Saturday, February 20, 2010

"in a vase"

It has been a hard week of "down-in-the-back", after lifting heavy objects in my backyard. Sorry, not so much blogging this week. More icing, heating and taking nice drugs.

On a lighter note, I finally did it. Something I have thought about, dreamed about and angst over for many years. I made my book of flowers "in a vase" (yes, on my Mondo Beyondo list). It took me months to find, edit and organize my photos. Sadly, that was the hardest part of this job. And the second part of that is, I can't believe how many photos I kept that were marginal at best. Putting this together was a good reason to hit the delete button on many, many, many images clogging up my computer. A difficult part, for sure, for me, who doesn't throw anything away. But an essential part, of clearing out the clutter and keeping only what I thought was suitable to print. Trust me, I still have thousands of images to delete and store.

I was determined to give my S-I-L something special and unusual for her birthday because she is a special person. (Especially since her Christmas present still sits in the basement where I started to wrap it all up months ago.)

It arrived. I thought I might cry. My hand shaking a little as I opened the package. What would it look like? Photos blurry? I did have a moment when I felt a tear come to my eye but then the book editor took over and I found a typo, then a couple of photos that weren't up to my standards. Yes, I should have not hit the "print this book" so soon. David had proof-read most of it. And had gone through every photo, okaying it. I just should have waited another day or so. Anyway. I have now righted all my wrongs. And I am so thrilled with the outcome. Beyond what I had imagined, even with the couple of goofs. Just think, my S-I-L will have the first signed, edition, with the typo covered with a piece of paper.

"in a vase"

21 comments:

Erin Wilson said...

So when can we buy a copy??! :)

ps. you look beautiful this top shot.

Jan said...

Oh, how beautiful! You are a very talented woman, and I would so love to learn from you! I enjoy your blog...every morning when I visit your site, it's like opening a special little gift! I love your new banner, too! It really drew me in! Thank you, Kim!

Natalie Thiele said...

Stunning book!
You're on a roll!
...things that you used to believe, photos of you (with your fabulous new book), your fabulous new book, new banner!

Deborah Boschert said...

Hooray! Fabulous. These are such great pictures too. I can tell you are pleased. As you should be!

What service did you use.

Love love love your natural hair color! You go girl.

Terry said...

The book looks great, but what I am really Gahhhhh! about is your new banner/header/whatever you call it. Beautiful.

S'mee said...

first: Holy Crap you look good! Seriously, you are just getting more and more beautiful every minute.

and yes, when can we purchase a copy?

You sent me a group of your cards. Every time I go to use one I second guess myself. The question is usually "Does this person deserve this card?" And then I put them all back in their place. I have such a hard time giving them away! I can imagine what a book full of gorgeous pages would be like!

Please feel better soon. Nothing worse than back pain.

Kim Carney said...

Deborah, I used Blurb, it was very easy application to use. Just make sure you SPELL CHECK, twice before hitting print ;)

Thank you Terry! I cleaned my computer and found all these images I had scanned in years ago!

Thank you S'mee ... ah, you noticed that I am letting my color grow off ... it is taking forever. But I am so excited about the color. So close to having it all gone (the color) ... Will need to send you more cards. I still have many left, I never really did anything with them.

Thank you Erin xoxox ... when it feels perfect I will make it public

Jan, that is sooo sweet of you! thank you so very much

Natalie, thank you! I am very excited to have it done and behind me. Now off to bigger things? ;)

katenelson said...

Your S-I-L can't wait, but will; is thrilled with your book, but jealous that HER own big book idea is still but an idea; loves your hair, but feels kind of "meh" about her own. Beautiful day in NM -- get this: it RAINED last night. You know you live in the desert when you hear a strange sound and say, "What's that?" before realizing it's rain. LOVE you!

Syd said...

This is simply wonderful and very inspiring!

deeAuvil.com said...

Woohoo! Can't wait to see it!

Amy said...

Kim! That is so cool! Congratulations to you for marking something off your LIST. I have yet to sit down and write my list somewhere permanent. I will do it soon - once I wrap up the kids bathroom remodel and the laundry room facelift. I can see how please and proud you are in the photos you shared here - makes me so happy for you!

p.s. I am in love with your new blog look. So great :).

Angela said...

I've always admired your beautiful flower pictures and would love to have a copy of your book someday!

Always,
Angela :)

Anonymous said...

Kim, your work is always so wonderful... Your SIL will LOVE it.

dee said...

So wonderful Kim. Can't wait to purchase a copy!! Your photos are just so beautiful it makes me smile to see them. I keep the ones you sent me prints of in frames so I can see them daily. Especially wonderful this gray time of year.
You do look super. Very tempted to grow mine out too.

Anonymous said...

My dear talented sweet sister! How awesome!!!! I was not able to bring it up in that link that you sent me. Would love to buy your book. Hey and your banner...... extremely nice love it, love it. Plus want to comment on the hair, love the grey wish I could be so brave and do that. How did you do it just let it grow out? You look absolutely beautiful. Love you

Tara Ross Studios said...

Way to go, congrats!
Yes, your hair looks great!


Hope your back is all better.

Tara Ross Studios said...

oh, and your banner is great,,,,,,,so glad you changed your avitar too! You look great!

Michelle (a.k.a. la vie en rose) said...

yay!!!

i want one, i want one...

jill said...

How wonderful... This would sell my dear!! What a special and precious gift to give to her!!

Amazing as usual!!

Maxinetoo said...

Hi from AZ. Love your new look and love pics of you. Can't wait until your it feels "perfect"; can't wait to get my hands on a copy. :)

Shelley Noble said...

The book looks incredible, Kim!