framing memories

November always puts me into nesting mode.  It brings my attention back to my home after a busy summer & fall season in the shop.  This year is no different.  In fact, I got a head start about a week ago when I began moving furniture around late one night.  My living room has been bugging me for a while.  It has never felt finished or quite as inviting as I’d like.  There was one specific corner that was always dark and the massive brown sectional wasn’t helping to lighten it up.  I started by scooting my linen arm-chair into that corner and it instantly feels brighter!  I’ve also finally pulled the trigger on ordering the sofa I’ve been lusting over.  I can’t wait for it to arrive just in time for the holidays.

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In the meantime, CanvasPop offered me a print to review and GIVEAWAY!  I’m over the moon with the quality of this product.  The 16 x 20 art print is framed with a 2.5 inch mat.  It has certainly helped to elevate this corner in our living room.  We had this photo taken a couple of years ago during our “Mess the Dress” session after our wedding.  We worked with wonderful photographers during that time in our life and, to be honest, we haven’t done much with the professional photos yet.  It can be so overwhelming.

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CanvasPop was exactly what I needed to get this memory professionally framed and matted.  They made the process so quick & easy!  My art print arrived neatly packaged in just 10 days.  I love the content of the photo too and how it plays into this evolving space.  Although this was a professional photo, CanvasPop can work with photos of any resolution and you can even import them from Facebook and Instagram.  How is that for convenient?

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Now it is your turn to win a CanvasPop 16 x 20 framed photo paper print with the 2.5″ white mat + free shipping. The winner will have until November 30, 2016 to order their free print. 

Click the CanvasPop banner below to enter and leave a comment here letting me know what you plan to frame if you win! Contest ends November 10, 2015 at 11:59PM PT. The winner will be contacted by email.

CanvasPop Giveaway

Ready to order now?  CanvasPop is offering a 35% discount to Circa Dee readers through the end of November.  Simply use the code CIRCADEE35 on your order at www.canvaspop.com

 

 

bar cart essentials

Fall is in full swing and, let’s be honest, that means the holidays are on the horizon.  Holiday entertaining and parties will be here before we know it.  Now is the time to get those bar carts stocked and ready to go!  Hollywood Regency Brass Faux Bamboo Bar Cart

The folks over at Chairish challenged me to select my favorite bar cart and subsequently style it.  They came to the right place because I am a big fan of vintage bar carts!  I have bought and sold a few over the years.  Chairish makes buying and selling vintage furniture, art, jewelry and accessories online very easy.  From their selection, I chose a Hollywood Regency number.  I love the simple bamboo lines and those brass casters…swoon!

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The double tiered cart will come in handy because we’ve got a lot of necessities to fit in order to craft the perfect libation.  Here are my Top 10 Bar Cart Essentials

Tools

  • First, you need the tools of the trade!  A muddler, jigger and shaker are any mixologist’s best friends.  The mason shaker adds a rustic appeal that I love.
  • Bitters are a bar cart necessity these days.  Hair of the Dog is a crowd pleaser!

Recipe Books

  • We like to muddle fresh fruit and herbs for our refreshments, taking tips from The Drunken Botanist.
  • Another book always close at hand is Shake which does a wonderful job of illustrating the drink recipes it outlines.

Glassware

  • What bar would be complete without crystal?  These vintage, crystal wine glasses from Chairish are very similar to a set of family heirloom glasses we have at our home bar.  They are our go-to glasses. Crystal  elevates every cocktail.  We don’t just reserve it for special occasions.

Accessories

  • I always have fabric cocktail napkins on hand.  These ticking striped ones are adorable and perfect everyday napkins.
  • The striped straws are just plain fun and whimsical, as well as functional.  Form and function?  Win/Win!
  • The beautiful artisan-made peach basket is used to corral tools when not in use.  It can also double as an ice bucket in a pinch because it is ceramic.

The Valencia - cocktail recipe

In case you’re wondering, The Valencia cocktail is still one of my favorites using citrus medica bitters and fresh squeezed orange juice.  The recipe can be found in Shake.

All of the bar ware above can be found at Circa Dee and the vintage bar cart and crystal glasses can be found at Chairish.com.

 

photographing a hoosier

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to visit Miss Mustard Seed’s studio in PA.  It is an inspiring space, as I’m sure you can imagine, yet totally approachable and comfortable.  It is filled with Marian’s signature style and brand which seem to be just that.  Approachable and comfortable.

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Around every corner, another familiar milk paint color bats an eye at you.  Even when not staged, its beautiful.

Miss Mustard Seed's Studio

And this vintage, chippy counter!  Love that original color.

Miss Mustard Seed's Studio

The space was basically a blank canvas with fantastic light that Marian turned into a studio for painting, teaching and photography.  I was there for the latter, a photography boot camp class.

Miss Mustard Seed's Studio

Great pictures can elevate a brand.  This is an area I’ve been interested in developing further for some time now.  I knew I had hit a wall with my own technical knowledge of photography.  Well, questions were answered with a few aha moments!  I’m looking forward to upgrading my equipment starting with a new lens and lighting tools.  I’m not sure that I’ll ever be an all-star photographer but it is great to work at it and “get it” more from a technical standpoint.

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When I returned home, I was so excited to put a few of my new skills to work.  I just finished this Hoosier last week which I absolutely adore, especially in this space at my parent’s cottage.  However, it is for sale and will be moving to West End Garage very soon.  At any rate, this little vignette was the perfect candidate to photograph.

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The Hoosier is painted Mustard Seed Yellow and finished with hemp oil and some antiquing wax.  The oak countertop was revived with hemp oil and is a real stunner!  The farmhouse sign is hand painted with milk paint too – grainsack for the lettering and a custom mix for the shadowing.

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I can’t wait for my new lens to arrive so I can work on sharper images but for now I’m happy with how this wild bouquet of zinnias looks in the foreground.

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Do you have any photography tips to share?