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White Slipcovered Chairs

White Slipcovered Chairs PhotoshootSo, you might ask, where does she come up with these ideas??? I would have to say, this idea was heavily influenced by Selina Lake’s Outdoor Living book. I love romantic settings and when I picked up these elegant slipcovered chairs “free” by the road, I knew they were good for something. And indeed, after washing the heck out of them, they are as pure white as you’ll ever see!!

flower bouquetSo, I am the humble photographer of this shoot and I think I’ve improved my skills but I still enjoy the “Styling” so much more than the photography. Now that I’ve worked with Corlana on 4 shoots, I’m convinced it takes more than 1 person to produce excellent Styled photos. For more info on our packages, go HERE!

bouquet on white chairI love making flower bouquets! I used flowers from around our neighborhood, clipped and trimmed, used rubber bands to hold them together then tied the elegant wide white ribbon around. 

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The vintage lanterns I picked up at a yard sale…the decor pillows are a combination of yard sale finds or free finds. I think all the decor I paid about $5 for (much was free) and I paid some time and a few extra scoops of OxiClean ;)
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Melanie

a few more…

back adverThis collage is our Ad we’ve been using to show people…they always raise their eyebrows and say, “Wow!” (If you are new here, I’m a Prop Stylist and this was my first experience with Lana Jenae Photography!)

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061214 439-233 (2) There were so many many images that were spectacular and I hadn’t shared them all so …that’s why you are getting another glimpse…to see the others from this 8th grade Graduation Tea Party, click HERE and HERE!

 

Melanie

Summer This and That

head of cabbageThis table setting was displayed at Pioneer Park during Old Settlers Days in Ferndale, WA.aug 8 066In our wonderful town there are several community gardens. 2 are within a few blocks of our home. I captured this gorgeous cabbage head one evening…

garden pathGarden Path…

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Birch BayThis is my fam!! love them :)

naot sandalsOrange was my go to color for toe nail polish…

photographerloved hanging out with my niece at Hovander Park…

backyard hollyhocksPink Hollyhocks are really pretty next to this rustic trellis and fence in our backyard.

pretty mason jar lidsI finally found some pretty antique mason jar lids. yee-haw!

almost time for schoolThis clock and antique school book remind me, “it’s almost time for school.”

Melanie

Life Is Beautiful.

Pike's Place Market BouquetJust wanted to share a few of my favorite things in the last couple weeks! Above; bouquet from the famous Pike’s Place Market and apples from Uncle Matt and Gitti’s.

Dining Room Corner HutchAnd many of my favorite things are in this corner of my house; my repurposed Hutch (I got the original piece free on Craigslist and then re-did it!), my Garage Sale Finds on the hutch, the large Chalkboard constructed by my husband with a barnwood frame and my Barnwood Dining Table with Iron Wrought Patio chairs.

coca-cola bottles repurposed Patio Lights These patio light were made from a large strand of LED outdoor Christmas lights, plastic cups and fabric and modge podge. Tutorial HERE.favorite things groupA few treasures…2 repurposed cake stands (I glued pretty plates to candle sticks), some pretty canning jars/lids I found at a RE-store, some leftover flowers from the original Pike’s Bouquet, an old school book (from 1937).

Aug 2 023  Enamel Tea Pot and repurposed cake standYou are Enough. Read this inspiring post on: The Cottage Nest.

This summer I have not been as content as I want to be. I’ve allowed dreams to turn to discontent. I’ve wanted this and that and let the feelings linger till I became a little bitter. 

I shared with my husband that for me finding the balance between dreaming and hoping for this or that in the future and being content with my many blessings is a hard balance. I almost prefer not dreaming because it tends to turn ugly quick. I want what so-and-so has. I want to go where so-and-so is going. 

Even my kids, when we were having a discussion about the Commandment: Thou shalt not covet, asked, “Can we not say, ‘I really want that car!’” 

I told myself and the kids, It’s good to dream some days and some days it’s real good to be thankful for everything we already have. And so, I was also reminded by *Inspired By Annetta that “Life Is Beautiful.” Just as it is. Just now.

*Not sure where she focused on this point but if you watch her Video Story, you will be inspired! 

 

Melanie

Flowers and My lovely daughter

I recently have borrowed my brother’s camera. (Which is the nicest camera I have ever used!) and have since produced a few nice images (if I may say?!)

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july 27 039I’m still on my Stylist kick but I do like playing with this camera and trying to go for those shots filled with as much light as possible without blowing out too much! My daughter is so fun to take her photograph. She has so many different facial expressions!

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Her t-shirt says, “Ice Loves Coffee.”
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All these pics were taken at Auntie Gitti’s in her backyard and cul de sac.

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july 27 171These last 2 close-ups are so fun. Under those glasses (which I think give her such personality) are those beautiful eyes! Love you sweetie!

All these pics were taken in the magical hours between 7 and 9 in the evening.

 

 

Melanie