shannon blue photography

October 22, 2010

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happy friday fellow roosters!  are you ready for the weekend? our weekends have been full of adventure, as we still have so many things and places to explore.  as neither of us have any friends or family here, our schedules are pretty much w.i.d.e. open- all the time.  although i thought it might be a little lonely, knowing no one other than the love of your life is actually, great fun! it’s like date night ever night of the week. we’ve been watching movies together, trying out new restaurants and exploring the mountains, and the weekends are when we get to do this the most. i feel so blessed to spend so much quality time together!

shannon blue photography

shannon blue photography

shannon blue photography

shannon blue photography

shannon blue’s photography is my inspiration for you this weekend, doesn’t it make you want to get outside? with the changing of the seasons, there is so much to see and explore.  her work gives you a glimpse of all the beauty there is to see, and the way she’s captured the earth’s brilliance leaves me eager to see it for myself.  so to this, i encourage you to go out and explore.  happy weekend to each of you, and make sure to share with us what you did and where you found beauty!

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my neck of the woods

October 21, 2010

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i think we should just take a minute to soak in the beauty that is around us.  this time of year, the colors of autumn are brilliant and i can’t help but be in total awe, every year.

these two photos are taken from the great smoky mountains, the place that i call home.  every autumn the mountains come alive with the most vibrant colors of red, orange and yellow.

and these two are taken from the great rocky mountains, the new place that we call home!  i feel incredibly blessed to be able to call such beautiful places ‘home’ and not one day goes by that i don’t appreciate their beauty.  i realize that the leaves don’t change everywhere, and other places in the world are just beginning to say hello to the green of spring, so my question is… what do the leaves look like in your town?

photos: autumn in the u.s.

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halloween the handmade way

October 21, 2010

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halloween the handmade way

clockwise :: {scull and crossbone candles, shabby chic halloween favors, halloween bats, vintage anatomy post cards, halloween cupcake wrappers, eat drink and be scary, candy pumpkins, black widow spider salad plates, girl with umbrella, b is for boo}

we’re not big ‘celebrator’s’ of halloween, but we’ll take an excuse to have a dinner party anytime!  we love to hear the door bell ring and see what all the little ones have dressed up as, and hand them their yearly dose of cavities candy.  as it seems that much to do about halloween has lost it’s charm (sexy nurses or skimpy devil costumes, anyone?), here are some handmade halloween goodies that have some class.
 

how do you celebrate halloween?

 

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a little pumpkinage

October 20, 2010

fall pumpkins

clockwise :: {velvet pumpkins, cambridge dreams, pheasant run wreathamong the pumpkins, pumpkin necklace, vintage books, pumpkin souffle candle, acorn ornament, lanterns, vintage orange earrings}

i picked up four pumpkins at our farmers market this past weekend, and it always amazes me how setting them on the porch gets me in the mood for fall.  it’s like chilly mornings, big boots and all kinds of soups are now suddenly appropriate – cuz i’ve got pumpkins on the porch!  we’re planning to carve them sometime in the next week (another fall tradition) and will be enjoying them till thanksgiving, i’m sure.  with the beautiful yellow leaves falling and apple cider at every coffee shop, i’ve fallen for fall (i’m such a sucker).

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going paperless

October 20, 2010

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paperless holiday invitations

i’ve always been a big fan of snail mail, as there’s nothing quite like opening up a special card with your name on it.  but then again, i’ve always been a big fan of the earth, as there’s nothing quite like hiking into forested mountains and standing in awe of the beauty surrounding me.

what’s my point?

i believe that wherever we can cut paper or other environmental detriments, we should! that’s where paperless post comes in.  they are an incredibly well thought out, beautifully put together site where you can customize all of your invitations, holiday cards and well wishes into a gorgeous cards and send them right over the world wide web.

paperless post has been named elegant, couture, tasteful and brilliant- and to that i would like to add genius. they cost significantly less than going usps (send 150 cards for $10- that would be $66 at the post office!), they save you tons of time and they save the earth, one piece of paper at a time.

paperless post

they’ve partnered with some of the best designers, (linda & harriet and thorn willow press- just to name a few), and with features like chevron envelope liners and funky fonts, you’re recipients will still have a feast for their eyes. they are incredibly easy to put together (not to mention embarrassingly fun), so head on over to paperless post to get started!

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now that the boxes are unpacked and the kitchen is stocked, we can get back to some of ghtr’s usuals.  i feel like it’s been ages since i’ve been able to share a recipe with you!  our lovely neighbor gave us a gigantic butternut squash last week, and i’ve been using it for quite a few meals- and this one is a keeper.  it’s the best pasta i’ve ever made.  the best..? yes, yes, the best.

butternut squash and walnut pasta

this meal envelops you with the season’s best.  i served it with an easy apple crisp for dessert and felt that fall had officially arrived.  it’s so rich, different and comforting- it warms you up from the inside out!

ingredients:

  • - 1/2 lb whole wheat pasta
  • - 1 butternut squash (about 3 cups), skinned and cubed
  • - 3/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • - 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • - 1/4 cup honey
  • - 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • - 4 tbs olive oil
  • - salt and pepper to taste
  • - 2 cloves of garlic, minced

butternut squash and walnut pasta

directions:

preheat oven to 425F. place the butternut squash in a bowl and toss with 2 tbs olive oil, honey, salt and pepper.  place on a pan and roast in the oven until tender; about 40 mins.  meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the salted water after the pasta is finished.  in a pan, saute the garlic in the remaining 2 tbs of olive oil until fragrant, about 1 minute.  add the butternut squash, walnuts, nutritional yeast and spinach and cook until the spinach has wilted.  add the 1 cup of reserved pasta water.  add the pasta and toss to cover- serve and enjoy!

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dark decor

October 19, 2010

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vt wonen dark interiors

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vt wonen dark interiors

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i’m not sure if it’s just that time of year, or if i’m ready for a change from my previous white and beige era, but i’ve begun to fall in love with darker decor.  there’s something about winter hibernation, early darkness and warm drinks that go along with comfortable accents of black and cozy dark walls. in our new place, i am splashing about more bright colors than usual (you’ll see them soon, i promise!), but i am still drawn to dark accents.  the mere fact that we’re not allowed to paint our stark white walls is probably making me long for a can of black paint even more- but that will just be my design challenge- furniture, rugs and art it is!

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karine leger photography

October 18, 2010

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karine léger -photography

karine légar’s work makes me feel feminine and pretty but dark and mysterious all at the same time.  a photographer and painter based out of montréal, she makes me feel like i have a secret, as though i’m hiding something (though i’m not sure quite what).  to see more of her intriguing work, visit her website or flickr page, maybe you have a secret, too?

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