Lovely Summer Night in Gridley


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Went on a lovely little walk to the end of our road today where this glorious sunset proudly shared it’s colorful summertime glow.  I could have stood there for hours… if it would have lasted for more than a few moments.

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The Arbitrary Swoon Happy Clouds

This shot just made me happy, so I thought that I’d share with you all!  Two of my gorgeous nieces allowed me to hang out with them for the afternoon, and although we had many great pics, this loving one truly shows the depth of affection that they have for one another.  Yep, still making me happy!

What to do? What to do?

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I’ve been attempting to figure out where I fit in within the photography world… am I just a hobbiest? No pressures, photographing my favorite things and going along all hunky dory? Or, do I want it to develop into something more… something with a bit more pressure to refine the skills into a more commercial product? Is there a happy medium somewhere where I am focused on learning some mad photography skills, but without any obligations to clients? I am determined to find out this year! I feel as if I have soooooooo much to learn, but at my current pace I am not mastering the art as quickly as I would like…

What to do?  What to do?

I do know that I love photographing life… I drive down the road some evenings and want to stop every few feet to capture another lovely moment in time. It’s ingrained deep within me to take notice and form a mental picture… I see the potential in everyday life being photographed as an art form and yearn to challenge myself to box it in to share with others. Not because I want to show off my talents, or the cool new lens that I got, but because I want them to sense and relate to the beauty that I feel in a simple bit of time.

I think that I’ll begin my journey by honing up the skillsets and photographing with a purpose. Less random, more deliberate. Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

I thought that I’d start to go through my photographs, observing what I actually enjoy photographing, do I have a style, or a particular niche that I’m filling? I’m still trying to figure that out but until then, I thought that I’d share some of my very random favorites!

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Tis the Season!

My first attempt at a neutral tree and I think that I love it!

Well, next week is the week… for most of us that entails gathering with our families, eating turkey & stuffing until we are in a very nice food coma and a bit of shopping until we drop on Friday.  I’m totally guilty of participating in all of these events, with pleasure, but there’s also something else that I personally shall do to shake up my world and that is the annual Christmas Decorating!  I wait until Thanksgiving is over but then it’s on baby… it’s on.  I believe at last count I had 28 boxes of Christmas cheer and probably added a few new ones last year.  We do things big in our house…  but tastefully.  Well… let’s keep it real, sometimes a bit gaudy, but I can only keep it simple for so long and my inner glitter goddess comes out.

My attempt at a natural, neutral tree.  I like it!

My attempt at a natural, neutral tree. I like it!

This past year I had three trees to adorn (2012) My front room tree as seen above in neutrals, my entry room tree with simple white lights and red berries, and my small office tree, my wildcard with turquoise craziness splattered from top to bottom.  I love them all and they suit all of my various personalities.  I’m not sure how I will update each of them this year… but I will…  challenge accepted, oh yeah…  challenged accepted.  Photos to follow!Just a quick thank you to From My Front Porch for sharing a photograph of it on their facebook page.  They found it on pinterest roaming around without a link, and I am incredibly flattered that they liked my NOEL!

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My Pinterest Addiction and the Mes Amis Vintage Antique Show

My gorgeous niece poses with one of our favorite finds!


I have to admit, I am addicted to Pinterest.  Yep.  I have 3574 pins, on 65 boards.  I follow 608 other fellow pinners and have 597 followers, very few of which I actually know on a personal basis.  I have mapped out more to-do projects on my ‘Me and My Pink Hammer’ board than any one person could complete in a lifetime, and since I married the man of my dreams prior to this vast, magical world of Pinterest, I am content to pin not my dream wedding, but my dream 20 year Anniversary party coming up this summer.  I am so rocking those decorations!  He he he…  I will let you in on a little secret though… I have NO intention of completing all of those crafty, organization projects.  Nope.  I’m an organizer, not necessarily a doer.  I can appreciate all that goes into the process, and love to have the answers to all of life’s complex cleaning problems organized and available upon a moment’s notice but that is where it ends.  Have I ever done any of my pinterest projects?  Heck yeah!  I’ve cooked recipes, scrapbooked, made personalized buntings, taken fabulous photo advice, learned how to use photoshop… and the list goes on… but in the real world, who has the time to do all of the things that they pin?  Not me!  But I do have the time to dream… and to collect and organize my dreams, all in my special place called Pinterest, and I do it fabulously!  Why am I sharing this bit of information you might ask?  Well when I get the opportunity to go out into the world and touch, feel and smell {yep smell} some of the things that I’ve been pinning for years, well I go baby… and the opportunity to see some of the things that I love arose this past weekend at the Mes Amis Vintage Antique Show held in old town Roseville.

My gorgeous niece poses with one of our favorite finds! Oh, and yes… I have a board for that tiara on Pinterest!


What a joy to find such a large variety of vintage repurposing and stylized in such a beautiful way!


I have been attending these types of ‘shows’ for years now.  What once might have been referenced as a flea market is simply no more… There has been this incredible resurgence of recreating, reusing and repurposing what was once considered old into something new and these shows have evolved into boutique-like little markets that are refined and beautiful places to visit.  Can you believe it?  There are people out there that follow their passion and share their Pinterest creations with the world!  Can I get an Amen?  I LOVE these people!  Not only do they recycle in the purest form, but they display their wares in such an incredible manner that it is a joy to my heart seeing such creativity!

Locker Love

I fell in love with these old lockers… I have so many ideas already pinned on Pinterest on how to use them!

I spent hours walking through the booths, touching the creations, smelling the old books, oohing and aweing over the antiques and clever displays.  The live music kept my toes tapping as I weaved my way strategically up one side of the street and down the other, certain not to miss a single thing!  I snapped pics of my faves and moved on to snap some more…what a great afternoon!  I bought a couple of items and can’t wait to share one in particular with you… but that’s a Pinterest project for another day… 


So after perusing all of the booths, I finally picked my favorite. It certainly was not an easy task, but I loved Rustic Urban’s signs so much that I bought one right away and would have bought that ‘Wake Up and Be Awesome’ one if someone hadn’t snatched it up right in front of me! That will teach me… they say if you love something then buy it without hesitation! That’s okay, I bought one of the adorable yellow hearts and can’t wait to put it into the perfect spot!

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Some snaps of a few of my favorite things… bought one of the chalk board displays at the last show and have my eye on the fabulous olive buckets!


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