Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
First off, Jasmine Star is more beautiful in person than her "commercial" or print ads. Seriously--inside and out--she was amazing. I drove about 45 minutes to Akron for her seminar, but there were at least a few hundred in attendance--and they came from Buffalo, Lexington, KY, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis--all over. She spoke with each person as they arrived, and stayed until the last person was gone. She sought people out and asked them about why they came, and was interested and engaging. I was really impressed.
She only spoke 2-3 minutes about her personal background. UCLA Law School on a full scholarship. Business and marketing undergrad work. Her parents were immigrants and her father didn't learn to read until he was 24. Her mom's illness forced her to examine what she really wanted to do with her life--not what others wanted for her--and she took a leap of faith into a field where she knew nothing. NOTHING. She didn't even own a camera, and she told her husband she wanted to be a wedding photographer because she was so inspired by her own wedding. And rather than be a success at something she hated, she thought she would rather be a failure at something she loved.
She started photography in 2006 as a volunteer and a second shooter at weddings. She took in everything she could, and did so with rented equipment. She started a blog. This is one of her first entries...She put herself out there. She had the bravery to tell it ALL. No secrets--she wanted people to know her fears and strengths and quirks. She wanted to bring people along in her journey, and a blog was the vehicle for that. She joined facebook, and linked her website to facebook. Then she joined Twitter. She has climbed so quickly in the rankings as a photographer not because she was trained or went to college for it, but because she worked SMART and not just HARD. She has used social media as her main source of advertising, and it has been all for FREE. She aimed to not just ruffle feathers with this one--but to pluck the whole chicken--when she proclaimed that photographers were not all that different, working with the same equipment and the same set of standards that apply to everyone. She then proclaimed, in a room full of professional photographers, that the business end should be about 80% of your workload, and that the photography should only be the other 20%. Standing there was your living proof. I loved it.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
5-6 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, halved, and sliced in ¼” slices
1 med onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 mild Italian sausage links, removed from casing
2 spicy Italian sausage links, removed from casing
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 cans chicken broth
2 cans beef broth
1 to 1 ½ cups frozen spinach
Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Half and half
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
Break apart the sausage after it’s removed from the casing and put in a stock pot. Drizzle with olive oil. Put on medium to medium high heat and cook. When the sausage is halfway done, add the potatoes, onion, and garlic.
Continue to cook until sausage is no longer pink, and the edges of the potatoes are translucent. Add the cans of broth and frozen spinach. Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. When potatoes are fork tender, the soup is ready to serve.
To serve: Ladle soup into a bowl, filling ¾ of the way up. Add a little half and half and a spoonful of parmesan cheese. If you want your soup a little spicier, sprinkle in some crushed red pepper flakes.
*Special thanks to Karen Fernkorn and Jennifer Schreiner for this recipe!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
These enormous utensils from Pier 1 Imports are up on my wall and I love them. You gotta love a sale plus a coupon!
What is catching your eye this Spring? Do share!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Pinterest is a free site that stores photos and links to your favorite things. I used to rely on my "bookmark" setting on my toolbar. This is SO much better! My favorite feature is that if you see an image and click on it, it links you to the original place it is located online (or it will provide a link to its origin.) I've likened it to an online magazine of your favorite things that has no end.
You sign in via facebook or twitter. Its major drawback is that you have to be "invited"--and if you need one, please email me at Turay413@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send you one.
Once you're on, you create your own "boards." A board is a group of your favorite things. You can have as many as you like. I have eleven right now. If you see something you like--anything--you "Pin" it or "Repin" it from someone else. A pin/repin is simply a tag to put it on your board.
If you like someone and their style, you can "follow" them. Each time you log in, a viewing of the people you follow and their latest pins will come up for your viewing pleasure. Simple as that!
My son's First Communion is right around the corner. My first source for inspiration? My "Entertaining Ideas I Love" board.
This pillow from Lollychops.com is under "Felt I Love." Yes, I have an entire category dedicated to my favorite textile. It's a beautiful thing.
Owl cookies is listed under "Foodie Stuff I Love"...