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If you follow me on Instagram or have browsed my Etsy shop recently you may have seen my image boxes I have for sale.  I started off selling them because I loved the idea of a beautiful piece of art that also could be used on your coffee table to hide your remotes and other various eye sores.  I’ve since ended up making them as gifts for so many people because I loved turning them into precious mementos.  I start by using one of the images from my art collections on the top of the box and then it’s backed with either a vegan leather (many color options) or silk fabric (also many color options) in a coordinating color scheme for the photo.  They come in various sizes ranging from 4×6 to 12×12 and are either 1.5 inches or 2 inches deep.  Which makes them big enough to store anything from remote controls, jewelry, 200 photographs, to various trinkets around the house.  This one pictured is 12×12 with merlot vegan leather backing.

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In making them a little more special for gifts, I started overlaying text on the images.  I’ve done song lyrics, bible verses, quotes, you name it!  The one I made for my own bedroom says “Home is Wherever I’m with You,” from the song by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.  I keep anything from pictures to movie ticket stubs that have any sentimental value from my family.  This one is a 5×7 with turquoise vegan leather backing.

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I just made this one for a dear friend of mine who recently moved away.  I wanted her to have something special to remember the home they lived in for years, watched their daughters grow in and shared so many great memories in.  I went to her old house nearby, photographed it, put it on a box with the quote, “Where we love is home.  Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”  I backed it with camel color leather to coordinate with her home’s upscale rustic decor and made it an 8×8 size.  Then I printed two mini albums of all the photographs I’ve taken of her kids in her home and put them inside.  Not only did it take me down memory lane putting it together, it really felt like a present she might treasure for years (hopefully).:)

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And like all good mother’s, my very own has become addicted to giving them as gifts as well.  She has had a rough past couple of years caring for her aging mother and has turned to a few of her closest friends for love & support.  She wanted them to know how very much she adored their help and how significant they had been in her lives.  She had a very specific idea in mind for the boxes she wanted me to make.  One of her favorite songs is by a Christian artist named Francesca Battistelli called “Hands of God.”  She had me photograph a set of hands, edit it with a rustic black and white finish and add the inscription from the song, “I Hope you know to me, You are the Hands of God.”  She made them as 5×7 boxes and finished it with platinum silk backing and loved the way they turned out!

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For more information on how I can make a personalized image box for you please give me a shout! Or visit this link that takes you directly to the listing in my Etsy shop.  It’s super simple, pick the image you want from my portfolio, choose what kind and color backing you want, the size, and we’re off!

Living in Texas we can’t *quite* say summer is over.  I mean, we’re still in the 80’s sometimes 90.  But I guess with the breezes blowing in a little more frequently and when the sun goes down, it’s finally starting to feel a little like our version of fall.  Which makes for beautifully perfect evenings outside.  Nick and I joke about the “magic hour” that happens in our household each evening.  On any given day I spend a solid 75% of my time breaking up fights among Caden and Alivia.  But for some reason, around dinner time, just before bed, they decide they are each other’s best friend. Maybe they are banning together trying to squeeze a few more minutes of play before bed time.  Whatever the reason, it’s amazing.  They talk, laugh, chase, share, and ENJOY each other either. We have overheard them on more than one occasion tell each other “I love you, you’re my best friend.” Heart, melted.  I finally grabbed my camera and snapped a few quick pics to prove it’s real.  Enjoy.

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It’s been a very busy month, I don’t even know how it’s almost OCTOBER.  After the trip to Charleston, and finally having *some free time now that the kids are back to school, I’ve been adding to my collection of fine art photography in the Etsy shop!  I still have a lot more additions to post, but I wanted to share some of my new faves.  All of these images are available in any size print and canvas.  And of course all of the artwork you see can also be purchased by contacting my directly if you prefer not to shop online.  Just message me for details!

Clicking on each image will take you directly to the link to purchase.

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Here’s a beautiful way you can mix and match these calming neutral blues and grays together as a wall gallery.

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I’m obsessed with this image, it reminds me of the secret garden.  Look how amazing it would look as a main statement piece on the wall.

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If you’re like me and can’t choose between all the fun, colorful window boxes from rainbow row, just get them all! They’d look amazing as a gallery wall grouping on canvases or framed.  I see these in a beautiful white, silver or even reclaimed wood frame.  I work with a great printer who has gorgeous reclaimed wood frames.  I can order it all at once and have them put it all together with the paper closed back with hanging hardware.

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Here’s another personal favorite and another one that would stand out well on a large wall space.  The live oak trees at the Boone Hall Plantation are so charming, perfect for southern decor, rustic decor, or a landscape photography lover!

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I love how the Spanish Moss, Live Oak Trees and Secret Garden prints look grouped together.

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So many of my pieces are purchased in the 8×10 and 11×14 size range.  You can spruce up any space with artwork, from your guest bathroom to your personal desk.  Anywhere in the home you could use a little happy to look at!

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Sometimes it helps to have a visual of what an image will look like in various sizes on your wall.  If you see an image you’d like to see on your wall, or using this same visualizer please contact me and I can get one for you.

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That’s it for today, I’ll post again after I get the next round of additions up and running!

I had been looking forward to my trip to Charleston for MONTHS. I spent hours researching restaurants, tourist attractions, shopping and plantations.  I counted down the days and heard from everyone I talked to how much I’d fall in love with it.  I have to say, it definitely lived up to the hype.  Unfortunately from a photography standpoint, Charleston weather wasn’t very nice to me.  I stepped off of the plane to sunny skies and gorgeous clouds, took about 10 steps, and the rain started.  It would let up here and there for small stretches at a time, during which I would snap feverishly.  Then the rain would start and I’d tuck my sweet camera away and just enjoy the sites in peace.  My poor lenses took a beating, lots of water & fog being wiped away (she’s definitely gotta get shipped in to Canon for cleaning).  But I guess it was a bit of a blessing in disguise.  I ended up just enjoying my little girls’ getaway and doing some much needed R&R.

The first stop I made was to the Middleton Place.   Since it was a Friday at 2pm there wasn’t a soul around.  It was before my friend, Alyssa, landed so I ventured out on my own.  I have to say it was really quite a perfect start to my relaxing weekend away.  Again, I’d walk the grounds in total awe, snapping away, then those pesky clouds would hover and I’d get dumped on.  It actually turned out to be the perfect place to get caught in the rain.  The massive live oak trees served as fantastic umbrellas, and the raindrops rustling in the trees and water all around was very serene.  I’d run to cover, and sit below the tree just soaking it all in.  This was my first experience with the live oaks dripping in Spanish moss. To say these trees were breathtaking is an understatement.  I was a little bummed I didn’t have Alyssa with me so I could have a scale to show you how insanely large these trees were.  And one crazy trunk had a warped piece of wood that I thought looked like a ghost.

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I think the word to describe Middleton place was green. So much greenery, between the trees, lush grass and swamps covered in algae and moss, it was a green attack.  The next day I was SUPER pumped to get away from the monotone and into Rainbow Row.  An entire area of town where each house is a bright vivid color?! Have you seen my artwork? It’s a color addict’s paradise.  We took a Palmetto horse carriage ride that included a small historical tour.  I wasn’t paying much attention to it as I was in awe of the sites.  And I was THAT person who was reaching my head out of the covered trailer to try and get a good shot of the gorgeous architecture.

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I did listen long enough to learn that this stunning white mansion with vivid blue door (ring a bell anyone??) was actually a wedding gift from a grandmother to a grandchild.  My nana clearly has some catching up to do.

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I also have to mention my two nerdy freak out stops.  One of which was the Calhoun mansion which was the scene of Aly’s home in the movie The Notebook.  We also visited the Boone Hall Plantation, which was her summer home in the film as well.  We finally were able to hop out of our carriage just in time to snap a few windowsills and homes before (you guessed it), the heavens decided to open up for day TWO of raining on Jess’s photography parade.

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Talk about curb appeal.  I don’t even have windows like this, but it immediately made me want to added flower window boxes to the front of my home.

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So I know I have my adorable no soliciting sign on my front door, but when I saw this it made me think I should make one like this.  It just seems so much more dignified.  And to the point.

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Enter, pouring rain.  So we decided to drink copious amounts of wine and shop our way through the city with umbrellas.  Just as the day was winding down we saw there was a break in the weather so we made our way to Mt. Pleasant to the Boone Hall Plantation.  Yes, the home from the Notebook (Aly’s summer home, lots of Ryan Gosling make out sessions) and location of the most insanely beautiful drive-up entry ever.  I have two live oaks in my front yard, and it made me want to plant Spanish moss in them and let their limbs grow until they touch the ground.  I really wanted a shot of the house at the end of the long driveway but there was a wedding being set up and the trucks and tables and chairs blocked the whole front entry of the house.  There was this amazing black rod iron gate that opened up to the home. It was so ornate and grand, I wish I could have seen it in all it’s glory without catering trucks blocking it.  I’m telling you, this trip was not feeling my photographic wishes.

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After my short stroll I hopped back in the car to cram one final destination into my trip before heading back to the airport.  This time I went to the Magnolia plantation.  Have you ever even heard of a town with more gardens and plantations in your life? Me either.  All 3 were unique and, with the exception for the live oaks in abundance, they had a different feel and story of their own.  If I had to sum up the Magnolia planation in one word, I’d say bridges. They really dig bridges, of all colors and sizes.  They were everywhere.  I’m only posting a few from that spot, but trust me, bridges bridges everywhere.

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