Amber Housley

On A Roll.

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Getting things done. Feels good.
For once in my life, I’m working ahead of time for this holiday season.

Photo for the Christmas card is ordered, just waiting for them to arrive. So many of you asked to see other pictures, so first is the one we’re using…Xmas05card

We needed a horizontal one for the card – and we liked the waves crashing in the background. The only digital I did with the photo was add the snowflake and greeting – I’m all about doing what’s fast and simple this year. Whenever I attempt to go all out, it just leaves me drained. I’m loving my store-bought cards!

And here’s another good photo from the shoot, though the background is just the sea. It still will make a good frame in the new house! Digging the color on the scarf too – keeps the photo from being too washed out…


So, xmas cards are half-done. Should be ready to send out by the end of the week.

Next, my girlfriends from college and I are doing an ornament exchange (perferably handmade). Last year, I didn’t trade them until Spring, that’s how far behind I was! I’m so proud of myself this year…again, the simple, fast and fun formula.


The frame is by Making Memories – it’s about 2"x2". I printed out my favorite photo of us gals in Napa then fixed it to the back along with a piece of chipboard for sturdiness. Hot glue gunned some ribbon to hang it by, and viola! Just love them. I’m likely ruining the surprise since some of them read this blog – sorry gals! Couldn’t contain my excitement to share. :)

Next, the packaging for them….picked up some cute funky cards from the Target dollar section. Inserted another photo of us gals – so they could likely frame it, then slipped the ornament inside the envelope. Thanks to Ali for recommending I stop by the $ section! Good stuff!


Also managed to do more than a bit of Christmas shopping today! I’ve already got about half-way done! I have 13 presents purchased, boxed and wrapped. Go me. Too bad we don’t have a tree this year to put them under. :( The unused kitchen table will have to do!


Can you tell I’ve been busy?

I’ve redone the logo and some of the design for my site…I was inspired by the candles at Bath & Body Works for the logo…such cool fontwork, I must show it off! ;)


I’m also proud to announce I have a new fabulous creative team for the site! Bios and photos will be posted later this week. I’m looking forward to releasing a holiday kit by the end of the week, as well!

FINALLY…Brandon is in Nashville checking out the house. Snapped a few photos for me this evening to get an idea of the house. It was dark, so these will have to do until tomorrow. He says the inside paint color is 10X better than how this photo looks…I’m nervous…we’ll see!


Kitchen Above — I’m praying that the color is close to this paint color from the Pottery Barn catalog:


Whew! I’m whipped. Can you believe I move to my new house in officially 30 days! Yikes! Yahoo!

Xmas Card Photo Shoot

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Not sure you could really call it a photo shoot…more like a semi-frustrating, not-as-fun-as-I-planned-it-to-be photo taking. First, dogs are difficult. Second, Brandon doesn’t have much patience for photography. Third, trying to direct people who only own disposable one-time use cameras on how to take the photos is trying.

The whole time I was thinking…"dang I wish I knew someone in San Diego who knew what the look I was aiming for"…a bit harder when you’re in the photo and not the one behind the camera to get exactly what you want.

But, we ended up with some decent ones…we both have differing opinions on which one will exactly be used…the one above is vetoed…first off the sun was blinding us and second, our dog looks like a tubbs (when he’s actually quite slim!) the wierd way he is sitting. Most of the photos are too far away. Even when I set up the camera for people, zoom perfected, "stand exactly where I am and just press the button…", someone always manages to step back. and to the left. or the right….grrr….Much photoshopping to do when we get home!

Still, a BEAUTIFUL day in La Jolla.



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hanging in my p.j.’s at brandon’s parents’ house in San Diego…

have a bit of a headache from the wine from last night…

still a full tummy too from last night…

planning to head to the beach today for a few photos…hoping to get a few for the xmas card this year…

itching to get home tomorrow…lots to do…

wanting to get crackin’ on creating…christmas cards…ornament gifts…

finish up a kit for citrus blossoms…announce the new creative team….finish up some touches to the website…

thank god i took monday off! free day for amber!

the holiday season has officially begun!

Nice Memory.

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I remember reading quite along time ago that whenever you think of someone who has already passed, it means they are right there with you. Maybe in angel form. Maybe in some other way, I’m not really sure. It’s a nice little thing I remember from time to time, and it could be true or not, but I don’t really care.

When I left the office yesterday, and was walking to my car, I was overpowered by the smell of some sweet flower fragrance. I stopped and looked around me and thought "there’s no flowering bushes around here…" It was very distinct. Most gardenia-like.

And immediately the thoughts of my grandma came to me. Not because she ever wore any kind of gardenia scented fragrance, but for whatever reason, a memory of her and when my grandpa died came back.

At the end of the graveside ceremony for my grandpa, I went and sat down on the seat next to my grandma. Everybody had pretty much started going to back to their cars. I told her I was sad that grandpa was gone. She looked at me and smiled and said, "oh it’s okay. I know he is okay. But look at all these beautiful flowers! We can’t leave them here and let the go to waste. Here, have this bow." she pointed to one of the enormous bows on an arrangement. "You can use this on a package or present for somebody." I smiled and said okay. Who was I to refuse?

And that was grandma. Most definitely sad, but still okay. Unwavering faith. She was sure that grandpa was okay, and that was that. She passed on just a few months later, and I think it was because she missed grandpa.

I still to this day wish I had her teach me how to make tortillas from scratch. But it’s okay. Someday…