1.03.2017

{personal} the best in books

Six years ago I did a similar post on my old blog, The Lighthouse Keeper, where I shared my favorite books from the past year. Every year I goal myself to read forty books and have successfully met that goal every year for the past five years. This year was a very good year. I was able to surpass my goal by reading fifty-two books! That's a book a week! A few of these were re-reads that I was so happy to revisit and enjoyed just as much, if not more, the second and/or third time around.

These are twenty-five of the ones I thought were the best. Feel free to follow me on Goodreads!

Re-reads:
The October Country, Hawai'i One Summer, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Bell Jar, Sputnik Sweetheart, Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles Australian Outbook, The Virgin Suicides

New reads:
Wild; Girl Reading; Tell the Wolves I'm Home; The Buried Giant; Rules for a Knight; All the Light We Cannot See; The Nightingale; The Voyage of the Narwhal; The Price of Salt; M Train; The Hired Girl; A Manual for Cleaning Women; Dear Fang, With Love; Dark Matter; Brooklyn; Pond; Night Film; Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

11.18.2016

{for sale} thanksgiving sale

Less than a week until Thanksgiving! Between now and the end of November, enjoy 20% off your entire order in my shop!

11.04.2016

{looking back} strawberries and cream

Just a little something from a few years ago that I never posted.

10.31.2016

{personal} happy halloween

Happy Halloween!

10.15.2016

{looking back} a new life

Back when I was in college, I found a broken camera at a photo lab that I picked up for free. I took it home (aka to my dorm room) and planted a plant in it!

10.11.2016

{personal} los angeles sunrise

 
Los Angeles Sunrise by Andrea Krummel on Vimeo.

This is my first foray into video. It was only a matter of time until I created something from the time lapse option on my iPhone...

The origins of this stem from my finding a shortcut to avoid the early morning traffic in Hollywood on my to work. I took a moment to pull over at the Hollywood Bowl Overlook to watch the sunrise. It was such a perfect, quiet, idyllic moment. I decided to go back the next day, with coffee in tow, to take a time lapse video of the cars on Highway 101 as the sun rose with the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles in the distance.

Huge thanks to my husband for doing the editing. This wouldn't have been possible without him and his patience. All in all, it's just a simple little side project, but the ultimate outcome makes me so happy.

10.07.2016

{personal} walt disney concert hall

We finally explored some of downtown Los Angeles this past weekend, including Walt Disney Concert Hall which is one of the most photogenic buildings. Such amazing architecture! The building was so reflective that it was generating heat back onto us as we walked by. It also was so bright that I was essentially photographing blind which is how the last image was created: it was so bright that my iPhone's camera underexposed to compensate for the super bright highlights!

9.26.2016

{looking back} flower bunch

It's still so hot here in California! Why is it 100 degrees? It's supposed to be autumn!

Looking back to six years ago when I lived at home in Virginia. October 2010.

9.25.2016

{looking back} the huntington gardens

Looking back to two years ago when I visited the The Huntington Gardens for the first time with my sister-in-law, niece and nephew. I've been another time since with my husband who could spend all day sitting in the Japanese Gardens. They are so peaceful.

9.14.2016

{for sale} new in the shop

Remember a few months ago when I introduced something new I was working on and how I had a few other ideas? Well, here they are! For lack of better words, they are necklaces that represent different hobbies or loves: drinking tea, taking pictures, listening to music, being in nature, gardening, sewing, and traveling or teaching. They are available to purchase in the jewelry section of my Etsy shop. You can choose from six different colors of gems, or choose no gem at all. Enjoy!

8.19.2016

{looking back} world photo day

Happy World Photo Day! One hundred and seventy-seven years ago today (in 1839), the French Academy of Sciences first announced to the world the photographic technique known as the daguerreotype. In honor of this day, I thought I'd share these two photographs from the first roll of film that I processed and printed myself in the darkroom.

Southern Virginia. Circa 2004/2005.

8.16.2016

{personal} toys in hollywoodland

Since moving to Los Angeles, my husband and I have been working on a fun little nothing sort of project. He's a collector of action figures and I'm a photographer. So we've collaborated by taking pictures of his toys at different filming locations around Los Angeles. It's been really fun! We have a few more ideas up our sleeves.

1. The Rocketeer, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
2. The Planet of the Apes, Point Dume State Beach, Malibu
3. Star Trek, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, Santa Clarita
4. Star Trek, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, Santa Clarita

8.06.2016

{personal} holga goodness

Some more Holga goodness:

1. At the Corner of Oak Glen Road and Wilshire Shed Road while apple picking in 2015
2. My nephew's "mud spot" in his backyard (note all the toys)

7.31.2016

{personal} around the apartment

Just a few pictures from around the apartment.

7.26.2016

{personal} life is a highway

In the spirit of posting pictures from our old apartment, these are the same view just a little lower and to the right. The beautiful, loud, building-shaking, twelve-lane freeway. Amazing what cropping can do! It was still a good view though.