in bloom.

for my own little heart's delight...

Happy Spring :)


Chad and I have been taking our cameras out of our bags a lot more lately. We've even had a few evenings where we wander with them without a purpose, letting the picture find us. It's spring going on summer and the feeling of these photo shoots brings me back to similar days in Missoula almost a year ago.

More to come. Happy Sunday!


a lazy afternoon in the sun.


wilted petals.

I didn't expect death to be so beautiful.


The boyfriend's parents came to town.
They brought with them a huge case of fresh picked strawberries straight from the field's of California. I'd never tasted fruit so sweet in my life. They also brought 2 pineapples, 2 bags of grapefruit, 1 bag of oranges, and much much more.

There was a lot of:
s'more eating
catch phrase
fresh air
warm days
cool nights
and did I mention, strawberries?

Happy Sunday.


the kitchen window.

2 plates.
4 green bowls.
1 dog.
2 macs.
1 massage table.
0 couch.

this is my life. It's definitely interesting. I sell cupcakes and steak by night and try and be a photographer by day. I love to cook but have no table to eat dinner on. I also love to take pictures, and lately don't have anything to take pictures of. Or so I thought.

Sometimes, I have so much creative energy welled up inside of me that I can't stand it. I have a ton of ideas,  (some of which have nothing to do with my camera) but no time to make them happen. Or no one to use as my model. So, I got to thinking a week ago that I needed a way to release a little bit of that energy. A way to force my finger to keep clicking away. Something to tide me over until people in Durango actually learn that I'm here and then realize how badly they need me.  :)
I decided to start a tiny little personal project. It will be called "Everyday Sunday." And it will live right here, on my happy little blog. It's a tribute to my appreciation for the ordinary. The simple. The everyday life that I oddly find so amusing, beautiful, and not so obviously obvious. The details. The moments. A tribute to antiques, color, design, and food. 

I first got the idea back in Oklahoma when I returned to my Mom's little cottage-like house after school and was immediately inspired by her lifestyle. Her decorating. The spools of thread and old sewing books. The way my dog's soft, white fur looked in contrast to the old wooden floor. Her garden and antique kitchen utensils...

As part of my daily routine I look at the same blogs almost everyday, and I love when I find a new one that strikes my fancy. Most of them are photographers, but a few are "foodies" and crafters of many sorts. I enjoy getting photography inspiration from unexpected sources. I also have a few books and magazines I absolutely adore. So, before I start this new project, I'd like to give a shout out to a few people that don't even know I exist, but I'm sure we'd be great friends if they did...

Incredible woman. Children's book illustrator beginning in the 1930's, and in the remainder of her life lived at a farm house, much like one from the 1800's. The two books that have been published on her are beautiful. I've checked them out from the library so many times I should of just bought them by now.

Foodie, photographer, and writer. She does it all and does it well. Born and raised in Oklahoma. Author of the Orangette (a blog) and A Homemade Life (a memoir.) Also features a podcast called "Spilled Milk" available on itunes.

a world of everything handmade and vintage. Need I say more?

Elsie Flannigan may just be the most followed girl with a blog. She's full of creative ideas, DIY tutorials, (pin hole cameras and knitting!) links to other websites, and great pictures from tons of photographers. She'd be a fun friend to go thrift shopping with someday.
A girl from Gothenburg, Sweden who has a great eye for composition, design, and the simple things in life. 

Co-authors for the books 3191 "A Year of Mornings" and "A Year of Evenings." Beautiful, beautiful photographs and a great example of why I love joint photo projects and photos from everyday life. Someday, when I have a couch, I'll have a coffee table, and when I have a coffee table, I'd like to have both of these books to sit on it.  :)

I also love the photography in any of Martha Stewart's magazines, Real Simple, The Sun, Color, and many many many more websites and blogs.

Here are a few images from this week's Everyday Sunday. I'm a little late. (It was technically still Sunday when I started this.) 



I wish I could say I took this picture. If I had, I would have been with my mom and one of her best friend's in the early 70's on a road trip from Evansville, Indiana to Great Falls, Montana. As she wrote on the back of one of the pictures, "camping along the way, deciding where as we went in my '65 Chevy Impala."  :)

I found this picture, along with a few others in a box my mom sent me after my recent move to Colorado. I'd seen most of the pictures before, but I didn't remember this one, and it struck me. There was something about the light, the look on her face, the mountains, and her free spirit that spoke to me. She's about my age in this picture, routing out her own path of discovery and drinking it in.

I immediately pinned it to my bulletin board right next to my computer and can't help but glance at it every day. It reminds me how young I am, how life is an adventure, and to be myself and enjoy it.

She's beautiful, courageous, and smart. I think we would of been best of friends in the 70's, cause we're best of friends now.

Happy Birthday Mom.