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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Published in Where Women Create

The Winter issue of 
Where Women Create Magazine 
is on newsstands now,and how lucky am I?

I was asked to photograph 
the completely charming 
studio of Austin based scrapbooking queen, 
Carol Darilek

Carol has converted her cozy laundry room 
into the most darling of studios!

Carol's organizational skills 
in this small space are off-the-charts impressive. 

A beautifully creative space 
for a truly lovely woman. 

Tools of the trade.

Bits and beautiful pieces of this-n-that 
and all the little touches that make
each project uniquely her own.

See that photo above?
THAT is what WWC stands for. 
Women celebrating women. 
Building one another up, cheering each other on. 
That's what it's all about. 
And why I am a proud contributor. 

You can pick up the issue everywhere,
and if it's not easy to locate in your area, 
you can order it HERE.

Thank you Carol Darilek, Jo Packham and Brandy Shay!

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Room No 5

Once upon a time, 
on Main Street Fredericksburg, Texas, 
there were a handful of enchanting shops. 

Idle Hours. 
American Higgledy Piggledy. 
And to my mind, the crown jewel... 
Room No 5. 

All birthed by the Bolton's, Carol and Tim, 
all pure magic. 
But there was always something 
extra special about Room No 5. 
Awash in white, it was the stuff of dreams. 
But several years back, the Bolton's left Main St 
and reinvented themselves on Warehouse Row. 

First with Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquites, 
then with Gus Antiques & Wonders, 
and now....finally....surely an answer to my prayers....
Room No 5 has returned.

Since doing this photo shoot several weeks ago, 
Room No 5 is even more of a white wonderland. 
You simply must come wonder, come wander, 
come seek, come find. 

and on Facebook 

301 South Lincoln Street
Fredericksburg, TX  78624

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Gus 'n Stuff!

Can we all say a collective 
at the counter space at the new and improved 
Gus Antiques & Wonders? 

From the magical brain of Carol Hicks Bolton, 
Gus has moved just a few feet to the right 
into the historic Woerner Feed Store. 
Such a perfect fit!

And what's in the former Gus space?
The gloriously lovely return of Room No. 5!
More photos ahead from both the new Gus 
and Room No. 5.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

"Cowgirl Up"

A little sumpin' from an upcoming magazine feature. 
This darling cowgirl isn't the subject of the story, 
but she sure oughta be. 

Magazine out in the Spring. 

Happy Week!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Back At It

After taking the better part of the Summer off 
from doing photo shoots, 
I'm back at it again with gusto.

I've completed two commercial shoots 
for local clients this past week, and I have two 
more shoots lined up for next week, 
PLUS another shoot for the 
Where Women Create family 
of magazines scheduled for early next week. 
Glad to know I've been missed! 

Here's a peek at the two Fredericksburg, TX 
guest houses I shot last week. 
Many more photos of these darling properties 
very soon.

The first three photos are from 
Cotton Tail Guest House, 
one of the 7 B&B properties 
owned by my friend Melissa Mabery. 
I've been lucky enough to shoot all of 
these properties, and I must admit that 
Cotton Tail is my fave!

Cotton Tail is a two-story guest house, 
has a full kitchen, three roomy bedrooms 
and bathrooms, and sleeps EIGHT! 

Melissa's decorating choices are 
always spot-on. 
Even though it's new construction, 
vintage touches are found throughout. 
Old tin ceiling added, antique pocket doors, 
and vintage doors as headboards. 
Lots of reclaimed wood for the floors and beams. 

So what lies beyond the second floor landing 
at Finch Feather Guest House ? 
Check back next week to see more. :-)

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Published in Where Women Cook

Not much scares me at this stage in my life.
But food photography?
THAT scared me.

I put on my big-girl panties 
and marched right over 
to Boerne, Texas, to photograph 
the culinary delights 
and wizardry of my friend, 
mixed media artist extraordinaire, 
Laura Roberts, aka Hasty Pearl.

Fast forward several months, 
and I am so happy to share mine and Laura's 
contribution to the Autumn issue of 
Where Women Cook magazine.

As an artist, Laura sees food as an expression 
and extension of her creative muscles....
And her artistry is showcased to perfection 
the minute she steps into the kitchen. 

For her feature, Laura chose to share her passion 
for Mexican food, a South Texas staple. 
Down yonder in these parts, 
we use crushed red pepper 
the way some of y'all Yanks use salt. 

I'm just sayin'.

The keys to any South of the border inspired feast? 
For starters:
and let's see...
I know I'm forgetting something here.... 

How the bejebbers could I forget??? 
Serrano, Jalapeno, Poblano. 
Even the names sound festive.

Any self-respecting Texas cook 
knows how to whip up a mean batch of Salsa. 
Laura happily shares her recipe with you 
in the pages of the Fall issue.

Now tell me....does that photo above resemble 
not only a cutting board, but a painter's palette as well?
The beauty of food, indeed.

And the Pico. Never, ever forget the Pico de Gallo. 
This stuff goes on EVERYTHING. 
Chips, Tortillas, Enchiladas, or as a meal 
all by itself. 
Just pass me the bowl and prepare 
to get it back empty. 
Yep, it's that good.

And I don't know about you, 
but here in Texas, we love, love, love to add 
a Tex-Mex twist to just about everything, 
especially any and every type of seafood.

Grilled Shrimp on skewers, 
marinated in a savory green verde sauce. 
Edible art.

 I want to thank my sweet friend Laura Roberts 
for going along on this ride with me, 
along with everyone at Where Women Cook.  
Jo, Brandy, Amber.... always a pleasure! 
If you can't locate this magazine 
or any of the "Where Women" publications, 
click HERE and they'll hook you up.

I hope you'll visit Laura at her blog
and her Etsy shop.
If you think she's a fab chef, 
just wait until you feast your eyes 
on what she can whip up in her studio.

To see more of Laura's feature, 
visit me at my website, 


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