Terrarium Time

March 24, 2012

The day after we made our big announcement about our return to SB, it snowed a good five inches.

I think Spokane is just jealous.

Anyway, I decided it was time for a Spring project to bring a little color and life into the house.

Terrariums are the perfect customizable project - I've seen them with little animals or toys, big ones, tall ones, little ones, etc. This time around I went for simplicity. A few varieties of succulents, baby fern and other little unknown sprigs plus moss, dirt and rocks. Really simple.

To achieve a similar look: layer rocks, then dirt, insert plant, cover top with moss. I sprinkled in a few smooth glass stones I had stored away from my childhood trip to Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, but you can add any special touches you like. Water once a month and enjoy!

The Adventure Continues

March 21, 2012

{Original Photo by Jim Corwin} 

It's crazy to sit down and write another post about huge life change. 

We have spent the last two years here in Spokane while Matthew has worked on completing his Master's degree in Music. I started my own business, something that was one of the best learning experiences I've ever had. We've met people here that have forever changed our lives. Matthew has grown as a musician and leaves his Master's work with a new direction and focus. 

And in three months, we will begin a new adventure.

Matthew's been offered a place in the University of California at Santa Barbara's Musicology Doctoral Program! 

Basically, we are moving to a tropical paradise where we will enjoy family, old friends, amazing connections, SUN, and where Matthew will enter a program that is paying him to pursue his lifelong dream. 

It goes without saying that we are beyond THRILLED to be returning to Santa Barbara. It's where we went to college, where we met, fell in love, and lived our first year together in that tiny cave of an apartment. Matthew owned a piano studio and I worked for a wealthy eccentric. We never had to de-ice anything. We never had to shovel snow. It rocked. 

When we left Santa Barbara, we were ready to see more of the world. We we're tired of the tropical weather. (Can you freakin' believe that?!) We wanted to burst out of the college town bubble. So we moved away and did a million things. We got jobs, moved into houses, added a black pup to the family, made new friends, went to grad school, and ended up here in Spokane. 

And let me tell you - after living for two years in Spokane we are more than ready to get out of here. 

More good news -  moving to SB means that I'm taking my photography to another level! I'm psyched to work more with Josh Newton and with a host of other super talented folks in SB. These people are in another class of photographers - giving, open, supportive, creative and loving. I'm excited to make that transition and expand my work!          

Bottom line: we could not have asked for a greater blessing. Tropical Paradise? Living near our beloved Hoskings? Matthew fulfilling a lifelong dream? My chance to more seriously pursue photography? Reconnecting with our old SB friends? Living by the beach?!

Sigh....it almost seems too good to be true. :)

Let the countdown BEGIN!

First Day of Spring

March 20, 2012

Today is the first day of Spring! 

And although the PNW has missed the memo, I'm celebrating the Springtime that is flourishing within my little house. (Thank you Trader Joe's!)

Some of my favorite things about Springtime:

The disappearing snow
Wearing peep toe heels
Roasted asparagus
Fresh colors
Wearing dresses without tights

What are some of your favorite Springtime things? :)

Mega Shaka

March 19, 2012

An ode to my brother RJ - a sun soaked Patagonia man who rocks the surfboard on his lunch break and loves the shaka. See you in a week, bro!

Sick, In Need of Soup

March 16, 2012

Split Pea Soup via Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks

Well I'm not sure if it's just that time of year, or because of all the crazy things that have been happening lately, but both Matthew and I have come down with a nasty virus. It's like our systems are just totally overloaded - Matthew is entering his finals week, opening week of Go Dog Go, and we've had a lot of new things to think about. And this morning it started snowing again...blah

But the good news is that we're headed to visit RJ and Anna is just about a week - and that means sun, family, good food, beach time, and more sun. Yeesssssssssss.......

So in the meantime I'm trying to focus on getting better. Juicing, vitamin popping like crazy, and making lots of soup. I love having a huge pot of soup that I can just reheat...when both of us are sick it's the perfect meal.

I don't subscribe to eating soup from cans...it's just wrong. My favorite places to find good soup:

101 Cookbooks
A Chow Life
Simply Recipes
Smitten Kitchen

Soup on, y'all.

Attempt at Secret Keeping

March 14, 2012

Mr. Sun, where are you?

Apparently daffodils are blooming back where the sun lives. I hear they're beautiful.


I have a confession.

I'm quite terrible at keeping secrets.

Not big ones that really matter, but little ones like birthday presents and surprises.

I just get way, way too excited. (I'm pretty much Sue.)

Well currently I'm in utter turmoil.

Because I have a really good secret. A really, really, really awesome secret that I can't wait to share!

But I can't for another week or so.

( I always hate it when bloggers say "I have the best thing to tell you, but I can't - haha!" It's crazy annoying. Ugh.)

......But I have the best thing to tell you, but I can't just yet.  :)

Stay tuned!


The Trouble With Pinterest

March 13, 2012

I have full permission to use this image! Pin freely :)
*** Post Update: Pinterest has updated their terms...a little bit. ***

Ah, the almighty Pinterest.

I've been reading up on the nuts and bolts of Pinterest lately, and to be honest I'm a little disturbed.

While Pinterest has been a phenomenal place of connection, inspiration, promotion and curation - it turns out that it's also a place where you could get into a whole lot of trouble.

And I don't mean the oh gosh, I just spent the last three hours pinning DIY projects and makeup tutorials while neglecting my real life sort of trouble.

I mean the oh gosh I'm being slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit and I'm going to be broke as crap after I pay for everyone's legal expenses sort of trouble.

I came across this post via The Window Seat and was blown away at how much I didn't know about my beloved Pinterest. To summarize, y'all need to familiarize yourselves with Pinterest's Terms of Use. And fast.

From The Window Seat:

"If you’re not sure what Pinterest is, it’s a website where you can ‘pin’ almost any content you find on the internet to your own personal ‘boards’. Think of it as a digital corkboard where you can display and organize all the things you love. Other people can view your boards and re-pin your pins to their own boards. Great idea, right?

It is, except there’s one problem. When you pin anything, you are agreeing that you own whatever you’re pinning or you have permission to do so from the original source. Your contract with Pinterest says:
“You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for all Member Content that you make available through the Site, Application and Services. Accordingly, you represent and warrant that: (i) you either are the sole and exclusive owner of all Member Content that you make available through the Site, Application and Services or you have all rights, licenses, consents and releases that are necessary to grant to Cold Brew Labs the rights in such Member Content, as contemplated under these Terms; and (ii) neither the Member Content nor your posting, uploading, publication, submission or transmittal of the Member Content or Cold Brew Labs’ use of the Member Content (or any portion thereof) on, through or by means of the Site, Application and the Services will infringe, misappropriate or violate a third party’s patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights or other proprietary or intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation.” source
But wait… there’s more. You’re also agreeing to let Pinterest sell anything you pin:
“…By making available any Member Content through the Site, Application or Services, you hereby grant to Cold Brew Labs a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, to use, copy, adapt, modify, distribute, license, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, stream, broadcast, access, view, and otherwise exploit such Member Content only on, through or by means of the Site, Application or Services. Cold Brew Labs does not claim any ownership rights in any such Member Content and nothing in these Terms will be deemed to restrict any rights that you may have to use and exploit any such Member Content.”source
And more. You agree to pay their legal fees:
“You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold Cold Brew Labs, its officers, directors, employees and agents, harmless from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, arising out of or in any way connected with (i) your access to or use of the Site, Application, Services or Site Content, (ii) your Member Content, or (iii) your violation of these Terms.” source
And even more. You agree that the entire risk remains with you:

Pretty scary, am I right? This morning I read another great article via Business Insider about a woman who is a lawyer and a photographer who was so alarmed she immediately deleted her Pinterest boards. And after hearing about the risks here, who can blame her?

If you're anything like me, you're asking yourself: "yeah, but what are the chances that I'll really run into trouble? Don't the photographers/designers/etc. like having their work promoted?" And true, the chances of Elizabeth Messina tracking me down and suing me for pinning one of her gorgeous photos is slim. But if I pin her image and Pinterest decides to sell it...then I'm fully responsible for the legal bills of everyone and their mom.

Apparently Ben and the Pinterest team are searching for answers to this massive set of problems, which is good news. At this point I'm not going to delete all my boards, but already I've limited my pinning. My main beef with them is how sneaky this all seems...but then again these have been their Terms of Use from the beginning, so we've had access to them from the start.

It's a tricky situation. What do you think? Are you going to leave Pinterest? Will you stay forever? I think raising these issues and discussing them will bring about change - share with your friends and fellow Pinterest enthusiasts!

Bhritney & Riley | Whidbey Island Wedding

March 9, 2012

This past weekend I was lucky enough to second shoot with Josh Newton - a wonderful friend from our Westmont days and International wedding photographer extraordinaire.

Josh is one of a kind. I have never met a photographer who is more encouraging, uplifting, and supportive - and I'm completely serious here. After just one day of shooting with him I felt more alive and passionate about photography than I ever have before. He has nearly the entire year booked with weddings all over the world, and yet he is more than willing to chat, counsel and offer help. HE ROCKS. Plain and simple. He is actively trying to encourage and foster a new breed of photographers - creative, loving folks who focus on forging new relationships with fellow professionals - not climbing the ladder or being overly competitive. Talk about a breath of fresh air!

Bhritney and Riley were the cutest couple. Total dorks. She walked down the aisle to the Harry Potter theme, and there were ample Lord of the Rings references throughout the ceremony. It was hilarious. Definitely a unique couple, which made for a very unique wedding. They're also musicians,  which brought everyone to tears as Riley surprised Brittany mid-ceremony with a song that he'd written for her. Yes, I teared. It fogged up my camera. I had to pull it together.

The wedding was on Whidbey Island and we had exactly 3 hours of sunshine. :) The rest of the time we enjoyed the cool Seattle air in wellies and coats. The island was green and so beautiful!

Anyway, here's a look at the beautiful couple...it's a long post. I'll be posting more soon.

To the Best Man I know

March 7, 2012

So I'm back! The island was amazing. Seeing Josh was amazing. Photographing Brittany and Riley was amazing. I'll catch you all up on these things tomorrow. :)

But first I want to celebrate the best man I know - Matthew turns 27 today!

Matthew, you are the best.

You're the best at being a sexy artist.
You're the best at taking naps with Numi.
You're the best at putting on kick ass lecture recitals.
Did I mention that you're the best at being sexy?
You're the best man I know, and I love that you love me.

Happy Birthday MR! 

Island Hopping

March 2, 2012

This weekend

I will be hopping

over to a very pretty island.

I am second shooting with this guy over on Whidbey Island on Saturday, and I'm so excited! Josh is a friend from our Westmont days, and was our wedding photographer almost five years ago....what?! Wow. That seems like awhile. Rad. 

It is such a joy to get to work with him - he's an awesome guy and a great photographer.

As if that weren't enough fabulousness, I get to spend Friday night with the always stellar Amanda  - good food, good conversation, good music (concert time!) and some much needed girl friend time. Holla.

Then it's back to Spokane where I will cheer on my genius husband during his Master's Lecture Recital - if you're in town and love Russian piano music, love Matthew, or love cookies - please come! All info can be found here. 

Well, I'm off - I hope your weekend is filled with joy, adventure and all around good things! 

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