Fun with Film

Favorite shots from a fantastic summer filled with fun weekends, great friends, and beautiful settings.

IMG_0000Our second stop on the Farewell Jeter Tour. The Royals kicked butt 8-4 but we had a blast with some college buddies.

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IMG_0003Celebrating our 8th anniversary over drinks and bbq.

IMG_0001Tripping to the cabin to float the Niangua River with our best college friends.

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Duck Lake in Babb, MT just outside of Glacier National Park.

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IMG_00Enjoying the last sunny day of fall.

Black & Whites

Recently developed photos from my Pentax K1000. I love the beauty and simplicity of black and white.

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Time to Thaw

Today was the first nice day in months so we decided to take advantage of it. I snapped these on a walk at the Sequiota Park in Springfield, Missouri.

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Working with the Obstacles

IMG_8330Sometimes I feel like I live in a jungle gym. My pets constantly race and chase each other all over the house, the yard, and the basement. No matter what the obstacle, Butters is sure to find her way under, over, and around furniture, behind doors, around corners, under shelves, and inside closets. And Japhy is not far behind. She hates losing to him but unfortunately her size typically fails her. Plus he shoots over the couch and around the corners like a greyhound. Over the weekend I decided that this HAD to stop so I rearranged my living room to completely avoid animal acrobatics.

Want to see how the room turned out?

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Terrific Lady Day

When I was a kid, my biggest fear was turning 10 years old. Double the digits and double the responsibility? No thank you! I’m fairly sure that pop culture was already pushing its way into my psyche to not so subtly remind me that growing up sucks. It was never about adding another digit to my age, it was about realizing that I would soon be departing my childhood. Unfortunately, I had to “grow up” a little earlier than I would have liked so peaking at age 10 actually seemed likely to me. Obviously, the days inevitably passed and my 10th birthday finally arrived. To take my mind off of my silly fears my mom planned the perfect party at a pottery shop and it was awesome. So awesome that I completely forgot why I had been so nervous of growing up in the first place.

Dorky and apprehensive 10 year old Shannon.

Dorky and apprehensive 10 year old Shannon.

Now, fifteen years later, I am still feeling the apprehension of aging but this time it’s not because I’m scared of growing up. I’m worried about not living my life to the fullest, so I decided to start with changing each and every day. All this to say that last weekend David and I decided to enjoy special days devoted to each other. Case in point: Terrific Lady Day!

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Down Shannon Lane Style: Complimentary Colors

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Art was always my favorite class in school because it gave me the chance to wind down, relax, and create in silence. Yes, the teacher often had lessons planned or new techniques to teach us but the time was most often filled by creating. I still enjoy creating art through my DIY projects, decorating my house, and getting dressed in the morning. So today, when I was getting ready, I decided to use the principles that I learned from the color wheel in art class oh so long ago.

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Down Shannon Lane Style: Warm Winter Coat

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I’ve always loved to find signature pieces of clothing that are made well and will last a long time, which is probably why until a couple of months ago nearly half of my closet was filled with clothes I purchased in high school. So, thanks to my mom and her love of Talbots shopping sprees, I recently started updating my wardrobe with adult pieces that would last a long time and I just added something new to my closet.

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The Race to my First DSLR Camera

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Not surprisingly, my interest in photography has turned from mild to obsessed! Last May, when my dad gave me his old Pentax K1000, I couldn’t wait to learn all about photography. I immediately began researching how to use the old film camera including all the technical terms, the number’s, and the art of taking a decent photo. Now, several rolls of “practice” film later, my piqued interest has turned into love.

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2013 Printable Wall Calendar

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A new year means a new calendar! I never find a themed calendar that I enjoy so I typically don’t have one in my house. But I think being aware of each day’s date is important so for the first time I decided to design my own calendar!

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I Made The Leap

It was just a year ago that I decided to honor the only New Year’s Resolution that I’ve ever made by starting a blog. My boyfriend, David, and I talked often about needing a creative outlet for our passions, baseball and DIY respectively. So, making a joint New Year’s Resolution, we both took the plunge into the blogging world! Needless to say both of us are very happy. David’s blog, TheCutoffMan, managed to finish the year on the Top 100 MLB Blogs List and I could not be prouder. I managed to find a little niche in this blog world with a following of readers and I can’t wait to continue this year with my own domain name, DownShannonLane.com!

So, to start off the year, I have a few goals to work on.

  1. Delve even more into the world of photography with a DSLR camera. (Saving up for one!)
  2. Add more mature pieces to my wardrobe throughout the year.
  3. Stick to regular posting schedule on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays.
  4. Start writing regular, weekly themed posts.
  5. Share more.

So stick around to see what I come up with. Thanks for reading in 2012! See you soon Down Shannon Lane!

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