I am not sure if it is just me but it seems the weather has been weird this year. Normally by now I am not digging in the closets to find wool blankets, flannel nighties and hoodies (nor are we scrambling to cover fruit trees from frost) and then, a day later, looking for a bathing suit because it is so hot! Here is a little photo gallery of the last month…..the photos look so sunny and warm but let me tell you, we are still wrapping in the wool blanket at night.Our first ever lettuce popping upWe call this our The Rabbit Garden. I used mesh and bamboo to build a “fence” to keep the critters away!The whole family (oh wait …not Israel) joined the planting funAunt Dawn, Laura and Jerrod hard at work Laura and Addison planting beetsPoor Boom has been suffering from allergies….we found him napping in the truck Gotta love John Deeres and garden hatsJerrod’s must have been in a happy place when he planted our beans as they are 4″ high already. They literally popped out of the ground!We wrapped our trees with shower curtains I found on a shelf in the Marina when we had a frost warningWe dodged the frost and sour cherries are on the way The Rabbit Garden a few weeks later I have never been as proud of a saladVintage wool blanket we are all fighting over
I was fortunate enough to be able to shoot a wedding in Northern Ohio a couple weekends ago with one of our dear friends Meghan. Because I was an additional shooter and didn’t have any pressure (thank god) , I was able to capture some special moments. The brides’ daughter had a way to my heart, as you can see in most of the pictures. She was glowing just as much as her momma! It was loads of work, but tons of fun and totally worth it. I have found a new love with shooting weddings! -addison
Last weekend was a pinnacle of the sibling experience; as a sister with two older brothers, you live for these types of moments. We finally had a some time together and decided to fish for Crappie. If you’ve have never tasted Crappie, you are missing a northern ohio treat. They are wonderful lightly breaded and fried. Anyways… fishing was a disaster.
Like all good fisherman, we started late morning. We went out, caught nothing, went in, had a beer… went out, caught nothing, went in, had a beer… and so on and so forth until 7:30ish. Now like all good fisherman, we had consumed ALL day and were a little “over served”. At this point the sun was going down and it was starting to get cold and Izze and I, after not catching a single fish, opted to stay back when Jerrod approached us about going out a final time. Had I had known what was going to happen, I would have willingly gone (maybe to catch a few photos to show you). Here’s the play by play according to Jerrod. “I stepped up on the dock, cast left, tried to balance myself and completely missed the edge falling face first, totally clothed (back brace and all) into the lake.”
He came whimpering back to the house, water dripping off his nose, literally drrreeeennnnccchhhed and while I thought to myself ” this is so good, it can’t get any better”, boy was I totally wrong. Jerrod proceeded to throw himself on the couch, shattering the leg and slamming our beloved, mid century sofa to the floor. Literally, one side on the ground (aka the one Jerrod was sitting on )and the other up in the air! HAHAHAHA
This was the best night ever for his brother and sister, not so much for Jerrod – addison
We’ve already planted a portion of our Lake Erie garden: stuff like lettuce, radishes, carrots and parsnips. But the gardening really begins with a trip to our three favorite local nurseries in Hudson: Cochran’s for tomato and herb plants; Suncrest Gardens for truly exceptional varieties of everything- from annuals, to trees, to cool pots, to home accessories (plan to pay exceptional prices, but if it is one of a kind what can you do?); and Blooming Acres for the absolutely best annuals flowers, at the most reasonable prices. Today was The Day! Normally not a shopper, I am happy, happy, happy shopping. My day……….
I got to try out my new boots from “Job Lots” (equivalent to Ohio’s own “Big Lot”).1. seeds from Burpees 2 & 3. Baskets of pansies – Cochrans 4.George and his tomatoes – Cochrans 5. variegated Dahlias – Cochrans 6. a sea of coleus – Suncrest Gardens 7. Succulents - Suncrest Gardens 8. Swanky garden pots - Suncrest Gardens 9-13. Assorted annuals - Blooming Acres 14. I end up doing the same design year after year: a bright geranium with an odd colored coleus….it must be the need for color after a dark winter (or, I am a creature of habit?). Pots are from Ikea (yes plastic) and are self-watering.- Laura
We have been living with an ugly room and finally made it a priority. We wonder why we waited so long. If you suffer from the same predicament, we have a few tips for you…such as gather a large group as the project goes more quickly and helps maintain a smile on everyone’s face (hard to accomplish when remodeling). If this doesn’t happen, wine always helps!
The girls are so thankful to have a studio to create in that no longer hurts their eyes! It’s amazing how changing a room can literally change your attitude.
You have to appreciate the Italian perspective: keep it simple, be colorful, and have a playful take on life. I am pretty sure this mentality has something to do with the attraction (maybe obsession?) my family has for mid century Italian pottery. Even though we have been collecting for years (one of us decades), it still brings us joy. Nothing makes us happier than adding to our collections. I find good in almost every piece I come across, while Jerrod prefers to hone in on blue greens. Some days I think my favorites are those with matte finishes and natural colors, while other days I am in love with psychedelic and bling (and those hip Italians were all too happy to deliver!). Someday we hope to be willing to share these lovelies, but at this point we are having difficulty parting with them. Jerrod’s Jerrod’s Jerrod’s ….do you notice a pattern here????My first pieces of Italian pottery still happen to be my favorites. I wish I had a few more like this vase!
Morgan and I just had a recent 2 year anniversary!!!! We were unsure how we were going to beat last years anniversary (snowboarding on the mountain of breckenridge)…considering we didn’t have much extra money. This year i think we came up with a good one! Art is one of our favorite pass time, so we decided , why not bring it to the streets! Morgan slaving away with tedious work. It took probably 6 hours of straight cutting…..we had blisters on our fingers by the end!who needs their nails done when you have spray paint!?We were lucky enough to find a legal wall. Considering it was -9 degrees with windchill and the wind was horrible ,we were freezing the entire time. It also took 4x longer than we expected. We would paint something, race to the car , warm our little toes and fingers up,( hopefully the paint would be dry),than get our butts back out there and start working again! It was a rough one, but 4 hours later…we were finally done!