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10 on 10 – February // Crazy Love

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Sometimes I feel like my daughters make me crazy. Like how many times can I say “put away your shoes?” or “we have to leave before we’re late” or “NO you cannot wear that!” But truth be told, I’m absolutely, unequivocally, head-over-heels, crazy in love with them!

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They made me a mommy. They pick flowers (sometimes weeds) and lovingly hand me their bouquets. They draw pictures for me and write cards for me. They constantly want my attention and love to sing and dance, showing off their newest moves or lyrics. At bedtime, they ask me to read to them, even though they both can read, especially my 8-yr old who can breeze through chapter books, but still wants me to read to her. They’ve given me the most amazing gift and journey… motherhood. Truly, they’ve made me complete ❤

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But life gets busy. I get overwhelmed with the everydayness of life — cooking, cleaning, laundry, chauffeuring, volunteering, working, blogging — everything it takes to make our family life keep plugging away. And I forget to take it all in. To take in my girls as they are right here, right now. So for this month’s 10 on 10, I wanted to focus on just them, my baby girls, before yet another month goes by and I realize I’ve been focusing  my lens on the “stuff”, and not the most important beings: my beautiful, smart, lovely, compassionate, free-spirited, whimsical, silly, big-hearted, musical, fun loving baby girls!

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I hope you don’t mind indulging me and letting my proud-mommy-ness shine through ❤ We spent an afternoon in Balboa Park having fun, getting pictures of them being little girls, being themselves. My girls are my life and I love that they radiate joy, love, innocence, sweetness, and all the goodness that my dreams filled with at the thought of having daughters! Truly, I am blessed!

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As always, thanks for stopping by to check out what I’m up to these days! Be sure to continue the 10 on 10 circle and head on over to be inspired by the sweet life of Laura Bastien – she’s an incredibly talented photographer with a true gift of capturing grace, beauty and light!

If you’ve missed any of our previous 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post 🙂

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? One of my go-to shot lists: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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/c

PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to capture beautiful images of your family? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch to schedule your 2015 session!

PPS. I’m linking this post with the Daily Post weekly photo challenge, sharing that even amidst the craziness of our life, my girls bring much needed “Symmetry” and balance to my heart ❤

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10 on 10 – January // CHA 2015

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Welcome to the first 10 on 10 of 2015! You may have come to me from Kathleen Ries and her beautiful “beginnings” post – hope you loved it and continue the hop on over to my sweet and lovely friend Kim Bajorek!

Ready for a peek into CHA and walk a little bit of the floor with me?

Be still my beating heart! So many amazing goodies were showcased and demoed at the Craft & Hobby Association 2015 MEGA Show! I barely scratched the surface while I spent a single day at the show, but I wanted to share a little insight into my perspective from the show floor!

Before I even get into a few of the products that I can’t wait to get my hands on, I have to point out that I bee-lined straight to some of my favorite booths to see the people and products that have most influenced me in this wonderful crafty hobby I love so much! As much as I love the great products, they may have been just a touch overshadowed by the fabulous people who have shared lessons and tips to make my journey in this crafty world even sweeter! And I have to mention that my sweet friend Melissa was with me and was kind enough to grab my camera to get me in some of the shots 🙂

Do you love all Ranger products as much as I do? Dylusions, Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi? All amazing! Dyan Reaveley introduced Dylusions Paints which looked so amazing and dried super fast – she absolutely makes me want to get into art journaling! Tim’s new Stampers Anonymous stencils look fantastic – so many are on my wish list! And Wendy Vecchi’s embossing powders are gorgeous. As she demoed them, she mixed some with her matching inks and frosted crystal – so pretty! And her stencil/stamp sets are awesome too!

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My beautiful and amazingly talented friend Jen Gallacher was at the Echo Park booth and I was quite the happy camper to see her! We met through a crafty business networking group in 2013 and I’m in awe of the progress she’s made as a product designer and marketing maven. Go Jen! She has no idea how much she inspires me ❤

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Julie Fei-Fan Balzer was at The Crafter’s Workshop booth, showing her beautiful new stencils. We got there just as the show was closing, but she was a doll and kept chatting with us. Her mama Eileen joined us too – she’s beyond adorable and insightful! She’s like Yoda, Carol Brady and Margaret Cho rolled into one!

Back in 2009, when my baby was born and I was up in the wee hours of the night nursing, I stumbled on a show called Scrapbook Memories – it was a TV show about scrapbooking! I had just started in the hobby, but I was truly in awe of Julie’s artsy approach and Stacy Julian’s colorful and story based scrapbooking. I made Julie laugh when I told her that I could be described as their perfect love child 🙂

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Art Anthology had some lovely samples out and I was totally struck by these brushes on canvas… what a fun project! I love using their Sorbet’s in my techniques class – such a fun way to add texture, dimension and sparkle onto projects! They have a beautiful selection of vibrant colors and I can’t wait to try their new paints that offer different textural finishes.

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Spellbinders came out with an adorable line of fun and festive dies, perfect for parties and events of all sorts! I loved the party decor they had staged…you know it’s good when you immediately want to go home and create because you’re so inspired!

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Maggie Holmes and Shimelle Laine each have gorgeous lines with American Crafts. They were both incredibly sweet to chat with about all kinds of goodness…from photography and scrapbooking to babies to hoarding paper that we couldn’t live without and now find incredibly horrible and lots more! I couldn’t help but get a shot of Shimelle’s adorable red sparkly shoes…how cute is is that she’s from Kansas!

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A couple other must have products included new dies from Lawn Fawn – perfect for party supplies on my Etsy shop! And Deco Foil for the must-have, on-trend, metallic foil treatment on DIY projects! Using cardstock, a toner printer, creating a jacket with copy paper, and running through a laminator, we were able to create beautiful metallic foiled cards and projects. Very similar to the Heidi Swapp Minc, which was pretty amazing too!

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I know it was brief, but I hope you like my quick peek into CHA Winter 2015! I’m already planning to stay for at least two days next year! So much to see and one day just really did NOT cut it!

As always, thanks for stopping by to check out what I’m up to these days! Be sure to continue the 10 on 10 circle and head on over to my sweet friend Kim Bajorek – she’s a beauty inside and out, with an inspiring view of the world!

If you’ve missed any of our previous 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post 🙂

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you!

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xoxo,
/c

PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to capture beautiful images of your family? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch to schedule your 2015 session!

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10 on 10 – December // Deck the Halls

Ready to peek inside my home? These are some of my favorite Christmas decorations!

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Do you buy Christmas ornaments or decorations while traveling? That’s something I’ve loved doing for more years than I remember! The red mosaic ball? From Salt Lake City, Utah. The silver tear drop? From Hearst Castle in Cambria, CA. The crosses? From Solvang, CA the weekend my sister was married! One of my favorite parts of Christmas is decorating our tree and reminiscing where every ornament and decoration came from. Okay, not every single one, but definitely lots have significant meaning ❤

Believe is one of my absolute favorite words and is evident throughout my home, particularly during the holidays. So I couldn’t resist getting some fun bokeh shots with our Believe ornament!

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Did you land at Clicky Chick Creates coming from Laura Bastien at The Sweet Life? Her gorgeous photos make me want to cozy up with a cup of cocoa and a nice fire! Be sure to head on over to my adorable friend and uber talented photographer Kim Bajorek! She headed out for a high noon photo shoot at the beach, capturing her beautiful friend in front of a turbulent yet beautiful ocean! She even caught some daredevils out in the rough waters as well 🙂

Thanks for following our 10 on 10 adventure this year! I’ve had a blast spending time behind the lens to capture 10 (or more) photos monthly of people and events that are near and dear to my heart, and whatever may have tickled me pink for the month ❤ If you missed any of the 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post 🙂

If you’re still looking for some holiday goodies for your home or for gifts, please visit my Etsy and Society6 shops! The perfect gift for you or your loved one could be eagerly waiting for you to discover it within my shops or with other artists in the communities!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Happy holidays!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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10 on 10 – November // Wedding Bells

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Baja wedding, pink, turquoise, head wreath, cake, roses, lanterns, toast, kids, flower girls, ring bearers, My baby brother got married! He and his bride are such a wonderful couple and I couldn’t possibly be any happier for them! Individually, they are amazing. But together? They are inspiring, loving, faithful and make you want to be a better, more peaceful, kinder, gentler person ❤

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We were thrilled to be part of the big day and celebrate in gorgeous style! They might look familiar from the engagement sessions we did in the spring:

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I’m beyond thrilled for their new adventure as Mr. & Mrs. ❤

Lucky for me, today is our monthly 10-on-10 photo circle! Be sure to head on over to my sweet friend and fabulous photographer, Stacey Griffin at Posin’ Roses! She’s a dear friend who shares not only my passion for photography, but two sweet daughters and a new puppy too! We have very familiar paths and get to see each other fairly regularly 🙂 I’m actually heading over to her house tonight for our monthly mom’s night outs! Toodles!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Oh, have you stopped by my Etsy or Society6 stores yet? I’m happily sharing my creative projects, as well as photography via prints, phone cases, pillows and a myriad of other products! If you check either out, be sure to let me know what you think?!

Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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10 on 10 – October // Photo Walk

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // La Jolla, beach, photography, San Diego, cove, morning, waves, crashing, shellDid you participate in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk Day, this past Saturday, October 11th? I did! I headed down to La Jolla Cove to join the walk happening there. It wasn’t exactly what I expected as everyone went their separate ways, but I was able to get some nice shots of our San Diego gem!

My amazing friend Katrina Kennedy with Capture Your 365 is hosting a Photo Walk After Party, this coming Sunday, October 19th, 6pm PST. Guess who’ll be on the show with her? Me, me, me! I’m super excited 🙂

If you joined an organized photo walk, or headed out on your own walk with a camera, join us for the live after party! We’ll be sharing our photo walk experiences, our favorite photowalk photos and the stories they hold, and hanging out, connecting as a community with like-minded, photography lovers! All from the comfort of your own home! BYOB, lol! Check out more here.

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Perfect timing on the photo walk taking place when it did as our monthly 10-on-10 photo circle is happening this week, too! You may have come to me from Carie Cruz? She’s new to our circle, so even if you didn’t come from her beautiful blog, be sure to hop on over and give her a warm welcome with some comment love. But first, head on over to the amazing Kathleen Ries to check out her lovely images of her recent adventures on date-night!

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And if you still didn’t get enough 10 on 10 goodness, check out our previous circles here – I love the beautiful, diverse and collaborative spirit of our photo circles!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you  🙂

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/c

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PS. Don’t forget to check out these links – so much happening this weekend: visit my new Etsy shop! Don’t miss True Scrap 6Join the Capture Your 365 Photo Walk after party!

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10 on 10 – September // First Birthday!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First birthday cake smash, cupcake, fish, wavesMy cutie pie nephew turned one last month! You might remember him as I’ve shared about him here/his birth, here/newborn session, here/playtime and here/with my girls. I can’t believe how incredibly fast the year has gone by!

He’s beyond adorable, and I love that he and my girls just love each other to pieces! He’s getting to that fun age where he actually interacts with his cousins and they are having so much fun playing together. I know they’ll make lifelong memories together as they grow up and I can’t wait to see the boy (and eventually the man) he becomes!

His reaction to the new treat – the cupcake, the sugar, the yumminess – was awesome! Just check out his reaction…

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Today happens to be our 10 on 10 posting for the month, so what a great opportunity to share a special snippet from my nephew’s first birthday with you! You may have come to me from Kristina Rust  as part of the 10 on 10 circle, and even if you didn’t, make sure your check out her blog – she just returned from the photography event “Click Away” and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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And if you still didn’t get enough 10 on 10 goodness, check out our previous circles here – I love the beautiful, diverse and collaborative spirit of our photo circles!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you 🙂

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Live creatively!
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/c

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PS. The Daily Post photo challenge this week is Humanity – and since I don’t think I’ve ever met a child anywhere that didn’t love a cupcake, I thought I’d link up over there too!