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    Welcome to MaryOPhoto.com! My name is Mary Ogilvie, and I'm a photographer based out of Oklahoma City, OK. I'm so glad you're here!
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DIY: Chalkboard Art

Today I’m sharing my first DIY post!  It’s not perfect, but I hope it inspires you to try a new craft project (you know, if you’re into that sort of thing).  I’m often hesitant to jump on trend bandwagons, because I know that they eventually become what looks dated and tacky.  I still hate most styles from the 80s and 90s, because they look so tacky to me!

So, my point: chalkboards are pretty trendy right now.  They’ve been trendy for a few years now I suppose, and I’ve used them in my home in some ways already.  This year though, I decided to try something a little new!  I wanted to try making some art that looks like it’s a chalkboard, but that’s slightly more permanent.  So I came up with the idea of using a black poster board (which is so cheap by the way) and white paint to create my “chalkboard” look.  I’ve included the steps I took here for you, just in case you’d like to try it for yourself!

First, I sketched out a few ideas on my sketchpad so I could make a decision on what I wanted.

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First, I cut the poster board to the size I wanted it to be.  Then I sketched my design in pencil on the poster board.  I painted over my pencil sketches, then I was finished!

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Before I hung up the painting, I swiped a piece of chalk over the whole thing to give it more of a distressed look.  I know it’s not perfect, but I think it’s a great addition to our mantle!

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If you’re not too steady with a paintbrush, or if you want more defined lines, a white paint pen would be a great substitution for the acrylic paint here.

I hope you enjoyed my first DIY!  Remember, you can always comment with questions or concerns by emailing me at comment@maryophoto.com

His Truly,

Mary O.

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My Life: Christmas Decorations 2013

I love the challenge of decorating small spaces!  One thing Colin and I decided before we got married was that we shouldn’t ever feel the need to get a bigger house or apartment just because we have too much worthless stuff.  We love our small rental house right now, and sure, we’ll probably move to a slightly bigger place in the future, but we will not be moving due to any amount of “stuff” that we accumulate.  We’re big fans of giving things away, and we’re getting better and better about not buying things we don’t need or really love.

Maybe one of my favorite things about this idea is that it allows me to be more creative with items we already have in our home!  This year I spent a total of $10 on our Christmas decorations.  The rest were reused from college (aka stuff I made or was given), rearranged from around our house, or given to us by family and friends.  I love the homemade feel of everything, and I love that most of our Christmas decorations are things we really love.  This means they will be used year after year!

I need more practice taking home photos, so Christmas decorating seemed like the perfect opportunity to do just that!  We’ll start with the dining room:

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This centerpiece was one of the centerpieces at our rehearsal dinner.  I love it because I can just change out what goes on the outside for each season!

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I got this tinsel garland for 50 cents at a thrift store a few years ago.  I’d say it was a pretty great purchase!  The jar of candy canes reminds me of Elf “we elves like to stick to the 4 main food groups; candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.”

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I collect postcards, so we have some displayed in our dining room year-round.  For Christmas I decided to mix in a few vintage style Christmas post cards that were a gift from my aunt years ago.  I love how they sparkle!

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My friend, Rachel, made that snowman out of socks. SOCKS!

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Everything in the photos below are part of our normal decorations except the wreath (which I made in college) and the berries and greenery which are part of what I bought this year.

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I bought the mistletoe too :)  It was 50 cents.

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I’m absolutely in love with our scrawny tree!  Colin’s dad and stepmom gave it to us, and it’s the perfect size for our living room.  We may never get another one.

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The wine bottles were reused from Friendsgiving, and I made the “where the love light gleams” art.  I’ll be sharing a DIY for it here!

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Here are a few of the decorations at night!  Colin’s stepmom got us this ornament for our anniversary–so sweet!

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Thanks for looking at our Christmas decorations!  This is my favorite time of year, so I’ll certainly be spending a lot of time in our cozy house admiring them.

Happy Tuesday!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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My Life: Thanksgiving 2013

 Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that brings up memories of tradition for me.  My family is one of those families that gets together as much as they possibly can regardless of whether or not we have a huge reason like a holiday.  For me, when I haven’t seen my cousins in a month or two it feels like it has been ages.  I think most families are used to only seeing each other once or twice a year.  Maybe we just really like each other?  Yes, we’ll go with that!  Haha

Anyway, this year Colin and I got to have 3 Thanksgivings.  Each one was lovely, relaxing, and full of time with family that we love.  Thursday was my family’s celebration, and I took a few photos to share with you here!

We usually have Thanksgiving at my Aunt and Uncle’s house.  It’s always decorated awesomely of course.  “Traditionally,” the men stand outside by the turkey fryer drinking beer and eating snacks while the women prepare the side dishes in the kitchen (while eating snacks too…).  This was my first year to contribute to the side dishes!  I brought the Tuscan Kale salad I made for Friendsgiving–so delicious!  The kids usually run around playing with toys or each other.  Sometimes they shooting BBs at beer cans too.  They’re supervised of course.

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Don’t mind my crazy Uncle Bryan (love you, Uncle Bryan!) up there.  My mom likes to entertain the little ones–here she is playing peek-a-boo with my cousin’s son, Colton.

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We all ate way too much food, as usual, then some people fell asleep of course.

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While they were sleeping, my Grandma asked me to try and get a photo of all 6 of her great-grandchildren together.  This task turned out to be nearly impossible.  It was also hilarious.  Colton was not feeling the picture taking situation, so I got quite a few of the other 5 that look like this.  Please note Jason’s face…you know who he is.

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This ended up being the best one we got…I think it’s pretty perfect actually!

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Some of the bigger kids played this game involving frisbees.  Note my brother’s lack of coordination with frisbees.   We share that quality actually (team Roy forevah!)

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Fortunately, Colin has significantly more coordination than Zack and I put together.

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It was so nice outside, I got to sit by the outdoor fire pit and drink my coffee with Matthew and Gigi (the dog).  Lovely!

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The kids wanted to perform this dance called “Turkey Time” for the family.  My cousin, Emily, was supposed to do it with them, but she fell asleep.  Kaylin and Kamber sat on the couch for awhile trying to decide if they should wake her up!

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She eventually woke up–which promptly lead to the performance of “Turkey Time”

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The kids were all shy at first, so my whole family (we’re talking around 30 people) started singing and dancing with them.  It was hilarious and sweet at the same time!

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After “Turkey Time,” more toy playing and poker playing ensued.

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 I hope your Thanksgiving was just as lovely as mine was!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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Friday Phone Dump

Happy Black Friday!

Hopefully you’re not bruised and sleep deprived from shopping your heart out since 4am or anything.  If you are, I’m stressed out for you.  We had 2 lovely and relaxing Thanksgiving celebrations, and today we’ll be decorating our (first…awwe) Christmas tree while drinking endless peppermint hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies.

Today’s phone dump is still small (sorry!), but very colorful and full of coffee.  Those are two things I’m always ok with, so hopefully you are too!

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1) My office is seriously cold in the winter.  I’m certainly not complaining about this though, because cold weather is my favorite!  I love bundling up in thick sweaters and cozy blankets, and warming my hands with a hot cup of coffee is always wonderful too.  Welcome to my world.

2) I tried a project that will be blogged about next week!  Get excited all you DIY-ers

3) Colin had to work on Saturday, so maybe I started decorating for Christmas and read the December issue of Real Simple.  Maybe.

4) Breakfast dates are always lovely, but they are made even lovelier by sweet friends and bottomless coffee.  Kelsey and I met at Kitchen 324 this week to catch up, and it was wonderful indeed.

5) More coffee with friends (it was a good week)!  The ladies in our lifegroup met at Cuppies and Joe this week–because we love each other, and Cuppies is the happiest place on Earth.

6) If you’re from OKC (or the surrounding area), you probably know about how awesome Chesapeake does their Christmas lights.  They have had them up for awhile now, but they finally turned them on this week!  Colin and I saw them, immediately pulled into the parking lot and got out to walk around.  They are seriously magical, and you need to go by there if you’ll be looking at lights this year!

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and that your weekend is great too!

love,

Mary O.

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