MMXII 47:: EDITING A PHOTO-A-DAY IN 2012

Some days when you edit, nothing turns out quite like you planned. I tried No. 47 about half a dozen times, once I even uploaded a finished image but quickly deleted and started over again. I knew going into this ambitious project that I wouldn’t love all my uploads but I didn’t count on loathing some of them.  I have some ideas for No. 48, I am eager to put No. 47 behind me. This feather is from a domesticated parrot, it’s feather molted naturally (I don’t go around plucking parrot feathers). I have mentioned my husband’s disdain for anything avian in the house. Birds are disease riddled animals to him so when I shot this it was as covert as a Green Beret special ops mission. 
I am taking a couple hours off Friday morning to just hang out with myself. I plan on shipping straight through to Monday starting Saturday and need to get myself mentally ready for the mountain of orders that need to be fulfilled. I thankfully have help on Saturday and she will get to witness first hand my complete type-A packing style, wherein one package will take an hour to prepare. Hopefully she will be faster than me. Thank you again to everyone that ordered, that was sure nice of you, I promise to take real good care of your parcels.

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.

 P.S. Don’t forget to enter The Luxe Correspondence Set giveaway!

LUXE CORRESPONDENCE SET GIVEAWAY!

I wasn’t planning on doing two giveaways in one week, but fate has it that the Universe has smiled kindly on me and given me the ultimate in write ups, (on par with an Oprah mention), a small write-up in the venerable Daily Candy Everywhere edition!  My inbox has been flooded with nice notes, orders from around the globe and garnered me a high-five from my naughty Frenchie (she’s very supportive). In order to spread the good will I am going to be giving away one of the Luxe Correspondence Sets. I mentioned yesterday that it is one of my favorites in the shop. If you would like to know exactly what is in it, you can read the details here. For someone that just quit her job to go off on their own, this nice gesture from DC is such a completely delightful surprise, thoroughly appreciated and the timing couldn’t have been better. I am grateful. 
So please join me in celebrating this momentous day by entering to win the set. Just leave a comment and let me know why you would like this set, you will have until Thursday, February 23, 2012, 11:59 p.m. Pacific to enter. I will choose my favorite answer  and announce the winner on Friday, February 24, 2012. This contest is open worldwide! Thank you Daily Candy!

P.S. Don’t forget about the Natural History prints giveaway. Here’s the details. 

MMXII::46::EDITING A PHOTO-A-DAY IN 2012::

MMXII::46::AFTER
It poured today, which I usually love, but my computer was on the fritz which should have made for a cozy day indoors working away, but instead made me a homicidal maniac. I had the uncontrollable urge to throw things, stomp my feet and generally throw a tantrum. Instead, I made an appointment at the Apple Genius Bar and trudged my way through the torrential downpour to calm my frayed nerves. I got there on time and then I waited. Then waited some more. Then waited some more. I finally asked a salesperson if perhaps my appointment wasn’t booked, he looked up my name and said, ‘Your name is on the list and you are next after Max, Mandy, Sarah, Lark and Martin, oh, and John.’ Okay. Trying to control my impatience and simmering rage, which was not directed at the Geniuses but at my computer for forsaking me. I do get completely insane when it comes to my computer not working, I feel like it’s taunting me because it knows I am helpless. When I finally got up to discuss my problem with the Genius, it seems the problem was so minute that my 3 lb. dog George could have fixed it (with her eyes closed, standing on her head.) Sigh.

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.

P.S. Don’t forget about the Natural History prints giveaway. Here’s the details.

BESOTTED BRAND::BACK IN STOCK!

The Ultimate Stationery Set has been sold out since Christmas and I have been waiting patiently (okay, impatiently) for my wood boxes to be made, painted and delivered to the studio. It seemed like forever. They arrived yesterday and I quickly got to work packing them up with all their goodies. This is one of my very favorite items in the shop, although the Luxe Correspondence Set I put up for those that couldn’t wait, runs a close second. I especially like that one because the box is modeled after old time letterpress printer boxes and has a see-through sliding cover (it also makes awesome storage for your hand stamps). I have so many ideas centered around that box. I think you could do so much like stain it and make it look worn (like these awesome crates). Sigh.  I am sold out of ink now though, my inventory skills need assistance, I am not the worlds greatest counter. I signed up for this program and love how organized I feel.  I am being very conservative right now with my inventory because we are looking to relocate and I don’t want too have to pack too much precious cargo that could be ruined in a move (pristine, I like my parcels to arrive to their destination pristine).  I will write more in-depth about the relocation efforts, but we do have a ticket booked for North Carolina (outside of Raleigh) for the middle of March and we are driving up the West coast and going to Portland the first week of March. We have our dog friendly hotel all booked!  I definitely will be wanting to hear from everyone on these two places, but want to give it it’s own shiny post.

P.S. Don’t forget about the Natural History Prints Giveaway, I won’t be able to take these when I move and I did make them especially for you. Check it out here.

MMXII::45::EDITING A PHOTO-A-DAY IN 2012::

MMXII::45::AFTER
Oh, my!  I forgot it was Valentine’s Day, I want to wish you all a day filled with love and sweets! I mentioned that my husband and I celebrated early, so happy about that; who wants to go to a crowded dinner on a Tuesday anyway? Not I said the fly.  I know some people think this holiday is just a big bunch of commercialism but I actually quite like it. It’s nice to stop and do something special for the person you love. So today I am sending you my love, lot’s of it with a bear hug thrown in for good measure.

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.


P.S. Don’t forget about the Natural History prints giveaway. Here’s the details.

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