I promised a set and here is one. I know you probably are looking for a set a with a little more oomph, I have TWO that I hope will knock your socks off that I will be revealing next week, which you will have an opportunity to win.  I am very excited about them both but especially one of them as the wood box doubles as future stamp storage and is in a word-awesome (in the figurative sense, in the literal sense that descriptive wouldn’t work as well as it is more on diminutive side). The above offering is close to my heart though, it may not be visually as appealing as a big box of stationery accouterments but this paper, imported from Italy is the bee’s knees, truly. It is lush, the perfect subtle white hue, with a deckled edge that gives it the perfect amount of pomp and circumstance. It takes the Besotted Brand hand stamps and ink gloriously. I haven’t had the best experience running it through my printers as the fibers catch on the rollers in a way that makes me recoil, but I assume it’s because the paper calls for hand-crafting start-to-finish.  It requires your minimum of efforts to make it sing. I love this paper, I almost didn’t want to offer it, but at the urging of the Besotted Brand stamp collection I humbly obliged.  If you want a card that feels like it was created for royalty, than I would suggest you stock up here.


 I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.

Okay,  I know that this may look like all I am doing is posting edits, I promise I won’t make this my edit only blog, but I think it’s a slow week in the blogosphere and I am busy outside in the ‘real’ world, so let me use the slow week rationale to not update my blog properly.  I do need to take a photograph of probably one of the most amazing gifts I have ever received (besides my pup George). It should make you so jealous, okay, maybe not.  I still can’t wait to show it off (or be a show-off). I am pretty lucky.  Did I neglect to mention that I will be announcing a Souvenir Foto School class soon? Oh yes, for those that don’t know what it is stay tuned, it’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
This edit wasn’t so bad, I had some powerful assistance from a trial product I downloaded from Nik Software.  I’ve always liked this photo even though there was a lot wrong with it (as you may be able to infer a lot of my photographs have a lot wrong with them). I loved that it felt so Victorian, partly because of the subject in the bell jar but also the aberrations in the glass lent it an aged appearance almost looking like tears on an old photograph.  With the Color Efex filters I was able to bring back a lot of lost detail without introducing more noise. I would think this filter alone would be worth the price, but there’s a whole slew of creative filters to play with. For a hobbyist photographer the price is out of my range, but it’s fun to play with for the next 15 days and put on my future wish list of things to buy if I one day I fall into some excess cash that doesn’t need to go to bills or savings.


 I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.
Don’t worry friends, I won’t just be featuring the edits, there shall be other fodder here, but I know not everyone is back to work yet (that is where you read your blogs isn’t it?, our little secret…). I hope you don’t mind that I am continuing with a theme here, let’s call it ‘Natural History’, I want to have a series of edits that have some continuity. As for new things, I do have new sets that I will be putting in the shop that I am pretty excited about (I love a good set), plus some other favorite items that I will be sharing this week.  I started exercising the other day, or should I say I went one day and the next three days that followed I felt as if I had been run over by a large vehicle. Maybe the suped up Pilates class was a little too ambitious for me?  I am renown for being too ambitious like the time I promised a future bride that I would letterpress her wedding suite free after taking one (and my only) letterpress class. Who does that? Obviously someone that is co-dependent and is aiming to please.  It back-fired, I couldn’t do her suite because of timing (I was leaving one job and starting another), although I did give her the files gratis to have her suite printed. Timing became a moot point as I got fired a couple weeks later from my job, coincidentally (or not so coincidentally?) one of her bridesmaids worked at my new job and must of read my blog post where I admitted to being sad about my new job and I got fired. So, that’s what happens when you are too ambitious and think you can do more than is physically possible.  I failed on both counts, sincere apologies to both the bride and my body.  I am going to go back this week to try again, I may bite off more than I can chew, but I don’t give up that easily.  I should probably send the bride an apology note as well. 


At the beginning of 2011 I started a photo project–my goal was to go through the piles of my unedited and forgotten photos and edit one-a-day for the entire year.  I made it until day 31 and quickly abandoned ship. The project was not an easy one to conquer, many of my edits could take me hours to complete, for someone like myself with a fairly full schedule/life it was basically an impossibility. I suppose I like a challenge or perhaps I like to add undue stress to my life, either way here I am the first day of 2012 tackling the impossible.  Wish me luck my fair friends as I embark on the Everest of editing and start project MMXII-editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012. You can view the before here.
P.S. If you would like to peruse my ill fated first attempt you can see the project here.


Last year I aired my goals for the year on my blog.  This year I plan to do the same.  As you can see from the above lines through the list (the international symbol for ‘yes I did it’) I was able  to accomplish quite a lot. Contrary to my procrastinator nature I am not all hot air. 
  • I got married after nearly seven years together, (of those seven years, we were engaged for 6 1/2).  I didn’t end up getting married on the dates I chose above, but the fact that I did it was enough reason to hark the angels singing.
  • I finally quit my job, something that thrilled me to no end, it’s not all puppies and rainbows, I am freelancing for my former boss, so although I don’t go into the office everyday I still have a foot in–baby steps.
  • I launched Besotted Brand.  So excited by the response and I can’t wait for the future of the brand, I have many ideas (they aren’t all paper related). I feel like it has become an excellent source for my creativity to flourish.  I am very happy with this on-going project.
  • I invested in a gorgeous desktop computer, something I have been pining for (and saving) for YEARS.  I haven’t calibrated yet, but I will.
  • My husband and I have narrowed down the top four places we want to visit to see if we would like to re-locate there.  We are planning our first trip in February.
  • I sold a few of my photographs this year. I can’t explain the feeling of elation I got with each sale.  I love the idea of my images adorning someones walls, what an honor.
  • I have indeed become more proficient in Illustrator. How?  The main thing I did was use it often and on a regular basis this really helped me become less intimidated by the program. I am no ninja like I am in Photoshop, but I have a class scheduled here in January to help me on my way.
  • I did expand my little garden and by December I have successfully killed even the heartiest of plants like mint and rosemary.  No one kills rosemary in Southern California, it’s pretty much impossible. I did it.  No more plants for me for awhile.
One of the goals I did not accomplish was to start exercising, well that’s just horrific (yes, indeed).  I tried hula hooping for a bit, but then I saw something shiny and stopped.  I am thinking of getting a Wii, anyone else use this to exercise?  I may have mentioned that I used to LOVE to run. About six years ago I started experiencing tremendous hip and knee pain after each run, my doctor suggested I find an alternate form of exercise or I would need to replace my hip (sexy).  My insurance isn’t that great, so I decided to stop running and choose leaning in my desk chair as my main form of cardiovascular exercise.  I am just a pile of bones walking around with flappy skin on them, no muscle.  This has got to change. 
So, I shall be back in 2012 with my new list of goals, won’t you join me?  It’s much more fun than a resolution. 
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