I can't even being to talk with y'all about how blessed I feel today. How blessed I've felt this year. Things are good. I've been hesitant to have a real down and dirty personal chat with y'all lately because I feel like those only work when we're commiserating together. It's hard to pop the bubbly and say Cheers to me and the good life. Because that feels like boasting. And that's so not me. Opening myself up to y'all about my struggles comes easy. But not chit chatting about the good stuff.
But after a challenging few years, I'm happy to report that I'm happy. Things are good. I'm focusing on that this year. Counting the blessings. Being thankful. Not that there haven't been some rough times lately, I just feel better equipped to deal with them.
I have a hard time not waiting for the other shoe to drop. Life has taught me that there are so many obstacles that WILL come your way but steadying yourself for the winds doesn't make it any easier when they come. So that's my little fireside chat for today. It's late. I'm exhausted. And giddy. When I wake up it will be my Birthday. Cheers to that!
Tomorrow is my Birthday y'all. I always so guilty putting together lists for my Birthday when it falls right in the smack of Christmas gifting. The older I get the more I prefer something small like a starbucks gift card or a yummy candle and let the big gift roll into Christmas. But what's the fun in that for you? I wrapped up my most favorite things Birthday Wish List for you thinking it may give you some ideas for your Christmas shopping. Or yourself. Y'all know how I like to gift myself.
Anyway, I'm knee deep in Wells' room makeover right now with Tana from Moms Best Network | Destination Nursery and Serena & Lily and Matthew and I are hopping in the car and driving to Charleston for several days after we wrap up tomorrow. BUSY. I've got some fun plans with my Charleston girls Caycee, Chassity, and Natalie that I'm pretty excited about! And of course, a one-on-one vacation with Matthew. We haven't had that since our honey-moon. I'm freaking pumped.
I'm not allowed to give away too much of the makeover before the reveal goes live but y'all know I can't resist some good insta-peeks.
Okay my friends, I've got your holiday gift guide sure to please all the men in your life. While I almost titled this post the Southern Men's Holiday Gift Guide, I'm pretty sure almost all of these items would be well received by the man-folk in any region. Southern, preppy, and full of style. Knock yourselves out ladies.
I've spent countless hour browsing the site trying to plan the best bedroom possibly for Wells. She was born an old soul and I wanted something sophisticated for her. But still whimsical and fun for a little girl. I promise to keep y'all up to date over the next few days and weeks as the reveal goes live!
What do you think? I'm over the moon excited. Wells is so excited too and keeps talking about her big kid stuff! So fun to have her be a part of this makeover!
I've gotten almost all of my editing finished from my sessions in Charleston on Saturday so I thought it would be fun to share! I'll be back next weekend for a few days so send me an email if you want to schedule a session. It's a bit late for Christmas Card photos but you should still have time to order photo gifts.
Want to know how to make a burlap wreath? Yeah, me too.
Just kidding, I learned how. I followed this tutorial pretty closely and found it to be the most helpful. I had to watch at least twice to get the hang of it but that's because I'm not really very good at following directions. This is a fun crafty diy that you really can't mess up which I like.
2 spools of burlap ribbon
with wire. You can take this same method and apply it to any ribbon
wreath. Just make sure you buy the ribbon with wire inside. If you're
diy challenged like me, don't worry it's pretty well labeled at the
craft store. 1 wire wreath. It's actually got three layers to it, you'll see them on display this time of year. 2 twisty ties to secure the ribbon to the wire loop.
So you basically secure the edge of the ribbon to the wire wreath using either a spool of floral wire or just a twisty tie. The you pull through the ribbon until it makes a loop coming up through the top layer and repeating working your way back down to the bottom loop. Continue along for an hour until you've finished. Then just adjust your ribbon loops. That part is really is because the wire inside allows you to tweak them. I know that's really not much of an explanation so be sure to watch this video tutorial and let the pictures here do the talking.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! I love that this can be a year round wreath. I also plan to add a ribbon to make it a bit more festive, but I'm not sure what color to go with. I'm leaning toward satin cream. What are your thoughts?
So I've had a few people ask me how I still do photography when it's cold outside. There are two answers to that. The first, is to head indoors and the second is to embrace the cold. Think J.Crew catalog with the winter coats and colorful scarves and hats. Looks pretty awesome right?
If you're more inclined to want to just stay home then think about a stylized session in your own home. It's the perfect backdrop for a more natural session. You'd be amazed at some of the treasured moments I can capture of your sweet family just doing it's thing. And there is something really magical about capturing everyday real life in a polished way. Family pancake morning or baking cookies works well with older children and sitting around reading books as a family with smaller toddlers.
In need of a last minute Thanksgiving idea? Someone please make these goodies for Thanksgiving. Guaranteed to be a hit. What a delicious mix of flavors and textures. And then invite me over. I could eat that whole bowl of salad.