it was a beautiful day...

I want to remember this sunset forever.  This was the view from the hospital room today when I walked in to meet my nephew, Graham, for the very first time.  I can't wait to show him this picture one day and marvel with him over the beautiful sky God painted for us on his birthday... it was a huge reminder of His love and the immense blessings held within this significant day.

:: He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. - Colossians 1:17 :: 


arizona, A to Z

With my job comes the opportunity to travel a good bit - for this I am very grateful.  It's a nice change of pace from the normal office grind, and I love visiting areas of the country that I wouldn't normally have the chance to see.

Recently, we spent a few days in Arizona to visit some properties and derive a little design inspiration for upcoming projects.

How can you not be amazed at God's handiwork here?  I'm not used to this type of terrain, needless to say.  I was in awe.

We stayed at the Hotel Valley Ho in the heart of Scottsdale.  This is Mid-Century Modern design at its finest, people.  The hotel has a fun, glamorous history.  Check it out.

Truly, I expected Don Draper to walk down that ramp at any minute.

Courtyard outside of our rooms...complete with what I thought were lime trees.  I picked some of the fruit and sampled it {Don't tell!}, and it had a really sweet taste.  Not a lime?

Coolest of cool fabrics, of course.

The landscape in Arizona really lends itself to vivid photography. We also had ideal weather the whole time, which only helped. 
I was happy taking pictures...

We had some time for a side excursion to one of Frank Lloyd Wright's homes - Taliesin West.  FLW's architecture is instantly recognizable.  I'll let these photographs do the talking...

You can't go wrong with rich orange and a blue background, right?

On to the site visits near Arizona State University... those mountains never get old.

Not a bad spot to live, right? 

Could you handle this view, though?  Look...

That's what I thought you'd say.

I'd bet the students who eat in this dining hall don't have much time to look past their plates when grabbing a bite to eat.  But when I look at this, I think, "That's such a great use of color blocking mixed with the school mascot on the cool concrete wall, and those CUTE. ORANGE. CHAIRS!"  {Cannot take credit for this space... again, this was just a site visit.}

And that was it!  Great design, lots of inspiration... well worth the trip. 

I heart AZ.


what the world needs now...

...is NOT another blog. 

I get it.

But at the urging of my brother and a few friends, I've decided to try my hand at this since I enjoy writing & photography so much. 

Hear me out: I'm under no illusion that a multitude of people will flock to these pages to see what I have to say next! I just want this to be a creative outlet, and hopefully my immediate family + the 5 other souls who read this will not be bored to tears, all the while thinking "Bless her heart".

That being said, let's get this party started. I'll take a cue from a recurring post - "Love, Like, Don't Like" - my brother features on his family's blog.

Here are a few things to know {other than the info on my 'About Me' page at the top}:

:: love
  • the Loveliest Village on the Plains  {Seriously, have you read the Creed?  Words to live by, friends}
  • Sunday dinner prepared by my mama -- it is an experience that is so much more than food
  • handwritten letters... truly nothing better
  • small towns & back roads
  • Psalm 121

:: like
  • porch sitting, solving the world's problems one at a time
  • keeping up with sports -- namely the Auburn Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Duke Blue Devils, and Mr. Phil Mickelson
  • traveling
  • most anything created by Cameron Crowe
  • a good pair of jeans

:: don't like
  • Pepsi

So...why the name sharper bee? No, I don't have an affinity for bumble bees.  It's simply a play on my name.  {And when I Googled "sharper bee" in search of a blog name, nothing terribly offensive popped up -- just a lot of cool photographs in which people were trying to get a really tight shot of a bee landing on a flower!}

OK - here goes nothing...