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Happy Pawlidays!!

“Dogs are treasures, and these treasures enhance the Holiday season.” -Unkown

Happy Pawlidays!  Thank you so much for a wonderful year!  I am very grateful to you blog readers and subscribers!  Thank you so very much for reading and following the blog — it means so much to me.

Below is the front and back of our Pawliday card along with our matching envelopes using custom stamps and little seals of our beautiful little Victory!  (You can view our previous Pawliday cards herehere, here, and here).  Sending our Pawliday card is one of my favorite parts of the Holiday season!  This is my way of sharing our Pawliday card with all of our blog friends!  Thank you for reading this blog for however long or short you have been visiting!  I truly enjoy creating content for the blog to share with all of you.  We hope that you have a wonderful Holiday!

 

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We are traveling over the Holidays and taking a brief break from the blog to enjoy some down time.  I will return to the blog in January 2017.  Meanwhile, if you are in a blog-reading mood, you are warmly invited to visit the archives — the links are shown below.

Dog Related posts

Dog Rescue posts

‘Dog-Centric’ Artists Interviews

For Artists posts

Photography posts

Personal posts

Victory Related posts

Happy Pawlidays!

Happy Pawlidays!

“Dogs truly are able to see into our souls and remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.” -Unkown

Happy Pawlidays!  Thank you so much for a wonderful year!  I am very grateful to you blog readers and subscribers!  I am very much looking forward to new series and exciting adventures in 2016!  I believe 2016 will be a terrific year filled with many possibilities!  Thank you so very much for reading and following the blog — it means so much to me.

Below is the front and back of our Pawliday card along with our matching envelopes using custom stamps and seals of our beautiful little Victory!   (You can view our previous Pawliday cards herehere, and here).  This is my way of sharing our Pawliday card with all of our blog friends!  Thank you for reading this blog for however long or short you have been visiting!  I truly enjoy creating content for the blog to share with all of you.  We hope that you have a splendid Holiday!

We are en route to visit family, and I am taking a brief break from the blog to enjoy some down time.  I will return to the blog in early January 2016.  Meanwhile, if you are in a blog-reading mood, you are warmly invited to visit the archives — the links are shown below.

Dog Related posts

Dog Rescue posts

‘Dog-Centric’ Artists Interviews

For Artists posts

Photography posts

Personal posts

Victory Related posts

Happy Pawlidays!

 

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Tips: Holiday Photo Cards

It is already that time again — time for holiday cards!  One of my favorite things about the holidays is making our annual Pawliday Card!  I greatly enjoy making images tangible.  That is why I print my images; make photo books; and get images framed and on our walls!  It brings so much joy and makes wonderful family heirlooms and keepsakes!

Below I share some tips on making a photo holiday card.

1. Aesthetic: Decide on your aesthetic or theme of your holiday card.  Before I even select images for our holiday card and look at possible card designs, I decide on an aesthetic or theme that I would like to convey, and keep this theme in mind when selecting images and the final card design.  My aesthetic is generally simple and clean, highlighting the images.

2. Images: Select the images that you would like to include on your holiday card.  Next, I begin with the images I want to include on the front and back of the holiday card.  I go through my images from the year and select the images that I would like to include on the holiday card.    It is important to make sure these images are of high quality in order best showcase your photographs on the card.  Also, it is important to keep in mind the best crop to present each image and how the images collectively look together.

3. Design: Select a couple of design options that works well with your overall aesthetic and images you have selected.  I typically look at card designs at Artifact Uprising, Minted, and Pinhole Press.  (This year, we went with Artifact Uprising for our Pawliday card).  I spend time looking at these sites and gathering the possible designs that will work well with my images and aesthetic.  After narrowing down the card design options, I show the possible designs to Doug and get his input and then together we settle on two to three possible design options.  I like to have heavy matte card stock for my holiday card.  Thus, I use companies that offer this option.

4. Mock-Up: Create mock-ups of the possible design options.  After selecting the designs, I put together mock-ups whereby I make the final selection of the images and this provides a good way to visually see how the card would look.  Then, I show the mock-ups to Doug and we settle on a design.  By the end of the mock-up process, it is usually pretty evident which images, text, and design will collectively work the best together.

5. Final Design Selection: After letting some time pass, a week or two, I go back to my final design option and make sure I am happy with it.

6. Proofing: Once the images and final design is selected, I then show the final holiday card to Doug for final revisions and proofing of text, etc.

7. Stamp: We also use a custom photo stamp on the envelopes of our holiday card.  This typically includes an image appearing on our holiday card.

8. Seal: We also use a custom photo seal on our holiday cards.  This usually matches the custom stamp.

9. Return Address Label: We use a simple return address label for our holiday cards.

10. Timing: It usually takes me about a month to complete the above process.  It strive to get my orders in by the beginning of November to offer ample time to address and send out our Pawliday card, and address any printing issues, if need be!

I hope that these tips help you in creating a photo holiday card that you love!

Shown below is our Pawliday card from last year.

Happy Holiday Photo Card Making!

 

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Around Here: November

Happy November!  We hope that you had a nice Thanksgiving!  We cannot believe this year is coming to a close so quickly and the December Holidays are quickly upon us.  Below are some items that have occurred around here in November!

-still working on finishing final edits, which are very tedious, while continuing to work on the next steps concerning my long-term photography project.  So very close to finishing!

-continuing yoga class this month, which has been great!

-started acupuncture earlier this fall, which has been really beneficial!  I highly recommend it.  (I was skeptical at first; however, I have found many benefits.)

-enjoying date nights together!  Doug and I are aiming to try at least one new restaurant a month to expand our horizons!  This month we tried Facci and Kloby’s both of which were really good!

-we are soaking up what little warm enough whether there is to take Victory out on walks in her Hound About!

-we subscribed to Texture, which provides many magazines at one’s fingertips via the iPad!  We love it!

-we celebrated Thanksgiving!

-finished our Pawliday card and photo calendar for 2018.

-started our Christmas shopping, and we’re almost finished — thank goodness for online shopping!

-continuing to work on getting fine art prints made, framed, and hung in our home, an ongoing endeavor!

-finished the first season of Mindhunder, a really good series.

-finished the second season of Stranger Things, also really good series.

-began reading Slow Motion by Dani Shapiro.

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially, at the gym and on walks!  (Here is an interesting podcast on dogs and how their great sense of smell impacts dogs’ world view).

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Monday!

 

Victory: Photography Project — 93

Beginning in January 2014, I started a weekly photography project with my muse, Victory!  I will continue to share this project on the blog this year!  My goal is to document all of Victory’s changes, while preserving fleeting moments and memories, while capturing moments of our everyday.

We went to Newark, Delaware this weekend and took our fur girl, Victory with us!  It was nice to get away.  Before leaving, we finished most of our Pawliday cards, while getting our small Christmas tree and Holiday decorations up around the house, including our outdoor lights, wreath, poinsettias, and indoor window candles!  It feels cozy in our house, especially with all of our candles.  We are looking forward to making Christmas cookies and watching some festive movies.  While we are not ready for Christmas, and we are taking a low-key approach this year, Victory is ready!  She looks festive in her red cable Christmas sweater, shown below!  She is also going to visit Santa again this month!   While we cannot believe another year is coming to a close shortly, we are excited to see what the New Year will bring!

Happy Tuesday!

 

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Around Here: November

Happy November!  I am not sure how it is already the end of November and the close of 2016 is soon upon us.  Below are some items that have occurred around here in November!

-continuing to work steadily on my long-term photography project — an image at a time.

-we took a trip to Dewey Beach with Victory!  (A few short iPhone videos from our trip are shown below.)

-enjoyed our last visit to the Eastern Shore for crabs and fish this year.

-enjoying date nights together!

-burning fall candles in our home!

-making crock pot dinners together — which are mostly prepared by Doug!

-Victory had a urinary tract infection (UTI) this month, which was treated with antibiotics and she is now UTI free!

-getting ready for Thanksgiving!

-finished and ordered our Pawliday card, custom stamp, and seals!

-getting ready to decorate for Christmas around the house!  We ordered our live tree from Maine online that is going to be delivered later this week!

-Victory recently received her Christmas sweater to wear when she goes to visit Santa again next month!

-currently reading Love Worrier.

-finished the second season of The Americans.

-listening to a myriad of fun podcasts!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Tuesday and wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

Around Here: October

Happy October!  It is officially feels like fall, our favorite season, with cooler temperatures and the beautiful foliage.  Below are some items that have occurred around here in October!

-continuing to work steadily on my long-term photography project — an image at a time.

-we celebrated Victory’s birthday!

-we celebrated our wedding anniversary!

-we took another trip to the Eastern Shore for crabs and shrimp with Victory!

-we took our annual trip to the pumpkin patch!

-enjoying evening walks together with Victory in her Hound About, especially since it is cooler outside!

-enjoying date nights together!

-opening the windows and letting the fresh, crisp air into our home!

-burning fall candles in our home!

-Victory had her annual exam at the vet, and all went well.  She will likely get a healthy dental early next year to make sure her teeth are ok and to be sure nothing is festering.

-getting ready for Halloween and pumpkin carving!  Victory has her costume and her candy to help pass out on Halloween!

-finishing up working on this year’s Pawliday card!

-currently reading Unsubscribe, a good read!

-finished the third season of Transparent!

-started the first season of Westworld.

-listening to a myriad of fun podcasts!

-still using my Fitbit and I’m hitting 10,000 steps per day most days.

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Thursday!

 

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Around Here: September

Happy Fall!  It is officially fall, and we are not sure how this happened so quickly!  We are welcoming fall with open arms, one of our favorite seasons.  Below are some items that have occurred around here in September!

-continuing to work steadily on my long-term photography project — an image at a time.  I received some positive feedback earlier this month on the body of work completed thus far, which I am very pleased about!

-we celebrated the 12 year anniversary of our first date!

-we celebrated three years in our home that we built — we are not sure where the time has gone, but it has flown by ever too quickly!

-we are experiencing a lot of transition and change in this season.

-we saw Bruce Springsteen earlier this month in D.C.

-we took another trip to the Eastern Shore for crabs and shrimp with Victory!

-we took a trip to Delaware over Labor Day weekend and had a great time together!

-we received and hung Victory’s Audrey Hepburn inspired portrait, which we have titled, “Princess Victory,” which now hangs next to Biscuit’s painting.

-we finally got our rugs cleaned, and all of our “spring and summer cleaning” is almost completed — just a little delayed!

-enjoying evening walks together with Victory in her Hound About, especially since it is cooler outside!

-enjoying time on our decks together during the evenings, watching the sun set.

-opening the windows and letting the fresh, crisp air into our home!

-burning fall candles in our home and we also hung our fall door wreaths!

-getting ready for Victory’s birthday in a few weeks — this will be her third birthday celebration with us since her adoption!

-ordered and received Victory’s Halloween costume for this year — she is going to be adorable in her costume.  You can view last year’s costume here; 2014’s costume here; and 2013’s costume here!  We are excited to head back to the pumpkin patch with Victory!  (Victory is shown below from our visit last year to the pumpkin patch!)

-Doug has already begun crafting ideas for his pumpkin this year!

-started working on this year’s Pawliday card!

-finished reading Present Over Perfect, a good read!

-began watching the first season of The Americans, a really good series — I know that we are a little late to the party!

-enjoying the second season of the Magic Lessons Podcast, with a lot of good content and lessons.

-still using my Fitbit and I’m hitting 10,000 steps per day most days.

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Friday!

 

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Around Here: December

It is difficult to believe the Holidays are upon us so soon!  December has really zoomed by very quickly for me!  Below are some items that have occurred around here in December!

-continuing to work steadily on my long-term photography project.

-we decorated for Christmas, and we love our Christmas lights!

-completed and sent our Pawliday card!

-completed our Christmas shopping!

-took Victory to visit Santa again!

-burning fall-scented and Holiday-scented candles all over the house!

-enjoying date nights with Doug!

-celebrated an early Christmas together in D.C.

-still enjoying my yoga class!

-I am behind on my reading again this month from working hard to tie up some loose ends concerning my photography project, in addition to getting ready for Christmas.  (I plan to get back to my regular reading after the New Year).

-watched the first season of Transparent.

-started the second season of Red River.

-Victory had her grooming at the vet last week; and we both gave her bath this past weekend, and Victory looks really great and her fur feels very silky and smooth!

-we are traveling to see family over Christmas!  We really look forward to some down time over the Holidays!

-reflecting upon this past year and thinking about my one little word for the year for 2016.

-working on my goals for 2016.

-making a new Happiness Jar for 2016.

-continuing to make more progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Tuesday!

 

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Around Here: November

Well, it is difficult to believe that we are well into fall on our way to winter and on our way to the end of this year.  Below are some items that have occurred around here in November!

-continuing to work steadily on my long-term photography project, and I am nearly finished drafting the draft copy for the project!  I continue to edit images for the second portion of the project.  I hope to be done sometime later in 2016, nearly 4 years after beginning this project.  It will be very gratifying to finish!

-continue to prepare filings with the U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

-I got a new computer, which I desperately needed!

-my parents came to visit us.

-I was quite sick in the early part of the month, and we consequently had to reschedule our trip to North Carolina.  We plan to go in the early spring along with our fur girl!

-burning fall-scented candles all over the house!

-enjoyed cooler evenings and walks together outside!

-enjoyed time together on the deck, while the weather was still nice.

-enjoying date nights with Doug!

-enjoying my yoga class!

-I am behind on my reading this month.

-started the first season of Flesh and Bone.

-started the second season of Orphan Black.

-giving our fur girl her monthly bath — Victory is getting better about bath time, but it still takes both Doug and I to bathe Victory!  Victory’s fur feels so smooth and silky after her bath and brush out!  You can see below how much her beautiful fur coat is coming in!  She looks so regal!

-we had a great Thanksgiving, and it was nice to see family!

-My sister announced at Thanksgiving that they are having a baby boy!

-while in Michigan over Thanksgiving, we met Chrissy, a relative of our fur girl, who came from the same horrible hoarding situation as Victory.  A photograph of the fur girls are shown below.  I will share more soon on our visit!

-we finished and received our Pawliday card and card packaging, which are almost ready to be sent out!

-started Christmas shopping!

-started decorating the house for Christmas!

-continuing to make more progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Monday!

 

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