Saturday, February 21, 2009

Gallery Show Details

Postcard front, originally uploaded by rodeo618.

Gallery Opening Friday, March 6th from 5-7 p.m. at WREN Central in Bethlehem, NH.
A collaborative show that Sara & I are doing: Home Is Where the Art Is

Please RSVP...just so we have an idea of who out there might be making the journey to see our very first show!

Getting My Feet Wet...

I have officially announced that I will be running as a write-in candidate for Landaff Town Moderator. The key functions for Town Moderator include: "presiding over town meetings, regulating the business thereof, deciding questions of order, making public declarations of each vote passed, and prescribing rules of proceeding which may be altered by the town as need."
Dad is running for a Planning Board seat- so we'll see on March 10th how the McGoverns fare!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

polka dots and checks

polka dots and checks
Originally uploaded by rodeo618
another feet photo :0)

the boys on the owl

the boys on the owl
Originally uploaded by rodeo618
our first assignment for my e-course was to photograph our feet- where are feet take us, other important feet in our lives, etc....

Monday, February 16, 2009

glammed up glider

ick- the glider before (when i purchased it, i had planned on recovering it- but then i was about 8 months preggers and it wasn't so important anymore)....but the stripes were icky and it was the floor model- so it really had to be done....

my precise sewing plans included tracing the pillow body with chalk (must be the former police officer in me).....

my adorable sewing machine.....tucked away in the corner, she came out to play

and presto-chango...the glider and footrest now have a happy brown cover- and despite the fact that I used chalk to make the pattern, it really came out nice!

i heart MY closet

i'm very lucky that my sister contributes to my sweater collection on a monthly basis (thank goodness for Garnet Hill!)

bahr raspberry glaze...yummy!

the closet shelving was affordable- and from Target (of course!)
Some of you out there may remember when the roof leaked in the Sugar Hill Cottage- and I lost nearly half of my beloved wardrobe and then moved EVERYTHING into the broom closet? Well- all that pain and suffering of being cramped and wrinkled has paid off for my clothes- they (and me!) are VERY spoiled...but you knew that too, right?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

and a very happy-much-anticipated 21st birthday to my cousin H.P.!  :0)
Here we are in Disney..with a very "un-friendly" 1999.....
and, yeah, I still have those windpants :0)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Office: The Before

close up of the only section I actually sorta like at the moment....
that big piece of furniture on the right houses all my sewing stuff...which I'm hoping can be relocated to our new bedroom (we have an entire empty wall up there)... that small table under the coat rack needs to go too! hideous....
view from the side door-way - see how the hutch is SAGGING? yuck.
I DO really still love the spice drawers...and those will somehow be incorporated into the new space...
view from the kitchen door-way
fish-eye view from the side can really get the overall cluttered feeling from here...
As promised, here are the dreaded before pictures....too much stuff!
The other thing too-that I didn't dare photograph, was the inside of the huge closet....a lot of stuff could go in there too...we just have to reorganize....

Office Redo- Bear Style

So, I was totally inspired today by this blog post over at Decor8 :

and it got me talking to Stacey (lucas pucas) for ideas on what to do to totally revamp my office...and i mean totally revamp here! and she mentioned that her favorite book was The Berenstain Bears and the Messy seriously, how could we have been friends since the 7th grade and NOT realize this??? So I just had to share some of my favorite pages...and the end were Brother Bear is sitting in his little chair, reading, eating cookies and milk...just so sweet.
However, it is true, that both Stacey and I (and I'm fairly certain Sara too)...when we think of organization we visulize the Bears room- and labeled boxes, peg boards, and all the broken toys and junk in the garbage...
Stay tuned....I'll post some "before" office photos...and YES...I have Nate on-board...I LOVE that man!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Back to School- sorta!

This is the the info on the class I just signed up for:

Maybe you’re hungry for a creative challenge?  The Unravelling: Ways of Seeing My Self e-course gives you gentle permission to take a couple of hours out of your week just for you. All you need is a camera and a willingness to play and explore.

Beginning with your feet, you’re going to go on a photo safari into your own life to reconnect with who you are, where you’ve been and where you want to go next. These definitely won’t be self-portraits in the traditional sense – they are personal images that honor you and your world. This eight-week e-course will include:

       Video blogs     Weekly photo assignments 

Bi-weekly writing exercises    Group connecting

Unravelling: Ways of Seeing My Self is led by photographer & writer Susannah Conway: “I’m thrilled to now be able to offer my Unravelling course online! It is my hope that by sharing some of what I have learnt over the last few years I can help others to reconnect to their own selves, using photography as the key to unlock the door.”

I'm super excited about this class- it should help me grow both as a photographer & as a person :0) 

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Good Morning, Marcus-Style

very blurry, but i am completely in love with this photo

Lately, my mornings start with bringing Marcus into bed to snuggle for a bit, and of course Oscar joins us (or he is already there)....Sophia is usually roaming around too...typically sitting on top of the headboard out of reach, but well within sight for Marcus to talk to her. Nate snapped this picture of the 3 of us this morning. I took the other shots, and apologize for the lack of sharpness, but dear readers, I am practically blind first thing in the morning...

Monday, February 2, 2009

25 Random Things

This silly thing was from FaceBook- and since I went through all the the trouble of writing it, I figured I'd post it here too. Now, make your own list!
1. I drink 4-5 cups of coffee a day. Cream and sugar. For 4 long months of my pregnancy even the smell of it made me VERY ill.
2. I adore Martha Stewart, I think she makes the world a better place. Oprah too.
3. Orla Kiely is my favorite designer. I'm not so patiently for her Target line to be released (was SUPPOSED to be yesterday). If any of my friends at GH happen to come across her gray woolen bag at a sale- please grab it...I'll be your best friend!
4. I love to ski. But haven't been in 2 years...preggers last year, and this year have the baby...and need to get bindings put on my new skis I won 3 seasons ago! Ak. My husband refuses to ski. Says he "fell down too much" the one time he tried as a kid. I remind him I broke my eye socket learning how to ski...and I went on to race in High School (but I was a crappy racer- I blame the junky skies!)
4. Last Thursday I witnessed my dog, Oscar, get hit by a truck. The scene keeps playing over and over in my mind- even though he is, for the most part, okay.
5. Each time my baby Marcus learns to do something new I'm at the same time insanely proud and a crushed that he is growing up so fast.
6. I plan on starting to jump my little pony, Greta, this Spring. Giddyup!
7. Last year my veggie garden was wildly succcessful- much to everyone's surprise...supposedly I had chosen the "wrong" spot.
8. I talked to my mom and my sister. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. And I see nothing wrong with this.
9. I love to bake and cook & do all my domestic goddess things...and sometimes wonder why exactly I have degrees in Criminal Justice, Liberal Studies, and am 3 classes short for one in Fire Science?
10. I rearrange furniture and organize all my "stuff" as a form as procrastination- Nate thinks I do this to annoy him, but really, I think it started about age 6 or 7.
11. Marcus wears cloth diapers, about half the time. They are a pain, but I feel a lot better when he does.
12. I consider my Aunt Peg & Abby to be my 2nd moms, they helped make me the person that I am today.
13. I am very competitive & I am sad that the women's softball league doesn't play anymore around here. If I was any good at soccer I'd sign up for that league.
14. I love being a photographer, there is nothing better than capturing happy memories (as opposed to homes in cellars and burnt out dryers).
15. Pocket doors make me claustorphobic (spelling, I know). However, I have no problems wearing full turnout gear, an airpack, and crawling around in confined spaces.
16. I don't mind doing dishes. I love my retro kitchen so much, that I just want it to be sparkely and perfect all the time.
17. I wish Newport, NH was about an hour closer- I'd be at Elise's 3 times a week- easy!
18. I got my love of baking, quilting, and homemaking from my Gramma Brown.
19. I got my love of popcorn and organization from my Grampa Brown. His mother, Bessie, was a photographer....
20. From my Deedledee I got a deep love for animals, Irish music, Nascar, and town pride.
21. My Nanny (dad's mom) is a part-time police officer, avid reader, and she collects I got that from her!
22. Marcus doesn't go to day-care. He goes 3 miles down the road and spends 2 days a week with his Nana & Pa.
23. Peonies & Hydrangeas. Country Music. Rap. Folk. Corned Beef & Cabbage.
24. My pregnancy was a bit of nightmare, but I can't wait to have baby #2!
25. I married the very best guy in the world AND he builds me furniture.