Thursday, January 8, 2009

Boy Time flies....





























Riley is grumpy......wants his ball thrown!





New end tables.....I think I need to bang them up a bit...MORE distressing.



















Man I can't believe it is venturing towards the middle of Jan. already. I had a wonderful Christmas with our family. It came and went with furious speed as it does each year. I hope all of yours were wonderful and full of sweet memories. Like many of you, I am sure, it felt good to get everything put away and to have a new clean uncluttered space. I spent and still am doing some deep Winter cleaning. I was blessed to get a bit of Christmas money and used it to buy two new end tables in our family room & bought two organizers for my wonderous ever growing scrapbooking obsession. So I have been cleaning, tweaking here and there, doing a few Valentine projects, organizing, and , purging as good as the next gal. I also have a paint project going on in our master. So my juggling is not stopping in this new year.
One of the things I hope to do is learn more about my camara. Stop keeping it on automatic and stop being scared of it. I took some pics today of my bathroom and of our mantle in the Winter morning light. I thought I would share those with you. The pic of the corner chair is my fave place to snuggle up with some cocoa! I snapped one of some of our fave blankies...the green afghan is one that my grandmother knitted for me many years ago. Of course Riley got in on the act...he is bugged at me for not playing ball with him! I found the boxes last night at Tj's all for of them for 5.00! They say LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE. I love them and love the subtle reminder they bring to our family room. Been playing with textures etc. The one of the rock is our fireplace...my one white elephant. I love the rock but not the mantle...owell. Anyways....I missed ya all and hope to get to visit you all soon! I have many projects to share! Hugs, cherry




53 comments:

MeganSloan said...

I agree that time is flying! I love your pictures and your doggy looks like one of mine. He gives me the same looks and will drop the toys on my lap.

mysteryhistorymom said...

OK, I am love with your bunnies, birds, keys, rocks, sand dollars, and your beautiful dog! Your house looks so cozy. Can I come over and have tea sometime?:) Lori

Sandy Toes said...

Oh Riley is just too cute!

I love your pictures..so pretty and the bunnies and keys..oh my! Such a wonderful home you must have surrounded by beautiful things!
-sandy toe

Barb said...

I love your home it looks so cozy,the birds are cute.

Becky said...

I love your new tables....gorgeous! I was just wondering about you today! Glad you're back!

Rachel said...

Okay I was going to sit down tonight and send you an email to see if you where still alive! :)

Love the new tables!! Your pictures turned out great. I tend to ALWAYS shoot on Manual mode on my camera. Gotta love a Digital SLR! ;) Can't wait to see the new projects.

jen said...

Beautiful photos!! I love bunnies.

Mimi Sue said...

You're getting good at taking pictures. They all look great. I need some lessons. Mimi

Elise said...

I love your fireplace-that rock is awesome!! And those bunnies, birds, and keys-love em!!
Elise

Ms. Tee said...

I love your new boxes that say live, laugh, love. January is such a great time to organize! :)

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Beautiful! I love the white bunnies. I always enjoy a visit your blog.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Time is definitely flying by!! I am almost embarrassed to admit this, but I am still putting away Christmas decor....I am usually right on it, but this year we went away through New Year's and I just have not had the time or energy.

Good luck with the camera...it is SCARY at first, but when you have a good camera it is kind of waste to shoot in manual.....step out of your comfort zone....you will be pleasantly surprised:)

Lisa

HeathahLee said...

Your blog always has the best pictures, Cherry! I'm looking forward to seeing your projects!

V and Co. said...

i LOVE all your black and white. love it!!!

Laura said...

Love the bunny, but love the dog even more - what a sweetie!

Tiffany said...

love those stars! I love taking down Christmas stuff as much as I love putting it up.. it gives me a blank slate!

You are so talented!

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Cherry~
I always enjoy all of the beautiful pictures you share! You have a gift with the way you take pictures, the way you "show" things! I also love the clean, cozy simplicity of your winter decorating:) Have a blessed night! :)

Betsy said...

Looks amazing. Pics are beautiful..you are so very talented.

Coastal Nest. said...

Hey Cherry girl~

Nice when you can loose track of time like that. Sounds like you have great plans and have HAD great times!
happy 2009, sister!
Lisa

craftycherry said...

Hi there,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes i am Cherry the fruit!! Im the only one I know!!So yah!! There is another. Love you photos. And your decor. Its about midnight in Nz now and Im up still browsing because its still about 30 Degrees. Crazy hot!

Take care
Cherry

Stacey said...

Beautiful pictures! You have inspired me to get busy again.

I love the way you draped the ribbon and key over the plates. :)

Katie said...

I love this collection of picutres. What is this style called that so many of us bloggers love? Fill me in, love everything, great job!!

Thrifty Cottage Dreams said...

Thanks for the kind words! So glad to see a post from you in 2009! Look forward to more...your pictures and your home are gorgeous!

Oliver's said...

So glad you are back. I check every day..trust me. Can't wait for the Valentines unveiling. Paula

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Cherry,

I'm loving these pictures but especially that picture of the couch with the pillows and sunlight. Yummy! I want to try to figure out how to take better pictures with mine too. I know it can do all kinds of things and yet there I am, using auto. LOL!

Have fun with your projects, can't wait to see them :)

Hugs,
Dena

kathy said...

Missed ya my girl . In a whirl here too . The new pics are awesome -- love them all great finds also -- theend tables -- great and boxes -- well , need to go to Tj max - but ya never know ?lol -- Kathy - Ga

Risa said...

Loved the photos!! Would love to see what that room looks like in a wide shot :-)

Riley--oh baby! He looks just like my Duke. Those labs love their play time.

Darlene said...

Hi Cherry,

I've missed you but I figured you were just still busy from the holidays. Your pictures are beautiful as always...it looks so warm and inviting. I can't wait to see your projects you are working on.♥

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I am glad that time is flying! (Just want to give birth soon, that's all.) But I also love your chair for sipping cocoa...and the photo of your dog is great! Of course he wants to go throw the ball! My dog would jump at the same chance if we pulled out a ball! :)
Carrie

Wendy said...

Yea! I'm glad you're back! Love the images of all the white...I'm just loving white right now! Happy New Year!

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

Cherry...glad you are back...I was missing your posts! Great pictures...I love all your comfy pillows and great paint color...by the way ( I am a bit obsessed with paint...as you know I have a few painting projects up my sleeve)...I really love the picture of the ironstone platter with the key hanging over it...simply beautiful! Thanks!:)

By the way...I love Riley...my kids want a puppy and I am thinking a lab is the way to go? am I right?

Joy said...

I'm so happy to know that I'm not the only one who feels like Christmas came "with a furious speed"
I always feel like I've been drop out of a whirlwind when it's over and it takes me a while to get my bearings again----still trying to do that.
It's too bad we don't live closer. One of my goals this year is to finally take the free class that was offered when I bought my camera almost a YEAR ago.
I love the glimpses of your home!

sandra/tx said...

Great pics, I love the contrast of light and dark in your accessories and wall colors. That Riley is too cute!

Barnes Yard said...

Love the new tables & the cute little key hanging in there. You are so fun :)
-Jill

The Berry's Patch said...

Your new camera is taking great pictures! Those belong in a magazine girl. So many great ideas!

My poor pooches have been ignored for awhile as well. I've been cleaning out, de-cluttering, organizing, etc. I was glad to see your post today. I started to wonder if you fell off the earth or something. ;-)

Sarah said...

I loved the pictures. Those boxes are amazing, I love the books and clock by them...very home like feeling that makes me sigh a contented sigh. =]

Stopping by from SITS! =]

Have a happy juggling New Year!

Erin said...

I have to agree. Time does fly! I am trying to get some winter cleaning and organizing done too!

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Cherry
It was good to catch up with your news, it sounds like you have a lot going on at the moment. I love your corner chair, I could just snuggle up in it right now, it looks very inviting. Riley is so cute, he's gorgeous.
Have a lovely weekend.
Lindsay

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

HI Cherry!

I'm so glad to see you back! Hope you had a great Holiday! and oh I sooooo love all those pictures! and the end tables a fabulous!! I too am working on photography, but its seems you are way ahead of me :)!! Your pictures are so so good! I haven't ventured off the "automatic" button, I just got the Nikon Coolpix P80 and I haven't a clue :) LOL

Keep up the Beautiful work!! I was so happy when I saw you had a new post, I always love what you do!! and thanks so much for stopping in for a visit and leaving such sweet comments and tips! I so appreciate them!!

Hugs, Cynthia

Frippery said...

Love your pictures. Everything looks so warm and inviting. I tend to keep my camera at the same setting but I want to branch out and learn how to use it. I was considering a digital SLR then realized I haven't used the camera I have properly yet! It is only a year old. How wasteful.No more new stuff, use what you have is my motto. (Now if I can stick too it...)So if you learn any good camera tips let us know, Pam

Inspired Kara said...

Well if those aren't just the cutest little boxes I've ever seen!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Hi Cherry! So glad you are back to blogging! I always love looking at your pictures. Hey, did you know that there is a Cherry's Jubilee scrapline? Did I alread comment that to you already? Strike it if I did. :)

I've been wanting to try out that Biggest Loser workout DVD. How is it?? Do you like it?? I hear that the contestents are the ones doing the workouts and now some already teeny tiny physically fit babes in too tight leotards. Please let me know how it is. Thanks!

P.S. I just got some nesting boxes for Christmas and I can't wait to put them up on this little shelf I have. Your photo reminded me!

Kim said...

Yay! You are back! I needed some Cherry inspiration for my January home...!

LuLu said...

So happy for your visit yesterday on my blog! Yep the boot tray is from Target! only $24 total deal, I spied the one at Ballard's too but too pricey!! Your pic were wonderful... love the two vases!! thats what I need!!
LuLu

Michele said...

Simply lovely. Can't wait to see what you have in store for V-day!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Riley is so mellow when he wants his ball thrown! Maxie starts dropping it ON our feet when he wants to play. I WISH he'd lay down and sulk about it!

Time does fly - think how fast last year went by. This year will be over before we know it.

All the photos look great!

Manuela

Eloise said...

Lovely pictures!

kcenya1950 said...

They are great pictures. Love the new end tables. And the key on the ribbon. You have such great Ideas.

Jean said...

We missed you too Cherry. I love the bunny and those boxes are great.I am sure if your home is like most ,your tables will get some natural distressing. Have fun with your projects.
Jean in Virginia

Karen said...

Looks really homey and comfortable. I have that problem of cameraphobia, too! My problem is also that when it's time to take a picture, like low light, the scene is gone by the time I figure it out! Have fun learning yours! Karen

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hi Cherry, your home looks lovely. I just love those new end tables wow what a great addition to your home. You know it is a cozy time of year, colder weather, a fire in the fireplace, dust and ashes in the air....oh well...I too am cleaning things that haven't seen a dust cloth in a while! Oh well! Hahaha...love your pictures with your new camera!
Blessings,
Debbie

Marie said...

Hands down, you take the very best photos!!!! I love your rock fireplace! I'm jeaaaalous!

Kim said...

I love your hall tree!