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    *What a year 2014 was! Amazing opportunities and shoots and revisits with some of my favorite families too. I survived Christmas Card season even with lots of unexpected this and that thrown in :) More of that soonish.

    *Senior sessions planned for Jan-Feb 2015 but March is open. It's not to early to get in touch if I'm any part of your class of 2015 plan :)

FAITH TRUST & PIXIE DUST

see what some time off can do for me?

give me a little decent sleep, some decluttering,

and some glitter & doilies…. and watch me get crafty.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

I can’t remember the last time I posted something cute I did at home!

Didn’t even post our Christmas this year. BOOO!

I don’t think i’ve decorated for Valentine’s for maybe 2 years

but i made up for this time around.

What have i been busy doing for goodness sake!? LOL

Probably has something to do with redoing my craft room last year.

Everything with a label and a place makes crafting much more fun.

I don’t know what it is but i just feel like Valentine’s Day should

be homemade from the heart.

There’s something endearing about the imperfection of it all.

That and diamonds are good too.

If diamonds aren’t in the plan, you can do glitter too. Close enough.

These were originally  craft paper letters you see at Hobby Lobby.

Easy peasy project…paint, brush with a little elmer’s glue, and sprinkle sparkly stuff.

i find glitter is the perfect medium for valentine’s day (in lieu of diamonds anyway)

it’s magical just like love.

and can get messy sometimes just like love…teeheehee

The finished product and my son’s favorite project.

Next up – MY favorite project “hearts of gold”.

You can find these plastic molds every Valentine’s at Target, Kroger, Walgreens, etc..

They’re usually filled with some kind of candy.

Just mix  some plaster, pour, and wait a bit.

Then get creative…you can paint, glitter, decoupage…possibilities are endless!

The smaller hearts were from molds i found at Hobby Lobby in the baking aisle.

I painted mine Venetian gold and some “chocolate”.

Remember—no need for perfection.

Awesome project for your little ones too!

You’ll want to seal these with a clear coat to avoid chipping.

For me HEARTS OF GOLD.

I wrote special dates to us with some and painted the smaller ones to look like Godiva Chocolates.

Then i added gold Rolos so there was actually some real chocolate:)

Probably should’ve waited a little longer to write the numbers on the front.

descriptions on the back

Onto my favorite spot in the kitchen, the mantle above my stove.

And Maceo’s favorite “valentine song” by the Beatles.

Always perfect spot for a focal point each holiday.

Made the banner by just cutting out a triangle and then tracing it on

complementing cardstocks. Sewed that to some pretty shiny ribbon from Costco.

BOOM DONE!

Old Mirror up cycled with chalk paint

(when i don’t know what to do with something i paint it

with chalk paint and somehow it becomes usable again!)

fun with puns!

first up was a jar with “free kisses”.

I originally made rice crispy treats and molded them the shape

of Hershey Kisses.

SOMEHOW they disappeared so i decided it would probably be best

to make fake kisses!

“nuts for you”

in addition to giant rice crispy treats apparently there’s a family of squirrels

living in my house so these work out great.

Here’s what happened to those “chocolate” hearts made of plaster earlier.

just add brown paper wrapper and lo and behold – CHOCOLATE!

Or at least that’s what i told my little brother…I can’t believe i got away with that!

If only i had a photo of the look on his face when he bit into it.

Another homemade banner…cardstock, doilies, ribbon.

I didn’t spend ONE DIME on any of these decorations.

This was a box from years ago. Simple but elegant- velvet is timeless.

Perfect place to leave a love note.

And here you have the XO from earlier, a little “amore” from Hobby Lobby,

a simple photo frame from Hobby Lobby from years back with little bow glued on, and another banner.

22 years my valentine and still going baby!

As we’ve been working on a project for church and scouts with our son this month,

I’ve really loved not just including love for my 2 sweet Valentine’s but also remembering

to love others in our life and thus spread joy.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS YOU WOULD LOVE ME. JOHN 15:12

A Little Tour Down 237

 

 Just as the Spring Equinox falls upon us

so will the 47th Annual Round Top Antiques Week.

Pretty exciting stuff if you’re a junker, collector, antique guru, from Texas,

have a pulse…

Fall was such a busy time for me

(just getting around to posting Xmas sessions aaaackk!)

Soon as i start to see the clover sprout, tiny purple wildflowers, and

hear the birds singing — i know that many good times are

coming my way down Highway 237.

I gave a rundown of some of the fabulous sights at Zapp Hall a couple weeks ago

and now I thought I’d take you on a little bitty tour of the rest of Round Top and get your fix in the mean time.

Starting with the super sweet

Shiver’s Shaved Ice.

Only had literally a minute to stop by last time

as i was on my way to shoot Junk Gypsy’s Pottery Barn Kick Off

but just taking one look at this super adorable mom & pop shop on wheels.

Airstream wheels! WHAT?!

Be sure to follow Shivers to find out where they’ll be this show!

Onto the cool stuff you go to Round Top for

(that make all your friends drool when you mosey on home).

One of my first stops is Blue Hills.

This is a smaller venue (comparatively speaking).

But I adore this spot b/c of that. It’s more personal, very well organized,

free and easy parking, beautiful views, not a lot of mud (if it rains you have a good appreciation for gravel),

and my favorite reason….a BIG variety of fantastic vendors.

Kind of a microcosm of Round Top…high end stuff to

collector junk to brand new still in the package goodness.


Next up is EXCESS Field.

Prepare yourself….

What I love about this field is the intentional, artistry put into many of the booths.

I feel like I’m visiting an art studio and I actually have become so entranced

with all the junk-candy that I forget to shop!

Truly a feast for the eyes.

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Of course no trip to Round Top is legit without visiting

my friends Jolie & Amie at Junk Gypsy Headquarters or as I refer to it

the WIlly Wonka Factory of the Junkin’ world!

So many fine things your head will spin.

I encourage you to bring friends to help resuscitate you or at least help you get back in your car.

Great parking and make sure you take a photo with Large Marge.

They film for their show on GAC here throughout the year but you can catch these movie stahhhhhs

bringing some tinsel to Round Top.

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Last but certainly not least is Marburger Farms.

I visit I enjoy making for mostly inspiration.

Dont ge me wrong — the shopping is incredible — but more on the high end side.

It’s a fabulous resource for finding those big, important, focal pieces.

Some fields are quantity— Lots of stuff.

Some are quality— more expensive rare antiques.

This is really a mix of both.

I love seeing the vignettes the vendors so artfully designed.

Definitely a must see!

Such a great look I had to see it in B&W

Madonna to die for!

Vintage Sculpture with their eye-catching art pieces. True artists.

from Leftover’s Antiques.

Hard to believe this was 2nd day after opening which means it was already

picked over a bit. Although, I can’t tell– still so many beautiful things to see.

I’ve covered maybe 10% of the venues and amazingness to be seen and shopped.

Sorry I can’t provide more but a girl has GOT to shop!

See ya in the fields!

Good Energy

Meet Class of 2015 senior Zach Humphries.

That’s SMOOTH Zach Humphries thank you very much.

I had some fun locations in mind for this very cool and handsome senior.

And I’m thrilled they all panned out exactly just so.

I chose this quote b/c Zach just had such a great energy about him.

Very laid back and cool and yet passionate about the things he loves.

wearing a suit, paisley prints, leather shoes, good music, scouts, adventure and on and on…

This could be a cover for a music cd really.

He’ just has that kind of cool about him.

I told him he had a certain James Dean quality about him.

James Dean for Dior….

So this is what I ADORED about Zach… we arrived at this location

and he was completely thrilled.

Not just like, “oh cool”. No more like “WOW I’M IN HEAVEN!”

Call it intuition, call it luck, call it my crazy read on folks…

whatever you call it… be sure to call it FABULOUS!

 Zach who is an Eagle Scout and loves all things vintage and Americana…

Perfect.

Did I mention how many times i told him he should model?

Just has that special look.

and that good energy goes a long way.

It actually can be transcended through a lens and photo.

As if that’s not enough…

a young man of high ideals and a very unique take on things.

even carrying around a leather field journal.

The kind of young man who is going places and inspires.

A guy who doesn’t take himself so seriously BUT

doesn’t take things like antiques and very old music for granted either.

I don’t mean to brag but this took literally no effort…

and because Zach was so natural I was able to focus on some creative poses.

Love how it turned out and love the hat.

gotta say I’m pretty cool myself…

photographing cool graffiti and all.

just how i roll

you’re probably thinking this is my mad styling/posing skills but it’s really just how cool this dude is.

and he plays several instruments including the saxophone and ukulele.

Love photographing musicians b/c i get a free show:)

Last but not least a favorite tradition…

a kiss of gratitude for a special mom on the sidelines cheering her favorite senior on.

Like everyday since he was born and will be till forever.

how time flies

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how much your life can change in a year..

 how fast time flies…

cliche cliches yes but the pictures are not cliche and they tell the story.

this time last year I was photographing this sweet little

one was just beginning to grow in his mommy’s tummy.

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the sweetest big sister & little brother just waiting to hug and kiss their new baby brother.

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it’s just like he was always here….

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an outtake but made me chuckle…

“I’ve got them wrapped around my finger wahhh hahhh haahhhh”

teeheehee

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growing into a darling little lady every day.

and her dress just made the look.

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watch out vogue.

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clouds and grey skies usually freak a photographer out…not today.

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this handsome fella who loves being a big brother

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and then this.

this piece of baby heaven.

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squeezable

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and then the heavens part and a girls dream walks in…

random horse to finish off another great year of xmas photos.

love to make them smile!

Last Christmas

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Last Christmas I had a ball.

Im not going to lie…Christmas sessions have not always been my favorite.

Very stressful time of year trying to fit my favorite families into a very chaotic time of year…

but i narrowed it down to a couple fine families that have done this enough time

it should run smoothly (right?)

I mean it’s not like it’s a busy time of year… with Halloween, Thanksgiving,

school, COMMON CORE MATH, volunteering

piano, scouts,  heck just getting dinner on the table!

Add 3 birthdays and an anniversary in a matter of THREE weeks timespan

and hopefully you’ll find some mercy for me.

But this year was supposed to be easy.

Somehow a broken a finger, a new puppy, unpredictable weather, strep, flu,

yes mercy me.

But in  the storms of life we sometimes find beauty in the rain.

Thankfully I did find the silver lining.

Went for a clean, contemporary look and i must say I was very pleased.

Perfect for the family I’ve done the most shoots of ever– the Oliversons.

Hard to believe I’ve known this family since Emma was 9 months old!

We’ve got this down to a science.

Good wardrobe from mom, lovely children who’ve come to know me,

and smashing grown ups who’s love transcends pixels. It’s  formula that just works.

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I want this same pose and spot in 20 years for an anniversary present!

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This one too.

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a redo of this one on his wedding day

<sniffle>

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another remake that would be incredibly fun

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and then this happened

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and this too.

sinatra take notes.

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mr smooth

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miss darling

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the mr and the mrs. always dashing

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Love this family!

 

 

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