Archive for September, 2008

Dogs and crafts

September 22nd, 2008  |  Posted in personal

I love my two crazy dogs. I call them monkeys because that is what they secretly are. They are both Australian Shepherds and are full of energy. Frieda is the older of the two and is very prim and proper. She crosses her legs and eats daintily. Then every once in a while she goes psycho, barking, bouncing and attacking the other dog.

They love to play, even though it looks rough, they are just having fun.

Chewbacca, or Chewy as we call him, is our other dog. We got him as a puppy a little over a year ago. He is all puppy and all male. He also lives up to his name and loves to chew on anything and everything. Plastic and wood are his two favorites. So, when he got a hold of a piece of PVC we were discarding this is what ensued.

The one thing I didn’t realize is that he is part cat too. I am a bit of a crafty person and love knitting and now I am getting into sewing. That said, I had a plastic bag full of fabric and a couple balls of very nice alpaca yarn sitting on the coffee table last week. I had the dogs in the house and they were asleep in the kitchen so I left them there to go to work on the computer. Five minutes later I go back to the living room and see Chewy doing something under the dining room table. Knowing this could be trouble I go check it out. I was correct. I never knew he had a fondness for yarn. When I came in the dining room he looked up at me from under the table, mouth full of yarn and his paws all wrapped up in it, too. It would have been a great photo but I was so angry I didn’t think about the humor until later.

This is the end result of his mischief. The funny thing is that he had to dig around in the bag to find the yarn; it wasn’t at the top of the bag. He knew what he wanted.

I also wanted to share photos of my fun Sunday sewing project. This is my first purse. I have made some totes but nothing with interfacing, stabilizer, and false bottoms. I am very excited about it. The pattern is from Amy Butler who is amazing. I love her patterns and fabrics. Check her out.

I love the bird fabric I used for the interior. I wanted it for the exterior but I think it works better this way.


Wedding Photography :: Albums

September 22nd, 2008  |  Posted in products

Because we are working with more out-of-town brides I thought I would post some photos of one of the album choices included with each of the packages we offer. It’s a bit tricky to really explain an album over the phone or through email.

This is our flush-mount album by Cypress Albums. It is a sophisticated custom, made-to-order handcrafted book by the artisans at Cypress. The album is bound in an elegant Japanese bookbinding fabric — which you get to choose from over 18 colors. This is one of the most finely crafted albums available. We hope you love it as much as we do!

This shows the thickness of the pages.


Florida Fun

September 19th, 2008  |  Posted in personal

Well I am finally getting around to posting fun photos from Florida. The weekend of Labor Day and Hurricane Gustav, I went back to Pensacola, where I grew up and my parents still live, for my high school reunion. The Reunion was ok, but my friend Lottie couldn’t make it because of hurricane Fay trouble. She just back to her flooded neighborhood that weekend and so our plans of getting the girls back together didn’t work out quite the way we had planned. My friend Suzie came into town though and I had a blast with her family.

I especially loved getting lost in the woods in Alabama and piling into her dad’s truck after we got her sister’s truck stuck in the sand.

Here are Suzie on the right and me on the left getting my dad to take our photo on the porch before the reunion.

One of the coolest parts of the weekend was that by sheer luck it was scuppernong season. Scuppernongs, or muscadines, are these southern grapes that are amazing. I grew up eating these and haven’t had them in at least ten years. So, when my dad suggested that we go to a pick-your-own farm near the house I did a happy dance. My grandmother, who is a bigger fan of the grapes than I, my dad and I all went to pick and here are some of my favorite photos from the trip.

I love homemade signs.

Scuppernongs on the vine.

My grandmother picking the scuppernongs.

There are two different colors of the grapes. The purple ones are slightly sweeter, but I like the golden the best.

My dad picking the grapes.

My dad picked a lot of grapes. I think his eyes were bigger than his stomach.

I had fun in Florida, but remember not to drive there during hurricane season. I got stuck there for a couple more days than I planned because I had to wait for Hurricane Gustav to pass so I could go home on I-10.


Long time no cake!

September 14th, 2008  |  Posted in personal

It has been a while since my last post. I have been traveling and working hard. I the few spare moments I have had I baked, both times for parties. I had fun making these and so I thought I share. First are the cupcakes I made for my friend Kim’s Karaoke and Cakes birthday party. She wanted three different kinds of cupcakes for her party so I made carrot cakes and she made strawberry cakes. I then made chocolate cakes for every party needs chocolate. The recipe I had, mentioned you could fill the cakes with creme and I thought Chocolate filled cakes equals Hostess Cupcakes. So these are my attempts to honor such a great cake from my childhood. I loved those things, I really just ate the frosting off the top like I do with most cake but it was so good.

I can’t decide which photo I like best, so I thought I’d show you both.

Next is the Blueberry Raspberry Pie I made for a AMSP board meeting. I didn’t have enough blueberries for the blueberry pie I planned, because I ate them, and when I went to the store they were out. So, I improvised. It turned out great and I think it was the prettiest pie I have made to date.

Next pie I make is an apple pie. I want it to be fall in Texas. Also be on the look out for another post in a couple of days from my trip home to Florida.