I finally developed a few rolls of film from the vintage Canon film camera I bought at a yard sale in L.A. ($20 w/lenses and lots of film!) I don’t know why it took me so long, okay, I think it was one part laziness, two parts brokeness and a good old fashioned dollop of procrastination–the normal reasons for my not doing something.  I had read in Jonathan Canlas book ‘Film is not dead’ to develop your first rolls of film at Walgreen’s until you get the hang of it.  I ordered CD’s not prints it was $7/each roll but I also had $5 coupons (score) they came with miniature contact sheets and real negatives! Here’s some things I learned– 1) Ask the photo person to allow you to write the type of film you used on the envelope. I had a few rolls of film, all different (they came with my yard sale purchase). I say to do this so if you loved the results of one of the films you developed you can remember what you shot with and use that type of film again.  I liked a lot of the results and have no clue what I used. 2)  Request that they can scan at a higher resolution and larger size.  All my photos were scanned for 3″ x 5″ prints which is not great.  These images above are pretty much straight out of camera. I took them into Photoshop so I could view them larger and a lot of them had a line across them which I am assuming was where the Walgreen’s machine had scratched my negatives–gasp.  Good thing these were test shots and good thing Photoshop has a clone tool to remove rouge scratches. I am really thrilled with the images, they have an authentic nostalgic feel to them with a ton of grainy goodness. I can not believe how many had good exposure. I almost always either over or under expose (even with a proper exposure reading) with my digital camera.  I will pipe up next week about how to expose for film (it’s easier than you might think).  
I need to run, that handsome fella in the photo above is having a birthday tomorrow and I am trying to figure out a good, not too expensive gift for him.  We are going on a canoe ride in the morning which should be both thrilling and terrifying.  I have never been on a lake before, let alone in a canoe! Have a great weekend and thank you to everyone that has been playing along with my contest I am so excited to start ordering the live samples.

P.S. These photos are from our backyard! 


I have finally taken almost all of my maniacal sketches I created these past couple months and turned them into artwork for some new custom stationery stamps for the shop.  I am really excited to show you how you can incorporate these into your wedding, personal / family stationery or general gift giving. I never ever put anything in the shop without making an actual live sample prior, I am all about quality control and I like to be confident that my designs can translate well and make a proper impression. The thing is, I have about 8 billion stamps with my and my husbands names or initials emblazoned on them; I need to branch out–that is where you come in!  This is but a small sampling of some of the new designs I have to make samples for so I am going to need to find a lot of names, dates, friends/family names, etc. There is a catch, (tiny one mind you), if you win I am going to need to test and photograph your stamp prior to it’s arrival to you, so if you are getting married this weekend and need to win your custom stamp like yesterday, it’s not going to happen. That being said if you get married this weekend (congrats!) you can still use these on your thank you stationery. If you have been married for 20 years or know someone that has, this makes a mighty sweet gift.  Heck, you can adjust this to be for you and only you the possibilities are endless!

To enter to win:

  •  In the comments leave your name/names and dates you would like on your stamp
  • Tell me how you’d like to use the stamp -OR- be willing to photograph your stamp in a project.
  • I’m not asking you to BUT if you were so inclined feel free to Tweet, Pin and/or Facebook this giveaway (sharing is caring).

That’s it! Easy peasy I need to get these samples going so start spreading the word so I can have lots & lots of names to choose from! I will contact winners everyday until contest close on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. And of course this contest is open WORLD wide, good luck!


I just adore all the dog photos by Sibling Rivalarie, Angus above is my fave (no, not just because he is a Frenchie).  I love his little Elvis snarl he has going on.  I don’t know where they photograph all these pups but they have a charming little studio with all the worn antique furniture and flamboyant wallpaper, it’s a completely unexpected backdrop for these fur babies. This shot makes me want to go thirfting stat.


Yes, another storm. I had no idea that it would be so rainy here, neither did my little Frenchie. Bella is not keen on this whole sky suddenly spilling buckets of rain scenario. I had grand plans to do an awesome giveaway today, but with the storm here I lost my !@#*&%! post I  so laboriously put together, gah! I have every intention of re-creating it and posting it later this afternoon and I do hope you come back to play. Until then Bella and I will be shaking our fist/paw at the sky, uttering a phew choice swear words and getting back to business as usual.


My husband and I have been trying to explore our new hometown spending little to no money.  It has been an interesting challenge for sure. We weren’t big spenders in Los Angeles, but we did enjoy a meal out a few times a week. We have been Googling like it’s going out of style to get the lay of the land.  For anyone that just moved to a new city in the U.S. there’s an interesting forum called City Data that you can pose questions to about everything from finding a new yogi to the cheapest farmers market in your area, it’s how I found my wood working class. I don’t know about other areas of the country but the City Data for our area is really active. We were notified that blueberries are ready to be picked and where to pick them, I love that!  We looked up hiking trails close by (not spending includes gas to get some place).  We found a trail that was relatively close to our house, free parking and miles of walking, biking (or even horseback riding) to be had. I brought my honking camera and promptly regretted it as it was heavy and I was sweating profusely from the moment I stepped out of the vehicle.  I consider myself active, but I don’t work out so I figured we would walk a mile and turn around and eat lunch.  Have I mentioned that my husband is obsessed with working out?  After each mile he would request we do, ‘just a half mile more‘.  I haven’t worked out for about 7 years so each additional mile was torture and when we finally stopped I knew we would have to turn around and do more. I ended up walking six miles in oppressive Southern summer heat. I think I sweated the equivalent of my body weight and would like to tell you that I look like a waif now but heat also makes your body parts swell so my hands and feet look like they were incased in sausage casings, my bright red face was a sight as well.  Good thing my husband thinks I am the bee’s knees because I would have scared off a lesser man. Another good thing was that I was too pooped to flog my husband for not turning around at the one mile mark.
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