Friday, January 28, 2011

I'M FEATURED in Fab Friend Friday!! and my 5Qs!!

WOW!! I am so excited to be a Fab Friend on For the Love of Blogs!!! This is great news!! 

Today is also 5 Q Friday! over at My Little Life so here are my 5Qs!

1. If you had $1,000 to donate to a charity, which would you choose?
K9 Bone Cancer Research. My 9 year old German Shepherd passed away Oct 9, 2010 form K9 Bone Cancer. I am in the process of organizing a 5k run/walk dog friendly event to raise money and awareness for this issue.

2. Snow days: Do you welcome them happily or are they a pain in your butt?

HAPPILY!! Its a day off work or school. Its a day to SLEEP in and be lazy if you want to. Nothing is required of you so enjoy the day mother nature is giving you off!

3. What talent did you wish you had and why?

I wish I could draw…my mother (check out her blog and art work here)is an excellent artist and can draw ANYTHING…I wish I had that talent. 

4. Are you a news, politics or celebrity gossip junkie?

Celebrity to a point. I love to keep up with the crap but at the same time its only because I cant believe how ridiculous it is!!

5. What is your favorite "cocktail"? (Are you a beer person, a kiddie cocktail junkie, or perhaps your more the "Cosmo" kind?! Anything flies...doesn't haftabe alcoholic!)

Lately my love is MARTINIS!! EXTRA Dirty = More Olive Juice!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them although I cant seem to MAKE THEM…HA!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday Wishes

Brooke (my cousin) over at Bright Wishes hosts a Wednesday Wishes each week. So lets participate!!

ONE: PROPS!! PROPS!! PROPS!! I have been shooting some newborns lately and I love newborn props!! 

via featured on etsy

TWO: School books. I recently started back to school and FORGOT to get my books…weird I know but its been 7 years since I was in school and at that time they sent me ALL My books. There was none of this, "I need USED CHEAP text books ASAP!!" So after Tuition was paid … I now get to spend nearly $400 on books….seriously?!?!

THREE: Last May before we moved to NorCal my husband bought me a motorcycle. Well, he claims its mine, but he rides it since I have yet to get my license…so wish #3 is to get my license so I can ride it!!

What are your Wednesday Wishes??

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I'm in the 30 for 30 WINTER Challenge!!!


I've decided to participate in the 30 for 30 challenge inspired by Kendi at Kendi Everyday!

30 for 30 WINTER edition starts FEB 1!! I signed up!! 

Here are the rules:
1. Pick 30 items or less from your closet. Shoes are included, but accessories and jewelry are not.

2. Remix the 30 items into 30 different outfits.

That's it! Well not entirely so..

3. Don't shop for 30 days.


Monday, January 24, 2011

30 for 30

I totally want to participate in the 30 items for 30 days project! Have you heard about this??? You choose 30 items from your wardrobe…and wear only those items for 30 days. Take a photo each day and post to your blog! This will include: Tops, Bottoms, belts, shoes and accessories…to equal 30 total!! I will get more info on it and post it here later…when I'm done with my busy Monday…I still shouldn't be blogging… I HAVE TO GET MY DAY STARTED of I will be late…I am a chronic late person…and you wonder why!


Today is normally Inspiration Monday…and maybe later this afternoon it will be. But currently I am so tight on time today I shouldn't even be writing this! 

I have Brunch with a Client at 930
Maternity shoot from 1130-2
Class (first day back in YEARS!!!) from 3-5

I am so nervous for class today I hardly slept last night!

So I will post some INSPIRATION later….for now lets get on with the day!! Cheers everyone!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Dog Lover GIVEAWAY WINNER is……...

Thank you everyone who participated!! This was so fun! Lets do it again soon!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

5 Q Friday!!

1. Where did you meet your spouse and did you instantly know it was love?

I met my spouse in IRAQ…yes we met in a war zone. I was a contractor he was military. We arrived within 2 weeks of each other, and left within 2 days. WE spent our 2 week R&R in Greece over Valentines day! 

2. What is your favorite room in your house?

Hmmm….my bedroom. At least for the next week until we move. We have been very sparing on using the propane in our rental home since we are moving next week, so the heat is OFF (thank God we are in NorCal and in the middle of a hot streak). So I have been huddled up on the bed with the dog for a while. LOL

3. Can you wiggle your ears?

Nope. Not even close!

4. What is your evening ritual?

HA HA…There is a card game that my family has played for years. And when my parents and grandmother came to visit a few weeks ago, we played and played. NOW my husband and I play at least once a day. Its sweet. Reminds me of my grandparents. They used to do the same thing until my grandfather passed. 

After dinner, we workout (run or ride our bikes) then play cards, then read. We recently took our ONLY TV in the house to my photo studio and then canceled out cable. So we have NO TV in our place. which is nice! If we get the yearning to watch something we pull out the laptop and rent a movie on iTunes…it brings us back to our Iraq days.

5. How many hours of sleep do you need to function?

A LOT…I like at least 8 but it all depends.

Fab Friends FRIDAY!

How cool is this idea!? Click on the link above to see how For The Love of Blogs  They LOVE new friends and new bloggers. So if you are NEW (like me) to the blogging community check them out! They LOVE new people and LOVE to promote you!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Exciting Day!

Today I have a Tattoo Photo shoot! For those of you who don't know much about me, I am a professional Photographer by day and a newbee-blogger/student by night. I'm not going to school to be a photographer, I am going back to school to learn more about THIS stuff….HTML, Coding, Social Media, Social Networking…the "fun" stuff.

So back to the photography aspect, I have been a photographer since 1995. I started out VERY amateur on the school newspaper and all the photo classes the high school would send me too! I then joined the Air Force as a photographer and literally traveled the world! I ended up in Washington DC where I worked for Mr. P (you know who…) for 4 years.

After 8 years in the military I decided to get out and go to school. While I was going to school I worked as a graphic artist. After I got my degree in Visual Communications and a Major in Education, I took a 1 year contract to Iraq. This is where I met my husband! Yes ladies, we met in a war zone.

We have recently moved to Northern California and I opened my first Photography Studio about a month ago! I have been a busy bee lately with family shoots, weddings, engagements and even a local Band photo shoot! Its been a Whirl Wind of Excitement!

So….long story short, I have a Tattoo Photo Shoot today. A girl in the area has a half sleeve that she wants documented! So I will be in the studio and outside shooting today!

I literally love my job!

Here is a link to my website and my blog where i post all my new images. Oh and don't forget to enter my contest

So here are a few images that are inspiring to me today to help me get my creative juices flowing my this shoot:



Wednesday, January 19, 2011

DESIGN 101!!

Check out!! this is a great giveaway with so much potential!! 

$25 towards a new CAMERA STRAP Giveaway

Over at Sandy al a mode!  she is hosting a giveaway for $25 towards a camera strap!! HOW COOL! And just my up alley! Check out her page and enter to win! Let her know I sent you!!

Sandy a la Mode

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


My first Giveaway: A pack of 4 Dog Lover notecards!


(1) Follow me (one entry)

(2) Favorite me on Etsy (one entry)

(3) Follow me on Twitter (one entry)

(4) Comment about my giveaway on YOUR blog (one entry)

(5) Follow me on Bloglovin' (one entry)

Post a separate comment for each entry! 
Winner will be chosen from

Winners will be announced on Sunday Jan 23 


SweetShot Tuesday!

Over at My3Barians every Tuesday is Sweet Shot Tuesday! They accept NEW photographs! The winner wins teh giveaway of the week!

Here is my entry for the week!!

I shot an engagement session on Sunday! This is one of my favorites from the session!

Sweet Shot Day


What is a blog hop?
A blog hop is a linky list that is SHARED ON MULTIPLE BLOGS. 
When several blogs put the same linky list code on their blog, the 
exact same list appears on each blog. 

Blog visitors can submit their entries on any blog that contains the list. 
The entries will appear on each blog where the list resides.

Blog readers see the same list on each blog, and can "HOP" from blog 
to blog seeing the same list of links to follow: BLOG HOP!


I was over at Smile and Wave via Bloglovin this morning and I had to share this GREAT post! Rachel has posted a great article about finding, pairing, and purchasing ALL VINTAGE! Something I am in love with! She supplied a list of awesome sites and stores with great finds! She also gives some tips on getting just what you want (or need).


Monday, January 17, 2011

Hostess - LOVE this idea

I was over at Bon Bon Rose Girls and they had a GREAT idea - Show Your Hostess Some Love When you attend a party don't forget to Thank the hostess with a lovely gift. Even if its as simple as a coffee mug!  We all know how hard it is to play hostess (even when we love it, its takes A LOT of work!!). So ladies remember how daunting it can be host a shin-dig…

Here are some AWESOME mugs I found on Etsy!!

I think this is an awesome idea! Thank you Bon Bon Rose Girls!! 
What would you give YOUR hostess to say "thank you"? 


I decided that Blissful Blatterations needed a facelift. I did some research and after getting some ideas I decided I would go with something more subtle. At least for now until I get my Color Inspiration Board together thanks to Bright Wishes! for the idea of a color inspiration board. Plus I love Change!! I love to change my blog all the time! So don't be worried if you check in one day and its weird colors and the next day its semi-normal again. 

AND with this being MLK Day my recent changes is very appropriate! 

I am also creating (or helping to create) a blog for a friend of mine. Stop by and check out her page! She will be hosting GIVEAWAYS soon! If you would like to host a give away for her let me (or her) know! We are ALWAYS looking for more followers!! (FYI she is on Bloglovin', and so am I!!)


Friday, January 14, 2011

A Heavy Heart

My heart is heavy today. A close friend of mine is saying good-bye to her husband for 6 months while he deploys with the military. They have 2 small children and she is fairly new to the area. I have been in her shoes. A month after marrying my husband he left for Afghanistan for 6 months. Being a member of the "Deployed Spouses Club" (not a real club) is not exactly something that a person strives for. 

Over at Kojo Designs they are making Ribbon Chains to count down to Spring. Well we are going to make a count down chain for when her hubby comes home. It will helps the kids "see" how long it will be until daddy is back!!

Chin up Leah! You have a lot of support and many many people who love you!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday!

Today is wordless Wednesday! Its been a week but who's complaining!

Todays thought is cold… we are 'conserving' our propane since we are moving in 2 weeks and don't want to fill it up again. so we are bundled up in our house! Thank God for a space heater!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

training run

well our 9 mile training run turned in to a 12.5 mile shuffle! 2:50minutes later we finished….so tired but so worth it!!

Way Too Cook 50K

Today is a training run… 9 miles on trail! Lets see how this works! I'm nervous since it cold out and I hate being cold. But it is a good test! Last Tuesday I went out for a run intending to go 3-5 and I ended up at 8.20! Nice way to stretch my legs! 

Curly Girl!!

How neat is this website!! Enter her contests and for a chance to win a T-SHIRT!!

HOW GREAT IS THAT!! Her theme this year is "grow" … how are you growing in 2011??

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

KoJo Design Challenge

LOVE THIS! Kojo Designs has a week long challenge! and today is MAKE SOMETHING!! I am making my Studio Signs. Yep Sarah D. Butcher - Photography has a studio! (thats me!) and I am making BRIGHT RED Signs that say "PHOTOGRAPHY". I'm located next to Summer Thymes in Grass Valley, CA and their parking lot is RIGHT Next to my studio. So I made a SUPER LARGE wooden photo sign that is right red with black letters. That way people inthe parking lot of even in the coffee shop can see it!

What you are making today??

Wordless Wednesday!

Today is normally Wordless Wednesday but I am feeling a little wordy today. More creative then wordy, but all my inspirations today are full of WORDS!


What is your Wordless Wednesday thoughts?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Inspiration POINT - 1/3/11

Today is the FIRST Monday of 2011 … so instead of making is crappy monday like they always seem to be, lets do something out of the ordinary… lets get INSPIRED!!

I have LOTS planned for this week, but something I have planned for March 12, 2011 is the Way Too Cool 50K…  
Thats right … 50K foot race on a TRAIL non the less… so its TRAINING TIME! I have a decent amount of miles under my belt. AND I tend to "suffer well". The Month I turned 30, I ran 3 full marathons. Oct 5 (Twin Cities), Oct 11 (Baltimore), and Oct 26 (Marine Corp Marathon, Washington DC) … since then I have accomplished 2 Half-Ironman Triathlons, and one full Ironman. So a 50K should be a piece of cake right……well lets hope so! 

Here is our RUNNING Inspiration for this week!! Here are some images that remind me WHY I do these crazy things…or more like what I want accomplished from doing them :)

So lets start getting the miles in!!

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