Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Photo Print Giveaway!

I am so happy right now.  (And apparently I've become really Southern, because I just kind of wanted to type "I am so happy right now, y'all!") I am feeling so blessed to have this new job. A week in the private sector has done my heart good, and I am so thankful that I get to go back tomorrow and the next day and the next. Yesterday, I came home from work, grabbed my hymnal, and started singing. Singing! After an eight-hour workday. Madness, right? Beautiful, glorious madness.

So, the only logical thing to do is to give away some photography, right? ;) Seriously, I want to spread this happiness around, and maybe encourage a little more participation from you blog readers in the process. (I know you're out there. Google tells me.) So how about a free 5x5 or 5x7 print of your choice from my shop? If that sounds good to you, all you have to do is follow the instructions on the rafflecopter widget below. You can get up to six entries. :)

I'll pick a random winner and contact you in about a week! And... GO!

Thursday, July 19, 2012


I finally jumped onto the Instagram bandwagon! ...Okay, that's not the big news, but I am going to use Instagram photos to illustrate the big news: I have a new job! 

Here's the cake my (former) co-workers gave me on my last day. It was sweet in more ways than one.

And here's the place where I shared a second helping of it with my nearest and dearest. Cool sky, eh?

A couple of days later, I showed up to my new workplace to find that I already had business cards! And with my full name, just how I like it. 

And as if that were not enough, my Granny sent me flowers! Such a lovely surprise! :)

Needless to say, it's been a very happy week. :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Paperback Rainbow

Remember the 21-day photo challenge I did back in May? Well, a couple of those photos finally made it to my Etsy shop! One of them is "Paperback Rainbow." 

I really love this one. I hardly ever take pictures of books, but I love them more than I love just about any other tangible things. I picked these books for this shot because of their spine colors and similar sizes, but they turned out to be some of my favorites, too. This little photo is chock-full of literary goodness. In case you don't believe me, I've compiled a list of quotes from each one, from left to right--from Roy to G to Biv. :)

"Music is part of being human, and there is no human culture in which it is not highly developed and esteemed. Its very ubiquity may cause it to be trivialized in daily life: we switch on a radio, switch it off, hum a tune, tap our feet, find the words of an old song going through our minds, and think nothing of it. But to those who are lost in dementia, the situation is different. Music is no luxury to them, but a necessity, and can have a power beyond anything else to restore them to themselves, and to others, at least for a while." -Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia

"...handing everything over to Christ does not, of course, mean that you stop trying. To trust Him means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trust a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you." C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

"If they were not known to be contrary to the laws of nature how could they suggest the presence of the supernatural? How could they be surprising unless they were seen to be exceptions to the rules? And how can anything be seen to be an exception till the rules are known? ...Belief in miracles, far from depending on an ignorance of laws of nature, is only possible in so far as those laws are known." C. S. Lewis, Miracles

"When people say, 'You really, really must' do something, it means you don't really have to. No one ever says, 'You really, really must deliver the baby during labor.' When it's true, it doesn't need to be said." -Tina Fey, Bossypants

"...happiness has four stages. To eke out the most happiness from an experience, we must anticipate it, savor it as it unfolds, express happiness, and recall a happy memory." -Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

"There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace." -Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

“If you never stepped on anybody's toes, you never been for a walk.” -Barbara Kingsolver, Prodigal Summer

"...I was going to be left alone on my butt on the other end of the continent. But why think about that when all the golden land's ahead of you and all kinds of unforeseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you're alive to see?" -Jack Kerouac, On The Road

"When God creates Eve, he calls her an ezer kenegdo....The word ezer is used only twenty other places in the entire Old Testament. And in every other instance the person being described is God himself, when you need him to come through for you desperately." -John and Stasi Eldredge, Captivating

"For so much of my life I had been defending Christianity because I thought to admit that we had done any wrong was to discredit the religious system as a whole, but it isn't a religious system, it is people following Christ; and the important thing to do, the right thing to do, was to apologize for getting in the way of Jesus." -Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

"...free will agrees very well with absolute necessity, for it was necessary that we should be free." -Voltaire, Candide

"There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him." -C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce  
"...only the person whom we really love, who touches our very roots, has the capacity to drive us crazy, and it may be only this person who has the capacity to help us find our deepest strengths." -Augustus Y. Napier and Carl Whitaker, The Family Crucible

Good stuff, eh? If I haven't convinced you that you need my print in your home library, I hope I've at least inspired you to get off the computer and go read a book. ;)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Outer Banks Photos on Etsy!

I wasn't kidding when I said I'd be sharing more new photos from my trip to the Outer Banks last month. All five of these are newly listed in my shop! :)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

A Rainbow Made by Nature's Beauty (Etsy Treasury)

ELEVEN people have marked my photo "Crossing Over" as a favorite today! Wow!

And I have Heidi of TheMysticalOasisGlow to thank! She curated this stunning collection, and I couldn't be happier to be a part of it. :)

Red Rose Photograph  - Wall Art - 8x12 inch, red, Sam Clark, Nature Photo, gift, flower - samclarkphotography
Flower Macro photograph 8x12 Fine Art Photography nature floral yellow orange droplets blossom print home wall art decor - AnaPontesPhotography
Fine Art Photography, Macro Photography, Nature Photography, Large Flower Photo, 8" X 12", Yellow Chrysanthemums, Rococo Decorative Art - RococoDecorativeArt
Sun Through Grass - Fine Art Photograph - 8x8, Yellow, Green, Blue, Clouds, Rustic Childrens Decor, Sunshine, Disney, Morning, Sunrise - jackslomovits
Toward the Sun - Fine Art Macro Photography Print 8 x 10 - Daisy - Flowers - Floral Art - Nature - Home Decor - Rainbow - Fire - Flames - FacingTheLens
Fine Art Photography, 8" X 12", Large Photo, Macro Photography, Nature Photography, Yellow Single Dahlias With Dew, by Rococo Decorative Art - RococoDecorativeArt
Winter Withered Grass 16x20 Photography Print, Bokeh, Nature Photograph, Lawn, Field, Nature Photos, Fine Art Photograp - thebqe
Single 8x12 print - Leaf photo - nature photography - NaturalImagesFotos
Fine Art Photography, 8" X 12", Large Photo, Macro Photography, Nature Photography, Yellow and Orange Daffodils,  by Rococo Decorative Art - RococoDecorativeArt
Crossing Over: bold, bright, inspiring fine art photograph print of white bridge over water with yellow and orange sun light and green grass - UninventedColors
Nature Photography: Vivid Green Grass, Backyard Photography - backyardiris
Mallard Duck Art Print - Pond Lily Pad Green Navy Blue Wall Art Home Decor Lake Water Photograph - SevenElevenStudios
flower photo yellow bright- In The Meadow fine art photograph 7x10 photo print - sandraarduiniphoto
Sunlight and Flower Photograph- Bright Green, Spring Colors - "Cabo 52 Quince" - DiegoKahloFineArt
Green of summer, 11x17, Koi, Fine art photography, with mixed medias, water lily, navy blue decor, lotus, fish - dahliahousestudios
Teal, Cobalt Blue - Stars Across Blue Water - Sparkling Sunlight, Shining Midnight Blue Green Waves - Royal, Navy, Marine - 5x7 Photograph - findingfocus

Friday, July 6, 2012

New Sailboat Photo on Etsy

Another new photo in the shop! I actually took this one during the 21-day challenge I did in May, so it kind of got lost in the shuffle. I'm happy that I re-discovered it today. :) What do you think? 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Waiting at the Pale Palace (Etsy Treasury)

I adore the soft, dreamy quality of this treasury, created by Zoe from the beautiful shop, ZoeDesignsVintage. My photo, "Softly" is in such perfect company here.
Softly: macro floral fine art photograph print of delicate, pale pink (pastel) hydrangea flower petals - UninventedColors
Watercolour Fashion Illustration, Print 8.5" x 11"  - Vogue Russia - silverridgestudio
Albino Peacock - ElizabethVanHouter
Ornate Ceiling, Blenheim Palace - 8x10 Print - lazyjaney
Chandelier II--original photo processed at PS, 8x8 inch print - FleurBonheur
Water Of My Eyes : Photographic Print - BlueAlgaeCreative
Brown & Pink Flower Photography, baby nursery print, floral home decor, vintage style print, shabby chic wall art - 8x8 - MaleahTorney
Another hundred years went by -- original photo processed at PS, 8x8 inch print. - FleurBonheur
Couture White Feather Capelet Wrap - Custom Size/Color/Style Options Available - by LavederFaye - MadeToOrder - LavederFaye
Angel Art - Surreal Angel Wings - Fine Art Photography - Pink Angel Wings - Romantic Angel Art - Fine Art Photography 6" x 9" - KathyFornal
Baroque Swarovski Crystal Pendant in Oxidized Sterling Silver - karinagracejewelry
feather light - fineheartworks
Art Print. Modern Abstract Painting. SOMETHINGdebussy Art on Etsy- 5x7-Hana-Fubuki- Sakura blossom feathers romantic grey journey Series 131 - SOMETHINGdebussy
White Decor Floral Photography aqua grey winter dreamy abstract flower surreal fine art photograph home decor size 8x10 - dullbluelight
In our hearts - stefanskistudio
Fading Into Flower Fields - 8x10 Fine Art Photography - Romantic Dreamy Home Decor - Gifts for Women and Teenage Girls - sintwister

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

New Fireworks Photo on Etsy

Happy Independence Day, American blog readers! I'm celebrating by offering this fireworks photograph in my shop. :)

What are YOU doing to celebrate? 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Dunes at Duck

It has been a long time since I've put anything new in my Etsy shop! I have  LOT of catching up to do, and it starts with this shot from my recent trip to Duck, North Carolina with my husband and his extended family:

Stay tuned for LOTS more new images! :)