joanna + jason | prairie shoot

J+J 03 J+J 05J+J 08When I was first asked to do a photo shoot for Joanna, Jason, and their little bundle of hopping joy, Spring, I was told that they wanted it to look very prairie.  I knew that wouldn’t be a problem, since the city that we live in is surrounded by such topography. The day we met to do the shoot, Joanna told me why she wanted to embrace the flat landscape. I learned that not one member of their little trio was originally from Saskatchewan. In fact, two of them were born in America.

J+J 13J+J 15J+J 23J+J 24J+J 16J+J 20While most Saskatchewanians tend to disregard the bleakness that Joanna so insisted on showing off, I felt as if I were caught somewhere in the middle fervour and rebuff. Only within the last couple of years have I begun to embrace life on the prairies. The land is quite often overlooked and undervalued, and yet, if you are willing to truly see it for what it is, it can offer such diversity, intensity, and motivation from many different perspectives.

J+J 25 J+J 30J+J 35J+J 36 J+J 38 J+J 46 J+J 48J+J 49J+J 51J+J 52J+J 54J+J 57J+J 60This photo shoot was such a great time spent with two lovely people, and the happiest (rescued) dog. When your job doesn’t feel like work, that’s when you know that you’ve really discovered something special. The Saskatchewan landscape brought us all together that day, not to mention the fact that that each one of us was now from the prairies.

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Emory

j + j | editing photographs.

HSB01HSB05At the end of September, I was hired to do a prairie-inspired photo op with the loveliest husband, wife, and pet child. I’m just finishing up the editing process, and will be posting the results later on this week. In the meantime, here is a little peek at our shoot. 

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Emory

beauty school dropout

001.jpg005.jpg003.jpg002.jpg006.jpg007.jpg008.jpgHappy Monday, friends. I hope that each and everyone of you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Whether you spent Sunday being a mum, with your mum, thinking of your mum, or alone, I wish that you all had happy hearts.

Yesterday was very bittersweet for me. We spent the morning having breakfast at a restaurant with my side of our family. The food was delicious, the kids were cute, and I got to spend it with my mum. After we left, my husband and I took Truman Capote to his Obedience graduation. Now that he has completed Beginner’s Obedience, I will start taking him to Agility classes. While I am excited for this new venture with him, it is also a painful reminder Prudence will never be able to experience anything else ever again. I feel guilt and sadness for being happy about one dog when I am still grieving another. Yet, I hope that she was running along side us today, through the obstacles and sneaking some treats. I would have given her a pass with flying colours!

Emory

wood cot diy.

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in the corner of little green’s living room lies about 5 feet x 3 feet of space. this space exists between a large window and a bedroom door, as well as a lovely little floor register which is perfectly located for those cold days and evenings. this space also happened to drive me nuts for an entire year.

not knowing what to do with the short and narrow corner, but wanting some sort of comfortable yet ample and, of course, different looking seating (i set high standards for little green), i was completely lost regarding how to furnish that area. for the longest time it looked like this. that is, until i came across this cot on hickory + juniper’s blog. not to sound like beyonce knowles’ character in goldmember, but shazam! i finally knew what to do with the space!

for two weeks we searched every store in our city for a 5 foot long cot. we had no luck. then we started considering childrens’ beds. they weren’t right. finally, i was so discouraged and saddened that i would not be able to have this unique seating, that i completely gave up. then suddenly, it hit me! when we bought little green, the previous owners had left a rickety storage unit in the basement that we weren’t using. without even measuring the space, i just knew that it would fit. and you know what? it did. :-)

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first, we needed to add extra wood so that we would be able to not only make the cot sturdier, but could lay down a mattress as well. it turns out we found reclaimed wood from another dismantled shelving unit in our house. little green is a home that just keeps on giving! 

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next we brought the cot inside and screwed on the wood. easy peasy.

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then we purchased a foam mattress and cut it to fit cot just so. after we finished, truman came along and chewed the corners of the mattress for us. they don’t look like this anymore. they are rounded. (i suggest leaving out this latter part in your own diy.)

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finally, we got to add our finishing touches! this was my favorite part of the entire construction. however, i love the way that it has turned out and it is now my blogging station. to each their own, right?

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  • Hello! My name is Emory. I am a wife, mother of four (three on earth in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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