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Creating a deep vignette photography backdrop

As you may well know, upon moving to France full time, I also decided to take the photography business with me (now called Atelier Anthologie) Having started out in art school, and painting being part of my required courses, I thought the idea of making my own painted backdrops would be a fun DIY. What better…

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  • elementsJune 23, 2016 - 22:26

    Sounds like a fun way to spend a sunny day. I look forward to seeing your first portraits shot with this background. How do you plan to hang it etc.?ReplyCancel

    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)June 23, 2016 - 22:34

      The present space it’s likely to end up in is still under a bit of construction but there’s talk about putting something in the ceiling but I’m more tempted to just get a stand system so I can easily move it around if need be to catch the lightReplyCancel

do you know how to pack your inflight survival kit?

“Wow you must really know how to pack,” is often the line I hear when people find out how much I fly. It’s a long commute, usually about 23 hours door to door. There’s no telling that I have to be organized to make it all work and if you’ve ever seen my evernote files…

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un remède pour la fièvre de cabine / a remedy for cabin fever

  Butter, it’s something I really, truly love. My love of butter even had me caught red handed with a finger in the butter dish at a young age, a fact I’ve often kept to myself out of embarrassment, but I’ve finally come to terms with. My love of butter even has me freezing blocks…

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Les rénovations de cuisine / The kitchen reno

I remember the first time I saw the kitchen, it was definitely a low point for the house. Large and spacious, yes, but dated, disfunctional and falling apart (in hindsight I should have left the cabinet doors falling off for the photos but it just hurt too much to immortalize.) It was late last winter…

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  • Leanne PachecoJanuary 14, 2015 - 16:06

    Beautifully done!! What an amazing transformation :). Ours is in the thought process of a redo and it will be a while yet so I may just live vicariously through you 😉ReplyCancel

    • ChristinaJanuary 14, 2015 - 16:45

      The planning stages are definitely the hardest! Coming up with something you’re going to enjoy for years to come is daunting. Now we’ve got the master bedroom to tackle which is the other frightful room in the house (the rest are manageable.) I’m already dreading it… but once we get that done (or maybe I should say started) it’ll be a HUGE transformation. This time I won’t skimp on the scary before photos!ReplyCancel

Qu’est-ce qu’il ya dans votre valise?

It must be that my ears are tuned to hear the common refrain “what should I pack!?” now that I’m living in my suitcase all the time. While I’d love to say it has me packing lighter, the truth is, it just has me packing tighter and smarter. All my clothes are rolled tightly with…

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