Rooms to Match My Mood: Dark and Brooding

I was feeling a little ‘off’ yesterday, so I amused myself looking at pretty pictures on the interweb:) I can get lost for hours clicking away at pretty pictures – this is probably not the best thing to do too often (especially when I have piles of projects to start/work on/complete) but every so often it’s nice to escape. The pictures that were taking my fancy last evening seemed to match my off mood – a little dark and brooding, but I think each is beautiful in its own way. If I had to choose a favorite from the images below I think it would be the last one – it’s stunning. What do you think – which do you like best?

Dark Green Living room by Todd Yoggy

Dark Grey Living room by O’Connor and Houle Architecture

Dark and Moody Living Room. Source: House Beautiful, July 2009

Dark Living room with Green velvet Couch Source: Redonline

Grey Office via Elle Decor

Botanical no. 5510 by Kari Herer Photography via Etsy

PS – I made a very concerted effort to find what I believe to be the original sources of these images and link properly to them. Please let me now if I am mistaken.

A Visit to the Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm

I few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Okanagan Lavender and Herb farm in Kelowna, B.C. I’ve never been to a Lavender farm before so I was quite intrigued by the rows of fragrant, and brilliantly coloured lavender plants. They have 2.5 acres of plants and a little store where you can purchase hand-crafted lavender products. I love their Sea Salt Scrub – it smells divine.

If you’re ever lucky enough to visit Kelowna I encourage you to pay them a visit, but until you have that opportunity I thought I’d share with you some of the pictures I took when I was there. There are quite a few pictures – I took the opportunity to work of my photography.

I love the way some of these pictures came out. What do you think? Have you ever visited a Lavender farm?

EBlurb Books: A Giveaway (Yippee!)

You may recall that last month I had the opportunity to attend BlogPodium. One of the sponsors was Blurb books – they donated all of the lovely notebooks that the attendees were given to make all our copious notes in.

Left picture by Mango Studios. Right pictures are my Blogpodium notebook that was created by Blurb Books.

Books with lovely pictures have always been a favorite of mine, but I like them even more if I know the story behind the pictures. In the back of my mind I’ve always wanted to put together a picture book of my youthful travels to South East Asia, but have always been quite intimidated by what I thought was an arduous process. It turns out I was wrong – it’s really rather simple.

If you had pictures like these wouldn’t you want to make your very own picture book too? L: Me at the Taj Mahal with some gentlemen who were more interested in getting my picture than looking at the beautiful building (2003), R: Riding in a Vietnamese wooden boat (2004)

Blurb books actually have a few ways you can design your own books – you can either use their online tool called ‘Bookify‘ which allows you to use popular layouts to make your book, or you can download their ‘Booksmart‘ software that allows you to customize the layouts and text.

One of the great things about personal picture books is there is no limit to what you can make. While at Blogpodium I stopped by Blurb’s booth, and they had copies of books that some customers had created and they were all wonderful, yet completely different. There were books of Instagram pictures, and books of family vacation photos, and even a book made with a newlywed couple’s wedding photos, but the one that caught my eye was one that was a collection of old family photos and recipes. It was made to celebrate their grandmothers birthday, and it was put together by her children and grandchildren.

Image courtesy of Blurb books – I wish I had taken a picture of the inside – it was gorgeous

Anyways, I received an email from the lovely folks at Blurb books, and they would like to give one of you $35 towards your very own personalized Blurb book! You can use it to create any type of book you like. How neat is that?

Okay, now for the important details – how you can win – you can enter up to three times!

  • Visit the Blurb.com website for ideas, and then leave a comment here telling me what type of book you might like to create.
  • For up to two bonus entries share this contest on Twitter, and then leave a comment letting me know that you did.(Please add @sweetsuite10 and @Blurbbooks to your tweet)
  • This contest will open on June 12th, and will close on June 18th at midnight EST.
  • The winner will be drawn from eligible entries using random.org
  • This contest is open to Canadian readers only.

So, what type of book will you make if you win?

*I was not perked in any way by Blurb for hosting this giveaway.
*THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED*

March Flowers – a Birthday Bouquet, and Photography Practice

Unbelievably it’s nearing  the end of March – where did the month go? In February I decided that I was going to treat myself to flowers once a month. If you follow me on twitter you know that my brother J sent me a lovely bouquet for my birthday, so while I didn’t treat myself I’m still counting these flowers towards my goal of having fresh flowers in my home at least once a month.

By the time I remembered to take pictures these lovelies had been in my apartment for almost a week so they’re not quite as stunningly vibrant as they were when I first received them. A small warning – I decided to practice my close-up photography with the bouquet as my subject so there are quite a number of pictures to scroll through – I hope you don’t mind.

My bouquet one week later - it's lasting rather well

I have to say that I’m loving my new camera – I never would have been able to take pictures like these with my old point-and-shoot.