Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2017

Here we are, at the end of another year. Boy, they sure do seem to fly by. This year was pretty good, if you didn't watch the news or check twitter. My patio garden was amazing, I had my best year on etsy yet (thank you!) and even sold my paintings and photos at two craft shows. I'll post a proper year in review soon. In the meantime, these were my most popular posts on my blog this year:

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Happy Customers

I love seeing my fine art photography prints in action. A recent customer of mine sent me a photo of her new gallery wall with amazing photos-- and mine is included! Take a look!

april bern photography testimonial

Kimberly also had this to say about my print:

Beautiful print, timely delivery, just what I needed. Truly a crisp image that does well at larger sizes.
— Kimberly

My print, the larger tropical leaves print on the lower left side looks amazing in this collection. I love the colors, I love the simple white frames, and I love the layout!

Thank you Kimberly for sharing your wall, and your sweet words.



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Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016

2016 was a mixed bag sort of year. The good things that happened (I sold a ton of paintings! I went to Santa Fe! Cubs won the World Series!) were clouded over by some pretty bad things, most notably, the death of my beloved grandma. I’m pretty happy to see 2016 go, and while I know there is nothing that physically happens when the calendar flips over to 2017, it feels like a great big blank page. And that in itself is hopeful. 

Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016

In looking over the 10 posts of the year, I noticed a theme— You guys love my gardening posts and anything DIY. I’ll keep that in mind for next year! 😀

  1.  10 More DIY Flower Pot Painting Ideas
  2. My Distress Painting Flower Pot DIY
  3. 10 Super Easy DIY Photo Gifts You Can Totally Make  
  4. Spring is in the Air- This Week at the Garden
  5. Easy to Customize 2016 Desk Calendar Templates  
  6. Merry Christmas 
  7. Easy DIY Gifts for Mom  + FREE Printable Mother’s Day Card
  8. How to Customize the 2016 Calendar Template   
  9. WIP Wednesday - Making Time to do what You Love  
  10. My Top 12 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts for Photographers  


Did you have a favorite post? I'd love to know what you liked (or maybe didn't like!)  Let me know in the comment section below!


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Most Popular Posts of 2015

I can't believe 2015 is almost over! I know it's cliche' to say, but it did go by really fast. 2015 turned out to be a pretty good year in terms of life and blogging. I have a ton of plans (creative and blog related) for next year! I can't wait to share them with you!

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In the meantime, here are the top 10 posts that you guys loved in 2015:

1. 10 super easy DIY photo gifts you can totally make

2. Easy to Customize 2016 Desk Calendar Templates

3. 10 DIY Flower Pot Painting Ideas

4. My Distressed Painting Flower Pot DIY

5. My Favorite Friday Finds- Succulents

6. Permission to Play

7. How to use my 2016 Calendar Templates

8. Fitbit is Wrecking my Life

9. 5 Simple Tips to Create a Gorgeous Container Garden

10. Taking Stock 04


Did you have a favorite post? I'd love to know what you liked (or maybe didn't like!)  Let me know in the comment section below!


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October Stitch Fix Review

Hey friends! I've been a little lax with my stitch fix reviews these past few months. Honestly, I've been really disappointed with them. September's fix was terrible-- I didn't like any thing and I sent it all back right away. The next fix was almost as bad (I did keep one shirt.) I was on the verge of quitting. And then I got my last fix, and boy my stylist, Tillie, hit it out of the park this time! I love almost everything. 

Here are the goodies I received:

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1. Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater

I LOVE this sweater! I'm not a fan of pink, but I love the hot pink elbow patches on this sweater. It's so fun! It was definitely a keeper. No doubt about it.

2. Benzer Mixed Material Sweater

Another hit. I love the color, and I love the faux "shirt" that peeks out from the bottom of the sweater. It's super cute.

3. Mallory Ruffle Back Open Cardigan

This is a fun cardigan! It fits well, I like the grey color, and the ruffle back detail is really fun. Another keeper.

4. Ricardo Pleat Detail Sleeveless Silk Blouse

This was the only piece I was a little lukewarm about. It's a little extra flowy, but I think it still looks okay. I definitely need to wear a sweater over this blouse (not a fan of bare arms.) My fix would have more expensive if I sent it back, so, I kept it.

5. Henry Birds on Branch Infinity Scarf

I. LOVE. THIS. SCARF. I've worn it nearly every day (If not at work, then at home!) I LOVE the color (orange! YAY!) and I ADORE the pattern (birds! YAY!) This is my first infinity scarf. I think I'm hooked!

You guys,  I've fallen back in love with Stitch Fix! I admit, it was rocky there for a few months, but, I'm glad I stuck with them. They listened to me and pulled through. Thank you! (Now I can't wait for my next fix!)


Have you tried Stitch Fix? Love it? Hate it? Have any questions? Let me know in the comments section below! I'd love to chat with you about your experiences and/or questions!

Check out my first Stitch Fix review here!

Check out my second Stitch Fix review here!

Check out my third Stitch Fix review here!


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My third Stitch Fix (August Review)

Oh Happy Day! I received my third Stitch Fix in the mail this weekend! Another Fix, another batch of clothes/accessories that I love and want to keep!

1. Tatiana Graphic Print Button Front Blouse

I LOVE this blouse! I love the color, I love the pattern, I love the fit. It is perfect! Loose and flowy without being frumpy. It's perfect with a little tank/cami underneath and it looks great with jeans. This is definitely a keeper!!  

EDIT 8/2015: This blouse has been in my closet/wardrobe rotation for a year now. EVERY time I wear it, I get compliments! This has been my most favorite item that I've received from Stich Fix. (Closely followed by the Henry Birds on Branch Infinity Scarf)

2. Tina Striped Open Cardigan

I'm on the fence about this one. I like the stripes, I like the color, I like the lightweight knit fabric... The style of sweater is a little out of my comfort zone. G said it was weird (well, he's a guy and has no fashion sense!) I took a pic and showed my mom and she really liked it on me. I may keep it just because it's a little different and pretty versatile.

3. Jillian Crochet Detail Tank

Another winner from my stylist! I love this tank top. It's a great color and I love the crochet detail on the back. Most of all-- I love the fit! Another flowy top to hide my fluff!!!!

4. Gabbiey Sleeveless Maxi Dress

Oh... this dress... well, it made me cry. A lot. And swear off food (yeah, that lasted until dinner time...)  I put it on and like what I saw from about the boobs upward, it was what was below the boobs that made me cry. Even with shape wear like my stylist suggested, this dress looked terrible on me. Well, I'm sure G would have loved it on me, but I hated it and felt terrible in it.  I don't think I'm ready for a maxi dress this year. :(  If you are a skinny gal, this dress would look amazing on you. Girls like me with extra fluffy middles... not so much. I'm sending this back for sure.

5. Lynx Layered Beaded Necklace

This necklace is pretty and I love the colors, but I'm not in love with the necklace. My stylist really did pay attention to my profile-- I mentioned that I'm allergic to gold so she made sure there wasn't any gold in this necklace. How sweet! I am, however, going to send this necklace back. I'm going to hold out for one that I LOVE.


I love the fact that I'm beginning to have "grown up clothes" in my closet finally (sorry Old Navy...) and that the few items I've kept from Stitch Fix have become my new favorites and my new "go-to" pieces when I want to look nice(r). 

I'm looking forward to my next fix!

Have you tried Stitch Fix? Love it? Hate it? Have any questions? Let me know in the comments section below! I'd love to chat with you about your experiences and/or questions!

Check out my first Stitch Fix review here!

Check out my second Stitch Fix review here!

Check out my fourth Stitch Fix review here!


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My Favorite Things- Handmade Soaps from Wood Folk Soap

Little known fact about me: I love handmade soaps. I mean, I looooooooooooooove them.  To say that I'm a little bit addicted is an understatement. I buy them from etsy all. the. time. They are the number one type of item I purchase (all you handmade soap makers out there, I'm looking for you!)

The other day I was searching for soaps (um, I mean, working...yeah, working...) and I happened upon this shop, Wood Folk Soaps. What drew me to click on their shop was their photography & packaging. I'm not going to lie-- You could have the best soap on the planet, but if your photos look like crap, I'm not going to click on your shop. I know that's pretty harsh, but I can't help it. I'm a girl who loves pretty photography (of course!) and packaging!!! I loved Wood Folk's simple photos that highlighted their soaps, and I love the simple font/design of their wrappers. They also had interesting scents (Earl Grey!) and natural ingredients-- all of which are super important to me as well. I purchased three soaps-- Ginger & Sugar, Green Tea & Flax, and Earl Grey & Almond.

I got them in the mail yesterday-- first of all-- whoa! Super quick shipping! They arrived within a week! Secondly, their packaging was so cute! I LOVE the handwritten note that they included! (it's the little things, friends!)

yay! my soaps arrived! happy mail day to me!

yay! my soaps arrived! happy mail day to me!

I'm a sucker for pretty packaging!

I'm a sucker for pretty packaging!

I can't wait to try these out!

I can't wait to try these out!

You guys, these soaps smell soooooooo good! Not a heavy fake perfumy smell at all. These were nice and light and natural. I ran upstairs with the Ginger & Sugar soap (after I photographed the soaps, of course) and washed my hands right away! What a great feeling soap! I'm soooo glad I got these and I can't wait to try each of them!


Do you have a favorite handmade soap seller? Let me know! Let me know! Leave a link and shout out in the comments section. I'm always on the look out for a new handmade soap shop to try!



My first Stitch Fix (a review)

So, if you know me in real life, you know that I need some serious help when it comes to fashion. My father-in-law has jokingly said that he's going to call and see if he can get me on "What Not to Wear."  (He really means that in the most kind way.) I wear the same thing (or slight variations) all. the. time. Here's my 7 day a week wardrobe: Jeans, sweater or t-shirt and cardigan to cover my arms, and gym shoes. I never wear shorts. Like, seriously, never. And I never wear skirts. I will only wear a dress if I go to a wedding (and yes, I tried to get out of wearing a dress for my own wedding!)  Yeah, I need a little help. I have the hardest time picking out clothes that are age appropriate and flattering. I'm not a size 2, i have some...  extra fluff... and I'm short, so I feel that nothing ever looks good one me.

A few months ago I decided that I needed an intervention of sorts. I've been hearing a lot of positive things about Stitch Fix and I've seen a lot of cute wardrobe pieces on Pinterest and blogs. Everyone seems pretty happy with this service.  I'm a fan of not having go to the mall to shop.  If I'm going to try on clothes and cry, I'd rather do it from the comfort of home, ya know? (Did I mention that I might also have some body image issues?)  I also like that the stylist gurus often seem to send clothes that you might normally try on. That's a bonus. I tend to gravitate to the same things in the same colors. A girl can only have so many black, grey, and green shirts. Also, I know it's pretty silly, but I really like the little idea cards that they include to show you two different styling possibilities for the pieces they send.

So...I signed up!

I got my first Fix this week!  No, I didn't take photos of me wearing the pieces. We're not there yet, internet.

Here's what my stylist guru (Tonh) sent me:

Stitch Fix Review 1- Ashford Cross-Front Slub Knit Shirt

I loved this shirt when I took it out of the box. However, it looked AWFUL on me when I tried it on.  The way that the fabric crisscrosses in the front center was not flattering to a girl with extra belly fluff, know what I mean? So, I sent this back. *sad face*

Stitch Fix Review 1- Delmont Lace Chambray Shirt

This Chambray shirt was a HUGE miss. I took it out of the box and hated it immediately. It seriously reminded me of something a mom in the 80's would have worn. I know I'm old, but... no. I tried it on, and I hated it even more. Definitely sent this sucker back.

Stitch Fix Review 1- Bowie Solid Dolman Sleeve Top

When I took out this top, I wasn't a fan of the color (it's PINK!) and not sure about the dolman sleeve style looking good on my short and fluffy frame. I tried it on and fell in love. Hard. It looked great on me! This is for sure an example of something I would have never ever tried on in a store. This was a keeper!!

Stitch Fix Review 1- Suzie Stripe & Dot Knit Shirt

I thought this shirt was fun when I took it out of the box. Stripes and little dots? Definitely different. I tried it on and I just didn't like it. I felt that the black and white stripes being that wide and horizontal looked like a convict uniform. I sent it back.

Stitch Fix Review 1- Gabe Striped Maxi Skirt

First of all, when I opened the box and found a skirt in there, I was pretty disappointed. I don't wear skirts. I tried it on, prepared to hate it, but... it looked cute and was fun.. I kinda liked it. Not enough to keep it, though. I didn't care for the color and I just didn't have anything in my closet that would work with this. Yet. Receiving and keeping a different maxi skirt might not be out of the realm of possibility in the future... (did I just hear you gasp?)

I really enjoyed this first fix (with the exception of 80's mom-style denim shirt) and I'm definitely looking forward to my second one (not until July! Ugh!)


Have you tried Stitch Fix? Love it? Hate it? Have any questions? Let me know in the comments section below! I'd love to chat with you about your experiences and/or questions!


Check out my second stitch fix review here!

Check out my third stitch fix review here!

Check out my fourth Stitch Fix review here!


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