It has been a while since I posted on Monday…I do apologize but hey, it is summer after all!
What have I been doing…well, the hubs has got this bow and arrow that he wants to go elk hunting with. This should be interesting for sure.
So, he needed to do some scoping out of areas and he took us camping out at Siouxon a couple of weekends ago. Fun for us but not so much fun for him.
There weren’t any signs of elk in the area but we did see mountain bikers, inchworms, moths, kingfishers, and dippers. We got to camp along the creek and have plan ‘ol camping fun!
I do apologize but these photos were all taken with my phone…HAPPY MONDAY YA’LL 😀
For the love of all things in brown kraft paper, here are a few of my favorites:
1. mini gift boxes…oh! so many ways to decorate!
3. love notebooks…and this one is about wine=great combo 😀
4. Birdhouse table number tents…genius, can I do my wedding over??
5. Mailers, I adore the bird on the back and that these are eco friendly!
What are your krafty projects?? Have a great weekend ya’ll 😀
I came across Brooke Shaden’s blog post today about being afraid of the dark and her words rang true to me, “There is security in being able to see what is around you that makes you feel safe. If you can see, you can prevent. Darkness, however, seems altogether unnatural unless we are slumbering.”
Even walking outside my house seems like the world has been transformed when darkness comes. Creatures you wouldn’t normally see during the day start stirring…there is even a different feel to the darkness. Things you saw as comforting in the daylight…the tall poppy flower swaying in the wind, the squat blueberry bush with ripe fruit, the serviceberry tree ready to drop at any moment with weight of the wind on its leaves…all seem mysterious and somewhat changed at night.
I bet the best stories have been written while peering out in the darkness…what mysteries it holds! I usually stay up late into the night and sometimes I am lucky to see the moon make crazy light with the clouds. I actually went out one night to shoot some night photography which is a total first for me. It was very liberating!
I feel so lucky to be able to meet the lovely Brooke Shaden this coming Saturday in Portland! She is truely an amazing photographer and I hope to learn a lot from her. Her blog post reminded me of this photograph I took right when it turned dark and there was just a touch of light left…
I probably have posted numerous times why I love the Klickitat River. I just cannot get enough of it. Funny thing is that, I have been in the Gorge for 10 years now and I am just now discovering this beautiful river and the communities surrounding it. I have recently joined the Klickitat Trail Consverancy (KTC) as their newsletter editor and board member. The board members are some amazing people whom I am proud and happy to now know!
So, I now I try to spend as much time on the trail and if you would like to know more or join a hike, check out our website (link above) or our Facebook page. I went out with some K-2 school kids and board members to take pics of them on their field trip. It was fun and I especially loved the seed dispersal game!
The family and I have discovered an abandoned road along the Klickitat that is perfect for riding bikes and hanging out by the river. Although it isn’t part of the actual Klickitat Trail, it does follow the Klickitat River. It is very easy for the beginner rider in your family (we rode 5 miles yesterday!).
Be sure to check out Cafe Drift in the town of Klickitat for some coffee and snacks before you start your next adventure!
It has been a while since I have featured an artist on here…so I am going to start with my friend Diane from The Shutterbug Eye!
Diane and I are both leaders of the female photographers of Etsy team and have become fast friends via chats online and through emails as well as collaborators on my project, The fPOE Collective.
This is what she says about her photography:
I try to tell a little story or invoke some emotion with each photo I take be it a field of flowers or a haunted macabre piece. My shop, The Shutterbug Eye™ Photography, is where I try to share the beauty in everything I see and feel be it the moment a flower blooms, a cute animal, an emotion, a quiet moment or the beauty that can be found in rust and decay. All of my photographs are professionally printed on quality archival paper.
As you can see in her shop she has wide range of photos to offer (and stories to tell). Here are a few of my favorites:
You can find out more about The Shutterbug Eye below:
I have neglected my blog now for a week. Lame, I know but I have so many projects going on that I just couldn’t get on here. One exciting project is that I finally decided on a wall decor theme for my half bathroom! My husband built the room way big which was fine when my son was little and it fit his changing table. Now he is almost 3 and we have this big empty room…I found this really cool idea on Pinterest:
I didn’t want to go with that many random photos (the hubby did not like this at all) so I came up with my own theme and I reused some clip frames that I already had on hand 😀
Here is what it will look like:
When I started putting it together, the photos I was choosing were some already in my house or more Louisiana landscapes. I had to restart because my husband is from Virginia and really we have no photos of VA up at all 😦 Any hoo, I think this will look lovely! I started printing them last night and should have photos up later today.
Happy Monday ya’ll!
Going to take a little break from here. I know I missed all last weeks topics…so sorry but I had been working real hard on getting Method Press out the door! And it is live right now, check it out!
Anyhoot, I am heading to my home state of Louisiana to visit family and friends and just plain enjoy myself! I have two new lenses and plan on shooting the heck out of New Orleans and my favorite birding spot, Lake Martin. Here are some past pics of the south to get an idea of what fun I am going to have 😀
This will be E’s first time to Louisiana so it should be a fun one! I hope to include the Aquarium of Americas and a river boat ride 😀