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hello! Happy Monday!
Man, the weekends always seem so unbelievably short! I can’t believe it’s Monday already. This weekend was good– not as adventure packed as I had planned, but still good. Saturday morning I went to Friendship Park Conservatory in Mt. Prospect for my Digital Photography Field Trip Class. (what? you still didn’t know that I teach Photography Classes? Here’s some info about it) It actually turned out to be the perfect morning to shoot. It rained the night before and most of the morning, but stopped shortly before class so everything still had raindrops clinging to it. It was a little cloudy so there was no harsh shadows and it wasn’t crazy hot and humid (yet.)

Here are a few shots I took during class:
Digital Photography Field Trip Class- July 2010

Digital Photography Field Trip Class- July 2010

Digital Photography Field Trip Class- July 2010


You can see the rest of the photos from both Digital Photography Field Trip Classes on my flickr stream.

Also, here’s a really sweet testimonal/review of this class from my student:

I went to the Friendship Park Conservatory for the photography field trip yesterday and had a GREAT time. This session was valuable because I was really conscious of what was around the subject of my photos. Watching April helped because I noticed her taking time before she took her pictures. As a result, I became more thoughtful before I started snapping away!

You don’t need to have a fancy camera to benefit from these sessions. I realized that many of the photos I took can be taken with pretty much any type of camera.

I’m looking forward to the next session and can’t wait to find out where we’ll be going.


(you can also read the review of both my Digital Photography Field Trip Classes here.)

I also watched “The Men Who Stare at Goats” Saturday night. Interesting movie. I really like Jeff Bridges as an actor, but couldn’t help but wonder when he was going to call himself “The Dude”. It was funny movie, and preposterous in some parts. I’m glad I waited to see it, as it was a great movie to rent. I think I would have been disappointed to have paid $$ to see it in the theater.

Sunday I did some damage at Blicks again… **sigh** I can, however, justify the purchases. I bought a whole bunch of stuff for my etsy shop. I bought some Art Boards to mount photos on to (Can’t wait to play with these!!) and some mat boards to add to my shop. Exciting stuff is happening!!

Speaking of exciting stuff– I am one of the exhibitors the Papernstitch website!!! Stop by and check this site out! Papernstitch is an online exhibition space that was created to promote talented artists, designers, and makers selling handmade goods. the exhibition space is curated monthly and showcases the best of the best on an international level. I’m so excited to be a part of it this month!!!! Here’s my shop at Papernstitch!

creativeapples photography at papernstitch

I’d love it if you stopped by and checked it out!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a whole new list of helpful links for your handmade craft business!


Hello! I hope you had a lovely weekend. I wasn’t quite ready for Monday. Now that it’s Tuesday, however, bring it. Give me all you got, Tuesday. I’ve got my cup of coffee and I’m ready. (can you start after 11am, though? give me some time to drink my coffee? thanks…)

The weekend was good– Saturday was FANTASTIC! I taught the Digital Photography Field Trip Class and we explored the Spring Valley Nature Center. What? You didn’t know about the Digital Photography Field Trip Class? Here’s the class description:

Digital Photography Field Trip Class:
We have added this fun class to give you a practical application of everything you learned in our 101 class. You will get hands on training at a fabulous location for photography. This month we are visiting the Spring Valley Nature Center. If it rains, class will be rescheduled. Join April in this fun information filled class and you will learn all of this and more. No previous class required just a love of nature and a willingness to experiment and play. Please bring your digital camera & notebook.

(don’t worry– I will be doing this field trip class again in July. Please check the Craft Fancy calendar for date and time!)

Andi and I had a fabulous time during this field trip– We explored the silo, fields, marsh and the farm. What was fabulous about this trip was that she had one on one access to me, and was able to stop and ask questions and advice whenever the need arose.

Here are some highlights from the Digital Photography Field Trip Class:
Spring Valley Nature Center

Spring Valley Nature Center

Spring Valley Nature Center

Spring Valley Nature Center

For more photos from the outing, please check out the slideshow!

Saturday evening was fun too! I had a small dinner get-together with G, debs, and keith. Awesome dinner, fabulous dessert, wonderful conversation and a rousing game of Trivial Pursuit!! Next time I play trivial pursuit, I want debs on my team…I’m just sayin’… (Thank you guys for coming over!)
Sunday was spent shopping (hello Costco!) and relaxing. I don’t know about you, but I’m totally looking forward to the coming three day weekend!!!

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