Monthly Archives: June 2011

10 Things

Summer has barely started and I already feel like I’m running along at full throttle! Am I the only one? Seems like everyone I know is super busy these days. I guess that’s a good thing, and a part of growing up, huh? But I’ve found that taking the time to sit down and come up with ten things that make me happy, even in a small way, is awesome for my state of mind and sense of gratitude. Please share your ten things in the comments or link me up to your own blog post!

1. Ohhhh yeah. This almost makes me want to let Dante finish my next popsicle (for photography’s sake, of course!).:)

LOL Dogs Ohhhh Yeah

2. Dead Reckoning, the latest Sookie Stackhouse book.

Ellingsen Photography Instagram Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

If you’ve only ever seen True Blood (the TV show is based on this book series) and didn’t like it, trust me when I say the books are SO much more awesome. Sookie isn’t nearly as whiny and is so much funnier as a narrator than TV star. If you don’t believe me, I’ll let you borrow the first one to try!

3. Early evening walks in the summer. So relaxing and good for the soul.

4. If you can read My Milk Toof without cracking a smile, I owe you $5. Seriously love them and want the book!

My Milk Toof Things to do Saturday

5. Amazing facts about greyhounds. I thought I knew a lot about them but some of the things Jane shared I’d never heard – like because they have stereoscopic vision they’re better suited to see moving rather than stationery objects. (And check out Jane’s Etsy shop, Max and Molly Designs – love her stuff!)

6. Day trippin’ in Southern California. We may be overcrowded and have smog and traffic and suburban sprawl, but I don’t know of any other place in the world where you can surf in the morning and snowboard in the afternoon. (Well, without using a plane or something.) There’s no shortage of great places to go and I’m so glad that Nikki and Mindy are always up for going somewhere new!

Ellingsen Photography San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park California

7. Tara Whitney’s session with Shannon Leith. I’ve been lucky enough to have Tara photograph my family back in 2008 and after having dinner with her a few weeks ago I love her even more.:)Seeing her beautiful family photographed in their home by a fabulous photog like Shannon is some major eye candy!

8. A new toy to play with. My auntie sent me this old Yashica that seems to be in near-perfect condition! I’ll be taking it to my local camera store for some help since I’ve never shot 120 film, and I can’t wait to play. Thanks again Auntie Elissa!

Ellingsen Photography Instagram New Vintage Yashica A!

9. Summer = super fun movies. The kind you love to see in the theater. So far I’ve seen Pirates 4 (not nearly as bad as the last one) and Thor (twice), and I plan on seeing the new X-Men, Cowboys & Aliens, Green Lantern and of course Harry Potter! If you want a good laugh, check out this link of what movies posters would look like if they told the truth.:)

10. And finally, this:

HIMYM Barney = Awesome

I love NPH, both his HIMYM character and in real life. True story. {Found on Pinterest via Jessica, original source link isn’t working…}

So tell me what’s putting a smile on YOUR faces lately!

xo

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Evening Walk

Ellingsen Photography Summer Evening Family Dog Walk

As much as I hate the heat, I do so love the gorgeous late afternoon light in the summer. So I grabbed my camera when hell froze over and the whole family (well, minus Eirik) took a walk around the neighborhood together. It helps that my dad has been ordered to walk daily as part of his post-surgery regimen.:)

Ellingsen Photography Summer Evening Family Dog Walk Shadows

The people in my parent’s neighborhood take such pride in their homes, we’re always admiring somebody’s door or flowers or lighting.

Ellingsen Photography Summer Evening Family Dog Walk

Ellingsen Photography Summer Evening Family Dog Walk Flowers

Anja has grown so much, she’s so much better on leash – except when she decides to cross in front of whoever’s walking her to smell something. Lars and Sarah have gotten good at staying upright when that happens.:)

Ellingsen Photography Summer Evening Family Dog Walk Anja Sits

Ellingsen Photography Summer Evening Family Dog Walk Anja Sits

I feel more relaxed just looking at these photos. Hope you feel the same!

xo

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Etsy Loves :: June

While we’re still in a holding pattern on a short sale condo Nikki and I are in love with, I’m still daydreaming of how we’ll fill it with pretty things. Granted, we’re holding off on the big things until we know for sure, but it can’t hurt to have some small things prepared that will fit into any space, right?:)

Ellingsen Photography Etsy Loves June 2011

  1.  Black Floppy Disk Pillow, $36, by Mymimi. Because it makes me laugh every time I look at it.
  2. Country Shelf Organizer, $38, by Twigs2Whirligigs. What’s not to love about a pretty multifunction piece like this? And Mason jars make me think of my mom’s annual jelly making fests.
  3. Black Industrial Enamel Metal Lamp, $90, by Blue Moon Lights. I just love this kind of shape for above a dining table or in the kitchen.
  4. Walnut Hand Turned Bowl, $20, by The Wood Garden. I read about this shop on the Etsy blog and just fell in love with their work and their story.
  5. Made With Love hand carved stamp, $8.50, by Green Garden Stamps. So stinkin’ cute (and you can’t beat the price)!
  6. Three Layered Flying Birds Necklace, $71, by Shlomit Ofir Jewelry Designs. Would go with everything.

Ellingsen Photography Etsy Loves June 2011

  1. Milk Glass Collection, $39, from The Vintage Parlor. Makes collecting great pieces easy!
  2. Lion Screenprinted Pillow, $28, by Sass & Peril. It’s cool if I get one for myself and not a kid, right?;)Found via Old Brand New, one of my favorite blogs.
  3. Cottage Style Plate Rack, $40, from Ginger’s Girl. I’m planning on using something like this to display my beloved nail polishes.

xoxo

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For Your Entertainment

Ellingsen Photography Upside Down Sprocket

Since I’ve been in bed with a migraine pretty much nonstop since Friday, today I’m taking the easy way out, blogland-style. As in, here’s some links to great blog posts other people have done.:)

1. A super cute wood art project over on Young House Love.

Young House Love Lucky Seven Wood Art Project

I’m seriously obsessed with their blog. Not only do they do awesome DIYs constantly, but both husband and wife blog and I just love their sense of humor and warmth in the way they write. Please don’t tell me I’m the only one with a blogger crush….

2. The Photographer’s Workout over on I Heart Faces. It’s so true. If you don’t come home sore from a session, you haven’t worked hard enough!;)

3. Keiko Lynn’s Adele-inspired makeup tutorial. Adele + makeup? What’s not to love? Keiko Lynn’s blog is absolutely adorable and I just love her style.

Keiko Lynn Adele Inspired Makeup

4. Succulent Place CardsI’m totally doing these as favors the next time I have a party – fingers crossed it’s Nikki’s housewarming! (I’m blaming you, mom, for my succulent addiction!) {Found via Oh Hello Friend.}

Succulent Place Cards DIY by the Wedding Chicks

Last but not least, for those of you who are local, I’m hoping you’ll join me and all the awesome Seal Beach Animal Care Center supporters at their annual Wine Tasting event coming up on the 18th! I’ll be there, and I’m super excited to share that one of the auction items is a photo session with yours truly. Wine tasting and a great cause – it’s a win-win! I hope to see you there!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more original content, promise. Hope you guys had a better weekend than I did!

P.S. Photo above is an upside-down Sprocket (my other brother’s dog), taken almost exactly a year ago. He likes to entertain people, too.:)

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San Pasqual Battlefield

Ellingsen Photography San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park California

On our drive to Julian this past Sunday, we came across a sign while driving up the 78 that announced an upcoming historic battlefield site. These aren’t exactly common in California, so we couldn’t resist turning off to investigate. Turns out it’s called San Pasqual and was the location of one of the bloodiest battles of the Mexican-American War in 1846.

Ellingsen Photography San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park California Vista

The valley it’s located in is absolutely gorgeous and they’ve placed the small museum on a rise overlooking where the battle took place.

Ellingsen Photography San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park California

Ellingsen Photography San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park California

Ellingsen Photography San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park California

Ellingsen Photography San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park California Spiderweb Dew

Ellingsen Photography San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park California Nikki Grins

Unfortunately we weren’t properly equipped to hike up to the top of the hill (i.e. ballet flats = no nature trails), but I think we’ll be heading back there, maybe for their annual reenactment in December? We did explore a bit though – the little museum had this lovely stained glass installation and one of the flags carried during the battle. My degree is in history so I was in hog heaven!:)

Ellingsen Photography San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park California Stained Glass

Ellingsen Photography San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park California Flag

But I think my favorite part was the monument they’ve erected to two men who broke through the Mexican lines in order to get supplies to the troops.

Ellingsen Photography San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park California Barrel Monument

Isn’t it gorgeous? In looking up the artist, it turns out Isidore Konti is a Vienna-born artist from the early 20th century whose work is now highly sought after. No wonder, the detail work on this monument is just stunning.

Ellingsen Photography San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park California Isidore Konti Monument

Ellingsen Photography San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park California Isidore Konti Monument 2

Mindy also blogged her photos from our stop at the park, which you can see here on her and Nikki’s 30 Before 30 blog. Have I mentioned this before? They each have 30 tasks they’re working on accomplishing before they turn 30 (I have two years to finish, haha). I’m so proud of them!

Stay tuned for more from our day trip…

xo

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