Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Erwin High School Prom { Asheville Photographer }

Prom time.
The time of year when you see your children dressed to the nines and you realize that they are not little any more.

Every school does prom different. Erwin High School had theirs at a separate venue called The Crest.  I am sure it was fancy schmancy and tons of fun. With all the fancy shoes kicked to side the minute they all got there so they can dance all night!

My prom was held at our high school (25 years ago, ACK!) Everyone met in the auditorium for the Grand March. This is where each couple walked out on stage and everyone was able to take pictures and see all the couples.
We then went out to dinner and then came back to the high school for the dance.

Now Everyone goes to the dance with or without a date.
I think that is great, everyone gets to go.
I took the pictures of SuperMom's daughter and her best friend. The link to her blog is there.
They were great, easy going and READY to go have a great time.
When I got to Supermom's home the girls and I went out to do pictures, I banned the other adults from coming out with us, I knew the girls would be more relaxed without a million eyes on them.
To be 18 years old again.
Wow, that seems like a long time ago and only just yesterday.
How is that?

Thank you girls for allowing me to be a part of something you will hopefully always remember.

Monday, May 21, 2012

My life is in the comics.

I am seriously beginning to think there is a camera hidden in my home. I mean really! Daily my life is showing up in the newspaper. They are making a fortune off of my life.
There are times where I would do a little "experiment" to see just how long they can walk around a their dirty clothes basket. It would be empty, all they have to do is put it in their room.
I do this to Carter all the time, and Sam for that matter.
Cracks me up 'cause you would think they would have figured it out by now.
This is me with pound cake. Love pound cake. The best part is when it just comes out of the oven and the buttery crusty sugary part on top. I will pick at it and then flip it over onto a cake stand. No one else is the wiser.
Absolutely, without a doubt, ME!
I don't know what they are talking about.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Goodwill Mirror and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre

Annie Sloan and the Goodwill strike again.

I bought this mirror from the Will several months ago but just wasn't sure what I was going to do with it.

I do that. Buy something and  stare at it for far too long trying to make a decision on what to do with it.

Anyway this is a fairly old mirror, early 40's  was stamped on the back and it was in great shape. I just did not like the finish. Brown. Boring brown did nothing for it.
When refinishing/painting an item with ASCP there are a couple of things that I have learned. You must wash down and dry and get as much of the furniture polish off. If you don't it can bleed through the paint. You will notice it more with the light colors. It is really noticeable with the Old Ochre.

The second lesson I have learned is don't put AS Lacquer over the  wax. It will peel off. I have learned that the hard way. I do know those that have done it and it worked great for them but let me tell you when it doesn't it makes a mess!

Another trick I have learned when painting mirrors is this. You must take the mirror out so that you can paint the inside rim. If you do not the mirror will reflect the unpainted edge and it looks pretty tacky.
I thought I had a before picture of this mirror but apparently I missed taking a picture.

It recieved 2 coats  and then I used a heavy hand with the sanding.

Then lightly applied a coat of AS Lacquer to seal the paint. I like how it deepens the color.

I would love to hear what tricks you have learned using this chalk paint.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Ozzy Met the Boogy Man

 Ozzy is tired.
Ozzy had a rough night.
Why don't cats sleep during the night instead of all day?
Ozzy encountered something much bigger than him.
Something with really big teeth and a mean bite.
 After a trip to the vet where he received a Rabies shot and another of antibiotics he was sent home to recuperate.
 Nothing looked broken just a couple of big holes in his paw and bruised pride.
 He came home and curled up on Martha's bed.
 All day he slept.
 He really was pitiful. I felt really sorry for him.
I know he was hurting because he didn't really want to eat.
 He would have shared the bed with Martha, he does like to cuddle with her.
 Martha would rather sleep outside.
 And she was being a little sympathetic to the Oz Man.

Laila Rose Festival 2012

The Laila Rose Festival was once again a huge hit. They had record number in attendance, well over 400 people came out to support such an awesome cause.

Our family had not been back to Culpeper since October and it was so much fun to see everyone and catch up.
Jill gave the bull a good effort.
 Hard to do when your wearing a skirt and the operator is running and a sloooooow pace that your destined to fall off.
Courtesy clap.
oh oh oh, so close.
Carter sporting  a Liala tattoo.
Hey, what's in those red solo cups?

Mike thinking he can consolidate his trips to the beer tent..

And his wife is triple dippin...

Not REALLY sure what I am doing here and why I have my mouth gaping open but I am sure there is a good reason.
This is Ozzy's first mother. 
Trouble, Trouble, Trouble.
Jamie! Man I miss seeing you and LAUGHING my butt off. Girl you crack me up!
Yancee the"ranch hand" and family...I know there was a rather large cold beer in his future after this day.

The rides were rather short because no one seemed to be able to hang on.

Not that a good effort wasn't put forth.

I had to give it a whirl...
And I am very glad there was a soft landing.
Dr. Engh going for a swim!
Jax man is just growing way to fast.

After 5 hours of playing these boys were dirty, smelly and very tired. Thankfully we had the truck and they could ride in the back.
See my latest Goodwill find...$7.99. I am so excited about this and looking for fabrics to recover it.