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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Weekend at the Flea

Truth be told,
we have one of the finest little ole' flea markets
in the country, right here in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Thing is, it isn't quite so little anymore.
In fact, it's been growing by leaps and bounds,
attracting more and more dealers from near and far,
and necessitating the construction of a brand new
vendor barn, which opened just this past weekend.

{ as seen at House Wren }

 Trade Days just celebrated their 12th anniversary,
and here's to many more years of providing
the Texas Hill Country with the best darn
monthly flea market anywhere!

Here's what I caught with my
trusty Samsung Galaxy this past Saturday.
Yep, my phone. I left the big girl
camera at home this time!

From Theresa Cano of

I just adore this beautiful manni.
I've photographed her at more of Sweet T's shows
than I can count!

God Bless Texas!

Theresa never, ever disappoints!

And a visit to this particular flea is never complete without
a pop on over to see Elaine and Betsy

I adored this darlin' little
freckled cutie!

So adorable, and with one of my beloved
ellie's on the cover to boot.

The next Trade Days will be
June 20-22, and if you'd like more info,
be sure to visit Trade Days either on FB..
and the official site here..

Hope to see you there!

Next up, a big photo shoot at
this week, as we revamp their entire website.
Love the people and their great lavender products!
I'll be sure to post photos soon!

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Published in Flea Market Decor!

99.9% of the time, when I'm hired to
do a photo shoot for a magazine or business,
I'm photographing someone else's "stuff".
Their house, their shop, their magazine feature.

But every so often, I'm given the opportunity
to share MY "stuff", and it's really a blast
seeing our home in print and on the magazine stands.

Last year, our home was featured in 
Cottages and Bungalows magazine HERE,
and right now, our sweet little Fredericksburg farmhouse
is featured in the June-July 2014
issue of Flea Market Decor magazine!

I was the photographer and stylist on this feature,
and the wonderfully talented writer Kit Birmingham
wrote the accompanying story.
Which caused a bit of a freak-out on my part initially.
Every other time I've been the subject
of a magazine feature, I've either written the text myself,
or sent my answers to the interview questions along
via an email or Word doc.

This time however, the editor informed me 
that the writer assigned to my story would be
calling me for a phone interview.
I immediately got on the phone with my sweet friend
Carol Bolton....she's an old hand at this being interviewed stuff...
and she gave me some tips and advice which
helped calm my nerves. So much so that when Kit called,
our planned 15 minute interview turned into
a 45 minute gab-fest with what felt like one of my gal-pals.

The gist of the story is how to decorate 
your own home with flea market finds,
like I've done with that amazing barn door
from Theresa Cano of Garden Antqs Vintage,
or any of the other terrific finds I've procured
at either the fleas or garage sales.

Here are some of the original images
from the magazine feature.

LOVE that barn door!

The blue and white dining room,
which has already undergone yet ANOTHER
transformation since the magazine came out!

Petite French scale via
Tracey at French Larkspur.

I love mixing elements...
glass, ironstone, bits of nature.

I was soooooo happy when the wall-o-mirrors
was finally complete! It's the little things, people!

And that groovy chair, oh my word.
Nabbed it at Fredericksburg Trade Days for a song.

As always, a huge debt of gratitude to all the
beautiful ladies at Beckett Media. Not only do you produce
all my favorite mags, but you are always a DREAM to work with!
And to Kit Birmingham, you're the bomb! 
Love the story you crafted to accompany my photos.

And finally, thanks to my sweet husband,
who always puts up with my insatiable quest to fill our
farmhouse with the beloved "junk" I hold so dear.

I'll be back here at ye olde blog soon
sharing all my other recent adventures
in junking and photography.

Have a great week!

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 Flea Market Decor is available at most
major grocery chains, Target, as well as Barnes and Noble
and other booksellers. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Peace, Love, Volkswagen's

Easter Weekend.

We think church, Easter egg hunts, family cookouts,
classic Volkswagen Festivals.

Say what?
Your Easter plans didn't include a trip
to only one of the most groovy 
classic VW shows anywhere?
Well, mine did.
And I've got the pics to prove it.

Forgive the phone snaps, when I'm out 
just living life, I don't always feel the need
to lug around the behemoth, aka the D800.
Life is for living, and not every moment
necessitates a high-res photo shoot. groovy, hippie Easter
in a nutshell! Or an eggshell.  ;-)

My own personal fave, above.

Buses represent!

The window sticker above reads
"" CAUTION, I brake for gnomes, fairies, elves, leprechauns, 
unicorns, dragons & other invisible creatures that only I can see."

 Sounds legit to me.

"My Favorite Color is Rust"

And my darling friend Brooke was there,
driving her sweet ( not pictured ) hot pink,
late model VW bug.

Such a beautiful young girl,
but with a wise, old soul.
Just love her.

Until next year,
Peace, Love and VW's, y'all!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blogger at a Crossroads

Here's a question to ponder.
At what point do you accept that your heart
really isn't in blogging anymore?

Do you keep trudging on, half-heartedly?
Do you pack it all in and walk away cold turkey?
Or do you post one of those blatantly manipulative
" I'm giving up blogging FOR-EVAH" posts,
secretly hoping that your readers will bombard you with
"please don't go....we WUV you sooooo much!" messages?
Please don't do that. Ain't my goal, and it won't work.

I'm sort of at that point right now.
At a crossroads.

I signed up a few months ago 
to join a Facebook group for bloggers,
and lawdy, did I ever realize how much I truly
DON'T have in common with most of these fine women, 
dedicated bloggers, one and all.

They speak with great passion about 
maximum search-engine-optimization
in order to achieve optimum online saturation.
They strategically plan their posts weeks in advance.
In short, they treat it like a business, and as such,
take it very seriously. Kudos to them, I say.
I'm not mocking or knocking them in any sense of the word.
But that ain't me.

Blogging has never been a source of income for me,
and never will be. True, I do use it to promote 
( shamelessly, my stalker-detractors just love to point out )
my photography projects and magazine features.
But I've never accepted advertising or sponsors,
and never will. My blog has evolved over the past 5 years,
and so have I. 
And so here I find myself,
at said crossroads.

I never intend to just outright walk away
from my blog. I have far too much affection
for the medium and the friends I've made here.

My heart is very much with my craft,
my photography these days. And the simple truth is,
I'm super busy with all sorts of commercial photo shoots
any given month, and as always, give 110% to the creative process.

So rather than blogging, I'm editing.
I'm collaborating with other creative folks
( new clothing designers, a vintage rental business, etc )
to spread my wings and try new things.
I'm enjoying life, and loving the life we have created
in our beautiful little town 
and in our sweet little farmhouse.

 { what? you didn't know this is my main, go-to camera these days??? }

If you miss me sometimes,
you can always find me here
and here
or even here

And who knows?
Ya might even find me right here,
on the blog.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Instagram Love

Howdy Strangers!
No, y'all aren't strange, I'm the one that takes off
blogging for a whole month.
I don't write, I don't call.

Time to be sent to blogger time-out.
Bad blogger. ;-)

But I hope you'll be happy to know
that I have been visiting all of you,
AND I've been super busy on 
lots of fun new photography related projects.

One place you can find me when I drift off
to parts unknown is Instagram.
It's fast, easy and fun.
And as much I love my fancy big girl camera,
there are an awful lot of wonderful images
being captured by mobile devices,
and Instagram is a place to share all
your mobile masterpieces.

Here's a link to my Instagram account ( please follow me! )
as well as some of my recent uploads.

The first five were taken at

{ double click all photos to super-size }

The next three were snapped at

A photo I just snapped today.
You hardly ever see these anymore!

One of me with my beautiful friend.
jewelry designer Tami Rodgers of Velvet Sheds
at Fredericksburg Trade Days last week.

I loved her Magnolia Pearl dress so much
that I moved Heaven and Earth tracking it down online.
But I did indeed score!

And then a funky shot of me last week wearing more
new Magnolia Pearl.

My Wizard of Oz
Wicked Witch socks, inspired by
my friend Carol Hicks Bolton.

And then just a few at
The Lorys Casa...

 How better to end a post
than with Winnie just being her 
entitled, royal self?

I pinky swear I'll try to be 
a better blogger this Spring.
I have tons of photo shoots coming up
for the next
and for the first time, I'm going to be mailing out
FREE copies to at least
100 blog followers when the next
issue hits the stands in June.

Start planning those Summer vacations to
beautiful Fredericksburg, Texas now!

Next up, a whirlwind trip to Warrenton ( maybe ),
so until next time...

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