Saturday, January 29, 2011

Valentines, Anyone?

My friend, Susan, invited me over to her house this morning to make Valentines.

Susan is one of the most creative people I know.  I love going to her house because it's just so....well, inspiring!  My house always looks very vanilla upon my return.  Anyway, what a fun way to spend a Saturday morning!  It was nice to see fellow artists, and a good time was had by all.  Let's see what I can share with you...

Susan has two pets:  a loveable but hairless sweetie pie cat named Carmella and a handsome, dapper dog named Jakk.  They are beyond loved, and I suspect they are very happy to live in such a creative environment!

Susan's home is full of things I'd like to stuff in my purse and run out the door with!

The chair would be a tight squeeze though!  Susan's upstairs studio really is a calming retreat:

Here's Susan with some vintage Christmas ornaments that belonged to her grandmother.

We sat up our Valentine crafting on the dining room table.  When the host said, "Don't bring anything," she meant it!  I've never seen so many art supplies in my life!

I would occasionally take a break from "crafting," and wander around capturing some images of beautiful things like these:

One of the girls, Sharry, brought much coveted Sprinkles cupcakes for us, personalized even! I documented Susan holding the box, just so everyone would know it existed.  Within seconds, only a mass of crumbs remained.  The red velvet were delicious!

We diligently decorated for several hours before retiring to a nearby tea room for a ladies luncheon.  How civilized!  Good thing we only discussed wholesome things like housekeeping and doing the laundry...

Well, I wasn't done, but a cute little box popped up saying I was out of space on blogger, and I had to go and pay $5.00 for 20 GB more.  Now it says it might take a day to process it!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!  You're probably bored by now anyway, but know that some darned good  Valentines were made in Dallas this morning.  Catch you later!

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Today I worked with Beka and Liz, two sisters who are both expecting daughters...Liz will give birth on Monday and Beka in May!  It was finally a gorgeous day here in Dallas, and the sisters were ready to pose when I arrived.

 Mom and Dad even got into a picture or two!

 And look what a beautiful great-grandmother-to-be!!
 Here's a whole new meaning to the phrase "balancing act!"
 This is a beautiful handmade baby quilt that was the mom-to-be's when she was born.  How nice to use it for the new baby!

Thanks, ladies!  I look forward to photographing some babies real soon!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

It's a New Year!

I have been so remiss about blogging lately.  It seems like December skated by on an ice-covered holiday pond, and then it was gone.  I did quite a few photo shoots during the month for Christmas cards, which kept me quite busy.

During the month of December, I lost two very dear friends...both good young men with so much left to do with their lives:  Johnny Price and Chris Renderman. They had really only started to live; one was 22 and one was 32.  I can't even pretend to understand why this happened, and only now am I starting to feel a little less sad.  They say time heals, although I'll never forget either of these two shining stars.

So please forgive me for stepping back for a bit.  Here are a few of my favorites photographs I took in December.  I'm getting back in the swing of things now, selling more of my photo note cards, and getting ready to start scheduling photo shoots again.  I already have two weddings to do in 2011.

Wishing all of my readers the very best of health and happiness in 2011.