Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Craft Warehouse - Bailey's Irish and Cream

Bailey's Irish and Cream @craftsavvy @createoften #gift #masonjar #party #gameday #diy

Last week a friend came by with the yummiest homemade Bailey's Irish and Cream. When my husband and I tried it we both looked at each other and said we had to make our own! Our friend had it in a recycled snap bottle which made me think of the coolest snap bottles Craft Warehouse carries. Which then spun the thought of all the cool gifts I could give this coming holiday season!

I share the recipe on the Craft Warehouse blog here along with this "game day" version!

Create Well: Keep those friends with recipes close.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Molly Mo's Summer Antique Faire 2014 - Part 3


Welcome back to the last installment of Molly Mo's Summer Antique Faire! You can scroll down to read about this year's experience. This was the first time Diane had guest musicians play for her at her event! The Union Hill Grange was the perfect setting for a stage and places to sit, eat, drink a beer or wine spritzer, and enjoy the music! 


Etherius Quartet played in the morning while people were just beginning to find their treasures. I do love these kids! They have such soft hearts and a love for music. They also didn't mind me taking them away during their break for a few shots.





Follow them on their Etherius Quartet Facebook page and look forward to a video coming from me soon with a sneak at some of their work! They really set the mood for the entire faire! 


Here is Diane with Molly Mo's staff! It was so great to see everyone again... they are always so sweet and helpful to me. Of course I found some treasures of my own in their booth to take home!




Mark and Bill played guitar for the afternoon, lightening the mood with a bit of classic rock. It was the perfect time to eat and sit on an antique sofa or chair to listen.



Thank you so much for a good time Diane! It really was the best year yet!

Create Well: Good music sets the mood for a good time.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Molly Mo's Summer Antique Faire 2014 - Part 2



Yesterday, I shared the first part of my Molly Mo's 2014 Summer Antique Faire experience and today I am continuing the story...


As the vendors started to fill their booths with plants, fabrics, and valuables my sister and I continued to find beautiful treasures to photograph.


Mason jars in blue were a favorite.



There were beautiful things spilling out of every corner we turned.



Auntie Joy's had some beautiful handmade leather cuffs added to her booth this year. These were on my wish list.


Whatevers' booth was filled with unique items, just as it always is. This year they took me by surprise again with their special holiday twists! I love this "spider web" embroidery hoop!



Seriously, these stars on top of paper stars sitting in these painted glass jars were so clever!


Of course, I love to add selfies of me in the group of photos I give Diane because that's what friends do... leave little surprises. Ha!


Not only were there vendors set up outside the Union Hill Grange, but they were also set up inside! Five vendors shared the inside of this vintage church. I wish I could describe the sound on the hardwood floors of the vendors preparing for opening.



Then, my time ended photographing the booths as the doors opened and customers began walking under the tents and canopies. Laughter still filled the air but it was also mingled with espresso brewing by Cafe Venae. I walked through the faire watching the treasures I just finished photographing being carried away to new homes by happy owners. I loved it.

Join me tomorrow for the last installment of inspiration from Molly Mo's Summer Antique Faire. This year was the first year where there has been a stage of entertainment from local musicians. I can't wait to introduce you! 

Create Well: Joy comes in the morning. 8 o'clock to be exact.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Molly Mo's Summer Antique Faire 2014 - Part One


Every year I have the pleasure to photograph Diane Kaser's Molly Mo's Summer Antique Faire. This year there were over 15 vendors. Booths were filled to the rim with handmade, antique, and repurposed goods. My twin sister joined me as my assistant and together we drove to our favorite job of the year.


This was the first year that the event was held at a larger venue as the numbers of those that attend have reached into the thousands.  The Union Hill Grange Hall was the most beautiful picturesque scene for the faire. The views were spectacular with rolling hills as far as the eye could see.


This is the view of the faire as my sister and I drove right as the sun was coming up. Yes, at 6:00am. Everything was quiet and peaceful, which was the perfect way to start photographing the day. Well, that and with my warm coffee in hand.


Trends I saw this year were repurposed wood with quotes painted on them, like these from Vintage Market Place. I honestly couldn't tell if these were vinyl or painted they were that well done. Farm signs and animals were new this year. I saw more handmade repurposed items which I love! I love seeing how people are making the old new again!


Selfies are totally in order in Jula Girl's booth when there are full size mirrors around, lol. Some wonder why I photograph the faire so early. Well, there are two reasons. One, the sun gets so harsh so early in the summer that I have to photograph the booths before they have full sun shining on them. Two, by the time the faire opens - product sells fast! It would be hard to photograph the vendor's beautiful vignettes with pieces missing from them.





I saw more signs of Oregon this year, in Molly Mo's booth. That - I love.



I wanted this golden horse in Roost Reimagined and Mama Roost's booth. The little girl never came out in me more.



The sun started to come up over the hill and the booths started to glimmer and shine. This is the magical part. As the sun comes up, vendors start to arrive. Voices start to travel. Sometimes joyful laughter fills the air as they unwrap their fabric and valuables. Vendors are carrying in flowers and filling vases. This is where the Union Hill Grange begins to come alive...


Come back tomorrow as I share more inspiration and beautiful photos of Molly Mo's Summer Antique Faire!

Create Well: Be inspired every day.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Heidi Swapp and Becky Higgins Project Life

Heidi Swapp Gold Foil Project Life Value Kit @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #projectlife #hsprojectlife

I announced last week about Heidi Swapp teaming up with Becky Higgins to create one of a kind Core and Value Kits for Project Life. I have never had so much fun with Project Life pocket page scrapbooking! These kits are more my style as they are filled with embellishments that match the cards, stamps, stickers, and more! Today I my layout is featured on Heidi's blog showing off the Gold Foil Value Kit where you can see more detailed shots. 

Heidi Swapp Gold Foil Project Life Value Kit @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #projectlife #hsprojectlife

It really is the first time I have found myself wanting to purchase the kit again when I am through with it! It goes a long way and matches so many other kits out there that I am for sure going to be using it again and again!

Create Well: Gold never goes out of style!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Dreamy Pockets

Love Totally @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #heidisdreamy #scrapbooking

I got to share this darling page on Heidi Swapp's blog this week. Honestly, these photos are going to be some of my all time favorite. I have to say that videos that go with my photos is stretching me to the next step of documenting my memories. 

Love Totally @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #heidisdreamy #scrapbooking

I talk a bit about it over there... but it still is fresh in my mind. Bre's first birthday, her first steps, her first words can all be captured on video - but also preserved in her scrapbook along with the photos that also capture the moment. 

Love Totally @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #heidisdreamy #scrapbooking

I wish we had this kind of technology when my son was born...

Create Well: Add videos to your scrapbook pages to help tell your story even more!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Heidi Swapp - July Memory Planner Pages

Heidi Swapp July Memory Planner Pages @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp

As every month passes and a new one begins I feel extremely grateful for this Memory Planner. I feel so thankful that I have been writing #onelittlethingeveryday. Yesterday my son pulled out a little book that his Kindergarten teacher made for him as a gift for the end of the year. It has been over a year since he got that book and almost two years since some of the photos in it had been taken! He barely recognized himself! Ha! I also was shocked at how much he has grown and changed in just a short time.

Heidi Swapp July Memory Planner Pages @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp

That's why I do it. Time is too short and my children will grow way too fast. Believe me, I won't remember it all.
 
Heidi Swapp July Memory Planner Pages @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp

 I needed a place to add more journaling and Bre's milestones for the month, so I stapled a large tag from the Make Pretty Stuff Collection.

Heidi Swapp July Memory Planner Pages @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp

Heidi Swapp July Memory Planner Pages @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp

I just love being given the freedom to add layers and more photos. I am using this tutorial, from Craft Warehouse, to create smaller sized photos from my phone that fit well and help me tell more of my story.

Heidi Swapp July Memory Planner Pages @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp

Heidi Swapp July Memory Planner Pages @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp

This time I added a few Becky Higgins Project Life cards from the Midnight Core Kit. I love the black and white with yellow 4x6 cards to match the opposite calendar page. 

Heidi Swapp July Memory Planner Pages @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp

I am realizing that sometimes my extended family can see and capture moments that I won't. I used a photo my sister-in-law took of Bre with Grandma. Taking advantage of these special moments means I have more memories that I would have missed out on without asking for these photos. 

Heidi Swapp July Memory Planner Pages @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp

Heidi Swapp July Memory Planner Pages @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp

I am also remembering at the end of the month to take my husband's phone and uploading all of his video footage that he has captured so that I can add the QRs to my album. I have no idea why he thinks of recording more than I do, but he has some great material that makes me laugh. This time he captured Bre's first steps!

Heidi Swapp July Memory Planner Pages @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp

Heidi Swapp July Memory Planner Pages @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp

I customized a plain heart 3x4 Project Life card, from the Midnight collection again, with Heidi Swapp's Mini Stamps. I love that! Why haven't I done that before!?!

Heidi Swapp July Memory Planner Pages @createoften @heidiswapp #heidiswapp

Create Well: Summer is fleeting and I am trying to hold every moment before it is gone. I am so thankful that with this album I am able to at least keep the memories at my fingertips.
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