Photography, Poetry

Follow the White Rabbit

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Follow the white rabbit,

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into enchanted valleys of wondrous nonsense.

Our world is Our own.

A mirrored sanctuary, begging us to question which left is right.

Falling down to get back up.

Through the sense we know, into the abyss.

Take the pill that shatters the sky into a sea of diamonds.

Late to follow, too early to go.

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Photography, Poetry

Red

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Red as the Rose

Red the dress I wear

the letter I bare

Melt into the flames with me,

I’ll free your tortured soul.

Burning Fire, fades into silent embers

Don’t let the light go out.

The taste of desire, a slow dance underwater, where the undertow will drown you willingly.

My kiss: your last breath.

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Photography, Poetry

Moody Blues

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There’s that rain again, fogging up the kichen window…

I drowned into the smokey glass, finding your face in the condensation. Half of the heart you drew upon it has started to fade

A traffic hazard to my left.

I like how the street lights fade into droplets, hypnotizing oneself into the asphalt’s inviting emptiness.

I painted my nails “Moody Blue” today…

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Photography, Poetry

Dressed, Undressed.

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Play your song for me…I know it well. I’ll be lazy here on blue velvet clouds of forgotten promises. Laughing on the outside, split ends know me well. As they crept up onto my freshly dried hair, I remembered the moment within that moment when you first looked at me.

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Parched for your affections, dressed in my undressed mind. Hooks and eyes that one has only seen.

An additive, not necessary, presumptuously preferred.

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And so, I’ll sink away into the tide, just as I was, I will be, renounced into the deep.

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Photography, Theatre

Oklahoma!

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Oooooooklahoma! Where I’ve been spending most of my evenings and weekends in rehearsals for the past couple of weeks! We opened last weekend over at Simi Valley Arts Cultural Center. I play the role of Gertie Cummings- Get tickets!  Everyone in the cast commits great energy to their roles! I love to take behind the stage photos, and for some reason film photography makes it all that much better. Using my 35mm Minolta, I captured these photos using fujifilm 800iso color film. These are unedited, straight out of camera shots.

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Stage manager Dean!

Me having an mid show costume fix!

  

To see all images visit my Flickr!

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Photography, Poetry

Princess Gena

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She woke up in a sea of green. Tracing her steps back from where she came…enchanted by the golden hue that the sunlight left on her hair…curious how far off the path she would wander.

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Embracing the warmth of the earth beneath her, she stopped for a moment, to feel the trees brush lightly atop her skin, whispering their melodies of a sweet summer breeze that dances through their branches and flow through ones soul.

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Echoing tides of a blue bird’s song remind her of her happiness…an obsolete path.

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A woodwind’s song of playful curiosity; a dance of sorts.

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Baking

Baking Adventures – Challah Bread

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Today I’d like to share my process for making Challah bread. Let me start by saying the most important thing about making this bread…YEAST. Make sure the yeast you use, whether it be active dry or instant, is fresh! Don’t risk it…and pay attention to if it’s instant or active…I’ve made too many oopsies in the past when I breeze through that step and pay for it later, because yes you guessed it…the bread doesn’t rise, and bakes like a rubber ball.

If you are using active dry yeast:

1 and 1/2 cup of warm water, a spoonful of sugar (tbs), and a packet and a half (1.5 tbs)- mix this and set it aside for at least 10-15 mins to activate the yeast.

If you are using instant yeast- mix all the ingredients together!

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon oil (I use olive oil)
  • 4 eggs (plus 1 more for brushing the dough before baking!)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons instant yeast 6-8 cups flour, plus additional flour (may take 8 or 9 cups of flour total…I use King Arthur’s bread flour!) you want to add based on the dough texture…it should be pizza dough consistency.

1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl in order listed. Add enough flour and knead to make a smooth dough. Knead for approximately 10 minutes. Now, I used my Kitchen Aid mixer and the dough hook, so It really is about 7 minutes of kneading, but if you’re doing it by hand, go for the 10 minutes

2. Oil top of bread and cover. Let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 1 hour, punch down, and let rise an additional 30 mins.

3. Divide dough into 2 (one for each loaf).

4. Braid…google how to braid…there are so many ways to braid!! I use 4 and 6 strand techniques How To Braid Challah

 

5. Place loaves on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Cover with a tea towel and let rest for an additional 30 mins. They say…let it rise in a “warm place” I usually just set mine on the kitchen table in the sunlight, or other recipes have suggested warming the oven to 110 degrees F, and letting the loaves sit in the warm oven. This would work if it’s really cold in your house I suppose, but the warm window is just fine.

6. Preheat oven to 375 F. Beat remaining egg and brush it on loaves. Optional to sprinkle sesame seeds on top! Bake for 30-40 minutes. I bake mine side by side, so I rotate the pans 180 degrees halfway through, so they bake evenly. It’s ready when it’s a pretty golden color, and your kitchen smells of deliciousness. Let cool for a bit…but I encourage you to pull off a piece from the top of the loaf you intend to keep for yourself(or keep both of them all for yourself, that’s your business), because nothing is better then warm bread out of the oven after all that hard work!

 

 

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Photography, Uncategorized

Fairy Tale Maiden

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Alyssa Lumpee (model) again on this fairytale inspired shoot that I’ve been daydreaming about. I have probably driven by this location too many times to count, and am always wanted to take a look around for future photoshoot possibilities. It’s tucked away and hidden behind a car dealership, but it’s a little gem. Who knew there were castles in California?

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If you know me, you know that I love the Renaissance era…especially the clothing. You can often find me working on a new sewing project for the Ren Faire…challenging myself with yards of unique fabrics, and corset based patterns. The dress in these images was made by me when I was in high school. There is a gold blouse that usually goes under it, but I took it out for this shoot because of the cape. Corset was purchased from a friend of a friend, cape was given to my by a friend who found it while antique shopping, and the dried flower crown was purchased from a merchant at the Ren Faire.

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I’d like to continue to explore with photography like this. It hits right at home for me. Magic, whimsy, dreamlike. Trying to incorporate this into engagement photos, or weddings would be nice. It’s always nice to meet adventurous people who aren’t afraid of getting a little dirty to capture the right shot, and having the patience to let me create the perfect shot. It’s the photo that you’re going to blow up and frame on your wall, the one you could stare at forever, the image that captures the essence of the day as a whole. Sometimes the shot I think I’m going for ends up being something completely different, yet better than I imagined. That’s the magic of it all; it comes to you in a spontaneous way.

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More images from this series can be found on my Flickr

 

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Motivation, Photography, Poetry

A Magic Feather

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A magic feather…the gift of flight.

-to hold you high above the cloud you stand beneath-

Close your wide-eyed thoughts and believe for one moment you are what you really are. Absolute.

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Flying,

Fleeting,

Floating…

Sing your sweet melody of strength; this which you have strayed from, you can honestly become.

You’ve given me this magic feather, perchance I may fly.

 

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Photography

Sally Flowers

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These photographs are my Ode to Sally (from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”)

All images have not been retouched, only some cropping. All images are straight out of camera via double exposure.

All images can be found on my Flickr

Sally’s Song:

“I sense there’s something in the wind
That feels like tragedy’s at hand

And though I’d like to stand by him
Can’t shake this feeling that I have

The worst is just around the bend

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And does he notice my feelings for him?
And will he see how much he means to me?
I think it’s not to be

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What will become of my dear friend?
Where will his actions lead us then
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Although I’d like to join the crowd
In their enthusiastic cloud
Try as I may, it doesn’t last…

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And will we ever end up together?
no, I think not, it’s never to become
For I am not the one…”

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