Friday, November 21, 2014

{Link Party} Friday Favorites #88 & Features

Did this week fly by or is just me?
I'm so happy it's Friday because that means it's the weekend AND it also means it's time for Friday Favorites!
I hope you'll link something up with us this week!!
Here are my features from last week's Friday's Favorites.
Angela @ Blue i Style shared these fabulous dual function decorative pumpkins. I love when decor items can be multi purpose (and holiday!).  Her Sharpie silhouette technique is so cool too!
This Thanksgiving Chalkboard from Julie's Lifestyle came at the perfect time. I can always use some chalk art inspiration!
I'll be sharing my Thrifty Thanksgiving Table.
I hope you'll join in too!
Rules:
LINK & LINGER WITH A NEW BLOG
Link 1-3 of your projects- older projects work too!
Social media shout outs for the party are encouraged!
Please add our button to your post!
I'm going to be co-hosting this link up with these lovely ladies!
Morgan from Finding Morgan
They'd love it if you'd follow them and link up a project!!


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

{Get Thrifty} Thursday:Thanksgiving Edition

We're hosting both families this year for Thanksgiving (31 people as of right now!). I'm doing a trial run of our table(s) and sharing all of the thrifted goodness that I plan on using.
 I'm going to use four long folding tables and set them up in the basement so we can all(hopefully) eat together in the same room.   I ordered some inexpensive white table cloths and burlap runners to give the tablecloths a rustic look.  You can't go wrong with simple white and burlap and I will defintiely reuse them all.  Then I pulled out my stash of fall type decor.
 Most of it is thrifted or free!  
 I'm using disposable (gasp) dishes this year to keep my Thanksgiving as stress free and relaxing as possible so the chargers really "joodge" up the clear plates.   I have a mix of silver and gold chargers and I'm on the thrifting hunt for some more --I definitely didn't have 31 in my collection! Will keep you posted!
 I'm always on the look out for clear, silver and white candlesticks in different heights.  They seem to work well together and by using white candles, I can tie them all together.  I probably wouldn't buy turkey salt & pepper shakers at full price, but when I found them at a thrift store, I scooped them right up. They are more decorative than functional.  So that's where I am right now with our table settings for Thanksgiving. I still need to wash and iron the cloths but I'll do that right before I put them on the tables and in keeping it real around here.....
....the other end of the table.  You're welcome!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

{Recipe} Red Lentil and Turnip Soup


Even though the calendar says it's still fall, the temperature is screaming winter right now. Our temps have fallen drastically over the last few days so I'm glad I've been ahead of the curve in my soup making endeavors.
This Red Lentil Soup with Turnips and Parsley showed up on my Facebook page courtesy of Martha Stewart Whole Living.
 I was intrigued by the turnips since I've never cooked with them (or even bought one).  The soup is a nutrition powerhouse so you won't feel the slightest bit guilty about having seconds (or thirds).
 It's packed with fiber that will keep you full as the soup warms you up.
The turnips add a potato like feel to the soup with a lot fewer calories.   I was never a big fan of lentils or lentil soup growing up, but now I'm a super fan!
What's your favorite soup?
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

From My Photography Class....

 I've been taking Lisa's "Learn To See It" class again this session and I thought I'd share some of my work with you.  
This set is from Miss High School's Halloween costume, she was dressing up as Pop Art but we had a rushed photo shoot so I wasn't too happy with any of the photos in terms of a stylized shoot. I decided to try and make them look like real pop art. I did this version which I think is a lot of fun. I found a tutorial here  that uses a stamp effect and gradient (in Photoshop) to give your image a rainbow pop art effect.
I wanted to try doing an Andy Warhol style image too. This one was tougher and I used a combination of tutorials to create this, plus some help from Lisa.
This was my dramatic light shot.
 I did a few magical/fantasy photos with my niece.  I tried to make this one look like she was entering a magical butterfly forest.
 This one wasn't exactly magical but it was my favorite from the shoot and just too cute.
I turned this image from day to night and gave the lantern a little glow.
I haven't been able to shoot as much as I'd like and I'm still behind on a few of the assignments but I'm hoping to complete them before the class finishes up.

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