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Friday
Jul062012

Washington Park in Denver, Colorado

Happy Friday everyone! For my American readers, did you all have a nice Fourth of July holiday? I had a long day at work so by the time I got home, ate some dinner and watched a few fireworks I was ready to call it a night (and then wake up super early the next day). So mine wasn't too eventful. I hope you all had a safe and fun day.

I want to share a few of my Colorado vacation pictures today. Summer is synonymous with time spent in the park and outdoor picnics. While in Denver we visited a few parks because we had Scout with us and she limited what we could do indoors. Scout appreciated romping around outside and getting out of the car (we spent a lot of hours in the car). Denver was very hot while we were there so we gravitated toward shaded spots on the lawn. A favorite destination was Washington Park (or Wash Park as the locals call it), recommended by my Denver friend Nic. The neighborhood is just what I enjoy: old homes with lots of detail, big overgrown trees lining the streets, big sidewalks and plenty of photo opportunities. 

This old high school was right across the street from the park. It was beautiful, looking so collegiate with the ivy climbing up the brick walls. No high schools look like this is Southern California. Since we don't have any extreme weather, our schools are really spread out with multiple buildings and a lot of outdoor areas. To me, this is a school out of the movies. On the right, is a wrought-iron gate in the Washington Park neighborhood. Look at all of those green trees!

Just one of the many old homes I feel in love with here. Even in the middle of the day on a Friday, this felt like a lively community. So many people were at the park, most of them walking, jogging, rollerbladding and biking. The people of Denver are very healthy. Even in the minimal time we spent there, I saw this to be the case.

There were two small lakes in the park and ducks and geese were cooling off and sleeping in the shade.

It is a pretty picturesque spot.

Scout has obviously seen birds before but this might have been her first encounter with ducks. She was very intrigued...but from a safe distance of course. I wouldn't mind having this park as my view everyday. What a lovely park to walk in and get inspired.

Scout had the whole backseat to stretch out in during this road trip. She does great in the car but after a few hours she would get antsy. And she was quite content when we got home. She missed looking out her windows at our yard with all the lizards and birds. 

I'm so glad my friend Nic recommended Washington Park. Have you ever visited? Have you ever been to Denver? How did you like it?

Have a great weekend!

Monday
Jun182012

My Week Through Instagram: Week Twenty-Four

Hi friends! Boy has this Monday been crazy. Tomorrow my Mom and I (and Scout!) are leaving for vacation. We are driving out to Colorado to see my brother's band play on the last leg of their summer tour and to just take in Colorado. We've never been but have heard such great things so we're both really excited. In traditional fashion, things are proving hectic up until our departure. I've had work and been trying to finish up little deadlines before we take off. I have yet to pack anything or get Scout ready for her first road trip. And in the middle of the night last night, I was awoken to the sound of dripping water. Yes, apparently our refrigerator decided to leak and it was basically raining in my closet last night. I had to pull everything out and do some late night organizing. So my sleep was very much interrupted (something I loathe) so I am pretty exhausted too. The 90 degree weather is not helping either. I'm so not ready for summer.

Ok...end rant. Enough complaining. Tomorrow I'm going on a much needed vacation to a lovely part of the country I've never been to before. Fun adventures are sure to be had. And I get to see my talented brother and an old friend from college so that makes it all the more sweet. The crazy will soon be behind me. But before all that, here's a recap of last week:

Sunday: Experimenting with ombré in the hot sun. I got a bit sunburnt but also figured out a cool new technique for creating a dip-dye effect. I'll share the results soon.

Monday: I spent the afternoon styling a simple tablescape. I was channeling the rustic, country farm table with summery red, blue and white hues.

Tuesday: I packaged up my first rolls of film that I shot with my new Minolta camera. I sent them off to Richard Photo Lab. I am anxiously awaiting the results. Fingers crossed for some good shots!

Wednesday: It was inventory time at Anthropologie so I had to wake up at 4 in the morning to help out. After work I stopped by a local coffee shop to caffeinate myself. I never drink coffee so on the occasion that I do, it REALLY works. Despite my lack of sleep, I got through most of the day with a lot of pep.

Thursday: Earlier in the week I got my peony prints back from Richard Photo Lab. I couldn't be happier with the quality. They look amazing. Now I just need to frame a few. 

Friday: This is the face I get every night before we head out on our walk. It's hard to say no to that.

Saturday: Scout and I walked in the morning and chose to trek up this steep hill in the scorching heat. We were quite parched by the time we arrived home but the view from the top of the hill was very worth it. 

So that was week twenty-four for me. What did your week look like?

I will try and post regularly this week even though I'm not sure what our internet connection will be like every night. But I will be snapping plenty of photos (digital and film) and as always I'll be sharing on Instagram.

Follow me on Instagram if you like. My username is laurenelisecrafted. Or see all of my pictures on the computer through Followgram.

Tuesday
Apr172012

My Week Through Instagram: Week Fifteen

I totally failed on posting my Instagram recap this weekend so I thought I would make it up today. Last week was the fifteenth in 2012. Hard to believe since the days are flying by. April in particular is moving quite quickly but I think that's because I have a lot of deadlines and much to accomplish this month. Has April been busy for you?

Sunday: I did a photoshoot with my brother and his girlfriend the day before and this tree is where we did it. It was this beautiful, open field with tons of mustard wildflowers. The space was so calming and rural feeling (even though houses weren't far away). I shared a few pictures but more will be coming later. 

Monday: This mountain picture was actually taken on Easter Sunday. We celebrated the holiday by hiking in the local mountains. It was the perfect day. Clear and beautiful, warm, but a nice breeze. Spending the day with family (and the dog) is a good day indeed. I shared a few pictures that I took with my Instax camera.

Tuesday: Another sneak peek from the photoshoot. My brother wore these awesome cowboy boots for a California bohemian vibe. Did I mention my brother was the model?! He did a great job.

Wednesday: Our Easter flowers in the dining room. The white blooms are spider mums and I love how long they last. They provided pretty inspiration all week.

Thursday: I spotted some awesome clouds on the way to work.

Friday: Assembly line, working on some handmade items for an upcoming wedding. The pretty, pink string is going to be a lovely detail to the programs I've designed. Can't wait to share. 

Saturday: Scout and I had a lazy Saturday morning. Got a few things done but mostly rested since I felt a bit under the weather.

So that was my week fifteen. What did yours look like?

Follow me on Instagram if you like. My username is laurenelisecrafted. Or see all of my pictures on the computer through Followgram.

Tuesday
Apr172012

Houzz Feature: Colorful Doormat DIY

Hi blog friends! I'm finally getting back on track with blogging this week. I hate getting off schedule, don't you? The good news is that I'm slowly chipping away at my to-do list. I am still busy, busy for the rest of April but at least taxes are done and out of the way now. One less thing to worry about. Thank goodness!

Today I want to share another DIY I created specially for Houzz that got featured this week. Last week I shared my first DIY and announced that I will be contributing to Houzz on a regular weekly basis now. I am really looking forward to the challenge of writing more and producing more home decor and home improvement DIYs. I have been wanting to transition into more of that anyway and so this was the perfect opportunity. 

For this project I spruced up a plain, boring doormat and turned it into a personal work of art. Most of the store bought versions are pretty typical and I figured putting my own touches on a mat wouldn't be too hard. Turns out it is the perfect weekend DIY which can be completed in an hour or two, depending on how much detail you put into it. You only need a few materials too. Check out all the specifics for making your own personalized doormat on Houzz:

Step Up to a Work-of-Art Doormat

For one of the shots, I enlisted the help of my dog Scout. She doesn't have the best track record for being a helpful model but I never give up hope on her. And she is just too cute! It's hard not to snap a few pictures. I decided to throw a few of the pictures together and turn them into an animated gif.

Cute, right?

If you have Photoshop you can make your own gifs like this. My friend Jenny of Hank & Hunt posted this amazing tutorial about how to make your own. Jenny is crazy talented and she has such a fun blog so head on over and give her some love and say hi. If you don't have Photoshop you can still make animated gifs, using this free website MakeAGif and it works great.

Happy gif making and have a great week everyone!

Wednesday
Apr112012

Easter Hike

Happy mid-week everyone! Southern California went from having perfect, clear weather this weekend to being cloudy and rainy today. Fluctuations like this are business as usual here but at least the holiday was spared from the gloominess. On Sunday my family went on a hike in the local mountains to soak up the sun's warm rays and to spend our Easter outdoors in nature. Outings like this call for a camera of some sort but I didn't feel like lugging around my dSLR, especially since we had Scout along for the fun. It's hard to be dog wrangler plus family photographer at the same time. So I opted for my more compact Fuji Instax camera which gives me instant, tangible pictures.

I'm in the last set of pictures on the left with Scout. Can you see me? I am very camouflaged.

It was a really fun hike and I'm glad I have these little photos to remind me of the trip. Scout especially loved splashing in the water and cooling down in the stream. She usually dislikes water but for whatever reason, being out in nature changed her mind. Whenever our family gets together I feel like we always go on long walks or hikes. Does your family do that? A family that walks together, stays together maybe.

How was your Easter weekend? Did anyone else go hiking?