An Australian Wedding {Simple Beauty}

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Few people know their style as clearly as Cathy Penton.

Photos of her home will make you swoon!

(Lucky you that she is one of the teachers in the new Creatively Made Home {Home for the Holidays})

I have been blessed by her friendship though blogging for many years now.

She has carried my items in her shop and she has created custom pendants for my shop.

Recently her beautiful daughter got married and Cathy  has been gracious enough to share some of the photos with us.

Sit back and enjoy the little details…they will take your breath away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cathy, thank you so much for sharing such a special day for your family…with all of us!

Go check out Cathy’s shop, read her blog, say “hello” and drool over her gorgeous attention to the little things.

I see some good “pinning” in our future:-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Your Gifts Lead To Dreams Coming True {Lara Blair}

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Sometimes your path seems so clear and other times your gifts take you on a journey you never could have imagined.

There are times in your life when you know without a shadow of a doubt that you are doing EXACTLY what you were made for…and then you wake up one day and know it is time to move on.

It was perfect at the time.

It was real and needed and fulfilling.

It opened up the whole world to you and now it is keeping you from the new pullings of your heart.

That is the crazy thing about your gifts.

They let you know in so many different ways what is right for right now…and when it is not right forever.

All of this dream and path talk:-) leads me to this gorgeous girl….

My friend Lara Blair is one of the most incredible women I know.

I feel safe with her.

If you have a friend like that you know exactly what I mean.

She is love, faith, joy, creativity and peace all mixed up together.

All I have to do is hear her voice on my voicemail and I think I breathe a little deeper. A little slower.

Whenever I am with Lara (in person, online or on the phone) we openly talk about our struggles, dreams, directions, passions and family.

I have watched her gifts explode and I love when I hear her heart and head fill me in with everything that she is dreaming up.

I always thought that if I were truly following my gifts that it would be a golden road paved out in front of me with a clear path of where to go….and it has been the most opposite.

It curves and twists and takes me places that I could never have imaged.

Right when I think the path will lead one way…it jets another.

I know the same is true for Lara.

All of my rambling leads me to tell you about Lara’s newest adventure.

She is an incredible photographer.

Her photography gifts have lead her to a successful photography business, retreats, classes, mixed media artist and now published author.

I was so giddy when I received her book in the mail.

I read it from cover to cover and loved how it felt like she was right in front of me.

She is funny, open, encouraging and honest.

I don’t photograph animals but as I read I learned so much more about photography, shooting for my business and even capturing our cat Milo:-)

This adventure has opened doors for her next project that actually leaves me breathless with the photos that Lara has captured.

I will share that project as soon as I can!

Whether you take photos of people or take photos of animals (or you do it all just for fun) you will love Lara’s new book.

I have even had the honor of writing a few reviews for her so please read those to hear more of my thoughts.

I have told you all the lovey dovey things about Lara but here are the other details:-)

Artist Bio

Lara Blair is a fine art photographer, photography instructor, writer and artist who lives in the beautiful Northwest. She owns one of the most successful fine art dog and horse portrait studios in the country. Lara has a dog photography book published by Amherst Media that is now available in stores and on Amazon.com

On the teaching front, she loves to help up and coming photographers stand out from the crowd in a fast growing industry. Lara hosts workshops in the Northwest,Texas and Italy for beginning and amateur photographers. These classes are held each season of the year. The next one will be in February 2013.

There are several fine art photography collections in the works for the coming year. “Askew” will debut in the spring of 2013. All of her fine art collections can be seen on LaraBlairFineArt.com

In addition to running the studio, Lara teams up with artist, Elida Field to host “Ignite the Heart” photography & art retreats in the Northwest and Italy. These two creative souls believe in lifting women up to higher places. The best feedback they’ve gotten from retreat attendees is that the experience was “a life-changer”.

You can visit Lara’s planet here: LaraBlair.Com ~ TheIgnitedHeart.Com

Reflections Of Paris {Part I}

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I don’t know why I never shared with you all of my photos from Paris.

After all of my photos from the South of France maybe I felt like you had seen enough and needed a break.

I think I meant to show them after a few months and here I am almost two years later.

How has two years past since the Chateau Dumas, hidden brocantes and sidewalk cafes?

Maybe I knew deep down that I could never share in photos what my trip meant to my heart.

My trip two years ago started with over a week in the South of France.

Rolling hills, sunflower fields, quiet cobblestone villages and the most gorgeous château I know I will ever sleep in.

My room had wood shutters that I would open each morning and look out onto the open fields.

On rainy nights I would open those same shutters so I could hear the rain and feel the breeze.

Quiet.

As I stepped off of the train in Paris the energy was already different.

Not better. Not worse.

Different.

As the cab made its way to the hotel my eyes were full of tears because of the beauty of Paris.

The architecture, the history, the gardens.

I had just left one beautiful place and now I was seeing beauty in a completely different way.

Each Monday for the month of June I will share photos from the three days I spent in Paris.

This was my first night in Paris.

I hope you join me next Monday for my first full day in Paris and the treasures I found at the flea market.

Has Your Camera Been Lonely?

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I am so happy to tell you that the Ellison camera bag is BACK IN STOCK!!!

This is the final run of this particular bag but there are plenty to go around:-)

Thank you for the daily emails I get asking when this bag would be back in stock!

I have the most incredible customers!!!

You can go HERE to get your Ellison.

Inspired {Brandie Pahl}

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In this big creative world I have met old souls that I have connected with right away.

Some women I have met in person, others I will only know through our emails and others I will only know through their writing.

There are women that have made their mark on my heart and they don’t even know me….or their influence.

Then there are women you are quite certain you would be fast friends with if your paths ever crossed and you could sit and talk for just a bit.

That is how I feel about my friend Brandi Pahl.

We have only had contact through each others blogs, emails and purchases from each others shops.

Brandie’s photography always catches my breath a bit and makes me slow down.

Her perspective is always original and unique.

Her art is soulful and unexpected.

{All of the photos above are from her post in October of 2010 Librarian Girl}

When I saw one of the last series that she did recently I knew I had to share her photography with you.

The theme was abandoned.

I can’t wait for you to know Brandie more too!

You can find Brandie’s work HERE and HERE and HERE.

Brandie, I feel so blessed to know you and to be inspired by your art!

All Four Love {Loved Deeply}

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Good morning!

I hope you have been taking some photos this week.

{previous post HERE explains the whole thing}

I have to admit that my photo taking was not too impressive this week with the snow storm and all.

I am hoping to get outside over the next three weeks and not only take photos inside my home:-)

Even though this week was {loved deeply} there are obviously many people missing from these photos.

{here are three that make my heart go pitter patter and kerplunk…all in the same day…or hour..depends on the day}

{just because this outfit is awesome}

FYI…I do not {deeply love} Benjamin the most…he is just always with me.

If I am getting dressed…Benjamin is talking to me.

If I am cooking….Ben is asking to help.

Cleaning…yep..you got it…next to me making a mess!

Now it is your turn!

Next week’s theme will be “Love Unexpected”.

Have fun with the theme and Courtney and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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