Sunday, October 31, 2010

.daily film : geranium.

it's been getting cold here. which i'm not very happy about... i don't mind it right now, but it will just keep getting worse. and then the w-word comes. nooooooo!

anyway, because of this change in temperature, i brought my scented geraniums in. i've read that they can survive the winter as houseplants and, since i only have one, i figured it would be quite nice to have them inside. i was right. they're so lovely. especially in that south-facing window when they're backlit by the sun. they also smell really good when they're warmed by the sun. mmmmm!

the way the light filters through them is so beautiful.

do you have indoor plants? what have you found to be an easy plant to care for, i may need more!

.sunday coffee : neutral + natural.

i can't stop drooling over this whole collection. seriously, there is more. birds, a wolf, a bear... love! woodland fantasy rings by sea of bees.

liane has been an inspiration for me for a long, long time. her blog is a constant source of beauty. nature inspired pillow by enhabiten.

both of these gorgeous glass pieces are from the same shop. I couldn't decide. white on wood is one of my most favorite combinations in the world... you understand. vintage drinking glasses + vintage glass carafe by the old red hen.

i'm seriously considering one of these amazing lace necklaces for my wedding. i would love it. azhar by tree and kimball.

i have a bracelet that has a bunch of images of moths on it and i love it to pieces. i guess i have a thing for moths. this beautiful shop is full of lovely illustrations on ceramic. striped moth espresso cup and saucer by laura zindel design.

rinne allen has such an incredible sense of light and balance. i could look at her photography for days. luckily for me, she's part of a collaborative blog called beauty everyday. tangled branches by rinne allen.

hope you enjoyed this little tour. have a great sunday + happy halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

.daily film : maybury.

a little jaunt through maybury state park, here in sw michigan. these photos are actually from last fall, only two weeks away from today. it was cold, but beautiful, and there were a lot of other people walking around the forest.

i get my card reader back tonight so expect some foliage for .daily film. tomorrow!

Friday, October 29, 2010

.vintage photo friday : tall tales.

the pretty woman on the left? that's my great grandma bea. i love the shoes she's wearing. i'm assuming that the guy with his hand on her waist is my great grandpa, whom i never met.

i would have really liked to be at that fish fry!

.daily film : root cellar.

eric and i seriously miss going to greenfield village just about every week, like we did last year. you can feel the history, the people. the stories.

i love that they have what they call 'living houses'. re-enactors and, i'm sure, the rest of the village staff, still use these houses as they were used when people lived in them.

in the firestone farmhouse, which is the home in these photos, they still cure ham and store preserves in the basement. the light is really beautiful coming in from the windows.

we have a fairly set pattern that we tour the village in when we go. we always go here first.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

.daily film : acadia.

my lovely sister is borrowing my card reader. until it returns, i will be revisiting photos from the past. which isn't all bad when said photo is from maine. ah, maine. i really loved that place. especially the ocean.

this little vignette is from the island stopover on our guided kayak trip. we didn't go out onto the real ocean, we stayed in the bay, but it was still amazing.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

.daily film : lathe.

I miss the smell of sassafras wood.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

.daily film : window.

I'm starting a new tradition here at the blog today. In order to encourage (force) myself to get back to making photography a part of my daily life, I'm going to start posting a new photo here every day. Just a little something nice, you know? I think it'll definitely spruce things up around here :)

What are you doing to make creativity and/or beauty a part of your life?

Friday, October 22, 2010


I'm not sure who this man is. He is in the same folder of family photos that the rest of the photos I've posted so far are in. I love that I'm related to him though, he seems like a really jovial guy. The kind of guy you just want to go visit. I like that he's wearing a collared shirt under his overalls, like he's always ready to go into town or something. The dog behind him seems to be having the time of its life, too! Bounding this way and that across the yard. Maybe he's chasing the shadows of the laundry that is drying on the line behind him?

What do you think his name was? I'm thinking... maybe John.

P.S. No, you're not going crazy. This photo is bigger than they usually are in this space. I just thought he really looked great taking up the whole page.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

.to the west.

tomorrow, I'm getting in my car and driving west until I almost fall into Lake Michigan. I love going home. it's not very often I get to see my family and, if I'm really lucky, a couple of friends who still live over that way. I also get to see my mom's chickens. they're so great. they come and greet me when I get out of the car, clucking and squawking, scratching at the ground. my dad just built them a new coop for the winter, too. the roof is clear plastic, so they'll get some sun. lucky ducks! er, hens.

this sweet little chicken is from modish vintage.

Monday, October 18, 2010

.essay : summer's last hurrah.

kayaking trip with the fiance, eric. it was a beautiful summer day. if only i didn't have to be choked by a rental life vest the whole time!

the only trip i got to take with my mom this summer. it was really nice, though. i was the first person to test out her new blue kayak. so honored.

these last several photos are from a kayak/canoe trip that i and my co-workers at starbucks went on in august. it was super fun and almost all of us made it. it's not often we're all at the same place at the same time. someone's gotta work the store!

what was your favorite thing about this past summer?
mine : well, i can't leave out hawai'i can i?
btw, we did kayak the wailua river on kaua'i. 
distressingly enough, i can't seem to find those photos at the moment.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

.sunday coffee : b.

what do these things have in common?
they all start with b!

brass fire extinguisher : a m radio

hand painted baby's breath bowl : yevgenia

this would be the winner in scattergories!

keeping the bees print : swell papel

bison gocco print : hello jenuine

vintage hat + boot brush : a m radio

amazing sheds made from old boats : craft zine

enjoy and have a bright, beautiful and bountiful sunday!

Friday, October 15, 2010

.one last time.

i couldn't help but reminisce about the summertime today. it was sunny, warm... definitely had the crisp fall air, but i was at the beach all day in my head. lounging, reading for fun! oh, be still my heart!

i know this post is quite late today. i've been busy with all sorts of home ground related things. tweaking a lot of things that i didn't quite get finished before yesterday afternoon... better late than never?

you might recognize the two women in the top photo as my lovely great grandma bea + grandma betty (grandie to us kids). i'm not sure who the woman in the second photo is, but i have a feeling it's my grandma. the dashing man in the third photo is my grandpa john.

when my sisters and i were little, we would occasionally spend the night at their house. my grandma was definitely a night person, so only my grandpa was awake when we got up. every morning, he would make us cinnamon sugar toast. oh man, was it so good! i still love cinnasugar toast and think of him when i make it for myself.

do you have any food associations with your family?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

.the big day.

I am so excited to finally announce the opening of the Home Ground shop! I've been working quite hard on it and am happy and nervous to have it be in the real world. Together with my amazing photographer, Megan Boltz, and my super great models, Jessica, Abby, Erika and Amy, I have come a long way in the past two months.

I know I've been quiet around here lately, and you can bet that this is why! I've missed being here and visiting your spaces a  ton and can't wait to get back into that habit.

I'm offering a nice little free shipping discount to anyone who likes my Facebook page, and an additional 10% off to those of you who sign up for the Home Ground newsletter. I'll start by sending out your nice little discount code, then I'll drop you notes here and there about product updates, interesting things I've found/seen and other nice little tidbits.

I can't wait to see you around the shop. Let me know what you think of it :)