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New Adventures

It has been many moons since I posted anything in my blog. Life has been uber busy. We moved 2 hours away to the foothills of Virginia. I finished my 1st year as an art teacher.


Above my desk. 

I had my 3rd child, sweet little Scarlett, on April 22.


                                    IMG_3966                                                                                                                                                                              Just Born!                                                                                         Cutie!

My husband and I started a candle company; Dixie Candles: Southern Inspired Scents.

Which can be purchased in our Etsy Shop or through our website.

You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram!

And finally I started a new Etsy Shop: Piedmont Peddler to sell goodies that filter through my life. Where I have strange things like a Haggadah from 1965 and a rare ink bottle I dug up in our yard.

Looking forward to my new endeavors and starting my 2nd year of teaching!


One hundred and forty-four

 When your daughter is as smart, sweet, silly and cute as mine it’s hard not to take photos of her and with her. She’s usually my photographic subject. I love my kids with all my heart. Wow that was super cheesy. Not the greatest photo, but it’s a special moment in time. They don’t stay little for long. I believe this is her fourth appearance in my 365 project and probably won’t be her last.

 “While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.” ~Angela Schwindt

One hundred & thirty-three

 I love this photo! It truly was a happy moment and I just happened to grab my camera and snag a photo. Had both my babies on my lap and we were laughing and carrying on. Good times!

“Having a place to go – is a home. Having someone to love – is a family. Having both – is a blessing.” ~Donna Hedges

I have been wanting to do photo transfers FOREVER! I finally made some on a sheet of flat magnet that a friend gave me. Only 3 out of 8 turned out, but they look pretty sweet. Going to make more. For now check these out. They are also for sale in my Etsy Shop!





One hundred & thirty

I think this was a Saturday or Sunday morning. My daughter was in her room watching some kids playing outside. I took some photos of her looking out the window and the lighting was so nice I decided to take my photo too. I like how the light makes different lines and shapes. It would be a good idea to keep that in mind for future shoots.

“Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.”  ~Michael Strassfeld

 Photo of my daughter.

Eighty-eight & eighty-nine

This was a very warm, sunny day, especially for winter. My children and I went out to play and enjoy the nice weather. My daughter and I were in the front yard. I had my camera, of course. These two shots are from that day. In the first photo I like the sunburst, but not completely happy with the overall image. The second one I love. I love it because I was laughing at my daughter. I had the camera in the grass in front of me, set the self-timer and was trying to take a shot. She kept trying to do what I was doing, which meant messing with the camera. Also she was super cute that day, cause she had pigtails for the first time.

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” ~Rachel Carson

“Pleasure is spread through the earth In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.” ~William Wordsworth

My cutie that day with her pigtails. 🙂


Since my in-laws were still visiting and would be leaving soon, we decided to buy and put up a Christmas tree a bit early. I also think my husband was excited about it because he was not home last year for Christmas. He was in Iraq. On day fifty-three we decorated our real tree, our first real tree since moving out of our parent’s houses. This ornament is my baby’s 1st ornament. 1981 represent! I have always loved this one and let no one else hang it ever! I’m glad that my Mom let me have it when I moved out. It is a small, but important part of my holiday traditions.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Day fifty-two was my daughter’s 1st birthday party. Hence why there is yet another shot of her and I. I am not happy with this photo. The weight I have gained is visible in my fat cheek. My hair is semi-wet and looks all jacked up. Melora was rubbing her nose with her fist. However it was busy day and there wasn’t much time for any extra work. I snapped this a few minutes before the party started. At least I was able to capture something. Although, Melora’s eyes look lovely.

“A daughter is a day brightener and a heart warmer.”  ~Author Unknown


Over the last year or so I’ve started changing the way that I cook. Instead of always doing what is easy and pre-made, when I have time, I really take my time and add ingredients that I never used before, experimenting like a mad chemist. Since my husband’s return from Iraq in June he too has joined the band wagon. Maybe it’s from watching too many food shows, who knows. Also I feel that I spend almost half of my day in the kitchen, preparing breakfasts, lunches and dinners day in and day out. Not to mention all the cleaning that goes into all that cooking. Day twenty I decided to take a series of shots documenting my afternoon/evening kitchen time. Balancing the cleaning, the children and the cooking, and some how managing to make a decent meal. A mother’s work is never done. I wasn’t sure where I was going with the actual lay out of these photos. I had something totally different in mind. This is what looked best with what I had.

“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.” ~Julia Child