Monday, September 17, 2018

What I've Been Listening to Lately: September 2018

1.  Classic by The Knocks.  This has been my commuter jam lately.  Nothing gets you into the mood to work (and be awesome) than this on a Monday morning... or any morning!

2.  Guys Like You by Taylor Acorn.  This song is just so... true.  I love the line "your confidence is magic" - it so accurately describes certain people who effortless exude composure.  

3.  Stand Out by Duly Noted.  I recently found a movie clip from A Goofy Movie on YouTube, and it took me baaacckkk!  Does anyone else remember that movie?  It reminds me of sleepovers, and getting to watch a movie in the middle of the day at school.  (You knew it was going to be a great day when they wheeled in the huge television on the rolling cart...right!?)

4.  Selfish by Virginia to Vegas.  This is another commuter song for me now.  In a few more months it will probably remind me of the beginning of fall.

5.  Chandelier by Vitamin String Quartet.  This instrumental version of Chandelier sounds so dramatic.  As you may remember I love covers, but I think it's hard to do a memorable instrumental version of a cover.  The Vitamin String Quartet also makes me want to get married again, just so I can plan the ceremony music!

6.  Church Cells by Carrie Underwood.  Carrie Underwood has a VOICE.  This song makes me think of female empowerment, not because of the content, but mostly just because Carrie sounds so powerful singing it.

7.  You Are My Sunshine by Jasmine Thompson.  You Are My Sunshine is one of my son's favorite bedtime songs right now, so this classic folk song just makes me happy.

8.  I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues by Alessia Cara.  Cover alert!  You gotta love a Billy Joel cover, especially one as catchy as this.

9.  Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen.  It's a throwback!  This song still makes me happy.  I find myself wanting to sing and dance when it comes on, so it's been in my rotation recently.  It also reminds me of this lip-synching video from the 2012 Olympic Swimming Team.  (This song was big 6 whole years ago?  Where has the time gone.)  

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Movie Moment #2: When Harry Met Sally

In honor of New Year's (here's to 2016!), I thought I would post one of my favorite clips from When Harry Met Sally, which happens to take place on New Year's Eve.  I always loved his "I love that you get cold when it's 71 degree's out" speech in particular.  (Sooo romantic!)  If you haven't seen the movie, it's a classic - so go see it!  :)

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Planning a Wedding? New Wedding Sign Collections on Etsy!

^^"Elegant" Wedding Sign Collection - available here ^^

^^"Whimsical" Wedding Sign Collection - available here^^

After planning my own wedding this past summer, I can definitely appreciate all the little details that go into it.  One of the things that I loved was finding coordinated wedding signage that I could print at home - it saved me a ton of time and money.  I printed the signs on card stock and plopped them in a frame... and the result was elegant and professional.  However, I only found ONE PLACE to get a package of coordinated wedding signs, and even then I ended up having to supplement with additional signs I created on my own that didn't quite match.

Therefore... I have put some time into creating 2 Wedding Sign Packages of my own to help fill this void.  I'm telling you - it's worth it!  Each package of 5x7 matching signs is for sale in my Etsy shop for $5 each, and I will gladly personalize additional signs for you if you wish.  (I would also recommend getting your frames from the Dollar Store... I used these and they worked like a charm!)

Anywho, I hope someone out there finds these as useful as I did - and hopefully I'm adding to the selection out there!  

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Seattle Photo Tour: The Pike Place Market

I have been trying to get better at photography lately.  I have a relatively nice DSLR camera that I got a couple of years ago (a Canon Rebel T3i, for anyone interested), and I have been completely wasting it's capabilities.  (Just take a look back at some of my original blog posts - those photo's are AWFUL...!)  So I've been doing some research, and am trying my hand at getting better at photography - which is no easy feat.  Taking good photo's takes TIME, TIME, TIME (framing, composition, post-editing... it's enough to make your head spin!)

The best photography tutorial I've found is from The Pioneer Woman's "What the Heck is an Aperture" Series, and I highly recommend it!  

Anyway, my lovely husband agreed to accompany me on a Photography Adventure at the Pike Place Market today.  He has a nice Nikon that he's had for awhile (and I'm still learning my way around my Canon), so it was a great opportunity to get out there and try our hand at taking some good photo's.  Why did I buy a Canon camera when my husband to be already had a Nikon camera, you ask?  That's a great question.  Obviously, I don't always think things through.  :(  For what it's worth, I am really liking my Canon Rebel!

These photo's are my attempt to get better at shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and the whole photography thing.  All of them were taken in Manual mode (a HUGE accomplishment for me!), and although I have plenty to work on, I'm at least seeing improvement!  Plus, the Pike Place Market has so many great photo opportunities - it was fun to see what I could capture!

We started our Photography Adventure with coffee and a baguette at local cafe Le Pichet near the market.  It was delicious.  

Next we ventured into the actual market for some close ups of the fruit and vegetable displays.  They always have the most BEAUTIFUL fruits and vegetables on display - you won't get better looking food anywhere else.  (Which comes in handy when you are eating with your eyes...!)

I had to get a close up of an artichoke... of course.  Look how fresh this one looks!  Yum.

They also have pretty fantastic seasonal flowers at the market - literally rows and rows of them for as little as $5.  I had to restrain myself today!

You'll notice that I still have some work to do when it comes to the correct exposure and/or white balance.  Geez, I wish this stuff came more naturally!  Still, I hope you're able to get a sense of how vibrant everything is at the market - it's always bustling with life - especially on a weekend!

As everyone probably knows, Pike Place Market is known for it's fish stands - so of course I got a picture of one of them...  (everyone there was wearing Seahawks gear - Go Hawks!)

We also made a stop at "The Original Starbucks", although like the good locals we are, we didn't go inside.  Pro tip - the coffee there is THE SAME as anywhere else.  Skip the line and go to one of the many other Starbucks, only a block away.  (Yes, there are probably at least 2 others that are only 1 block away from The Original Starbucks.  This is coffee town, after all!)

The market also has plenty of awesome merchandise that you really can't find anywhere else.  Locally made honeys, jewelry, your typical touristy finds... you name it.  It makes for a great afternoon stroll - we really enjoyed ourselves with our camera's today!

We also stopped to get some Beechers mac & cheese, which is AMAZING.  Guys, seriously.  It's known as "The World's Best", and they're not lying - just check out their website here.  I think they probably have Beechers elsewhere, but it's made here in Seattle!  (Apparently they also make it in New York, but I'm going to go ahead and say it's better here in Seattle.)  :)

Finally, it was a Game Day when we went to the market, and there was a 12th Man flag flying overhead.  We're all hoping they go back to the Superbowl again this year!  Woot!

So thanks for taking the time to look through my Pike Place Market photography tour!  I'm going to keep working on my photography skills, and will hopefully keep posting better photo's here.  Please let me know if anyone has some tips!