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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Lately I’ve found myself feeling insanely stressed out at my very leisurely life.
Why? Oh, because:
And I shake my head at myself. Really?
Have you ever felt like your life was just too busy but in reality, you are busy doing the things you always dreamed of doing but suddenly you forgot that and they become things that stress you out? Long run-on, I know.
I lose sight of why I decided to become a photographer. Do you? If you’re not a photographer and say, maybe you’re a stay at home mom, I know you’re busy and can be overwhelmed, but aren’t you happy that you are able to be SAHM and watch your kids grow? Ask your fellow mom friends who have to work – they’d trade you any day.
So when I find myself overwhelmed I stop and think to myself, yes I’m busy. I’m busy seeing people I love, and doing things I love, and maybe instead of feeling busy I start paying attention more and soaking in this precious priceless time.
After all, this is why I became a photographer/entrepreneur. So I can build my relationships, be an attentive loving wife, and when I work on a job, I work really, really hard.
In other news, I’ll now remind myself to never complain about the flow of my week right now, I finished another knitting project.
Yep, it’s another cowl because that’s what one bundle of yarn will give – or a skinny scarf. Plus, I’m still learning. This is the seed stitch and I finally had the button making “click” and I was so excited. I get it!!!!
Now I’ve ordered the materials to make this beauty, the New Worsted Twist Seed Stitch Scarf by Purl Bee:
I am taking out three colors though because the scarf is pretty long. Materials cost a pretty penny, I’m looking at a $120+ scarf but I’m so excited to make it this summer (will probably take 25+ hours) and have it for next fall.
I know, when I get into something, I really get into it. Those gals on Etsy who sell their handmade creations – they are so worth it. Worth it!! Go buy a ton from them and support them because I am in true awe. I am too slow and projects are truly a labor of love.
I’ll stick to basics for now and hopefully by middle of summer do another course and learn a few more fancier knitting patterns.
Happy Weekend everyone – remember to enjoy your life as it is. And take a good hard look at things around you, if it doesn’t make you happy, consider cutting it out.
Diana Elizabeth needs to make her domestic to-do list again. The canning has been on her list forever.
Grateful for time like this with my family.
Time and money – two things we all say we never have enough of, right? And stuff – we always have too much.
You can always earn more money, but you can’t earn more time. I also am trying desperately to be a minimalist which I think is a nice thought in my head that will never come to fruition. There’s just too much pretty.
Diana Elizabeth is now blocking off work days and play days for myself on the calendar. I have blocked off full days for photography and my play days, well they are more about working around the house, gardening, errand running – not sitting on the couch eating Bon Bons unfortunately. ;)
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.
Lots of love Orlando! If you are reading on iPhone, click here.
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.
So last Friday was Valentine’s Day, but more importantly, it was when UA played ASU in basketball at ASU. We were fortunate enough to be given 6th row tickets by a friend and I was thrilled. We are No. 2 in the nation, only losing one game.
My other Valentine, Wilbur! Go Wildcats!
Well, now make that two losses (by the time I wrote this post). Boo.
It was double-overtime, super crazy extra 10 minutes and I thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest. It was one heck of a game to be at, seriously amazingly intense and fun. We should’ve won. No excuses, really. I mean, basketball is our sport. But, I’ll say this smugly, as my college friend Richard Jefferson who is still in the NBA, text me – I guess that just means we’re ranked No. 3. ;) But we’ll still be a #1 Seed in March Madness, neener neener.
Back to Valentine’s Day.
I hope you had a lovely one, just knowing you are loved no matter if you’re in a relationship or not. You are a child of God and you are absolutely loved and adored just as you are.
This week Mr. Wonderful has been gone for work and I’ve been busy entertaining the thought completely rearranging rooms, having Dominos delivery because I’m just too hungry and I need cheesy bread now, and not closing the door when I’m using the bathroom. Ah, the guilty pleasures of being alone for a few days.
I’ve also been going through every drawer and closet asking myself, “Do I love this? No? Then I’m selling it at the garage sale!”
If you’re open on Saturday and want to come by my girl gang group garage sale, here’s the info:
Diana Elizabeth stocked up on some Valentine’s Day candy – it’s pink. Come on.
My dream weekend car, spotted. If you see one for sale, tell me.
Here’s hoping anyway. About a year ago I mentioned to Mr. Wonderful a fun, weekender car. One of those cars we could have and our parents could drive and we could drive around town a few months out of the year. As I explained it, he sort of finished my sentence and we had the same vision! Then I saw it at LGO (one of the FOUR times I went last week), and my heart did a pitter patter.
Isn’t it cute? I really adore it, so maybe one day we’ll find one with the right miles, this color, and in our price range. I am also thinking how my hair would look totally windblown…how do people with convertibles do it? Do any of you have fun weekend cars? I know I sound like a little old retired lady – I am practically living life as one right now, but of course goals must be made and this would be the reward.
In other news, things I’ve learned this week:
Happy Valentine’s Day! I sent out a few Valentine’s to some single gfs of mine as a reminder that they are loved and thought of. If you have some single gfs, send them a sweet text or hello to encourage them that being single on Valentine’s Day doesn’t suck, but dating a jerk does. Having dated many Mr. Wrongs, being single is an incredible alternative to the latter. Mr. Wonderful and I will be rooting for my university at tonight’s rivalry basketball game. Go Wildcats!
Have a beautiful weekend, I hope you all find some good rest. xx
Diana Elizabeth will be having a group garage sale soon in Tempe, if you’re interested in knowing where, please leave your email with a comment. It’ll be Feb. 22.
I’m trying to make a blanket
The past few nights I’ve been trying to knit for at least an hour a day. I just learned the basics two weeks ago.
I’m going to tell you right now that no one will ever get a hand knitted anything from me.
This stuff takes forever. And I’m just doing the basic knit.
And whoever said you could just do it in front of the TV and watch a movie must have two brains to keep track of a knit, purl, or how many cast ons or rows they have done because I hush Mr. Wonderful as I’m casting on stitches so I don’t have to recount to 39 or 161.
I was in the aisle selecting my yarn, being overly ambitious on my skills and looking at knitting books looking at patterns I couldn’t understand wishing I could just advance to make every person on my Christmas list a sweater in an hour. I cannot wrap my head around how these things are created, how my mother just learned on her own and can visually look at something and just do it. I’m amazed how my friend Angel can create such Anthropologie like creations for her little girl.
But I am assuming understanding how to crochet and knit is similar to making a friendship bracelet. You get the basics down, do it enough times, and eventually you can figure it out and learning gets easier. I see those rubberband loom kit bracelet things and I swear that is the gateway for young girls to get good at knitting. Brilliant. Maybe I should start with that instead.
Then I realize I’m a little hard on myself. The truth is, I dislike the feeling of being a beginner, and not an expert. I want to be the best at everything and naturally. And if I’m not good at it naturally, well, I quit. It’s the creative girl in me that thinks creativity is a natural trait, not a forced one. Where as I admire athletes and their mental discipline to just get better at it and continually do it.
So I hate being a beginner, but we must all start as one, right? No one skips to advanced without learning the basics. So, here I am humbled again by knitting, of all things.
Diana Elizabeth says really, have you ever knitted? It takes forever.
My version of London and Liberty at Disney World
For those who already know me, you’ve heard me say how much I dislike amusement parks. I liked them when I was little, loved those thrill ride parks that make your brain rattle inside your skull from extreme force, but once I got older, I didn’t go often and I lost interest.
My brother who is a civil engineer and is fond of the layout of the Disney Parks was willing to organize most if it, while my parents as generous as they have always been my entire life, spared no expense, sponsoring the trip to have us all together. Thanks mom and dad!
This week I’ll be blogging about Disney World and a few tips here and there if you plan on going as well as photography tips for the common situations you’ll find yourself in while at a park. I also want to tell you about Gatorland which was something I was not expecting. I’ll even do a video soon!
I fell in love with this guy again:
I caught myself smiling at the light show parade when I saw Mickey, and I got a little nervous when I got to meet the characters like I was small again. It’s true. Disney is a magical place, and we all have a childhood bond to these adorable characters that it made me so happy to be there. If this girl who’s too cool for
school Disney can tell you how much Disney World rocked, then you know you’ll have a great time too. Here I am with my little brother, he was too excited about this meeting.
If you have not seen Wreck it Ralph yet, I totally suggest it. I’m not a cartoon person but it was so adorable and creative.
Why not have a little more fun and take some selfies with characters instead? Me and some old friends of mine!
Plus, Disney knocked it out of the ballpark for what the offer. So creative with their technology and so imaginative visually.
I also have to add that I ate the best food I have in the longest time there. Disney Parks has really high end restaurants so you an eat well. More on that later.
So that’s it for today as I’m catching up around the house and working on blog posts this week. I hope you have a wonderful start to a fresh new week.
Diana Elizabeth sometimes thinks she’d run out of things to talk about, but then she comes back from a trip and all she thinks about are all the posts she can share.
Downtown Disney earlier this week, Orlando, FL
So let me just share what I’ve been doing (and not doing) just THIS MONTH and my cure:
Here’s my problem this month. I got nothing done. My brain is unfocused. I shopped way too much this month out of boredom. And, a month has gone by with lots done, but not much to show for it. You ever have those days, weeks, months?
Thank goodness I made a solution!
Problem/Dilemma: “Squirrel” issue. Scatterbrained. Too many areas of income that are not being concentrated or focused on.
Solution: Wrote on small square sticky notes all facets of my life that need attention. For you it might be kids and your side job. For me, it’s this blog, modeling, graphic design, The Heirloom Home blog, photography, writing articles and producing video tutorials (soon). Some have more income than others, and others are hobbies – the blogging.
But I haven’t been able to focus so I put each of those individual squares with my facet/hobby/job/money maker and put them in a column.
I have 4 columns. First column is utmost importance – money maker. Second, third, fourth, you get it. Fourth I won’t tell you what they are cause you’ll judge me. But, it’s either things that are already turning and don’t need attention, or just has to wait right now.
The best part about sticky notes – you can move them around.
I don’t need to put things like, wife, church, God, small group in there because that important stuff to me just always happens. I don’t need to remind myself, but if you’re a crazy list maker or visual person who just needs to do it, then do it. Sometimes just having a visual of your priorities can help you stay focused on your every days.
And I was such a good girl I didn’t write a shopping post-it.
Diana Elizabeth doesn’t want to use the redundant Christian word “season” but there really is a time for everything. Sometimes you can’t be everything or do everything for every one or be the best at it all. It’s OK to give yourself grace and it’s OK to say no and take time to focus. No one got successful immediately by doing it all.
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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