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Inspiration Tuesday

For a couple of years now, I’ve had a particular project in mind.  A photo project.  Actually, a photo display project.

It all started with this movable painting wall from memoryradio.  I loved the idea of having a stack of paintings (or photos, in my case) and letting friends rearrange them at will.  I also liked the ability to have a ton of photos available, but not necessarily hanging.  I have so many photos I love, but I can’t hang them all.  This seemed the perfect solution.  Only hang a few, but cycle through them by making them easily interchangeable.

The first problem was, of course, that I wanted different sizes.  I had intended on mounting the photos on wood, but I knew I wanted different sizes.  The different sizes immediately limits the arrangement of photos.  You can’t change out a 5×7 with a 5×5!  I considered doing framed and matted pictures on a dedicated picture wall, but the size differences were still an issue.  I hunted through pinterest multiple times, pinning things I liked and didn’t like.  Some displays were simply not big enough.  I hated a lot of them.  I love the idea of using photo shelves – it made photos easily movable (and stackable!) and you could use all different sizes.  This is still likely how I will do a photo display once we move back to the US and settle down.  But it wasn’t something I could do in temporary housing in Finland.

Then one day I saw this mirror and light garland, and thought, why not do that with photos?  I went and bought a cheap white curtain rod.  We just happened to have two nails in our walls to hang the rod from, so we didn’t need to put more holes in the wall.  I would have liked to use ribbon, and will likely change to that in the future, but for now I’m just using some white string, five pieces hanging down at regular intervals.  Tiny little decorative clothespins hold the photos on the line.  I printed off a ton of photos, and started hanging at random.

And I love the end result!

Photo display


So, next time you’re over at my place, dig into our extra photos and feel free to rearrange or replace any you want based on what inspires you.  I want to see what photos you think should be hung!  🙂



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Inspiration Tuesday: Nine in the Afternoon

I’ve always wondered if the Panic! At The Disco’s song “Nine in the Afternoon” was inspired by the Finnish summer.

9pm on a summer day in Finland.  Yes, really!

9pm on a summer day in Finland. Yes, really!

And for your listening/viewing pleasure:

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6 June

Today is the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy.  We were lucky enough to tour the Normandy coast on June 6th two years ago, stopping at Arromanches, Longues-sur-Mer, and the American Normandy Cemetery at Omaha Beach.  It was as moving an experience as everyone says it is.


"Here rests in honored glory a comrade in arms known but to God."

“Here rests in honored glory a comrade in arms known but to God.”


The Guardian has an interactive photo display – with a click you can see photos of the same location today and in 1944.  Check it out.

Baby J update – 9 Days to go! I’m blogging every day until I give birth, so you’ll know when the baby is born!

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Favorite Vacation Photo from Tallinn

I’ve been to Tallinn several times, and I can say that it is one of my favorite places to travel to.  Despite the medieval architecture, the beautiful views of red roofed towers and city walls, this is still my favorite photo:

Favorite Tallinn

It’s the story behind it that makes it my favorite – read about it here:

Blessed by Holy Water in Tallinn.

You can read more about that trip (and see more photos) here.

Baby J update – 18 Days to go! I’m blogging every day until I give birth, so you’ll know when the baby is born!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Twist

There I was, walking through the garden at Skansen open air museum in Stockholm, when I stumbled across this gentleman:

Statue holding a flower

Down on bended knee, proposing to any person who walked by.


Baby J update – 21 Days to go! I’m blogging every day until I give birth, so you’ll know when the baby is born!

This week’s photo challenge from WordPress is “Twist” – “…something unexpected that surprised, shocked, or startled you.”

Oh, and hey, this photo is available on products in my Zazzle store!  (Yes, I still have one!)

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Favorite Vacation Photo from Ireland

We traveled to Ireland in September of 2012 and spent 5 days driving around the country.  I got some great photos (lots of green!) but I think this one is my favorite.  It was taken from the top of Blarney Castle, intended as just a landscape, but the tree in the foreground just popped.  Actually, Stephen may have taken this one – I was having some trouble being short…


Read about our travels in Ireland and see more photos:

Part 1 – Kilkenny, Waterford, Blarney, Killarney, Limerick, and the Cliffs of Moher

Part 2 – Dublin, Glendalough,  and Newgrange

Baby J update – 25 Days to go! I’m blogging every day until I give birth, so you’ll know when the baby is born!

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Favorite Vacation Photo from Normandy, France

Our first trip after moving to Finland was to the Normandy region of France, in June 2012.  We stayed in Deauville , and spent 6 days driving around the region.  I had quite a few favorite photos, but this one tops my list.  Mont St Michel through the poppies.  If you know me, you know I love poppies!

A view of Mont St Michel through the poppies

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Read about our travels in Normandy, and see pretty photos, here:

Day 2 – Pont de Normandie, Le Havre, Sainte-Adresse, and Etretat

Day 3 – Rouen

Day 4 – Deauville and Trouville

Day 5 – Mont Saint Michel

Day 6 – Honfleur

Day 7 – Bayeux, the D-Day Beaches, and the American Normandy Cemetery

Baby J update – 29 Days to go! I’m blogging every day until I give birth, so you’ll know when the baby is born!

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Barcelona – Day trips

Part 5 of our Barcelona trip!  We spent 10 days in Barcelona, which provided plenty of time for a couple of day trips.

We decided to head up to Montserrat, about an hour’s drive north of the city.  I had read about the mountain and the Benedictine Abbey there, and that it was an experience not to be missed.  The photos I saw didn’t really interest me, but I figured we might as well take the trip – and then follow it up with a nearby Cava winery. In the end, I’m so glad we went.  Montserrat was beautiful, very worth the experience.  It was cloudy on the drive up, and the top of the mountain was invisible or only partially visible a lot of the time.  But the clouds cleared out just after we arrived, and it was a beautiful, clear day.  We hiked along some of the trails, then went to the abbey to hear the boys’ choir sing.

day trip, Barcelona Spain

Montserrat hidden in the clouds

Barcelona Spain day trip

Montserrat and the Abbey, once the clouds cleared out.

day trip from Barcelona Spain

Sculpture at Montserrat – our guide said it was the stairway to heaven, or something like that.

The abbey is the home of the Virgin of Montserrat, which is housed in glass but has an orb that you can touch.  There were about 300 people in line, so we skipped that, but I was able to get a pretty good shot with my telephoto lens.

Day trips from Barcelona Spain

The Virgin of Montserrat, one of the black Madonnas of Europe.

After a few hours at Montserrat, we went to a Cava winery.  It was in a beautiful old house and we got to taste several samples.  I bought a bottle and brought it home…then found out I was pregnant.  We’ll celebrate the baby’s birth with cava from our trip!  🙂



I desperately wanted to go to the beach while we were in a warm climate, but I had heard the beaches in Barcelona weren’t very good.  Instead, we decided to take the train to Casteldefels, which would take about 15 minutes.  Except…the train we got on was like an express train, and didn’t stop in Casteldefels…or any other place for over an hour!  When the train finally stopped, we hopped off, got on a train heading back to Barcelona, and crossed our fingers.  This time, we were able to get off in Casteldefels – good thing, too, as we were starving by this point!  We stopped at a restaurant near the beach and had Fideuada (kind of like paella, but with short spaghetti-ish noodles) and some sangria – so refreshing.


Day trip from Barcelona Spain

Beach at Casteldefels

The beach was lovely, the water cool and refreshing, and the sun warm.  I was in heaven.  🙂

See more of our Barcelona trip:

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Barcelona at Night

It’s a different experience, walking around Barcelona at night.  Some photos:

Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia at night

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Stained glass on Sagrada Familia, lit up at night

Barcelona Spain

Spire at Sagrada Familia, lit up at night

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La Pedrera at night

Barcelona Spain

Casa Batllo lit up at night

Barcelona Spain, Gaudi

Casa Batllo roof lit up at night

Barcelona Spain at night

Lit balconies on a building along Passeig de Gracia


See more of our Barcelona trip:

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Barcelona Post #3 – random architecture

Both Stephen and I really enjoyed the architecture in the city – we were both constantly pointing and saying, “Look at that one.”  I especially loved the pretty balconies and stained glass windows.  Here’s a sampling of what we saw:


Architecture, Barcelona Spain


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Architecture Barcelona Spain



Barcelona Spain

Unique door handle


Agbar Tower



Former bullfighting arena

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