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12.28.2009 Photo Shoot: In the Garden

>> Thursday, December 31, 2009

This photograph was actually taken back in August. I was going through my older photos (most of which I have hardly looked at), found this one and thought it had some potential*. I started layering with another photo (taken in September) and a texture I photographed. I really like the outcome and would like to try the effect with other photos taken from the Dahlia Farm.

*I really like the way the photo looked without the layers, but the sky was too washed out.


12.28.2009 Photo Shoot: Pins

>> Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I'm calling this one Pins, clever, I know. Usually, a title will come to me while working on the photo, not so with this one. Pins will have to do for now.


12.28.2009 Photo Shoot: Feels Like Home

>> Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Saturday Afternoon Photo Shoot

>> Monday, December 28, 2009

I spent a majority of my Saturday afternoon taking photographs. I had such a great time setting up shots and making a mess of my already disastrous studio. I love how easy it is to take some photos and then plug my CF card right into my computer to see how they turned out. Back and forth all afternoon, shoot, edit, shoot, edit.

Here is one of my Saturday afternoon treasures. I hope to keep up the momentum and excitement of my photo shoots and make them a weekly occurrence, posting the fruits of my labor here. Be sure to stop by again tomorrow, I have a lot of photographs to share.


BLUE: An Exhibition of Photographs about a Color

>> Sunday, December 20, 2009

If you live near Middlebury, Vermont be sure to check out the latest exhibition, BLUE: An Exhibition of Photographs about a Color. My Motel is featured in the show. It is quite an honor to be a part of the show. 167 photographers submitted work for a total of 841 photographs. Only 40 of the 841 photographs are exhibited on the walls of the PhotoPlace Gallery.

If you are not in Vermont you can still enjoy the show. Just visit The Vermont Photography Workplace / PhotoPlace Gallery website. The Exhibition runs from December 8th through January 9th. The BLUE Exhibition Catalogue is also available. You can purchase your copy from Blurb Books. My photograph is on page 30!


12 Days of p:ear

>> Sunday, November 29, 2009

The 12 Days of p:ear begins this Wednesday, December 2nd and runs through Sunday, December 13th. The 12 Days of p:ear is a creative arts and dinner series to support p:ear’s mission of working with homeless youth. I’m participating in the group show at the Trim / Vojdani gallery at p:ear. Stop by for First Thursday on December 3rd. To see the full calendar of events and ways that you can participate visit p:ear.


The New Paper N Stitch Exhibition is Here!

>> Monday, November 23, 2009

I set-up shop again over at Paper n Stitch! Be sure to stop by and check out my shop and all of the other great shops in the exhibition. It’s a great place to do your holiday shopping!


The 2010 Desktop Calendar is Here!

>> Monday, November 16, 2009

My new 2010 Desktop Calendar is finally here! I have been working hard for the last few weeks creating the calendar, making changes and then making more changes. I picked them up from the printer last week and I just love the way they turned out.

They are now available for sale in my shop! Each calendar comes with a clear plastic jewel case made specifically for calendars. The jewel case folds back to sit on a desk or table. Or anywhere you need a calendar!


Black, White and Gray Show

>> Thursday, November 5, 2009


The New Camera Bag

>> Wednesday, October 28, 2009

While visiting Shutter Sisters, I came across a new line of camera bags. These bags are both functional and fashionable. I have been looking for bags like this! Find out more here.


Historic Deepwood Estate

>> Monday, October 26, 2009

A few weeks ago we made a trip to the Historic Deepwood Estate in Salem for an antique show. The Estate includes a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian home surrounded by 4 acres of lovely gardens. The home was closed, so I just took photographs of the exterior and the gardens. Here are a couple of my favorites.


More from Eugene

>> Monday, October 12, 2009


The Cardigan: a wardrobe staple

>> Friday, October 9, 2009

I love this purple cardi from Target. Have a great weekend!


Etsy Favorites: Made of Jacinta

>> Thursday, October 8, 2009

This necklace is a beautiful piece of art created by Made of Jacinta.


New Photograph

>> Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Shabby Apple

>> Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I am a dress girl. I would love to wear a dress every day of the week. And I just love these dresses from Shabby Apple.


Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest

>> Monday, October 5, 2009

I went to the Tulip Festival, at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, many months ago and still have not processed all of my photos. Here are a few from that trip. Hopefully, with more to come.


The Cardigan: a wardrobe staple

>> Friday, October 2, 2009

I love this leopard print cardi from American Eagle Outfitters. Have a great weekend!


Etsy Favorites: A Alicia Handmade Acessories

>> Thursday, October 1, 2009

I would love to wear this brooch. Handmade brooches by A Alicia.


from the studio

>> Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Working full time and finding time (and energy) to work on my passion (photography) has been a losing battle. I have been able to start some projects, although my to-do list is growing and my accomplished list is well, at a standstill.

What I’ve been working on:

I’m working with a local printer to have some new greeting cards printed. I can’t wait to pick them up. Hopefully, I’ll be listing them in my shop soon.

I have a new 2010 calendar in the works. I’m about half way there; hopefully I will have it completed soon.

As you can see, I’m updating my blog. It’s something that’s been on my mind for a while. Hopefully, I can keep it up.

What I’ve been thinking about:

Purchasing a button machine from American Button Machines. I would like to make pocket mirrors and magnets with my photos on them. Plus, it just looks like fun.

New photos. I have so many ideas swimming around.

A finished booth display for my shows. I’ve been slowly updating my display and it’s almost there.

Doing more shows at coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, etc. I’ve been on a four month break and I would really like to get back into it.

Cleaning my studio…

After reading what I just wrote… I realize that I am very hopeful about my projects. Now if I can just turn hope into action.


I LOVE Kate Spade!

>> Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I love Kate Spade. The polka dots, the colors, the tights! I just can’t stop looking at these outfits. They are so visually stimulating….


Eugene, Oregon

>> Monday, September 28, 2009

Here are some new photos taken at an old gas station on the outskirts of Eugene. There is something beautiful about the worn gas pumps and chipping paint.


Sneak Peek

>> Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Just a little sneak peak of one of my photos that will be in the Summer Show at the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery this Friday. You’ll have to visit the Rental Gallery to see the other 4 photographs that have been accepted.

If you’re in the Portland area be sure to stop by for some great art and refreshments. The show is this Friday, June 19 from 5:00PM - 8:00PM and is located behind the Museum at 1237 SW 10th Avenue in the Eliot Tower.


Flickr Inspiration

>> Monday, June 15, 2009

My Flickr inspiration this week comes from the Shutter Sisters Group.

1. ..::leaving it behind::.., 2. summer dreaming, 3. J U B I L E E, 4. branches, 5. and yet another clothespin, 6. knock, 7. flowersand layers, 8. DSC_0029, 9. Pink Beauties, 10. 159/365, 11. no. 11, 12. 164/365, 13. lazy hazy, 14. little bulbs, 15. IMG_1656, 16. Dusk


Sherwood Saturday Market

>> Monday, June 8, 2009

Saturday, June 6th marked our third Saturday at the Sherwood Saturday Market. I really enjoy the Sherwood Market, not only because it’s close to home, but I love Old Town Sherwood. It’s very quaint and I would love to spend more time walking around and stopping in at the cute little shops.

Since I started participating in outdoor markets last year my booth has evolved. I finally feel like things are getting close to the way I want them. With the help of my parents, I now have a large bin to display all of my matted prints. It also holds my framed prints and other accessories for my booth, making it easy to transport from the car to our booth location. My mom and dad worked hard to have it ready for my first market on May 2. My dad shipped it from Michigan and we just had to put it together when it arrived.

My mom created two custom table covers. Saturday was my first time using them; they looked beautiful and made my booth look more professional. Here are some snapshots from the last few markets.

First Market – Saturday, May 2nd - Wet & Cold!

Second Market – Saturday, May 9th - Much better outside. Beautiful day!

Third Market – Saturday, June 6th – Wet & Cold again!


From the Studio

>> Monday, June 1, 2009

I’m back from a month long hiatus. I didn’t intend to take such a long break, but I started working full time again and time just slipped away from me. I’m feeling more settled into my new schedule and want to get back into regular postings.

I’ll start by getting you caught up on what’s been happening in the studio this month. I applied for and had 5 of my photographs accepted into the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery. I’m very excited about this. The New Gallery Members Show will be on Friday, June 19th from 5pm – 8pm. Stop by and check it out if you're in the Portland area. You can visit the Portland Art Museum’s website for more information.

I’ll be at the Sherwood Saturday Market on June 6th from 9am – 1pm and Art in the Plaza at Millennium Plaza Park in Lake Oswego on Sunday August 16th from 10am – 3pm.

And if you’re not in the in the Portland area to check out any of these events in person, pay a visit to the Paper n Stitch online exhibition space. Stop by my shop and the shops of other very talented artists and designers. The new exhibition starts June 1st and runs through July 12th. I just might have a special promotion for Paper n Stitch readers! Click here to visit Paper n Stitch exhibition. Oh yeah, when you visit don't forget to vote by adding a heart!


The Newberg Graphic

>> Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I’m so excited. My feature is now up on The Newberg Graphic website. The story will come out in tomorrows paper and I can’t wait to go pick up a copy and see it in print. Click here to read the full story.


From the Studio

>> Monday, April 27, 2009

It’s going to be a busy week in the studio. I have two events this week. The first is a solo show at the Chehalem Downtown Tasting Room in Newberg. If you’re in the Portland area, stop by for the opening reception. It’s on Friday, May 1st from 5pm-9pm. Snack on some complimentary appetizers and enjoy some Chehalem wines. If you can’t make if for the opening reception, the show will be up for the month of May.

On Saturday, May 2nd I will be at the Sherwood Saturday Market. It’s the first market of the season and there will be some great vendors selling plants, produce, art and other goodies. The market runs from 9am – 1pm. If you can’t make it on Saturday I will be at the market at least one Saturday a month. Just check the right column of my blog for my exhibition and show listings.


Fridays Find: WontonLove

>> Friday, April 24, 2009

Disclaimer: Okay, so I know I featured a jewelry artist last week, but I was so excited when I found these necklaces I just had to post them today.

I’ve been on the lookout for a very simple, everyday wear kind of necklace. And I was very excited to find MiniCyn on the front page of Etsy. After checking out MiniCyn I noticed a link to their other shop WontonLove. I just love the Spotty Glitter and All that Glitter necklaces. I am a circle girl and a silver lover, but the gold just really appeals to me. These necklaces are on my must have list.


Flickr Inspiration

>> Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I am so inspired by the Flickr group @neutral, simple, form, pale, beauty@ that I decided to create a mosaic with some of my favorite photos from the group. This is my first time using the mosaic maker on Big Huge Labs. It was so much fun to curate my own little mosaic that I may post my Flickr inspirations weekly. Check back next week to see what inspires me. What inspires you?

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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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