Winner Wonderland | Day 1 Giveaway Classic Cookies with a Modern Twist

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Our first giveaway is the beautiful book ‘Classic Cookies with a Modern Twist’ by Ellen Jackson, an imprint by our friends Sasquatch Books. Just looking at this photo makes my mouth water and I am not even a sweets person, now that should tell you how good this book is! With over 100 cookie recipes this is sure to become a go-to sweets resource. Who doesn’t love cookies?  They are always a great gift idea–simple + sweet!

To enter to win please answer the following


What is your favorite cookie?

(mine is definitely chocolate chip with nuts, crispy outside, soft inside, preferably right out of the oven, thank you very much).

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Enter until January 2, 2016! We will close comments on December 26, 2015, January 2, 2016. We will announce the winners on January 4, 2016! Please make sure that when you enter your email in the comment box (note: it will NOT show on site) that it is a working email. We will give all winners a week to claim prizes after we contact them, after that week if it is not claimed, the prize will go to another entrant.

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Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Winner Wonderland | 12 days of Giveaways


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We know it’s been a bit sporadic here, we have not forgotten about our friends, since we aren’t pros and write this blog as a bit of an indulgence we had to focus our time on some pretty major work projects.  We do love this space and to thank everyone for sticking with us, the encouragement and visits we are hosting a 12 days of giveaways from some of our very favorite brands (and people), we are dubbing it ‘Winner Wonderland’, because we think it’s pretty charming.

We will be hosting a giveaway a day for the next 12 days, you will have 12 days to enter!  We will announce all winners after the holiday!  This is going to be so much fun! We will be back tomorrow with our first giveaway, hope you can join us!

Sewing Happiness by Sanae Ishida

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What a thrilling day to finally be able to mention our dear friend Sanae’s new book Sewing Happiness!  We have been waiting for the day when we could and we can not believe that day is here! Firstly, we are truly excited for her, this is her second book, her first the wildly successful Children’s book Little Kunoichi, The Ninja Girl was released in May of this year (my daughter and I give it a huge thumbs up!) on the tail of her first release she’s releasing a second book in a totally different genre a sewing-cum-memoir book, talk about a force to be reckoned with!  Btw, if you want to know all the ins and outs (and financials) of how she got to where she is now and how big of a success, Sanae does a monthly membership which is a newsletter/goodies project, she is absolutely 100% transparent about her process and her writing is beautiful, honest and witty. The book is not out yet, it will be released in April 2016, but it is available for pre-order!

Another reason we are so thrilled is because this was one of our first major professional projects as a team!  I’d like to say “we ” shot the cover and styled it, but really it was Michelle’s beautiful eye + talent that shot the cover and styling, well, it was truly a team styling effort Sanae had the most insane props to choose from and Michelle’s feedback was invaluable to the end results. It was an incredible learning experience and we are so honored that we were able to take part in it, so a huge thank you to Sanae and the Sasquatch Books team for allowing us to partake.  Wishing Sanae tons more success!

P.S. Michelle was able to see a copy and she said we even get credited in the book! Talk about EXCITING!!!!

P.P.S. We wrote about the experience here the equipment here and the tech stuff here

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.



Hello!  How are you? Happy holidays! What goodies are you working on???

It would seem that writing a bajillion (ok, 50K) words in a month, plus client work, plus laying foundations for an extremely exciting new business venture (oh boy – it’s a good one!), oh yes, and recording a new Skillshare class for Foto Rx (there’s another set of actions in the works too), and let’s not forget hosting a dozen loving family members over the holiday, maxed out my brain power and severely limited my ability to write and/or provide photos for this beautiful blog. Luckily for me, I have the most understanding business partner ever, who not only successfully resisted the urge to murder me, but saw fit to mention me kindly as she held down the fort! (Thank you Tristan, there will be dark chocolate bribes on the desk tomorrow, maybe caramels too.)

I can’t seem to fully emerge from novel writing mode (a good thing?), so I hope you’ll indulge me as I use a technique from one of our character profiles to catch up with you!

A glimpse into Miss P.’s thoughts as she begins the second week of December…..


When will that last ingredient for my handmade gifts arrive? -better see if there’s a tracking number.

Should the label be set type, or a hazy black and white photo?

Where can I get my hands on fresh lavender this time of year? Chamomile?

Should we share a how-to on the blog?


Is ordering a prepared meal from Whole Foods or Metropolitan Market cheating? We’ve never done it before, but it’s so tempting. Husband suggests ordering pizza.


Gah! After writing every day for a month, I feel guilty for having taken a week off! Must write. Reminder to write with more imagination, maybe try to take it too far.


Ooo, The Jealous Curator, Danielle Krysa just added a new Art for Your Ear podcast with the magnificent Bobbie Burgers. Must listen. Should also make it to Foster White Gallery to see her work in person. (Insert thoughts of becoming friends with Bobbie. Discussions about the poetry of dying flowers would abound. Maybe she’d let me photograph her dropcloths….)

Bingeing on  Roald Dahl stories, which are every bit as wonderful as I remember. The covers are ripe for redesign, wondering what someone like Katrin Coetzer could do with them.  Remember being similarly enchanted with Where the Sidewalk Ends as a kid, note to revisit.


I purchased a shiny new mirrorless camera! Have taken it out to shoot exactly once (argh), review forthcoming. Must buy flowers and let them wilt first.


We are working with an amazingly talented illustrator and promise to tell you all about her! Must write interview questions for L. (We are working with two illustrators actually, but the other one is for the TOP SECRET project).

Need to find beautifully minimal holiday cards to send to clients. Have you found any good ones this year?

We know you must be feeling the holiday and end of year pinch as well, here’s hoping we can all find a way carve out some peaceful moments!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.


What to do after you finish your Nanowrimo novel?


Now that we finished the Nanowrimo challenge, the most common question is ‘Now what?’ It’s a fair question to ask and one we only have some pat answers for–edit, rewrite, etc. but inevitably the question remains after that, ‘what are you going to do next?’  Here’s the honest answer, we have something that feels ‘novel-ish‘, we have developed characters that we love, but our protagonist may be a little one dimensional, it’s only 50k words, not quite novel numbers, but not too far from it. Our plot is weak, if you can even actually even call it a plot but there are such tiny, shiny gems that are sparkling brightly throughout, that we feel it’s worth moving forward. Our intention originally was to make it a creative exercise now it’s to see it into an actual edited, finished, cohesive piece that we can actually share with others. Now what?  I am thinking we may need to get help from a professional. I wasn’t sure if they had professionals that will help shape the amoeba like thing that is our Nanorwrimo ‘novel’ into an actual one. I did a little research and thought I would share some of the results in case you too are sitting there with a finished 50k of words (or more), that may have a spark of something, but without advice may just forever live on your hard drive.


Hmmm? Interesting…  Michelle and I don’t have a budget to hire one, but the idea of one is very intriguing and up until yesterday I didn’t even know they existed.  Here’s a few I found some with proven track records!

Jennie Nash-She gives workshops as well! Here’s her success story page. Great interview here.

Ginger Moran

Steve Adams

Sandra Byrd

Here’s a directory of Book Coaches and Ghostwriters


Again, another service I had no idea existed, but I think would be invaluable before you sent your manuscript off to an agent or publisher (or wherever you send it, another thing I have no idea about!)

Lori DeBoer Lori offers coaching but also Developmental editing and Manuscript Evaluation

Manuscript Critique

Edit my novel

Mill City Press

We know a few of you have participated (and won Nanowrimo!) any tips for editing and turning the first draft into something that feels more like a true work

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.