July 22, 2014

giving the gift of your creativity…and how it makes you want to vomit.

I’m not one to have a whole lot of confidence in what I do. I never really have been. At times, I am able to acknowledge that I can do something well(ish). But to think I am great at something is a foreign concept. And to think that anything I do is worthy of another is just downright insanity! So the sudden idea I had to make quilts for a family member? Completely unsolicited? ABSURD!

What if they hated them? What if they went straight to the re-gift pile? What if What if What if?!?!?! My confidence issues added to my good old fashioned anxiety was about to equal vomit-inducing fears of rejection. Who knew quilting could be so high-stress, right?!?!

I have barely made anything for myself, let alone for someone else (which is exactly why I expertly deflect every suggestion/request I get to create a quilt for anyone ;) ). But I had this grand idea to make a quilt for the children of our Aunts Sue & Karina. We love these women so much, and Sue has made such an impact on so many of our lives. One day I was thinking about them and trying to figure out something we could do for them. They have a new baby and a toddler, and I suddenly knew that I should use this new hobby of mine to gift them something special.

Baby Quilts - handmade

I sent out a sneaky text simply asking for nursery colors for him, and her favorite colors. The response? Her favorite color is rainbow, and we don’t have a color theme for him. SIGH! Come on people! Help an indecisive girl out. Obviously, this response induced all sorts of anxiety. Now what?!?! I knew that these environmentally conscious chicks would appreciate if I could somehow incorporate that into this gift, so I took to the internet and narrowed down my choices by deciding to use organic cotton only. I quickly decided I wanted their quilts to coordinate, and I wanted a simple design (because this girl is a slooooooooooow poke crafter!). I settled on my new obsession- orange, and then worked around that theme. I knew I was taking a risk with the bold colors- I feel like most baby quilts I see are much more subdued, but that word doesn’t really exist in my vocabulary, and really, these kids are Cool Kids. They needed Cool Quilts. I only had to hope that Moms agreed!

In the end, I am in loooove with these quilts, but still, I might have gone into a cold sweat as I packaged these up to send off to California. Again, what if? what if? what if? And then? And then I got the most beautiful text, along with a video, that made me realize sometimes it is worth taking a risk and sharing your craft with others. Even if it does make you want to vomit.

And so…my first gift quilts…

Hers:

Baby Quilt | Handmade | Quilting | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

I am slightly obsessed with the backs of both of these quilts. The patterns are so sweet ♥

Baby Quilt | Handmade | Quilting | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

Baby Quilt | Handmade | Quilting | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

With each quilt I make, I add a tag to the back. I covet some of the custom tags I have seen out there and at times I toy with the idea of ordering some. But in the end, I enjoy using the fabric from each quilt to make a unique tag.

Baby Quilt | Handmade | Quilting | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

And his…

Baby Quilt | Handmade | Quilting | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer Baby Quilt | Handmade | Quilting | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer Baby Quilt | Handmade | Quilting | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer Baby Quilt | Handmade | Quilting | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

May 31, 2014

day 6 pt.5 {vacation chronicles}

ummmm, is anyone still here? Am I still here? My aversion to sitting down to the computer has grown stronger and stronger over the months. In case you hadn’t noticed ;) However, it would be an atrocity to just stop posting old vacation photos. The world might end. Or something.

So what the hell? Let’s stretch this shit out, shall we?!

There is that song floating around by American Authors. Best Day of My Life. Day 6? It was truly one of the best days of my life. It was the kind of day that felt like it was going to last forever. And I had barely a worry on my mind (which is a huge feat to accomplish in my world). And I rode a horse. Best day. Obviously.

After our horse ride, and butterfly garden adventures, and iguana stalking, we decided to just wander the property of the resort and see what we could find. There were surprises around every corner, and always something beautiful to see. We were especially excited to see this double crested basilisk up in a tree.

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May 1, 2014

proof

Proof I’m still alive, if only avoiding the computer (and a certain blog)  ;)

Flower | Costa Rica | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

April 2, 2014

hobby hopping

I love photography. You know that, right? You might not, especially if you have been along for this little ride here on the blog. It is a confusing relationship I have with photography. I love it. I hate it. I avoid it. I devour it. I really, truly do love it. And let’s just throw some honesty down here…I am good at it. I can say that. It is not easy for words like that to come from me, I am realllly good at knocking myself down, it’s a little harder to lift myself up. But yeah, I am pretty good at photography. But here’s a little secret- just because I like it, and/or am good at it, does not mean I have to do it all the time. Or that by not doing it, I am wasting it. I do not have to do it all of the time. I do not have to make money at it. I tried that, and sometimes I think that is where we can pinpoint where my relationship problems with photography began.

I don’t like being told what to do. I am bratty like that. And the more people that push my own art on me, the more I find myself pushing it away. Just imagine me as a teenager ;) Plus, honestly? I haaaaaaaaaaaaate the whole process of photography. I adore creating the images. Getting lost in my own little world when I am looking through the viewfinder. But after that? uuuuuugh. Sitting in front of the computer. Culling images. Editing images. And then what? I used to love sending film out, and the excitement of opening that envelope to see your images come to life. Now? I finish up on the computer………….and there they sit. Pffffft.

Photography will always be a part of who I am. But I find that throughout the years I have pushed it to the side to hop around to other hobbies. I used to make jewelry. That was kind of fun. And ahem expensive. And then all those beautiful beads sat in boxes in a closet. And then I hopped on the scrapbooking train. That was fun for about 5 seconds before my ocd kicked in. Scrapbooking + OCD = nightmare. And then one year, I asked for a sewing machine for Christmas. And then I started buying fabric. And then I started making little things. And then. And THEN. I realllly wanted to make a quilt.

gutermann thread | quilting | SW Florida Photography | Kulik Photography

You guys…I hobby hopped and then landed on the jackpot. I. Adore. This. Hobby. ADORE.

But let’s be clear on something…I have no idea what I am doing! At. All. But yet I enjoy almost every moment. Even the moments that freak me out and I avoid, once I start doing it, I am so very content. My mind is a very busy place, and when I am in the midst of a project everything just quiets. I just focus on the task at hand, and there is nothing else in the world. I love that. And maybe that is why I love this hobby so much.

quilting | SW Florida Photography | Kulik Photography

I also am learning that I REALLY love making things for people I love. I finally got the confidence to make my first gift quilt, for my mom. I am terrified to send it her way. What if she hates what I created? What if the whole thing falls apart?! But what if she loves it? I currently have a nice long list of gift quilts, and that makes me smile. Hopefully, they will all stay in one piece :)

Quilting | SW Florida Photography | Kulik Photography

And what I find the most ironic bit of it all? I find myself thinking…wouldn’t it be nice to get so good at this that one day I could sell my quilts? :p LOL

And so, there you have it. My new hobby. I will always take pictures. Always. But it nice to step away from my camera and not feel like I have to take pictures. In the meantime, I will be sewing :)

I’ll leave you with my favorite thing I have made so far….

Quilting | Chevron Quilt | SW Fl Photography | Kulik Photography

 

 

March 27, 2014

escape

Costa Rica |Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

It has been a loooooong and emotionally exhausting month. I have found myself just wanting to escape. And this bit of heaven on earth? This is where I would like to escape to.

March 20, 2014

the wait

Costa Rica | Iguana | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

geez! I am not sure if it could have taken any longer to get this picture posted. I mean…WEEKS! My blog has not been friendly with me as of late, and so I had given up on it for a time. I decided to be bold this morning, and look at that! Apparently we are on speaking terms again :) I’ll take it!

I hope this shot was worth the wait. It happens to be one of my favorite images from the trip ♥

February 18, 2014

still

And as you journey to your final rest,
take with you this…I loved you best.
          – Jim Willis, I Loved You Best

 

Doodle | Black Pug | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

3 years and still. I loved you best. I will always have loved you best.

 

February 15, 2014

day 6 pt. 4 {vacation chronicles}

How many parts does Day 6 actually have?! I have a hard time letting go, what can I say? Really though…we are almost to Day 7. I figure if I work this right, by the time we get to the end of this vacation I should be leaving on a jet plane for my next trip down there. And then we will just rename the blog {The Costa Rica Chronicles} Sounds good, right?

So listen. Day 6 was pretty great. But then there was this moment. And I started crying. And stomping my feet. And then I looked up at the sky, and the sky was dark, and little rain drops hit my forehead, and then I panicked. When I am taking pictures, I tend to lose myself a bit. I am not super aware of my surroundings. I sometimes lose things. And during day 6, the time finally came to change my memory card. And so I took out the card that had six days worth of photos on it (SIX DAYS WORTH OF PHOTOS), put it in my card case, but the card case in my back pocket, and carried on with my day. And then. And then I realized that my card case was gone. And with it, every. single. photo. I had taken on the entire trip.

Shall we talk panic? Did I mention my card case is green. A great match to the lovely green grass. Would you like to know how much grass we walked through? PANIC. Ok. So I remembered exactly where I had changed my card out, so at least we had a starting point. And I had decided that worst case scenario, I would put out a reward to the staff, and pay who ever found it for me. We were in a poor country, those photos were worth a lot to me, I knew they would help me out. Because even without the money, I had yet to meet a Costa Rican that wasn’t willing to help.

We split up, and not long after I heard a whistle. I went running to the whistle, which was coming from my husband. And there. There in his hand was my card case. SIGH OF RELIEF.

Were the photos worth it? Absolutely…

Costa Rica | Iguana | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

Costa Rica | Iguana | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

SO. How did I lose my card case? I was crawling around on the ground, creeping in on this guy’s personal space. When he first looked at me with this face, I thought for sure what he was saying went along the lines of “girrrrrrrl, you better back up. Have you seen how long my tail is?” In hindsight, I think what this face was saying was “girrrrrrrrl, did you not just see that your memory card case just fell? Pick it up!

Costa Rica | Iguana | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

 

 

 

OK   *sigh of frustration here* My most favorite photo of all of these? Well, I can’t show you. Because I think my blog has had enough of my procrastination and has finally decided to punish me for my inconsistent blogging and refuses to allow me to post any more photos. I am embarrassed to admit that to just get these three photos in took over a week and a half. *SIGH* So, that is all for the moment…..I need to go stand in a corner and scream now!

 

January 14, 2014

{day 6} longest day known to man.

Have I left you lingering in Day 6 long enough? Are you ready to move on? Are you even still out there? The good thing: I’m back and ready to pick up where we left off. The bad thing: did I mention my adoration for Day 6? Well. I adore it. And well, there is more Day 6 to get through. Seriously people, I adored this day.

For anyone that knows me, they know I have an incredibly unhealthy obsession with time. It is really one of my most frustrating traits, and it effects my life in numerous ways. I hate the passage of time. I will not enjoy a moment, because I am too busy obsessing over how long the moment is actually taking. And now look at the time! We have wasted so much time! It is annoying and stressful and draining. And I think that is why I loved this day so much. It felt like it went on and on and on. And I feel like I never thought about how much time all of that on and on and on was taking. I simply lived in the moments of the day. That is sort of an amazing feat for me. So forgive me as I drag this day out and enjoy every last drop of it :) And on to the next morsel of goodness of Day 6….

The butterfly garden. Ahhhhhh. The butterfly garden. We had agreed that once we returned to the resort after our horseback ride we would explore the resort grounds, starting with the butterfly garden. I wish I had taken a picture of the outside of the garden, because it was just a drab little greenhouse, nothing special, nothing big. Yet it held us captive for such a long period of time, because there was so much to take in. Everywhere you looked there was something. We walked in circles, following the same paths over and over, but always feeling like it was the first time for all the new surprises it had to offer.

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There is totally so much more from this garden. Some of my most favorite photos from the entire trip came out of this greenhouse and they deserve their very own post. Coming soon! (I swear swear swear I will be back sooner than two months!!!)

January 11, 2014

for now

Costa Rica | Tilajari Resort | Costa Rica Butterfly | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

I was going to carry on with Day 6. Then I got distracted. And the idea of blogging might have suddenly sounded really tiresome. I get tired easily. I mean, some call it lazy. I just say I get tired easily. It sounds so much better in my head. So for now just a quick little peek. I promise you we will carry on with the fabulously glorious day 6, and all of the remaining days, soon. But until then, you can marvel at a butterfly butt. You’re welcome :)

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