Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Receding Waves

View from Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

For the past 4 years I have been taking pictures of the beach. Not necessarily the ocean, but all the items that end up on the beach in some way. Today, despite feeling a bit sick, I decided to take a walk down to Ocean Beach to get some fresh air and take some photos. There weren't many items in the sand, but the ocean was pretty mellow so I took pictures of the waves as they retreated back into the ocean.

I have to admit, I think this image is my favorite of the day

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Homemade Holiday

Because Christmas is on a weekend this year, I have extra days off from work which means that I was able to put a little more homemade love into things this time around. 


Since we're staying in San Francisco this year, my in-laws mailed us our gifts. We each got a lot of stocking stuffers...but no stockings. For our wedding I was gifted a sewing machine but, being extremely accident prone, I have been afraid to use it. The need for stockings made me overcome my fears. I found a free pattern online, figured out how to thread the machine (thank goodness for the automatic threader) and set to work.
Charlie's stocking

my stocking

Wrapping paper:

Every year Charlie goes all out on some crazy and creative gift wrapping. I was having trouble coming up with creative ways to wrap but, since we have to much paper around the house, it seemed silly to buy wrapping paper; so I busted out the rubber stamps and some plain drawing paper and set to work making patterns and then wrapping gifts.

Charlie loves cooking so most of his gifts are for the kitchen; this stamp seemed like the perfect thing to use

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Pizza and French Fries for Dinner

Last night, after spending a wonderful but tiring day vending at the San Francisco Center for the Book's annual Holiday Fair, I was in the mood to go to a restaurant and let someone serve me. So, my husband and I headed to The Pizza Place on Noriega for some crispy French fries and Margherita pizza. It was tasty and photographic.

It's so true. Healthy or not, I LOVE pizza!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ashland Forests

When I was a child one of my favorite things was to grab a book, run into the backyard, climb a tree and read. Ever since I have been in love with trees and forests. I love the old-ness of trees, I love the mystery of the forest and I love the feeling of insignificance I get when I stare up into the treetops. 

I think the thing I liked most about last week's trip to Ashland, Oregon, was being surrounded by trees for 5 days. Here's a small sampling of the over 500 hundred pictures I took in the woods while I was there.