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Perfect Timing: Week 31

Perfect Timing is a weekly photography project by two friends who met in college, became roommates and have been close ever since. We share a love for languages and travel, and although we’re from the same southern state, we now live on different continents, balancing a demanding work life with a private life. We both agree that everything happens for a reason, whether we see these moments as positive or negative at the time, propelling us ahead or slowing us down. We hope you will join us each week, as we share little moments of Perfect Timing with you.

This week we had to run an errand a few towns away from us, and on our way home, we saw a lot of smoke ahead. Firetrucks were zooming by on the freeway to get to the source of the fire, and as we were passing, we saw flames spreading through the brush off the shoulder. We immediately thought that it was a wildfire, because let’s face it, we’re in a severe drought here in CA. Instead, we were surprised to see this car on fire and a couple of firemen doing their best to put it out. While the brush around it was also catching fire, we could tell they’d gotten to the flaming car very soon after the accident. I only hope they had a lot of help coming to assist them in putting out the rest of it that was spreading up the hillside and that the driver and any passengers were able to get out of the car in time. Whenever we pass an accident of some sort, I always think of how blessed we are to not have been involved.

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Mary of Moe-Digger Photography and I became friends in college after we realized how much we had in common. We each grew up with three brothers, played sports and studied history, languages and cultures. I still remember our SLR cameras and our love for shooting with film. We have shared many wonderful experiences together over the years and have supported each other through some of the most significant moments in our adult lives. I am excited to take on this project with her. Check out Mary’s Perfect Timing photo for this week, too: Ink.

 

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All About Light: Week 35

All About Light is a weekly photography project by two friends who met virtually while working on their respective Project 365s in 2013-2014. We quickly realized that we enjoyed each other’s photos and always looked forward to seeing what the other one shared. Since we both have a love for the genre of street photography, we found ourselves capturing intriguing signage in unexpected places and laughed about who might get the next best shot of a crazy sign. After finishing our Project 365, we decided to take on a weekly project to study the use of light and learn about ways to improve our photography by focusing on different light sources. Each month we will focus on a different source of light in our photos. We hope you enjoy what we capture as we learn all about light.

Mornings like these are the best kind. No place to be right away and the sun is beaming in the window, casting a lovely golden light into my living room. I captured this moment this weekend and just had to savor the light. We have many, many a sunny day here, but I don’t always get the chance to capture it quite like this.

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Beth of Beth Moses Photography and I became friends in 2013, while sharing our photos in a large group of Project 365ers online. As the year went on, we realized how much we had in common and even had a friendly competition of shooting odd signage and tagging the other one with “Your turn!”. Besides our shared interest in photographing everyday moments, we also share a passion for coffee and the south. I’m so glad I get to continue to share my thoughts on photography with Beth, and now, this project, too. Now, go see what Beth is sharing this week: Silhouette.

 

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All About Light: Week 34

All About Light is a weekly photography project by two friends who met virtually while working on their respective Project 365s in 2013-2014. We quickly realized that we enjoyed each other’s photos and always looked forward to seeing what the other one shared. Since we both have a love for the genre of street photography, we found ourselves capturing intriguing signage in unexpected places and laughed about who might get the next best shot of a crazy sign. After finishing our Project 365, we decided to take on a weekly project to study the use of light and learn about ways to improve our photography by focusing on different light sources. Each month we will focus on a different source of light in our photos. We hope you enjoy what we capture as we learn all about light.

I don’t get tired of succulents. They are the easiest plants to grow and some of the most beautiful in my opinion. This bunch reminds me of green starbursts. I love how the edges seem serrated and the colors range from a vibrant green to a muted red.

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Beth of Beth Moses Photography and I became friends in 2013, while sharing our photos in a large group of Project 365ers online. As the year went on, we realized how much we had in common and even had a friendly competition of shooting odd signage and tagging the other one with “Your turn!”. Besides our shared interest in photographing everyday moments, we also share a passion for coffee and the south. I’m so glad I get to continue to share my thoughts on photography with Beth, and now, this project, too. Now, go see what Beth is sharing this week: Pralines.

 

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Baum-kuchen Open Studio: A lovely afternoon with friends

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of co-hosting a really fun afternoon with some of the sweetest and funniest ladies. After the Inspiration Lab with Eunice, I had the idea to get together again and share what we’ve done with our Traveler’s Notebooks since the workshops. We had a really great group RSVP to join, and Wakako and I got to work planning the afternoon. She was kind enough to let us host the event at the Baum-kuchen Studio. {Thank you, Wakako!}

We chose to do an Analogue Swap during the Open Studio, and I don’t think it could have been any more fun! Everyone brought along two (or more!) items they love to use in their Traveler’s Notebooks and shared them with everyone else. We talked about what we have been doing with our notebooks lately, any struggles that we have with actually getting organized or putting pen to paper and about our other favorite tools that we enjoy using.

Wakako shared her take on the afternoon this week. So, be sure to check it out, too.*

Here are some shots that I snapped to share with you…DSC_6152{Wakako brought in some beautiful flowers that her daughter Satchi helped her gather for centerpieces} :)

DSC_6149{Wakako made some light sangria to go with the yummy treats I picked up from Lemon Poppy Kitchen. Beth shared the little green bags with some really fun items inside for the Analogue Swap, and Jennifer gifted everyone pens from her latest trip abroad.}

DSC_6151{A few of the analogue items shared during the Open Studio: the mini Sojourner keychain is by Rowena, the beautifully wrapped package with a wax seal is from Eunice, and Jennie shared some items in lovely bags she painted with watercolor. If you look closely in the lower left-hand side of the image, you can see the end of my name in the hand-lettering that Wakako did for each of us at our place at her beautiful table.}

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DSC_6159{Amy shared her seriously impressive pen collection with us. Needless to say, there were many questions and pen-envy!}

DSC_6171{A few of us stayed way past the end time and chatted for a while, shopped a bit… or a lot!, and shared more ideas. This is a shot of some of our TNs.}

It couldn’t have been a more enjoyable afternoon with all these wonderful ladies. Can’t wait until next time! xo

*To see more fun images from the Open Studio, check out the photos on Instagram (search: #bkopenstudio).

 
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All About Light: Week 33

All About Light is a weekly photography project by two friends who met virtually while working on their respective Project 365s in 2013-2014. We quickly realized that we enjoyed each other’s photos and always looked forward to seeing what the other one shared. Since we both have a love for the genre of street photography, we found ourselves capturing intriguing signage in unexpected places and laughed about who might get the next best shot of a crazy sign. After finishing our Project 365, we decided to take on a weekly project to study the use of light and learn about ways to improve our photography by focusing on different light sources. Each month we will focus on a different source of light in our photos. We hope you enjoy what we capture as we learn all about light.

This weekend I got a bit of people-watching time in in one of my favorite spots: Santa Monica. While I was enjoying an afternoon cup of coffee with my other half, I noticed this news box {Is that a term? What do you call these things?} on the corner on Main Street. The font of the newspaper’s title caught my eye immediately. I <3 letterpress.

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Beth of Beth Moses Photography and I became friends in 2013, while sharing our photos in a large group of Project 365ers online. As the year went on, we realized how much we had in common and even had a friendly competition of shooting odd signage and tagging the other one with “Your turn!”. Besides our shared interest in photographing everyday moments, we also share a passion for coffee and the south. I’m so glad I get to continue to share my thoughts on photography with Beth, and now, this project, too. Now, go see what Beth is sharing this week: Old Dolls.

 

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All About Light: Week 32

All About Light is a weekly photography project by two friends who met virtually while working on their respective Project 365s in 2013-2014. We quickly realized that we enjoyed each other’s photos and always looked forward to seeing what the other one shared. Since we both have a love for the genre of street photography, we found ourselves capturing intriguing signage in unexpected places and laughed about who might get the next best shot of a crazy sign. After finishing our Project 365, we decided to take on a weekly project to study the use of light and learn about ways to improve our photography by focusing on different light sources. Each month we will focus on a different source of light in our photos. We hope you enjoy what we capture as we learn all about light.

I have yet to see an orchid I didn’t think was stunning. They are my favorite flower of all. The shadow and light cast on my orchid made it even more beautiful in this moment.

Week 32{in the shadows}

Beth of Beth Moses Photography and I became friends in 2013, while sharing our photos in a large group of Project 365ers online. As the year went on, we realized how much we had in common and even had a friendly competition of shooting odd signage and tagging the other one with “Your turn!”. Besides our shared interest in photographing everyday moments, we also share a passion for coffee and the south. I’m so glad I get to continue to share my thoughts on photography with Beth, and now, this project, too. Now, go see what Beth is sharing this week: Randomness

 

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A staycation in Palm Springs

Last weekend we took a short staycation to Palm Springs. We found a Groupon in April for the Saguaro Palm Springs and jumped on it. It was just as colorful and fun as I had heard. The hotel has two restaurants (both great!) and a pool area in the center of the property. From the pool/courtyard, you can see all of the colorful balconies surrounding you. Each room is decorated with bright colors as well. Take a look at the beautiful blanket on our bed for the weekend.

DSC_6186The hotel lobby is decorated with lots of little kitschy corners, and there are bicycles you can rent to check out the area. Every time we tried to rent them, they were already claimed or there was only one bicycle available, so we’ll have to leave that for our next trip. Don’t let the line of bicycles below fool you. Apparently these were the ones people had rented, but they hadn’t brought back the keys yet!

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On Friday evening, we had dinner at Tinto, a Spanish tapas restaurant with dishes from the Basque region. The chef, José Garces was an Iron Chef winner, so ya’ know… it was pretty darn yummy. It was restaurant week, so we paid a flat rate and enjoyed three small plates each, which we shared, and some dessert. We really enjoyed the patatas riojanas and the pulpo a la gallega. And the sangría was one of the best I’ve had. I had the tinto, but they also serve sangría blanca. The black and white decor in the restaurant gave it a very elegant, but simple look.

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On Saturday we started our day with a yummy breakfast from El Jefe, the other restaurant at the Saguaro. Then, we checked out the downtown area and visited a few local shops and the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center.  It’s worth the time if you enjoy architecture and textile design. It is rather small, but I enjoyed the sculptures and weavings by Andrea Zittel. If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out! Her work will be on display until July 26. This museum is housed in a former bank. I got a kick out of part of the gift shop being inside the old bank’s vault.

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DSC_6214After the museum, we went over to Moorten Botanical Garden, because I’d heard it was a cool spot to see some beautiful cacti and succulents. It definitely was, but I personally prefer the Fullerton Arboretum in Orange County.

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DSC_6239We enjoyed a filling Mexican lunch at Las Casuelas and then headed back to the Saguaro for some downtime out of the hot sun. It was 110 degrees! We lazed around for most of the afternoon and then went to enjoy some coffee at Koffi for a bit. I was able to get in some work that needed to be finished before Monday, and then we headed back downtown to hang out and grab a bite for dinner.

DSC_6261It was so nice to end the evening with this gorgeous sunset.

DSC_6191On Sunday morning, we slept in and then headed over to Elmer’s for breakfast. The local, family owned restaurant is a great place to get your breakfast fix… the menu is huge! We made our way back to the hotel and packed up our things to head home. But first, we made sure to take a drive through some of the beautiful neighborhoods with the mid-century modern homes that Palm Springs is so well known for. I didn’t take any photos, because it felt a little strange to stop and shoot pictures of people’s homes. So, you’ll just have to make your way to Palm Springs to see those beauties for yourself. The architecture and design deserve all the heart eye emojis!

 

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