Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy Birthday to Meeee!

First some newsy stuff...

The Organic Bloom is taking off like CRAZY!! I have been slightly overwhelmed, but I think the excitement is overpowering it!

We are tentatively planning to attend the Creative Estates Blog Conference in Chandler, AZ in April. I've been following Shey B (aka the camera strap lady) via her blog for a while. She posts lots of helpful info and tips she's picked up in taking her small creative endeavor to a well known online company. After attending the BlogHer Conference in NYC in August, she realized there was a need for a blog conference relating to handmade businesses vs. just mommy blogging. There's definitely lots to still consider about going... but there will be professional photographers there (target market!?), it's in a suburb near where our friends the Spriks now live, and I'm sure there's plenty we can learn at the conference in taking our online business places! They will also be offering a handmade market (booths) for a very reasonable price. I really hope it all works out, we love road trips!!

So. Yesterday my computer died. At least I think it did. Sigh. We really don't have time to deal with it, but I'm sure Jason will be able to revive it. He always does. Eventually it will have to finally die though, it's SEVEN years old. Yes, like prehistoric in computer years.

On to the meat of this post. ha! My birthday was two weeks ago (remember wonderful spa day?!). After my afternoon of pampering my pal, Brenda, threw me a mini little party at D'novo. Here's a few pics from that evening:

Brenda, Mom, Vanessa, me, Elise & Grandma

Laurie, Mom, Vanessa, me, Elise & Grandma

My mom knows me too well...I like a good "wrapped" present! (gift bags are so boring to open!)

Apparently everyone got the same memo about what colors to wear!

Brenda got me a gift certificate for my very own camera strap cover!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy Birthday, Laurie Lu!

Who says twenty-somethings are too old for slumber parties!?

A couple weekends ago our friend Jef emailed out about throwing his wife a surprise slumber party for her 25th birthday!

I arrived at the same time as one of the other gals, so with pillows in hand we rang the doorbell. Miss Laurie opened the front door and stared at us quite confused as we hollered, "Happy Birthday!"

Jef promptly vacated the house for the night and a couple other of her friends showed up. None of us really know each other outside of Laurie, but we all had fun together anyways!

Meseidy of The Noshery whipped us up dinner out of pantry odd & ends- it was delish! She needs to start hosting home cooking shows!

Jef also had a cake "hidden" in the fridge...he must have picked out a cake he would like, cause we only ate 5 slices that night (about 1/4 of the cake) and Laurie told me later he finished it off slice by slice all by himself!! haha!

We had tons of chick flicks to choose from...but after chatting till 2am, we all decided we'd better get to sleep if we wanted to function in the morning! (a couple of us had to leave at 8:30)

Happy Birthday, Laurie!! I'm glad someone thinks we're not too old for slumber parties!

Saturday, September 18, 2010


One of the latest things I've been up to is assisting Brenda in her photo studio. Little by little she's teaching me what she does/knows. It's wonderful!!

Here's a sneak peak at some of the things I do with her at a newborn photo session:
Here I am holding up the white blanket, the baby is on a bean bag.

She made an instruction guide for a photographer in England last week- all on newborns, so she did some "pull back" shots to show how it all comes together.

We cover the baby up between poses so they don't get cold and wake up . Plus there's usually lots of patting on the back to keep the babe settled from all the re-positioning we do.

Here's a few of the final outcomes...I sure couldn't tell you if these are the same baby or not...when we do 2-4 newborns a week the sessions all sorta run together in my head.

This is one of my all time favorite headbands she has!

This hat is new- we call it the peppermint stick hat!

If I remember right- this baby girl was an absolute angel! She slept so soundly we got all sorts of shots with her- lots of hats and headbands!! This is one of the headbands I made recently.

Another thing Brenda does is post her photos on Facebook in one of our Organic Bloom frames! It's been GREAT advertising for us since she posts to several big photography fan pages like Florabella and GracyLu Originals on a daily basis!

Friday, September 17, 2010

more painting!

I mentioned yesterday that The Organic Bloom will be participating in several shows/craft fairs this winter. To do so we have to have a display booth of sorts. Jason set up some MDF for Brenda and I to paint- we didn't quite know what we were going for, but it turned out great!

For some silly reason Brenda refused to be photographed in her paint clothes, I on the other hand don't care. It even makes me feel more legitimate if I have to go to Lowe's in them! ha!

first we primed the MDF

Then we painted them white...probably could have just primed twice for the same look.

Then we rubbed brown glaze all over them.

Ta-da! We set them all up like an actual room (in the allotted booth dimensions) and got our wall/room layout all done. It's going to be FABULOUS!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

so very loved

I've decided my blog needs some updating- specifically some updating on happy-non-losing-a-baby things. Contrary to my blog, life has been WONDERFUL these last 5-6 weeks!

Yesterday was a glorious "pre" birthday!

Brenda and I spent the whole morning painting the "walls" of our booth for several shows we will be participating in over the next 3 months. (The Organic Bloom and Brenda Horan Photography- we go very nicely together in a display!)

Upon arriving home I was greeted with these lovelies:
Flowers and a birthday card with the sweetest message:

"Lovely, Little Andrea-
Happy early birthday! We just want to let you know how very special you are to us. You are such a beautiful ray of sunshine, so full of life! Now get ready to feel like the pretty princess you are. Please be at Spa Southern Hills at 1:45 for a day of pampering. Your schedule is as follows:

1:45- Hydrotherapy Treatment
2:15- Full Body Massage
3:30- Mani/Pedi

Love you!
Rach, Rob & Jason"

(Big shout out to Rach for putting it all together and "helping" my husband out in the birthday department!! The massage was absolutely incredible! )

THEN, Brenda had a little dinner party planned for the evening- with my mom, grandma, sister and several of my closest girlfriends. (Thanks for the balloons too, B!)
I feel so very loved.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

a harmless chick flick

So...does anyone else remember Sweet Home Alabama having a scene about losing a baby?
Ya, I didn't either.
Poor Jason, I totally lost it after that last night.

(tomorrow it will be 8 weeks ago)