this is one i did for the fiskars website-using the fun seasonal squeeze punches.
i can't even think of halloween, without thinking of the adorable ella, saying *happy ween* last year! so-happy ween e'rybody! after my sleepless night last night, i'm moving VERY slow this morning. i didn't even give a thought to the 2 huge glasses of diet dr pepper i drank last night. i normally don't drink ddp, but it sounded good and 2-liter bottles were on sale at walmart, so i picked up a couple. i tried to go to bed at midnight(which is early for me), but when i saw 1:18, and i was wide awake, i got up and worked until 4. i got a lot done in those quiet hours, but i don't really like keeping hours like that. so no more ddp, after 4.
i am so exhilarated about so many things right now! mainly the approaching holidays! i can't remember as an adult ever being this anxious, this early. i have already ordered lots of gifts online. this year, i'll be photographing a special wedding on thanksgiving weekend, so our usual after thanksgiving shopping is out this year. i have to say, it's been fun planning ahead and shopping online. i am taking a bit of a different approach this year too. i'm trying if at all possible, to make or buy handmade or at least use my photos to create gifts. so far, i'm feeling good about it. tom is the exception. if it doesn't say *dillon bros harley davidson* somewhere on the box, he is a little disinterested. he's as obsessed with his harley stuff as i am with my photography/crafty stuff. we SO get each other in that respect!
so i decided that for my 6 blogs that inspire me, i was going to choose blogs/sites that i have or will be buying gifts from. artisians who do beautiful work, that i want to give my loved ones.
stacy. check her stuff out, she's as nice as she is talented!
jamie. i met jamie at an artistic affaire deux, and her work is beautiful!
beth. i am so drawn to her work. love it. everything she touches.
for the record etsy shop i don't know how i found this charming shop, but i love the homespun, whimsical look of her designs!
scrabble tile pendants. another etsy shop that i know a lot of you already shop at...but i thought it was worth mentioning in case anyone has missed it! i aim to enable! oh and she has free shipping today! happy ween!
peacoats and party hats my friend candice has the BEST stuff! impeccable taste! go shop!
cari. her last name is so appropriate! cari kraft! she is a krafty one. i love, love, love her stuff. always have. i'll continue to shop her etsy shop, as long as she keeps making stuff!
so there you have my gift idea shops. i know they're all a little girly. but we all have girls to buy for, right?! go to the harley/john deere/hot rod shops for gift cards and you're good to go.
here are some updates on upcoming classes that i mentioned earlier in the week:
photography class: enough interest that i've set a date. saturday november 22 from 10 am-3 pm. it's a beginning class. all you need is your camera, plenty of battery power, compact flash space and casual clothes for shooting inside and out. a hands-on class with lots of basic info (that i wish someone would have been able to concisely give to me, back when i so desparately wanted to learn) and a resource list with all of my favorite photography sources. we'll have a tasty little lunch and a lot of fun along the way! email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to sign up.
advent calendar class: this one will be at my house, much like the fun canvas class this past spring. tuesday november 18, 10 am-2pm. this is a vintage-y, super fun hands-on calendar that you will be proud to have in your home! it will be featured on fiskars in november...here's a peek:
this class will be limited to 10. i may do a few extra kits if anyone who isn't local, would like one. email me :)
canvas class. this one is a repeat of last spring's class. i don't have a date set yet, but if you're interested let me know. space will be very limited, because i already have a group of ladies who have asked for this one. i'm thinking we'll do it in early december, so my house will be all decorated and hopefully festive!
i have some senior photos of a super cute, fun, free-spirited young lady that i want to share:
if the sun hadn't set, i would have just kept snapping. she has such a great look!
on a more serious note:
our daughter-in-law amber's mom, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. so i'm just asking you to please pray for lorraine, and for amber and her family. cancer is so scary. she met with her oncologist yesterday, and it sounds like they got the best news they could have gotten, given the situation. thanks for your prayers. we believe in the power of prayer.
God bless your day!