I am back, again.

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This is a picture of me trying to take a picture of the kid’s bathroom remodel I just finished up. Hopefully, I will be posting pictures from this project very soon. It turned out to be really beautiful!

I have been pretty quiet lately on here. Sorry, I have been in a little bit of a funk. Things seem to be turning around though lately. The truth is, a lot of the reason why I haven’t been blogging is because I always feel like I am not up to snuff visually. I follow a ton of designers and professional brands on Instagram, and I always love seeing the pictures that they post. But 90% of these pictures are taken by professional photographers. Not the type that do portrait sessions in your hometown photographers (who are a million times better than I am), I mean like the type of photographers that are hired by national brands for ad campaigns. How can I live up to this? Weeeeeeeelllllll, I can’t really. I do not know much of anything about photography, aperture, F-stop, blah, blah, blah. I can’t afford to hire a social media staff who takes care of curating my brand. I don’t really even have a brand, lol. I just want to take pretty pictures, and I think it is going to take a little bit more than the newest iphone. So I have made a decision. I am going to take a photography class at the local college in hopes that I will be better equipped to beautifully capture interiors and scenery. And okay, also better selfies too. Don’t judge me. What I am trying to say, is that I hope the pictures I share on here start to look a little better over time.

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I didn’t take this shot, obviously, but it is my favorite picture of Sean and me. A nice man took it of us as we sat outside of a beautiful little cafe that was directly across the street from a gorgeous old Roman Catholic Cathedral in Savannah, Ga. I liked it so much, I put it on our Christmas cards in 2016.

I also am thinking I want to start raising chickens, which I know absolutely nothing about. Well, I did read an article on it though in the current issue of Magnolia Journal. It seems doable, but we have hawks in our neighborhood. I am also not 100% sure my dog Clover wouldn’t hurt them either.  Oh, yeah, and I don’t know if zoning laws will allow them. I think my neighbors would be cool about it though? Still, I eat a lot of eggs. And I understand that chickens like to eat bugs, and I live in Florida with a lot of freaking mosquitos.

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Clover the Chicken Killer? I don’t know, but I also am pretty happy with this shot of Clover at the park in our neighborhood. We used this for the back of the ’16 Christmas card.

I also made cute little Galentines Day cards for some of my friends at work for Valentine’s Day. They turned out to be pretty cute, and I used watercolors to paint the hearts. Only I didn’t have any brushes, so I used my wet finger to finger paint the heart. So that incident inspired me to take up water color painting. Actually, now that I think about it – Joanna Gaines has mentioned more than once on her show and in the magazine that she is starting to take up watercolor painting too. So she may have also inspired this new hobby in addition to the chicken farming. What can I say? She really does live an inspiring life! I should also mention that if you have not watched the Fixer Upper episode where they install a huge new garden and “shed” (which is NOTHING like any normal human being’s definition of a shed) then you should check it out. It was truly amazing.

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The Happy Galentine’s Day card for my friend, Kristin. I also included some yummy Sugarfina Rose flavored gummies and a red camellia blossom. I know it may not look like much, but I really felt inspired to start making all of my cards instead of buying them. We will see if that idea pans out over the long term…

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I'm Allison McCowan, and I live in Florida with my husband, Sean, and our dog, Clover. I am inspired by music, art, books, design, and nature. This is a place for me to share my ideas, my vibe, and my observations.

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