Hobby

Summer Manifesto

read lots and lots of books

get my small photography business going

do lots of crafts

do some around the house DIY projects

take Annabel on adventures

spend lots of time outdoors

see my family and friends as much as possible

work on the wedding planning

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In the Blood by Lisa Unger

… we draw people into our lives. It’s as though we broadcast our deepest needs,
and certain people hear the signal somewhere in their own subconscious and heed the call.
For better or worse, we attract our teachers, our allies, and sometimes even our nightmares.
Some of us have louder signals.
Some of us have more sensitive receptors.

Such a good book!
There were some elements and mysteries that I was able to figure out right away
but there were others that just kept me guessing.

This novel follows the character Lana who has a secret.
There is a troubled, young boy.
There is murder and lies and a great story.

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I will for sure be picking up more of her novels.

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goals: photography business

So, lately I’ve been taking steps to start up my own photography business. I’ve got appointments to amp up my portfolio and business ideas along with all the little aspects that go into it (stationary, pricing, website etc). I am surrounded by notes of ideas and things that must be done. Danny is so supportive and positive about it. I’m nervous as hell. He says the worst I can do is fail, or not make any money but at least it is something fun that I enjoy. And at least I won’t be sitting around thinking what if? or I should have tried.

I’ll be sure to update about it.

Cheers to a new venture! 

 

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Sibling Photo Shoot

So for Mother’s Day my friend wanted to get some nice photos of her and her brother for their mother. She wanted enough to create a small album and get some framed. I ended up taking 280 photos! It was a lot of fun. I am by no means a professional but it was great practice and I’m glad she trusted me to do it. These are just some of them.

 

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The Kept by: James Scott

This novel follows the story of a mother and her son who leave their home to start again after the rest
of their family is murdered.

Elspeth and her son Caleb move into a new town to start their life again and when they arrive Elspeth’s past comes to light.
The truth behind her children and family.
The truth behind her own personal issues.

This novel has mystery and suspense.
It takes place during the 1890’s.

The first line of this book is “Elspeth Howell was a sinner”.
Elspeth is searching for redemption for her sins.
She going through life taking care of Caleb and basically waiting for karma to attack.
In this case, karma being God’s punishment.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

But I was not happy with the ending.

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Project Life: April

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The layouts of April are fairly random. Except for our vacation.
This first page has washi tape and rubber stamps and chipboard pieces.
Annabel shows up a ton in the album.

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The next page is super random. I wanted to add in the photo strip of my mom and I though.
I scanned it into the computer and cropped it so each one would fit into the 3×4 pockets.

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This page was over two days. We had a little cookout and went to the movies.
Of course I saved the ticket stubs.
And it was Annabel’s first birthday.
The cards I used were from the Sunshine Kit. I love that kit and it’s really going well with my spring photos.

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This is the first page of our vacation.
The “Key West” is gold stickers and I used chipboard pieces on the date card.
Again these cards are from the Sunshine Kit.
I added a divider to this section as well.

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This page is a design A cut in half. The other half was ruined so instead of throwing the whole
thing away I just cut it up and used it as an insert.

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More Sunshine Kit card and chipboard pieces.

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Same with this page. Washi tape & Sunshine Kit.

Still as Death by: Sarah Stewart Taylor

Another Sweeney St. George mystery.

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Another good book in the series.

This one took place in a museum. It surrounded Egyptian artifacts and returning characters.
This novel (like all the others) is basically a double mystery.
Both concern museum thefts, one in the 1970’s and one in present day.
Sweeney works with the police and returning character Detective Quinn to solve both mysteries.

I think this may have been the one I enjoyed the most. Well, I can’t choose between this one and the first one (O’ Artful Death).

I”ll give it a 4/5.

The mystery/story is good.
I love the main character even though she irritates me with her personal life choices.

I think it’s a good thing when you can get mad at a character.
I think it means that you’re enjoying the book and really getting into it.

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