Monday, August 12, 2013


Hey all..did ya miss me? I've been away... a week off from work, blogging, and several DIY projects left unfinished.  We just returned from a fabulous week in the OBX, yes, my first time there!!!  We are just soooo darn close to the lovely beaches of South Jersey, that we never ventured away, until this year, and it was great! 
There's nothing more relaxing than the beautiful beach, time with family, and tons of fun, fun shopping! 

I found lots of inspiration for some projects for next summer!

I have a "little obsession" with coordinating the offspring for an annual picture while we are away, every year.  I know, I know, not a simple task when there are five of them and some people have attitudes about taking this pic (the nerve of them).  I just have this need to capture them, in at least one picture, all together, while we are away.  This takes planning people. 
Here's my layout, before we left...

 Since we've done Atlantic Ocean background pics for the last few years, I found an adorable spot on the Sound, that just looked so "North Carolina" that we had to do them there!
I try to keep it interesting, with color and all, but not too casual, I'm sorry, they have to at least look at the camera.  As much as I admire the "in action" photo shoots, we don't have time for that in my family.  The kids start complaining, my brother-in-law gets stuck as our photographer, after dinner, on the last night of vacation, and this year it was between thunderstorms!! Scary ones too.
...and here's some of what we ended up with, not bad, thanks to the bro-in-law! 

Now that we're back, aside from all of the laundry I have to tackle, I have a simple desk redo to complete  and some fabulous vintage furniture I purchased and will be picking up this week! Can't wait, oh and lookin' forward to the Sept. issue of BH&G to arrive!!! (Back page, people)