Thursday, May 31, 2012

photographers :: portraits

Several weeks ago, my friend, Alisha, from Alisha Ippolito Photography had a great idea. "Why don't we take portraits of each other?" It's something I don't think about doing, portraits of myself, so I was thrilled. We met up in Dallas for our fun photo shoot and ate a great dinner afterwards at Eno's, tastiest pear arugula salad I've ever eaten. My favs that I took of Alisha...

in the shadows

photographer portrait

against the stacks

And my favs she took of me...

my portrait

on the couch

gazing off

actually smiling

You know how most everyone has something they're self-conscious of? We'll mine is my teeth, hence, the more serious closed mouth sort of smiles. It's something I'm working on. :)

Linking up with Meet The Anderson's for Embrace The Camera.

These were taken at The Foundry in Dallas.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

summer lovin' :: dallas area portraits

This photo shoot of these two was so much fun! The tall grass, the blanket, the beautiful weather...well, the only words that came to mind to describe this collection of photos were Summer Lovin'...

funny conversation

  in the distance



by the tree


summer lovin'

beautiful light


These were taken at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

a houston getaway

Last weekend Jeremy and I had a little getaway. I love it when we can make these times happen. The kids were happily off to friend's houses for the weekend, and we enjoyed a stay at the very beachy and bright Hotel Indigo, courtesy of American Airlines air miles. Live music, sitting outside in the surprisingly nice weather, and museum visits...ah, so nice.

hotel indigo

biking riding



Thanks for a great show @garysnowpatrol!

We sort of missed the solar eclipse (unfortunately) since we were driving back, but I thought the sunset against the Dallas skyline was fabulous.

Sun setting on the Dallas skyline.

Did you see the eclipse?

Linking up with Communal Global for Sneak Peeks Around The World.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

sweet potato kale curry

sweet potato kale curry

Jeremy rocked this dish the other night. Sweet Potato Kale Curry, oh my, so yum. This was only served to adults so I can't give you a kid's review on it, but all the adults around the table loved it. He used coconut milk for the non-dairy milk. Coconut milk and curry just seem to go together. He also doubled it for 4 people. We only had a little bit leftover. I highly, highly recommend this recipe!

I'll be taking tomorrow off to celebrate Memorial Day with my family. See you back here on Tuesday!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

from shag to buzz

The other day Joshua suddenly decided he wanted to cut his hair. He asked me what I thought and I said if he wanted to cut it, then he should. Jeremy did the honors while I stepped out for the evening. Apparently he had some hair cutter's remorse after a pile of blonde locks were already on the floor. I think we're all getting used to it. It doesn't matter, though, he's still the cutest (or maybe I should say handsome-est) 10 year old I know!

There's a new kid in my house.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, May 25, 2012

re-purposed men's shirt

This week has been a bit hectic with little time for creative things. It's a garage sale weekend. I hate garage sales. The house feels like mass chaos as you're going through everything and piling it up for pricing. I don't function well in that kind of clutter. I guess the feeling of purging, though, makes up for it.

However, yesterday, in the midst of the chaos, I remembered several half finished projects and thought, "Surely I can finish just one." I'll tell you, even a minute of a creativity, is soothing to the soul. Stepping away for just a moment has a way of clearing the mind.

re-purposed shirt

I saw this idea to re-purpose a men's button down shirt in an issue of Sew It All. While I love the concept and the shirt in the photo, I'm still trying to decide if I like mine (and also if I should re-do the ric rac since I didn't really follow those instructions too well). It just sort of fits like a men's shirt. Nevertheless, it will be another good one to have for Africa.

ric rac 

Any fun creativity come out of your studio this week? If so, be sure to link up with Jennifer @ Studio JRU for Sneak Peek Friday!


Photos once again taken by Joshua. :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

here's lily {giveaway}

Here's Lily! is the first book in The Lily Series which has sold over one million copies. When it arrived in the mail, Emma G was so excited about the redhead on the cover exclaiming, "Now there's two redheads in the house!" (her Daddy being the first and foremost).

I was excited about this book for another reason. The message is one that applies to young girls everywhere...that real beauty is more than makeup and pretty clothes. That real beauty comes from within. It's comes from walking in the confidence of who God made us to be. As 6th grader Lily moves toward her goal of winning the model search fashion show, she learns this important lesson along the way. Emma G and I are only partway through this book, but we are loving it!


Up for giveaway is one copy of Here's Lily! courtesy of Tommy Nelson! Be sure to catch a sneak peek of this book by Nancy Rue, geared toward ages 7 and up. Giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only and ends Thursday, May 31st at 9 pm CST when random number generator will choose one winner!



1st Entry  Answer this question...

How do you apply God’s definition of beauty with your daughters in today’s world?

2nd Entry  Tweet and / or share on Facebook the following...

#Win Here's Lily! from @TommyNelson & teach your daughters where true beauty comes from. #giveaway @jenprice77

Be sure to come back here and leave a separate comment for each entry. Also be sure I have a way to contact you should you win!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of Here's Lily! from Tommy Nelson in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Comments are now closed. The winner is MaryAnne!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

bright and white :: family portraits

When a friend contacted me to photograph his family as a Mother's Day gift for his Mom, I was too excited, because that Mom is a fellow friend who works in Romania. I knew that this would be a priceless gift that would be treasured while she is away from her family. I think this was the largest family that I've ever photographed. I love the bright colors they wore against the white siding of this cute little church. I also love how the group photos of the boys and girls turned out! I guess I haven't photographed many families against straight lines. Thus the Photoshop ruler tool quickly became my friend to straighten photos! It's amazing!



girls all dressed up

the stache club

daddy & baby girl

grandma kisses

mama & baby

And because this little princess was just too cute, I have to post this one...

princess e

These were taken at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Wylie, TX.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

at the zoo

I love field trips! Last week Jeremy and I were chaperones for Emma G's field trip to the zoo. We were only responsible for three first graders, and still we only scratched the surface of what there was to see. At least they saw what was at the top of their list!

After living in Africa right by a game park, the zoo experience is usually just "Eh" for me, but I have to admit seeing this cheetah was pretty cool. I've only seen cheetah a handful of times in S. Africa. They're hard to spot!


It seemed we couldn't make it fast enough to the giraffe. They wanted to pet them so badly! Since I refused to pay $5 for three pieces of lettuce, it took a bit of coaxing to get them to come over to us.

giraffe petting

Feeding the goats was more in our price range (only 50 cents), and I think the girls loved it!

feeding goats

Nothing compares with a true African safari, but I have to admit the "safari" through the Dallas Zoo made for some happy 1st graders and a fun day indeed!

zoo safari

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