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“You are Enough” a rally cry!

Forest Flowers (Pink)

I really struggle with feeling like an impostor sometimes. I’m self taught in almost everything I do, which can sometimes lead to me being paranoid that I am doing it wrong and that I will never be good enough to have value to my peers. Talking to my friends I realize that “Impostor Syndrome”  is actually a common fear regardless of education or skill level. This was a pivotal moment for me. Realizing that people who I deem successful are still trying to figure all this out and that feeling this way doesn’t mean I actually am horrible. Once I realized it was just a mental hiccup, I was able...

Be Still My Soul (a coloring book)

Be still My Soul: A printable adult coloring book for the LDS faith.

This last year has been full of some really rough stuff. We’ve lost babies, gone through fertility treatments, had our daughter diagnosed with JRA, surgeries, moved to a new state,  took out a ton of student loans, pregnancy complications, health problems with our dog,  financial stress and more… It’s been hard! I’ve cried more than my fair share, and been lifted up by the loving arms of friends and family on many occasions.   As I searched desperately for a way to relieve my stress, I found Jude, my friend Leisha’s unborn baby boy.  Jude had a multitude of health problems and was born premature. After a good fight, he...

Classic+Rustic= Clarustic. It’s a thing.

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You know what I have always been crazy about? Fonts. You know what I have never been crazy about? Tendonitis. My tendonitis has been THE. BIGGEST. PAIN. anytime I want to do anything pretty. I spent a semester in college learning calligraphy and lettering. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I was pretty good. And you know what happened just before finals? Tendon-freaking-itis. I pretty much had to not use my hand unless it was to work on my final project, and it was in short spurts of a word or two and lots and lots of pain killers. It killed any dreams I had of being...

Woodland Animal Nursery Prints

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There is nothing more lovely to  me than a moss covered stump, a snowy forest, or sunshine glittering through Fir trees. It’s a place where I think magic still exists in this busy world.  It’s a place where fairies exist and trolls roam wild. I love the forest because it reminds me to never grow up, to always let my imagination run free. I still want to grow up and be a princess. Not the live in a castle Sleeping Beauty princess. The live in the forest dancing with animals Briar Rose princess. Last Valentines Day, I designed some cute little cards that I absolutely ADORE and my two year old...

Worlds most moist gluten free chocolate cake with worlds best chocolate fudgy frosting of glory.

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  I don’t know about you, but for  me, I used to avoid gluten free like it was the plague. Gross. Dry. Tasteless. Rice flavored cake. Ammiright? So when I got a request to  make gluten free cupcakes,I kicked and screamed for a second and then went to work studying exactly how gluten free baking works.  I love a good challenge! After about a month of studying I managed to morph my traditional cupcake base recipe into this fabulous little treat, and oh how wrong I was to hate gluten free. These are hands down some of the most delicious cupcakes I have ever made. They where moist and light....

Graham Cracker Sunshine Cookies

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   There is no secret at my house of my undying love for s’mores. Except, to be completely and brutally honest with you, I actually don’t really like the actual gooey s’mores. I hate that the chocolate is hard and the graham is hard and the ‘mallow spills out all over the sides, which just leaves you eating a sticky graham cracker. Oh, I hate sticky hands too. Just ask my two year old, who washes her hands to almost a compulsive level. No sticky hands in this house! What I do love about s’mores is the chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker combo. Give me s’mores cookies, s’mores ice cream,...

Why 2014 Sucked and Why Thats Okay

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At the end of August 2013, we decided to move from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Salt Lake City, Utah. By the beginning of September, we were on the other side of the country.  Good bye white sandy beaches of paradise! Hello snow cap mountains in the dry desert! It was crazy fast, and quite honestly, a little traumatizing. We had complete faith it was for the right reasons, although I think it took this last year of trials and growing to manifest itself.  Below is a complied list of things that really sucked for our family this last year, and why I think it’s okay that it happened. 1. Massive...

Crystals Snow-tography

White Forest

I had a blast photographing this native Floridian for her first snow filled winter. Since I have only survived a handful of “real” winters (aka lots o’ snow) we both learned some valuable lessons about snow-tography shoots. She learned she needed warmer socks, and I probably should have listened to that wise photographer that talked about fingerless gloves.  We both should have worn heavier jackets. By the end we shook our feet around and didn’t feel any toes rocking around in there so it must have been a good day. The hot cocoa to follow up didn’t hurt the deal either! 😉  ...

Elise the Earth Goddess

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I have had this project I have been thinking about for a few months now. Something were I can really push what I already know and build on it. I really wanted to do an “Earth Goddess” shoot were it was really natural with a lot of light….very dreamy. I called up my favorite accomplice in crime, and she was totally game for it. There was nothing I have my hand in on this shoot. I thrifted the dress and gold shawl. The dress, I feared would be too short, so I added 4″ lace at the bottom. Once I knew the outfit, I was able to make a flower...

My Dreams Coming True

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Y’all, I am a girl with big dreams. Today, I was able to take a step towards those dreams. I want my photography edits to be great. I want my blog to be great. (Note to self: still learn CSS.) I want to be a surface designer and do fabrics. I want to just let my creativity to flow into the world. Today, because my parents are AWESOME, I was able to inherit their old computer. Let me get this straight though. It’s not really that old, they just needed a new computer. Score for Rachel! It came preloaded with the creative suites, so hello adobe illustrator and photoshop! It’s...