Hello, hello!

My name is Marta Andrews and I hope you’ll enjoy reading my blog 🙂 I’m just a simple girl from Lowell, Massachusetts, looking to make a few friends and share her opinion with those who care. I’m 30, happily married and have two beautiful children – actually, twins 🙂 Ever since that joyful event, my life has been superbusy and I’ve barely had time to do my hair in the morning, let alone run a blog. But now the little troublemakers have grown up enough to take care of themselves 🙂 So I have a bit of spare time to socialize and devote to my long-forgotten hobby – photography. A fresh bunch of shots is coming soon, so stay tuned! 🙂



A lot of color and a lot of joy!

As a photographer (although not a professional one), I have quite an eye for wall decorations. I love adorning my place with beautiful paintings, prints and photos that complement the rest of the interior and express our joyful, adventurous family spirit 🙂 I have no specific style preferences; it’s just like suddenly meeting a man of your dream in the crowded street – even among hundreds of people, you will see HIM 🙂 Same with paintings. You just know this is it when you see it. That’s what happened to me when I hit the online gallery of Leonid Afremov https://afremov.com/ 🙂 This amazing modern artist creates masterpieces using very plain, bright colors and simple images we all understand and share. His art won’t bore you with excessive realism nor will it make your brain sizzle with overcomplicated symbolism. Leonid doesn’t play all those intellectual games. His message is clear and powerful – life is beautiful! In his paintings, there is no place for bad feelings and thoughts. They leave you once you let yourself get drawn inside this whirlpool of color! Our family fell in love with Mr. Afremov and his works at once and we decided to buy a couple of canvases.

There was one ‘but,’ though… Leonid sells his paintings over the internet and I don’t trust web stores very much. I already had a sad experienced of getting fooled by one such internet vendor and since then online shopping has been a taboo for me. But here, seeing all those vibrant, cheerful canvases, I just couldn’t believe a person painting them could be a fraud! So, still having second thoughts that Afremov might trick me after all, I ordered one of the cityscapes from his gallery and pushed the ‘Purchase’ button… I’m glad to say my intuition didn’t fail me! The painting arrived within days, just as promised, and it looked just like on the photo, even better! The whole process was quite easy:

  • I picked a painting, added it to my shopping cart and filled up the purchase form.
  • Afremov sent me an email containing all the order details. He also thanked me for my purchase, how sweet of him 🙂
  • In two days, the painting arrived at my door and I could hang it in the hall! Delivery was free of charge, btw.

I’m highly satisfied with my purchase and plan to continue my acquaintance with Leonid Afremov by ordering a few more paintings in the nearest future!

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The best gift for a beginning photographer!

On my 30th birthday, my beloved husband Nick gave me the best present ever – a new video camera! Here it is: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-EOS-70D-20-2-MP-Digital-SLR-Camera-with-Canon-EF-S-18-55mm-F3-5-5-6-IS-STM-/152494048947?hash=item23815a86b3:g:ccQAAOSw6DtYXYFr. I already tested it and I’m totally thrilled! The producer describes this model as ‘a trailblazing powerhouse featuring a revolutionary autofocus technology’ and let me tell you, these are not empty words! The innovative technology called Dual Pixel CMOS AF allows you to capture video in Live View with autofocus so fast, smooth and accurate that it’s just like using a camcorder. The camera also features the Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II giving you incredible freedom of angle. With the sensor resolution of 20.2 MP and maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080, it’s more than enough for home use. We took that camera with us to a family vacation in Miami and the photos were just great! I even managed to capture the epic scene of Nick tipping over in a rubber boat and crashing into the water with his legs all over the picture and all the fish he caught flying into the sunset-lit sky 🙂 I wanted to frame that hilarious shot and put it on our memory shelf, but Nick said that would compromise his fishing reputation 🙂 So I have to carry it around secretly in my wallet 🙂