So, I’ve been going through a period of grief (that I hope has come to an end). These pictures symbolize my grief…I am very sensitive and a few triggers had me needing to feel this one out. I’m probably still processing. So, this post goes down memory lane from when I started blogging….(after first 2 pics)
2009 – After we lost our dream home, above, that we designed, we went on to rent a handful of homes before we bought the home we have today. Leaving our dream home was really hard and I wanted to keep that “country cottage living” theme in my life AND I wanted to make an income to go back to a country life, so I started blogging.
Memories from 10 years blogging since around March 2009…I started many endeavors to “make an income.” My husband was always supportive and patient. I learned a lot of different things.2009 – I made cute handbags to sell… My kids were this small!
We rented and moved a lot!
I photoshopped one of my purses, I was selling, onto Grandma Mimi’s lap (above).My husband started his part time woodworking business about the same time I started blogging…
My friend, Terry, always was kind to offer herself for canning projects and learning to quilt, etc. Above, we are making Christmas Pudding.
The above was one of my first batch of cards; sharpie pen written on a printed photo…(I cringe!)
2010 -This Potting Bench was one of my husband’s most “famous” as it got pinned on Pinterest many many times! and it was mine for awhile!
Another batch of cards to sell…(I think a few friends and family bought some! thank you.)
2011 – My elaborate photoshoots started a long time ago!
Moving so many places made me learn how to decorate and eventually style and take better pictures.
The above kitty, Pixie, had my heart.
I loved re-purposing junk!
Taking pics of beauty with a simple bottom-of-the-line camera.
I really decorated country cottage theme this Christmas…
2013…what we thought was our ideal home in the country turned out to be a disaster.
A photo to help advertise our Country Market.
next venture was an antique booth in Penny Lane. very fun!
My friend Terry is a keeper!
another antique booth (above).
I started making up my own chalk paint for my re-purposed furniture projects.
In 2013 I had complete thyroid removal surgery because of Graves Disease. This was only a week later because I was feeling SO much better in a LONG time.
My kids are getting older…
and my photography is getting a little more interesting! but I didn’t think it was good enough so I decided to be a Stylist and collaborate with proff. photographers.
My first one below with Corlana!
Seriously, one of the best days of my life to help create such beauty!
We go on to collaborate a few more times! Most of our shoots get accepted to magazines!
In the meantime, my brother lets me borrow his intermediate camera so I can practice too!
Then I collaborate with Annetta and Fielding on an indoor shoot… So much fun and SO much work!Annetta, Fielding and I did three rooms in one day! whoo! but such good memories and photos!
Then, the above collaboration was with Corlana and some of my daughter’s friends.
Woods Picnic, above, with Corlana again!
Then this Bohemian Cousins beach picnic! _ah! so gorgeous!
Then a couple different shoots with Lindsey, photographer!
Then a final collaboration with Annetta.
Then I get the itch to be my own photographer since several of my friend photographers move out of town!
Above, my daughter and her bestie photoshoot. Vintage themed. My craft area in our bedroom.
My daughter and her friends are willing subjects in my practice photoshoots.
Learning more photography skills with Annetta and Abby.
I start catching on quick and buy my own semi-proff camera. I sold my two white elegant slipcovered chairs to get the $500 needed. I had got the chairs, free, by the road.
We move to our present home and the backyard garden is gorgeous and I take lots of pictures out there!
more photography fun with these two! I am not exaggerating when I say that collaborating with friends on photoshoots has been a highlight in my life!
Then I started Kindred Creative Workshops.
I learned a lot from my photographer friends and my brother, Dan.
More friends who support my photography endeavors!
I give back my talents to God!
Styling, photographing and coordinating people is a BIG job! -not getting paid yet!
The, above, tea party celebrates Sarah’s new book; A Party for Pepper
I even practice engagement photos!
Some photoshoots are spontaneous!
My shoots are starting to get published, many in Mingle Magazine!
The, above, collage is a shoot with my brother.
I am inspired to create a series of postcards with color themes to sell. 2016 Above magazine, Mary Jane’s Farm and my styled shoot with Corlana and the Hortegas girls.
I’m kind of dazed at how many photoshoots I have done. I started to get tired of so many things needed for the styling and started using less things and even less people. (okay, maybe not just yet as I see the next photos!)
I practice portrait photography but never feel comfortable trying to get people to smile!
I try to incorporate family into garden parties like the one above!
I also want to get into wedding photography so I practiced at the above wedding backyard reception…
I loved the styled brides!
I started noticing a lot of burn out from the intense photoshoots. I am making a small profit on magazine articles when I write the article but no paid anything else.
I continue to incorporate family into my creative “madness”!
2017I decide to try putting my pictures on other products and I have a shop at Society6.
I start creating books on Shutterfly – hoping to send to book publishers. And I did send to a few.
I print out one of my books and am so proud of it!
The work and “perfection” required for styled photoshoots has me feeling empty and needing “soul therapy.”
I finally get my chickens – long awaited dream!
I discover this book and am crazy about it!
I’m still trying to sell my photography skills but it’s not working out. I get too anxious and it takes SO much energy!
My brother sends me his proffessional camera as he got a new one! Now, I really feel like a photographer!
I’m really trying to find my peace in this Season.
God gives me many blessings and time to heal. I even started a year of picnics…
2018Had the best day with kindred spirits picnicking and drinking tea! I really miss having kindred spirit friend kind-of-days.
Got this really handy backpack perfect for all my camera gear and a little picnic! so heavy though!
more magazine features! I make the best greeting cards ever! and we do a booth at a weekend craft fair. I made rustic wooden frames for my enlarged prints.
I did a fun picture project with the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.
My website gets an update!
My website has many technical errors and I’m unsure what I’m supposed to do with my creativity.
I start writing, “Return to Avonlea” and start doing photos with me as an older “Sara Stanley.”
I quit writing “Return to Avonlea” and make my first magazine and think about quitting blogging because I feel like I can’t do both. I downsize my Instagram account. I realize I’ve been blogging over 10 years and I freak out. I made a 10 year scrapbook and see all the good but all the time and effort. All of it was to try to make an income which I never became good at.
So, I went on a soul kind-of-walk and remembered all that God had taught me and Given me. In the end, God just wants me to play and for me personally, creativity is similar to worship of God. I’m not sure I’ll ever feel comfortable set up as a business. The magazine is still a “fun” project and I expect to make a few more.
And that’s my story.
God has been gracious to me and I have all I need. Genesis 33: 11b