So long, 2016!

We slayed 2016 and now it’s on to conquer 2017! . . . ugly Christmas sweaters and all!

Here’s wishing all my friends out there a safe and prosperous new year.

Learn from the past.

Aim for better in the future.

Rely on God for the big and small things.

Ugly Christmas sweaters in front of the Christmas tree. Not So SAHM

So long, 2016 – ProjectEdit365 – 31 Dec

Also, this IS NOT QUITE THE END of my Project Edit 365! I didn’t start the project until February, 2016, so I still have one more month of edits. December has been SO LONG. It’s been hard for me to find pictures that I’ve wanted to work on. That says something about me, though. I need to release those creative juices! I hope that I’ve taken lots of pictures in previous Januaries so I have a deep well of images to choose from.

Head over to the blog I created for this project, Project Edit 365, to see the original picture. Thanks!


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Launching the business

New years are great for new beginnings. It’s refreshing to ring in a new year with a new planner, new ideas, new resolutions. . .and this year with a new business!

VSD Photography is officially launching on 01 January 2017!


There are multiple reasons I’m launching at this time in my life.

  • the girls are a little more self sufficient and better independent learners with homeschooling. I can focus a little bit more on my interests (this has been a long time coming!)
  • retirement may or may not be around a future corner for my husband (we honestly have no idea what the future holds!) so it’s a good time for me to start learning how to make money again.
  • Mostly: I love photography! and and am interested in pursuing it as an art and as a career.

There have been so many hoops to jump through and red tape to slash. I’m waiting on one more license and I will be fully official. Now to make the money to pay for all the licenses and taxes!


That’s me, ready take all the pictures! (It’s supposed to be a cinemagraph, but doesn’t support them. Try clicking and see if it takes you to the moving picture).

So, welcome 2017! I’m anticipating lots of good things!

What about you? What are your plans for the new year?

All the best,

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2017 Calendar – Done!

The photo website, Shutterfly, had an offer recently (ends today, 21 Nov – get there before midnight!), for a free 2017 calendar. I chose to make the “easel calendar”, which is a set of 5×7 cards that sit in a small wooden stand.

I love the easel method of displaying photos. I’ve ordered many square photos from Artifact Uprising and had my dad make wooden easel stands for them. Here’s what they look like:

Artifact Uprising prints in wooden easels my dad made. Not So SAHM

So here is what my calendar 5x7s are going to look like, and you can imagine them sitting in a wooden easel. I can’t wait to get them!



My theme for the calendar is famous places around the world (that I’ve visited, obviously).

January: El Capitan in Yosemite, California
February: The cherry blossom trees in Washington, D.C.
March: The Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica
April: Garden of the Gods and Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado
May: Perrine Bridge and the Snake River in Twin Falls, Idaho*
June: Amboise, France
July: Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago, IL
August: Beach on the Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii
September: Thingvellir, Iceland
October: Traben-Trarbach along the Mosel, Germany
November: Central Park, New York City
December: Avenue of the Giants, northern California

*It’s a stretch to say it’s a famous place, but it’s the 4th highest arch bridge in North America – and I’ve seen three of the top four!

Happy 2017!

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