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Goat Milk Bath Soak Recipe

There is something so luxurious about a bath! When I was a kid, I used to love when my grandmother let me have one of those bath oil pearls while using the giant old cast iron tub at their house. I still love a good bath, which is why I’m sharing this goat milk bath soak recipe!

A cute jar or goat milk bath soak makes a sweet gift. Because a pint jar is easily good for two baths (or even four, if you use a little less of the mix), you can also use smaller jars and give single bath ‘servings’ of the soak for presents or adorable favors. Or, of course, you can keep it all for yourself 😉 [click to continue…]

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Wellbeing Wednesday – Yesterday I Was Clever

Hello and welcome to another Wellbeing Wednesday! I hope the first full week of March is treating you well. I know it’s a busy time of year for many, so I also hope you’re finding at least a few moments of quiet for yourself each day!

Today’s printable is a lovely quotation from Rumi. In case you don’t know, Rumi was a 13th century poet, scholar, and mystic. His work is widely translated and popular across the world, and collections of his poetry have made best seller lists in the US in recent years. Pretty good trick for someone born 800 years ago! Without further ado, here’s today’s printable:

If this is your first Wellbeing Wednesday on The Artisan Life – all you need to do to download the high-res version of this printable is sign up for my once a week newsletter using the box below this post. 🙂

Like many of Rumi’s writings, I find this quotation simple, beautiful, and elegant. His works frequently expresses complex personal development concepts in lovely, understandable ways. He also wrote about diverse people being able to live in together in harmony, cooperation, and peace – maybe everyone today needs to read a bit more Rumi!

What author(s) are you currently finding inspirational?

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Introducing the Texture Store!

Hello and happy Tuesday!!! I’m super exited because today I’m announcing my new photography texture store! I’ve hinted at it a few times, and mentioned in in Instagram posts, but today I’m making it blog official. 🙂

The texture store is still very much a growing work in progress; new textures and overlays will be added regularly. After I have a few more resources ready to go, I’m considering starting a “texture club” where members can receive new and exclusive resources each month! But that’s still a little bit in the future. For today, I have other goodies to share!

To celebrate, From now until St. Patrick’s Day, I’m giving away a pack of 30 in-camera shamrock bokeh overlays! [click to continue…]

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Weekend Wrap-up

You know those weekends that make you wonder “Where did those two days go?!” Yep, we had one of those! Most of Saturday we devoted to photographing workouts at the gym we attend and then quickly editing a few (okay, 125!) to post on the gym’s FB page. I know sometimes the gym can seem like a weird and mysterious place, so I thought I’d share a few photos today and cast some proverbial light on the kinds of things we do for fun!

It’s very dark in the gym and we weren’t sure if we could get good photos, but things turned out better than expected! I concentrated on snapping action shots of everyone during the workouts (the same workout was repeated several times to give everyone a chance to participate), then my husband made sure to get an “after” photo of everyone outside. I focused on the indoor shots because my camera can handle low light a bit better. Catching action shots in low light is extremely challenging. You need a fairly fast shutter speed avoid motion blur, but the lower the light, the slower the shutter the shutter generally needs to be in order to get a photo that isn’t way too dark. Knowing that I needed a shutter speed of 1/200th of a second, I had to change my other camera settings to get me there. I took my lens “wide open” to f1.8 to let in as much light as possible…and I still needed ISO 1250 at the front of the gym and ISO 2000 at the back of the gym! If you’re not familiar, the ISO is how sensitive the camera is to light. The higher the number, the more sensitive it becomes. (Remember how you used to buy film that was 100 or 400 or what have you? That was the film’s light sensitivity.) The more sensitive the sensor, the more you get “noise” in your photos, so people typically try to get the lowest ISO possible for any given photo. Between shooting at 1.8 (which means only a very small area is in focus) and using ISO 2000, I’m pretty pleased things turned out as well as they did! Everyone from the gym is really excited about the photos, too, and it felt great to see how much everyone enjoyed seeing the photos of themselves.

It can be easy to feel like the gym is only for young, fit people, or that you have to fit a certain ‘type’ to feel welcome. That may be true at some gyms, but it certainly isn’t at ours! Members ranges from elementary school students to a great-grandmother! It’s fantastic to see such a diverse group of people supporting each other, and the gym bands together to help out with community projects. This weekend, two gym members made fried rice plates, sold them for donation, and gave 100% of the donations to benefit a local charter school that lost its outdoor “keiki cafe,” where students eat lunch, in a recent storm. Here are a few of these big-hearted, diverse folks at Saturday’s workout:

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If you want to see even more of the fun, please stop by the album I created on CrossFit Kaneohe’s FB page! And if you’re ever in the area and thinking about giving CrossFit a try, I promise you it isn’t as scary as it may seem and that you’ll find a kind, accepting group at CF K-Bay.

So that’s where my weekend went – how about yours?

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Friday Photoshare – You Are Enough

I’m taking this week’s Friday Photoshare in a slightly different direction! You may recall that, in my introduction to Nunez Photography, I mentioned so many women shy away from having their picture taken. Every single woman I talk to tells me she’s not photogenic! Every one! It’s absolutely crazy and why I’m devoting today’s post to the message that you are enough.

I’ve written before about my belief that so much of our current marketing system is based on making women feel bad about themselves. We are constantly bombarded with the message that happiness and a perfect life are on the other side of the plastic packaging containing this shampoo, lotion, mascara, purse, pair of shoes, brand of candle, cleaning product, doodad, or gizmo. Magazines tell us to classify our bodies as an apple or a pear, and then spend a lifetime feeding us ads of dresses or jeans or shirts to flatter our figure (by which they mean hide those pesky flaws they informed us of!).

It’s all absolutely ridiculous because, truly, you are enough. If you want silky, voluminous hair, great, but if you don’t have it that doesn’t make you less valuable as a person or as a woman. It doesn’t mean you aren’t beautiful and it certainly doesn’t mean you aren’t ‘photogenic!’ Also, just because you don’t ‘look good’ in random shots someone snapped with their phone absolutely does not mean that you aren’t photogenic and shouldn’t be in pictures, and I’m on a mission to prove it!

I don’t want to attach specific quotes to images, so here’s a list of the things these lovely ladies have told me:

  • “I have a t-shirt body”
  • “I don’t want my face in the pictures”
  • “I’m 10 pounds overweight”
  • ” I don’t have a figure”
  • “Oh no, I don’t want to be in the photos. I’m a mess.”
  • “Just the kids, not me”
  • Etc., etc.

At some point in time, I know I’ve heard all but one of these women tell me how “large” they are, and every one of them professed to being unphotogenic. Tell me, what do you think?

They’re all beautiful, aren’t they?!

And so are you.

You are beautiful. You are enough. 

It is heartbreaking to me to hear beautiful, strong, capable, intelligent women put themselves down. I’ve heard some of the most amazing women I know say they’ll ‘probably never be truly satisfied’ with their appearance or that they have ‘such a long way to go.’

Right now you’re probably thinking something like “they’re all so pretty – why can’t they see it? But I’m still not photogenic.”

Stop it! Seriously, right now tell yourself STOP. Say it out loud, if you need to.

Then, either to yourself, aloud, or in writing, tell yourself I love and value myself unconditionally. Abundant, loving treatment comes to me in beautiful and unexpected ways. 

Now do it again. Seriously. And keep doing it throughout your day, week, and life. If it feels a bit silly at first, just remind yourself that you’re counteracting all the ridiculous bombardment of advertising. It is estimated that women are currently exposed to up to 5000 ads a day! So many of those ads are geared towards implying that something is wrong with your your life, so be gentle if the process takes time. If you’d like a little more information on and assistance with self-acceptance, please stop by this post and snag yourself a free printable worksheet to help.

If you’re working on your mindset, I also encourage you to enroll in the brand-new “Spring Clean your Mindset” course. It’s a completely free 5 day challenge style class that anyone can sign up for (including current subscribers!). To learn more about it, please stop by Wednesday’s post.

I hope that this spring you can fill yourself with the spirit of awakening and begin to realize the power you already have inside you. <3

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Super Simple DIY Belt Tutorial

Hello and happy Thursday! In last week’s necklace tutorial, I mentioned that I’d also made the belt worn in the photo. Well, today I’m sharing a super simple DIY belt tutorial to show exactly how I did it! A belt like this is great for a casual, natural dress like the linen one I just made or something nautical/summery, and it only takes a couple minutes to make.

You don’t need much at all to make this belt, just some narrow rope or cording and a pair of scissors. I used 1/8″ cotton rope I had on hand, but you could also use decorative cording like what you find in the trim section of fabric and craft stores. For a more rustic look, you could also go with hemp or jute twine. [click to continue…]

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If I’m tired of cooler winter temps and ready for spring here in Hawaii, I’m sure the rest of you are even more ready for spring! It’s so easy to catch spring fever by this time of year, or feel a bit down after months of grey skies and bundling up. That’s why today I’m launching new, totally free 5 day challenge class – Spring Clean your Mindset!

Spring Clean your Mindset has new material, so even if you’ve previously completed the 5 Day Mindset Reset or Taking Time for Thanks, you’ll find new, fun, and helpful material in this class! It’s also, in my opinion, my best 5 day challenge course yet. 😉

Lessons each have a brief (typically 2-3 minutes) audio clip in the form a video with some lovely pictures to enjoy while listening. There is also a 1 page PDF written lesson to accompany each day. This means Spring Clean your Mindset is easy to incorporate into your busy routine. 🙂

Spring Clean your Mindset will:

  • Help you release fears and negative attachments that are holding you back.
  • Give you ways to spread joy and happiness to others. By virtue of the law of attraction, increasing the amount of ‘good vibes’ you’re putting out into the world will increasingly attract joy and happiness back into your own life as you bring smiles to others’ faces!
  • Show you how to create meaningful intentions for each day that are phrased productively and will help you achieve your goals.
  • And more!

Lesson topics include:

  • Letting go of attachments
  • Offering complements instead of judgements
  • Confronting fear
  • Thanking others
  • Living intentionally and setting personal goals

Unlike with previous courses where you enrolled and then were pretty much left to your own devices, this course has my first ever automated email sequence. Each day during the week of your enrollment you’ll receive a gentle reminder to log into that day’s lesson to keep you on track. Your welcome/enrollment email will also have the information you need to log into the members’ only portions of The Artisan Life to access resources like the Daily Gratitude Challenge and weekly Wellbeing Wednesday printables!

To enroll for free, visit the signup page right here! It doesn’t matter if you’ve taken other courses from me before – you can absolutely sign up for this one, even using the same email address. =)

What spring cleaning rituals do you have? Do you already take time to clean up your mindset, or have you only looked at physical spring cleaning before?

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Product Photography Made Simple with Rose

It’s humbling how many people have told me, particularly in the past few months, how talented a photographer I am. Here’s a secret – I’m not a naturally talented photographer. Honestly. I just work really hard, keep trying, and consistently try to learn as much as I can. I’ve been on this photography journey for years! I first started trying to improve my photography (with a ‘point and shoot’ camera) about five years ago (!). I was selling painted minifigs on Ebay and starting my Etsy store. I knew I needed to have nice product photos that helped sell my listings, but I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it. A couple of years into my journey, Etsy teammate Rose released the first edition of her Product Photography Made Simple. I bought it, read it, and it completely changed my life.

That may seem like a bold claim, but this e-book ended up impacting my life in a major way! Before reading Rose’s book, and her photography resources blog posts, I struggled with product and blog photography. I had horrible lighting issues, my white balance was perpetually off, I only used free online photo editors, and I was clueless about photography terms like “ISO” and “exposure triangle.” Rose’s resources are what convinced me to purchase Lightroom, which eventually also led to me getting Photoshop. Perhaps most importantly, though, the first edition of Product Photography Made Simple convinced me to abandon shooting in JPG and start shooting in RAW. Without RAW captures, much of the creative work I do today would not be possible.

If you’re wondering, like I was, what on Earth these crazy terms like RAW and ISO mean, I have great news for you – Rose has a new and even better second edition of Product Photography Made Simple! When she reached out to me for a review of the new version, I was so excited about the opportunity to share such a fantastic resource with you all. The book changed my photography life, and I’m sure it can change yours, too. [click to continue…]

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Free Blog Planner Printables for March 2017

It’s bascially the end of February, so that means it’s time to share free blog planner printables for March!

This stats tracker page is a companion to the year long set I released a couple of months ago. If you’d like the monthly calendar and pages for jotting down post ideas/notes, please visit this page. As I explained in that post, I put out a yearly calendar but am still doing stats pages monthly since social media networks change frequently! Unfortunately, sometimes services are discontinued with very little notice; other times new networks explode onto the scene.

Here’s a digital image of the page so you can clearly see what it looks like:

As always, the PDF file is hosted on Google Drive. Just follow this link to download it!

I hope you enjoy this blog stats printable for March! I can hardly wait until Wednesday morning to fill mine out. Throughout the month, I refer back to my beginning of the month numbers to see what progress I’ve made/ensure I’m on track.

What is your beginning of the month routine? Do you set goals or intentions for the month? Fill out a calendar or track anything?

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Friday Photoshare – Joy

For today’s Friday Photoshare, I’m sharing “Joy.”

I chose this picture for today to demonstrate that creating lovely, personally meaningful images doesn’t always require lots of manipulation! Last week’s photo, Choices, had fairly simple props but used Photoshop to pull everything together. Joy is simple and I did only simple editing.

As I’ve noted before, I shoot in RAW. This is particularly important to me because I enjoy shooting with backlight. Cameras simply aren’t as good (yet!) at seeing lights and darks simultaneously, so if you’re shooting a subject that’s backlit, either the subject will be dark or the sky will be blown out. In this case, there already wasn’t much detail in the sky because it was overcast, but I still prefer to lift shadows than attempt to pull detail out of highlights. It just works much better for me that way with my camera and process! As you can see in the straight out of camera version of the image, it’s fairly dark and dull looking.

If you didn’t know RAW files virtually always need at least a few quick tweaks, you might be tempted to think it wasn’t a worthwhile photo! The magic of RAW is all the extra data, compared to a JPG, that’s present in the file. You can fix white balance issues quickly and pull remarkable detail from shadows. Editing this photo was a simple matter of increasing exposure/brightness, reducing contrast a bit, and playing with the shadows! Unlike many pictures which can take hours, or even days, to complete, this one took only a few minutes, but I love it just as much as the more complex images. To me, it’s such a wonderful expression of joy and freedom, so the simple editing was a perfect match.

I’m so glad I shoot in RAW, and wish I’d started sooner. If you’re not sure about shooting RAW, what it means, and why it’s helpful, I hope you stop by Rose’s post explaining the benefits of RAW. It isn’t as scary as it might seem! These days, many “point and shoot” cameras have a RAW option, so even if you don’t have a DSLR you may have RAW capability! It’s worth the few extra moments to capture photos that are so much better.

Wishing you plenty of your own joy and a joyful weekend,

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