December 17, 2011

look harder

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recipe binders ... ... debut

did you happen to see the before & after post i did on my recipe binder?  if not go here for the fun transformation.  well apparently peeps noticed and were almost as excited as i was.  i say almost because when i actually made mine, at a recipe binder party (what is that you ask? a ton of women sharing their delish dishes and exchanging recipes all while decorating a binder to keep them organized in.  also known as, food & fun.) uh...where was i...  oh yes, at this party, i seemed to be a tad, who am i kidding, much more excited than the other ladies when it came to creating the binder.  i arrived with photos i had taken and printed & special labels.  i wasn't just throwing together some fancy scraps of paper...i was taking this serious. (thus the laughter and pointing you'll read about in a minute.) i saw mine as a family treasure that could be passed down to future generations.  the thought of my daughter in law, or niece, or grandchild, flipping through these pages and baking from the same words passed down from my grandmother just makes me smile.  if you can relate, thank you. if not, then feel free to point and laugh or tease, but trust me you are going to want one.  i had several requests/orders and a few i wanted to make for gifts, so i began the creative proccess and assembly line.  mmm about 2 months in and i found myself with half finished binders and no way of justifying the time i would need to spend on them.  this where my friend nicole entered and put on her elf hat (which if you know her, you know how stinking adorable she looks in hats! even elf hats.)  she literally left my house one day with a basket of supplies and not quite finished binders and a week later delivered them to me all complete!  thank you does not even come close to expressing my gratitude for you my friend.

 so many styles from fresh & bright colors to french provincial.

 the cover and each divider has photos taken by me giving it a professional 'cook book' feel.

 each divider is secured in a sheet protector with double sided grommeted tabs.

a hand stamped thank you tag and some italian parsely seeds for you to plant are the final touch, right before it is shipped two day priority.

custom family titles and photo covers are available

see them in my etsy store:

JOY to the world

this year we had our family pix taken by Summer Montoya Photography and then i designed a simple photo card to share with our friends and family.

and another of my dear friends & fellow photogers, mary, allowed me the honor (two years in a row!) of taking their pix and custom designing a card for them.  we worked well together and i fell in love with the final product.

i took a bit of a break this year from creating/designing holiday cards but i missed it.  i think i'll start sketching in january and be ready for some fun new layouts in the Fall of 2012.

December 16, 2011

old things new life... ... [revisted]

remember these old things?

here they are in their new life.

my friend Lynn called me up a couple months ago and said she had some 'old windows' in her possession...was wondering if i was interested in them...of course i said YES. above is one of them. thank you for thinking of me

oh the plans i've had for the 'space above the kitchen window' since we moved in 3 years ago. valance? no valance? "elbows welcomed on the table" vinyl lettering? collage of art? mammoth pottery barn fork and spoon? today i am SO THANKFUL that I stared at that blank space for 3 years and waited for this... mad props to nicole marshall for turning an idea, some scraps of fabric & and an old, very tattered window frame into a special, very special, corner of our home. 

lady eleanor

simple.comfort.warmth.made by hand.with love.

-shout out to my girl summer for demonstrating how to look cute and wear an infinity scarf- 

my friend jeanette, is full of fun artisticness (yup, look it up!).  above are my two favorite items.  the infinity scarf...believe it or not i sport my quite often during the desert winter - all 2.5 months.  AND the wristbelt, which she makes from repurposed belts.  everything she sells is handmade by her and given unique attention all along the way.  check out Lady Eleanor's facebook page and place an order!

the j family... ... [sneak peek]

one of these kids is doing their own thing
one of these kids is not like the others

the m family pix

they did it all and they did it well.

told ya.

the p family pix

fun mom + fun son = super fun session. 

isn't she gorgeous? YES she is!!!

tenderness.sillyness.young man.tough.mature woman.beautiful.sweet.

November 23, 2011

crystalyn kae winter '11 collection

cute and sophisticated. handmade and original. with a splash OH color.

  go. shop.    

the l family pix

 laughter. tears. hugs. smiles. pedaling. pouting. fits.climbing. kissing.
this family knows love
this is motherhood.

another friend in the bizz...check out mary's photography work @

November 22, 2011

the m family ... ... [sneak peek]

fun new location. dear longtime friends.
summer and i are usually partners in crime on the 'other' side of the lens, but this time she was front & center. check our her amazing work


November 21, 2011

crystalyn kae winter '11... [sneak peek]

i got to work with Crystalyn Kae's amazing handbags again.

November 20, 2011

the p family... ... [sneak peek]

here's the story of a lovely lady...busy with a growing boy of her own.

November 04, 2011

the L family... ... [sneak peek]

this is family.

thank you L fam for helping me 'see the light shade' that morning.

November 03, 2011

crystalyn kae... fall 2011

all of these amazing purses are handmade by the creative genius, crystalyn, herself

a taste of seattle. the great northwest will always be my home.

seriously one my favorite shoots to date.  strolling around wallingford, stopping for coffee, with family and the wonderwoman of purses right smack in the middle of my favorite season, autumn.
thank you crystalyn for opening your studio to me and trusting me with your awesomeness!