My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer, model, and former journalist who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. Here I share my home life, work, and efficient lifestyle solutions.
My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I enjoy home decor, sewing and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life, travel, and work and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.
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My best friend since college, Jackie, loves road trips. You may have noticed when we took a nine day (maybe it was longer) road trip through Dixieland many years ago hitting a handful of states in the South. Then there was the day trip in Arizona going to places I’ve never been before.
She works for the San Francisco 49ers and lives in the bay area and when I told her I was coming home to visit my parents she took the day off and drove up. I got in the car, and guess what we did.
Something to know about me – I can’t stand being in the car for more than an hour – two is pushing it. I’d rather meet you and be on a plane, the plane feels more like home. But, if I don’t get in the car, I don’t get to have the most funny and also deep conversations with my long time best friend or take random side of the road photos – so, I happily get in the car.
Also, there was no game plan. We ended up here, La Porte. Population 26.
Since there were no cars around, for a really long time, I got a little crazy. Don’t try this, ever. You probably don’t want me to babysit your children now.
We were hungry, and so we stopped for food and also picked up a few snacks.
Jackie touches this payphone and I tell her, “I hope you put your hair between that phone and your ear because that’s disgusting!”
From the looks of it, I think her ear touched a public pay phone! Jackie!
Jackie wanted to get closer to the lake. How ironic I joked with her, I just so happen to live down the street from Folsom Lake, you know, where you just picked me up two hours ago. But hey, alright, it’s your road trip, so we keep driving. The lady at the general store warned us to not go too far because eventually the pavement would end – and it did. So then, Jackie decided to walk down to a path that looked super long.
I wasn’t quite sure how far this would go so I walked slow. Jackie walked fast and I knew why – she wanted to make sure there was a good view and if there wasn’t, she would turn around quickly and I wouldn’t have to walk that far. She also gets really excited and walks fast, it’s kind of cute. I was so glad to see a break in the trees and see water.
We got the water shot. The view was spectacular!
You can camp at Little Beaver Campground – this lake Little Grass Valley Reservoir, it’s a little lake in Plumas County, close to the Pacific Crest Trail. We found the turn off that we had missed when we trailed back and went to the docking area. The weeds looked as tall as corn.
We sat on a dock…
I cleaned off my feet from the dusty road. It was so nice and cool and felt so refreshing. Even though I’m a lake girl, I have to admit the lake also frightens me – deep waters just make me a little squeamish.
What can I say, though, the breeze started to pick up and it feels so good to be home!
What a great last trip home to end the summer!
Now that you’ve seen and heard about our heirloom quilt from Benjamin’s great aunts made in 1934, I wanted to talk about quilts! Some of you may have inherited them, others you can buy from a trip made by a local artisan, and others can just be so darling you want to hang it up as decor. Like sewing and knitting, I think quilting has started to become a lost art.
Instead of having quilts folded and in a glass cabinet like we had, why not take it out and display it? Or better yet, as my quilting friends Amber and Kate do – use it!
My friend Amber opened up her little Etsy store and she’s selling quilts for little ones like this:
Pineapple Quilt by Neon Cactus Studio
Stop it, right? You could use it as a lap blanket on the couch or in the office (like my office), or for a picnic blanket.
I want this British and Irish Isles quilt so bad, I can’t even put it into words – BAD! I would pay the extra $25 for custom details to list the cities Melayne and I visited in Ireland. If you haven’t been, you should go, it’s still one of those trips I know I will talk about for the rest of my life.
The longer I stare at it I might tear up because I want it that badly! Crazy right? I’m just so in love with Ireland, and though I’d love to return to London because I don’t think you can ever over do it, I’d like to explore Northern England, I think I can get Mr. Wonderful on board because Scotland is right there too which I’m sure is equally amazing. I recall seeing the Scottish coastline from Northern Ireland and I was in awe, it just made me want to swim over, because that’s what Europe does to you, you just want to stay and then go here, and then there, and well, stay forever.
If I believed in past lives, I swear I was either an English country girl or a French country girl.
Do you own a quilt? Tell me about it!
Can a photographer have too many camera straps or bags? I think not.
I realize from traveling, quick road trips, an all day commercial shoot or a quick editorial portrait, it determines what bag I choose to pack my gear. I’m also going to admit I hardly use a camera strap anymore, it started getting in my way. A few of these straps I’m looking at for my film cameras if I need it (it really depends on the situation).
A few things I have my eyes on:
Camera Swagg MoneyMaker by Holdfast (leather version) / Handy Dandy Hand Strap
Mandala Fashion Camera Bag by The Bloom Theory / Spring Break Camera Strap / Take a Bow (sold out but is coming in black!)
I just put in an order for the Take a Bow bag in black, they had a limited pre-sale, I’m so excited to get it!
See what I currently own here.
Hi there! I’m Diana Elizabeth, named after Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. Welcome to my world of creativity, gardening, simple living, and an extreme love for Europe.
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