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Backyard Party

Backyard party. With the summer in full swing, I had a small get together at home, and I took a chance with decorating my new deck. I decorated with things I already had at home. I love the gold honeycomb glasses, it’s the daphne collection from Nordstrom, and the quoted glasses. I decorated some of the checkered straws with some scrapbooking materials I had on hand. The pillow covers were from etsy. I already had the thumbprint glasses in green and blue, which paired well with the colors. The table runner was also from etsy. I got the string lights at big lots. The blue placemats are from home goods. The cactus and succulents are from home depot. The green wall backdrop is part of the patio itself, and we created it with these panels from Amazon. I hope to throw more parties during the summer, I’m brainstorming ideas for the next table scape.

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Puebla 2016

Puebla 2016. I go to Puebla to visit my grandmother almost every year, and for some reason, we decided to venture out of the usual neighborhood, and see more of what Puebla has to offer. We were limited on time, so  we did a day trip to Tepeojuma, Puebla, and went to Los Ahuehuetes, which is a small spring water swimming hole. The vistas to getting there were just as beautiful as the place itself. The water was mild, but very clean, and since we arrived around 10:30 in the morning, we were on our own (except for the people in charge). Two days later, we took a top decker bus to tour the colonial city of Puebla. There are so many things to see, I don’t feel like we got enough. The colors in Puebla are not the usual black and gray of buildings in Maryland. There was hot pink, and bright yellow, and colorful murals on every street. Of course, the buildings are centuries old, so the style of architecture varies. We passed by a planetarium with modern facades, and we passed many historic buildings with antique beautiful doors. Next time I go to Puebla, I will do the Cholula tour, and the container city. Enjoy!

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Ramblings. Hello everyone! Wow, I haven’t updated the blog in months. Where to start… Well, since the beginning of the year, we’ve had some home projects that couldn’t be delayed anymore, and I joined a reading challenge. We bought a house in July of 2013, and every year we’ve had major renovations. We’ve redone the bathroom, the kitchen, changed the floors, added a second AC unit to our basement apartment, upgraded our water filtration system, and changed the water heater. We had delayed building a new deck, repainting the garage, and giving the sun room a face lift because of the costs involved, but we decided to tackle those projects this year. So far, we got the deck done, and we are half way done with the sun room face lift. As you can imagine, these renovations have taken up so much time that I couldn’t promise myself to be available for photo shoots. I also decided to read more this year, and joined the reading challenge. I’ve promised to read 60 books this year, and I’m doing so well! I’ve read 28 books so far, so almost half way done 🙂

I felt like sharing this information because I want to be transparent with you. I haven’t done photo shoots since the beginning of the year because of these projects. We’ve tackled most of these projects ourselves, and hired help only for things we couldn’t do ourselves. I just couldn’t promise editing photos within a short amount of time if we were planning on working on these projects. It wouldn’t be fair to my clients to devote more time to my house than to their photos. So I’m sorry for the silence on my end, but at the same time I’ve loved working on my house, and dedicating time to spend with family.

Now the deck is done, the sun room exterior just needs painting, and the garage is going to be professionally painted. All the decisions have been taken color wise, so my involvement is just approving things as they are done.

I’m actually very excited with the curb appeal we have given our house, and we’ve entertained in the new deck even though the weather has been wonky.

Having said that, I’m ready to do more photo shoots! I’m excited to start booking weddings for later this year, and for 2017. I miss getting behind the camera. I purchased new lenses, and I want to use them soon. I have a graduation party up soon, and a maternity session as well, but I want to do engagements and weddings as well. I’ll update with pictures as the shoots come up. Also, I have a trip to Puebla coming up soon, and a trip to Tulum later this year.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and I want to show you what I’ve done with my little rambler so far.

I created this rendering before renovating the kitchen. I think we came up pretty close to what we actually did. Sorry for the weird perspective… it’s a couple of years old hahaha

I also created a rendering for the deck to get ideas, but we settled on the first one. I loved the idea of adding greenery to the wall, but I didn’t want to have real ivy considering the weather we have in the winter. Actually, anything green would die in the winter. We purchased faux boxwood panels, and you wouldn’t know it was fake unless you got up close. Good enough for me! We also wanted cable railing, but the price was out of our budget, so we just did thin horizontal wood railing. I loved the way it came out.

That’s my mom, my brother and his girlfriend… and those cushions in the right will all be changed to the black and white stripes umbrella fabric.

This is the exterior we are changing… we continued the horizontal paneling to the sun room, and we are going to paint it a dark blue color, just to contrast it with the brownish orange stain on the deck.

This is another rendering I created for the back of the garage… This is for the future… the garage will have those colors, and I’m really excited about the way it will look.

I’m sorry for all the ramblings, but I wanted to update you a little bit on my life and what’s going on. I will update the blog soon with new work soon.

It feels good to be back.

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