Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fun things all around me.

Compared to the previous two weeks of fun, excitement and friends, this last week has been quite mellow. Andrew is between shows now and thus has some vacation time. We've been catching up on leisure sleep, late night crafting and lots of video games. Betwixt these thrilling activities I've managed to take phone snapshots of some of the things around me. I'm feeling so serene about the images I have to share today, I hope you enjoy them!

The other night Andrew and I went out with some friends to the Paramount theatre. Paramount as in Paramount Studios. It was awesome! His friends had some tickets to a movie and they invited us along. We arrived a little early, so we used the opportunity to explore the outside area a bit and enjoy the scenery. There was a water fountain in front of the main entrance to the studio, and across from that a courtyard filled with willow-esque trees. An employee was stringing holiday lights from all of the trees, and it looked just wonderful! The photo of Andrew and me was taken with the flash on my phone and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Technology is so superb.

::: In front of the fountain :]
::: Enjoyable scenery!

In some immediate new and exciting news, I sold a print on Etsy a few days ago! You can view the print in question here. The woman who purchased it said so many kind things to me about the photo; I was all aflutter and glowing as I read her messages. She has been to Ireland herself, but says that her photos weren't able to capture the essence like mine did. Talk about a compliment! I feel all giddy again just thinking about it.

The print arrived yesterday and I'll be shipping it out to her today. I was excited to see the photo in a large, hard copy form (she purchased a 16x24 print, the largest that anyone has ordered before) and wow, I was not disappointed at all. The photo is one of my favorites from my trip last year and I've never had it printed before. It has such beautiful accuracy. I'm so happy with it. I showed it to Andrew and he was also very impressed. We are now considering buying one for ourselves! hehe

::: Not the best shot of it. Mostly I'm attempting to demonstrate how large it is compared to my hand. Also, that blue streak on the left side isn't supposed to be there, that's just glare.

I've been spending a lot more time in the garage at my work bench. I don't know what the changing point was, but it's starting to feel like my space now. Andrew bought some new storage bins for me and now the space is cleaner, more organized and much more accessible. We set up some of my shelves along one of the walls and now there are surfaces for some of my favorite nick nacks. It's easy to smile out there. I should take some pictures for next week! 

Andrew hung a bunch of my posters on the wall in front of my work bench and there's still a large blank spot directly in front of where I sit. I have some framed photos of my friends and sister that I'd love to put up there. It'll make it even cozier and happier. Also, in a surprising moment, I discovered that I had a small test photo of our erstwhile cat, Unjuy, from the large print I gave to my mom two Christmases ago. It was a sad moment, seeing as he disappeared in July and my family and I miss him terribly, but I am also happy to have a copy of the photo for myself. It is now framed and ready for hanging among the photos of my family and friends.

::: He'll always be watching me work now :')

The following photos don't have any sort of specific reason or home, but they all make me happy. So now it's time for a list of things that bring joy to me!

::: This Christmas craft that I made. The frame was only $3!

::: This fabulous spool holder that Andrew built for me. The thread is so pretty all laid out!

::: These in-progress Christmas stars made from cardboard, paper mache and spray paint <3

::: This fun and cute doodle of Jacki, James and me courtesy of Jacki!

::: This spooky and Halloween appropriate snapshot of my sister's cat Loki

::: This super cute Totoro hand towel from Japan, sent to me from my friend Eve!

It's nice to have so many things to share with everyone, even if they're little or silly!

Today's last tidbit is something very fancy! Andrew finally has the meat and potatoes of his video setup purchased, and he's very thrilled about it! It has certainly brought the video and photography capabilities of our household to the next level. He has a lot of exciting things in store and brewing around in his head. It'll be super awesome when some of his projects are complete! For now though, the camera stands ever ready. 

::: If I could explain everything that's in this picture, then I would

It lives in a little harness type thing which doesn't make the camera difficult to get to, per say, but it now takes a little finagling to access. I suppose it is more difficult to get to than when it was only in the camera bag, this is true. I'm sure I'll get used to removing it and replacing it though. For now, I'm OK with my all camera phone photos because they're accurate snapshots of my life!

Hope everyone is having a nice Tuesday. Does anyone have any little things that are making them happy lately? I'd love to hear about them! :)


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