A few weeks ago the talented Danni of Oh Hello Friend started a series of posts on her blog titled Twelve Days of Cheer. What she offered was 12 days of last minute holiday gift opportunities for a lesser price than usual. She had a bunch of generous shops on there such as Ginko Papers, Kylie Parry, Sew Lola, Spread The Love, Apt. 2B Baking Co. , and many more. I really wanted to buy some of those items, but as it turned out, most of them were only available for US/Canada shipping. Then on the twelfth day Danni offered something of her own shop, something I've been wanting for a long time- one of her gorgeous pocket watches!! And hurray hurray, it was open for anyone, anywhere in the world (!!) There was no hesitation on my part! I immediately proceeded with the "Buy it Now" process and I waited. A couple of days ago I got that little note in the mail telling me something special has arrived for me and I should come pick it up. hurray. I dashed out all excited. And then I had it. Now if this were just an ordinary package I'd probably wouldn't be blogging about it, but if you know Danni, at least the way I know her through her blog, she doesn't do anything ordinary! She literally puts her heart and soul into her creations! You don't have to just take my word for it, see for yourselves, as I just had to photograph it! Thanks Danni!!
It's been almost two weeks since my someone left for his reserves service, and he finally came home last night for a 3 day R&R. If you remember I mentioned before that the one good thing about him being away for so long, is that I will have a chance to work on a special surprise for him, and so all week I've been busy at it...
What was the surprise you ask? I completely renovated our bed frame, and I did almost all of it by myself (with the guidance of my someone's dad...). You see, the bed frame used to belong to my someones' parents many years ago until it was passed on to my someone. It wasn't completely my cup of tea, specifically since it was in a golden Pine color (which for some reason screams 80's to me...). I've been contemplating buying a new frame all together until I saw this image on Etsy and was inspired to keep the frame, and just tweak it a bit... Well, completely actually. I painted it all black, using black chalkboard paint, and then on the headboard, with the help of my good friends Einat & Alex, we wrote in 33 languages a little note to my someone... Can you tell what that message is...?
I've been sanding, cleaning, painting, cleaning, painting again, cleaning again, scribbling, varnish spraying, and cleaning A-gain, all week long, until it was finally ready yesterday afternoon, just in time for my someone's arrival.
Here's what I've done, and how I've done it...
Oh, and yes, he LOVED it :)
The "before" shots
The only photo I took of myself (on timer & tripod) working
Before & After sanding
First coat of chalkboard paint
The finished look
Writing with chalk
Doing my very best we the Hindi writing...
Einat trying to read the different languages
Alex & I in writing action
I tucked the Hebrew in the bottom of his side of the bed
It's been almost a week since my someone left for his 25 days reserves service. Though I've spent most of that time working at the restaurant I do feel the emptiness of him not being around. At the end of the day it is only me here at home. Luckily for us he is not that far away, and we do get to talk on the phone every day, several times a day! He tells me what's going on, describes the people he's with, the base where he's at, his daily schedule, and the views where he is at, and I picture it all in my head. They are based up north in the Israeli Golan Heights close to Mount Hermon. I've mentioned before that we recently had some major snow fall at the Hermon so I can only imagine how beautiful it must be for the guys up there. But I don't need to imagine it any more... This morning when my someone was out on patrol he grabbed his phone camera (not a bad camera if you ask me...) and took a few snaps and emailed the to me so I can see what he sees up there.
Isn't it gorgeous??
This past weekend Israel has finally joined the rest of the Northern Hemisphere and officially welcomed winter. But it wasn't just a late entrance, it was full blown HELLO! On Thursday evening the weather started shifting colder. By Friday morning it was already gray outside, and the wind was blowing like crazy. Then on Saturday came the rain. We received a mega winter storm with heavy showers and crazy winds that lasted until Monday night. Fortunately for me I spent most of the storm indoors, and on Sunday while I was cooped up at home I grabbed my camera and documented the storm from my indoors point of view.
Our balcony became a pool of water
If you'd like to read more and see just how wild this storm was you can look here and here
** Wanna win yourself one of my 2011 Calendars? Go to Paper n Stitch and enter to win. Giveaway ends December 31st :)
It's been a while since I've let you in and updated you on my life. Not much has changed, but there are a few plans in motion for the future!
It's down season when it comes to weddings, but that's a good thing, cause now I can focus on re-grouping and building up my business. I've partnered up with my friend from work, Oded, who is a fellow photographer. He shoots both steels and video, and so we aim to work together photographing weddings. I am still going to shoot weddings with my friend Dvora, as her second photographer when needed, but that would come second to my work with Oded. We're still in the business developing stage, but we've already come up with a name, and a logo, and we even purchased our web address (though currently GoDaddy is having an ad field-day on there...)
Our chosen company name is F/2 . I'm sure I don't need to explain the name to all you photographers, but for the rest of you, the symbol f/ with a number attached is the indicator of how wide or narrow the camera's shutter opens when you take a photo. It's a little kitsch, but we like it :)
My someone's dad asked me to try and work on a logo and a business card layout for his business. As I mentioned before, he is a building contractor and so I wanted to create something that fits just that. Here is how it came out. Sorry it's all in Hebrew...
On a sad note, my someone is leaving on Sunday for a 25 day reserves service. This will be the longest we have ever been apart and I know it won't be easy!
The only good thing about it is that I will finally have the chance to work on my secret surprise project for him... I will tell you all about it as soon as he leaves...
By the way, I am hosing a giveaway on I Art U :) The winner will receive my 2011 photo calendar! If you want one, you better hurry on to I Art U and enter to win! Good luck.
This week on You See i See we had to photograph Grace. I decided to photograph my friend Racheli at Villa D, a magical events garden that is connected to the restaurant I work for. (There is no website for Villa D, but you can see images of the place here). Besides the fact that she is so naturally pretty and full of grace, I feel this images have a vintage classic look. Wouldn't you agree?
Yesterday around noon a brush fire started at the Carmel Mountains in Northern Israel. Within a few hours it became the largest fire disaster we have ever known. And it is not yet behind us. It is raging and moving forward, burning everything in it's path.
There is still no clear evidence as to what has caused the fire, though there are quite a few speculations that this was arsenal. The Carmel mountains, nicknamed The Ever Green mountains, are as black as the night. All burnt to ashes. But the biggest tragedy isn't the loss of so many acres of greenery (so far, about 4 million trees), or the loss of homes and property. This fire has taken lives with it. About 40 people lost their lives in a burning bus that got caught in the fire.
As I am writing this post the fire is still raging not too far from me. Only 45 minutes drive from here. There are many out there who are doing all they can to overcome the fire and put it out. Apart from the Israeli forces we are receiving great help from countries around us, including Egypt, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Russia, Greece, Cypress, Jordan, England, France, Italy, The US, and from our neighbors, the Palestinians.
the sweetest quilt (a work in progress)
[image: a special by lovelydesign]
I've been saving my Addie's little baby blouses, toddler dresses, wee
nighties + bloomers (anything sweet and made from f...