Thursday, September 20, 2012

dream becoming reality

Not much time to blog tonight, but I wanted to share how EXCITED I am to see the space shuttle Endeavour fly over Disneyland tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  One of the top items on my bucket list (for some reason I despise that phrase but don't know what else to call it) was to see a shuttle launch.  Obviously, that dream went down the drain when the space program was canceled so this is the next best thing. I SERIOUSLY want to be in 3 or 4 places at once tomorrow but decided Disneyland was the perfect spot to watch the shuttle (and accompanying 747) fly by.  I've practically grown up at the Big D and have a pass so what could be better??  Secretly, I'm hoping for a shot of Endeavour with Sleeping Beauty's castle so if you have any connections please pass this info onto the pilot.  :-)  And don't worry.  For everyone not able to see it, I'll post pics and video.  :-)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

black and white

Just for kicks, here are the pictures I used in my display.  Because I wanted a classy/vintage look, I printed them in black and white. 


picture ledge

I'm almost finished with the room redecoration project.  Can you believe it?!  What started Memorial Day weekend is finally coming to a close.  I'm actually rather excited to cross one more thing off my to do list, however that does not mean I'm finished with the cleaning aspect.  Instead of spring cleaning, I've added fall cleaning to the list of to dos, and that seems to be slow going, folks.  My brother's room/aka staging area is still rather disorganized and full of things that need to find a new home. Stuff like theater programs, scarves, baseball hats, old magazines, just your average, run-of-the-mill items everyone saves...right?  Either way, these things need a new place to live and that doesn't include their previous digs: crammed into the space between my desk and the wall, stacked under my dresser, and the real eye catcher, neatly arranged in a nice, but somewhat outdated, basket by my door.  At this point I've purged as much as I'm willing to part with, which means I have some major work to do before this project is actually complete. However from a purely aesthetic perspective, I'm almost done.  So, let's talk about my beautiful new ledge...

As you may recall I suffered major anxiety deciding which picture frames to purchase, and in true Kira fashion, bought a wide selection.  My original goal was to put together a picture gallery, but it never came together. Believe me, I tried, but I could never create the look I wanted.  So I waited  and waited and waited for the perfect solution to present itself.  And one day it did.  Remember that Pottery Barn picture ledge I purchased and couldn't return?  I thought it might go to a friend because I just couldn't figure out how to make it fit with the look I was going for, but then, one day, I hit the jackpot.  But first, I took a little detour...since I was struggling to find the right balance between photo sizes and frames, I thought Pottery Barn's opening multi-size frame would be an acceptable compromise.  (think of it as a portrait gallery for dummies!)  The only decision I had to make was what pictures to put inside.  Simple, right?  Well, the frame arrived....and I didn't like it. (shocking, I know)  It took all the fun out of creative possibility, and even though it was "nice" I found myself at Pottery Barn the following weekend making yet another return.  (editors note: I just might have gone to new PB.  I wouldn't want them to think I'm a returnaholic or anything.)  Anyway, after getting the latest frame off my hands, I spent  45 minutes mentally putting together my picture ledge.  Deep down inside I knew I wanted to make this a Pottery Barn original, and I was so excited to see this little dream become a reality.  So, without further adieu, here it is!

Close up of photos 

Top of display -- words to live by

Side view -- It's not a very good picture.  
Because this is by my window it was very difficult to take photos without a glare. 

Shot of new ledge and new desk set up including...Pottery Barn desk organizer!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012