Practicing failure and taking risks

I am a recovering Type A perfectionist. I love my gold stars and external validation. I have often thought "If I can't do this 100%, why bother?" I hate that discomfort that comes from trying new things, especially when I'm not immediately good at it (and how often does that happen?!) Photo by the awesome folks at Gratisography ....more

Super Easy Christmas Craft: Holiday Card Kits

Some people make elaborate handmade individual cards for each person on their Christmas card list. Even though I LOVE sending holiday cards, I'm not one of those people....more

Super Easy Christmas Craft: Flat Paper Photo Ornament

Christmas 2010 was the first year I decided to include a little handmade surprise in our holiday cards and I was ridiculously excited about the project. Since it had to fit inside a card, it needed to be flat, so I decided on a round shape with a little cap to look like the top of an ornament ball. ...more

Super Easy Christmas Craft: Tiny Christmas Card Banners

For holiday greetings, I like to either make my cards or use my stash of "regular" holiday cards, likely bought in a Dec 26 sale frenzy before I got crafty. ...more

Super Easy Christmas Craft and Gift: Toddler-Painted Ornaments

Whew! I needed a few days' break after blogging EVERY DAY through Week in the Life :) I'm going to write about Christmas crafts in my next few posts, because next week I'm going to be a guest on a podcast talking about making gifts for Christmas. (More on that in a few days!) Due to the giant house remodel last year all my craft stuff was packed away, so we did minimal crafting around the holidays ....more

Week in the Life 2014: Lazy Sunday

Last day! I made it! ...more

Week in the Life 2014: Saturday Night High and Dry

We went to breakfast at my favorite place yesterday - Portage Bay Cafe in Seattle. I got what I always get - the bananas Foster French Toast. It's a fantastic place to take photos because it's got huge windows so the light is great....more

Week in the Life 2014: Friday I'm in Love

Yesterday was Halloween so there are the predictable cute-kids-in-costumes photos, but overall it was a disappointing day for photography. Despite my 3 days of complaining about the indoor shots my 40mm "pancake" lens took, I kept it on the DSLR and got predictably bad results when my parents came over to see the girls in their costumes, and for the actual trick-or-treating sendoff. Seriously - not one great photo of both girls together in their costumes, and the shots with my parents were all dark or unevenly lit ....more

Week in the Life 2014: Thursday

I had a dip in energy yesterday - took fewer pictures, puttered around aimlessly a bit, and generally just tried to keep M happy while she's still home with her virus. We did go on a trip to Target and she was confined to the cart....more

Week in the Life 2014: Wednesday

And there it is. I can't come up with a song for Wednesday. But I'm still doing Week in the Life! ...more