Wild Orchid

An orchid in a deep forest sends out its fragrance even if one is around to appreciate it. -ConfuciusOrchid | Summer 2017 | JM Createsheart_jen

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Soft Focus

Hello!

Today I wanted to share a few photographs I took in the garden last weekend. I looove our Rose of Sharon bush (and I’ve shared photos of it before!). But, this time I challenged myself a little more and took some soft focus photos. Dreamy! If you don’t have a soft focus lens for your DSLR, I suggest you purchase one and just enjoy what it can do for your photographs!

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Planner Details Roundup

Hello! If you’re like me, you can easily spend a couple hours a day on Instagram just looking at all the prettiness. Photography inspires me like nothing else, so instead of just looking at photographs, I am trying to take more of them myself!

Here is a roundup of some of my favorite recent planner related photographs I’ve taken. I’ve shared some on my IG account… some I have not. Enjoy!

Do you have a planning related account (or just one with pretty pictures!)? I would love to follow you. Leave your IG handle in the comments!

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My New Memory Planner

Hello! I have been toying with the idea of using one of my planners as a memory planner with photos for a while now. I actually have been ‘practicing’ with my large spiral Recollections planner from last year. I really like the idea of using some of my favorite photos from the week and writing a bit about each. Of course, I will use stickers & washi to dress it up too! IMG_9357I decided to use the spiral Unicorn Recollections planner, and when Michael’s had their Happy Planner cover sale last week, I scooped up one of the rainbow covers! It’s perfect for how I want to use it. I can stick extra pictures and stickers I want to use in the pockets.

I didn’t need this unicorn planner- but it’s so much fun & brings out the 10 year old in me! 😉 I am so glad I figured out a use for this planner & cover!IMG_9358These pages will soon be covered in memories…IMG_9359I am also going to try to use my new Sprocket printer to print out some of the photos for this planner. I love the tiny 2×3 size of the photos, and that they’re printed on sticker paper! It’s so quick & easy to use too!IMG_9337Do you use a specific planner to memory plan?

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Secret Garden

Her heart was a secret garden, and the walls were very high. -William Goldman, The Princess Bride

When I took this photograph a few days ago, the first thought that came to mind was ‘secret garden’. I love when a photo takes you somewhere else and makes you think.

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Think Happy

Isn’t this little decorative cup (from Target) the cutest thing ever? It’s served many purposes for me since I bought it last summer. I think for now it needs to hold these pretty flowers, and just be cute.  🙂

Also pictured is my Happy Planner Deluxe Cover. I brought it back out for now, because my custom HP cover isn’t quite as think as a regular HP cover, and I want to protect it. I love the white look for summer. Plus, it gives me more decorating options. I am anxiously awaiting my very first Planner Society kit this week. Eek!! You can bet some of those goodies will be popping up in my Happy Planner very shortly….IMG_8432IMG_8435heart_jen

Happiness

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. -Denis WaitleyIMG_7844Isn’t this a beautiful quote? It’s been on my mind recently. Happiness is an inside job. I believe we can use our happiness and turn it into kindness for someone else.

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New Books :)

One of my goals for 2017 is to read more. I’m in luck, because it seems like so many creative, interesting books are hitting the shelves right now!

Winter always seems to zap my creativity. So, I decided to invest in a couple of floral photography books.

IMG_7853First up is Paris in Bloom, by Georgianna Lane. I became a fan of hers a few years back when I saw her photography in an Artful Blogging issue. This book is eye candy times 10. I love the different sections in the book and it seriously makes me want to take a trip to Paris in the spring!IMG_7856

IMG_7857The next book I pre-ordered was A Colorful Way of Living by Barbara Bradley Baekgaard. Anyone who knows anything about me knows what a huge Vera Bradley fan I have been for the past decade or longer. I met her once in person, and I couldn’t wait to read more about her life and how Vera Bradley began. I recommend this book because it is so positive and uplifting. It makes you feel like you can take on the world after reading a few chapters! Plus, it has some of my fave Vera Bradley prints scattered throughout! A colorful, easy to read book, indeed! IMG_7858I have been trying to get myself back into the botanical photography groove with spring having just arrived. I went back to research some famous, classic botanical photographers and came across Imogen Cunningham. I fell in love with her floral photos immediately! I ordered this book from Amazon. It’s called Flora, and it’s from 2001. It not only has gorgeous photos from the early 20th century, there’s a section that gives details about the flowers themselves. It’s a great, favorite new resource.IMG_7859I also received a signed print with my Paris in Bloom pre-order. It’s hanging in my office right now!  🙂IMG_7879

I hope if you’re looking for a few new books that you consider these. I love all three and can’t wait to find some more new favorites to add to my reading list!

What are you reading these days?

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Orchids

A few weekends ago, we went to the local greenhouse to attend their annual Orchid show. Every March, I get really antsy because winter starts getting on my nerves and all I want to see are new blooms! So this show comes at a perfect time! I can get my flowers fix while winter dredges on…

Here are a few photos from the event.

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Holiday Wrap-up 2016

Hello there! I have been wanting to put this post together for about a month now (how has it been a month since Christmas??). I just wanted to wrap-up Christmas 2016 and share a few favorite photos.

My ever-so girly tree.

Athena’s Christmas dress.

Our main (upside-down) tree.

Jake was checking out the Gurglepot to make sure it was ok to have in the house.  🙂

I made these last two photos into cards on the Becky Higgins’ Project Life app. I love how easy it is to put something nice and professional looking together so easily!

That’s it for Christmas! And that’s about how quickly it goes by in real time too! Onto Valentine’s Day…