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Easter Cookie Magic

Sometimes you just need to shake things up. Maybe it was because I felt stuck in the drudgery that is the end-of-winter in Upstate NY... where the sun comes out to tease most days but it's still too cold to be outside much. Maybe it was because March was an exceptionally busy month for me, both professionally and personally, which meant I was spending what seemed like more than the usual time with my eyes glued to my computer screen. (Don't get me wrong, I love my work. I even love it when it's fast-paced and I feel like most days I'm sliding into home plate barely having finished everything I need to get done!)     Whatever it was, I needed to do something different. I still needed to create, especially if I was going to justify tackling a project that would take me away from my desk and my never-ending work to-do list. But the kitchen seemed to be calling me, and the creative thrill of fancy Easter cookies seemed like just the right way to celebrate

Lucky Bamboo

I don't have much to say about the Luck 'O the Irish, but let me tell you about this Lucky Bamboo plant that is gracing my desk these days. (It's lucky and it's green, so this ALMOST counts as a St. Patrick's Day post)     COME ON! It's so freaking cool I can hardly stand it.     It was love at first sight at Wegmans and I ended up buying it a few weeks later when I saw that she was one of only two of her sisters left. I just couldn't resist the cool juxtaposition between the curving lines of the stalks and the straight lovely leafy canopy that shoots up from them.     No clue how the Bamboo Wizards do this sort of thing, but I'm digging it. I'm also really on board with the fact that I apparently can't kill it because it doesn't need a lot of sun (which my home office doesn't have) and it also doesn't need a lot of water (like... once every two weeks. Maybe. Even I can handle that!) So with the snow

In Home Family Session | Cozy Details

I am finishing up editing one of my favorite sessions to date. It was a recent in-home, multi-generational shoot that was full of just the sweetest moments.  Grandma and Great-Grandpa were there to snuggle and play and share sweet baby kisses. We hung out in the toy room where the girls spend their days playing with their Grandma while Mom and Dad are at work. They snuggled on the couch together and showed me their favorite dolls and awesome microscope!     Big Sis got into her dance outfit for me and showed me her music box. They read stories together and jumped on Mom and Dad's bed. There were tickle-fights and giggles galore.     Photoshoots like this are hands-down my favorite because I can just see how much more relaxing it is for families. Especially those with real little ones. Everyone is more comfortable in their natural habitat, adults AND kiddos! We were able to take breaks for goldfish snacks and breastfeeding and

Somebody Pinch Me: I Teach Photoshop Now

In the fall I wrapped up my first Photoshop class at 171 Cedar Arts Center. As I walked into the building and set up the projector to teach the last class, I was still just a little bit baffled. See, it was not easy for me to learn how to use the program and I remember being really timid about it at first. Just overwhelmed and pretty angsty. I never thought I would get the hang of it... CERTAINLY not enough to teach a short intro course on it! I don't quite know when I went from crying tears of frustration over the complexities of this program to using it with confidence every day in my professional life. I don't know when I went from apprehension to competence. When I went from fear to love.     But I do love Photoshop. I love the things I know about it, and I love how I'm pretty regularly learning new things about it. I love how it bridges the gap between what image I can take with my camera and what fine art I saw in my minds' eye. And I love

Local Event | Dollhouse & Miniatures Exhibit at the National Soaring Museum

I'm trying to be better about capitalizing on the many many many local gems I take for granted in this area.   Living in Corning, and in the Finger Lakes Region in general, it can be easy to get complacent about local travel and sightseeing. Which is a shame because there really is so much to see and experience! That's one reason I really like being a member of the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce. I find out about so many great little events and exhibits and places I have meant to check out. Sometimes it's just that one member news email announcing a special exhibit to get my butt in gear and head over to that museum I've been meaning to take the girls to for over a year. It's a true story; that's literally what happened! A few weeks back I opened up my inbox and scrolled through the Chamber newsletter. And I found out that the National Soaring Museum in Elmira is currently hosting a special miniatures exhibit through