girl loves friday....a little late.

The stress of the holidays has started to sink in.
I did have my shopping done but like always there are some last minute gifts that need to be purchased.
Hair desperately needs to be cut. You know you're over due when the most effort you put into your style is throwing it in a messy ponytail/bun.
Finally wiped away the remains of my Christmas party red manicure. My nails are in shams.
The bags under my eyes seem to be permanent even though I feel like I'm getting enough sleep.
The snow seems to have stopped but probably not for long. The only thing getting me through the treacherous drive to and from work is singing along to the holiday radio station...."oh the weather outside it frightful" as I pass several cars that have spun out into the ditch.
It is beautifully crisp and white out and the hustle and bustle of shoppers and neighbors putting up lights puts me in a better mood.
Christmas has it's ups and downs. It's not all merry and bright but overall, it's the time of year to reflect and to count our blessings. I came home the other day and hugged J as tight as I could after hearing about a coworkers husband passing after surgery. I'm deeply heartbroken for her and her children.
It's never a good time for some one to pass but the holidays don't make it any easier. This is what I think of when my mood starts to turn sour for one reason or another. I am alive and well and there is absolutely no reason for me to be a grinch about anything.

I was honored when a friend asked me to do a photo session of her newborn, Colten.
She knows I'm wanting to expand my still life horizons and build a portfolio. It was certainly a learning experience. You can read books, research blogs and scroll through Flickr for inspiration and ideas but there is nothing like the actual experience of a photo session. I now realize that if this is something I want to do professionally, I'm going to have to invest in some lighting equipment and a new camera. Yes, a new camera which leads me to this years wish list. :)

I want a 5D but I don't see that happening anytime soon. Or maybe? who knows. But I would settle for a 70D
would also LOVE to get my hands on this beauty of a lens.
I was this close to signing up for this photo class in Vegas next year. this close. but it filled up in like a few hours and was quite expensive. I'm sure it's worth every penny. I'm hoping they plan to do one in Seattle. I would be there in a heartbeat.  

I'm having a little holiday special in the shop through Christmas day.
For a limited time, I will be offering single Polaroid prints AND you also get this one for free with any purchase.
Holiday special 

here are a few images currently in the shop...
Oh deer 

  All we need is love

I also have a limited set of calendars left. Very very limited. You'll have a chance to win one on Ali's blog this weekend. 
other tidbits?
SC January sneaks this weekend. The stamps are so fun this month. Be sure to check the mb's for sneaks from the rest of the dt.
And 2 layouts for the homie Home Front line......


I'm at the end of my day, yawning my head off.
off to bed.
happy weekend,