Archive | July, 2011

The Stanley Chow Print Shop

25 Jul

Thanks to the power of Pinterest, I stumbled upon the amazing work of UK-based illustrator and caricature artist Stan Chow. Simply put, I’m in awe of his work. See for yourselves.

Some of  favorites have been immortalized: Dolly Parton, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music à la American Gothic, Margot (i.e. Gwyneth Paltrow) in The Royal Tenenbaums, Michael Caine, and Stephen Fry. The rest of his portfolio is equally as awesome. Check it out here. To see the prints he currently has for sale, visit The Stanley Chow Print Shop. I plan on placing my order for Mr. and Mrs. von Trapp in the very near future.

You can find me on Pinterest here.

All images used with permission from Stan Chow.


Introducing Mack

24 Jul

I’d like to introduce y’all to the newest member of our family. Please meet Mack.

We adopted him on Saturday from the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. He’s a very sweet 4-month-old beagle/miniature pinscher mix with a big personality. We’re hoping he and Smoky will be the best of friends. No doubt y’all will be seeing more of both of our animal children.

By the Pair

21 Jul

During a weekend trip to Atlanta back in April, I found a couple fabrics that I fell in love with.

I didn’t have a particular use or project in mind when I bought these fabrics, but they were simply too beautiful to pass up. Ever since, I’ve been trying to find a place for them somewhere in our home as pillows, but nothing looked and felt quite right, so I decided to make them into napkins to join my growing collection.

Here’s what I ended up with.

And here’s the full collection that I’ve made over the last couple years.

I like to mix and match them at the table or just let guests pick up whichever one they like best. I’ll undoubtedly be adding others whenever I find fantastic fabric that is too good to miss.

Bouquet Toss

18 Jul

I recently did a wedding drawing (and a couple variations) for a good friend of mine. Rather than doing a standard wedding portrait, I wanted to capture one of the bride’s favorite moments. This is what I came up with.

The final color drawing I gave the bride was slightly different, but not by much. After I scanned this in, I began tinkering with the drawing a bit more and gave her the final originals in both black and white and color so she could choose which she preferred. I really love how it turned out, and, most importantly, she does too.

Call of the Wild

14 Jul

This week, we’ve been enjoying the natural diversions that the gorgeous state of Colorado has to offer. We’ve been…

…biking Vail Pass,

…taking in the amazing views at Loveland Pass,

…experiencing the mountain fog in Montezuma,

…looking for animals (We had a bit of a staring contest with this guy.),

…and mountain biking in Keystone. The views from the top were amazing.

Our mountain vacation is almost over, so we’re enjoying that last little bits of it as much as possible.

Beautiful Black Krims

7 Jul

We recently picked the first of our black krim tomatoes. This deep-hued heirloom variety has a much more assertive flavor—more tart, acidic, and bright—than a regular tomato. They’re delicious and simply gorgeous.

The rest of the garden is doing gangbusters. I’ve already spent many hours this summer chopping tomatoes and making marinara sauce. Here are some shots of the garden taken yesterday afternoon. It’s come a long way.


Lemon boys…

Our largest tomato plant, which is taller than I am (I’m 5’7”) and long-ago outgrew its tomato cage…


and our blackberry bush…

Our 2011 House To-Do List… An Update

6 Jul

Six months ago I posted this list, and I thought it was time for a progress report of sorts. Here goes:

• Decide on paint colors for the exterior. DONE…almost. We thought we’d decided but we’re not quite 100% on one of the colors. Decision coming soon. And then paint the exterior. Starting in the next few weeks. Our house won’t look like this for much longer.

• Finish taking the extra slats out of the faux wood blinds that we installed throughout the house. (I have three left to go.) DONE.

• Build a deck. Not done. This will begin and hopefully be finished in August. It’s going to be HOT!

• Add doors to the master bedroom closet. Not done. This fell off the radar with some other projects going on.

• Sand, prime, and paint the closet door frame in the office (a.k.a. the red room) a glossy white. DONE! The result on the right is much better.

• Hem the shower curtain. DONE.

• Finish cutting down the tree in the front yard. Not done. Planning to do this in the fall when it’s cooled off a bit.

• Plant a new tree in the front yard. Not done. See above.

• Touch up the dining room light fixture. I painted it awhile back and it just needs a little extra work. Not done. Another one that fell off the radar.

• Finish caulking and painting the crown molding we installed in the bathroom. DONE.

There are many other little projects we think up and tackle that aren’t included here, but this master list is a good reminder of some of the bigger-picture things we want to get done (or forgot that we wanted to get done).