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Up for the challenge…

Hi everyone. Happy Friday. I come to you today excited about possibility, learning and expanding! Even though I am exhausted from a night up with my poor teething, Claire – I am thrilled at some of the new things I’ve been trying lately!

First of all, I am super excited to let you know that I just signed up for Blog Boss – a new e-course with Holly Becker from decor8! I took her first course – Blogging your way – a couple of years ago and it taught me so much! This next one looks to be amazing and I can’t wait for class to begin. There is still time to enroll – check it out here.

8488219001_66bd99db2d_oLately, I am trying to expand my photography knowledge so I’ve been dabbling in portrait photography. I know you have all seen my attempts with my children but recently I’ve been taking pics for friends and it has been quite the learning experience. I have such respect for those professional photographers out there that do portrait work. It is a true art! My latest subject was my neighbor, Taryn Emerson. She is such a fantastic friend and an incredible interior designer too! She asked me to take her portrait for her website (in production) and online social profiles. I agreed. So, last Sunday, I handed over Clarie to my hubby and off I went down the street with my trusty camera, in the hopes of capturing my friend and doing her beauty justice! The overcast sky provided the perfect, softly filtered light. We jumped around from her place to mine, outside, inside, front yard, back yard…but ended up with this as our winning shot!

Taryn b & w touched up2

Some of our other attempts…

PicMonkey Collage taryn 2

Taryn was a great sport and put up with all my amateur-ish mistakes. In between giggles, she was poised and patient.

It is so wonderful to have another creative buddy right in the neighborhood and she is always encouraging. She likes to challenge me too…which is a rare gift in a friend. Since I have been avidly taking pictures, she suggested I shoot her gorgeous designer kitchen for her portfolio too. I balked at the request, insisting I knew nothing about interior photography and how we would probably have to rent lights and wide angle lens. She rolled her eyes and said, “Oh come on, let’s just try it!” So over a bottle of wine that night, we styled the entire kitchen and shot it the next morning…

kitchen 4 touch up

It was so much fun dusting off my interior design skills to style this lovely space and collaborating with another designer is something I have missed! When we started the shoot it was dark and gray outside and I was doubtful that the light was sufficient but like a sweet gift, the sunshine broke through the clouds, spilling light into the room. We scrambled to move Taryn’s heavy kitchen table so we could let the shadow of the window unfurl onto the warm wood floor.

kitchen2 touch up

kitchen 3

All in all, we were both pretty pleased with ourselves and I learned a lot! There is nothing better than the feeling of meeting a challenge, especially a creative one. So don’t limit yourself, expand your creative gifts – sure it can be a little scary and you might even mess up but one thing is for sure – you will learn and you will grow – and that is worth it every time!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo,

***Check out more of Taryn’s beautiful interior design projects here and like her new Facebook page here.***

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Hello.

Forgive my absence. Its been a crazy week and although I can’t wait to post our next Vicarious Vacation, each one takes hours of research, so that’s what I’ve been up to. I love it, but I get a little sucked in. On top of that, I’ve been finishing up my last week with the BYW class and attempting to do some more collage work in my sketchbook. I get ideas for posts all day long and then can’t seem to find the time to do them. grrr.

I wanted to do a quick post today and let you know that I didn’t run off to Italy or anything (tempting as it was). I’ve just been a little overwhelmed with everything. My dad said to me on the phone the other day…”Sounds like you are spreading yourself a little thin.” Maybe he’s right but when I’m passionate about so many things it can just be hard to focus…

What’s a girl to do?

I’m sure I’ll figure it out eventually. In the meantime, here are some floral shots I did for my homework for BYW.

Enjoy, and make sure you check back in on Friday for our trip to Spain! I promise, it’s gonna be beautiful!!

And I played with some textures too…couldn’t resist…


Have a fabulous day and I’ll see you on Friday!

xo,

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Going within

Just completed my BYW homework and I’m glad it’s done. This course is really making me think. and dream. and wonder. and worry. and fear. and be so excited I want to jump up and down and sing. It’s making me go within. Deep. Down.

We got our assignment Monday and its taken me all week to finally sit down and write out my thoughts. The answers haunted me everyday, begging to be brought forth and made real. Pen to paper. One afternoon, I even sat down with my journal, dated the page, wrote “Homework Week 2″ at the top of the page, brought the tip of the pen to the paper and then stopped. Closed the book, laid the pen down and walked away. Ridiculous!

One of the things we had to address this week was what made us different…what would we bring to the table that was unique to the blogging world? This question scared the heck out of me. Tonight, as I neared the end of the assignment, that very question loomed at the bottom of the page. Mocking me.

Finally, I grabbed it with both hands looked it in the face and wrote from my heart exactly what I had to offer. It felt good, and I realized that I do indeed have much to offer and even more to gain by simply being me. That’s unique right? No one is me, except me. Now it’s time to accept and cherish that…

Now, for some gorgeous images that made me think of how I’ve felt this week…

More beautiful photography from one of my favorites – Lauren Withrow. Check it here.

Have a lovely, restful Sunday.

xo,

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A little encouragement

Things are definitely changing for me.

Grace has started full-time school…leaving my day wide open…

Yikes…now what? Well…I’m taking a blogging course and have signed up for the Sketchbook project. I’m starting to blog for other people and Grace & Ivy sales are on the up and up. It’s a whirlwind of activity but I’m rolling with it and trying not to freak myself out. I’m so good at talking myself out of stuff. My sixth grade teacher said I was afraid of success. That’s a handy trait…

Why do we hold ourselves back? Why do we fear our own power, our own greatness? Maybe because when you get to the top you have to fight to stay there. That’s what makes me shake in my boots. I’m not much of a fighter. At least I don’t think I am…

Today I’m gonna read this over and over:

And hope to believe in what I can do…

How do you deal with your own fears?

Be brave, friends.

xo,

P.S. If you love this beautiful statement, check out Valentina Ramos’ Etsy Store – full of fabulous art and inspiration!

Image via : valentinadesign

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Inspiration board

I created this inspiration board for my BYW class and I had to share it with you. It was such a fabulous creative exercise – playing with all the pretty pictures, postcards and shiny baubles I’ve been collecting. This is supposed to reflect my aesthetic and sense of style. I feel like it is pretty accurate, at least for now…


See it larger here.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

xo,

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As Fall approaches…

Rain is blowing in as I type this – Portland is due to be gray for the next two days. A prelude of what is to come. A new season is approaching and I’m actually excited to greet it.

Tomorrow, I start my blogging class and I’m so thrilled. Grace goes off to school. Chris to work. Me and my computer are going to cozy up and get some work done. I hope.

As I daydream of what might lie ahead…I found myself thoroughly enjoying these beautiful images by Cedric Bihr.

Simple, serene and set with the hues of autumn, I had to share…

I’ll let you know what my homework assignment is tomorrow. If only I had been this excited about homework when I was a kid!

xo,

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