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27th Annual Visual Arts Showcase

>> Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Bouquet of Buttons photograph has been accepted into the 27th Annual Visual Arts Showcase! The exhibition is located in the Beaverton City Library and runs from February 8 – 21. If you’re in the area stop by and check it out. Click here for more information.


Only One Week Left

>> Friday, December 26, 2008

There’s only one week left to enter the December Giveaway! Click here to enter.


Merry Christmas

>> Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Have a wonderful day!


Nancy Tobin

>> Tuesday, December 23, 2008

"Night Fell"


"Flesh Fruit"

I was working on my Etsy shop last week when I came across the art of Nancy Tobin on the front page. Her mixed-media paintings are just stunning and the colors and shapes are so beautiful I could just stare at them for hours. You really must check out Nancy’s Etsy shop. Find out more about Nancy on her blog.


Etsy Front Page!

>> Sunday, December 21, 2008

I made it to the front page of Etsy! It has only happened a few times, but it’s always exciting. I’ve only seen my front page live once. The others I’ve had to track down on Flickr. Many thanks to those Flickr groups that capture front page screen shots! You can visit one of those groups here.


The December Giveaway

>> Friday, December 19, 2008

I had so much fun with the Thanksgiving giveaway I did last month, I’m going to try to do a giveaway every month. For this giveaway I was inspired by the art of Drenched in White and Robin’s use of pink. As I expressed in yesterday’s post, I just love pink. Orange too, but that’s another story. This month I will be sending one lucky winner my Still photograph.

To enter, simply visit my photography shop or my cards & gifts shop and leave a comment on this post letting me know which shop you visited and your favorite item from that shop. Please only comment once.

Because Christmas is just a week away and I know everyone is super busy, I’m running the giveaway for two full weeks. You have until Friday, January 2nd at 10pm (PST) to enter. I will randomly choose one winner Saturday, January 3rd. Please check back to see if you’ve won!

*U.S. entries only please*


Brighten Up: Drenched in White

>> Thursday, December 18, 2008

"Red Birds"

"Red Hots"
"Three are Free"
I first discovered Robin’s beautiful paintings when she used one of my photographs in a very lovely treasury she created. Honored to be included with other talented artists, I decided to check out Robin’s shop. Robin’s paintings really caught my attention. I love their abstractness (is that even a word?), who cares. And I really love, love, love her use of color. Pink, how I love pink. You must check out Robin’s Etsy shop, Drenched in White. To find out more about Robin check out her blog.


POE Team Member: D.S. Brennan Photography

>> Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The POE Team (AKA Photographers of Etsy) is comprised of very talented photographers all selling their work on Etsy. I’d like to share some of those photographers with you. First up is D.S. Brennan Photography. Diana’s photographs are inspired by nature and her background in environmental science. I like that her images are different. She really photographs what she loves and what inspires her. I’ve noticed Diana’s photography on Etsy and always thought it was beautiful. But it wasn’t until I read her blog that I realized just how talented she is. And how very busy she is! Her blog offers great insight into her life and her photography. You should really check it out. Also, be sure to visit her Etsy shop for more great photography.


Flora & Fauna Exhibition

>> Sunday, December 14, 2008

I just found out on Friday that three of my photographs have been accepted into the Flora & Fauna show at the Sixth Street Gallery in Vancouver, Washington! The exhibition runs from January 2 to February 1. The artist reception is on Friday, January 2 from 5pm – 9pm.


The Last Big Modish Giveaway!

>> Saturday, December 13, 2008

Be sure to check out the last big giveaway over at Modish! There are 3 different packages to win. I’ve contributed 2 photographs to the giveaway which can be found in package 1 and package 3. Visit Modish for all of the giveaway details.


Art Fire

>> Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I discovered Art Fire yesterday. I actually found it via Twitter, which I signed up for yesterday. I had to know what all the hype was about. It seems like it may be an easy way to keep in touch with old friends and new ones. I’m bad about keeping up with email. Anyway, while figuring out how to use Twitter I came across a post by Always Amy, which led me to her blog post about Art Fire. I’ve been looking for a new outlet for my photography. I like what they are offering, even though it’s still in its early stages. I’ve noticed a few glitches, but I’m sure they will work it out. I don’t have a lot listed, but check out my new shop at Art Fire.


Paper and Stitch Giveaway!

>> Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Paper and Stitch is having another big giveaway and I’ve contributed my Pinot photograph! Check out the Paper and Stitch blog for all the details and your chance to win a lot of great products.


Upstate Fancy

>> Friday, December 5, 2008

I received an email yesterday from Jen of Upstate Fancy letting me know that she included me in her holiday gift guide! Check out her gift guide for a lot of fabulous gift ideas. Thanks so much Jen!


And the winner is....

>> Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The winner of the Thanksgiving Giveaway is Glass Identities! Thanks to those of you who participated. I’m planning on having another giveaway, so check back soon.


Pride and Prejudice

>> Tuesday, December 2, 2008

One of my all time favorite books is Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. I found out a few weeks ago via Design*Sponge that Penguin Classics just came out with some beautiful new covers for some of their books. Pride & Prejudice is one of those books. Unfortunately, it is not available in the U.S.

Even though books are usually much better than movie adaptations, I do enjoy watching beloved characters come to life. I think that’s why I have avoided watching the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley. The movie was on TV Sunday night, so I decided to watch it. It was just as I thought. The movie was not very good. I didn’t connect with the characters and Mr. Darcy, played by Matthew Macfadyen, did not have the desired swoon factor. I felt there was a lot of overacting and at times Elizabeth Bennet seemed as childish as her younger sisters.

If you’re looking for a good adaptation of Pride and Prejudice check out the 1995 TV mini-series. It was excellent. Colin Firth was a fantastic Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle the perfect Elizabeth Bennet.


More Holiday Sales

>> Thursday, November 27, 2008

On Sunday I posted about the sale in my photography shop. I’m also having a sale in my cards & gifts shop.

Receive a free set of four rustic tags on orders over $10.

Stop by my cards & gifts shop for details and check out my new Candy Cane Tags and Red Polka Dot Tags. Don’t forget to check out the holiday sale in my photography shop!

Here are a few more sales from members of PDX Indie. Please check out each shop for full details regarding sales.

Rubygirl - Unique Handcrafted Jewelry
30% off a selection of necklaces and earrings

Eye Pop Art - Mandalas & Accessories from Recycled Vinyl Records
Free shipping on all items


Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a great day!


The Thanksgiving Giveaway!

>> Wednesday, November 26, 2008

To kick off the holiday season I’m conducting my first giveaway! It can be dark and dreary this time of year, so brighten up your home or office with my Set of Sunflowers photograph.

To enter, simply visit my photography shop or my cards & gifts shop and leave a comment on this post letting me know which shop you visited and your favorite item from that shop. Please only comment once.

You have until Tuesday, December 2nd at 10pm (PST) to enter. I will randomly choose one winner Wednesday, December 3rd. Please check back to see if you’ve won!

*U.S. entries only please*


Holiday Sales

>> Sunday, November 23, 2008

I’ve been working on a holiday sale to have in my Etsy shops for a while now. This is something I haven’t done before and I wasn’t sure how to handle it. But after a lot of changes and driving my husband crazy with ‘what do you think of this?’ I finally have it figured out. I was going to run the sale from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, but I’m just too excited about it. So I’m starting it early. Today! Well actually, I posted it to my Etsy shop yesterday. Here are the details:

Your choice of four 5 x 5 prints for $40 or four 8 x 8, 8 x 10 or 8 x 12 prints for $80!


Free 5 x 5 photograph of your choice on orders over $30.

Stop by my shop for complete sale details and to check out more photographs, cards, postcards and my new TTV calendar!

I’m a member of PDX Indie, a handmade co-op, and several members are having holiday sales as well. I will continue to list them as they become available. Here are a few:

These sales run from Black Friday (November 28) – Cyber Monday (December 1). Please check out each shop for full details regarding sales.

Autumn Comfort Candles - Eco-friendly candles
$10 off of a $50 or more purchase!!!

All items will be Buy One Get One 1/2 off! (Discounted item must be of equal or lesser value.)

Souly Stones - Handmade Designer Artisan Jewelry
25% off


The Economy Blows

>> Friday, November 21, 2008

Elliott and I had another photo excursion on Wednesday. This time we took photos down on the waterfront. Here is something that caught my eye. I haven’t had much time to work on my other photos. I’ll post more later. Have a great weekend!


Before & After: Work Station

>> Monday, November 17, 2008

In my previous Before & After post I talked about the lack of style and character in new homes. Another problem we encountered with our new home was upgrades. There are so many upgrades to purchase in a new home. Many would be great to have but just cost too much money. And sometimes it’s past a certain point in the process and they just can’t accommodate. My husband knows this all too well.

We have a small nook in our dining room, which is pretty much useless. We could have opted for the upgrade which would have added cabinets and countertop, but we felt other upgrades where more important. Nicer flooring, countertops, etc. So we were left with an empty space. It is a nice place to hide our kitty food and water but needed something more.

I thought a small work station would be great with a writing surface and a place to hold mail. My husband and I aren’t that handy so my parents helped. My mom had the great idea of using a dining table and cutting it down to fit the space. Crazy, but it worked. My dad and husband cut and installed the table and added a shelf with the left over wood from the table. My mom built the mail boxes. Like I said, I’m not that handy with this type of work. So I took the photos.

Empty nook
Updated nook with desk and mail boxes

Have a great week!



>> Friday, November 14, 2008

Today my husband and I started our day with a good breakfast. We went to Bijou CafĂ© in Portland. The food was good and I really liked the atmosphere. It still amazes me how many people there are having breakfast at 10am on a weekday. It is very rare for my husband and I to go to breakfast during the week. Or to go out to breakfast at all. We just don’t do it very often. So it was a real treat to get a good omelet and potatoes. I love potatoes.

After breakfast we went over to the Portland Art Museum to check out the photography exhibit Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957. It’s a really great exhibit if you’re in Portland. We both really enjoyed it.

Have a great weekend!


Love this!

>> Friday, November 7, 2008

I was flipping through a Nordstrom catalog that came in the mail last night, when I saw this outfit. I just love it, especially the sweater. Sleek and simple, but it will still keep you warm.

I spent the afternoon with my friend Elliott, taking photos in St. John’s. I’ll share a few of the photos next week. Have a great weekend!


Brighten Up: goodbloom

>> Thursday, November 6, 2008

Brighten up your home or office this winter with art from goodbloom. I just love Holly’s whimsical paintings.

She just lowered the prices on her original paintings; get them before they're gone! To find out more about Holly and her art, check out her blog.


From the Tree

>> Wednesday, November 5, 2008

As promised, here's a photograph from Arizona. I really wanted to try fruit right from the tree. Maybe next year....


Handmade for the Holidays

>> Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I’m happy to be featured on the Handmade for the Holidays blog. The blog features small businesses and it’s a great place to find your holiday gifts. I’m offering a free gift for our readers! Get all of the details here. Shop handmade this holiday season!


Before & After: Guest Room

>> Monday, November 3, 2008

Most new homes usually don’t have much style or character. This was true with our new home. While we liked the layout, the taupe walls just sucked the life out of me. Decorating our home has been a slow process since we moved in a few years ago. Although it’s been slow, I’m happy with what we have accomplished so far. I would like to share some of our before and after photos.
Before: The spare bedroom started as a place to dump boxes and other items that we didn’t have a place for. We really wanted a comfortable place for out-of-town guests to stay.

After: With the help of my mother, it is now a comfortable and stylish retreat.

I eventually want to add vertical stripes to the wall opposite the dresser. Like this:

I would love to see some of your before & after photos. Have a great week.


Autumn's Splendor

>> Friday, October 31, 2008

I'm back from my trip to Arizona. I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the desert and I’m looking forward to visiting Arizona again. I will be sharing some of my photographs with you in the coming weeks.

While I was away, my husband snapped some photos of the fall colors here in the Willamette Valley. It is amazing how quickly the color changed in the short time I was gone. Here are a couple of his photographs….

My uncle, who is also a photographer, took some beautiful photographs of the fall color in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Here’s a peak at one of his new photos. You can see more of his photographs from the UP here. For more information, check out Blogging About Photography.



>> Friday, October 17, 2008

I will be away for a while. I’m travelling to Arizona, so I’ll try to post pictures when I can. Here's one of my photos from the Oregon coast. Have a great weekend!


Popina Swimwear

>> Wednesday, October 15, 2008

One of the great things about living in Portland is all of the lovely shops. I’m still somewhat new to Portland but it seems that every time I go into a new neighborhood (new to me) I find wonderful shops. Just two weeks ago I was searching for a new bathing suit for an overnight trip to the Bonneville Resort. I really wanted to swim in the pool. As many of you know, most of the large retailers do not sell suits in the store this time of year. So I ordered a suit online, I should have known better. Needless to say it didn’t fit and I had to take it back. By this time I was desperate for a suit and I did an online search for swim shops in the area. Only one came up in the search, Popina Swimwear.

I stopped by the store the very next day and was greeted by Pamela Levenson, the owner and designer of Popina Swimwear. Pamela helped me pick out a lot of great suits to try on. I was able to mix and match my suit. I purchased a swim top by Swim Systems and matched it to Retro Boy Shorts designed by Pamela. I walked out of the store with a great suit that I actually felt very comfortable and confident in!

If you’re ever in the area stop by Popina. You’ll find everything you need including flip flops, sunglasses and bathing suit cover-ups. I found some very cute bags that were hard to resist. You can find more information at Popina Swimwear.

Bottom Line: Cute suits and great customer service!

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I view the world as if I’m looking through the lens of a camera. I see photographs everywhere. I’m inspired by the simple and ordinary in our everyday lives. I see beauty in a pear and in the details of an old-fashioned door knob. Photography is my passion and I want to help people see the simple splendor that surrounds us.

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