Monday, July 30, 2012

Cozy

Last year in July, I posted about a bed tray that I covered in mosaic china for a good friend of mine.  She provided the tray and transferware china.  You can read about it here.

A little while later, I received a big box in the mail from my friend.  

See the afghan at the end of the bed?  She made that for me.  It is the most cozy afghan I have ever had.


When I use it, I can feel my friend giving me a hug.  I love it and the color matches my linen headboard perfectly.

BTW. you can click on the pictures to make them larger and you will be able to see the pretty detail in the afghan stitches.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Quite Contrary

Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow?


My tomatoes are turning red!

How is your garden doing?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Shoot Fly Shoot

A few years ago, I purchased a Canon Rebel DSLR camera, because I wanted to start taking better pictures.

But.....I never took it off the Auto setting.  I have read MANY books on photography and quite frankly it was all Greek to me.  I couldn't for the life of me understand F-Stops, ISO, Aperture etc.

A few months back, I found the Shoot Fly Shoot blog.  It was created by Josh Moates and Kevin Palmer.  

I signed up to take their Photography 101 class.  It is a training class for beginners set in video format.  I am so happy I took this class.  Kevin and Josh cleared up the mystery of my camera settings and what each one does and how they work together.

Now, I am just beginning to practice what I learned, but I wanted to show you some examples of photos I took today.  I will show you one with the AUTO setting, and one with the MANUAL setting.

Here is a plate with a lemon and tomato, taken on the AUTO setting.


Now look at the same plate taken in the Manual setting.  I used a 50MM lenses for both shots.


My living room in this rental house is VERY dark.  I found it was hard to get a good shot with the AUTO setting.  The picture below was taken with the AUTO setting and the camera was on a tripod, but still turned out blurry.


The same shot below was taken with the MANUAL setting and the camera was on a tripod.  I used a 18-55mm lens for both living room shots.


Now remember, I am just starting to apply what I learned, and I am thrilled with the pictures I am starting to get.

If you are interested in learning how to take pictures in the manual setting, click on the link on my sidebar and go to Shoot Fly Shoot to sign up.  I HIGHLY recommend Josh and Kevin!

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Simple Fix! And Some Shopping

Yesterday I told you I needed to take my computer in for repair because my memory card reader quit working.  I expected to be without a computer for some time.  

I was amazed how simple the solution was and I will tell and show you at the bottom of this post.  

First I want to show you the pictures that were on my memory card that I wanted to share with you.

The other day, after I left my booth at Needful Things antique mall in Hendersonville, I decided to spend some time strolling around downtown.

Hendersonville has some of the prettiest landscaping.  The hanging baskets are amazing.


The main street is full of beautiful shade trees.


Hendersonville is also a WiFi city, so there are plenty of tables and chairs to sit at downtown and check your email, blog or even do some work on your computer for free.

While downtown, I went into a few of the other antique malls.  In one I spied this huge dough bowl.  I loved it, but it was a little too pricey for me.

OK, now onto the simplest computer fixed ever!  

I have a computer that has the hard drive built into the monitor.  It is all one piece. Below you can see the slot for the memory card reader that is built in.  

See that slot?  I would insert my memory card there to download my photos.  

We took my computer to Best Buy and walked up to the Geek Squad desk.  After explaining my problem, the Geek Squad guy, checked it out and discovered that my built in memory card reader had just worn out.   To replace it would mean sending my computer away and having it torn apart etc.  Not worth it.....way too much money.

But, the Geek Squad guy told me about a portable Memory Card Reader  that I could just plug into my USB port.  It cost $10.99


You can see it in the picture below, with one of my memory cards inserted.


I must have spent 20 hours researching failed memory card readers and uploaded and downloaded - reloaded and unloaded tons of things after reading suggestions online.  All that time, and all I needed was this simple inexpensive product.

I hope this helps any of you who have built in memory card readers that quit working.

By the way, the Geek Squad guy spent about a half an hour with us discovering the problem and didn't charge us a cent....

All is well that ends well.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Be Back Soon

Hi!

 I am taking my computer to a repair place to see what the problem is with my memory card reader.  I won't be posting until I get it back, but will be able to check on your posts using my husbands computer, so I will be visiting you.

Bee Back Soon!
Penny

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blast From The Past

OK, here it is in a nutshell.

For some reason my memory cards from my cameras will no longer download onto my computer.  I have tried several different things and nothing works.  So, I need to get some professional help.

Anyway....since I can't download new pictures, I thought I would post some random shots that I have posted over the last 6 years or so.

A pretty mosaic table by yours truly.....in about 2009.


A fabulous rusty metal heart created by Fifi, for Mr. Comforts and me.

A boating trip with my sister Robin on Fontana Lake in NC.

Little snap shots of my life.

So, hang in there with me while I get my computer mess fixed.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Weather Or Not...

This is what it looks like out my front door this morning.


Wet and foggy.

What does it look like outside your front door today?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Get Ready To Say "Awe"

Are you ready for a smile?  Look who I saw in my backyard.




Have a wonderful day!
Welcome Home,
Penny

Monday, July 9, 2012

Split Personality


While browsing through Traditional Home magazine recently, I discovered something about myself.

I have a split personality.  Yes, I really do.

I have been tearing out pages to put in a file.  When we move to our next home, it could be on our mountain top property that I showed you pictures of here.

So if we build there, I will probably change up my decorating just a little.  I still want to have French Country as my style, but either a little more rustic, or a little more elegant.  See there is that split personality again :-).

Here are two pictures of living rooms with stone fireplaces.

This first one is elegant.  It has a rock fireplace and wood beams that would look great in a mountain setting.  But the beautiful French mirror, linen covered sofas and the soft color palette let you know that there is no roughing it in this home.


Now the one above is definitely more of a rustic French Country home.  The stone is more rustic, the wood beam mantel is more chunky.  The leather chairs have the home in the mountains look.

I love them both.

Yes, I have a split personality that shows up in my decorating desires.  Do you?  Is there more than one style of decorating you love?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, July 5, 2012

French Confit Pot


In my last post I mentioned that I had purchase something recently that I had wanted for a long time.

What do the following pictures have in common?



If you guessed Confit Pots, you are right.  I finally found one that I could afford in Blowing Rock, NC.  Usually you see them on EBAY and on top of the very high price you have to pay shipping from France and hope it arrives in one piece.

I almost knocked Mr. Comforts of Home over trying to cross the store to get to this!

I wish I could get better pictures of it, but it has been cloudy and rainy out.  So here it is in my living room.




Have you ever found a certain piece that you had been looking forever for?

Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bent Willow and Glass

While in Blowing Rock, NC this past weekend, I picked up a couple of great pieces.

I love the rustic look of this bent willow vase.

I love that it can be used as a candle holder or a vase, because the mouth is wide.

I bought one more thing, that I have been wanting a very long time. I will show you that next time.

Have a great 4th of July!  We are going to neighbors for a BBQ and then watch the fireworks.  What are your plans?


Linking With Savvy Southern Style WOW

Welcome Home,
Penny

Monday, July 2, 2012

Fun In The Mountains

Thanks for all of the lovely anniversary wishes!  We had a wonderful time visiting Blowing Rock, NC.  While there we enjoyed dining out, walking around the quaint town, shopping and finding a few treasures that I will show you in another post.

For all of you Jan Karon, Mitford Series fans, Jan Karon lived in Blowing Rock while writing the Mitford Series books.  Some folks say that Mitford was based on the town of Blowing Rock.

The first day there we stopped for lunch at The Best Cellar.  It was early and we had the outdoor dining room all to ourselves.

I had a Shrimp Kabob nestled on a Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Grit Cake.

Mr. Comforts had Pan Seared Scallops served over Wilted Spinach and Shitake Mushrooms, finished with Toasted Sesame Seeds and Cucumber Wasabi Sauce.


They were both excellent and I want to try to recreate them at home someday.

For our anniversary dinner we went to a wonderful restaurant called Storie Street Grille.
   

Because it was our anniversary dinner, I didn't bring my camera along to take pictures, so here is one I borrowed from their website.
An Image Slideshow

When trying to decide where to have our anniversary dinner, I browsed their website and this restaurant seemed the perfect place to go.  I had noticed that they took reservations for parties of 6 or more.  I emailed them and asked if they would make an exception for Mr. Comforts and me, explaining that we were coming from out of town and it was our anniversary.
Joan, one of the owners, emailed back and said "consider it done".  

When we arrived for dinner we were seated in a romantic booth.  Dinner was FABULOUS and the atmosphere perfect for a romantic anniversary dinner.  If you are ever in Blowing Rock and want a wonderful meal, I highly recommend Storie Street Grille.  

As we were getting ready to leave, our server brought over an anniversary present from the owners.  It was a bottle of their house wine, with their own label on it.  Unfortunately, the owners were not there to thank in person, but I have emailed them our thanks.

This post is getting lengthy, so I will tell you what we did the next day in another post.
Welcome Home
Penny