Challenging Myself

Its officially over - summer 2010 is behind us. Its time to get into serious gear for Fall. Things topping the list include Halloween decorations, holiday plans, apple picking, boot buying, cleaning out my closet, and a host of little home tweaks I've been meaning to get around to. I hope to be able have real progress on my entire to-do list in the next 6 weeks. All things I'm looking forward to but its sometimes hard to find the time in between the required things in life like work and sleep.

There is one other thing I'd like to participate in: Miss B's Souvenir Photo School. (You might know Miss B as the founder of the Bright Side Project) A simple but ingenious idea: invite a small group together to work on a specific photo assignment with the goal of improving each participants skills by active shooting and sharing. The rules are quite simple but strict - follow them or you're out. This time around requires I shoot and upload for 26 of the next 30 days - a task I'm pretty sure I'll fail at but I'm trying anyway.

Thus, my little Salt and Pepper photoshoot yesterday. The challenge requires a photo a day for each letter of the alphabet. It didn't have to be in alphabetical order but because I'm crazy, it didn't feel right to start with anything but an "A". So I've called this one "A" for Accident.

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If you are wondering what made me stage a faux salt spill, its this little silver plated duo I picked up from Pottery Barn. Not much of a fan of novelty shakers, I was never able to find ones that served its purpose but were also pretty. (I did find a pewter pair at a flea market once but decided against using them after learning it might not be food safe). These are just the thing. They seem so much more serious in black and white.

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What is on your agenda for this month?

18 comments:

  1. My youngest two (twins) start school tomorrow for the first time, alongside my elder two (not twins!!) so I will have oodles of spare time for the first time in ten years....well, compared to having them at home all day, anyway! I am beyond excited! I have written list after list of things I want to do, things I want to try in my Year of Creativity, as I am calling this school year for me!

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  2. Good for you -- challenging yourself! I absolutely adore that "Accident" shot -- you are amazingly talented (as I often tell you). Can't wait to see each and every one of your photos! Good luck!

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  3. Looking forward to the upcoming photos!
    My agenda for fall has some serious boot shopping involved as well. Can't wait for it to cool down here in Texas!

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  4. This month is about wrapping up all the invitation projects I've got in the works and figuring out absolutely everything I'm going to need to pack for our Everest trek. I'm already feeling overwhelmed.

    I'm excited to see the rest of your photos in this series!

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  5. This month is preparing the house for the upcoming holidays. It takes me a while because something will just have to be painted or completely redone.

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  6. I have really been enjoying your blog. We recently moved into out first house and can definitely relate to your challenges!

    My carpenter husband and I are working on our 2010 ten to do list:
    1. New garage door (so bad, and so retro in not the good way), 2. Insulate the garage/ attic (um winter is fast approaching), 3. Chair rail in the hallway (the fun and pretty project), 4. Doing up my art studio in the basement (I am going to kick that one solo), Laundry Room (nothing cute about it).
    Time to get cracking- much easier to tackle projects when it is cold and nasty outside, oh winter when I turn into a DIY Hermit!

    You can check out some of my before and afters at
    http://styleandcentsability.wordpress.com/

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  7. on my agenda.....oh well finishing tons of trim work, paint touch-ups getting all new siding and windows installed!! <3 oh and of course dragging out all the fall/Halloween decorations, cleaning out the garage so I can actually park my car in there, and and of course, getting married in 5 weeks! :) yay!

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  8. I love the salt and pepper shakers! and the "accident" shot! I have a ton of things to do! First I need to clean my garage out. And thats a big task!

    Hey, did you see the boots from J.Crew? I know that they are a little on the pricey side, but trust me, they are worth it! here are some links in case

    These are perfect with jeans!
    http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shoes/boots/PRDOVR~28672/28672.jsp

    These are perfect with skirts, jeans, dresses you name it!
    http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shoes/boots/PRDOVR~18119/18119.jsp

    And these are just too cute!
    http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shoes/boots/PRDOVR~28661/28661.jsp

    Have a great day!

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  9. What a fun class! I will be taking an antiques class in October and so looking forward to it.

    xo,
    cristin

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  10. You're so talented, seriously. You made salt look gorgeous and glam. What a fun challenge!

    I'm challenging myself to finally launching my interior design website this month. It's been a royal pain in my backside, but I must get it finished!

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  11. ooo I love Le Blahg and Ms. B... but I think I
    would fail by day 3... or 2.

    I think I might need those shakers.

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  12. oh dear, i NEED these. *sigh*

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  13. I NEED (yes, need) that salt photo...will you be selling it in your photo store soon:)?

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  14. I would love to participate! Sounds fun...

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  15. Oh, I'm glad you're doing the Foto assignment! It sounds like so much fun.

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  16. I love those salt and pepper shakers.

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  17. Great photos, you have a good eye. New follower here!

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  18. I love the photos but then again, I always love your photos!

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