Some Stuff

Tintype I took of Marianne at the beach.

Have you watched Master of None on Netflix? I really liked it and the song choices for the show are always awesome. One of the last episodes had my favorite Cure song at the end. You can listen to it here. I hadn't heard it forever and have been singing it in my head ever since.

I've been listening to books online while busy at home. Right now I'm listening to Emma which I've somehow never read. I've always been curious, if you listen to a book does that count as reading it? Haha! Please share your opinion.

Lent began yesterday and I always greet it with equal parts joy and dread. Friday's are vegetarian days and I'm looking for some good recipes. If you can suggest something or a good veggie website I'd be very grateful.

Qwixx is our new favorite board game. It's fun, fast and if you like games I guarantee you'll love it!

I want to visit some sand dunes this year. I'm thinking the dunes in Death Valley would be a good place to go. I've always wanted to go to Death Valley so I'd be killing two birds with one stone on that trip! P.s. I'd never kill a bird. I need to find a different way to say that :)

The day David Bowie died I made this tintype titled Ode To Blackstar. Have you listened to his farewell album? Or watched the videos? If you have you'll understand.

Have you seen these fan photos of John Lennon? I'm not huge John Lennon lover but I found these to be pretty cool.

Look how neat this window bird house is!

If you've come across any fun things lately feel free to share them in the comments!

♥ anne


Bird Crazy

If you follow me on Instagram you know I've been seeing a lot of great birds lately. Maybe you find birds boring, so if that's the case just scroll on by! Actually, I think people are sick of my bird posts because every time I post about one I loose followers. Come to think of it, I loose followers with every picture. It's all a mystery to me but since I'm not trying to gain some huge following I'm not really bothered by it. If people want to see aspirational, perfect life, s l o w living, envy inducing, heart bursting photos then I'm not the person to follow anyway. Haha! There are plenty of those accounts to choose from. Ok, back to the birds. Here are the new friends I've made over the last two weeks-
Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee
A woodpecker, not sure what kind.
great egret
two Great Egrets
This cute fella
Several Hawks
Great Horned Owl!!!

We've been outside A LOT because Maggie is much easier to handle outdoors and I started hiking on the weekends with my three youngest. It's been really fun so far. Shane and Marianne have great attitudes once we finally start walking and are able to go further than I would have guessed. Here are few pictures from our recent walks.

I've decided just now that I'll post about each of our hikes individually. So I guess I'll save the rest of the pictures for those posts :)

Happy Monday to you all!

♥ anne


Musical Memories // David Bowie

Seeing as how it's David Bowie's birthday today*, this post will be all about him. Well, not exactly about him but more about me loving him. Did you know he was my first crush? Him and Clark Gable are the two men I remember as my first celebrity loves but mostly Bowie because not only was he cute but he also was a musician. Some of my earliest memories revolve around music and I have several involving David Bowie's music.

One, I remember very well. I was probably four or five and my dad had picked my sister and I up for the weekend and I was singing Suffragette City in the car. I sang out "wham bam thank you ma'am" and my dad got mad. Obviously he felt those lyrics were completely inappropriate for a child to be singing and obviously they were just words to me. I chuckle every time I hear the song!

A couple years later an incredible duet had just come out and I got the 45 for the game of musical chairs that I planned on playing at my birthday party. The song was none other than Dancing In The Street and my other love, Mick Jagger, sang and danced by David's side. The video was my favorite at the time and if you've not seen it, I highly encourage you to watch it. It very well could be one of the worst videos ever made and their rendition of the song leaves you wondering whose idea it was and why they ever let it happen! haha! Anyway, we played it at my party and I was stoked :)

Needless to say, when Labyrinth came out I was thrilled and jealous that Jennifer Connelly got to kiss him. When Ruben and I started dating we usually just listened to music and he had David Bowie's first album. It's a folk album (we still have it) and while everyone probably knows about it now, back then before the internet it was harder to know about such gems. Anyway, he got big points in my book for owning that record and you really need to listen to it if you never have. "Ha ha ha, he he he. I'm a laughing gnome and you can't catch me."

Do you have a favorite Bowie album, song, video? Please share! I don't have a favorite song (that would be way to hard to pick) but my favorite album is Ziggy Stardust and I love the video for Life On Mars. Happy Saturday! I hope you do something fun!

*I wrote this yesterday.

♥ anne


Year's End

Hi there! It's been a while! December, Christmas, birthdays, New Year...they've all come and gone. We had a nice holiday break filled with food, drinks, music, friends, family and the typical stress that goes along with such occasions. The highlight of the month was getting to see my sister out of the convent. Unfortunately it was due to our Dad being extremely sick (he's doing much better now) but it was SO good to hug her and be with her for a whole day! So, without further ado I give you our December in photos.

I made a few bottles of infused mugwort oil for gifts.
Ruben played a solo show and it was so great! I'm so proud of him and his music! This was such a fun night. That's my mom with me there. She's not only a wonderful mother but she's also super fun to hang with!
Ruben's birthday is two days after Christmas and this year I made him a lemon meringue pie. I've never made one before and I was very pleased with how yummy it was!
Why are we smiling so big? Well let me tell ya! I had just watched a barn owl soaring over the field and I was on cloud nine! I'm always on the lookout for owls, scanning the trees, looking for their outline so watching one hunt not only made me squeal with joy but it left this smile on my face. Haha! It doesn't take much people!
On Saturday we went out to Calico with friends to explore. It was a great day and very cold!
Our oldest son recently visited my cousin up in Portland and went to Powell's and came home with these wonderful books for us (and him). He knows us well and I might add that he has great taste in music!
There you have it. Bits of the last month in pictures. I hope this new year is off to a good start for you! Thanks for reading along here and I hope 2016 treats us all well :)

♥ anne



Hi everyone! Today I thought I'd share some of my recent tintypes. My love for this type of photography grows more and more. It's so different from how I photograph with my Canon or my phone. Actually it's the exact opposite! With my regular camera I enjoy candids and unposed pictures but with wet plate it's very posed and planned out. It requires a whole new approach which is pretty fun.
Self portrait #tintype #wetplate

Self portrait #tintype #wetplate

Wet plate of myself

Wet plate of myself.

I've also done a few portraits-
Wet plate of Crystal

Wetplate of my daughter. Tintype

Wet plate/ tintype

Tintype / wetplate

I can't wait to get out and pour some more plates! I also think it'd be cool to do a video showing process. We'll see if I can make that happen. Anyway, have a great day!

♥ anne




I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend! I have a Cyber Monday Sale that is going on now. To receive 20% off your purchase just enter the coupon code CYBER20 at checkout. I listed several new macrame plant hangers and wall hangings and a few other goodies, come check it out HERE :)

♥ anne


Thank You

Wetplate / tintype

I just wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful comments! It was very inspiring for me to read what you all said and reminded me why I love blogging. Thank you for being here and reading, it means so much to me! Oh, and I replied to all the comments :)

This is recent tintype I took of Alex. I'm really pleased with it so I thought I'd share it!

♥ anne