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What’s New, February?


What’s new, pussycat?

It’s been verrry, verrry (Payam has taught me a Middle-Eastern accent) cold lately, relatively speaking. Thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit is VERY cold for us!! I can’t even remember what summer felt like and I know it was really hot.  So I illustrated a February banner with the feeling of a being blown away with an arctic wind and some little love-blown valentines thrown in. I know a lot of people are finding my site from all the old valentine printables I used to make. I have some brewing but they will probably show up on Alphamom and not here. Gotta pay the bills and all. But if I get some extra time maybe I’ll pop out some pineapple valentines or minecraft valentines for certain little people in my house and I’ll share them here.

I’ve been antiquing a little lately. A new job has popped up where I’ll be repurposing antiques and shooting tablescapes. It’s a little scary for me and I’m feeling intimidated but I think once I get used to it, it could be really fun. So if anyone wants to hit up Orange Circle with me for some shopping and a coffee date, I should be open to that. Payam went with me last week and we had all kinds of fun.


Payam bought these really old wooden boxes and he’s thinking of repurposing them into either some wall art or maybe even furniture. I am very excited to see what he does with them. But in the meantime, they’ve been great props for shooting on. I felt like I had a little Knotts Berry Farm family portrait studio wall or something.


Lubna has popped up as a model here and there. I can only show the outtakes on this site so if you see something old that you might like, shoot me an email and I can probably sell whatever item it is. These double-handled soup bowls are great latte mugs. They didn’t make the cut for my new job so they’re hanging out in my kitchen but I know I can’t keep everything I find so eventually I’ll have to pass these on. If you like them, let me know!


Isn’t Lubna adorable?!!  Did you know she might be engaged soon? I know, it’s crazy. I’m having some trouble wrapping my head around it myself. She’s only seventeen but in her culture pre-arranged marriages are very normal and expected, especially when your teenage daughters are drop-dead gorgeous like she is and prone to mischief. I’m just hoping the guy her family has picked out for her is as wonderful as she is. Of course she can always break off the engagement if she doesn’t like him and she might but she’s pretty excited about the whole prospect. Teenage love and all that.  And yes, I have been preaching to the moon and back about how young she is and how she should finish school and have a career etc etc…I’ll keep you posted.



    • Jenn

      My guy is from Iraq and his brother and sister were married in this fashion, although they were older. It’s more of a, “Hey, I know a person from a family and let’s see if you guys are a good match.”

      It depends on the family, some are more liberal in their selection and the level of pressure. It’s not necessarily just someone the family chooses and they are married (not that it never happens that way). The families of both parties will meet and discuss, allow both parties to get to know one another and then they can decide to marry.

      While it’s not something I’m used to, being an American and all, in the right circumstances it’s not a terrible system.

  • BeachMama

    I don’t know where you are antiquing up in the first two images, but I would love those old cameras!! They are hard to find around here, or maybe I don’t know where to go to look, but they have been on my wishlist for a few years now :D.

    It’s super fun to shoot setups, be sure to let me know if you need any help, I don’t mind from many miles away.

    Lubna is beautiful, I pray that things work out well for her.

  • lynne

    Loving your new job and I think your a natural born stylist. I guess you can’t hang on to everything but I do know some designers who hire locks up for this reason to store all the props for their shoots. I like the little blue and white china figurine in your photo, she looks like she may have a story to tell.

    Regarding Lubna, I hope the man her parents chose for her is as full of fun as she is. and it works out well.

  • lynne

    p.s. I forgot to mention I think Payam and Matt would get on. he’s building a brand new staircase for our little flat. One with clever drawers and other storage cupboards to “hopefully” fit everything in. Its massive project and the cat keeps on ermm “helping”.

  • Hil

    Marriage is a mystery to me, but Lubna is a beautiful firecracker and I wish her all the happiness! Of course you got an antique styling job…perfect perfect perfect!

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