December 25, 2009

We Wish You {had} a Merry Christmas~

And a happy new year!!!!!!

May it be filled


with the little things



the yummy things

dear ones, near


and far



the music
the laughter

But ultimately, may your heart overflow with joy for the immeasurable Gift of Christmas every day this new year~

"We love Him, because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19


October 8, 2009

"The Confessions of a Milliner"

Hats...I adore them!
Ah, yes, my brothers think I may have gone so far as to be addicted to hats...
But really, I think it's just quite contagious.
Well, okay~ they're addicting. ;)
I've been wanting a 1920's-ish Cloche hat to wear,
especially during this crisp Fall and upcoming Winter.
Suddenly, my creative juices were overflowing,
and I felt inspired to design and make what I had in mind.
Out came some black wool,
vintage fabric for lining,
and a gift box to be transformed into it's brim.
I must say, it turned out splendidly.

Later that same week, they came out in
Chadwick's and Maurices...








*Pssst*~Do you think...I may have started the trend??? ;)




October 1, 2009

Crooked Stream's Gift Certificates!*!*!


Now enjoy the exciting potential of buying a new, creative gift~
Crooked Stream has Gift Certificates for any type of photo session you wish!*!*!




Feel as free as ever to contact me for any further details!*!*!


September 19, 2009

It's Officially Fall Now

Because today, Annie and I made Apple Pies with a Rhubarb and Currant Berry twist...mmm!

Now we can officially say that it's ~*Fall*~

Annie's "Baby Pie". :)



Although, I'm afraid that her "Baby Pie" didn't live for very long... ... ... ;)

September 14, 2009

Arts and Crafts--Discovering Hidden Beauty





BEFORE(A rickety, but neat old rustic garage sale find!)


A horrid scummy green-ness, which took lots of effort to get rid of!





Out came my favorite paint stripping equipment! I love refinishing these kind of things!



:drum roll:



AFTER!




I painted it "RANCH RED" and it really ties in with our home decor.
I love it!

August 11, 2009

Wedding Bliss!!!!!

<- Hop on over to my Wedding Photography Site,
there's lots of excitement going on over there!!!!!


Celebrating Clint and Felicia!!!!!


July 25, 2009

Annie's Traveling Raspberry Stand

~*Summertime*~
We spent this morning hitting garage sales
on the way to the Raspberry patch.
They mix well!

July 24, 2009

July 16, 2009

Musical Pictures~ The Whispering Roses

A Quick Preview!
Yesterday I was privileged to do pictures for the music group, The Whispering Roses! They are always such a joy, and ever so lovely to photograph!!!!



July 9, 2009

Family Portrait Session~ CUTE Little Cousins!




I met with two mommies and 5 little ones for a portrait session in a little old ghost town ;) at high 10:00 this morning. I've been eyeing some old buildings for a while, thinking they would make a grand backdrop for some little cuties... So, when they contacted me about a "cousins" photo shoot, of course, I was thrilled.


"This is going to be adorable."







P.S. I think I just fell in love... ;) TOO cute.




July 7, 2009

Adventures in Beekeeping!



First off, our Spring started out with one honeybee swarm....
It flew high into the treetops, unreachable, on the side of a valley.

One week later, came this swarm. . .and two days later came yet another! Ben and I threw on our beekeeping veils and headed out to try and capture both swarms.

We were thrilled beyond words, and I am happy to say, both were a success!


^*photography by Gabe!





^*photography by Gabe!



^*photography by Gabe!






The first swarm we caught, now at home with our original big hive!


Next, the guys built 4 more Western supers to have in stock for our new colonies! Gracie helped me do the painting, and oh boy! did we enjoy making them pretty!

Out came the stencils and colorful paints!

To close our big day of beekeeping, we all had a delightful tea party~ along with Mom's delicious Strawberry jam and... fresh honey!



You will smile to know~ We named them~ Periwinkle
~ Fairybell
~ and Beatrix.
:)

~*~ What an amazing creation honeybees are! ~*~