Friday, September 30, 2011

Your Appointment with Friday

Happy last day of September! This week's photo prompt feels a bit darker and a little vintage.....perfect for the season changing into Fall. The prompt is:

Black & White

*the paddock*

I took these photos at the Del Mar Racetrack.  Ryan, a friend, and I spent the early evening (a few weeks ago) soaking up the glow of the setting sun while placing crazy fun bets, cheering on our horses, enjoying a beer and popcorn snack (no beer for me of course), and walking from our seats to the paddock to look at all these lovely beauties in between races.....

*jockey* *walking to the paddock* *del mar racetrack* *enjoying the view* *round the last turn*

It was exciting and fun, made even more enjoyable by our surroundings.....the beautiful racetrack grounds.  And I am so in love with color that I had to slip in a few color photos!  However I originally was inspired to take black and white photos here by all the beautiful vintage B&W prints that decorates the walls of this building.....

*beautiful grounds* *betting on my horse*

And to top it all off, Devo played after the races (no photos of them, sorry)!  Ryan and I enjoyed their show so much he bought their newest album, witch I absolutely LOVE!!!

Enjoy your black & white photo taking this week!  I hope you find it as inspiring as I did : )
Love, Carrie

Thursday, September 29, 2011

An Autumn Gift For You | New Desktop Wallpaper

Autumn Desktop Wallpaper 1920x1200

After taking this photo over the weekend, I ended up making it into my desktop wallpaper and thought it would be nice to share as a freebie for you to enjoy too.  xoxo

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The First Day of Fall

*First Day of Fall* Fall | Sunflare

The first day of Fall ended up being a lovely day, filled with fun, excitement, creativity, lots of color, good food and drink.....I could go on and on.  Nely and I spent most of the daylight hours scrapbooking (working on a minibook that I will share here soon ; ), under a big blue sky filled with puffy white clouds. At one point, even though the clouds looked the way they do in my photo above, HUGE raindrops fell onto our scrapbook supplies adding a bit of extra character to our projects! It was really fun!!!  We stamped, and cut, and sewed, and glued, and painted, and typed our little hearts out!  Happy Fall everyone!

Love, Carrie

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Your Appointment with Friday

*first day of fall 2010*

So this week's photo prompt is up a couple days early because I am planning on taking my photo on the.....

First Day of Fall 2011

I just loved documenting the first day of summer so much so that I thought it would be fun to do it for fall too!  So the prompt is to take photos of your day on Friday, September 23rd.  You can take as many or as few photos as you like of course, but make sure to have fun!!!

The photo collage above is from fall of last year.....I had taken a walk on the first day of fall and ended up taking photos of what I saw.  Things that reminded me of this wonderful season : )

Are you getting excited?!?  I am!
Love, Carrie

Friday, September 16, 2011

Your Appointment with Friday

Hello lovely people and happy Friday to you! This week's photo prompt is to.....

Go to a coffee shop (and take photos of what you see). 

The Pannikin with Ryan

Hmmmm.....I think I will always love amaretto cappuccinos! They are the BEST during cool weather!!!

The Pannikin is one of our favorite outdoor coffee shops.  The atmosphere is light and happy.  The building looks like a two story beach house washed with light yellow paint.  The second story balcony (where we usually sit) get a wonderful breeze and feels very open.  Honestly, I don't make time to go to coffee shops like I use to, but when I do it is a real treat.....and today was no exception.  Ryan and I had a wonderful time.

I know I'm a bit behind on my Project Monday's but hope to get caught up some time next week.  This month has been busy and LOTS of fun so far!  Have the best day today!!!

Love, Carrie

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Your Appointment with Saturday

For this week's photo prompt I wanted to focus on summer as it begins to come to a close. The prompt is to capture something that has become.....

A New Summer Tradition

{september} something i made

(These photos also happen to be my day 10 *something I made* photos for the 30 day photo challenge I'm doing this month over on my personal blog, Blume & Grow.  Fun!)

I have never really been a big ice tea fan, but this summer I started mixing homemade ice tea with different things like lemonade or flavored sparkling water.....and it's stuck.  I love it!!!  I've tried quite a few different mixtures and here are some of my favorites:
  • Tazo Rest (rose petals, valerian root and citrusy herbs) mixed with Simply Limeade (pictured above).  This one tastes like you're drinking a's floral and refreshing.
  • Tazo Refresh (mint with a pinch of tarragon) mixed with Simply Raspberry Lemonade.  Mint and raspberry's are so great together, and this is no exception!
  • Celestial Seasonings Black Cherry Berry mixed with Simply Raspberry Lemonade.  This ice tea is sweet and tart.....and so delicious.
If you're interested in the actual recipe I use, you can find it HERE on a guest post for My Creative Brightside.  I use the same steps and ratios for each one, so all you have to do is replace the corresponding ingredients with ones of your choice.  It's really easy, and a real treat to have at home or to throw into a travel mug for the road.

What's a new tradition that you've started this summer?

Have a wonderful day!
Love, Carrie

Friday, September 9, 2011

Project Friday

Yesterday I had these photos taken and ready to go, but we lost power till early this morning, and haven't been able to post them until this afternoon.   So now I am happy to finally get to share with you my project from last week's photo prompt.  A new 8 1/2x11 layout.....

*she takes photos*

The Hambly transparency, fabric, and baker's twine are all from Color Me Miki : )

I did a little layering and sewing, and was excited for a chance to use these leaf pins.....

*she takes photos* {1}

This shade of mint green is a favorite right now, and I even pulled out my typewriter to write little notes on the tags.....

*she takes photos* {2}

*she takes photos* {3}

I hope to be back tonight with a new photo prompt, but may not make it happen till tomorrow (I try not to stress about stuff anymore).  Hooray for the weekend!

Love, Carrie

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Nely's Sweet Escape

I almost forgot to share these today : )  Here are more of the photos from the shoot I did for Nely's new blog design.  She wanted them to be bright and colorful.....

*hello my name is nely*

*photo fun*

*ready for adventure*

*important news*

*about nely*

*31 before 32 list*

*crafty nely*

*a little whimsy*

Nely is super easy to photography, and I just love the way she did her hair and makeup for this shoot.  We had so much fun!

Tonight I am working away so I can mostly finish up next my layout using some of these pics.  I hope to photograph and share it stay tuned.

Have the best day!!!
Love, Carrie

Friday, September 2, 2011

Your Appointment with Friday

I may have chose this week's photo prompt because I'm feeling sentimental and have awesome plans with this girl on my birthday, but whatever the reason I think it helps you feel thankful.  The photo prompt is to.....

Take a photo of a friend.

*she takes photos*

*she goes on adventures*

This pretty girl had asked me to do a new blog design for her recently and for the graphics we decided to do an urban themed photoshoot.  I love how it all turned out (her blog is done but private right now) and can't wait to share!!!  We had the best day traveling all over San Diego to get a variety of shots, but I think the two photos above are at my favorite locations.  And now I'm excited to do a layout of her which I'll share on Monday, and then the rest of the pics from this shoot on Wednesday!

Enjoy your holiday weekend!!!
Love, Carrie