October 31, 2007

Baby Shoes

I might like them more than grown up shoes. These were at a kid's consignment sale in Ventura this weekend. They are pretty much brand new and Forest is a big soccer player, so he'll be just like his daddy. Aw...

October 26, 2007

I can't wait

for the holidays so I can hang these in our windows again. I was looking through our flickr acct and found this photo from our Christmas party last year. I love this season.


I am still feeling really behind on editing and designing. I feel like I should just spend this entire weekend powering through everything so I can get caught up, but we just have too many fun things planned to do that. Bummer right? On the agenda:

- Preview Party tonight in downtown LA for Apolis. The Parton boys Raan, Shea, and Stenn are showing their 2008 Spring collection. Very excited to see their new stuff.

- Birthday part for our friend's girlfriend tomorrow night AND it's a costume party. We are going to be Shaggy & Daphne from Scooby Doo. In Forest's longer hair days I always thought he looked like Shaggy. It is shorter now, but will still be fun. And how/by whom Daphne got pregnant - people will just have to wonder. I'm guessing the Mystery Machine was involved...

- Hopefully seeing our friends Jim & Amy on Sunday while they're in town for a wedding. Happy 30th birthday Jim! These two are some of our closest friends and I love any chance we get to spend a few hours with them.

So as you can see, not a lot of time for sitting at the computer in there. But all this sounds way more fun - Monday will be here soon enough.

October 24, 2007


Photos from our weekend in Yosemite. Taken with our very old Rollei flex medium format camera.

October 23, 2007

Baby Penelope

We have a niece!

Penelope Abigail Courtney

Born Saturday October 20, 2007
8 lbs 6 oz. 19.7 in.

This is Forest's sister's second baby and the first girl grandchild in the family. Those little lips are the sweetest.

October 20, 2007

October 19, 2007


This came in our mail yesterday. The paper is different than the normal Anthropologie catalog so I thought it was some new company..then I saw the tiny "Anthropologie" written on the cover. Sneaky.

All of these knitted tops are so lovely. Yum yum yum. This white top looks especially cozy for the approaching winter. I wish I could knit beautiful clothes like this. Instead I just have that scarf I started last DECEMBER that is still not finished.

On the home front, we have not done a single thing to the baby's room yet. I've been ignoring it and just shoving everything that doesn't have a place into that room for the last few months. But now that we're only 4 mos. away with three holidays in between, I'm feeling the urge to get going. Currently this page out of Found Style by Amy Butler is inspiring me. I love the robot made out of an old toy refrigerator.

That's all I could muster today - photos of other photos. I have an engagement photo session in Malibu tomorrow - fun! And hopefully next week I'll have my own work from the wedding and three family sessions I did last week to show. I really really hope so.

October 17, 2007

Oh! And I can't forget...

...this little princess. It's her 18th birthday!

The little girl's all grown up. She went from our baby sister to "suddenly independent Sarah" (as my dad calls her) in about a week. All the sudden she's in college, working two jobs, driving her own car and training for the football team (no she doesn't play - she wraps ankles).

Happy birthday Little! We love you.

Three Years

Today we celebrate three years...though the celebration part is pretty lame this year. We looked at each other yesterday and said "can you believe tomorrow is our anniversary?" No we cannot. Neither of us got gifts, I have not put on make up yet today or brushed my hair. Nor have I shopped for the dinner I am supposed to make tonight.

Every year is different - for our one year we went fancy and spent a week in New York. I can't even remember last year and this year will be a quiet night at home with Cornish hens and cornbread stuffing. And maybe some Internet shopping. He wants Patagonia and I want Banana Republic. Maybe we can strike a deal.

I can't say enough how happy I am that Forest married me on October 17, 2004. I don't know what I'd do without him and life with the two of us together is so good.

October 16, 2007

Crazy Week

I am still recovering from last week and so posting might be light this week. Even though I was working up in Santa Cruz I still have a bunch of stuff to catch up on and about 4 albums to finish in the next two days. Yikes.

I shot Emily & Brian's wedding on Saturday - it was GORGEOUS, as was to be expected. If I can get to the images this week I'll show you some of my favorites. I must say that shooting with a 5 mo. belly is a lot harder than I imagined. I woke up the next morning feeling like I just ran a half marathon. I know some women shoot right up until their due date, but I must be a wuss. Glad this is my last wedding until next season.

I got to see so many people I haven't seen in ages - I wish I would have chatted with more of you, but I'm all over the place when I'm shooting - trying not to miss any photo worthy moments. I did get out on the dance floor for a few songs though. Teaching Baker how to get down - it's never too early.

This is unrelated, but here's a photo my dear friend Meris sent me of shelves in her house. I love the colors and the collage I made her looks great up there. And the family photos are all ones I did in August. It makes me happy to see what people do with the photos I take.

October 12, 2007

Saffron & Genevieve

One of my ritual stops when I'm at home is this lovely store, Saffron & Genevieve. My mom works with the owner Colleen and from the first time I stepped through the doors I was entranced. What I love most about this store is that it is constantly changing as she brings in new items from her travels (and it's name - Genevieve is a family name for both Colleen and me. It's Forest's grandmother's name and will be our little girl's name if we have one).

Most of her objects are unique finds, but she also carries some great lines like Jonathan Adler ceramics, an assortment of beauty products, candles, cards, etc...

And now she has a whole new area of the store for me to love - her baby corner. Artist Cayce Ellison shows her original art work plus baby clothes and these precious knit mobiles.

I took SO many photos and could have taken twice as many so be sure to check them all out on Flickr here - these few are just a teaser. If you are ever in Santa Cruz be sure to stop by. You may find a treasure and you will definitely find some inspiration.

Colleen also has a blog where she posts shop updates, recent finds, shop events and more:

October 9, 2007


Wilder Ranch, Santa Cruz

October 8, 2007

Improving the Home

Our house is about to get ripped apart so we can install new flooring. This wasn't really in the plan for this year, but someone we know owns a flooring shop and is giving us an insane deal before he hands it off to the new owner (he's selling the business this week).

It was probably a mistake for Forest to let me wander the show room unattended, because inevitably I find the most expensive thing in the whole place. Here is the flooring I would love:

Reclaimed teak from Burma. It is what's left over after the best wood is chosen. Normally this would just be burned, but instead it's turned into flooring and sold in America - it has some dark areas where holes are patched, but the color is beautiful and it's environment friendly. You'd think it would be very inexpensive, but no...

So instead we are going with this traditional Oak - costs about 1/3 what the teak would. It doesn't look that great in this photo, but I think when installed throughout our living room, dining room and kitchen it will look good. Forest and I discussed it, and he felt that our house - for what it is and how long we are planning on living there, didn't really demand expensive teak flooring. Dang the voice of reason.

You can see the difference here. In the end I am just happy to get hardwood floors at all - it will be a major step up from our cheap beige carpet and generic 12" tiles in the kitchen. Yay for home improvement.

October 5, 2007


Libby at pinkshirtsandcarwrecks tagged me to share 7 odd/unknown things about myself. I think this is the first time anyone has tagged me for one of these. Well, actually Heather at presentpastcollection tagged me to show a photo of my desk, but it is so messy and un-cool right now that I never did it. Sorry Heather!

This photo has nothing to do with the post. It's just a sweet image of our dog Maisy as a puppy. As she's running around the living room throwing her ball all over the place I kind of miss when she was this tiny. They grow up so fast ; )

And here goes:
1. I have only had 5 different jobs in the 11 years I've been part of the workforce (babysitting before that not included). I always just had jobs that I really liked (and I don't like doing interviews).
2. My first car was an '81 Toyota Corolla that I bought for $825 with my own money. It had racing stripes fuzzy blue slipcovers that my mom made. At one point the headlights would not turn off so I had to disconnect the battery every time I parked so the lights wouldn't make the car die. And I also had to give the right headlight a little kick to make it go on.
3. I love making lists and crossing things off my lists. So much that sometimes when I do something that wasn't on my list I write it down so I can then cross it out.
4. When I cook I use WAY too many utensils. I don't know why I don't wash them in between uses, but I'll end up having used like 5 different knives of the same size to make one meal.
5. I'm a beer drinker. Lagers specifically: Shiner Bock and Stella Artois are my favorites.
6. I'm left handed. The only one in my family.
7. When I was a young girl (maybe 8 or 9) I remember doing little fashion shoots with my Barbie dolls and my pink camera. This is a fond memory because maybe I really did know what I wanted to do with my life from the beginning, it just took 23 years to figure out. I wish so much I could find those photos.

Thanks Libby, that was fun!

October 4, 2007

Simple Sewing

Back in my sewing phase, before I got insanely busy, I made these napkins from Amy Karol's Bend the Rules Sewing. They are incredibly easy and I just used any fabric lying around in my stacks. These are intended as a gift so I picked fabrics that matched, but I would like to make a big basket of mis-matched ones for our kitchen.

I use way too many paper towels and can never seem to keep paper napkins stocked for some reason. These would be easy to throw in the wash with the bath towels, etc..And if they get stained - they cost nothing to make so it wouldn't put me out much.

By the way, I just made these ginger cookies from Ina's Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook. Wow, they are so good. They have little chunks of crystallized ginger in them. I could eat all 25 right now. But I won't.

October 2, 2007

Classic Fisher Price

I found this vintage Ferris wheel set from the 60's in a local antique shop months before I knew I was pregnant. There is something wholesome about these mini legless-armless people and I'm sure we had this when I was young, or one of my friends had it because a flood of nostalgia overtook me when I cranked the dial and the little song started playing.

I didn't even buy it that day, but on another post-pregnancy test trip it was still there and it had to be mine. The theme of our baby's room from the start has been "vintage toys" - now that we know we're having a boy I imagine tin trucks & airplanes, tops, etc...

Alishia has the station wagon/pop-up tent trailer/motorcycle set from when she was a kid. I wanted to sneak all the pieces into my purse and bring them home for Baker's collection (did I tell you his name yet? It's Baker - my maiden name. We don't have a middle name yet, but it will come to us) but her kids really like them and that would be mean. I'll have to get on Ebay soon and start scouring the piles of toys at the thrift stores.

It's good to be home after my packed trip to Phoenix - see Faith's post about it. One new thing I've discovered about pregnancy, as Faith told so well, is that I spill on myself way more. And instead of it just falling to the ground or hitting my jeans, it lands smack dab on the top of my belly in the middle of my shirt. I feel like Homer Simpson. Because of the stained white shirts, and my constant craving for donuts : )