While in Ethiopia this year I took a picture of baskets in an alley that I knew needed to be displayed in a more “special” way than just placing the image in an ordinary frame.  I have always wanted to try an acrylic print, but wasn’t sure how to go about getting that done.  I did some research online and stumbled upon the company Bumblejax.  I read through each tab on their site including this super helpful FAQ section and decided to just give them a shot.  I ordered a 16×24 of the baskets and a 12×12 of a very special woman we love in Ethiopia.

The acrylics came so well packaged and were way beyond my expectations.  I am a perfectionist when it comes to the way my prints are displayed and I was floored.  I wish I had ordered bigger in fact.  The bonus was they came ready to hang.  Why am I writing this review?  I have a lot of clients who buy the digital rights and this is a company I trust with my work. The color, quality, and craftsmanship was spot on.  This place rocks and you will not be disappointed.  I’ve had a few friends order from Bumblejax since my initial post on FB, and they are just as happy.  Clients, I am happy to order for you or assist if you have questions.


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Below is a video on how they make their acrylic prints…

I Heart Faces | Make A Splash!


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We just returned from our yearly beach vacation and the boys had a blast.  In years past, they would tire quickly, but this year they played in the water all day long.  This particular image was taken at sunset right before we lit off fireworks.  He was so happy!!  Check out more images this week at I Heart Faces!

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I Heart Faces |All Boy


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The theme at I Heart Faces is All Boy!  With two little boys running around here, I have lots to choose from.  The one I decided to share is of our oldest having a blast on my father’s hay bales.  I grew up on a farm, and like to visit as often as possible.  The hay bales are always a hit with my boys!  Looking forward to seeing a lot of creativity this week!


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Sabahar – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

If you go to Addis Ababa you have to find a driver that knows where Sabahar is located.  It is such an amazing store and the grounds are gorgeous.  They sell everything from jewelry to blankets.  I always stop there when I visit to load up on more goodies to bring home.  Amazingly enough, everything I have purchased over the years has held up beautifully.  We use our blankets and I definitely wear my scarves and not a one has unraveled or torn.  They make some of their products on location, but also hire weavers around Ethiopia that have looms at home.  Here are a few images from my recent trip followed by my new blanket and pillows that are now my favorites.

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I Heart Faces | Happiness

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When I saw this month’s challenge was Happiness at I Heart Faces I knew exactly the picture!  I was working in my office one evening and heard this loud giggling in my bedroom.  I walked in there to find my oldest playing Angry Birds laughing and having a wonderful time.  I took a quick picture with my phone and noticed the neat light from the screen on his face.  I grabbed my normal camera and quickly snapped a few more.  I think he was oblivious I was even in the room. 🙂  Looking forward to all the great entries this week!

I Heart Faces…Best Face Photo of 2011

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This was tough!  I took thousands of pictures in 2011 and picking my favorite was so difficult.  The one I finally picked is without a doubt a favorite.  I took it on my birthday of my oldest son.  We were giggling in my room when I noticed some pretty awesome light coming through the glass doors.  I asked if I could wrap my favorite Ethiopian scarf around him and take a picture.  My guess is that he said yes because it was my birthday.  What a wonderful present I can keep forever.

Summer Vacation!

I am so happy Harry let me take a bunch of pictures.  He has been “on strike” and I have missed capturing his sweet little face.

No…I did not pose him.  He actually asked me to take his picture and posed himself.  Hilarious.

I may have wallpaper made of this picture (kidding).  I love it that much.

We just returned from a wonderful vacation.  My boys love the beach and we all had such a wonderful time.  Ahhh…back to reality now.  I didn’t realize how much I needed to get away and relax!

3/17/2011…beautiful, but windy day

Well today started out perfect.  The boys were playing nicely, the windows were open…a really great morning.  We had to go to my parents to drop off a few things and then we took our recycling into town.  It was so windy today that when I opened my car door the wind took it and now it won’t shut right.  Weirdest thing ever!  We had all these errands to run and I was scared to death to drive home with the boys in the car.  The door luckily latched, it just isn’t quite “right”.  I don’t know how to explain it.  The whole way home Harry lectured me on how to open a door on a windy day and how I probably should have held on tighter so this wouldn’t have happened.  Thanks Harry…. Thankfully we got home safe and sound and decided to play outside on this warm day.  Here’s a few from today.

Oh my word…he looks like a big kid.  Where did my baby go? Sniff….

Toddler model…so funny how he strikes a pose.

the mookies…

We are all so ready for warmer weather.  Even though it was terribly windy, we decided to bundle up and head outdoors for a bit.  Ashenafi and I were freezing, but Harry could have stayed outside forever.  Here are a few pictures from today!

These were a second apart…my goodness!