Category Archives: Photography

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Earlier this year, we splurged on a second DSLR. Secretly, I think my husband went along with it just so I would not get make-up on his camera anymore. (For more on photography including what lenses we use, see here.)

We both really enjoy photography and for a long time have just done the camera shuffle — passing the camera back and forth and trying to piece together later who took what. Except that his photos are better than mine, and I found myself deferring more and more to him and not getting much time to practice. Anyway, I have no excuses now. Plus the new camera does video and I have big plans for that.

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One of the first places we ventured to was the Museum of Glass. This is a great spot for a photo date. The building and outdoor installations are gorgeous, and you can take advantage of those overcast, gray skies which make everything else pop.

We weren’t the only ones who thought so. There was a wedding party taking photos the day we visited. (Note to brides: Giving all your groomsmen matching umbrellas is really cute. Just make sure you’re cool with the inevitable umbrella jousting matches!)

I was not really familiar with Dale Chihuly before we moved here even though I had seen his work and not realized it.  (Perhaps you too have marveled at his glass flower sculptures in the Bellagio hotel in Vegas?)  Here at the Museum, one of the highlights was the Bridge of Glass.  (That photo up top is the view directly over your head as you walk underneath the installation.)

I also really enjoyed these still-life pieces (below) by Paul Stankard.  Each orb featured tiny bees, roots, and even little people.

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It’s hard to believe this is only one of a handful of spots to see glass art in this area. We still plan to make the trek here.

[Outside photos courtesy of my husband. We may have 2 cameras, but we still share lenses!]

Shiny, New Tumblr Blog

I have been thinking about how to connect more regularly and decided I needed a fresh place to share inspiration and snapshots. So today, I am excited to introduce my new tumblr blog. (Please excuse any hiccups. I’m still tweaking a few things.)

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Now, I have to confess something: I am not a spontaneous person.  In fact, I said this to my sister, and she started laughing in that hysterical-but-slightly-pitying way only sisters can. But it’s true.

I don’t go to the grocery store without a list. I don’t send an e-mail without first writing it down in my schedule. I don’t really do anything without a whole lot of thorough and sometimes unnecessary research.

Always planning

 So those people who are posting about this great time they are having while they are having a great time? Just, NO.

I need a little time to reflect first. At least let me think about it on the drive home!

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Tumblr will be mostly in the moment but not quite. Things I am thinking about, planning, or doing although maybe not in that exact order. I hope you won’t judge me too harshly. I know we like everything fresh and immediate now.

I’ll still be writing the occasional blog post here, because I enjoy that, too. However, I’ll try to save those for whenever I have something longer or more thoughtful to say.

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Thanks for continuing to stop by and visit!

From the Imagination of Kelly Lee-Creel

{These images + more are from my new tumblr home.}

Other odds + ends:

  • I didn’t watch the Oscars this year, but I did catch Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech. I loved what he said about needing “something to chase.” Having my goals posted where I can see them fills me with joy each day.
  • The weather here is gray, wet, and monotonous. I have always loved the rain, but I am SO ready for a sunny weekend!
  • I just signed up for Molly Jacques calligraphy class on Skillshare. I am beyond excited. My parents gave me the class supplies for my birthday, and I can’t wait to dip into my new ink.

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Medicine for Mondays 5.20.13

I have been missing my blog lately. Between my fabric flower class and a trip to Quilt Market last week, things have been really hectic.

Behind the scenes, I have been working on some new content and fresh ideas for this space — and it was good to give things a little extra time to gel. I’ll be rolling out some new columns and branching out a bit more. The weather is summery here today, and it feels good to get moving again!

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{Introducing a new weekly column, Medicine for Mondays: If only we could bottle beauty into an elixir and drink our fill each week. This is my weekly reminder to try to see the world with fresh eyes.  A photograph I’ve taken of a beautiful spot. Five things I’m thankful for right this very minute. And 1 question to help jump start my Monday.}

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1) Pockets of sunshine this weekend

2) Being home and waking up in my own bed after a trip to Portland

3) My husband hearing the scratching noises in the office and agreeing that a squirrel is living in the wall*

4) Naps

5) Really good, chunky erasers

 *Some days I am just really thankful to learn that I am not crazy.

1-Question-Pink

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I’ve had several reminders lately that there is more to me than just work. And yet, too often, I measure my week only by my list of accomplished tasks.

I am really trying to focus on being more well-rounded (thinking about my physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual well-being). Self-care is a choice that I have to make about how I spend my time. (Anyone else struggle with that?)

This week, I’m making an effort to try a new form of exercise — yoga. And yes, it made me smile.

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What about you?

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Holiday Lights

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On Saturday, we had a beautiful, clear night and an hour of free time before dinner. We bundled up and headed out to see the Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens.

I am totally in love with the way this area pulls out all the stops for the holidays. There are gingerbread displays and holiday light shows everywhere you turn. And, while I have never met a Christmas light I did not like, this was really something special.

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Decorated entirely by volunteers, the gardens were decked out with all sorts of flowers, plants, and butterflies.  There was an underwater area with fish, coral, and jellyfish — and a few mushrooms and dragons for good measure.

Of course, I had to study how they were doing all this so I could point it out to my husband and make sure he understood what was expected of him next year. (Everyone should have a one-year grace period between moving in and putting up their Christmas lights, right?)

I leaned in as close to the displays as I could and took a few notes. (Not literally. It was too dark. But you better believe that next time I’m bringing a miner’s helmet and clipboard!)

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The displays were made using a really clever method of zip-tying the lights together to form the shapes.  Then, they swapped out individual bulbs to create multicolored effects all on the same strand — like the petals on a flower were pink while the stamen was yellow.  There were red bulbs for the cherry tomatoes right next to the green bulbs for the leaves of the tomato plant.

Genius!  I’m so used to seeing lights wrapped around large wooden forms that this way of creating designs was really inspiring to me. We’ll see what I can accomplish on a much smaller scale.

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What about you? Have you been able to take in any holiday sights? Is there something you look forward to seeing every year (a department store window, a street full of lights, a church lit with candles) that takes your breath away?

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Weekly Wrap-up & Andover Contest

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Yesterday, in between errands, I stopped by the Bellevue Botanical Gardens and snapped a few photos of the leaves. It was just before dusk, and there were only a few people left on the trails.  Everything was so peaceful and calm with just a slight nip in the air. I made it home just in time to miss the rain.

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This weekend, we are trying to find a way to squeeze in a little break for ourselves in between ripping off baseboards and re-papering cupboards. Next week, we’ll say good-bye to the old carpet, and we’ll be just about ready to move.

Before I sign off, I wanted to let you know about a fun contest that Andover Fabrics is hosting.

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Entry details: All you have to do is sew up something using some Andover fabrics (maybe some Storybook Lane?) and e-mail it to yourandover@andoverfabrics.com. Each week, they will be judging entries based on their creativity, quality of craft, aesthetic strength, and use of Andover fabrics. If you use Storybook Lane in your projects, I’d love to see you add it to the Storybook Lane flickr pool, too.  This village from Hidamma makes me smile!

The grand prize winner will win $500, but there are also weekly give-aways as well.  Check out the Andover Fabrics’ Facebook page for details.  Contest rules are here.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.  See you here next week for a big announcement!

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Favorite Spots: The Museum of Glass

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Earlier this year, we splurged on a second DSLR. Secretly, I think my husband went along with it just so I would not get make-up on his camera anymore. (For more on photography including what lenses we use, see here.)

We both really enjoy photography and for a long time have just done the camera shuffle — passing the camera back and forth and trying to piece together later who took what. Except that his photos are better than mine, and I found myself deferring more and more to him and not getting much time to practice. Anyway, I have no excuses now. Plus the new camera does video and I have big plans for that.

Tacoma_glass2

One of the first places we ventured to was the Museum of Glass. This is a great spot for a photo date. The building and outdoor installations are gorgeous, and you can take advantage of those overcast, gray skies which make everything else pop.

We weren’t the only ones who thought so. There was a wedding party taking photos the day we visited. (Note to brides: Giving all your groomsmen matching umbrellas is really cute. Just make sure you’re cool with the inevitable umbrella jousting matches!)

I was not really familiar with Dale Chihuly before we moved here even though I had seen his work and not realized it.  (Perhaps you too have marveled at his glass flower sculptures in the Bellagio hotel in Vegas?)  Here at the Museum, one of the highlights was the Bridge of Glass.  (That photo up top is the view directly over your head as you walk underneath the installation.)

I also really enjoyed these still-life pieces (below) by Paul Stankard.  Each orb featured tiny bees, roots, and even little people.

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It’s hard to believe this is only one of a handful of spots to see glass art in this area. We still plan to make the trek here.

[Outside photos courtesy of my husband. We may have 2 cameras, but we still share lenses!]

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