Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pendleton Heights Holiday Homes Tour 2011 Part 2

Above, Erika and Randy Withers live in this 1887 Queen Anne home. Originally built for Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Curtis and their daughter Nellie, it went through many modifications before finally being restored in 2008. Below, the interior is much more open now than originally... but tastefully done...

Built in 1884 this Queen Anne was one of the first homes built in the suburb of Pendleton Heights. George H. Edwards, secretary of Edwards and Sloan Jewelry Company, was its first owner. Mr. Edwards was also Mayor of Kansas City from 1916 to 1917. Jamila Pree and Jeffrey Parker are the current owners and just exchanged marriage vows in their home in October.

Virginia Collura calls this 1907 Bungalow home. It was built for $3,250 and the living room is trimmed in mahogany with a large fireplace on the south wall. John and Virginia purchased the home in 1949 from Jerry and Rose Garafolo. It's a wonderfully warm and inviting residence..

As with the other set of photos all these images were taken with the Nikon D3, 14 to 24mm lens usually at F5.6 to F8 at 1000 to 6400 ASA.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pendleton Heights Holiday Homes Tour 2011 Part 1

The Fifth Annual Pendleton Heights Holiday Homes Tour was held Saturday and despite blustery weather hundreds of visitors viewed 6 spectacular homes. Above and below Nick Triano has converted this two-family apartment built in 1924 to a single family, three bedroom, two and one half bath home. I love the openness and the stylish decorations.

Above and below fellow photog Nicole Cawlfield's home on Garfield is quintessential arts and crafts with lots of original features including the ceiling fixture in the dining room. The home is 106 years old and has some hot lights in her studio that I covet. :)

Above and below, Stephen Rowe and Jeana Poertner call this 1902 Victorian/Craftsman home. Its first resident was David M. Jay the president of Jay and Smith Hat Company. The home has all of its natural woodwork, pocket doors, decorative fretwork and an original wooden seat built into the main staircase.

All of these pix were taken with the Nikon D3 and 14-24mm lens. Most are multiple exposures merged into one using Photoshop and other software. I think the homeowners did a great job of decorating this year....... tomorrow, the other three homes on the tour.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Is All About Family.. Even Mine

The House that Coors built somewhere in Metropolitan Independence.
What you always get when you ask for a "Bud."
Above and below.... mini galleries of art created by Taylor and Justin.

Above, children come second to Black Friday Planning. Below, Uncle Igor carved the turkey before cooking this year.

Above Erica still isn't sure she's with the right family. Below, Turkey Table with FAKE CANDLES.

Above, the children were calm and well behaved for a change.... below, not so much the kitchen help.
Below, it's a tradition in our family to dress all young children as Slavic Bag Ladies.

Above, Rachel and Trevor discussing the meaning of the latest Pee Wee Herman episode. Below, ask Grandma which child she likes best.

Rachel, above, memorizing the ads for later ( we finally told her she could take them with her )

Above and below, Justin gets to practice his touchdown dance since the Chiefs aren't playing.

Above, I have no idea. Below, the word "poop" is eternally funny amongst critters.

Above, Hudson stands out from the crowd, below, Taylor close up.

Above, "Okay, everyone look at the camera."
Above, Madison demonstrates her ballet pose, below, David demonstrates his Photoshop ability.

Above, Madison's father explains why he's only 2.5 feet tall and below...., finishing the day with a cookie and a Grandma.