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Wednesday
Apr112012

Easter Hike

Happy mid-week everyone! Southern California went from having perfect, clear weather this weekend to being cloudy and rainy today. Fluctuations like this are business as usual here but at least the holiday was spared from the gloominess. On Sunday my family went on a hike in the local mountains to soak up the sun's warm rays and to spend our Easter outdoors in nature. Outings like this call for a camera of some sort but I didn't feel like lugging around my dSLR, especially since we had Scout along for the fun. It's hard to be dog wrangler plus family photographer at the same time. So I opted for my more compact Fuji Instax camera which gives me instant, tangible pictures.

I'm in the last set of pictures on the left with Scout. Can you see me? I am very camouflaged.

It was a really fun hike and I'm glad I have these little photos to remind me of the trip. Scout especially loved splashing in the water and cooling down in the stream. She usually dislikes water but for whatever reason, being out in nature changed her mind. Whenever our family gets together I feel like we always go on long walks or hikes. Does your family do that? A family that walks together, stays together maybe.

How was your Easter weekend? Did anyone else go hiking? 

Monday
Apr092012

My Week Through Instagram: Week Fourteen

Happy Monday friends, now that it's almost Tuesday. This post shows you how behind you get after a holiday weekend. Did you all have a great Easter? I planned a photoshoot with my brother and his girlfriend on Saturday and then we had our big meal afterwards. On Sunday we went hiking in the local mountains and it was an absolutely beautiful day. I couldn't have asked for a better holiday. Oh yes, and then we made yummy cookies. What special things did you do?

This week I have lots of catching up to do and already I know April is going to be packed with lots of deadlines. But now a moment of reflection and a peek into my week fourteen of 2012...

Sunday: I got this succulent plant a little more than a year ago and I have enjoyed seeing its growth. It looks so wild and untamed now. The jar cannot contain it.

Monday: At the beginning of the week I was busy styling a project in my studio which I'll share more about in the coming days. This is just a little scene I imagined for it.

Tuesday: Normally I walk in the evening but on Tuesday I walked in the morning and soaked up the sun's warm rays. The street was empty and I felt such solitude (other than Scout by my side). 

Wednesday: Our newest plant edition to the living room. It fits in nicely and it even came with the basket.

Thursday: On Thursday I drove around locally to scout some locations for our photoshoot on Saturday. These open hills totally inspired me. We didn't end up shooting here which is probably best since this was private property. The brush was actually grey in color but the Instagram filter made it look purple. Sadly no, those are not hills of lavender.

Friday: I stumbled upon these cute yellow chicks in storage. I don't normally like typical and kitschy holiday decor but these guys are pretty sweet. I think I bought them for $1 last year after Easter.

Saturday: Saturday I was busy getting the photoshoot together. My Mom spotted this amazing chair in a local antique store and bought it for only $35! We used it as a prop and the color matched the color scheme of the shoot perfectly. I cannot wait to share pictures...and video!

So that was my week fourteen. What did yours look like?

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Friday
Jan202012

Whisker Graphics January DIY: Watercolor Valentine's Cards

Happy Friday everyone! Another week in January has rushed by. Once again this morning I am glued to my Twitter feed watching the Alt Summit updates. Has anyone else been following along? I have pages of notes so far and all kinds of good advice. How great is it to not even attend the conference but still get all this fabulous inspiration? Way to be all over Twitter Alt people!

Today I am sharing a second Whisker Graphics DIY. Yesterday I shared my pompom flower tutorial which is quite possibly the easiest project I have ever shared here. It takes all of five minutes and you need four materials to make it work. Check that one out if you are undertaking any packaging soon.

Since January is rushing by and Valentine's Day is just around the corner I decided to make up a quick card concept that also incorporated watercolors (something I'm currently pretty into). These cards would be a great alternative to store-bought Valentine's for the kid's school parties. But also feminine and sophisticated for adults too.

All you need for this project is watercolor paper, watercolor paints & paintbrush, scissors, small Bitty Bags (I used the notebook & grid varieties), some Divine Twine, and a letter stamp kit and pad. You can freehand cut a heart or you can use this heart template I made up. 

After cutting the hearts out of watercolor paper, I painted them with a light wash of red paint, doing an ombre effect of light to dark (practice on scrap paper beforehand). I let the cards dry before stamping them with cute messages. You could fill out a personal message on the back if you so desired. I then packaged them in a Bitty Bag and tied with a bit of twine. The heart confetti is an option too. 

What are you doing for your Valentine's cards this year? Do you even make them usually? I have to admit I haven't made them since becoming an adult but these sweet watercolor versions inspire me to write up a few to send to my closest loved ones. Everyone likes to hear that someone is thinking about them and loves them. 

To see this post on Whisker Graphics and to check out other great DIY projects, visit the Whisker Graphics blog. Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday
Dec272011

My Lovely Christmas

Hi friends! I am afraid it has been quite awhile since my last post. Far too long in fact but this month has been a busy one for me as I'm sure it has been for all of you. The holidays are sure a bustling time. For me it has mostly consisted of my part time job at Anthropologie which, at times, has felt like a full time job. In my spare time I got in some Christmas shopping and found some great presents for my family and friends. My brother has been home on winter break from college and so we have spent a lot of time together which I love and cherish. I have also been relaxing when I can, reading a lot of good books and watching a bunch of old movies. Although I haven't officially declared a vacation for myself, I guess I have built it into my schedule a bit, hence the silence here in blogland. Forgive me. But I am so excited about 2012 and have a lot of exciting things planned so I guess I'm gearing up for the new year by allowing myself a break.

Today I wanted to share some of my pictures of our home leading up to the holiday and some shots on Christmas Day. Christmas is a simple affair for our family but I wouldn't have it any other way. It is about surrounding yourself with loved ones and enjoying your time in their company. And we managed just that quite successfully I think. 

A favorite Santa since I was little.

You may remember some of my mantle decorations from last year. We spruced it up a bit differently this year including this awesome silver owl that my Mom found. Now the Santa on the right is truly my favorite. He has adorned the top of our Christmas trees since I was a baby. He might be a bit unconventional, usually you see stars or angels up there, but I find him quite perfect. He is showing his age though and we actually have to rubber band him to the tree.

This festive garland is a recent addition to our holiday decor thanks to my Mom. She put it together using vintage Christmas postcards she found while antiquing. Sadly I haven't had much time to be crafty lately but I was super excited to see her creation. 

Christmas booties!

My stocking on the right and my brother's bear stocking. I want my brother and I to be in our 70s and still using these two guys. 

This is one of Scout's stockings. Yes, her toys actually overflowed into a second stocking this year. She is quite spoiled. Again, I think she got the most presents out of everyone. 

Our mantle. I have actually never had a mantle before. The houses that we lived in previously did not have fireplaces so seeing all the stockings actually hung up is still quite a novelty for me.

Here is Scout with one of her new toys. She was so excited that she tuckered herself out and eventually had to nap away the afternoon. And David experimenting with one of the new cameras I got him. It's called the Lomokino and it actually shots little videos with 35mm film. David has been talking about shooting some videos so I cannot wait to see what he creates with this.

And finally David and I wearing our new Christmas scarves and holding the two cameras that I bought him. I'm holding a vintage one, an old Kodak Brownie, that I got for $10. We think it is in working order though and hopefully we can get a chance to test it out. But for $10, you can't really go wrong, even if it is just a decor piece. 

So that was a peek into my holiday. How was your Christmas?! I wish all of my readers a merry holiday time and the happiest of new years. I am so thankful to have my blog, a place where I can come and be creative and open. And I cannot thank you all enough for visiting and sharing and commenting. It all means so much to me, words cannot really describe. So continue to enjoy your holidays and time with loved ones. I know I will which probably means that my posting will be sporadic this week but I'll get back on track in the new year. Take care dear readers!

Thursday
Dec082011

It's That Time of Year

Hi friends! It's that time of year and boy am I excited for this weekend. Of course I mean that it's time for Renegade, holiday version. I went last year (which is where I took the above picture) and am so looking forward to a Los Angeles-bound weekend mixed with handmade crafts (plus friends and good food and possibly the Rose Bowl flea market!). All kinds of goodness packed into a few days. Renegade is reason enough to celebrate but Saturday is also my birthday so hence the reason for combining all of my favorite elements into one weekend. 

Who is in the LA area and will be attending? I would love to see blog friends and other local creatives so let me know if you'll be there. Right now I'm planning to attend on Saturday since the Rose Bowl flea market is Sunday. If you have never been to Renegade I highly recommend it. There is so much good stuff and you can get Christmas shopping done while also supporting local and independent handmade businesses. And it's free to get in! In fact, I can't think of a better way to spend my birthday weekend.