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Instagram Photo A Day – May

Instagram Photo A Day – May

When I finished my Sketch Every Day 365 project in 2011, I knew I wanted to remain in the habit of being creative on a daily basis, which is what I loved most about the challenge of making or doing something every day for a year. I saw that a few of my IGer friends were participating in a daily photo challenge and I thought it would be fun to get on board and try it out. After all, I’m on Instagram constantly each day…I’m sure I could find a minute or two to post a daily picture. No pressure..this is just something for fun, if I can keep up with the daily challenge, great…if not, no biggie. I’ve had a lot of fun with it and I think it just may be my new 365 project! Blogger, social media editor and Instagram star, Chantelle, of Fat Mum Slim, created the photo challenge and the lists that a lot of IGers I follow have been using for the challenge. I started in January. Here are February, March, April. And below is my Photo-A-Day collection for May, 2012.  ...

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Instagram Photo A Day – April

Instagram Photo A Day – April

When I finished my Sketch Every Day 365 project in 2011, I knew I wanted to remain in the habit of being creative on a daily basis, which is what I loved most about the challenge of making or doing something every day for a year. I saw that a few of my IGer friends were participating in a daily photo challenge and I thought it would be fun to get on board and try it out. After all, I’m on Instagram constantly each day…I’m sure I could find a minute or two to post a daily picture. No pressure..this is just something for fun, if I can keep up with the daily challenge, great…if not, no biggie. I’ve had a lot of fun with it and I think it just may be my new 365 project! Blogger, social media editor and Instagram star, Chantelle, of Fat Mum Slim, created the photo challenge and the lists that a lot of IGers I follow have been using for the challenge. I started in January. Here are February and March. And below is my Photo-A-Day collection for April,...

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Instagram Photo A Day – March

Instagram Photo A Day – March

When I finished my Sketch Every Day 365 project in 2011, I knew I wanted to remain in the habit of being creative on a daily basis, which is what I loved most about the Sketch Every Day project. I saw that a few of my IGer friends were participating in a daily photo challenge and I thought it would be fun to get on board and try it out. After all, I’m on Instagram constantly each day…I’m sure I could find a minute or two to post a daily picture.  I didn’t put any pressure on myself…this is just something for fun, if I can keep up with the daily challenge, great…if not, no biggie. It has been a lot of fun to try and be creative with these photo prompts. Blogger, social media editor and Instagram star, Chantelle, of Fat Mum Slim, created the photo challenge and the lists that a lot of IGers I follow have been using for the challenge. So, I decided to give it a go starting in January. Here’s February. And my Photo-A-Day collection for March, 2012.  ...

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Happy Birthday, Jeff!

Happy Birthday, Jeff!

Happy Birthday to our dear friend, Jeff – a.k.a Jeffé, Chef Jeff, Brutha-From-Anutha-Mutha! We’ve known Jeff since high school (which is a long time considering that I had my 20 year high school reunion not too long ago) . He’s been a great friend and a part of our family ever since he started dating our “fourth sister” Allison (which has also been a very long time, hint-hint Jeffé). Allison, Jeff, and his daughter, Makala, have always been…and always will be, considered family to our tight-knit group. They have been there for all our special occasions, family events, milestones in life…and things just wouldn’t be the same without them to share in our celebrations. We LOVE our “Fam Bam”!!! Anyone who’s ever attended or seen photos of one of our parties, knows that Jeff IS our one and only master pastry chef. He’s been creating delicious works of art since high school and has made every cake for our weddings, birthdays, parties, special events. Examples of just a few of his amazing cake creations can be found on my Awesome Birthday Parties page. Jeff is an integral part of my party “dream team.” I couldn’t pull off these parties without his help. He is a true artist, incredibly talented, gifted beyond belief at what he does, and is the nicest, most down-to-earth guy I know. He’s very humble and not one to boast, so I’ll brag for him…Jeff is the best! I’ve been to some high-end weddings where expensive cakes by “famous” bakeries took center stage…and while extravagant and beautiful to look at, couldn’t hold a candle to how Jeff’s cakes taste. And his designs are pure artistry. His work “takes the cake”…and I never hesitate to recommend him whenever possible. He is very passionate about what he does, and he is always curious to try new things and learn, experiment, grow. To see him in the kitchen, doing his thing, is a beautiful sight. Not only is he a handsome guy in that proverbial chef’s hat…but he really comes alive when he’s cooking up some magic. He’s catered a few parties for us and our friends, and he can do any style of cuisine. I can’t even begin to list the dishes he’s come up with…I have too many favorites. I just know that our famous “Sunday-Nite-DynOmite” dinners were born out of a love for Jeff’s cooking…any excuse to get the fam together and enjoy each other’s company and all that good food. We look forward to what Jeff decides (usually impromptu) to whip up for our dinners…and he never disappoints. If I won the lottery or had a ton of money, I’d be the first person to invest in Chef Jeff…I’ve always thought he should have his own restaurant or tv show on the Food Network, seriously! Aside from being a culinary artist, Jeff is an all-around awesome person. He is kind and generous…I have never seen him angry, complain, mean to anyone…EVER. He is always willing to lend a hand and is very patient and sweet and respectful to everyone…especially little kids. My boys love their Uncle Jeff! He is a great dad and is so loving and proud of his wonderful daughter, Makala. He is highly creative and intelligent (don’t even try to challenge him in Scrabble or Words with Friends, you will lose). Jeff has a big heart and he is nice to everyone. Without a doubt, if his kindness and smile hasn’t immediately won you over…just taste something Jeff’s cooked with all that love and your heart will be warmed…they say the quickest...

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Happy Leap Year Birthday, Mark!

Happy Leap Year Birthday, Mark!

Happy “10th” Birthday to my brother-in-law, Mark!  Well, actually, it’s his FORTIETH birthday…but since he’s a Leap Year Baby, a real birth date only comes every four years. And Mark is a big kid at heart, so he really is “acting his age”, for a ten year old. 😉 Mark is, without “question” THE MOST TALENTED person I have ever known. He is an AMAZING artist, designer, musician. The combination of his creativity, natural skill and professional expertise encompasses a variety of industries and genres. He is truly multifaceted, unique and inspiring. Music-Art-Design, it is in his blood…it’s the driving force in his work. He lives, eats, breathes the stuff. And always has…ever since he was a kid. His passion is evident and his abilities are much sought after. Mark has always worked professionally in the design and music industries…he has always put in extra effort, paid his dues, really practiced and honed his crafts, educated himself and collaborated with other talents to expand his experience…and for this, he is widely respected and admired. His success is not egotistical, he does not do what he does for attention or fame or popularity. He doesn’t change how he does things or who he is because of current trends. People gravitate to Mark and his work because they know that what he creates is all out of love and respect for the art. He has always been true to himself and that’s why his work, his method, his art, is pure and organically driven. His willingness to share, discuss, and mentor other artists, designers, DJs, musicians, through his own experience, just shows how much he loves what he does. In my own work, I have been very fortunate to have Mark’s guidance and support, not only as an artist and designer, but as a friend. Mark is married to my sister, Julie…who is also extremely talented and creative. And like most creatives, Mark and Julie each have their own distinctly witty sense of humor, and are quick with it. In Mark, Julie has truly met her match. Needless to say, hanging around those two is always entertaining and fun. While most people who are acquainted with Mark know that he is incredibly talented and a consummate professional…those of us who are family and really get to hang around him on a regular basis know that he is a really funny, super goofy and über-geeky (in a cool way) guy to be around. Our kids think it’s awesome that their uncle is more obsessed with Star Wars and superheroes than they are. He’s the fun and funny Uncle – the one who can quickly sketch (from memory) an At-At or R2D2 on a place mat at Mama Kat’s during breakfast; can throw out random quotes from movies as it applies to any situation or conversation; happily zones out to all-day cartoon marathons and video game challenges; has full conversations in just about any foreign accent, character impersonation or even the “movie-phone” guy’s voice; collects toys and action figures…and lets you take them out of the box to play with them. Yep, he’s THAT cool of an Uncle. We also know that he is generous, kind, compassionate and caring. He is a wonderful father, so proud and encouraging of his daughter. It is no wonder that PJ is so bright, artistic and gifted. With parents like Mark and Julie, it’s bound to be in her blood as well. I could go on and on about Mark. He is an awesome person, we are all so proud of him and glad he is part of our...

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