Saturday, October 20, 2007

Getting to know you: Leslie

About myself- Im Leslie Im 25 and married to Nick who I have known since I was 11 years old, crazy huh. We just had our first baby and wowza is that a trip, Rylan Mae is 5 months old, and all giggles and smiles and licking our faces (gross!). We are totally in love with the Lord, and just trying to live each day deliberately. I am a lifestyle photographer out of Orange County, Ca. and LOVE my job. Its fun and silly and creative and how else would I get to ask grownups to kiss and eat lollipops and dance in the rain. Super fun. My personal blog, and my website are ways to see more what I am all about.

Define Home – I am pretty sure home is wherever Nick, Rylan, and I are together and are comfortable enough to sit in jammies, make silly faces and eat ice cream right out of the container. Yep, that’s it.

Favorite Color – Ughhh. Tough one. I will admit I am slow coming around to color. If you asked my extended family they would say all I wear is black or gray or brown. Which might have some truth to it (im working on it!) So as much as I do admit that I love, brown, and black, I have lately been drawn to .. a limey-like green, white, teal, those are some colors I would love to bring into my house ahhh if only to redecorate.

Whether you come in to visit or just to rest when you enter our home may you be blessed.

Decorating Elements – Well I love typography, I love photos (obviously!), I love vintage bottles, I like bold prints in small amounts, I would also love to wallpaper my dinning room (but husband said NO), and vintage pieces made into something useful for today, I am not a knick knack gal but love pillows. And I love candles, just because they are romantic… what can I say? Oh and fresh flowers on my table.. ALWAYS! Even one daisy…

Creative Outlets - Other than photography my creative outlets, are scrapbooking, cardmaking, design, cooking, sewing (just learning!), and just trying to keep my home cozy, is eating chocolate a creative outlet, what if I eat it in concentric circles?

A recipe we indulge in
(not our favorite, but what Im currently craving!) –

Chicken Tortilla Soup

½ tablespoon of minced garlic
2 Tablespoons of butter
2 cans of chicken broth
1 8 ounce can tomatoes sauce
½ packet of taco seasoning
1 can of rotel (15 ounces)
1 can corn (15 ounces), Drained!
1 can of green chilies (4 ounces)
1 Tablespoon of Worcestshire
2-4 chicken breasts
Salt and pepper to taste

Add everything to crock-pot
Cook on low for 8 hours
Top with crumbled chips and grated cheese to serve

* This is our favorite fall meal. We always have this on Halloween before we head over to the fall festival at church. We also always make this with the Marie Calendar mix of cornbread muffins with a little butter whipped with honey. So good. This also freezes great in the glad wear containers, but it does get spicier after you freeze so maybe leave out a few chilies unless you like spice!

A household tip – I nice, and don’t play ball in the house and also always kiss booboo’s

Where do I find inspiration – Holy cow everywhere. Seriously. Advertising inspires me. Music inspires me. Restaurant menus inspire me. Walking through Target always inspires me (really!) Greeting cards, book jackets, just seeing new color palettes or new fonts. Ironically, I am most inspired when my scrap space is a disaster and all of a sudden some random ribbon is tossed over a random paper, and I would have never ever in a bazillion years put it together and I’m like, I can make that work. That’s when I make my BEST stuff. When it’s all clean and put up, that’s no fun! But mostly I find inspiration from a lot of other lovely blogging women and thats the truth.

Favorite spots around my home – I suppose I will follow Chelle's lead and show you as well... Sorry for the poor quality pictures the outside of my home today is covered in ash from these Southern California Fires its pretty gloomy.. pray for my neighbors who have recently lost there favorite spots around there home. There are a lot, I really like my cozy teeny tiny little home "our treehouse".


chelle said...

You've known him since you were 11 ?!?! That is so sweet. I met David when I was 16.
I absolutely adore your defi-nition of home.
Your "treehouse" looks like some-thing out of Pottery Barn only WAY better. I l-o-v-e it! Especially your crafting cubby & fireplace!
Also, loved your " Where I find inspiration" paragraph. I found it, for lack of a better work, inspiring!

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Fairlightday said...

Ok, since we are sharing how long we've known our husbands, I've known Mike since I was 14. :) Your house is amazingly beautiful! Straight out of Pottery Barn and William Sonoma. I wish I had that talent. I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves to create in chaos. Too much neatness and picked-up-edness is not good for my creativity. :)
I love "getting to know you" Leslie! Even though I've been reading your blog for over a year. :) Thank you so much for sharing with it.

Jerusalem said...

I love it! Great photo's - it really gives a great sense of your home life!

AndiMae said...

Cute girl! Your house is beautiful-totally looks like it is out a magazine! Loved getting another glimpse into your life...

P.S. I met Erik when I was 17- eleven years ago!!

Anonymous said...

I love how "simple" your house is. I mean that in only the best way...I couldn't think of another way to say it. It's not fussy but it's warm and cozy and seems like such a great place to put your feet up! Definitely inspirational!
The baby pictures of Rylan are so cute!