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You miss me? Haha Well, I just wanted to let you know that I am over here now. Yep, I started a new blog. My life is heading in a very different direction and I felt it was appropriate to create a new space to document it. I hope you all understand! Please follow along over at the new blog and check out my new photography endeavor (I am on Facebook, too!), as well.

Thanks so much for your love and support over the years. It truly means the world to me.

Love, Erin

This is currently what the majority of our apartment looks like right now. It’s very “bare bones” around here.I am itching to decorate this place!

THE AGENDA

– For the dining area: 1) Cover our half-mirror, half-wall with some panels. 2) Build a dining bar.

– For the live/work area: 1) Build the base for a couch and sew cushions, pillows and throws. 2) Build a large work/dining table. 3) Build a two-compartment coffee table. 4) Sew curtains and maybe a rug or two. 5) Build a coat rack and shoe caddy.

– For the sleep area: 1) Build a headboard. 2) Build an accessories area. 3) Sew curtains and maybe a rug. 4) Sew about 98,357,928,475 blankets, quilts, and pillows for our bed (I like a lot of blankets to sleep with).

– For kitchen area: 1) Sew or buy more towels and other kitchen utensils. 2) Sew a rug.

– For all areas: 1) Hang wall decor. 2) Build or find appropriate lighting.

When I look at this list, it overwhelms me a bit and I become anxious to have it done… two months ago. What makes the situation even more challenging is that I currently work 45+ hours most weeks and Will and I hardly ever have a day off together. I refuse to allow all of these factors to send me to the closest furniture store and pick out what “will work for now.” I want this place to be the home I envision.

A delightful little twist to kick-start our motivation is that we recently found out that a new friend will be staying with us for 10 days in a couple of weeks. TEN DAYS! =D November 7 will be here before we know it! If that isn’t enough to get us moving, I don’t know what will. I am very excited to see what all we can accomplish between now and then. We plan on sharing how to’s and photos and all that jazz as we finish projects. So be watching Twitter, Facebook, and here for links to check out the progress. :)

Oh yeah! And if any of you Nashville friends have a truck and would be willing to help transport some of our supplies for these projects, that would be the best! A meal and a high five would be waiting for you. ;-)

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I guess this was just a bit of a vent of how I have been feeling while at home lately. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not all bad. For instance, I am currently listening to The Shins sing through my record player, my cute cat is sleeping in the sunlight and I am getting ready to (finally) organize our closet. It is a good day. I just can’t wait until things are even better around here. :)

love, erin

* I promise that I will stop using Photo Booth photos for all of my posts. I guess I have just been lazy. Ha!

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Hey, it’s me again. I missed you. :)

I thought you guys would like to know that I am going to attempt regular posts yet again here. This time, it won’t just be photo posting. It will be mixed with fun stuff: some things you want to see here and some things that I want to share with you. The more I think about it, the more I like the idea and want to do it.

Here are some of the ideas floating around in my head:

Playlist of the day: I listen to music all of the time. And I mean, every single moment that can be is music-filled. So, I feel it is something that would be fun to share with you all. This won’t necessarily be a daily post, just what I have listened to on random days. :)

What I am eating: As most of you are aware, I have recently adopted a completely different way of eating. I am transitioning to what I hope will be a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Nutrition and proper healthy living is something I have grown very passionate about. I would love to include you in on the journey! I will post photos of daily meals and share recipes for my favorite foods and meals. Most will be gluten free or vegetarian, which I am excited about. I’ll also be juicing a lot so I will share my favorite juices with you!

Weekly funnies: I used to call cartoons funnies. I got that from my grandpa (I think). I don’t really read Sunday cartoons anymore, but my life is filled with moments that I feel could sometimes make the cut for the weekly strips in the paper. I thought it would be a great way to document the funny stories I want to remember. Plus, you all can get a laugh out of it as well. ;) Maybe I will eventually even have (horribly penciled) drawings to go along with them!

Photos: Duh. ;-) This will be photos from trips, daily life, sessions and shoots, home projects, self portraits, and prompts that I choose or you suggest.

Possible features: I go back and forth about this. I like the idea of featuring people who I truly admire and people who I love. You know, people I think are incredible. ;) However, I don’t want people to think I will feature someone because they give me an incentive. While I think it is great that other blogs to do that… this is a personal blog. If I happen to buy something that I love, you’d better believe I will tell you all about it! Why would I have people send me free stuff so I can write about them? It just doesn’t seem right unless it is a gift just because we are friends. :)

(For those of you who receive goodies from people and feature them, no judgement will be found here. Do what you want. I was just speaking in terms of my personal space here.)

Quotes: I love quotes. I had a 3″ 3-ring binder full of quotes in high school, sitting beside my two 4″ binders full of notes from my friends over the years. I am a sentimental gal, what can I say? (<—- future hoarder?) Anyway, because I spent so much of my childhood buried in books, I learned to appreciate the meaning (and people) behind those precious excerpts. I would like to dust off that binder [Yes, I still have it (<—– h o a r d e r).] and find neat ways to bring those quotes to this place.

History lessons: No, I am not going to inform you about facts about wars and politics. This would just be little stories about me growing up, things I learned along the way, people I met who impacted my life, and other stuff.

Writing assignments: I started reading and writing at 3. It stuck. This will be a periodic post that would consist of past writings, reviews of books and my thoughts that were sparked by the content, and any of my future writings.

This one time… : My boyfriend, Will, has been a wonderful part of my life for almost 4 years. I have never met anyone who I could let loose and be completely true with. He has seen the complete Erin. I can honestly say NO ONE else has seen it. I think it would be fun for him to pop in here every once in a while and share little random stories about our life together. I really want to expand this eventually to have my family and closest friends come here and do the same. While this is taking a huge risk for me to be constantly embarrassed, I think it will finally help me become more comfortable in my own skin.

He said/she said: Most people would have a hard time believing that Will and I have never truly fought. If we ever had a “rough patch,” it was more like hashing out issues we encountered and then either getting over it or coming to a compromise/agreement together. And pretty much all of that was out of the way by our second year together. I am so thankful for that! How have we managed to stay in peaceful harmony? We are always talking. We discuss everything. We both respect each other enough to listen and accept what the other “brings to the table.” This has led to some pretty incredible conversations. We have ended tons of talks moved to tears, laughter, and excitement. I figured it would be fun to share some of those conversations with you and maybe even elaborate further here. :)

My style: I hate when someone asks me what my style is because I just don’t know how to answer that. I used to hate outfit posts. However, I am beginning to understand that not everyone who does it is doing it because they think they are the “know all” in fashion. Most girls just want to show off their new outfits or share pieces that make them feel pretty. I get that now and even find myself wanting to post photos of occassional outfits on Twitter. I have refrained for the most part due to the fact I spoke out against (most) outfit posts in the past. I am here to retract that statement and possibly start sharing little bits of my “style” here (most likely attached to other posts). Maybe you guys can put a name on it. ;)

That is all I have at this point. What do you think? Which are your favorites? Any I should get rid of or add? I would really love to hear your feedback. After all, I am trying to make this place better for both you and me. =D

Love you guys. For serious, yo. ;)

love, erin

It’s finally here! I finished my web site this morning and was able to share it. It even has a print shop!! I am so proud of it and I hope it brings me one step closer to achieving my goals for this year (that is a whole different post for later)! :)

Please check it out, if you can, and let me know what you think! Also, if you like what I am up to and want to keep up with what is going on, please “like” my photography page on Facebook. I plan on using that as the main place for business updates. :)

I cannot tell you how excited I am to share this with you all. This year has been great for us so far! We are working on a couple of big personal projects in our photography and also looking to schedule tons of shoots to fill up the year. I am itching to travel so if you live outside Missouri and would like us to venture your way, send me a message and maybe we can talk. ;)

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! I love you all and would not be doing what I am today, if it wasn’t for you.

I am off to catch up on some more work but will be back tomorrow with something pretty to show you!

love, erin

To state the obvious, I am in the process of reconstructing my blog layout. Don’t let that stop you from coming by and reading the posts below. I will continue writing.

I don’t think I want to do much more to it. I just wanted larger photos. So, needless to say, I am pretty happy. :)

Do you have any suggestions? I am open to hearing them!

If you haven’t already, please read this post.

Thanks!!

Love, Erin

After posting the photos of Josie this morning, I decided to share the rest of the few I took while spending time with friends. :)

Breakfast:

Dinner:

Games & times with friends (Taken by him, or them, or him):

Josephine in her room:

Late night friend fun:

Nashville has found a special place in our hearts and we cannot wait to visit again at the end of this month. Maybe it will become our home eventually? *sigh* A girl can dream. ;-)

love, erin

Ever since we walked out of the house we are attempting to buy for the first time, we have been dreaming and scheming how we want to turn this house into our home. We decided on a general theme for each room, which we wanted to make sure we could love for a long time. From there, we haven’t decided much. I think a lot will play into what we already have and what we find in the weeks after we move. However, this has not stopped me from looking around online for some ideas. :)

I have a running list of ideas I started compiling when I was in high school. Some are, of course, outdated and nothing like what my style is now. There are a few I have held onto. I also have a folder on my desktop for photo inspiration. Here are a few favorites:

My sister kicked off the decor search by sending me an email filled with photos! That is where some of these come from. The rest came from Apartment Therapy, The Inspired Room, and Design*Sponge. :)

AH! I am so excited!! I want to decorate everything right now. I guess step one should be actually getting the house. ;)

I hope your weekend has been great. I am enjoying the beautiful weather we are currently having in Missouri. Spring weather, please stay!

love, erin