Monday, July 29, 2013

Are you smarter than an 8 year old?

We've been getting ready to go on vacation this week, so I've been busy packing and cleaning and more packing.
 
I hate packing.
 
I cannot stay focused at all when I am packing, my ADD kicks into high gear and the things I end up with in the suitcase can be a little odd to say the least.
 
That being said, this evening I was out doing some last minute maintenance on my garden before I have to leave it unattended for a week. I've planted some white pumpkins in my yard and they have creeped onto my neighbors fence and it looks like it's going to be quite a crop! While I was walking around my yard my neighbor boy walked up to me and the conversation went like this.
 


Boy: Hey, your pumpkins are growing on our fence.
Me: I know, what do you suppose we do about that!?
Boy: Well, when they get ripe I think I'll throw them back over and see if they explode.
(Yikes.)
 Me: Hmmm..well, how about when they are ripe, I pick them all and give you some so you can decorate them?
Boy: REALLY!! That's so awesome! Thank you!
Me: Okay, it's a deal, but they won't be ready until September so just leave them there, alright?
Boy: Okay!!
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 Needless to say, I think I just saved my pumpkins lives. ....or I have been blackmailed by an 8 year old. I'm thinking it's probably the latter.


 
Well played neighbor boy.
Well played.
 
 
Happy Monday.
love,
Val



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

My First Photo Shoot

I am going to start this one off with a little warning.

If you are offended by pictures like what you would find in a Victoria’s Secret Catalog, then I suggest you just wait for my next post. If you aren’t offended by such things, please read on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had my first official photo shoot on Sunday and it was so much fun that I can’t wait to do it again. I took pictures of two young women who were wanting some sexy pictures for their guys. I’ll share a few with you now, don’t worry, it’s all very tasteful!

 

 

 

 

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This is Kenzie. I’m pretty sure the only way I could take a bad picture of her is to put a bag over her head.

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This is Stephanie….

 

 

 

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I’m positive the bag rule applies to her also.

 

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I actually took over 600 pictures in 2 1/2 hours. Each girl ended up with around 45 pictures a piece. ..So you can imagine how much editing I’ve been doing over the last 48 hours.

I loved every minute of it.

I did make a quick website because I had such a huge response on Facebook, so if you would like to see more photos please visit www.vjwglamphotography.com  Just be prepared that the photos are very much boudoir pics so I don’t want anyone getting offended if that is not their thing. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!!

Happy Tuesday.

Love,

Val

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Answer Is……

Some of you may have guessed it already, but I am busy building a photography studio.

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I am starting a photography studio where I will be taking Transformation Makeover Portraits of Women…and I am so excited!!

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I take my first in-studio photos tomorrow so hopefully I will have some to share with you soon.

 

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I know it seems a little sparse, but I’m just getting started, but I have plans for lots of fun props and sets. So, stick with me here and I will have some fun things to share really soon!

Happy Saturday.

Love,

Val

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Guesses, Anyone?

I’ve been hard at work this week working on this space…

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This is upstairs of my husband’s family’s business and I am turning it into something very exciting. Unfortunately, I cannot divulge what exactly it will be yet, but hopefully this weekend I can share it!

So we’re going to play a little game. Can anyone guess what that cinder block menagerie is in the corner? Here is one more look..

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I’m kinda proud of it, and once it’s completely done, you won’t believe your eyes.

Stay tuned for Saturday’s post to find out the answer!!

Happy Thursday.

Love,

Val

Thursday, July 11, 2013

DIY Desk Redo

I am not a rummage sale person. I don’t like having them or going to them. In fact, I have actually had a total of 1 rummage sale my whole life and after I did it, I swore I would never do it again. Don’t get me wrong, if you love rummage sales, then by all means go for it. I have friends who live for a good rummage sale and if it makes them happy, I am happy for them.

That being said, a few weeks ago my neighbor had a rummage sale. Since my neighbors and I share a driveway, I had no choice but to see some of the things that were out in there yard. I spotted something that I had been wanting for my salon from across the yard and decided I might just make my first rummage sale purchase of my life. I had been wanting a desk for my office at work, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money for it …and what do you know…my neighbor had a solid wood desk sitting out in her yard.

Get this…the desk was $7. Now, while that was an awesome deal, there was a reason the desk was only $7.

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It was a little worse for wear to say the least.

So, I got out my hand sander and went to work. In the picture above, you can see where I had started sanding on the right side of the desk. The left side is exactly how I bought it. YIKES!

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My neighbors homeschool their children and this was a desk was what their daughter used. I think she got bored a lot.

You can probably imagine how much I sanded…and sanded….and sanded. But I finally got a smooth surface after sanding about 4 times.

I started with a pretty rough grit sand paper (60 I think) and ended with a final pass of 100 grit. Then I applied a sanding sealer to give it a very smooth finish. Next I applied a light coat of primer on the top where the worst of the damage was done.

 

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At this point I thought that I should have pretty spectacular biceps, but they really didn’t look that much different. …bummer. That’s okay because it’s time to pick a paint color and I have my heart set on Robin’s egg blue. After two coats of paint, I finally have the desk I envisioned in my head…

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I love it so much I can’t hardly make myself take it to work. If I could find a place in my house for it, I would keep it home. I really need it at work though…to bad. I showed it to my neighbor and she could hardly believe it was the same desk. I then told her I would sell it to her for $40. Just kidding.

I love love love the color so much I decided to paint my son’s bird house too.

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As you can tell, I cut some cute little birdie vinyl stickers to dress it up. My son loved it.

My first official rummage sale purchase turned out pretty good, but I doubt it makes me a “rummager” any time soon.

….And now I am on the hunt to find something else to paint blue.

….And my husband is a little worried for the furniture.

Happy Thursday.

love,
Val

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Caprese Appetizer

One thing I love about Summer is the easy access to fresh ingredients. I love being able to walk out into my garden and gather up the ingredients to use in a recipe. This recipe is perfect for just that, especially if you love tomatoes, basil and cheese! I hope you love it as much as I do!

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The first step to this scrumptious little bite of heaven is to make an easy pesto, which is one of my absolute favorite things to make in bulk and freeze in the summer. Here’s how I do it…

Ingredients:

3 cloves of garlic

1/4 Cup of roasted, salted almonds or pine nuts

1 1/2 Cups of fresh basil leaves, stems removed

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2 ounces of fresh parmesan  cheese, cubed

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1/2 Cup to 1 Cup of olive oil

salt to taste

So, this is so simple it’s astounding. Just put all of the above ingredients in a food processor or blender and then go crazy.

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Once you process it for a few seconds, check the consistency and if it’s a little thick, add more olive oil. Once it’s all done it should look like this..

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Presto..Pesto.

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself there.

I know what you’re thinking, ..what do you do with Pesto? You can use it as a sauce for pasta, add more olive oil and use it as a salad dressing, put it on sandwiches, use it as a marinade…really the possibilities are endless.

This is great to make in a big batch when the basil is going crazy. Just blend it all up and put it into some air tight, freezer safe containers and cover with a good amount of olive oil so it doesn’t turn brown. Pop the lid on and your good until next year.

But that is not what we will do with this little container of goodness today! So, go grab a loaf of French baguette.

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Cut this guy up into pieces that are about 1/2 inch thick.

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Place them on a cookie sheet and spread with the pesto.

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Toast in the oven until they just start to turn brown around the edges. Watch closely because this doesn’t take long! I use the toast setting on my oven, but you can also use the low broil setting.

Once they are toasted, take a few Roma tomatoes..about 6 medium size..and cut into 1/4 inch slices.

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Stack the tomatoes on the toast and then cut up two packages of fresh mozzarella into about 1/4 inch pieces.

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Place the cheese on top of the tomatoes and pop back in the oven for just a few minutes until the cheese is all nice and melted. The last little touch is to take a small basil leaf and place it on top of the hot cheese and voila..

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Easy Caprese Appetizers that are so good your friends will go crazy. Every time I take these little guys anywhere they vanish almost immediately. I’m not joking.

You can drizzle just a touch of olive oil over them before serving if you would like, but that is really up to you.

I hope you try these yummy treats and I hope you go and make pesto, your life will never be the same!

Happy Tuesday.

love,

Val

p.s. If you don’t have basil, just steal some from your neighbor.  …just kidding. Kind of.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Thank You!

Thank you everyone for being patient with me as I took last week off. I just had too much to do as most of you probably experience all the time. Between baseball games, work, and Independence Day I was a little worse for the wear. The good news is that this week there will be (at least) two new blog posts starting tomorrow with a yummy summer recipe. Once again, I appreciate your patience and thank you so much for reading!

Happy Monday

Love,
Val