Archives: June 2012

Shirt – American Apparel // Sweater & Lace Socks – Urban Outfitters // Shorts – H&M // Necklace – Anthropologie // Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell

So I know it’s summer….but I still have more photos to share from our Spring inspired shoot with Joielala! But I suppose Spring and Summer blend right into each other as far as style is concerned.  This is the fourth in our series…and the 5th and final (and my fave) is still to come.  These yellow shorts have become a staple of mine with the increasing summer heat.  I LOVE the heat.  But mostly the heat paired with the ocean breeze. Nothing beats it.  What are some of your summer staples?

I am getting super excited because this weekend Sam and I get to pack our bags and head to Wisconsin for the Fourth of July.  It will be our first vacation on a plane together as a family! (remember I went to Wisconsin alone with Rylee a few months ago to attend my grandpa’s funeral).  I’m looking forward to spending time with Sam’s family and enjoying the northwoods! I love it there.  I’ll be sure to take lot and lots of pics! duh.  I have some posts scheduled for the week or so I am away….so I’m sure you won’t miss me too much. haha. TGIF!! Enjoy your weekend.

OH…while I’m gone, I’d love to blog hop a bit.  If you’re a reader and have a blog….comment below and link to your blog! I’d love to meet ya! xo.


Hey friends! It’s me again, Joanna Waterfall. I’m honored once again to be here with another care package DIY! This one is all for the camper in your family. My only sister is currently working at a summer camp until August. We have very little communication throughout her time there, so I thought I would send her a care package for camp!

If you have a son/daughter/friend/bro or sis heading to camp for the summer, or even just for the week, this is the perfect package for them!  You can really modify this to hold whatever you like, but here’s what I chose for my sis.




1. Hand Sanitizer (Burts Bee’s is a good one!)

2. Chapstick (The sun can do strong damage to those lips at camp!)

3. band-aids

4. Granola supplys (I used cereal, chocolate chips, and marshmallows, kind of going for a s’more theme!)

5. Jar to hold granola

6. A hand-written card from you! (I stained my paper with coffee, to add to the rustic, camp feel!)

7. A notebook / journal (So she can document all her adventures and things she’s learning at camp!)





1. I gathered up my chapstick, hand sanitizer and bandaids and put them in a small burlap bag I had left over from our wedding favors. They fit perfectly and add a nice touch.

2. Make your granola. Camp is not easy- you need to be putting calories in as you put them out! What I did was take all my ingredients and layered them in the jar. Now she can see what she’s eating and it looks oh so pretty!

3. Add your touch to the notebook. Moleskine notebooks are great to decorate. I added just a little craft paper heart with the year so she can look back and remember it. You can use modge podge to make this thing stick!

4. Write your note. There really is nothing like a handwritten note received in the mail. It doesn’t take long to do, but speaks volumes to the person receiving it!


And there you have it! Modify it as you like, I also put in a pair of sunglasses (you can never have too many when your days are spent in the sun!) You can add whatever goody you think your camper would appreciate.


Happy summer everyone!


If you follow me on instagram, you have probably already seen all of these pics….so sorry for the repeat.  But if you don’t, this is what’s been going on currently….

Sam and I went on a fun date to the Del Mar Fair a few days ago.  I get all dorky excited when the Del Mar Fair rolls around each year, because #1 it means summer has arrived and #2 because it brings back memories of when Sam and I first met there 5 years ago.  It’s kind of “our thing” now to go every year.  Except for this time we totally forgot to do the absurdly overpriced photobooth. I’ve got one of those little strips for each year we’ve been together, but we missed it this year!  All the more reason to go back I guess….and to get another funnel cake of course.  I’d like to think I deserve one of those one (or twice) a year! haha.

Yesterday we celebrated my mom’s birthday.  I didn’t share it here on my blog because it all went so quickly, but she just had surgery on her heart last week for a problem she has been dealing with for a few years now.  We had no idea it was something that required surgery, but when she finally went in to see a heart specialist, he urged her to get the surgery as soon as she could.  We are so thankful that everything went smoothly and she is on the road to recovery.  They say her heart problem should be fully fixed now! So we are just praying that that is the case and that it is gone for good.  I love my mom so much and can’t imagine life without her.  Reality hits pretty hard when things like this happen and you realize the fragility of life….and the importance of making the most of every moment spent with the ones you love.

We leave next week for Wisconsin and I can’t be more excited!  I bought Rylee that cute little Fourth of July number (the tiny bikini and hat in the pic above) for our week on the lake.  Looking forward to a bit of R&R with family.

WATCHING:  Oh I hate to admit it but after hearing a few girls talk about Make it or Break it…I just had to check it out.  As hooked as I am to Prison Break, I can only watch it when Sam and I are together.  If it were up to me, i’d probably be done with that series already, but because it’s our show, I had to find something else to distract me in the meantime.  As painfully teen drama as it is….i’m hooked (and embarrassed).  Fun fact is that I used to be a gymnast myself until about 12 when I fractured the growth plates in my heels and had to stop.  Gymnastics definitely takes it’s toll! But I really did want to be an olympian! Squashed dream.  So i’m rooting for these girls. ha.

EATING:  Currently….cookies.  BAD.  But in the mornings I’ve been eating fruit instead of waffles. GOOD.  So I guess it evens itself out. right?  What are some of your favorite places to find good dinner recipes?  I need some more go-to’s.  Anything that you love that you keep in your weekly rotation?

WORKING ON:  I just finished a big custom floral painting (there is a thumbnail of it in the last pic).  I had so much fun doing it that I thought I’d throw it out there to anyone interested that i’d be happy to take on commissions.  Your own colors and even flowers if you have something particular in mind. Just email me!  I also just finished a handful of custom illustrations for a mag I love. More details on that to come.


This girl can do incredible things with a piece of chalk.

Love this rug.  And these measuring cups. And this tunic.

I can relate to Bre’s Thing’s I’m Afraid to Tell You post.  I’ve been so inspired by this series and have been meaning to do my own for a while now.

Taking notes on this home office inspiration.  Our re-vamp is still so far from complete.

2 talented Sarah’s – ONE.  TWO.


Happy Monday friends.



…just a few drawings I worked on this week. A few portraits and a birdie. Guys, guess what….it’s FRIDAY!!