Thursday, March 30, 2017

Meet Janet ~ Of Wagon Master RV Park & Alpaca Farm

Meet Janet!  She is super sweet, very professional when you call in for reservations.
She was so excited to be moving into their new house!
Just check out this gorgeous kitchen!

When we moved to Texas in November 2016
one of the first people we met were
Janet Woolston and her husband Ken
of Wagon Master RV Park and Alpaca Farm.

Come along inside and visit her 
beautiful Texas home!



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Gardens and Happy Memories

Souvenir de la Malmaison roses ~ taken with our Canon EOS Rebel.


Every year springtime brings thoughts
of my former gardens...


Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Beast{s} ~ The Alpacas of Wagon Master Farm

I think this is Skidboot ~ he's a black alpaca though his outside fleece looks brown with sun bleaching. He is just precious!

Saturday was shearing day
and this was this little beast{y}~guy's first time
at a shearing.
Look at that face ~ isn't he one of 
the most adorable creatures
you've ever seen??
:)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Beauty and the Beast ~ A Fairy Ta{b}le





Beauty and the Beast
And a table setting inspired by
a potential prince and his beautiful 
and smart princess-to-be...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Places to Stay ~ The Beverly Hilton





Beverly Hills... a land of enchanted
movies, movie stars and more
and a 
most luxurious hotel...


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

California Gold ~ Massive Flowers in Bloom

California poppies ~ the state flower en masse, Lake Skinner


California dreaming...
While out in California last week,
I visited some favorite places
with "gold in them thar hills..."

Friday, March 10, 2017

Inspirational Designers ~ Earl Charles Spencer, 9th Earl of Althorp



Earl Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, Viscount Althorp
came to visit us as the keynote speaker at 
Design Bloggers Conference 
on the last day of conference on
Tuesday afternoon...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

3 New Products and Lines for Your Home



Today I want to share some of the 
gorgeous products 
coming to market seen at the
Design Bloggers Conference
which caught my eye...


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Inspirational Designers ~ Styling Your Photoshoots Like a Pro

Jickie Torres ~ editor of Country Cottages and Bungalows


Hello from Beverly Hills and the
Design Bloggers Conference!


Today I thought I'd share a little about styling your own
photoshoots like a professional.
This was the talk Jickie Torres and Courtney Allison
two of my favorite photo stylists and designers
gave on Sunday afternoon.

Jickie is the editor of Cottages and Bungalows magazine 
and 
Courtney is the photographer and blog-author of
French Country Cottage
one of my favorite blogs out there
in Blog Land.

Together they spoke about creating 
good quality photos and the differences between 
creating photos for your blog -vs-
creating photos aimed towards 
magazine publication.
Two slightly different ways of photo shooting
that I think most bloggers wouldn't just
intuitively realize.

Courtney of French Country Cottage


In this slide, Courtney compared two
of her photographs and talked about how
the one on the left is more of what the industry
calls "a vignette scene."
See how it's more of a "close-up?"
It shares more details like the pompom ruffle
around the chair pillow,
the thick plush down seat cushion
and of course
the ever sweet doggie!



These kinds of photographs work great
on your blog, but for editorial print work
there needs to be more of a "room shot."
Editors also need your photos to
"tell a story."

Jickie mentioned to make your photos
realistic ~ have a cup on the table,
drape a blanket over the chair's arm.
You want those things in your scenes to draw a 
reader in and make him or her
want to jump right into the picture and just
plop right down making oneself 
right at home.
:)


Well, those are just two of the big takeaways
from Jickie and Courtney's talk late
Sunday afternoon!
There's sooo much more to share from conference and I'll be sharing more in tomorrow's post.
As always, feel free to share this post and any others and please sign up if on my sidebar and follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as I'm posting video and other photos there.
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Leave a comment and ask questions, too.
I'll get back to you as soon as I
am able.

Have a lovely Tuesday!
Barb :)



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Sunday, March 5, 2017



Happy Sunday!!!
Happy to be back in Cali for the
Design Bloggers Conference
beginning later today,
and
also to visit a few friends in Murrieta
later this week!

I was sick on Friday evening packing
so am not sure what all I've got in my
suitcase that goes together...
{I'm a hot mess!}
But, will make the best of it and just
wing it...
Spent all of yesterday resting
once I got to my hotel and
I feel better today.
:)

This morning, I'm driving over to Venice beach 
to
enjoy the surf then onward to the
Beverly Hilton 
for the conference beginning 
this afternoon.

Will share some photos with you all later on.
Thanks for checking in!

Have a great Sunday!
Blessings to you,

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Waxing Poetic ~ My Shabby Streamside Studio



I looked for a way to contact Sandra Foster now to see if I could use her photos ~ I ended up taking a photo with my iPhone
to share this photograph with you.  On her sidebar, Sandy has a message that says "she is flattered if anyone wants to use her photos.  Just please give me credit!"  Always!  All rights reserved ~ Sandra Foster and My Shabby Streamside Studio.


Blogging or any journaling
like a diary of old, 
is an ethereal and elusive thing.  
One moment we wax prophetic, another we are off on a 
journey into ourselves…

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