• Photography

    Dearest Nature Interview

    Recently I was contacted by the primary writer for dearestnature.com and was asked to do a feature post all about my creative space. I was honored and so enjoyed the process of cataloguing things in my environment that inspire me. If you would like to see the full interview simply click on the photo below. I have included a couple of photos from the post for your perusal. Be sure to pop on over to dearestnature.com and check it out. I love everything about it especially the photography. Breathtaking!  

  • Knitting,  Photography

    Sneek Peek

    Coming the end of this week “Smock it to Me” head wrap. Much to my chagrin this pattern is being released long after it should have been. For those who have been waiting…my apologies! My life has been a whirlwind of chaos for the last four months. We are a couple of weeks out from opening the second location of our coffee shop. If you want to keep track of the work I have been doing on the decor of the coffee shop you can check out our tumblr account HERE. So much work to be done. My sister is in town for a short time so we have been…

  • Photography

    Tea Cup Collection

    I started collecting tea cups a year or two back. I have had wonderful luck finding tea cups at thrift stores and antique shops. The one thing that is really good to watch for is that the tea cups and saucers do not have cracks. Check that if they have a backstamp that both the cup and the saucer have matching stamps. A lot of times saucers and cups get miss matched and this takes away from the value if you have a miss-matched set. Here are some examples of backstamps. They are found on the under side of a tea cup and saucer. Often you can date and price…

  • Photography,  Uncategorized

    Re-purposed Bridesmaid Bouquet

    I had the enormous pleasure and honor of being in the wedding of two close friends this weekend. It was such an overwhelmingly beautiful ceremony. It was filled with so many personal touches. Not only did Karley (the groom) and Lauri (the bride) build a house but they also planned a wedding (with the help of their wonderful family). Both Karley and Lauri are so creative. The result was a wedding that left me inspired. I took some photos of the reception decorations and some of the bridesmaids and flowers. Enjoy the inspiration! I was in the wedding and helped with flowers and decorations so I didn’t get to take…

  • DIY,  Photography

    DIY: Dreamcatchers

    I have been waiting to do this post for a while. Handmade dreamcatchers made with vintage doilies. I saw something similar to this on freepeople.com only they cost upwards of $100.00. I am always inspired to create when the alternative is spending lots of money. So here we go! First there are a few materials you will need to complete this project. 1. Feathers – I found the most amazing feathers at moonlight feathers.com Here are the links to the feathers I used for this project. I also recommend them for hair extension feathers. Large Reeves Pheasant Feathers Small Reeves Pheasant Feathers Macaw Feathers 2. Vintage Doily – the one pictured…

  • DIY,  Photography

    Succulent Garden

    Wow, it has been a long time since I posted last. Things have been so busy. I turned 28, yikes! May has flown by so quickly. Summertime is here and because I am living in a warmer climate I can finally plant a succulent garden. I decided that I wanted to start by first getting my current plants to grow a little larger. I bought almost an entire flat at Home Depot. I took several of the plants out of their small pots and moved them into larger ones. This way they have room to grow and I can move them if they need more sun or less. Each succulent…

  • Photography

    Anthropologie-esque Books

    It is intriguing to me that the trend right now is to purchase beautiful items from expensive stores that look like they are antiques. I love vintage items both because of the look and the story. Whenever I can I love to decorate my house with actual vintage items instead of pieces that have been made to look old. I love the new Penguin Classic clothbound books. I have been on the hunt for decor items and furniture for the new coffee shop. I found these beauties at a thrift store for 2 dollars apiece. Here is a picture of the books I found. They are Readers Digest Condensed books.…

  • Color Palette,  Photography

    Art With a Story

    I have been searching for great unique inexpensive ways to decorate the new coffee shop. I have been wanting to do something with pennies ever since I saw this and pinned it on Pinterest. According to the blog I found it on it was used in the New York Times blog on a piece where they discussed story of the penny.   I didn’t quite get this same look but I am still playing around with what I want to do. Anyway here is how I went about creating these photos. I am planning on eventually attaching them to a canvas. Start out with lots of pennies, obviously, because you…

  • Design,  Photography

    Paint Chips

    Sorry for my absence. I have had many things happening and not a lot of time to complete them all. The most exciting current happening in my life is I am opening a coffee shop! Woah. My parents already have one coffee shop location open in East County San Diego. Now we are opening a coffee house in another part of East County. How is this relevant to my design/knitting/photography blog? Well I am in charge of the decor in the new shop. This is a huge project and very exciting. I have been collecting paint chips and lighting ideas, whilst buying used and vintage furniture off of craigslist.com. Here…

  • Photography

    Eucalyptus Flowers

    Ok so you will never guess where these awesome flowers are from… well unless you read the title of this post. They are from an Eucalyptus tree. WHO KNEW? I am sure many people were already aware of how wonderful eucalyptus flowers are but I definitely was not. I moved from a home in the mountains to a home in San Diego. The flora is much different in the desert and I have been traipsing around trying to find easily accessible flowers to place in vases around my house (this is one of the ways I cope with stress). I also love to use natural materials in crafting. These have…