Vintage piano bench makeover

I picked up this vintage piano bench off of a local Facebook group. I was a little wobbly and definitely past its prime, but I thought I could give it some new life. With a little DIY – I glued, filled, and sanded and then gave it a fresh coat of paint. I added a touch of distressing then added a cute stencil that would make this bench perfect for an entry way. I also think it would be so cute in a music room.

The stencil reads “Warmth and welcome to all who enter here.”

After I finished sealing the paint, I lined the inside of the bench with vintage music to add the finishing touch. Here are pictures of the transformation.

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Happy August Birthday Headshot Special!

My birthday is this month so I thought I would have a headshot special! My headshot sessions will be only $75 +tax {reg. $125}! But you have to book the session this month! Woot! So if you need to update your website, Facebook page or anything else, this month is the time to book your session.

You do not have to complete the session this month though to get the special. Just pay your $50 retainer this month to book your date and time. This amount is applied to the final package, so only $25 +tax will be due when you pick your images.

The backdrop will be gray as pictured below. The session includes the following:

  • 30 minute studio session
  • 1-2 outfits
  • 6 image gallery to choose from
  • 4 professionally edited high resolution digital images
  • print release

If you have any questions or are ready to set up your session, please contact me at I’m happy to help!

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bandelier national monument los alamos, NM

Bandelier National Monument is about an hour from Santa Fe. It houses ancient pueblos dating from 1150 to 1600 AD. It is located on the Pajarito Plateau located on the slopes of the Jemez Volcanic Fields in the Jemez Mountains.

The landscape here is really beautiful.  Here are some images from my trip.

san miguel – oldest church in the US

San Miguel Church is known as the oldest church in the US.  Built between approximately 1610 and 1626. It has 16th century animal hide paintings and 18th century wooden altar screen. It has been rebuilt and restored several times over the last 400 years.

The bell inside the church was formed in the ground. They poured the metal into the ground and used a carved tree trunk in the center to form the bell. The inscription on the bell is “SAN JOSE ROGAD POR NOSOTROS AGOSTO 9 DE 1356/1856″. This translates to “St. Joseph Pray for us August 9th, 1356/1856”.

el santuario de chimayo

El Santuario de Chimayo was built in 1813  just outside of Chimayo. It was built in response to the discovery of a crucifix, Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas, in 1810 and subsequent miraculous occurrences.

The story is that a friar was performing penances when he saw a light bursting from the hillside. He discovered a crucifix when digging at the site.

The crucifix is still on the chapel altar, but its healing powers have been overshadowed by El Posito, the “sacred sand pit” from which it came. You can take sacred dirt from the pit in the floor of a tiny room off of the main sanctuary. Just outside the door is a prayer room with a wall lined with discarded crutches of those who were healed by the sacred power of the sand, and photographs of hundreds of people lining the stone walls needing prayers and healing.

There is much more to the story, which is fascinating, and as many as 300,000 people travel to this tiny chapel every year. It is a main destination for pilgrimages every year.