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And I don’t mean the kind that deals with fishes and the like, although I love that too.  The underwater world is so astounding that it is amazing it can be captured on “film” and shared with those who aren’t lucky enough to venture into its depths.  However, I’m talking about a different kind of underwater photography.  I got my Anthropologie catalog today, and the first few pages were all shots of their items captured floating in the water.  They were so beautiful and ephemeral, they could easily stand alone as art instead of just product photography.  I have a few crappy underwater cameras that I’ve been longing to play around with and this might just provide the inspiration that I need.  Now all I need is some water (rather difficult to come across in the desert) and we’ll be good to go!  Here’s some beautiful pictures that I find inspiring.

(this is going to be a long post, there’s too many beautiful pictures to choose from!)

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In addition to everyone having babies, it seems that I’m at that point in my life where everyone is getting married.  I love weddings.  I’m not really the romantic type, but there’s something about weddings that gets me every time.  Big ones, small ones, doesn’t matter to me.  If I could go to a wedding every weekend, I would!  I also love planning them – it’s really neat to see all of the small details come together to make a big statement, and unlike your other parties, there’s picture evidence to remember it by!  I’m going to be talking about my own wedding for the next few days, and giving some pointers to those who are planning.  We did the whole thing ourselves, and not only did we save a lot of money, but we had a really awesome personalized experience.  Here are a few glimpses into the days to come!

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I love the way that orchids look, and all of the infinite variations.  What also impresses me is the patience necessary to nurture these past their first bloom.  I’m terrible with flowers, but I bought this over Easter, and it’s still alive, so hopefully that shall continue!  Again, apologies for the lack of decent blog posts – still trying to figure out a work/commuting/blogging/life balance.  Thanks for your understanding.

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The immigration debate drives me a little bit nuts.  I’m going to say that I have a pretty liberal view towards it, and I really have a lot of empathy for all of these workers who come here just to try to make life a little bit better for their families back home, who have no options.  The sacrifices they make in order to maximize the money they send home are simply astounding.  And that’s why I love Dulce Pinzon’s Superhero series.  She photographs ordinary immigrant workers in New York, going about their jobs, in superhero costumes.  The pictures are a little bit fun but speak to a deeper truth that is really poignant.  Featured on the photographs is a note about how much money they send home every week.  Here are a few of my favorites; I hope you’ll check out the whole series here.

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friday-faves-apr-17I don’t know if it’s your favorite time of the week but it’s definitely mine.  Haven’t had too much time to cruise Etsy this week so we’ll be relying on some of my all-time favorites.

This beautiful hair clip from Neva Plume is a twist on an old favorite.  I’ve always been a fan of peacock feathers for their vibrancy, but this clip takes the old standard and bleaches them out.  It’s a recognizable form in a new, hip color combo that I just can’t look away from.  It also looks spectacular in the model’s red hair.  I think this would be a nice piece for a vintage or alternative wedding.

I love this carousel picture from Bucks County Frames. I love old carnivals and games and all of the hoopla that goes with it – it makes me nostalgic for something I’ve never really seen!  There’s these little bits of human experience that I think are shared throughout the ages, and this reminds me of one of them.  As an added bonus, this great shop has other good photography but most importantly, frames!  Otherwise your prints just languish in a pile somewhere (like mine) hoping dearly to one day see the light of day.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been in love with handwriting.  I’ve changed mine more times than I care to mention, and have noticed that as time goes on, it grows to look more and more like my dad’s.  They say that handwriting is imprinted in your brain – if you learned how to write with your feet, apparently, your handwriting would look the same, eventually.  Not all of us have wonderful handwriting (either with our hands or our feet) but that’s where D Paulette comes in.  For a small fee, she’ll act as your scribe with her beautiful calligraphy!  The obvious use is for a wedding, but I’m still plotting ways to get my hands on some of that beautiful written work.

I’ve been reading a lot lately about how much trouble Obama is getting into for not coming up with the perfect gift for visiting dignitaries.  And I’ve realized how hard it is to get a perfect gift for someone, especially someone you don’t even know!  When I’m pressed into coming up with a great gift, Urban Heirlooms always comes to mind.  This awesome shop stocks great leather accessories (wallets, keychains, etc) perfectly accented with an antique key.  Great for brothers, sisters, in-laws, or even strangers!

Thanks to this week’s artists – we all appreciate the great work that you do!

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I’m working on updating the layout and design of the blog – here’s a little sneak peek!

It’s a lot of work, figuring out all of the code and that nonsense but I think it will look a lot better and be a lot easier to navigate!

Also, I’ve been working on what I’m calling a “visual resume”, even though it’s more of a portfolio.  I have a lot of different crafty endeavors and like to have my fingers in lots of pies.  That’s the sort of thing that’s hard to communicate via a resume.  So I’m creating a series of pages, each highlighting some of my work in various genres.  I’m trying to tie in the design of the pages with the new blog design so everything is a visually cohesive whole.  Here’s two of the pages I’ve been working on:

I have an interview for an internship on Monday, so I’m going to print all of the pages out and bind them somehow.  Wish me luck!

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My bookmark list is slowly but surely growing out of control.  There’s so much amazing inspiration out there, and I’m continually overwhelmed by all of the creative energy and beauty floating around the internet.  Here’s some of the things I’ve been digging on lately.

Forty-Sixth at Grace is an astounding blog that she calls “a saving account for things I like”.  Beautiful photographs, soft and ethereal.  Great finds and lovely writing.  What’s not to like?

Jordan Ferney seems to live a life filled with friends, fun and art (I’m jealous).  She has a lettepress studio, she does photo styling, and an event planner.  Her blog is filled with all sorts of wonderful things and is a good place to go to jump-start your imagination.

MagCloud might be my new favorite find.  Who among us hasn’t dreamed of one day working for a magazine?  With that option quickly disappearing out the window, why not take the initiative and publish your own.  That’s exactly what MagCloud is for.  You just upload a .pdf of your magazine, and they do all of the work!  The price is right too – you pay nothing to create the magazine, but having it printed costs $.20/page.  You can set your subscription price above that to make money, if that’s what your after.  In this day and age where it’s so hard to set yourself apart from the crowd, I’m thinking that a magazine would be the way to do it!

I am in love with this photography from Bobby Neel Adams.  He takes portraits of different generations of the family, prints them out, and manually stitches them together.  The family resemblance is really striking, and he juxtaposes the faces in a way that borders on the macabre.

I love nothing more in life than a good flea market.  There’s tons of them in Arizona, but I’m not sure if any of them match the top 10 flea markets according to Travel + Leisure.  This is a great slideshow showing some pictures – I’ll be off plotting my next vacation.

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