My name is Diana Elizabeth. My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I'm a journalist who went from writing about fashion and reporting on the LA red carpet to a photographer and FORD model. When I'm not behind or in front of a camera, I enjoy blogging about my home projects, and the things that make me happy with camera in hand.
I appreciate old homes, love adding fruit trees to our yard, and I firmly believe making a house a home is a wonderfully fun ongoing project. I'm bravely jumping into the domestic life hoping one day I will bake a homemade pie so I earn my badge. This is a glimpse into my life and work.
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Let us remember these good old days when Liberty and London lived in the same house together and were best buddies.
Because guess what? I now have a rabbit living in my dining room. MY DINING ROOM! Here is Liberty. Also note the way the brass pen curves around my Pottery Barn rug that she already stuck her head through and chewed fraying it like crazy.
And here is London by herself, massive thing without the dwarf gene she is so much larger and heavier.
So what happened? Didn’t we get sister bunnies so they would get along and live happily ever after? Oh yes we did. Then London who I loved so much, and who used to lick me and love on me, we thought she was the calm one – then she flipped a switch. She became cage territorial. She would run back and forth frantically as though I used to beat her every night which then caused Liberty (the small one) to run from corner to corner being scooted out.
Liberty got the pen, London got her cage. They get along, but the cage was getting too small for them both.
Then get this – Liberty who we thought was weird, she’s calm. She’s potty trained, we let her run around the house and she is pretty good. She gets out because she’s trustworthy. Last time I let London out she peed to mark her territory and well, in this barefoot home we won’t do any of that nonsense around here!
Look at her looking all innocent. She’s laying there but she’s licking my PB rug and she’s going to take a bite out of it in t-minus 10 seconds.
Our solution is to kick London out. Just kidding. We’re now looking for bunny condos to house them both inside but Liberty will get the bottom one so she can run in and out when we choose to let her. I won’t bore you non rabbit owners with bunny condos so I’ll save that for The Heirloom Home.
Every day they get their run in the outside area and they love it, but we need to bring them inside for night time. They aren’t happy with us when we chase them around to get them but it’s for their own good.
Anyway, that’s our bun update. Females, they can get so crabby, sheesh.
Diana Elizabeth sometimes laughs and says to Mr. Wonderful, “I can’t believe you let me get bunnies.” He must love her a lot.
I remember when I first started photography back in 2009 and how much I had to learn. It took time, but I was on the fast track of learning with the photography careers peeking, the culture was so much different back then than it is today. Of course, I am in a different place in my career but I so hope that it’s just as exciting, welcoming, into networking as it was when I started.
Things that clean images up:
You should know:
Things you should be doing:
On a side note, you may be wondering what to photograph for free and what to pass. Read this post for tips.
As with anything, if you truly love it, and you want to succeed and make it your living, you need to give your time into it. This also depends on how much you want to get into it – you might be comfortable with where you are and that’s completely fine! There’s no pressure to be the most sought after photographer if you don’t want to be, or don’t have the time. Be realistic about your goals helps you decide how much time and money to put into it.
Diana Elizabeth was thinking about how she wants to be a good knitter, but she’s not quite sure if she wants to be an expert knitter. Does she ever have the desire to knit a sweater? Perhaps not, so that will determine how much learning time she gives. But talk to her again come summer, she might be bored and will want to advance.
I love tea party themed showers! I recently celebrated my lovely friend Ashley and her upcoming nuptials to her Mr. Wonderful this spring. Having been friends for about 5+ years, it’s been an amazing privilege to pray for her, and watch her relationship bloom. It’s when you get to see your friends have their happy ending that makes you praise God and give him all the glory for being the best matchmaker!
I found my fascinator at an antique store though I’m not convinced it’s an antique. I held onto it hoping to wear it to another Del Mar Race but switched my outfit up at the last minute. I’m so glad I was able to bring this out and wear it for such an occasion. Now figuring out how a teardrop fascinator should sit on your head is quite a challenge!
All I know is fascinators should always be on the side of your head, rarely right smack in the middle of it. This tilt seemed to work.
My hair’s getting long again. Time to chop chop, getting it cut today actually.
Diana Elizabeth says looking at her outfits now she thinks she needs to keep some of the more formal tea party ones in her closet, you never know when you are invited to another tea party – or the races!
First, for those of you who know me really well or not, how many of you think I’d be the type who likes to hike or do similar rigorous activities? Pretty obvious no, right? Well, so there was this one guy who ridiculed me for it, as though I was a bad human for not wanting to hike up Camelback Mountain every weekend.
So, I bought my first DSLR and thought, well, maybe if I walked around and took pictures I’d enjoy it more. He was still mad at me for it and now that guy is gone and I still have my DSLR and a new career. I say this as an intro to tell you that maybe if you don’t like something, you can find ways to enjoy it – whether it’s a pair of really cute boots, or a fun colored blanket, whatever it takes to make you enjoy doing something, you should do it!
And you shouldn’t feel guilty about it! Most of the things we enjoy in life can be attributed to the fun little tools and gadgets we have to experience it along the way. Don’t feel guilty about it, because if your heart doesn’t want you to do something, you don’t have to. But if finding incentives to make you want to participate help, let them. You may find that you like it more than you ever cared to admit.
Sometimes I think I sound off too much about relationships because I’ve been in some cruddy ones until I found Mr. Wonderful – and I am. Primarily I am because I see too many of my single girlfriends putting up with similar confusion or verbal abuse about who they are, and there is nothing wrong with you, what you like, don’t like, or what you enjoy. Ok, enough relationship rant.
So anyway, all this to say that I never liked to garden until I found time, and some really stinkin’ cute things that make gardening fun.
First, let’s start with the cutest thing, ever. Wellie soaps!!!!
But wait, look how they are packaged!!!
I think I just died.
I’ve also had my eye on this for a long time.
On another note, I came across this that would seriously freak me out and make me hate game night:
Or maybe I should have had this so I’d be less freaked out.
Let’s say you have little gardeners and you want to encourage their gardening and creativity, this I would have LOVED when I was younger:
Diana Elizabeth says gardening is so relaxing but she sneezes like crazy.
Last Saturday’s garage sale was decent. The same gal always makes the most because she brings the designer stuff in, and she is a purse hoarder, it cracks us all up. Then there’s another gal who always prices her stuff just right to get that good amount in. And then there’s me who announces everything is a buck and I only made a little over $100. Womp womp.
Mr. Wonderful said, “Wasn’t the goal just to get rid of your stuff?” Yeah, but I really wanted more money because gosh darn it, I’ve got things to buy. On the other hand, I got to hang out with my girlfriends on a Saturday which is always fun.
After the sale was done, I loaded up the car and donated the rest of the gal’s things that didn’t sell – about seven bags and boxes to Hospice’s White Dove Thrift Shoppe. I love their store – I love it because I love the organization and what they do. It’s guilt free donating and buying because you’re giving to a cause that we might all one day need.
Hey, guess what I finally finished? My first knitting project!
I don’t deserve to many oohs and ahhs because its fruition was somewhat accidental. I was doing the stockinette stitch (like little hearts) and my scarf kept rolling. No one told me that stitch causes that. So, I decided a cowl was better. I did knit button holes after watching a YouTube video several times. Then buttons from Etsy, ta-da!
I think that’s what you do with creativeness, you somewhat improvise or try to see what else you can do with what you have already created. Nothing always turns out really the way we want at all, does it?
On another note, I’ve been pruning and planting in the backyard. I fell over in a garden bed, like hard core that it left a big dirt mark on my knee that I frantically looked around to see if anyone saw. I hope to show you the progress soon but more details on what I’m doing will be on The Heirloom Home.
Another week gone by, can you believe it? Tomorrow’s March! I hope you find time to relax!
Diana Elizabeth is now onto her second knitting project. She then discovered a new way to slip a stitch to make the ends look prettier. This is after she completed 20 rows of seed stitching that she now wants to rip it all apart and start over. So typical.
I thought I’d write this post to do a little explaining about why we don’t wear shoes in our home – not in any reason to convince you to do the same because I honestly I’m not passionate about this issue one bit, it’s your house and you can do whatever makes you happy! Isn’t that great?
Since I’ve been asked why we decide to go the no shoe route, I thought I’d write a little post why and you can decide if this is a route you want to take one day.
For Asians it’s a tradition because many things are done on the floor – like sitting to eat so for hygiene purposes it makes sense. I’ve grown up always taking off shoes and this is why it makes sense for us to continue this tradition:
So, that’s really it.
My feet itch when I walk barefoot outside even for a second, and I want to keep our home looking clean. I’m a germaphobe. Have you seen the Swiffer commercial where people test it out and clean their kitchen and show the bottom? Well if you watched the people, they wear shoes inside their home so of course it looks dirty on the mop. If you tried it on ours, the bottom of our mop wouldn’t be bad.
How do we ask company to take off their shoes? First I think it’s obvious as people our age should now enter homes and look at the hosts feet and automatically observe. Our friends know our policy after being friends with us for years, but for newbies, we just politely ask, no big deal. We’ve never had push back. Then, we promise our floors are clean.
My parents have slippers available by the door – something we might consider. He says they got them from Walmart, San Francisco Chinatown, they are about $2-$4 and plastic foam like slippers. He also said they use a spray can of Hexol or bactericide on the slippers after use if you can’t toss them in the wash.
We understand the tradeoff for asking those to take off their shoes – we should have clean floors. And, we do, because of our no shoe rule :) And our cleaning lady gets a good applause too.
I made the sign and you could even hang it outside a door or by the shoe mat
I had a friend who stayed with us for five days and she loved our no shoe policy that she implemented in when she returned home. I’ve always done it, even in my college apartment with roommates, rental apartments, no matter where I lived because it was simply a clean thing and worked for us.
I’ve had a friend concerned that it wouldn’t work with her home with so many people going in and out, and worried about the inconvenience. I say if you make it a rule in your home, and ask them to, they’d be happy to oblige. Our family and friends are happy to (or so we think and they still come over and hang out so they must be OK).
So if you ever come over, kick off your shoes and then kick your feet all over the place if you want – because your feet are clean and our house is clean! Weeee!
Do you wear shoes in your home? Do you think you’d ever implement a no shoe policy?
Diana Elizabeth says it starts as an Asian thing but she hears of more people who are doing it lately. Bare, clean feet really rocks and is so comfy, trust her. That means you can always take a nap anytime and anywhere!
Maybe this post will apply to just a handful of you who own businesses, or maybe this will apply to you one day as you’re trying to build one. Either way, this post is for all who have been a victim of social media rudeness, and all the haters out there – thanks for inspiring this post and still reading my junk.
How I get hated on:
What I would love to do:
What I really end up doing:
I’ve had this conversation with friends, especially those with businesses – we all get our feelings hurt putting ourselves out there, or we’re shocked that people can be so rude. Listen, haters gonna hate, that phrase exists for a reason, and trollers just exist because they are insecure, unhappy, and just angry. I stopped writing for one online source because I wasn’t getting paid enough to put up with the incredibly rude and ungrateful readers. What’s the point of trying to be helpful when people rip you to shreds?
Also don’t get caught up on if not enough people like or comment on what you post. I have like 2500 friends on my Facebook business page and my posts get seen by like 200, if even depending on how nice Facebook wants to be to me that day. Sometimes, people aren’t glued to their phone to watch their feed – case is – don’t overanalyze.
But, with all that aside, I go back to this ladies and gents:
And then I go back on my merry way, doing what God intended me to do, and focus on who he intended me to be.
Even the devil can leave his comments and he won’t shake me.
Diana Elizabeth says social media can be strange, but don’t let it be. Don’t let negativity keep you down, use it to fuel yourself and just feel plain sad for those who are in a constant criticism of others.
The last time I owned anything railroad stripes was in junior high and they were overalls. They were the best things ever because my bff Jackie had the same ones and we were twinsies.
And almost 20 years later I have them again. Not the overalls though.
I bought the J.Crew Railroad Stripes Toothpick Jean, $135. It had size zippers. SIDE ZIPPERS! Killing me. Had to have.
You can’t see the stripes very well.
I won’t wear them both together of course, which kinda sucks because they are both new and usually when I buy new things I want to wear all of it at the same time.
Diana Elizabeth was googling more railroad stripe things but she said to herself, no, stop it.
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Diana Elizabeth says she still doesn’t know the difference between a crocodile and an alligator, she was paying more attention to the crazy shows!
Have you taken the Which Downton Abbey Character Are You? I had a feeling I’d be Lady Mary.
Did you watch last night?
If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, you really should. In fact, I’m going to say your life is completely empty without this show.
Then after Downton Abbey, you can watch zombies on Walking Dead like we do.
Diana Elizabeth says she now needs to return to England to go to the countryside.
Hi! I’m Diana Elizabeth, named after Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, wife, model, and Christ follower. I'm just learning as I go and sharing my stories!
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