Life Lately

Hi! I know I've been kind of AWOL and there's really only a handful of people who even read this, but I wanted to share what I've been up to lately.

In late August I started taking my first class since I graduated from college.  Since I work at an academic institution (UC) I can take classes for free.  And since photography is a key part of my job description, I can take a photography class on work time.  Super awesome, right!?  For someone who loves taking photos and even does it as part of their job, it's kind of crazy that I've never taken a photography class, not even a film photography class.  Somehow it's just something I skipped in all the high school and college art classes I took.  But since I want to start taking conservation photography documentation classes soon, I figured I should probably get a basic photography class under my belt first.  While parts of the class have come naturally, I am surprised how challenging it has been so far.  In particular, being restricted by our subject matter and assignment.  We all know that nature, and flowers in particular, are my favorite thing to shoot.  Well, the subject matter for our first class project was "Abstract".  That meant NO nature whatsoever.  No trees, no plants, no people, no animals.  No naturally made things whatsoever!  It was a definite challenge for me, but it really made me look at things differently and I think I really learned a lot and grew as a photographer during this project.  And that was only our first project!  I wanted to share some of my best shots with you all...

In early September I made probably my prettiest and craziest cake so far for a dear coworker's birthday, and I just have to share it...
It was an orange poppyseed cake with orange buttercream.

 Also, for the last couple months I've been making handmade books and watercolor cards and prints.  I'm finally getting ready to sell them this weekend!  This will be my first time ever going out into public and selling stuff I've made to people.  In person.  In real life.  I'm a little nervous!
I've got 49 books/journals ready to sell, as well as galaxy cards and prints.  Here's hoping it goes well!

For any Cincinnati folks who might be reading, I'll be selling at the Pleasant Ridge POP! Market from noon to 5pm this Saturday (24th).  The market is located in the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church parking lot (5950 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45213).  

That's all for now.  I won't promise that I'll be back to blogging on a somewhat regular basis, because that just doesn't seem realistic.  I've got a lot of fun stuff on the horizon and being present in my life just seems infinitely better than blogging at the moment.  But I'll try not to be a complete stranger.  Happy Thursday everyone!


Cleveland History Center

Hi!  I know it's been a long time, but I've had a lot of stuff going on lately (fun stuff, not so fun stuff, etc) and I really haven't had time or energy to blog...and frankly I kind of forgot about it.  Oopsy!  So, because I'm a bad blogger I'm just going to photo-dump some really old photos on you.  Yep, it's happening.  These are from early 2015 when I went to Cleveland to visit my dear HLP for her birthday (I's been so long!).  She had the brilliant idea of checking out the Cleveland History Center, which neither of us had been too.  It was very cool and I would recommend it to anyone!  Now, commence photo dump of cars, planes, dresses, and a carousel (all located in the History Center)...
Drooling over this ceiling!

With admission into the History Center you also get two tokens to ride the carousel!
My favorite horse!

Second ride on the carousel...
My bestest, Amanda.

Hopefully I'll get back to this blogging and sharing photos on a more regular basis soon.  I'm actually taking a photography class this fall, so hopefully I'll have photos to share on the regular!  Truthfully, it's been ages since I pulled my camera out of my camera bag and I feel horrible about it.  So, that should be remedied very soon!  Until next time...



Let's rewind again, back to my 30th birthday and our weekend trip to Louisville.  After our tour and tasting at Maker's Mark, we headed toward Louisville to check into our hotel.  For dinner I was craving Mexican food so we decided to check out El Mundo, which was awesome and I would highly recommend to anyone.  On our way to El Mundo I spotted a bunch of stuff surrounding a storefront/house that looked familiar.  I had around turn around so we could investigate.  Then I figured out what we were looking at...Jerry's Junk.  I'd first heard about Jerry's Junk from one of the blog I love, the Dainty Squid, and that's why it all looked so familiar.

The light was quickly fading but I decided to get in some shots really quick before we made our way to the restaurant.

What an interesting place, right?  When we go back to Louisville next time I definitely want to spend a little more time there, you know, taking it all in!