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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.

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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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