Are you dying? Have I completely killed you with the cuteness that is this stamp set? This is the ‘signature’ of a very sweet little girl named Coco. This dear girl believes she is a kitty and is completely and utterly obsessed with them, so much so that she adds ears & whiskers to one of her ‘o’s’. My friend T. requested it and had Coco’s mother scan her signature hi-res for me. I knew as soon as I saw it that it would translate well, it’s such a special gift, what little girl wouldn’t want this? I have to find a pink stamp pad as I don’t have one in the shop, but once I do this will be sent off to little Coco to enjoy.
Almost, Thanksgiving here in the states. I am working on my gratitude list for tomorrow, do you ever do that? It’s a nice little tradition, I highly suggest it.
I love this photograph, it’s not technically a great photograph, but it’s what the photograph means to me that makes it so special. I think it’s important for any photography enthusiast to embrace their photographs that may not be ‘perfect’, it’s your free trip down memory lane, in the imperfection you may have captured more than a photograph, perhaps a feeling. We have lived in the country now for nearly six months, it has had it’s ups & downs, but the ‘up’ for me is being so close to a horse stable. I am so fascinated by these beautiful, gentle creatures. I hadn’t had much experience with horses prior and I admit that I was really intimidated the first few times I went to visit them. I think they sensed my trepidation and stayed far away from the weird individual with the big black thing growing from her face. I decided to try another approach and wouldn’t bring my camera, slowly making my way to the fence and just watching them from afar. My husband a.k.a. Dr. Dolittle, could of course go up to the fence and the horses would trot over and want him to hand feed them. All animals love him, I am both envious and jealous. I decided to just copy him and try to feed them clover which is their favorite (btw, six months ago I wouldn’t be able to tell you what clover looked liked if you paid me to guess). I eventually was able to draw the affection of the ‘silver horse’. That’s what my husband dubbed the stallion even though I am pretty sure it’s white, but I will allow creative license, after all who am I to judge? I named my girl dog George. Once I knew that the silver horse would come to me when I was at the fence I started to bring my camera again, but not take photos, just have it on me. The other day around dusk, I had some time alone with ‘Silver’ and he came right up to me. I fed him some tasty wild grasses that were growing high outside of his corral and although he would eat continuously I stopped and brushed my hand along his beautiful, cashmere soft muzzle. He stood still and allowed the attention and then I slowly brought my camera to my eye. I was able to shoot some up close shots that I had been envisioning for as long as I have ‘known’ Silver. This was my favorite shot. I love how soulful that look is, this is the closest I could get with the lens I had (the 50mm). We are planning to get some photos printed for the house and I am most definitely adding this to the wall. I know it will always remind me of this time in my life and our grand adventure.
Cute right? So
cute! I love
stripes, I love
bows, I love
tiny! Together you have the new striped motif stamp! Too many exclamation points? Okay, I will try to dial it down this Monday morn, but I am excited. I have to admit this holiday creep that happened the day after Halloween has thrown me a bit. Why did I not notice that people are getting ready for holiday so soon? I am usually either hyper aware or totally oblivious, it’s how I live my life, the holiday creep must of been one of my oblivious moments, but back to the stamp…I think it will be something that will be useful way past Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanza, etc. It’s just a good little stamp to have. It’s especially cute printed in red, very festive! Of course, I shall be giving one away because Mondays are always better when a prize is involved, right? Just re-pin this here
, or Tweet it, or leave me a delightful comment, I am open to however you would like to enter to win. I will announce the winner next Monday. If you can’t wait, you can always pick one up here.
How is your shopping coming along? Are you like everyone else and have started your shopping in July for holiday? Or are you waiting until after Thanksgiving and will succumb to the holiday heat? I’m not a last minute shopper, I actually think about gifts all year round (if you haven’t gathered yet, I am a bit obsessive, so no surprise that I have been thinking about something for 12 months straight). This will be the first year though that I prepared so thoroughly personally. I was assuming professionally I wouldn’t have to bring out the goods until the day after Thanksgiving, but I have quickly learned otherwise–noted.
And I must announce the winner of last weeks giveaway the Stag silhouette + tiny snowflake, I couldn’t choose just one so I chose–Paulina Bäfverfeldt
and Georgina Gill
(because flattery gets you everywhere
with me). I do hope it makes the winners less anxious to know they can make holiday goods (cards, tags, ornaments, etc.) on the fly! Good luck to everyone on today’s giveaway and thank you all as always for playing, it delights me to no end to be able to see what you will create with the prizes. Oh, yes, and of course this giveaway is open world wide!