Friday, June 5, 2009

Online Photography Class

I was very lucky to get into this photography class this summer while I have some time (between buying, packing, moving, oh yeah...and buying a house!) to devote to it. I've had my (most basic) Nikon D40 DSLR for over a year and still haven't managed to take it off of AUTO. So I'm really hoping this class helps me to learn how to use my camera to the best of it's abilities. Maybe when I master the basics I'll buy a new camera lens. Now, I only have the basic 18-55 mm lens that came with it. Does anyone know what lens I should go for next? So I have my first assignment due Tuesday and hopefully I'll get it done this weekend.


Next week is filling up quickly before our big CARIBBEAN CRUISE...no kids! yeah, mom and I are so excited to getaway! Mom said she may look for some pirates in the ocean and beg them to kidnap her for a year so she can get some uninterrupted rest! ha! I'll have to keep my eyes on her to make sure she doesn't jump overboard! I've said it before, but it's worth repeating...my mom is a work horse! She is 62 years old and runs a licensed daycare with up to 12 kids for nearly 12 hours a day. Now, she does have help, but still she is so overworked! Part of the problem is she is technologically illiterate...no computers to complete her paperwork. It's all done by hand. If she were comfortable on the computer, her workload could be cut in half...she could do all her taxes, payroll, payments, and state license stuff online. But that's another story.



I've been shopping like a mad woman this week. I've purchased some of my blinds for my house...did you know you can get 2" faux wood blinds at Walmart and Target these days? I've never had the need to look for them, but they are cheaper at each of these places compared to home improvement stores. I bought the sizes they had in stock at Walmart that would fit my house. I'll have to special order some of them to get the right size. But they were only about $30 each, depending on the size. I also bought all of the curtain rods for my dining and living room. I also bought two light fixtures for the foyer and dining room on ebay. I'll have to show you...




I fell in love with this simple, white chandelier because of the delicate scrolly pattern.

This light matches the chandelier and fits perfectly into the foyer.
This is the hold back for the two windows by the door...Shabby Chic line at Target $10 for 2!



This is the rod for the living and dining areas... $10 - $30 depending on the size. Then I got another rod this same color with Clear Chrystal nob ends for the nook area. My aunt bought me a beautiful petite chandelier to go in the nook. It has some crystals on it and will be so cute.

I'll try to take some pictures of the furniture I've bought so far. I've got some really cute pieces that I'm really excited about! I bought an adorable table and 4 chairs at the flea market, I've got 2 chairs for the nook (no table yet:(), two chairs for the foyer, and a beautiful antique hutch I bought today at an antique store. I also bought an adorable oil painting with a little girl having a tea party with a teddy bear today. I've bought some random stuff at Goodwill this week and a side chair for the living area. My major needs are a sofa, refrigerator, and a washer and dryer. I may luck out and be able to use my brother and sister in laws fridge (they are selling their house right now to get ready and build beside my mom) and mom had once said she'd give me her washer and dryer. But I'm not positive either of those things will work out. But I'm going to wait til the final minute before I plunk down any money. I cannot find the perfect couch! I need/want a small-ish one in white, off white, or cream with a feminine touch to it. I'm not opposed to using a slip cover, but I can't find one of those I like either. I had a bid on one on ebay, but lost it!
One other exciting thing I did this week was send some pictures of my kitchen to Layla to get her Divine/design inspiration for that space. I love pretty kitchens and mine isn't too pretty right now. One reason I'm hesitant to buy a fridge is I don't know what colors I'll eventually go to in there and therefore I'm not sure if I want a stainless, black, white, ? So I can not wait until I get her pictures back! I'll be sure to post them!
I think that about covers my week. I hope you've had a great start to summer as well. What are you looking forward to doing this summer?

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