Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Meet My New Best Friend....

Say hello to my new partner in crime. This 35mm Canon EOS Elan will be attached to my hip, or actually slung around my neck, for the next four months.(She'll get a digital counterpart in a few weeks. Eeek!) Unfortunately, I can't get too attached, she's on loan from the DSC stockroom. 
To be honest, I was a little sad my uncle's Reagan era 35mm didn't work out, it had a great energy, but what this baby lacks in old school charm she definitely makes up for in ease of use!  I had planned on giving my camera a name, but I think I will keep to the ol' adage of "don't name it if you can't keep it" (it goes something like that, right?) since she's only a rental. ;)
Also, my new wingman and I are bringing a new addition to the blog....
behind the lens 3

 'Behind The Lens' is going to be a weekly log of sorts, chronicling my photographic journey. I want to share some of the prints I'll be making, along with any useful tips I pick up along the way. I'm so excited to get in the dark room! 

love and photos~
the bird 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Indie Films and Red Wine.... Yes, Please!

Tonight we met up with some friends at a local small theater with indie and foreign films to see Tiny Furniture. The theater offers dinner from a sweet little cafe next door and serves beer and wine.  Indie films and red wine, what more could a movie goer ask for?!? After the movie, we all walked a few blocks to get some late night sushi.  It was such a fun, fun night! It feels like JB and I haven't had a night like tonight in awhile, so it was much enjoyed!

The movie is good, very dry and awkward funny, but be warned, a few graphic scenes! 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

~the bird 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Saddle Shoes on the First Day of School

 I survived my first day of school! Here's a little peek at my outfit, complete with a new pair of 'saddle shoes'! We snapped a few outfit pics really quick while relaxing on the porch after class so sorry there isn't a better shot, but you get the idea. ;)
Outfit Details:
sweater, tee: forever21
jeans: urban outfitters
shoes: vans
  With my fancy new shoes, I kept the rest of my outfit super simple with jeans, a t-shirt and my favorite cardigan. I have to admit one of the things I am the most excited about going back to school is the opportunity to wear something (anything!) other than black, stretchy workout pants, which has been my work uniform for the last 6+ years! JB said it's an official mandate, no workout wear to school. You got it babe!

 My first class went well. We jumped right in with camera basics like shutter speeds and aperture settings, all of which was super exciting, but alas, the camera I borrowed is not going to work (who'd of thought, 30 years in my uncle's closet wouldn't bode well for the light meter...) so it looks like I will be renting one after all, but hey, at least I tried. We start shooting this week and hopefully start dark room work next week.

Thanks to everyone on twitter who wished me luck today, it was great to get a little encouragement, I was definitely nervous, so thanks again.

~the bird

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

First Custom Order!

Check it out, my first custom order! Made especially for my good buddy Chad, I'm calling it 'Anchors Away'. He wanted something based loosely on Steve Zissou from The Life Aquatic, but in blue, so I kept it on the smaller side, threw on an anchor button and added a white stripe for a little nautical feel! Who knows, maybe this could be the start of something good! ;) 

I think he looks like a happy customer.
Tomorrow is the first day of school... (eeeek!) I am equal parts excited/nervous.  It's been a long time since this ol' gal has been a student, but I seriously doubt they've changed it much, or at least that's what I am telling myself! I have my camera bag all packed and I have semi-committed to a 'first-day-of-school outfit'! (it includes saddle shoes!!) 

There are some new exciting things I have up my sleeve for this little blog in the coming weeks, so stay tuned, and I also noticed that I am rapidly approaching my 100th post, so I think that may mean a giveaway is in order! Exciting!

the bird    

Saturday, January 15, 2011

To Turban or Not to Turban...

Showing up everywhere from runway collections and style savvy celebs, to a bevy of fashion bloggers, this turban/headband hybrid is definitely a hot item for Spring 2011. I'll admit at first glance I was a bit wary, but it didn't take long for me to fall for the 70's head piece craze.  
Even the RVA girls are getting in on the action!
photo sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, 7  via Pinterest
If you want to try to make one out of fabric, check out this diy from Get Craftee. I am working on my own take on the turban headband, hopefully I can share tomorrow. 

Today was hectic. I thought I had a 35mm camera lined up for school (class starts Wednesday! eeeek!) but that fell through, so today was spent out on the hunt for a camera that would work for school, which wound up being a bit more of challenge than I anticipated! Turns out manual film cameras aren't as easy to come by as you'd think, and since school is starting so soon I didn't really have time to order one. After trying out every camera store within an hour's drive and having absolutely no luck, I decided to pull out the big guns and preyed upon family! Turns out my uncle had the perfect thing, and it was just sitting around in a closet collecting dust, so he said I could take it for my class. (Thanks again Uncle Dave!)  I'll share more abut my camera soon! 
Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend!

the bird  

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A New Era for Spring?

I'm in love with this short video catalog from Free People's early spring collection! It's Parisian chic meets 1970's cool, and all I can say is, 'yes, please, I'll take one of everything.'

I feel a change in the fashion atmosphere as Spring approaches Possibly a shift away from the house dresses, structured angles and blunt bangs the Mad Men era has brought in, to maybe something a little more free, more easy, and dare I say it, perhaps even a bit groovy. Bring on the bell bottoms, the breezy tops, the long undone hair! At least in this house, the 70's are back baby!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Exciting Stuff!

 I have a little news involving one of these....
On Friday, I signed up for the first two classes of the photography program at Daytona State College! It's a smaller college, but they have a fierce photography department! So the next 16 weeks will be spent behind the lens of both a 35mm SLR and a DSLR, in the darkroom, and learning all about editing! In honor, I just had to draw myself a little Diana.
I hope everyone had a great weekend, I definitely did! They just always fly by though, don't they? And now, I MUST go to bed! 

the bird xo

Let's Give This A Try

Ok, so in an attempt to break out of a t-shirts/workout wear/jeans fashion rut and up the style ante a bit in 2011, I am going to be adding some sporadic 'daily outfit' posts. I know a lot of people out there do these, most far better than me, but there is only one way to get better at something, right? So here goes.. 

The temperature was pretty cool here today, not really cold, but boots were definitely acceptable, and this shirt is one of my all time favorite vintage scores! I bought it back in September while in Chicago for Renegade.  The colors of the plaid are so warm and and feel so 70's to me, and folks, it has a tiny puff sleeve. 'Nuff said. 
(Also, take a peek at our newly rearranged living room! We were super busy before the New Year painting and moving furniture, I absolutely love how the house is set up now!)
 Top: vintage, bought in Chicago
Necklace: vintage
Jeans: Urban Outfiiters
Boots: Christmas presents from several years ago

I must say, today was a great day! We slept in, walked around the corner to our fav 'greasy spoon' diner, The Cracked Egg, for a late breakfast, worked on the house a bit, and then we got a call that a vintage chair we had on consignment had sold, so we decided to head over to Orlando to pick up our check and do a little post-holiday shopping! (Hence the snazzy outfit.) JB and I both got some new shoes (on sale!) and we hit up IKEA for an new entertainment console.  I had wanted to go with something vintage, but in the end we decided we just had too many stipulations, and that we could end up waiting forever for the right piece to come along.  So instead, we customized a piece from IKEA, and while it isn't put together yet, I think I am going to love the outcome.  (Will share pics soon, promise!) 
Hope everyone had a fantastic Saturday! I have some news to share tomorrow, I am so excited it's almost unbearable. Almost. ;)

Stay warm,
the bird 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Count Me In!

*****Note: For some reason this post delayed in posting until now, (1/22) so no, my Chirstmas tree has not been up this whole time!! ;) Sorry for odd delay!********

Happy Wednesday! It's hump day, we're officially half way through the first work week of 2011! Woot-woot!
Most of you have probably already seen this great idea by Elsie Flannigan and Rachel Denbow, but as of today, I have *officially* joined in on the fun! I already have a few ideas in mind for ReStyles! And I can't wait to see what others are doing! It's free to join and open to everyone, so if you haven't already, check it out!
 I think we are finally going to take down the Christmas decorations today. (this photo of the tree was taken pre-decorations.) Usually I am a "everything must come down on NYE's day" kinda girl, but this year a plumbing emergency prevented that, so I figured, why not just completely break with tradition and enjoy the prettiness a few extra days? That's right, mixing it up in 2011, baby! ;)
Hope everyone is staying warm!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Visiting the Impossible Project NYC

So, as promised, here's a little peek from my visit to the Impossible Project store in NYC over Thanksgiving weekend. This was one of the things I was looking forward to the most about visiting NYC, and it was beyond exciting! From the incredible photo displays to the overwhelming camera and film stock, I felt like a kid in a candy store! Take a look...
Taken as you enter the showroom/store.
A snapshot of the counter, full of goodies!
The shots displayed were so incredibly inspiring, and the staff was beyond helpful, giving me all kinds of tips when dealing with the new film, which is still a bit temperamental as they work out kinks in production. (the manager actually sold me her last pack of original sx70 color film from her own personal stock! I seriously wanted to hug her!) But really, that's half the fun of Polaroid, isn't it? The element of surprise. Dealing with the unknown. The unknown is something I am trying to be more open to in this new year.

I can't wait to start experimenting with my new film! (I know, I know, can't believe I haven't used any of it yet either!!) 

~the bird xo

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bring on the Chaos

Well, it's a new year. 2011. It's hard to believe it's over, but 2010 was a pretty amazing year.  Mostly as a reminder for myself of all the incredible things I got to do this past year, here's a little recap....
January brought in the new year with a spot in RVA's Style School, which really kind of changed everything for me, and set the tone for my whole year. Participating in this class started to pull out of me creativity I didn't even know I had.
February was filled with felt trees, boardbags, and international craftswaps!

In March, I signed up for Indie Biz 2.0, another class taught by Elsie Flannigan of A Beautiful Mess and LA from Freckled Nest, and this time joined by Jill from Lune, which led to the birth of A Bird Out of Water!
April was filled with house projects, and our very first garage sale at our new little home!
I suffered the loss of my signature freckle in May, but all ended well as the biopsy came back 100% normal and healthy, which is all that matters!
JB and I celebrated our 8th anniversary in June (and they said it wouldn't last! ;) with an adventure filled trip to Costa Rica! Zip lining was one of the most thrilling things I've ever done! Costa is definitely on the list for a repeat visit.
With no major trips on the books for July, JB and I headed up to St. Auggie for a little day trip, and hit up two of our favorite spots, The Surf Station and The Closet.
In August, I gave selling my goods a shot at a small local farmer's market, where my childhood friend Mary sells her produce. (Yep, she has her very own organic farm. She's pretty rad.) While it was probably not the best venue for handmade headbands and such, it was a great learning experience.
September was one of my favorite months in 2010!  I attended my first Renegade Handmade Fair in Chicago, which was pretty much the most inspiring thing ever! I got to meet an Indie Biz buddy and two of my crafting heroes, visit Chicago, which quickly climbed up the ranks of my favorite cities, and cut my teeth on solo travel, which I loved! I am already trying to talk JB into going again next year with me!
October was filled with birthdays, bike-ride picnics, and bird costumes, oh my!
In November, we said good-bye to my grandma, which was heartbreaking, but not all was difficult, as I ended the month with a trip to the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade with two great, great friends! It was a much needed boost after such a rough patch.
And of course, December was filled with holiday ornaments, both handmade and not. We all had a great Christmas, and just like that, 2010 had passed!

As I look back, I can't help but feel grateful for all the fun experiences I had, and great pride in my family for huddling together to make it through the few tougher times we weathered this year.
For the first time, maybe ever, I don't really have a New Year's Resolution. One of the more challenging aspects of 2010 for me was dealing with some anxiety, which if any of you have ever come across, you know, is definitely no picnic. As I start off 2011, that is really my only goal, if you can call it that, to leave at least some that behind. 
Life will not be neat, ordered, or perfectly planned. It is not something that I can control. So this year, I am going to try to just let it unfold. Bring on the chaos, the unexpected, the spontaneous.  As the French say, Que sera, sera!

Happy New Year to you all.
~the bird xo