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10 on 10 – April // My March Madness

So glad you’ve joined us for the 10 on 10 monthly blog circle! We’ve made some changes recently… we’re now posting on the 10th of the month {makes more sense, doesn’t it?!} and we’re posting 10+ photos from our previous month. So, I’m sharing some of my March madness with you. If you were hoping for basketball, I think you’re going to be disappointed. If you’re hoping to see photos of my crazy life, perfect, ’cause that’s what you’re getting! Ha! Kind of a month in review!

We had a busy month with school and Girl Scout commitments – Buddy Photos for yearbook, Jog-a-thon fundraiser, Powder Puff Derby and so much more! Two of our closest friends (sisters no less!) won 1st and 2nd place at the Derby! Their daddy will definitely be giving workshops next year to our troop!

On the creative front, I added a few new items to my Etsy shop, including printables that I am absolutely loving! Everyone needs a little love or bliss in their home or office ❤

My planner has helped keep me plugging along. It’s still getting customized to meet my needs and a little more prettied up, too! I even co-taught a planner class at Scrap It Up 365! It was so much fun sharing, chatting and planning with the class! Speaking of teaching, I also taught at Capture Your 365 last month! My class was all about finding photo locations in unexpected places – I’m still working on turning that class into an instant-download e-book! Whew, it was quite a busy month!

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I spent a little time poking around the garden, playing with my macro lens. I quickly realized that a windy day and handheld macro lens don’t go well together!

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Hope you enjoyed the April 10 on 10 post! As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my monthly 10 on 10 photo projects! Be sure to continue the 10 on 10 circle and head on over to be inspired by the amazing Kristina Rust – she’s an incredibly talented photographer with a beautiful eye for details, and she’s the beauty and brains behind this awesome monthly collaboration! Be sure to leave all the photographers some comment love ❤

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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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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10 on 10 – March // Chasing Rainbows

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Chasing Rainbows in Balboa Park cactus and rose gardens - natures colors in plants, landscapes, flowers, sky, bark, pink, rose

Time for another 10 on 10! Starting in January, I joined an amazing group of women photographers who share a passion for photography and a passion for sharing! On or around the 10th of the month we focus our lenses on capturing beauty around us. It might be our family, an adventure, nature, life, or anything that tickles our fancy. Each of us posts our 10 or more photos on the 15th of the month, and leads each reader to the next woman in the photography circle. So no matter where you start, you end up making a full circle and visiting each of us. This month, I decided to go on my own mini-adventure…

As every month changes and holidays approach, my mind turns to the different themes and decor pieces I can decorate our home with or paper projects I can create in my craft room (like the projects here, here and here). So with St. Patrick’s Day coming along, I couldn’t help but think of leprechauns, clovers, and beer, none of which are much my style. Then my mind went to pots of gold… which led to rainbows… which led my train of thought to all the wonderful colors I get to use in my crafts. But then I thought how lucky we are to have such amazing and beautiful colors given to us through nature…

Being in San Diego, we’re pretty lucky to have so many beautiful photographic locations. One of my favorites is Balboa Park – I’ve written many blog posts and shared photos of Balboa Park that you can find here. So considering I had a narrow window of time open earlier this week where both my girls were in school, I decided to head to the park and go on my very own photo walk, seeking out the colors of the rainbow. I headed to the cactus garden and the rose garden, neither of which disappointed! 

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RED

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ORANGE

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ORANGE-YELLOW

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YELLOW

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YELLOW-GREEN

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GREEN

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GREEN-BLUE

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BLUE

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PURPLE

It’s amazing what we see in the world around us when we’re intentional in our observations. Although I was hoping to fill the frame with a single color for most of the shots, I’ll admit I became quite smitten with the color combos provided by the surrounding plants and landscape. And next time I go chasing rainbows (colors), I’ll be sure to take my daughters with me – I think they’ll enjoy the hunt and sights immensely!

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I really loved all the colors, even the non-colors! It was high-noon when I was photographing all these beauties, but even the strong sun and harsh light couldn’t detract from the colors and awesome beauty!

Are there any favorite color combos you use in your home decor or clothing that you regularly see in nature? I’d love to see and hear, so share in the comments below!

You may have come to me from Michelle Kirnan Photography as part of the 10 on 10 circle, and even if you didn’t, follow the circle and head on over to Kathleen Ries – you won’t be disappointed!

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As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Doors will be Opened… {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // door opening onto garden with textures and quote "Doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock" Tony Gaskins

This photo has been one of my favorites since I shot it a few months ago at my church {it really is one of the most beautiful places that I adore photographing!} And it just so happens that several of my favorite photo blogs had challenges or themes that lent themselves nicely to this image!

It started with The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus. Door knob in focus, shallow depth of field on the background, okay, focus, check. Then I noticed Ese’s Voice recently started Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Open is the theme for the week. So, perfect, the door opening to the garden view. Another check. Awesome – two birds with one stone, right? Oh, it gets better….

I’ve been feeling/hearing a lot of knocking on my creative door lately {“hello, opportunity! Nice to see you again!”} so the quote above (“Doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock” by Tony Gaskins) felt just right, which played in nicely with Ese’s Quote challenge as well. Bonus checkmark!

Finally, I was at the gym this morning and was catching up on podcasts and emails when I saw two beautiful textures from Kim Klassen’s Cafe for this week’s Texture Tuesday. How could I resist playing with those?! I added both textures from the “August Endings” collection, and added “Unleashed” from a previous Kim Klassen collection, too. Thanks Kim! And hooray, another check!

So, I’ve said it before, but it really does feel like destiny when so many bits and pieces come together so nicely! What do you think? Does it all work together? As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c