January 29, 2010

Happy Weekend

Be the boss this weekend.


January 26, 2010

2010 :: Goals

Let's face it, I just like checking things off a list. Here is my list for twenty-ten. Check!

1. Find an organization to volunteer at -  this has been on my heart for a long time and since having Baker my life has taken busy to a new level, but he is almost two now and things are feeling not so much calmer, but more balanced.   I look around and see how much we have and how selfish I can be. With my possessions, and especially my time. Not to say that I am going to solve the world's problems, but I would like to be more involved in our community and use my gifts for others in some way.

2. Redesign my website (again) and blog - I did a small redesign on my site last year, but it doesn't quite say what I want it to and would like my site + blog to match my business cards & stationery, which I love SO much. I have said this already, but the people at The Decoder Ring Design Concern are good people. No job too small, thankfully for me :) 

3. Open the pinkpenny "store" to sell album design templates - this goes along with the "monetize" post I did a couple weeks ago. pinkpenny has designed hundreds of albums and these layouts are just sitting on our computers collecting dust. Perhaps we could sell them to other photographers who don't want full service album design! We will see...

4. Landscape our home - I want a pretty yard, simple as that.

5. Freakin' compost pile!!  3rd year. This is getting absurd. I figured out what was keeping me from getting this done: thinking I would actually build one myself because it was "cheaper". I finally decided to order one pre-made so this will get done very soon.  I think we will reduce what we throw away by half when we start composting - go Earth.

Reflecting on last year, two have carried over to this year, but overall I look at this 2009 list feeling encouraged.

1. Find balance between work & home (ie. hire some help) DONE! Found a great home-daycare. B loves it and I am going to bed earlier (most nights).

2. Make a new friend (or two) in Ventura. DONE! It has changed my life. So thankful for our new church and the friends we have made there.
3. Re-design my photography website. DONE! But I need to do it again...see above. 

4. Landscape our home. Still working on it.  I am at my breaking point with this one, just need to get a vision...or hire someone else to get the vision for us.
5. And, start a compost pile!!! See above : )

Do you set goals? What are some of yours this year?  

January 25, 2010

A very girly baby shower








We had so much fun decorating for our sister in law Jena's baby shower. My mom hosted at her house and there was an abundance of girly DIY:

- tissue pom pom garlands
- mini cupcake liner + tissue garlands
- flower shaped fruit salad made with cookie cutters (save the scraps to freeze for smoothies later)
- zipper flower pin favors sewn by my mom with tags made by her nifty die cutting machine. I want one!
- signs ala die cutter, alphabet stamps & paper straws
- mini homemade cupcakes
- Lots of mix n match china from my mom's collection as well as a few pieces from Jena's mom's milk glass collection.
- flowers from the Santa Cruz farmer's market

The last photo group is of my sisters, the lovely Jena and my brother who stopped by on the way to the golf course (I did not get a photo of me or my mom!). They are going to be wonderful parents and we are all so excited to meet this little girl, due on one of my favorite holidays February 14!

Love you Jena & Ryan! xoxo

More & individual photos on flickr  - click here

January 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Forest!

 Homemade huevos rancheros + orange juice
a two-hour nap
 Sakana for sushi with good friends Kasey & Tarah
Lucky's for drinks & dessert

Happy birthday Love.

January 21, 2010

House Party...Gingerbread, that is

In a moment of inspiration & a little delusion, I thought it would be so fun to have ten of Baker's best friends over for a little gingerbread house making party. Martha Stewart here we come, I thought! But that is usually how everything plays out in my mind. Every event in my life is surely bound for the glossy pages of a magazine.

Well, it didn't go quite as planned, but hopefully from these photos you can see we still had fun and the houses that DID make it home in one piece were enjoyed immensely. Also enjoyed immensely...the sugar by Baker, because I was too busy hosting to notice his frequent trips to the candy stash.

view larger photos here

January 14, 2010

2009 Engagement Favorites

2009 Engagement Favorites

Oh, how I love the engagement session. No time restraints, amazing light always, and so romantical. Hope you enjoy this collection of my most happy images from 2009.

January 12, 2010

TCB Tuesday: M is for Monetize

I love car rides because Forest and I often have our best conversations on the road, usually turning to business and our goals for the future. On our last drive we started talking about the idea of monetizing your business and creating profit from the by-products of your business...a lot of boring words, but interesting when you start thinking about it! This idea is not new and I won't pretend to be breaking a revolutionary idea, but it has not been on my radar pertaining to my businesses until very recently. I guess I thought I didn't have anything extra to offer or didn't have the time to set it up. But who doesn't have time to make money? Really.

Forest told me a story about the lumber industry and how when it started, they didn't do anything with their waste such as sawdust. Eventually, they figured out sawdust could be packaged and sold for a profit. Now sawdust and products like mulch and fuel pellets are a huge money maker for the lumber industry. And they were throwing it away...

Here is a link to a great post about this and how various industries have created profit from their by-products.

I think photographers have done a good job of this recently: workshops, Photoshop actions, instruction manuals, books, etc...All these products they've created from running their businesses and they are able to profit from their knowledge and hard work. Pretty awesome.

The wheels have started turning in my head and I encourage you to think about how you can apply this if you have a small business - or even if you don't. You might have something of value to others that you would otherwise toss out...you never know.

January 11, 2010

2009 :: A look back


A look back at 2009. I could say many cheesy things here, but I think the photos are better by themselves. I will say, I love photography and feel so blessed to do what I do. xoxo

January 8, 2010

Happy Weekend

I finally got around to making the images larger on my blog (yay) so I will be posting a lot of photos next week. Best of 2009s, as well as some fun family photos I took in December. This shot is from one of them - a little jealous of their sparkly red tights : )

Happy Weekend!

January 6, 2010

Sewing on Paper: Baby Shower Invites

I made these invitations for my sweet Sister-in-law's baby shower using paper from Target, Indesign, my inkjet printer, sewing machine, Japanese paper charms, and bits of tulle, tissue and mini-cupcake liners.

I felt like the Ban.do girls must feel when creating their head pieces...they have a fun job. Oh and yes, she is having a girl (obvi).

See more on flickr.

January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

We're still wearing our party hats