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free printable luggage tags

Are you packing your bags to go somewhere this summer?  Is your luggage the same black rolling bag that everyone has?

Yes or no, make your stuff stand out with these new printable luggage tags.  This printable is FREE.

They fit nicely in the standard luggage tag laminating pouch.  I have created six colorful and whimsical designs for you.

Click on either image to go to the download.


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Well this senior-ita is not Spanish or even a Spanish speaker, but she does like Latin.  (Canis in via sedet.  Coquus in culina coquit.  My Latin teacher would be so proud to know that I know where the dog is sitting and the cook is cooking.  She did write our book.)
I had the opportunity to take this Latin-lover’s* senior photos on a beastly hot day this summer.  We held up well with lots of water, paper towels for blotting and a trip to our local coffeehouse, Fair Grounds, for some AC and iced lattes.
* Yes, I do think I’m “punny.”

PhotobucketOn a side note… It’s my birthday today and I really don’t feel my age, however; my senior year seems decades ago.  Well, I have to say to myself, “Sarah, it was decades ago.”   However, I wouldn’t go back for anything.  Each year seems to get better than the last, even though it seems like the years keep speeding up.Photobucket
Do you like the vintage photo look?  Go to Willette Designs for the free download.

Enjoy the AC this summer and your years before they’re gone.  E pluribus unum, y’all.


Photobucket This is a free frame from The Coffeshop Blog.  Check out all her great freebies. Photobucket


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a day for Pops and a freebie

Hats off to single parents!

I don’t know how they do it.  I live in a military town where spouses can be gone for six months to a year at a time and I am whining when my husband comes home late from work.  But, it just proves how much I need and depend on my babydaddy.

I really do have the best guy out there {at least the best one for me.}  We celebrated ten years of marriage this year.  And I couldn’t imagine having spent that many years with any other person.  If you’re married, think back to that guy or gal you dated just before your spouse; it probably wouldn’t have worked out, right?  Well, I don’t know your situation, but I definitely wouldn’t have lasted with the penultimate guy.   Last I heard,  he’s on his second wife anyway.   Whew, I dodged a bullet there.

So, even though Hallmark invented all of these ridiculous holidays to make us spend money on cards, Father’s Day is worth celebrating.   I am bucking the system here and giving you a freebie to honor your favorite daddy-o.  Download the newest ghd printable here.


And while you’re at it, book a photo session before June 19th

and get 20% off the session and prints.

Enjoy.  SPL

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Party hat template

I am coming out the the crafty closet. Yes, I’m crafty. You got a problem with that?

So,  it’s end-of-the- school-year party time and I got my craft on with some party hats for my son’s class.
I have included the template and directions below.

The hats were a great success, but I could kick myself for not getting a class picture with them on. Too bad.
Enjoy what I do have.

Click the image below to go to the download site.

Party hat template

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hooting my own horn {sic}

So, I’d prefer to be more humble, but sometimes I am just so excited about what I did that I have to share.

I hope that you appreciate the fact that I am not a cake decorator and that I am not meticulous when I cook or bake.  So this large confectionery/baking endeavor was a labor of true love from me to my 5 year old son.  {And I employed the much over-exploited loyalty of my best cheese-arranging* friend, Stephanie, to keep me on task and finish the d@$^able thing before dinnertime.}

*Cheese-arranging, you ask.  (adj.) Yes.  It’s an adjective of endearment that I have used to describe the wonderfully OCD quality that would make someone artfully arrange the cheese on a grilled cheese sandwich so as to have no cheese overlap nor overflow.  It’s opposite would describe me.  I have no desire nor skill to prevent the cheese from either overlapping nor overflowing.  Dare I say that I prefer overlap AND overflow.  But, I love everything about Stephanie.  So, I will raise a glass now (even though it may be 10am) to her “disorder” (yes, pun is intended)!

Enjoy, Hedwig!

{to also be noted, the Harry Potter craze has taken over my children since our trip to Universal in March.)

Here is a detail of the finished work.  Mon chef d’oeuvre!

Assembly of the pieces.  I made a chocolate cake and a butter pecan one.  Both moist and yummy combined with the homemade butter cream frosting.

Crumb coating.

Doodles from

Almost done.

They can’t wait.

Ahhh.  The candles.  Happy Birthday, C-note!

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happy spring cards

Did you miss getting cards out this winter…  Have the grandparents been laying on the guilt trip about not getting any photos or news about their grandchildren?

Well, if so, help is here.

GHD Happy Spring Cards.

Book a photo shoot and order your cards

that say “bring on the warmer weather” today!

10% off your sitting fee

if you mention this post with your order between now and April 30th.



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You’re spectacular

Since I snap photos of people for hire, I have run into many people who don’t believe they are beautiful.  I’ve written before about laugh lines and fat bulges that are evidence of character and experience not just something to “take care of.”

We don’t listen to our friends or loved ones, who tell us of our beauty; we believe what we see in magazines and on television and on the big screen.  And since I know a thing or two about Photoshop, I’d like to tell you that it’s all a lie!  But believe me, I can make a 40-year old woman look 25 with some good lighting and a clone tool.

I have recently found this uplifting blog called Kind-Over-Matter.  They posted this wonderful video from a Speak Out Spoken Word Competition.

Let  PrufRock tell you the truth.

I hope you listen.   SPL