Sunday, November 30, 2008

Dinner on a Trolley


I wonder how they got it into the restaurant??

We ate in here~:o)

This was our appetizer.....

( I had Fettuccine Alfredo~;o)

I guess we can say that I have become somewhat of a camera fanatic these days.....in a recent post I mentioned that I was in search of an upgrade. After much research and the help of a good friend (Thank you Aimee~;o) I have decided on the Nikon D40. <----- Go here if you want to learn more about this camera. Because I use my camera so much I have decided to kick it up a notch for more professional results. Yes, I think I'm ready for an SLR! (Key word here friends, "She Thinks") With that being said, I will be looking into purchasing one within the next couple of weeks. So today we decided to go to one of snugglebear's favorite restaurants. Now "The Spaghetti Warehouse" is a franchise Restaurant.....but does yours have a Trolley in it?? The one in my neck of the woods does. We went around late afternoon and to my surprise it was quite empty. I insisted upon sitting in the trolley to dine, and to snugglebear's delight, it was empty. Usually he doesn't like to sit in the trolley because he complains that it is too stuffy and crowded with people. He was in a rather cranky mood so for us to have the trolley to ourselves was a plus for both of us. He concluded that most people were out shopping this weekend, so we enjoyed a nice quiet lunch in the old wooden streetcar~;o)

This is Upper Tampa Bay Park located just outside of Oldsmar.

This is the canoe launch in the park.

These beauties were lit throughout the entire park.

Much happier after eating, he posed for a picture, unusual for him~;o)

This is all salt water!


After a delicious afternoon meal, we headed into Town and Country where snugglebear had recently learned of a nearby National State Park and Wildlife nature trail. We love these because they are free, they are great for exploring and for taking pictures~;o) We stumbled across a bonus....they were having a "Holiday in the Park" event for families, the festivities included Christmas lights throughout the park, cookies, games, and a hayride~:o) To my knowledge the Christmas Lights display will be going on till the end of December. If your in the vicinity I recommend a visit, you'll certainly be glad you did~:o)

Its time for change.....

{Southern Bliss}

Hello Family & Friends! I hope everyone had a bountiful and refreshing Thanksgiving Holiday! After much thought and consideration, I have decided to retire the blog name Studio Bijou and appoint a new name. I am happy to introduce: Southern Bliss! Same inspirational blog, great new name~;o) The new blog address is: www.southernbliss79.blogspot.com. Until next time darlings.....



Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wishing you and yours a safe, fun, and relaxing Thanksgiving Day!
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

add one more to the list of manias.....

Here's another peek at my latest mania! Though it is closely tied with my other new obsession for photography~;o) Another new mania you say? I promise it is the last one people, okay no wait....I take that back~;o) It happened during my recent new love for traveling. I have decided that the best souvenirs during my ventures are captured on camera~;o) (psst hey friends....translated this means she's cheap!) So now I am currently looking into upgrading my digital to a professional one. Any suggestions? Right now I am leaning towards a Nikon D50. Does anyone have one of these? What are your thoughts on it? Any SLR will also work. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Come on all you photography gurus, I know your out there and I need your help! I'm all ears.....

Monday, November 10, 2008

Egmont Key Island in November






This past weekend we decided on a last minute venture to beautiful Egmont Key Island. I'm so glad we did! This little island is located just outside of exciting Fort Desoto! The only way to get there is by ferry, so.....by ferry we went! I love boats and I love being on the water so this was nothing new for me. However, the name of the island alone didn't sound very "catchy" to me, but I decided to give it a try anyways. To my surprise there was much to do! I had no idea you could camp on the island too! I won't bore you with every little detail, I'll just give you a quick little outline instead~;o) Egmont Key's highlights include: snorkeling, shelling, fishing, swimming, dolphin watching, hiking, nature trails, exploring Historic ruins, and a 150 year old lighthouse. Did I tease ya enough yet? If your ever on the westcoast of Central Florida, Egmont Key is certainly worth visiting~:o)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

More Paper Goods~;o)

Project Southern Bliss has been such a SUPER SLOW process friends! Between work and all my other gazillion manias I still haven't had a chance to list anything in the shoppe. On top of that Sunny Florida has been gloomy and cloudy for the past few days, not that I mind one bit~;o) It is such a nice change from the hot, humid, and dry scenery lately. I will say this though, I totally understand how completely frustrating that photographing items can be on these kind of days for those of you that live in areas that are like this year round. On a happy note though, beautiful photos are still possible with the help of a homemade light box~;o) The photos posted above were taken on a gloomy day and are courtesy of my homemade lightbox! Want to make your own? (Click Here) It is definitely worth making compared to spending $35+ people. As for my lovely tags and tissue paper flowers, I am hoping to get them into the shoppe by the end of this week. Thank you for looking and keep an eye out for them!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Election Day is almost here!

Haven't voted yet? Do it. It's your civic duty!
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