Monday, February 11, 2008

Photography on the fly

convincing sun yellow

Remember Sun-In for your hair? Man I wanted to use that stuff but my mom would never let me. I was thinking of that as I was painting a wall in the living room this weekend (in a color called Sparkler, which I think is a Glidden color but I had it made with a Behr paint, cause I don't like Glidden paint, but sometimes I choose a random color that's not Behr, but anyway). The color reminds me of sunlight. And very, very light for a girl like me who likes deeper colors, but I dunno, you know, I can do something different. On one wall, anyway. Oh and I'm getting a vintage sofa covered in that swatch thats hanging on the ladder up there.

warm

As we do about every month, we hosted an uninvited and very terrified bird for a while yesterday (wasn't I just rambling about birds? Is the inspiration more clear to you now?) These little wrens get into the house a lot, I never know how. We had a mother on the patio last spring who the kids affectionately called Tweety. We watched her bring worms for the new babies and I even got some really good photos of the tiny little ugly things. But you never saw those cause, well, they were really ugly. Cute ugly, I guess. Five of them. We watched them learn to fly in the patio, the littlest one always gripping the screens and falling. The biggest challenge was keeping Leo away from them. He means well with his playful curiosity but that can get ugly real fast, especially when the kids are watching. Everyone is sure this is one of her spawn. Look at her up there, I totally tricked her with the leaf silhouette in this painting. Thats close little birdie, but not quite.

warmer

Oh you are a smart little birdie! Very good! But those are fake. Stay there for just a sec though you look perfect on those branches. How much does it cost to stuff a wren? (I am totally kidding I couldn't kill a bird. That's Leo's job.)

almost there

Yes, follow the light! Good thinking!

her birdie birdie

No not the closet!! Especially that closet, man I've been lost in their for days myself just trying to find one shoe. Come on, whistle whistle whistle, come on little birdie!

escape plan

Quick Juliana! You take the screen off the window while I overexpose the photo! Okay, everyone! Whistle! (Eleni's lips trip on one another as she tries to whistle and she resorts to high-pitched "hoo-hoo" ing.)

Need my help?

I'm here, whadya need? Whadya need?
No Leo! Not you! Isabela go secure the dog, he looks hungry!

No birdie, the open window!

The other window birdie!

The above photo looks more cruel than it is. It was really a gentle nudge with the broom and not a whack, I promise. She was a smart bird (possible?). Once the dog was out of the way she found the other window after only a few low fly-overs that made us all scream and giggle.

And no one even got bird poop in their hair. Which would have been just as pretty as Sun-In.

That was a fun five minutes.

have a good monday, xoAM

70 comments:

  1. how cute...bird...dog...daughter...sometimes stories are born and we make them to our memories...

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  2. That WAS FUN! Quite entertaining...you guys could write a book or a movie, over there! LOL

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  3. I love it when something that seems so common becomes the focus of all attention in a matter of seconds...

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  4. Nicole11:13 AM

    I thought that was a fake bird at first! It looks totally at home on top of that picture.

    I think there would be a ton of screaming at our house if a bird got in. And that isn't including the kids!

    I love that yellow... it looks like spring!

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  5. What is the lovely coral color you used in the photo with the bird on the branches?

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  6. So many people have asked me about that coral color and I am sorry to say that is completely a concoction of my own, so I have no color name to give you.

    I have a tendency to paint and repaint and paint again, and therefore have lots of paint cans to mess around with :)

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  7. Oh my....wrens in the house! Crazy! But what a fun post and the pictures capture it so well!

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  8. Oh that was great. Thanks for the smile. Love the part when the dog came to the window! Too funny. I love the color too!

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  9. That was fun, thank you. You should get a fake birdie for those branches.

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  10. What a cute photo-story! Glad it was a bird and not a bat. Yikes! (Talk about screaming.)
    Mom never let me use Sun-In either, so I resorted to lemon juice. It worked! Might have to try that again someday.
    Pretty paint.

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  11. LOL...my mother never let me go near sun in either. Lemon juice for me. And, well, given the amount of swimming I did -- probably a good thing (green is a lovely color, just not in my hair). Looks like you had a fun adventure with the bird -- me? I'd have been ducking for cover :0).

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  12. I'm so excited to see the Drawing Room swatches (I know wrong post)! But I thought I would let you know that I've had great luck coaxing birds out with a big feather duster. They seem to stay calm when you collect them up and then just give it a tiny shake outside to set the bird free.

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  13. Oh, WRENS! I love wee birdies so very much, although I agree that perhaps having them *in*side the house is sub-optimal, as my husband would say.

    We have two kitties who would love it very much if wrens were to come visit our house, of course, but I don't think my sensibilities would recover from the carnage. So maybe I'll keep watching the birdies from the inside, out. :)

    Thanks for sharing these photos -- I have to say that wee wren pictures always make me squee. A lovely boost to a rotten Monday!

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  14. Oh, I love your photos! The one with the broom reminded me of a photo I took in my cousin's apartment, when her husband was trying to shoo a bat out of their dining room. Definitely not as cute as the wren. Would you believe playing "Ghostbusters" to the little guy didn't even get him to budge? :)

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  15. Thanks for the birdie post. It was very enjoyable.

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  16. That couch fabric is going to look so cool against that wall color! Can't wait to see the outcome.

    The bird/girl story is priceless. Good thinking grabbing the camera.

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  17. Gosh, he/she looks so perfect on those branches!

    One of my internet friends had a wren who laid eggs in a basket in her bathroom! Of course, she had to let it all play out. In the end, the mother bird disappeared and the dad bird took over--with cooperation from the human residents, the peeps were successfully launched.

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  18. ahhh birds in the house. we recently had a mockingbird fly down our chimney into our house. i opened both french doors but the thing would not leave, he kept flying and forth and scraping his head on the ceiling (so much that we had streaks of his birdie blood all over!!) it took me 15 minutes for the thing to finally leave. at least your bird was cute while in your house!!

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  19. Your adventures in bird chasing are cracking me up. Glad the little feathered friend made it safely outdoors again.

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  20. That was hilarious! We too had a little wren family last spring. They made a nest in a box underneath our patio. It was so neat to see the mama and daddy feeding the babies. Such good parents. The children had a great time watching them grow.

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  21. What a beautiful house guest!
    We were inflicted with evil squirrels who chewed through our screened in windows in the summer time and ate through our bread box. Ugh! I'd take a wren any day!

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  22. LOL! Quite entertaining! Glad the little bird got out safely...and total bonus without getting any bird poops in your hair! Sun-in, yeah, I never tried it for fear the same would happen to me that happened to a cousin who was obsessed with wanting blond hair and tried it and his hair (yes, I said his )turned bright orange! Glad I didn't try it!

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  23. I love Carolina Wrens. They have the cutest faces with their "Cleopatra a la Elizabeth Taylor" eye make up. They are so perky. They have a pretty song for such tiny birds. A pair of Carolina Wrens raises a family on our back porch every spring. Some years we get to see the babies launch their flying careers, some years we miss it.

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  24. These pictures actually make me want a picture tour of your whole house!! Good gosh- everything looks so beautiful and colorful!!

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  25. A great photo story! Too funny... and five minutes even!

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  26. I would never, ever be able to maintain my composure in that situation, much less remember to take pictures. :)

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  27. That was hi-larry-us! Goodness. What fun! Or not fun... Fun if its in someone else's house. That photo of the bird in the closet reminds me of "where's waldo" while I squint and try to see the bird in the frame. heh. ~jen~

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  28. I agree with The Jen LOL Funny in someone else's house :)

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  29. This is exactly why I love to read your blog. You take everyday life stuff, and with your photos and witt make an entertaining moment for the rest of us.

    I'm reminded of the time a bat was in our house - dive bombing the girls and I as we hid under the covers on my bed. Husband out of town so my brave 10 year old son, chased after the bat with broom in hand. Long story, short ending for the bat.

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  30. How cool to get a sofa covered in your own fabric design! Love the colors together.

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  31. We had a wren (or two)in the house just before Christmas - down the chimney I think. It took up residence in the Christmas tree. Very decorative are wrens. We had a starling the other day and they are altogether more hysterical and oh my god where am I, where's the window, how can I get out of here, bang crash!
    I must be honest and say that I paused before opening the windows to take pics!

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  32. Terriaw10:56 AM

    I love the sunlight paint color - and the swatch for the sofa is gorgeous too. Thanks for the fun play-by-play of the bird adventures!

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  33. That was so much fun to read~thanks for remembering your camera so you could share!!

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  34. oh so cute! love the shot of the birdie in the branches...it looks so staged! :) did you let that birdie in on purpose? haha...

    (P.S. I saved babysitting money for Sun-In. You mom was right, it's not so much for dark hair!)

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  35. I love the fabric swatch and can't wait to see how the couch looks. I like the painting the birdie took a rest on. Did you do that?

    The story about the bird is priceless and will be one memory the kids cherish forever.

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  36. we've had bird issues like that at our country house too! but your bird looks far prettier than any that accidentally came into our house!

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  37. We have the same sorts of incidents! I think the birds try to nest on the door wreath and when someone opens it..in they come! This was us the first time Caroline's teacher came to dinner!! He must have thought we were nuts...chasing a bird with two brooms around the house!! The yellow color will be really pretty, especially with your fabric. And I was a Sun-In girl... but it worked better on blondes (less orangy!).

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  38. Anonymous12:16 AM

    I love the picture of the bird on the fake orchids. It's really beautiful with the lighting.

    Can I ask you the name of the paint colors on those two walls? Your fabrics really motivate me to want to do some wild jewel-toned paint colors.

    ~elaine~
    roz_etta@yahoo.com

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  39. A great story! Fun :)

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  40. Looks like a fun few minutes. At least you have a crew of kiddos to help you out! : ) Love your work!

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  41. I love little wrens with their cute butts in the air. It was nice of him to stop by to say hi to your fake flowers. If only I could see more of those guys in the city... poo...

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  42. You just crack me up!!! thanks for the chuckle!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

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  43. To funny, sun-in ....made me orange not blonde.....lol

    love the family photos with bird!
    those are the best..

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  44. daisy cottage7:25 AM

    Adorable and FUN post in so many ways!
    You know I LOVE the yellow! ;-)
    Can't wait to see your vintage sofa!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    xo,
    Kim

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  45. i remember sun-in... my mother finally relented after about 3 summers worth of nagging. it was the worst thing i ever did to my hair, lol

    whodathunk it? mama knew best after all;-)

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  46. Haha!! The story's great but what a wonderful blogger you are to grab your camera and share all of that. :)

    Well done.

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  47. Your story and pictures are hilarious! At least you didn't have a bat in your house. That happened to my mother-in-law! They ended up trapping it against the wall with a tennis racket, and stabbing it with a pocket knife! Ahhh! Needless to say, this is the grandkids favorite story about their grandparents!

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  48. Probably would have been a different story w/my cats! Oy!

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  49. And what were you doing to get the bird out of there? Oh wait...
    :-)

    I had a couple of birds in my house as a kid. It was always fun to get it out. You're right, that bird was smart!

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  50. Oh what an entertaing day and story! We had a hummingbird stuck in the house once. And it actually knocked itself out on the glass. Fortunately, we took it outside, it came too & flew off squeking at as!

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  51. Mariella2:30 AM

    Leo cracks me up... I'm here, whadya need, whadya need. Too funny!

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