Sunday, February 21, 2010

It’s such a perfect day

Well, not really. But it’s nice to pretend once in a while, isn’t it?

Today we ditched the plans on stocking up in Amish country so I spent the day cleaning. I did the entire kitchen & breakfast nook floor, washing it thoroughly and then waxing it. I love a clean floor and my universe is almost aligned now. I also cleaned the kitchen.

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Then this afternoon I took out my macro lens and just walked around the house taking a few pictures of things that caught my eye. I like the colors. Above is a zippered bag that I received as a gift from a friend. I have it filled with tea bags.

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This is a beautiful dish that was also given to me. It’s a new acquisition and today I’m using it to serve crackers and cheese with a Malbec from California.

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This is my favorite tea light ever. I bought this years ago in one of the only decorator shops on Ocracoke Island. It caught my eye as soon as I walked in. Around it I have my red glass berries circa 2000 from Pottery Barn.

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An old pillow from Ethan Allen that serves as an accent on George’s couch. How I ever came to have a couch that’s primary resident was a dog is beyond me.

Have you seen this commercial that has been airing during the Olympics? It features 2006 silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler who's just advanced to the snowboarding finals at this year's Games. I am totally enthralled with this ad and every time it comes on, I stop what I’m doing and watch. I just found it today on YouTube after looking for it a couple of times during the past week. And I just realized that I truly do use the word ‘just’ way too much. See [yesterday’s wordle post] for explanation.

Hope your day is a good one, my friends. Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me.

35 comments:

Deb said...

nice photos....

Farmchick said...

Love the bag and the commercial. I always feel better after I get my house cleaned. Such a nice feeling.

maillady said...

i too love cleaning my house. we not really , i love after it's all done. i have not seen that commercial . it was very cool. hope your weekend is relaxing and fun. lets also hope for no more snow.... it's really giving me a run for my money at work. i'm soooo done with snowed in mailboxes...

Julie Harward said...

It seems you like things with texture and color...me too. I also love this commercial and she is an awesome young women too! :D

Ellen said...

Lovely rich colors. I would bet that your home is a warm, and friendly place.

just jill said...

I can see why the commercial catches your attention, but it kind of ruins it at the end when it's AT&T. I don't know what I was thinking, but it certainly wasn't that company!

Love all the colorful things around your house!! :-)

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

beautiful...what time for cheese, crackers and wine?

beth said...

wait....did we stop and have a cup of tea while walking around your house looking at all your goodies and if so, did I miss it ?

just kidding...but if I was there...like really there...I'd want a cup of tea while I looked at all your things....I'm just sayin :)

and then we could take george out and play in the snow....

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Mesmerizing commercial!

Hey - I have the same tea light holder, except in red and I have the same beads on wire in blue!!!

Nothing like a clean floor.... and clean kitchen....

Karen said...

Oh, I must get a macro lens... micro?...

Snappy Di said...

Okay... neat. My brother asked me to post the Olympics music by Lou Reed. I had no clue what he was talking about even though I know this song by Lou Reed on the ad very well. Thanks for 'splaining to me what he meant. LOL

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Kathy said...

Hi Kate! Yes...It's a good day when you take out the Macro lens!!!!
My little Canon Powershot dinosaur has a built in macro...Not much power but it does what I tell it! You gotta love that...
Love your shots...keep that shudder a flutter,
xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North mornings...
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Low Tide High Style said...

I love a clean house too (my floors are in dire need of a good scrubbing), and I love all of your wonderful macro shots!

Thanks for sharing that cool ad, I've never seen it!

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Kat :)

The Wife of a Dairyman ~ Nancy said...

I must ask, what CA Malbec are you drinking? I live in Northern CA and Barrel Tasting weekend is right around the corner....I hope to attend.

Cloudia said...

Amazing photos, CG




Aloha, Friend


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Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Color and complexity - everything you featured has those and they're all beautiful.

Every time you feature something like this, it makes me want to throw everything I own overboard and start over by buying only things I love instead of things that are on sale or whatever.

wv: suppsa. Suppsa you, but I think you made a wise decision not going to Amish Country today.

Cheryl said...

Your photos are always great. I need to learn my camera and look into additional lens.

The Lone Star Queen said...

That is a great commercial. We do some of AT&T's advertising (not that commercial, wish we did). Anyway, I can't say anything bad about them! Pretty pictures and I like George's pillow!

Amy said...

Oh I love the plate and the needle pillow- heck I love them all!! So lovely. Ugh, today we will clean house- it's needed after yesterdays de-furring of Birdy..but first..one more cup of coffee!! hahahaha..(procastination..what? Me?)
The commercial was cool too, never seen it before- I think it's just amazing people can stand on a board and do those kinds of tricks on such slippery surfaces- she wouldn't have needed to go to outer space for my sake...I was impressed from the start!!

Riet said...

Love your colourful photo's. Have a nice Sunday

Mary said...

It is a cool commercial but as I'm afraid of heights, it's just a little creepy to me, too. :)

Love all your macro shots. What a beautiful dish! But then you knew I'd say that didn't you?

Yay for you on the cleaning... things are beginning to look a little dusty around here... :(

Rnjoy the rest of the weekend!

Kerri said...

Lovin' your macro shots! I especially love that zippered bag!!!

country girl said...

I saw your comment over on my friend Kary's blog My Farmhouse Kitchen and just had to come over here and see the other country girl. :)
I love your photography, especially of birds...you are making my seriously consider getting a bigger zoom lense for my Olympus.
Loved stopping by, will come again soon!
xo country girl

Daryl said...

Now come clean my 'house' it shouldnt take you very long its a small space ... mom would love knowing that dish was enjoying some wine and crackers... xoxo

noble pig said...

I love that zippered bag, so beautiful!

Carolynn said...

I love a clean home too. My building is under renovation right now and everything is covered with a thin layer of dust. I'm looking forward to getting it all back in order...soon...I hope.

I hadn't seen that commercial. There are some that are only being played in certain markets. It's a good one.

Here's the one they're playing here on Canadian soil that always gets my heart pumping and puts a big smile on my face.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gIvkaons3c

Happy Sunday,
Carolynn

Ms. ~K said...

I always enjoy my visits to your blog!
~K

Gail said...

You are surrounded by beauty!

I love the votive and the beads.

A stunning commercial! Possibilites, that is a dream I need to reenstate in my thoughts.

George has his own couch, I just can't believe that, kidding, my dog rules the roost and if he wanted a crown I would probably purchase one.

Egghead said...

I love it when you use the macro lens. This video is awesome. I have to admit I haven't had time to watch much of the olympics or any television much lately. I had never seen it.

Oz Girl said...

A very gray day here, so I'm baking cookies... the perfect day for it! I love your tealight holder; everytime I visit the Outer Banks, I make it a point to hit some of the galleries and antique shops. Such great finds there. Although it's been far too long since I've been there. Need to plan a trip...

I'm glad to know someone else has a piece of upholstered human furniture for their dog. I once had an overstuffed chair that my dalmatian claimed as his shortly after we bought it, and so it was until he died. That boy sure loved his chair. :)

Jo said...

I love your photographs, but most of all I love reading about the processes and tools you use for photography. I love photography, but I just have a digital camera, and I take snapshots and the occasional video. I think anyone who has the proper equipment and the training in photography is so fortunate. And of course, it helps to have a good eye. ;-)

Sweetpea said...

Now that is some scrummy macro eye candy, CG, thoroughly enjoyed the little tour around those treasures.

So George has an ETHAN ALLEN "accent" pillow??? wow. Life HAS gone to the dogs at your house. Mine, too, I guess folks could say. Isla has FOUR beds. yes, that's right - four - two downstairs, two up. And we have a small house. I just want her to be comfy wherever I am, who can blame me :>}] Still, I'm not about to tell her George has an EA pillow because then I'd have to bring up the couch and well, you know where that would lead.

Char said...

gorgeous macros...love the details

The Japanese Redneck said...

Don't feel bad. My dog Country has her own couch too!

Love the photos. You have such neat things in your house.

Oliag said...

I spent the weekend cleaning the kitchen too...haven't felt like doing that in a long time so I'm thinking it must be spring fever!

Love, love that commercial...the song "Perfect Day" has been a favorite of mine for ever and I'm glad it was used in such a well done commercial....