I am a teacher and aspiring writer, and keep a blog to keep up with writing and document the daily moments that make up my life. Working with my students & travel writing are my biggest passions. People, art, food, wine/spirits, and culture are other writing interests. Thanks for coming by!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Love this

This photography team, collectively called Tinywater Photography, is pretty great. Portrait photographers in Sac & SF who specialize in babies, weddings, and dog portraits, they produce some of the best portrait photography I've seen. Check them out!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Latest & Greatest - Getting Crafty!

The latest and greatest finds for getting crafty are here!

Let's start with a fun site for printing photos in novel or unusual formats.

Printstagram, a printing outlet for Instagram, has options to print out tiny photo albums, a poster full of thumbnail sized photos, your photos in sticker form, and/or your photos in the form of a polaroid print. Gotta love it!

Not sure if you're into fabric, but I for some reason love finding beautiful fabric swatches & daydreaming about cool appliques I could make out of them. My next project is birdie appliques on baby onesies and women's tees with some of the fabrics at Imagine & Marimekko.
Check out all the options here, some of these fabrics are too lovely to believe!

(This list was composed by the author of the fantastic blog Design Sponge, a great blog on design!)

Getting crafty with paper is always fun.

All about birds!

And more birds!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Enchanting Encinitas

Adorable Ari, among the rocks.

Amazing Lilah, doing kartwheels on the beach!

Piper and her girls ~ all such beauties!

Catching the sunset and sharing some wine with the lovely Karissa at Kai's.

With Piper and her girls ~ I miss them!

Another perfect day at the beach with my girl Karissa.

Some great friends, some great wine, and a great night: Matt & Paula, myself, & Kacia.

I just returned from one of my favorite places on Earth. Encinitas, California. It's about half an hour north of downtown San Diego, and is a wonderful little beach town with lots of great surf breaks, vegetarian restaurants, tropical flowers, and friendly people.
In addition to it being a wonderful/beautiful place, some of my closest friends live there. I went to spend the week with my dear friend Karissa, and we spent it taking long beach walks, catching the sunsets, swimming in the waves, and shopping for lovely beachy gifts for friends and family.
I also got to see Piper, one of the best friends I've ever had, who I met in college but hadn't seen in years.
I lived in Encinitas for three years, from 2002-2005. I learned to surf there, and spent some of the best times of my life there. I left because there were some deaths in my family, and I wanted to be closer to the people I had left. I still miss it there, and I still miss my friends there dearly.
Watching the pelicans swoop overhead, hearing the "whoosh" of their wings as they flew by, seeing the sun melt into the sea, breathing the salty air, watching sailboats float by, watching surfers catch waves & kids building sandcastles, diving waves in the ocean, & getting covered in seaweed - these small moments are so rich for me. They are the kinds of moments I live for. As with my time in Hawaii, I left a little bit of me there when I left. But I also brought those places with me, & these places are in my heart forever.