We just shot a gorgeous outdoor wedding at this location! This is a Bed & Breakfast called Country Wildflower Bed and Breakfast in Leduc.....I'd have to say it has to Alberta's best kept secret. We offered to do Architectural photos for her website & the owner says to us that they are sooooo busy & booked up that they couldn't handle being on the internet!!! Her business is purely word of mouth! WOW! is all I could think when we drove up to this hidden gem!!! It was absolutely amazing....the inside was incredible....made me speechless. Once we release wedding photos to the couple, I will post more from this fabulous wedding. I luv it when people do something out of the ordinary.....it really does make their wedding day extraordinary!!!
So here's my favorite recipe from Best of Bridge (thanks "K") I adapted it a bit but this is basically the recipe I started with. Start with this & you'll be guaranteed a sweet & moist banana bread....not dry or grainy at all. I guess since it was a lot cooler outside I had thots of actually turning my oven on!!! so here's to the best banana bread recipe---at least i think so! and so does one of my nieces & sister who have both tried it & were successful!! mmmm,mmm.....lemme know if you make it!!! or better yet, leave me your recipe so everyone can have a peek! you can add chocolate chips, fruit & or nuts to the recipe! I make mine with crushed pineapple--can you say --deelish!!!
so i've been going through the new fall Stampin' Up! Catalogue (which you can download here) and there MANY beautiful stamps there. i think when things slow down with shooting weddings i might consider becoming a demonstrator. i've never considered it with any other company but I am becoming more fond of this company & their style. It does get a bit "cookie cutter'ish" but I try to keep my cards fresh & different. Once you look at one demo's cards & another's, they seem to look all the same, that's the only thing i don't like....maybe they are trying to appear "similar" to the catalogue....i dunno...anyhow, i love the variety & uniqueness of their stamps....but i still luv my stickers more!!! which do you prefer?
I just went to a fab store! It's A Crock Country Store and they have a new furniture showroom : A Chip off the Old Crock I'll take one of each, thankyou! I have a few friends that would love these stores- you know who you are!!! It made me look forward to all those Fall events that are so much fun...Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Corn-busts, Fall BBQ's & most of all--Back to school!!!hahaha! I look forward to the decorating & the parties, don't you???
...so I'm done perusing through my ikea catalogue, it now has lots of post it note tabs for future referencing. i made this inspiration board to keep for future reference. did you notice it's all white? this is my fantasy craft room! i'd love to one day have a room whose sole purpose is CRAFTING. I would have it be all white. i think that all the card stock & paper needs a white background. From the top left: Love the white bookcase with clear glass doors, love the white desk with white accessories and small white cabinet on wheels. Third photo has same white desk acnhored by 2 bookshelves that's stunning! another option for a desk would be the glass top desk...hmmmm.... i had to sneak in this white dressing table for my bedroom! and my final wish would be to have a white sofa & coffee table to take breaks in my craft room sans kids!!! ahhhh...i luv this catalogue!!! now back to reality....what's your favorite page in the catalogue? you can see the entire catalogue at www.ikea.ca
So, summer holidays really throw the schedule right out the door, don't they? I feel like the days are going fast & it seems to be hotter outside every year now!!! I was doing a bit of cleaning, but found it was too difficult to even start doing anything, I think I will leave detailed cleaning to September when kids are in school & I have more time to myself. But I did come across my collection of Cake Stands that I started last Christmas. I don't have time to photograph them right now, but I will on a later post. I decided on collecting White & Ceramic stands, so far I have 1 round, 1 square & two Square '3 tier' stands! I absolutely love to look at them & they are such a treat to display when having dinners, parties & luncheons. I hope to keep expanding my collection. I've never really collected anything but have watched my father collect many things. Is it because I'm getting older??? I have to wonder!
Well, let me share a little experience I just went through. I've been complaining that our professional cameras are too heavy & too big & wah wah wah....you get what i was saying....so Steve & I decided we'd try out a point & shoot camera, a 10MP Lumix with a nice Leica Lens....we took it on our family reunion, but I totally didn't like the lag it had---it seemed sooo slow, that I often caught the 2 second "later" reaction shot that I was looking for---it was SO frustrating, so limiting. Never-mind the color was awful & the convenience wasn't as awesome as I thought!!! I was soooo dissapointed when I got home! So, instead, Steve bought me a Pancake Lens for our one camera aka Olympus Zuiko 25 mm f2.8 Pancake Lens...it's so cute! It makes my camera just as compact as the point & shoot crap I bought!! The color is amazing, very sharp details & beautiful skin tones!!! I'm in love, there's no going back now, I just had to get it out of my system that a compact camera is what I thought I wanted!!! Hindsight you say??? Sometimes we just gotta learn the hard way, good thing there's great return policy's out there!!!