Schubert HQ progress: upstairs gallery wall

A few days after Andrew hung our downstairs gallery wall, he hung the smaller grouping of pictures we had designated for the upstairs gallery wall.

If you check out the BEFORE house tour, this wall is between our master bedroom (left) and my office (right).

Again, I just arranged the grouping on the floor, and Andrew did all the rest. Measuring and double checking and setting out the boundaries with paint tape.

Here’s a great resource on how to hang art groupings, if you don’t have Andrew around to do it for you.

There’s only a few pictures here …. including this 8×10 of Andrew and I from our wedding in another big chunky frame (from Andrew’s days as a framer). That photo was taken almost 7 years ago. Can you believe it??

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Also included a framed photo of Kevin and I (that I’ve had for a LONG time). I think this photo is from 2001 or 2002. Whenever we went to Ohio for a family reunion.

Below that is a framed photo of Andrew and I at California Adventure (again from 2001 or 2002). Such babies …

That A J Schubert on the top right is metal – and used to live in Andrew’s great-grandfather’s front yard (also an Andrew J Schubert).

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FINISHED (for now):

Some notes on what we’ve still got to do …

Again, thinking about painting the A. I don’t love the color on the A J Schubert, but I don’t know if I hate it enough to repaint it.

The black frame on the left is a shadow box. We’re going to make a wedding shadow box (someday), with maybe our invitation, fabric from the bridesmaid skirts, our cake toppers, etc. We’ll see. Not a priority at this moment.

The empty vertical frame will be a photo of Katie and Joe from their wedding, and we’ll add another vertical photo just like it in the empty space below of Joey. How to choose which one?

And then we also want to add a photo of Daniel (or Andrew and Daniel) …. but don’t know which one yet. Or where. We’ll see.

If/when Kevin and Daniel get married we’ll probably add wedding photos then too…. someday.

What do you think?


I am so excited to announce the launch of my newest website and venture : Lemon and Raspberry!

Lemon and Raspberry is a website/blog that will be updated regularly (daily, possibly) on a variety of topics that fall under the umbrella of arts, crafts, inspiration and photography.

I have a lot of fun things planned – included DIY projects, photography lessons, online chats, blogging resources and maybe even an etsy site with some handmade creations.

I’d love if you joined me over there every day and your feedback is most welcome….


In honor of the new site, today I am launching a FREE ebook on better photography.

This 29 page pdf features 3 really easy ways to make your images even better.

All the steps are completely do-able with any camera you have – do NOT think you need to buy a fancy dSLR to make better images.

Each of the 3 steps includes

  • the how and why
  • possible drawbacks
  • unexpected advantages
  • examples from my photography and others
  • extra credit projects

This ebook is completely free. No need to shell out a couple bucks or join a mailing list. Just download it to your computer and start playing!

Please click on the image below to visit Lemon and Raspberry ….


The last weekend in August, we drove down to San Diego (just for Sunday) to see a photography exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art on Richard Avedon’s Portraits of Power.

I’m fairly certain I have never been to the San Diego Museum of Art … and if I have I must have been very very young and didn’t drive and therefore didn’t know where it is.

All that to say – MapQuest directions were bad and we got lost trying to find the place …. but, we had an Italian language CD to entertain us as we circled blocks. Plus, I don’t know when the last time Andrew was in San Diego, but he didn’t realize there was a bridge to an island just off the coast there. He was pretty excited. We’ll have to go back.

Anyway – finally found it. In Balboa Park. Near another museum with a poster for a “Skull Stories” exhibit. If only we had planned for that too ….


Maybe we’re just not all that smart, but it seemed like the parking situation at SDMA was unnecessarily difficult. It appeared that the museum was at the end of this narrow (narrow) street, populated with other museums, trees, gardens, these fun strings of light, etc. This street was at the far end of a narrow bridge. At the close end of the narrow bridge there was NO indication that if you want to park, you really should turn before the bridge and park on one of these side streets, because otherwise you’ll drive across the bridge and down the narrow street only to turn around at the dead-end and go back.

So, we learned the hard way.

Don’t make the same mistake we did.

{sidenote: I love these strings of lights. I love the big, white bulbs. I’m going to get similar ones to string in our backyard when we buy a house}



(sidenote: yes, we drove all the way to the end, all the way back, found parking not too close and walked the whole length of the bridge/street again)




I forgive them the parking, though, because of the pleasant surprise that greeted us when we (finally) got to the museum.

The photography exhibit ended Sept 6, and with Andrew’s work and all the other things we had planned, there was only a couple days that we could have made the trip to see the show – one of them being Aug 30.

Lucky us – August 30 happened to be the day that Target Corporation was there hosting a ‘Family’ Day and the museum was free! We saved almost $25 just by luck.

One more reason I genuinely like Target.


I was too chicken respectful to take photos stealthily while inside the exhibit.

But one of my favorite San Diego wedding photographers did. You can see his quick shot here.

Richard Avedon ….. is amazing. I want to be like him.

I love learning about photography, and photographers, and Richard Avedon’s portrait work is SO up my alley.

I’m fairly certain there’s probably a few of his pics in my Vanity Fair: The Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images book (affiliate link).

The Portraits of Power exhibit was a collection of portraits of individuals/groups from throughout the American political landscape. From the site:

Richard Avedon, America’s pre-eminent portraitist and fashion photographer, portrayed significant figures of the American political landscape throughout his career. This exhibition brings together Avedon’s work on the subjects of politics and power for the first time. Juxtaposing more than 200 images of government, media, business, and labor officials with photographs of artists, activists, and ordinary citizens caught up in national debates, Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power explores a five-decade photographic inquiry by one of our finest artists.

It was so very interesting. I love that his images were so intimate and raw. Even when the subject was standing and just gazing straight at the camera, you could still get an idea of that person’s character, personality, their feeling about being photographed.

It’s so interesting to me.

Here’s a small glimpse of the gallery.

You may also purchase this collection and many of his other photographs in book form. I would LOVE love love to have any of these books. I’m especially partial to his work with artists/actors/performers. I want to someday have a big luxurious collection of photography books for inspiration and eye candy.

All that to say – I really really enjoyed seeing these images and I’m so grateful to Andrew for going with me and driving all the way to San Diego and back in one day. And for letting me sleep in the car.

I love learning new things, I love learning about photographers, and I LOVE that Andrew is such a big support of both of those …