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If life gives you snow…

And you really want to go sledding…

but there are no hills…

And pushing just won’t work…

But you do happen to have two huge dogs…

Sit on the sled and just say, “Mush!”

When that doesn’t work, have someone the dogs love run really fast in front of them…

And hold on tight.

But just know, there is a high probability at some point you will land on your face…

So make sure your car keys areĀ  in a safe place.

Or at least make sure you have a good search party…

…and always offer a good reward.

Happy Snow Days.

Do not take stylists for granted…

With our fingers crossed, I think I can say that Rebecca Burgess and I are finished with photo shoots for her book… seven months, six blog posts, four states, and at least twelve photo shoots later.

Our last and final task was to photograph the beautiful knit pieces that Heidi Iverson designed and knit to represent spring and winter.

Seemingly not a hard task, but for some reason we didn’t quite get it right. With our focus on other aspects of the photo shoots (like: logistics, lighting, timing) and no budget for a stylist, we forgot to think about styling, and we left that job up to the models…

Which is not always the best idea, especially when the models have no idea what they are supposed to be styling their clothes to match, having not seen the knit pieces.

So when the models showed up with clothes that didn’t quite fit the look we were going for, we dressed them in my clothes, which also didn’t quite fit the look we were going for (and made me depressed about my wardrobe,) and as a result we got photos that didn’t quite fit the look we were going for.

We needed hip but not hippie, natural but definitely not synthetic, and style…. so we had to take-two. And for that we called in the professionals… like Genevieve who was born with style and knew exactly what to bring when I showed her the photo of the scarf.

And as you can see, it makes a big difference…

Notice beautiful Shugri’s over-sized and synthetic sweater?

Not her fault. Shugri did a fantastic job and she was so gracious to volunteer her time on her birthday. But unfortunately the goofy gray sweater from Ross Dress for Less (embarrassingly mine) doesn’t quite do it… in either of the photo shoots…

Both Sarah and Elizabeth also did a fantastic job being beautiful in the woods with the hats… but I can’t get over the sweater, the stupid sweater, which is also mine. This just proves that I need a stylist to come have an intervention in my closet.

So we tried again with the hats too. And having gone through the first failed attempt with us, this time the very stylish Sarah knew just what to bring to match the hats, including her cute son, River.

So, as my friend’s toddler says, “Ta-dah!” I think we did it.

I want to send out a huge thank you to everyone who very generously contributed their time and energy to make this such a fun and eventually successful project.

What we’ve been doing a lot of lately…

Because Arann and I work crazy hard during the summer months, January and February are sort of like our summer vacations, but without the warm summer part.

So we are trying to take advantage of these slower days by spending as much time as we can outside with our dog.

Sometimes we get restless and wish summer would hurry up and get here.

But when we stop and look closely, we find things are pretty good right now.

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