Fun With Planes

A few weeks ago we headed to the Duluth Air Show with our neighbors/friends. It was freezing but so worth the frozen toes!I got to check out a C-130 (the plane my dad was on in Vietnam)but I have to say my heart still belongs to the old bombers. Maybe it’s the history nerd in me but I think they’re gorgeous.We had our eardrums rumbled by some serious jets, much to my husbands glee, and watched the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.They were absolutely, heart stoppingly amazing. Seriously, I have no idea how they didn’t fly into each other. My husband may have made me watch too many youtube videos of air show crashes to watch such a thing without assuming the worst was just about to happen…

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Nothing Like It

There’s nothing quite like Duluth in the fall. The crisp air, the smell of pine trees, the beautiful colors on the trees. It’s one of my favorite places to be.As an end note, I would like to once again profess my undying love for my iPhone, without which none of these pictures would exist. And also a shoutout to Apple for adding the sweet panorama function to the new update that is responsible for the last picture. Couldn’t have had better timing.

New Toy

After my kit lens for my Rebel bit the dust last January, I spent hours and hours trying to decide what to replace it with. What I really wanted was the Tamron 18-200mm lens that I have been lusting after for the past 5 years or so. But my frugal side said just buy a used kit lens, and my anxious side said I needed to have the kit lens because it was what I knew (even though I am well aware that the kit lens is less than great, it’s just all I’ve ever had). This was the mindset I walked into National Camera Exchange with. What I walked out with was a brand new Tamron 18-200mm lens.And lets just say I am in love. This lens is going to make shooting with my big camera a whole new experience and I am already having so much fun playing with it. It ended up costing just a little bit more than the used kit lens after the mail in rebates, but was brand new, with a 6 year warranty, and has opened up a whole new world to my camera while easily covering everything the kit lens could do.Now of course after talking to the sales guy though I realize what I really need next is a 50mm fixed lens. Good thing I have a birthday and Christmas coming up! 😉

Check

If any of you remember, way back in June I talked about my rather ambitious list of projects for the house. Patio furniture update, painting the kitchen table, redecorating the office… It was quite a list, and it remains quite a list. But I have managed to check a few things off so I thought it might be time to share them. First up, the patio furniture update. I was going to share the before pictures but apparently I erased them all, which makes sense cause they were really ugly. As in light beige with rust.This isn’t my dream patio furniture by any means but for the price of 5 cans of spray paint, it is a gigantic improvement. My very supportive husband was rather skeptical about spray painting furniture, and I’m not gonna lie, I was a bit scared myself, but it worked like a charm. Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint is my new best friend. I painted these in June and they still look great. I imagine I’ll need to touch them up a bit in the spring but that’s just fine with me.One of these days I’ll actually decide what I want for furniture on my patio, until then spray paint is the answer to all of my patio problems.

Next up is my pillow rejuvenation project. Note that I call it rejuvenation and not “new pillow” project. That is because I was too cheap to actually buy new pillows or pillow forms. Because lets face it, they’re ridiculously expensive for what they are and they just get packed down right away anyways.So instead I bought a cheap pillow at target, cut a slit in my old throw pillows, stuffed them as much as I could with the stuffing from the target pillow, sewed them back up and then recovered them. Yes, I may be the cheapest girl in the world but it cost 4 bucks to make 3 big fluffy pillows so I’m okay with it.I absolutely adore the orange chevron material and it was a total surprise find at JoAnns. I’d been looking for something like it for over a month without much luck so when I stumbled on this in their quilting aisle I was ecstatic. And at 2 bucks a yard (have I mentioned I also call this the poor girls pillow makeover…) it was simply meant to be. There was only one yard left but it was just enough to cover the two smaller pillows. I found the neutral material and buttons to make a third pillow for the loveseat. It ended up working out perfectly and adding a little variety. Total cost for three new throw pillows… $11.00. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

Last up is the dining table that I scored at the Salvation Army in May. I’ll be honest, this project nearly gave me an aneurism, and that is after my mother’s amazing hubby sanded it down for me saving me hours of work and muscle knots. I blame the crappy paint and the lady at Home Depot for recommending it. I learned some valuable lessons along the way, that my loyalty to Sherwin Williams was well deserved and I will never stray from their paint department ever again, and that the advice of a sales person is never ever a substitution for research. This was a rare occurrence for me, not doing my homework before buying supplies. It will never happen again. Six coats of paint later (which will never actually dry hard enough for a table) I decided to go with good enough. I covered it with polyacrylic (which I do really like and will be using again) and have decided to let go of the fact that it will get nicked and dented. When the top gets too beat up, I’ll strip it and do it again, but with better paint!!! It does look pretty though, especially if you aren’t looking for all the little imperfections like I am. Letting it go… Letting it go… 😉 Next up I am finishing the chairs to go with the table. They are half way spray painted, soon to be completely spray painted, then topped off with new fabric covered seats. The seats depend on the men in my life with saws so this may take awhile…And with a little luck in the weather department and motivation on my part I hope to crank out the desk for our office redo. I need the weather to stay warm enough to stain in the garage!!! I may be a bit overly optimistic though considering how little time I actually have to get it done with all our travel coming up but I’m holding on to hope. The Parade of Homes last weekend has me dying to redecorate something!

Catching Up

All of our travels and adventures over the past few months have meant lots of picture taking but very little time for getting those pictures scrapped. But I am slowly but surely catching up, at least with my Smash Book. I’ve got quite a ways to go in my regular scrapbook, soon to be even further behind after our trip to Mexico! One of the nice things about making the Smash Book this year is that even if I do get a bit behind in my scrapbooking, I have kept track of everything we’ve done in this book so it’ll be easy to go back and remember what I want to scrap. The downside to this though is it does start to feel a bit repetitive. I’ve decided next year I’ll skip the Smash Book and use 4×6 pages for the little pictures that I want to print but don’t necessarily want to make an entire page around. That’s my plan for now anyways.I am really glad that I did the Smash Book though. It’s been a fun project and I think I’ll love looking back on it. I just feel it’ll be a bit redundant two years in a row. So those are my thoughts up to this date anyways. Having a camera always at my disposal means I have lots of pictures so I do need a home for them. I just think it’ll be fun to change it up next year. We’ll see though, I may be addicted to smashing… 😉