I’m starting to think it’s the worst idea in the world to organize my pictures by which iPhone I took them on. I guess that, when I set up the system, I was mentally organizing the phases of my life by which iPhone I had. That was stupid. I should be doing them by year.
I wanted to find an amateur photo shoot I did while at Treat Design Group of Cheryl’s diamonds stacked with tile samples for the guest-house bathroom. All I could remember was that I’d taken the pictures in late 2012, so I decided it was just time to sort through iPhone pictures from late 2012. What I found was a section of pictures completely devoid of Carmen, and suddenly I saw a part of my life completely devoid of Carmen. It made me think about what defined my life in that odd period between when my life in Houston changed and when I moved my life to Austin.
1) Different people, different places…Let me be clear: A lot of the people in these pictures were friends with whom I already hung out. But I found that the nature of my relationships changed. I mended old wounds and pursued people more deeply. I made my home in different houses. And I spent a lot of time with my bosses, whom I adored (and still do). I knew that I was on the verge of leaving, but I also craved social relationships, some of which I knew I would not maintain. I branched out while disentangling my roots.
At Cheryl’s farm with one of the horses.
All of the horses at Cheryl’s.
Sugar (as well as Cheryl’s living room/kitchen, which I loved).
Sugar & the cat gazing lovingly at each other.
At A 2nd Cup fundraiser with Joyce.
Breaking Dawn at midnight w/ Bethy.
Jessup Family Dinner.
Night picnic after Deb’s photography class.
River Oaks Christmas lights with Christine.
T. Lee & the Rice Sisters (Galveston).
Playing with puppies @ Kenzie’s.
2) Christmas, Christmas, Christmas…I threw myself into making homemade coasters for everyone. It was one of the most fun, most exhausting, most satisfying projects I have ever done. Here is some of my work, which I want to one day sell on Etsy (yeah, that’s its own thing.
My dad and stepmom have a mid-century modern house. Full on. Deeply committed. And they love vintage signage.
My aunt loves frogs. But these did teach me that photographs are the hardest kind.
I have no idea what Liz’s place in NYC looks like, but I hoped these would suit her general sensibilities.
These are among my favorites: I love the vintage feel combined with the offbeat artistic style that IS Kenz. I had to do justice to her own crafting genius.
Of course I don’t play favorites. But if I did, it would be these. They were fun to make, and I love the seed packet accents. So glad I found this paper.
Emily was really into bunnies at this time. I’m not sure that I’d say my bunny drawings are any good, but this is a style I would like to hone in the future.
Esther’s apartment is black, white, and red; and the woman is obsessed with travel. I’m sure you can see what happened here.
These are 3 of my favorite kids in the world (again, if I had favorites). I basically made coasters that matched their PJs for the boys, but I wanted to do one for Rosey that will transition with her as she grows up. She’s very mature.
Red. Blue. Love. Home. My mom already has 800,000 coasters, so she put these in a white frame and displays them on the hearth. The effect is nice.
Another among my favorites. I hand-cut those pictures. I just saw the paper, and it screamed at me, “Beth Ellen!”. Of course, she gave her bird artwork to me, so it doesn’t necessarily go with anything now. 😛
I can’t believe I fed Lindsey’s Francophilia with these. My favorite is actually the papers. The Fleurs de Lis were a pain in the posterior.
Whomever I gave these to: sorry about the ripples. It was over a year ago; you’ll have to forgive my abysmal memory.
I love Kelly’s stuff. She has a lot of color and a fair amount of gold and art. I don’t think I did it justice, but I tried.
These were the first ones I made. I was missing Angie a lot at the time (I still do), and I just wanted something simple that captured her. She went to KSU, and she’s crafty.