Kodak Ektar 100

Shots from my roll of Kodak Ektar 100. First time using the film AND using the Minolta SR-201. I definitely love the combo. Will be excited to try the Ektar in another camera and get my roll of Fuji 400 developed from the Minolta.

Thanksgiving Giveaway Winners

Thanks to random.org, we have two winners! Congrats to Robyn and Sarah for winning my Thanksgiving Giveaway! Robyn won my “Too Legit to Quit” print and Sarah won my “For Any Fate Print!” Thank you all for entering. I really loved reading everyones’ favorite quotes so I thought I would share the winners’ favorite quotes below:

“Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.” -Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five

“Never complain, never explain.”

If you didn’t win, you can always buy one of the prints here in my shop. Prices have been reduced for the holiday season. Also, I will be hosting another giveaway before the new year so check back every so often!

Monday Link Love

I know it’s not December yet…but the Christmas season starts in November for me. Basically around Halloween. Don’t hate. Anyways, I thought I’d start sharing some of my favorite festive Internet finds:

  1. Anthropologie’s gift wrap + tags are so lovely. I’ll admit it–I do an awful job at gift wrapping. I want my presents to be pretty this year while trying to keep down the waste! Maybe fabric and recycled paper.
  2. Throwing a cocktail party? You can make these amazing invites.
  3. I LOVE that Bri sent these little gifts to her clients this year. I’ve never thought to do this but I may have to soon.

Filled with Thanks

We had such a lovely time celebrating Thanksgiving in Illinois. We spent time with family and friends, ate delicious food and even kicked off the Christmas season. I hope you all had a great holiday and weekend. Don’t forget to enter my Thanksgiving Giveaway by Sunday at midnight EST (11/27). All photos taken on my Minolta SR-201, Kodak Ektar 100 film.

#NOPHO Week 3 : Elegant

#NOPHO Week 3! The theme was “elegant.” I really loved this week – a lot of simplicity and the use of natural subjects. Even the colors are very elegant. I don’t know if I can choose a favorite! What are yours?

Next week’s theme is “negative space” and is due by Sunday at 8pm EST! Submit here. Can you believe it’s the last week of the challenge?

Thanksgiving Giveaway!

In honor of Thanksgiving, I’d like to say THANK YOU to all who read my blog and leave sweet comments. When I started blogging back in 2009, I vowed to only blog because I loved it. Not because of sponsors, money, statistics, or self-promotion. I feel proud to say that I’ve kept that promise to myself. To me, blogging never feels like a chore or an obligation. As a big, fat THANK YOU…I’m giving away two of my prints!

My “Too Legit” and “For Any Fate” are sold in my shop for $25 each. You should probably enter the giveaway so that you can snag one for free. To enter:

Comment below with your favorite quote (could be from a song, poem, quote from someone special, etc) and then indicate which print you would like to win!

You have until Sunday, November 27th at midnight EST to enter! On Monday, November 28th, I’ll pick two winners via random.org and announce them here on my blog! Share with all and have a happy Tuesday.

Daily Occurrences

Some of my favorite things lately: a clean apartment, homemade pizza, sparkly nail polish, dates with Adam, puppies, and friends.

Monday Link Love

Today’s Monday Link Love is dedicated to buying handmade (or vintage) on Etsy. Christmas is coming up and in order to get your items shipped in time…I thought I’d get a head start on helping you with your list! I’ve selected six shops to highlight based on their products! Click the images to go directly to the shop. Enjoy.

FOR THE ARTIST/BLOGGER (OH ME? YOU SHOULDN’T):

FOR THE THRIFTY FRIENDS:

FOR THE CHEFS AND BAKERS:

FOR THE FASHIONISTA:

FOR THE MAD MEN WANNA-BE:

FOR THE NATURALIST:

Happy shopping!

MEET: Blaine Hogan

I’m excited to be bringing back the MEET series! I have a wonderful list of amazing individuals that I’ll be introducing you to within the next few months. Today I’d like you to meet Blaine Hogan. Blaine is an artist, actor, writer, producer, and  Creative Director at Willow Creek Community Church. His blog has been one of my staple reads for the past year and he recently released his book, UNTITLED. Enjoy the interview below:

1. While you were writing UNTITLED, what did you find most challenging about the creative process? The entirety of the book is about the hard work of making things and so as I wrote, I kept realizing how much of my own advice I was needing to take. The very fact that the book exists means that I had to try and apply all the principles I was talking about. It was humbling to say the least.

2. What art/artists (outside of writing) inspire you? I’m extremely moved by film and love Danny Boyle. Music is also a huge inspiration and lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Barcelona, Future of Forestry, Lia Ices, and Jon Hopkins.

3. What typically overlooked or mundane things/places inspire you? Cleaning my workspace I’ve found is a great centering technique. Now you can get carried away and use it to procrastinate (which I sometimes do), but when done well, cleaning my workspace simultaneously cleans my mind along with the area I’m about to do my work. Brewing coffee is another thing that inspires me. There is a richness and romanticism to knowing how long and how many steps there were to making this hot, steaming drink that somehow makes me have better ideas.

4. How long did the process of writing this book take? I’d been working on the content for the last 12 years as actor and artist through journals and notebooks. The writing of the actual book took about 6 months.

5. What kind of tools and software did you use? I used a few different tools. I started analog with all journals and notebooks. After wading through those mining for the best material and ideas I moved to Evernote. This is where I kept a running log of chapters and new ideas as they came to me. When I needed to free-write in a clean and clear space I’d open up Ommwriter. I then did the final layouts in Pages.

6. How has the self-promotional aspect been? Not bad, other than the stark realization that no one is going to promote your stuff for you. As an actor I learned pretty early on that if I didn’t look at promoting myself as a business I would never work. I think most artists struggle with this aspect of the work, but I know very few artists who make a living at being an artist without doing some form of self-promotion.

7. You’ve accomplished a lot (creatively). You’ve been an actor, auditioned for theater, you write, you’ve produced. How has this influenced your book and what’s inside? Thank you, Allie. Such a kind thing to say! Because I’ve been so fortunate to work in so many different mediums, I’m able to apply to principles from so many different aspects. My hope is that because of those many facets, anyone who makes anything can find UNTITLED meaningful.

8. How has your identity and core affected your process? I’m so glad you asked this! In fact, in all my interviews, no one has asked it. And in fact, I believe it’s the most important thing. Far too often we focus only on the product – the thing we make – without really taking much time to work on the producer. I’m of the opinion that our insides directly affect what we produce and that the best art comes from the inside, out. Knowing thyself is the THE KEY to making good art.

 I encourage you to purchase UNTITLED for $4.99 on Amazon and follow Blaine on Twitter. Then watch his dance videos. They will not disappoint!

#NOPHO Week 2 : Comfy & Cozy

Hello, Week 2! You make me feel comfy & cozy. 20 photos total, all fabulous. I struggled with this one a bit. Perhaps it was my crazy freelance schedule, the lack of daylight, or wishing I had a cute kid to photograph. Obviously I love my little dog but I really love the shots this week with human subjects. My favorites are: Dabito’s, Sam’s and Kate’s. What about yours?

Next week’s theme is ELEGANT and is due Sunday by 8pm EST. Even if you haven’t submitted for weeks 1 and 2, you can still submit for week 3 here! Just another reminder, be sure to include the camera/lens info, your location, and your website EACH week you submit. It takes awhile to compile the post so all the information in one place shaves off a bit of time.