Saturday, January 22, 2011


It's late.
I'm in my Mickey Mouse Christmas footie pajamas.
We're leaving for the airport in about six hours.

Here are the results of the long, cold, photo shoot I had with Shayleen yesterday.

And now--I'm going to go sleep.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 all honesty...

today, I
  • got up early. And went to my married sister's house with my mom and sister.
  • got out of the car at her house and realized I stepped in dog doo at home.
  • gathered the ridiculous amount of stuff  I seem to need to haul everywhere I go, my box of books tipped over, and my book fell in a huge blob of mud.
  • changed my niece Katie's diaper. Three times
  • hung out with my awesome friend Beka, who I have not seen in weeks.
  • rocked out to my favoritest rocking-out song.
  • watched Katie twirl in her princess dress.
  • jumped on a trampoline with my sister Bethany and Beka and screamed Despicable Me quotes. yeah, we're really mature.
  • saw the epic sunset and the ensuing shiny full moon on the way home.
  • got out of the car and dropped my water bottle in dog doo.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I received way more entries than I expected for this giveaway, my follower count spiked, 
and I loved reading about your heroes.
Thank you!
There's a lot of winners, so make sure and read through carefully. 

KatySue Pillsbury won the red polka dot earrings by Bella Star

Monday, January 17, 2011

a beautiful girl

entering this in Carlotta's photo challenge

I had a crazy weekend. It involved dancing my heart out under a white disco ball. And staying awake until an ungodly hour talking to my sister. And screaming and laughing and winning games in a basement. And eating truffles.

Today, I am still excruciatingly sore from my way-too-vigorous dancing. 
And today, I'm finally getting around to sharing these pictures of my beautiful friend Shayleen.

 Watermarking. It's something I've avoided, just because it seems inconvenient. But since I'm working on a portfolio blog for my photography, I figured I'd better get one. Drat.

I worked on adding one to a few of my photos (while watching the Boris Karloff Frankenstein, by the way). I don't love it... it's sorta boring. I just used one of the fonts on Have any suggestions for a watermark? I'd love to do an icon, too, but I can't think of one that fits the name...

And I need help with something else.
Shayleen is working on her modeling portfolio, and since she doesn't want to pay $500 for the super-good LA model photographer that her agency suggested...she wants me to take the photos.
Which is thrilling and terrifying. It's a great opportunity to add photos to my portfolio, too,
but I am just a little stressed out about the whole thing.

 So, if you have any experience with specifically model photography, I would really appreciate them!
Or if you know any great model photographers' sites that I could check out.

(entering this last one)

Mikayla: my life in words

Sunday, January 16, 2011

True Grit

I really have to talk about this movie because it seems like no one else is! 
I haven't read a single post about it on anyone's blog.

I went into it not knowing anything about it, except that it was a western, and Matt Damon was in it.

And let me tell you, that was enough for me to be super-excited about seeing it.

It was a very unusual movie... the kind of movie that critics love and some audience don't.

It's full of wide, star-covered skies, creaking leather, chaps, and noisy spurs.
What else could a girl want?

Well, actually, us female-types are inevitably going to be a little disappointed at the non-fairy-tale ending.

I told you that because if you don't expect the ending to be perfect, 
you won't be indignant when it happens.

Jeff Bridges made me love him...a considerable feat, 
considering my vague grudge against him for his personality in various other movies I've seen him in. 

Matt Damon's role was unusual for him and made me happy. 
His character's name is LaBoeuf, pronounced la-BEEF.
Which makes me laugh. We promptly named one of our kittens LaBoeuf.

So... go and see it. Ok? And then hurry back and tell me what you thought of it. : )

Monday, January 10, 2011

huge giveaway!

Update: this giveaway is now closed! winners to be announced.

I love that you read my blog.
I love that you leave me comments that make me smile.
I love that I hit 300 followers! Definitely something I never even thought about happening.
And no, I'm not going to be moderate and discreet about how happy I am.

I'm going to party it up a little and give away a buncha cute things.

red polka dot earrings by Bella Star

cream rose earrings by Bella Star

"hope" necklace by Jessica Maia Designs

cupcake earrings by Emariecreations

compact mirror by Designs by Blueiris

cupcake necklace by Kenzie's Kreations

donut necklace by Kenzie's Kreations

cupcake zipper pouch by La Fashionista 

one cupcake soap by Servas Gschaeft

cupcake earrings by Aurora Moulin

sterling silver hand-stamped necklace by JJDL Jewelry Art

cupcake necklace with pink pearl (not pictured) by Chocolate Silver Designs

fairy-tale castle necklace from Ink & Paint

red and aqua earrings (specially made to match my blog!) by My Lemonade Dreams

chocolate-covered strawberry earrings by Soy Mujer

Oreo earrings from IcingDreamsUK

silver leaf earrings from Bojangles Jewelry

red rose earrings from Leslie Merz Sculptures

peacock feather headband from Ellie's Pretty Things

pink star sapphire glass earrings from Ruby Dalmation

cupcake earring and ring set from Funky Relics

chocolate chip cookie earrings from Jacqueline's Creations

peach crystal earrings with detachable flower from ShuFly Jewelry

coral pink fabric hairpins from Simply Worn

blue rose necklace from Luke and Lola's

coral reef necklace from Bead Pod

Well, I told you I wasn't going to be moderate.
There are 26 prizes, which means 26 different people will each get a prize.

Mandantory Entry: 
Tell me about one of your heroes. 
It can be a dead one, one you know in real life, or, of course, a fictional one. : )

Extra Entries (worth 1 each):
Follow me.
Mention the giveaway in a blog post.
Put the giveaway button on your blog.

Be sure and leave a comment for each entry!

{it's handily black-and-white so it doesn't clash with any of your blogs. : ) }