Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Good morning friends. I'm so excited because today is the first day of the papernstitch Exhibition that my photography shop, Create, Love, Laugh is in! It's the first time I've done anything like this and I'm hoping it gets my work more visibility. There are some really amazing shops over there, so I hope you'll go check it out. Brittni curates around 60 shops for each exhibit, from art and photography to clothing to home goods to supplies. It's a great place to do some Christmas shopping! The papernstitch blog is also great, so check it out. And, there are some really awesome give-aways going on there!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hooray for Blissful Monday

Jess Gonacha Swift started this wonderful project at her Treasuring blog called Blissful Monday. I thought it would be a great opportunity to try to do a regular post here and to remind myself of all the wonderful, simple things I am thankful for.

In her words:
"Blissful Monday is a place for us to make our own rules. It's a place to talk about what makes us really truly happy. To ruminate on what we want our bliss-filled lives to look like, in all its dreaminess. To reflect on the past week and what we've loved. Memories. Aha moments. Insights. Touching compliments. A gorgeous breakfast. A smile. Gratitude."

What a great way to start the week, huh? If you want to join in, pop on over to her log and leave a comment.

So here's my BLISS LIST:

* Spending this Saturday with my friend's kids and we played in the park. We were running around doing cartwheels in the grass, playing with a hacky-sac, and goofing off. The sun was shining, the weather was perfect, and I felt like I was 8 all over again.

* Making my first sale in my Apples and Aardvark shop.

* Baking chocolate chip cookies from scratch and sharing them with friends.

* Hiking in the desert and feeling the cool October breeze.

* Singing out of tune with one of my closest friends and crying when the music becomes so moving and reminds you what life is about.

* Beat-boxing terribly and finding it incredibly hilarious.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Happy Sunday

Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend. It's been relaxing for me. I went on a much needed hike in the Tucson mountains yesterday...it's so renewing to get outside. Then I played at the park with my friend's kids...sometimes I just pretend that I am a kid too and forget about all of the grown-up stuff going on in my head and life. Do you ever do that? It's nice to escape adulthood every now and then :)

So here's a new one for my shop this morning. A little brightness to add to your Sunday.

And I'll leave you with this thought:

"In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet." ~Albert Schweitzer

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Front Page!

One of the items from my Apples and the Aardvark shop made it to the front page today thanks to Sumicoshop! Yipee! And to top it off I got my first sale. It's time for a tiny little celebration :)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Print from home fun!

I've been working on my new shop, Apples and the Aardvark, for a long time now and it's finally up an running. This means I now have three shops on Etsy, whew!

Apples and the Aardvark features stationary sets that are designed to print from home. These whimsical and fun designs are inexpensive, convenient, and can be reused time and again. If you are in a time crunch or need an inexpensive gift, these PDF templates are perfect.

If you have any suggestions or ideas for designs you would like to see, I'd love to hear your comments!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Coral Glow 3

Coral Glow 2

Coral Glow 1

“There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.”
-James Thurber

Monday, October 12, 2009


Today I'm thinking about summers in Northern Michigan, the beautiful countryside,
old barns, soft sunlight. Sigh...
Prints are available in my shop .