morning’s daily photo post was no. 100.

It’s a milestone worth commemorating, and I’ve thought all week (admittedly, it’s only Wednesday) about how to appropriatley mark the three-digit number. I’ve decided to share a few snapshots from my morning along with a few thoughts on blogging. It’s the perfect way to celebrate.

My goal with blogging was self improvement.

I wanted to improve my photography and writing skills, and one of the best ways to get better at something is to do it all the time. I’ve gone back and looked at a few of my first posts. I know it’s only been a few months, but I can already see a ton of improvement.

I’m excited to keep improving and see where my skills are when I reach 200 posts.

The best advice I’ve recieved about blogging is not to publish anything I’m not proud of.

I don’t always succeed in putting together posts I’m excited about and proud of. There are several posts that I’ve finished, and then decided not to publish because I didn’t think they were good enough. There are several other posts I published only because I challeneged myself to take one photo every day, and not publishing something would be failing at that challenge.

But I am always striving to publish posts that I am proud of. I’m certain that most of the reason my writing and photography has improved is because I’m constantly trying to create posts I’m proud of.

 

If you blog, leave me a comment with some of the best things you’ve gained from blogging. I can’t wait to hear from you.