Category Archives: Personal

A Summer Evening

July 21, 2015

Filed Under : Personal

I love summer. It has been incredibly hot and dry this year so we’ve been spending more time indoors than summers gone by but on the cooler days, we venture outdoors (as we should) and Henry can never get enough. He’s grown to love berry picking (thank goodness both grandmas have berries in their backyards), flower picking, bug discovering, and the like — but what he loves most of all is water. Just not the getting soaked part. It’s adorable to watch him get excited about simple things that we grown ups have long since forgotten.


Vacation, Vacation

June 12, 2015

Filed Under : Personal

So it’s been a considerable amount of time since I’ve been really active on this blog. I miss it terribly, and I’m still working on trying to come up with a way I can make it all work. There are some really amazing mamas out there who can juggle multiple kids and maintain a small business. I’m here with just one babe and all of a sudden, time just vanishes. At the end of the day, a to-do list that I could easily complete before has now become a list of things to do tomorrow. It’s frustrating. It’s challenging. There are days when I just want to throw in the towel — but then I walk into my creative space. I start dreaming and planning again. I itch to get start again and attack that to-do list. Sure, often times than not, I fail with personal deadlines and keeping things orderly, but I’m just trying to stay positive over here. Do I really want to give all this up because I haven’t learned time management well? Absolutely not! Am I going to keep striving to get where I want to get? Yes, yes, yes! My pace is definitely slower than before and that’s what bugs me. I want to achieve more in less time, but at this moment in my life, I need to be okay with slow and steady.

My Etsy shop right now gets most of my attention, but there are some things in the works on my actual site. I’m hoping soon to add an actual shop to my site where I will sell pre-designed stationery for weddings and parties. It’s been a long-time plan of mine, and now that the wheel is rolling (slowly), I can’t wait to see how it all works out.

So while you’re all waiting for me to put myself together, how about you enjoy some photos from my family vacation to Maui from about a month ago?

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Moving Forward.

March 26, 2015

Filed Under : News - Personal

This week I’ve spent putting together lots of new items to put into the shop. I’m pretty excited about them! Some of them will be those long-promised items that I think I was planning on having available before Henry was born (it’s never too late, right?) and I can’t wait to show you. I just need to snap some photos of them and get them listed. Henry is turning one soon and is getting more and more independent. I’ve been waiting and waiting for the time when he’s more than happy to play without me so I could use that time to get more things done with the Shop and blog. I think that time has finally arrived! Let’s see how this goes!


On a personal note, remember when I mentioned Henry going through some major teething pain? Well, it turns out it was much more than that. The poor guy had a case of Roseola and a cold/flu following — all on top of his teething aches and pains. Knowing all this, I have a much higher appreciation for my little guy. Through all the suffering, he certainly was cranky, but not as cranky as one would expect. I know I certainly would have been much more cranky than him if I had all that tumble upon me at once. I’m happy to say that he’s been super chipper for a week now. Love seeing him back to his old self.

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March 12, 2015

Filed Under : Personal

It’s been a while since I’ve been active on here and I just wanted to give you all an update. Spring has been in full force over here for a few weeks now even though it doesn’t officially start until later this month. The hubs and I started spring cleaning and I’m dreaming up how I want to start landscaping our yard this spring/summer. Nothing like spring to get you excited and inspired. I hung up our spring wreath a couple weeks back (a quick diy project for myself, results shown here) and it’s certainly keeps things spring-like around here, even when the weather is pretty blah for a bit. We have a few DIY home projects lined up and I’m hoping I’ll remember to take photos to show you guys the results. We’re excited to try new things out and I’m crossing my fingers for success.

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On the other hand, Henry has been suffering. His top teeth have been coming in for nearly a month now. He’s been having fevers on and off, mostly in the middle of nights. Needless to say, he’s cranky during the days and sleepless during the nights. We’re all exhausted and looking forward to having our little guy feeling comfortable and happy again. I’ve beens spending my days snuggling with him, taking him on outings outside, feeding him his favorite blackberries, napping with him with every nap time — anything to take his mind off the unhappy. The teeth finally broke through four days ago and I’m hoping the sensitivity and swelling will go down soon. I’m definitely looking forward to that break before the next set comes.

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PS: Aren’t these cherry blossoms amazing? I snapped these photos last week just after sunset.

An Engagement Session

January 7, 2015

Filed Under : Personal - Wedding

Taking photos of people is a very intimidating thing. I think that’s why I stick to things only. Nature doesn’t care if the shadows are a little off or the bloom of the flower isn’t quite perfect. People, on the other hand, care. But when my sister and her fiancee asked me to do a little session for them, I agreed but told them to find a professional as well because I was sure to disappoint. In the end I warmed up to the idea, even got a little excited — and we came out with several snaps that I think didn’t turn out so bad that I wanted to share simply because I think my sister and her new man are just too adorable.


The kids are huge fans of coffee, so it was only just to snap a few during our coffee break. It was freezing when we decided to do the shoot, so the coffee (and hot chocolate for some) was a very welcome thing. Here I quickly realized that taking photos of people indoors is a completely different ballpark than being outdoors.

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