January 31, 2012

Patchie [Revives]

We have had some wonderful sunsets lately, but I am still driving home when the "peak" hits 90% of the time...I can't wait until a few weeks (and months) from now where I can take advantage of the sunsets with my camera. I hope they stay as pretty as they have been!

Internet, I slept ten hours last night. This is the most rested I've felt in probably two months. I still feel like I could go home and nap, but I don't feel like I'm going to pass out at my desk at work either. Progress!

So if you follow me on instragram you know I've been doing a January photo-a-day thing. You'll also know I lost track of it in the last 4 days, but I plan on sharing all the ones I did manage to do at some point this week.

Guys, I know I still have today to live through, but I don't know how I made it out of January with as much sanity in tact as I have right now. Seriously. I will never do this to myself again. In fact, looking at the next year I've got it planned out pretty well with decent breaks worked in. I truly enjoyed last year how I was able to go to so many festivals and faires and have little day trips on the weekends. While I won't have quite as many this spring because I'm directing, they'll pick up again in the summer and I'm excited for it!

My goal for the next two weeks: take more pictures! I haven't taken my DSLR out of its bag (with the exception of one small shoot for a family) almost at all this month. Plus I finally downloaded Hipstamatic and I need to learn how to use it. I like what I have discovered so far!

January 27, 2012

Etsy [Friday]: Cabaret!

Tonight is (finally) opening night for Cabaret! And tomorrow? Tomorrow I will sleep until 5.

Posts with substance are coming soon, I promise. It's been an exhausting month!

January 24, 2012

Patchie [Fumbles]

Oh my Lord. Where do I even start? When was the last time you really heard from me? A reflection on 2011, which was preceded by a post about cupcakes. At the beginning of the month. I am awesome. And exhausted. And I could really use a vacation.

We've been in tech (which in our theatre usually lasts about 4 - 5 days) for roughly 11 days, and have two more to go before we open. Tech involves long hours, high levels of stress, and this has been one of the most challenging shows I've ever done for all the wrong reasons. But it's still theatre, it's still with friends, and we have made the most of it.

We open Friday and I'll be able to get back to normal a little bit. I'll be able to do laundry! And sleep! And eat a real meal for dinner instead of whatever I can conger up in the 15 minutes I'm home after work before I head out the door again!

Thank you to those who have hung in there with me. Come the end of the month I'll have more for you, I promise!

January 19, 2012

Etsy [Thursday]: Black

It's been a long two weeks, and I've got one more before life slows down and becomes semi-normal again. sorry for being so quiet. I'll post soon.

January 13, 2012

Patchie [Lists]

Just a quick update...

- Family member is out of the hospital and doing much better. Thank you for those who voiced concern. It was a stressful few days, but things are on the right track

- For the show I'm working on at our local theatre, our tech week has literally turned into a tech month. We've been in rehearsals daily since last week and will be until Jan 27. So if I'm a little quieter than usual, that's why!

- I'm playing Words with Friends again. Lord help me.

- I promise I'm going to update about Marizabeth's wedding! I just haven't had time to sort through the few pictures I've taken.

- I have forgotten my lunch every day this week. I am awesome.

January 12, 2012

Etsy [Thursday]: Past Purchases!

Since I did my last post like this, I can probably make 3 posts out of shops I've bought from and have had good experiences with. I think I have an etsy addiction. In my defense, a lot of the stuff I bought have been presents!

January 10, 2012

Patchie [Updates]

The past weekend was wonderful and I can't wait to share the few pictures I took with you (which were surprisingly few...I fail) but yesterday was such a disaster of a day which involved multiple things, including a family member winding up in the hospital. So...there's that.

I'll post something soon, I promise. I have big news I'll share shortly, but today isn't the day.

January 4, 2012

Way Back When[sday]: Marizabeth's Engagement Shots!

I have not had the chance to share these yet, so here are Marizabeth and her Bear's engagement shots I took a couple months ago! They get married Friday!

The hardest part of this shoot? Trying to stay quiet in the library! It was one of the quickest and most fun though - I love it when couples and people are willing to play around, try new things, and trust me when I'm taking shots - the collage of their feet is a perfect example!

January 3, 2012

Patchie [Reflects]

So...2011. I've spent all week reading blogs and statuses talking about the reason why people loved and hated the year. A lot of people were happy it was over.

In all honesty, 2011 was a pretty good one for me. I took another show to the state one act festival and walked away with the major technical award. I hit the one year mark at my current job. I've kind of kick-started my own little photography business and photographed two weddings and multiple sessions for people. I've sold some knitting and have really knit throughout the entire year. I went on multiple vacations including The Cape, Tennessee, and the Luray Caverns. I did my first wine tasting and visited my first vineyard (and am now addicted!). I hit multiple festivals and faires in multiple states and actually went to more new ones than ones I had been to before. I didn't work the Renaissance Festival, but I still had an amazing experience this year and met amazing people. I worked the Hack & Sash Christmas Show for the third year and reaffirmed that no matter what happens, I have a home with them. And it was an awesome feeling and an awesome way to wrap up the year.

The thing I'm most grateful for is for everything I listed above and more, I was able to share it all with The Boy.

There were some low points this year too. I was forced to learn a lot about people, change, relationships, trust, and loss. They are lessons I'm still learning, but I'm getting there.

I hope 2012 reflects 2011. I hope I have plenty more new experiences, I hope my professional and creative endeavors continue to grow and thrive, and I hope I can sit here this time next year and say "yeah, that one was good, too."

January 2, 2012

Patchie [Bakes]

Quick Edit: I totally left the best collage showing the inside of the cupcakes out of this somehow...boo. I'll have to fix it this evening!

For Marizabeth's bridal shower (which feels like it was eons ago, even though it was less than a month!) I made her some colorful cupcakes using the "tie-dye" technique. Essentially, split your cake batter into a few ziplock bags, use food coloring to make each one a different color, and then layer them in the cupcake tin. I was super intimidated by this, but I promise it is so much easier than you'd think!

And those heart toothpicks? I made all of them by hand because I am an over achiever. By the way - the colors used are the wedding colors!

The final product? A total success, and a total hit! What do you think?