Sage Advice

You know that old saying, “Measure twice, cut once”?  It should be followed.  Regrettably, I did not.  I’m in the process of facing down my quilting fears with this quilt.  I was in a zone.  I was feeling groovy.  Stacks of fat quarters all over the table…color, texture, possibilities laid out before me….YES!  I AM A QUILTER!!  Erika gave us the option of cutting fabric or ripping fabric.  I tried both.  Turns out…I’m a ripper.  Rip, rip, rip.  1a

I love the little frayed edges.2

The imperfections…34

Stacks of ripped fabric.  Oh yes.5

What remains…6

This is where it all went awry…  I measured, incorrectly, and went on, unknowingly, happily ripping strips.  Seven strips in, I realized the mistake.  I panicked.  I did.  Every self critical comment came to mind…every harsh voice.  Usually this is where I trip up, get discouraged, and stop.  This time I chose differently.  I quickly texted Erika my mistake and her reply set my mind at ease.  I wound up needing to purchase a little more fabric.  My daughter asked if we could use the mismeasured fabric to make another project together….absolutely.  I finished ripping strips.  7


A little ironing….

10And done!  Still loving the project and embracing the mistakes.  Perfectly imperfect.  Moving on to the next phase!

10 on 10: April

We were on spring break for this 10 on 10.  Florida sunshine.  Lush greens and vibrant color.  The day began with tennis.
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Someone ended up on the injured list with a skinned knee.
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Her favorite way to sit.7 8 9

Tic Tac Toe with Grandma.10

Please click through to see the lovely Catherine Giroux and her 10 on 10 for April!

I think I can, I think I can…..

And so it begins….

Today I bought fabric to make this quilt.

I’m not completely certain of my fabric choices, but I’m thrilled I took a leap of faith.  I drooled over yards and yards of options.  I went in thinking yellow and came out with something completely different.  When faced with a new challenge, I often find myself overwhelmed…and ultimately let it get the best of me.  I procrastinate because I worry that I’ll get it wrong.  I strive for perfect.  Not this time around.  I can do this.  And so can you… along with us!


Assisting the ever talented Kelley Heneveld of Kelley Jordan Photography!
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10 on 10: March

This month’s 10 on 10 caught me off guard.  The hours and days and weeks have been flying by lately and I could have sworn I had another day or two before the 10th.  Not so.  I remembered (got the FB reminder from our group) while sitting at the animal clinic with our sad pup.

Our Saturday took an unexpected turn when our dog tried to dig his way through a rotted tree trunk to catch a chipmunk.  Chipmunks might be his undoing.  He loves them so…or at least he loves the chase.  He’s doing very well…although he’s none to happy with the bandage.  Taken with my iPhone.  1

Home again and resting easy on the couch.2

I promised Legos today.  Scissors at the ready….she was in charge of opening the new lego bags.



I ate a brownie and contemplated the disaster that is our kitchen counter. 6

See? 48 hours ago this was spotless.  The pile is growing.  It morphs into a life of its own at an exponential rate.  Within the pile: matchbox cars, Skipbo, a Dr. Seuss hat, finger painting, art work from school, mail, tissue paper with stickers, orange felt used for a mushroom costume, a homemade placemat, and a lightbulb.  And a dog leash. My children are convinced that all of these items are essential.  There’s a big part of me that agrees with them.  I just wish I could contain it better.   7

Exhausted.  He spent the afternoon playing outside at a birthday party for a friend.  He was asleep by the time we pulled into the driveway.


And movie night.  The Jungle Book and popcorn.  10So there you have it.   A last minute 10 on 10.  Crazy, chaotic, but real.

One of my favorite ladies is up next!  Head on over to see Jessica Lewis and her 10 on 10!

:: Dylan & Kim :: Chicago Wedding

My husband’s cousin was recently married in Chicago.  We arrived early to spend a little time with him before the big event.  We celebrated a beautiful day, a gorgeous wedding and a very, very happy couple!  Congratulations and best wishes!  xo











:: Kristin & Justin :: Indianapolis Wedding

A few short months ago, my niece got married.

I still feel pretty weepy when I sort through photos from the event.  I used to babysit her and her sisters when they were little.  I have vivid memories of watching The Little Mermaid and singing out loud with them.  I’m especially lucky to live in the same city with her as an adult.  I felt honored that they asked me to photograph their wedding.  It was a gorgeous day filled with that golden light that you hope for as a photographer.  She was absolutely stunning.  He was handsome as ever.  We cried, we laughed, we danced the night away, & we celebrated them as a couple.

(Also, I was super excited to be shooting with the ever talented Kelley Heneveld of Kelley Jordan Photography.)
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10 on 10: February

Like most everyone else I know, we’ve had a bad go of it with the flu germs this season.  Still sniffling here.  Today was glorious, though.  We decided to get outside and make the most of it!  Also, we got a dog a few weeks ago and we’re absolutely smitten.

The day began with pajamas and pancakes.  We like to play with our food.  He made an anchor that turned into a mushroom.1

Work space.  Processing photos.2

Remains of my lunch.3

In the afternoon, we headed out to walk the dog and enjoy the sunshine.  Hello fresh air!4

Crusty nose.  5

Practicing his ninja moves.6

Love the pops of green this time of year.  Reminds me that spring is not so far off….

Fetch.  A daily habit.

Muddy treasure from our adventure.9

We arrived home to find an invitation to The Sticker Club (insert ooooh and aaaah) from his cousin.  The delight of a 5 & 7 yr old….the prospect of 36stickers arriving in our mailbox over the next month!  He read the entire letter with such enthusiasm!  10

And back to reality.  PILES and PILES of tissues wherever she goes.11Be sure to check out the one and only Erika Ray of Erika Ray Photography and her 10 on 10!!

First Friday Gallery Exhibition @ M10 Studios

Absolutely thrilled to have my work featured at M10 Studio for February’s First Friday!  Join me Friday, February 1st from 6-9pm.  Details here.brown line

10 on 10: January

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like you shot all day long and you’re CERTAIN you captured tons and tons of good moments….only to arrive home and discover….nada?  That’s my 10 on 10 this month.  I thought I had a good mix, but when I began processing, I realized I captured lots o’photos of the same thing.

The day began with legos.3

Breakfast at the diner.1

Yes.  Eventually I handed over my phone so they could play Pitfall.2

Made our way to the Butler basketball game later that day.  These two have been going to BU games together since they were toddlers.  I’m fairly certain this is the first year they sat still and watched the game.  Lots of popcorn was consumed….   5



celebration beers.  Go DAWGS!7

And then on our way to the record store.8

we jammed9

And after purchasing our first vinyl record (Coltrane: Love Supreme), we headed home.10

Head over to the ever amazing Catherine Giroux and her 10 on 10….