Sunday, December 16, 2012

panetonne / pumpkin chai

L - Nikon / T - iphone

I always look forward to the Italian sweet bread, Panetonne during the holidays. I'm sure you have your favorites as well. / pumpkin chai and waiting for my on-call

Thursday, December 6, 2012

impressive / magnificent

L - iphone / T - iphone

"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree.  In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall."  ~Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

The tree at my workplace is huge - ornaments the size of basketballs. The glorious scent of pine is so powerful when you walk in the door it's as if you were walking into a pine forest. I love it. / my new apartment is empty save a computer on the floor and my sleeping bag - yet i have a christmas tree with lights and it's magnificent.

Monday, December 3, 2012

reflected light / colors of the rainbow

L - iphone / T - iphone

A little bit of magic this morning. / a bundle of happiness

Thursday, November 29, 2012

elevator mirrors / dressing room mirrors

L - iphone / T - iphone

I wore an outfit today that I thought would make Taylor proud, but it's too matchy-matchy for her liking. She gave me some tips - taupe scarf and leather belt would be better. I agree that would be better. / it's kinda slow today

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

symbols of love / signs of love

L - Nikon . T - iphone

A very special gift from my brother - all hand-carved from one piece of wood - a true treasure.  /  little dog bonding

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

pretty notes / floral letters

L - Nikon / T - iphone

Well, I am almost (my driver's license doesn't say it yet) officially Mrs. Leslye Phillips. And Taylor is almost (she hopes to move in this weekend) an official Brentwood, TN resident. Changes.

Taylor accepted a job in Franklin, TN at a brand new Anthropologie store in the city square. She is so excited - brand new city...  brand new job... brand new store... brand new home.

I just have a brand new name - same home, same city, same job. But things will be different there with a husband in my life. New dreams... new memories... new adventures.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

gift from a friend / God's gift

L - Nikon / T - iphone

Today, a year ago I became engaged... on this day next week I will be Mrs. Leslye Phillips. It's been a year of preparing but there will be sudden changes. Suddenly Taylor is having to move away from Atlanta. She was offered a job at Anthropologie’s brand new store in Franklin, TN and will be moving on the very day I will be returning from the honeymoon. Gone before I get home - having to move alone. This makes both of us sad. Suddenly I will have a man in my home. There will be major changes for both of us and we won't be close by to help each other with the adjusting. 
As I look at these two photos of ours I see images reminding us to stay strong. The rock that my good friend blogger, Elaine, sent to me is a perfect quote to hold dear "Write in your heart that every day is the best of the year."  I do believe these changes will be positive growth for both of us.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

L- iphone / T- iphone

Sunday, October 21, 2012

afternoon / napternoon

L - Nikon / T - iphone selfie

textures on an autumn afternoon - what a great location for photographing a little boy. I helped my mom take photographs for portrait painting reference last Sunday / good napternoon - after getting up at 4:30 am, to get to work by 6 am, a nap in the afternoon sun is essential to my well being.

Monday, September 24, 2012


cupcake tasting, originally uploaded by autumnsun08.
the fun part of wedding planning - cake tasting!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

observing / watching

L - iphone / T- iphone

Daisy loves to stand at the window and observe. She sees the hummingbirds fight to get to the feeder and a squirrel chase his brother up the tree, at night she spots the little rabbit nibbling on grass. But she's good, she doesn't bark at them or get excited she just watches quietly. But when her master drives up the driveway there's lots of excitement. Her tail whips around smacking poor Evee right across the eyes - she runs around like a crazy dog, the cats take cover, there's lots of commotion. It's a crazy household with 4 animals in it... / my main girl sees me off to my first day at work.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

things lost / fresh starts

T- iphone / L- iphone

I think I've lost what little following I had, but I don't blame you... there's been nothing to follow here. But I do have a little bit of an explanation. My computer went down over a month ago and with everything else that was going on (graduation, wedding planning, apartment searches, over-time at work, festival preparations, etc) I just didn't want the stress of dealing with it, or thinking its ultimate doom . So it sat. It's empty black screen sat right there until this past weekend when I finally took it to PeachMac. They called yesterday with the sad news – the hard drive is dead and they can't retrieve anything from it. And even more sad is the fact that I wasn't good about regular backups. You all know what that means... lots and lots, and lots, of photos are gone... forever. Luckily many of my photos are on flickr and FB - thank goodness!
So here I am sneaking in a little post at work just so you know that I still exist... along with bunny and daisy and taylor and evee and kodi — we're all here. I hope you all have been well and are enjoying the transition out of summer into fall – summer vacations past and holidays ahead.
I hope to be back soon with a new hard drive and fresh start in my computer world and more news of the fresh starts in our lives.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

curled up / stretched out

L - iphone / T - iphone

We're back. Sort of. I am still without a computer at home but I found time to sneak in a few posts at work : ).
Taylor is home. Putting in applications to find a job, meeting with the administrator at Creative Circus (hoping to go to grad school there in the winter) and helping around the house. But she's enjoying some down time too.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

refreshment / refreshing

L - iphone / T - iphone

This was the first watermelon I have had all summer. Do you enjoy yours with salt or without, eat it with a spoon or a fork and knife? / waiting out the days in athens. papers are turned in, finals are tomorrow and family will be here for commencement on saturday. hotel life isn't so bad for the moment.

city / country

L - iphone / T - iphone

A single puffy cloud in my vision from my work-day window / the stay at the empty house wasn't all bad. i awoke to this sight from the bedroom window.

its not home/ it was home

T - iphone

In Atlanta Daisy waits... looking, hoping to see Taylor drive up. / this place was the closest to home all of my days in athens... now i have to leave it behind. onward and upward.

minimal / optimal

T- iphone/ T-iphone

It was a rough last week - as far as sleeping arrangements went.
Taylor went from sleeping in her nicely furnished apartment to having to sleep on the floor on her mattress with nothing but her computer and a small table, then because the landlord wouldn't let her stay through the end of finals, and commencement, she had to sleep in her sleeping bag in her empty apartment for two nights. A girl offered her empty house so that Taylor wouldn't have to pay for a hotel for the last week. But what Taylor didn't know was that it no furniture at all, had no cell service and the water didn't work. She stayed there one night in her sleeping bag on the floor but had to move into a hotel for the last few days until commencement so that she could sleep well and be ready for finals. All this while having to study for finals.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

beginning / finishing

Are you kidding me! I've been the whole month of July without a blog post!

A lot has been going on... Taylor is finishing up college and I am planning a wedding. Some very important times and I've failed to record them here. And the thing is Taylor has been the best about sending me photos. Maybe I should do a collage of all of them.

Meanwhile Keith and I have chosen a date and picked a venue and while he's been out of town Taylor and I are putting down on paper some firm decisions on decor, colors and details. She really should be a wedding planner... she's very organized and creative - helping me stay focused and make decisions. It's so much fun working together on this - and if it turns out like we have envisioned it will be wonderful.

Taylor is completing her college days in her apartment with the bare minimum of furniture - a mattress on the floor and her computer. Her dad moved all her furniture out last week and I picked up Daisy so that she could focus on writing papers and studying for finals. She's missing Daisy but at least Bunny is there to keep her company.

Here's a peak at the location where I will begin a new phase in life. And here is Taylor's humble room where she will finish up another phase in her life. /

Friday, June 29, 2012

hot / really hot

L - screen cap / T - iphone

It's going to be hot hear in Atlanta this weekend, but it's going to be really hot in Athens. And Taylor and I are planning on doing some of her moving this weekend. It's going to be brutal so I sent her a screen capture of the weather forecast. Meanwhile she sent this picstitch image... looks like they're already feeling it. / we're all passed out.

Monday, June 18, 2012

summer evenings / summer days

L - Nikon / T - iphone

Tis the season for summer concerts in the park. / bookbag tan - it's happening.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

new shoes / old shoes

L - iphone / T- iphone

Taylor and I got the hang of Denver public transportation pretty quickly - riding the bus, the light rail and the Free Mall Ride. The free mall ride was the best - getting us quickly to most of the sections of town we wanted to visit. / my kicks are falling apart

Monday, June 11, 2012

looking up / looking down

L - Nikon / T - iphone
click on image for a clearer and larger view

Trail Ridge Road - possibly one of the most spectacular drives you will ever take - it is the highest (12,000 ft ) highway in the US, and takes you way above the tree line to see sweeping panoramas of the Rocky Mountain National Park. We went from a temperature of about 72 to 34 in less than an hour driving up to the Alpine Visitor Center. We were disappointed that was as far as we could go given some time restrictions we were on. We had wanted to cross the Continential Divide and reach Grand Lake before heading back but the sun was setting and we had to get back to Denver. / i think it was freaking mom out a bit that i was climbing up here. i have to admit it was a little bit scary, but worth it for the view. right mom?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

grand view / in the saddle

L - Nikon / T- iphone (click photo for a better view)

Day two. Estes Park, Colorado.
We went on a two hour horseback ride in the Roosevelt National Forest. Climbing from 7,000 ft to 9,000 ft on steep and narrow trails - just the three of us with a guide. The views were amazing and the air was fresh and sweet. There were sore bottoms the next day but it was well worth it. / what a great adventure. it was so much fun to be in the saddle again. paint pony = love.

grounded / balanced

L - Nikon / T - iphone (click photo for a better view)

Day one. Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs then Red Rocks for Bon Iver /Feist concert.
Her new hiking boots gave her a confidence I wasn't always comfortable with - she was always wanting to climb higher. / glad i found some hiking boots in colorado springs. i climbed to amazing views

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

parks / rocks

L - iphone / T- iphone

Fun times ahead - a rocky mountain high. We're both so excited.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

hot / iced

L - Nikon / T - iphone

No this isn't an advertisement, but we do like our Starbucks.
My mom asked me to look through my photos for some painting reference. (she's been asked to paint some pictures to hang in a doctor's office) but as I was looking for something I realized that just because something makes a interesting photo doesn't mean it will make a good painting. I really didn't find anything suitable. / today no class, no tests - freedom to read what i want - at least for a month. i will be going to school the summer semester for two classes and then i am finished for good. mom asked me how that felt... i told her its terrifying really.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

learning / studying

L - iphone / T - iphone

Have you ever heard of a Lucet? I had not either until a few weeks ago. I thought it looked like something fun to learn so I asked my brother to make me a tool and within a week I had one in the mail. I watched a youtube video on how to make the cord and now I have become addicted to this thing. It's so much fun to use. I'm not sure what I will do with all these cords I'm making but I'm sure I'll think of something. /my study buddy. last final of my last spring semester class... ever.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

planning / waiting

L - iphone / T- iphone

Just a little weekend reading. / just waiting... waiting.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

undertake / conquer

L - iphone / T - iphone

A fortune worthy of saving - placing in a prominent location as a constant reminder. "You should be able to undertake and complete anything you desire. " / conquering the stacks.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

a pause / a cause

Taylor and I have been absent in our blogging for way too long but today I want to take a pause with the mother / daughter blog and do something else. Hope you don't mind.

If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.
- Hal Borland

I do believe we can all say that it has taken some patience waiting on spring to arrive this year. The weather has been a little unpredictable in many parts of the country. But I think it's safe to say that spring has arrived and most of us are enjoying wonderful weather right about now and that is making us think of outdoors, and gardening, and spring cleaning indoors and out. I for one have been thinking about improvements to my yard.
Here in the south our blossoming spring color has past but for many of you it is in it's peak. No matter if it has past or not, with Spring we take notice of trees, of their blossom colors, of the tender spring-green leaves and everything coming alive. And it's wonderful and refreshing to be outdoors.

Did you know that Arbor Day is coming up? It's a time to celebrate the wonders of nature, and to plan for an even greener future. It gives us a reason to buy and plant new trees, ones we can enjoy next spring, and the next and the next...
"Like" my AutumnSunJewelry FB page and tell me your favorite kind of tree, or tree quote, in the comment section and you will be included in a drawing for my one of my Dogwood pendant necklaces.

Drawing ends on April 26th at midnight. Winner will be contacted via FB on Arbor Day, April 27th.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

tacos / waffles

L - iphone / T - iphone
My favorite time of day (7 pm) and a favorite mexican restaurant - perfect. / i'd been studying all day long but i had to get something to eat - waffle house was the place of choice.

relax / rest

L - iphone / T - iphone

Enjoying a most beautiful spring day.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

day 25 - breakfast

L - iphone (bottom left) / T - iphone (top right)

Breakfast together. Taylor made chocolate chip scones - so delicious. It was a brief weekend visit but we had so much fun just enjoying the beautiful spring weather - moving from indoors to the warmth of the sun on the deck and then following the sun down to the firepit, continuing our talks.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

day 24 - an animal

L - iphone / T - iphone

Well we weren't very clever with this prompt for sure but it was a weekend of the animals - the dogs. Daisy had so much fun being outdoors all weekend long. With her new wireless collar she is free to roam around our big yard - roll in the cool green grass, romp through the ivy and forage around the firepit for the best charcoaled sticks. (does anyone know why dogs enjoy this? both daisy and evee loved picking charcoal bits out of the firepit and eating them)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

day 17 - green (of course)

L - iphone / T- iphone

Funny that we both shot looking down - and chose nature's green to photograph.
It was a perfectly beautiful spring day today. I couldn't resist buying a few plants when I went to purchase the cedar chips for my walkways. Did you set out new spring plants this weekend?

day 16 - sunglasses

L - iphone / T- iphone

The sun is bright today - perfect day for shades.

Friday, March 16, 2012

day 15 - car

L - iphone / T -iphone

6 years ago I got this car. She got my jeep.
forever i love my kirby

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

day 14 - clouds

L - iphone / T - iphone

We had lunch together and brainstormed on her fairytale story she is choosing to write for her children's literature class. I went back to work and she took Daisy to the dog park. Not even the first day of spring yet and the temperatures are like summer - 80ยบ today.

day 13 - sign

L - iphone / T - iphone (portion of a piece at Lamar Dodd Art school)

Signs of spring and signing as art.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

day 12 - fork

L - iphone / T - iphone

Spring break for Taylor this week... dinner at my parents house last night... carrot cake for dessert - the best ever!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

day 9 - red

L - iphone/ T- iphone

Do you think I might like red just a little?
Taylor had to go stand out on the corner in a full body dog suit to bring business in to Petland. I think she sort of enjoyed being in disguise for a time.

Friday, March 9, 2012

day 8 - window

L - Nikon / T - iphone

ah wonderful day light!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

day 6 - 5PM

L - iphone / T - iphone

Just after 5 o'clock and still at work, of course, but look at how light it is outside. Can you believe it's almost time to set the clocks back an hour? I do love the lighter evenings, but it will be hard to get up in the morning for a few days. / 5 o'clock shadows. at the dog park with daisy.

day 5 - smile

L - Nikon / T - iphone

Or reasons to smile. Spring is almost here. / presents in the mail. ( i received the cutest present from my cousin. She knitted me some hand warmers and presented them on hand decorated hand forms and drew this adorable little fox for my card. she is the most thoughtful little girl i have ever known)

I have to show you the whole package. Check out the little fox on one hand and the adorable little hedgehog on the other. And isn't that a fine job of knitting for an 11 year old? - L

Monday, March 5, 2012

day 4 - bedside

L - iphone / T - iphone

New slippers I knitted. / writing a paper.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

day 3 - neighborhood

L - iphone / T - iphone

I think she's right, some photos don't lend themselves to being cropped so narrow. But what do you think - which format is best?
Notice the Bradford Pear trees are in bloom already. Last week the highs were in the mid 70s, tomorrow we're supposed to have a freeze warning - I think it's only the second one we've had this winter.


The photos on the left are taken by me, Leslye, the mother. The photos on the right are taken by my daughter, Taylor – unless otherwise noted. Comments are always welcome. thanks
If you care to visit, I, Leslye, have another blog - AutumnSun where I ramble around different paths and pleasures of my own.