Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Baileys and coffee with a touch of whipped cream, roaring fire, bokeh

Holiday Cheer

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Baileys and coffee with a touch of whipped cream, roaring fire, bokeh, Kim Klassen "be still" texture

My family and I enjoyed some yummy treats while decorating our Christmas tree. Hot cocoa for my girls, Baileys and coffee for hubby and I. Actually, my hubby had Baileys and coffee, minus the coffee, add ice : ) Years ago (about 20!), hubby and I started the tradition of enjoying Baileys with a roaring fire and a Christmas movie – It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, The Nativity, Christmas Vacation, Elf, A Christmas Story, The Grinch… the list goes on and on. We try to do it several times throughout the season; some years it’s more frequent than others, as in we have to buy a second bottle that year! It’s one of those relaxing holiday indulgences we love and I’m so glad we’ve continued it every year. What are some of your relaxing traditions during the craziness of the holidays? I’d love to hear!

Cheers, my friends! Hope you’re enjoying the Christmas season! As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Craving one now? Just mix one part Baileys to three parts coffee. Top with a bit of whipped cream. Enjoy!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // pink rose with quote "every new day brings a new chance to turn dreams into reality"

Hue of You // Pink {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // pink rose with quote "every new day brings a new chance to turn dreams into reality" and using Kim Klassen "unleashed" texture

Color has a way of making me feel happy or sophisticated or playful or overwhelmed or optimistic or a myriad of other emotions. But one color that always makes me happy and makes me think of how lucky I am to have two very girly daughters… PINK! It’s funny how a prompt can make you think of colors in such a different way!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // pink, chubby, yummy knees

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // pink flower

Be sure to check out other Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You entries to see how creatively others have interpreted the challenge.

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // sunflower and quote, with Kim Klassen textures

Sunflower {CY365 & Texture Tuesday}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // sunflower and quote, with Kim Klassen textures

The prompt recently at Capture Your 365 was “Brown,” so I decided to grab a shot of the lovely sunflowers my hubby brought home recently for our 13th wedding anniversary. I’m really enjoying the daily dose of creativity to capture an image of something in our daily life. Definitely inspiring!

I also decided to use some Kim Klassen textures – love the look they give, such a finished look! I used Unleashed and Revolution. Kim’s really generous with her free textures. Check them out when you can!

As for my photograph, do you see anything in the center of the sunflower? I’d love to hear! My hubby, daughters and I each see a face, but a face of something different! A lion, a bird, a dragon, a zebra. What do you see? Let me know in the comments : )

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

UPDATE: You can now purchase this image in my Society6 shop!

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

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