Thursday, November 25, 2010

Give Thanks.

I love Thanksgiving. Probably because I am reminded that I am truly blessed, and for that, I am so very thankful.

I am so very thankful for:
- my husband and family. Their love gives me strength.
- amazing friends who keep me sane and grounded.
- my God, most of all. He is so good and so great that He has blessed me with all of the things that I should be thankful for.

I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hazzle Listens to: Go Jimmy Go

My hubs introduced me to Go Jimmy Go when we were first dating, and I've loved them ever since! I don't even know how to classify them...They would probably be classified under ska, but they have a sound all their own. And they are meaaaan live! One of the best live shows we've ever been to! We had the opportunity to see them during each of our two trips to Hawaii. Here we are with Bison, the lead singer, and Eric, the sax player, when we first saw them.
Such great guys, good people. And it's that time of year again when I bump Holiday Hell Yeah! on repeat!
If you're looking for good tunes, check these guys out!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hazzle Wants... Photobooth Picture Frames

(Source:Mama's Sauce Print Shoppe)

You all know how much I love photobooths, right? I have a crap ton of pictures laying around or up on my bulletin board or tacked up on the fridge... but why did I never think to make picture frames? Thank goodness the awesome peeps at Mama's Sauce Print Shoppe did! Go check out their site, blog and shop. You won't be disappointed. And grab a couple of these bad boys, too!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Excitement abounds!

Man, I've been pretty MIA on here, and I was doing so good on the blogging! I'm gonna keep trying to blog better--even with the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Anyways... on to the excitement... Bryn featured my tattoo on her blog! Woohoo!! With special photo credit to my beautiful friend, Laynie!

Go check it out HERE! I think I just peed a little...

Thursday, November 11, 2010


I finally got off my kiester and finished uploading my online portfolio. It's been a huge undertaking, since a lot of my stuff was either everywhere in my home office or left at my old employers'. It's not very cool to say, "Hey, remember me? I worked for you but now I'm on my own but can I have my digital files? Yes, thanks."  I tried to get as much as I could when I left, but I think I was just so glad to be gone that I didn't really care. Thankfully I had my trusty external hard drive and I had a bunch of my stuff on there. Anyways. If you hear something, it's just me breathing a huge sigh of relief! ;)

Let me know what you think...Visit me here:

Thursday, November 4, 2010


My new tattoo. I'm pretty much in love with it. It's not my first, but it's definitely the most meaningful. I'm so excited now to share the details behind my new addition.

My father passed away 2 years ago. It was very unexpected and heart-wrenching. He lived his life as a faithful servant of the Lord; he's the source and shining example of why my faith is so strong. In memory of my father, I decided to get the first line of the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi as a tattoo. It was one of my father's favorite prayers. It was also the prayer with which he tried to model his life. He also passed away on October 4, 2008--the feast day of St. Francis.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon:
where there is doubt, faith ;
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
where there is sadness, joy
O divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
I didn't want just your everyday tattoo design and I've seen a couple of blogs where they got a calligrapher to design their tattoo. So I gave that a shot and found Bryn of Paperfinger. You may have seen her work all over the internet. She's known for her wedding work and I've admired her talents ever since I was researching wedding stuff.

I was a little hesitant to email her because I thought, "she couldn't possibly be interested in designing a tattoo... She's been featured in magazines, for cryin' out loud..." Much to my surprise, Bryn was so nice and accommodating! Definitely a Godsend. She completed the design just in time for me to get it done on October 4, the second anniversary of my dad's passing. As evidenced from this post.

Once it was all healed, I enlisted the help of my talented friend, Laynie, to take pictures for me. Here are some of the amazing photos she took.
Please go check out Bryn at Paperfinger and on her blog, Paper Tastebuds. And don't forget to check out Laynie Harris Photography. Thank you both so much for your talents and making my vision into a reality.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The happiest of first birthdays.

Isn't she THE CUTEST little owl you've ever seen?! I love her to pieces. She's my bestie's little girl and she turned one this past Saturday. And like I said in this post, it's pretty much a given that her birthday is going to be costume required, being it's the day before Halloween. For her first birthday, her crafty and talented mama came up with a forest friends themed birthday. Just seeing the invitation alone, you know it was bound to be a wonderfully amazing birthday:
Handmade by my friend, her equally amazing husband illustrated each little forest friend and they carried out the theme throughout the party. Check out the sweets table!
I love that we had to dress up as our favorite forest friend. To go along with cutie pie owl, mommy dressed up as a tree, while daddy was Max from Where the Wild Things Are. And I dressed up as... Russell from Up!
Here are some more shots of the day.
God bless you, little Amelie Faith! Auntie Hazel and Uncle Chuck love you!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Congratulations to my brother-in-law and our new sister-in-law! It was such a beautiful day and perfect night. Thanks for letting us be a part of your special day. Here are a few of my fave shots of the day.
Such a beautiful and fun day!