Friday, August 26, 2011

Another Giveaway Promotion

Check out the new giveaway at Modern Typography's Blog. You could be the proud winner of a ClementsEye 8x12 or 8x10 photograph.

The details for the giveaway as well as an interview with "yours truly" are at Modern Typography. Share the news and see if you or your friends can be the big winner! 
Best of Luck! And a HUGE thank you to Melanie for the big supportive boost!

Tell me about your First Day of School...

As my four year old heads out for her first day of real school I feel all nostalgic. I attended Beverly Shores Elementary School in Leesburg, FL. I remember Ms. Stevens as a sweet loving teacher that taught me how to do math really well and spell. In my mind her room always had a autumn feel about it. Warm orange and gold colors with autumn leaves around the cork board. Safe and cozy...It was a good introduction to school learning....

How about you? What do you remember of school?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Travel Journals Ready

I love journals! Especially graph paper journals, so I decided to created a travel journal using my photography from some of my favorite places AND of course graph paper. I'm really excited about them. Take a peek!

I hope to have a number of different journals available soon as well as notecard sets to go with them.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Salty Sweet?

OK, I love food and cooking and all that comes with it. My kids have taken to this "lovely" combo and I just don't get it. Is EVERYTHING better with bacon? OR are there some things that could just be left baconless?
bacon and whipped cream?!

Let me know your thoughts on this very controversial subject.

Monday, August 22, 2011

With all my Sympathies and Love

There was a horrible loss yesterday. He was older and always seems bigger than life to me. He was the big brother (and cute, btw) to my wonderfully funny, warm and genuine friend. In honor of him today, just remember the people that made a difference in  your world whether they realized it or not.

A View from Heaven

For my dear friend MGP and her family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
xo - HAC

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

When are you an Artist?

I've been doing things creatively for as long as I can remember. I know so many extremely creative people. Some make a living at it, most don't. I was just wondering... at what point are you an artist?

I have been doing photography for over 30 years. Seriously... more than 30!!! I've been paid, hired, educated to take cool photographs. I'm just now feeling like I can honestly call myself an artist. Why is that? Are artist just so self deprecating that it's just the way their nature is?
There is Never Just One Way...
For all of the budding artist and closet creatives... Stand up with your work and take ownership of it, tell the world that it was created by an amazing artist and that this is just the beginning. As for the closet creatives, step into the light and let your imagination go wild!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Food, Family and Fourty

My husband's family arrived this past weekend for a surprise birthday visit. In the process of figuring out what to prepare for a fun dinner at home for 8 people ranging in age from 4 to 73, I realized how important the right selection for your menu is. Long story short I settled on a FABULOUS clam recipe from Tom Colicchio, Think Like A Chef, Clams with pancetta, roasted tomatoes and greens. I also splurged on Blue Point Oysters on the half shell to eat in the kitchen (where everyone gathers anyway). Good Wine, rustic bread and great help from my brother-in-law. 

We began eating and I sat back, took a good sip of my favorite South African wine, Chocolate Block, and watched the interaction. There was fun stories, bantering, impromptu dances performed and bedtime curfews completely BLOWN! The food was such a wonderful facilitator to this evening. I loved it, and the food, and my family.

The weekend was then topped off with a surprise 40th bowling party. I can't express how much good friends mean to me. Thank you to all that helped pull it off!

Monday, August 8, 2011


If you are a fan of my work or just love to win free stuff and feel like today is your lucky day you need to check out

The giveaway of a 8 x10 or 8 x 12 artist signed photograph is the culmination of about a month's worth of interviews and reviews of my work on the Shabby Life Blog. It's been a fantastic experience. It's amazing how all it takes is someone asking you, "Why do you love to do this?" to really give you a kick in the pants in the creativity department. So check out her very clever and informative blog and if you feel like checking out which image to pick go to

The basics are go to and leave a comment. EXTRA CREDIT for leaving me a comment here or on etsy AND even more if you follow me on twitter.

Good LUCK!!!

AND a very special thank you to Lauralee for the opportunity!!! It was really delightful!

Friday, August 5, 2011

PhotoSWAP - My contribution

You may remember a posting a few days about about my participation in a film project called PhotoSWAP 2011. I included Inessa's images (my partner) well I just got to see MY pictures. These were taken on vacation in Sanibel Island with my family. Shot on a 30 year old Canon AE-1 Program on FP400 B&W with a 50mm 5.6 lens with a red filter to bump up the contrast. As a whole I'm pleased with the outcome, although I realized how badly my camera needs a good cleaning. Please post a comment and let me know what you think of them.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


I've been involved with a really fun project called "PhotoSWAP 2011" ( The basic idea is you get paired up with another photographer somewhere in the world, take a roll of film (YES FILM!) either a roll or a disposable camera and send it to that partner UNDEVELOPED. They then take said film and get it developed and post it on their blog or flickr for all the world to see and be amazed. I've been paired with Inessa in California. I've sent Inessa my film and she sent me hers. Here is a link to her work as well as the photoSWAP blog to see other projects if you are so intrigued. 

Inessa's PhotoSWAP images

Inessa's Blog - Melancholy Waters

PhotoSWAP Blog 

I have been shooting film since I was 10 years old. I was given a Canon AE-1 Program for my first trip to England and Scotland. I've been hooked every since. I bought my first digital camera about 8 years ago and it's so quick and easy that the film sort of fell by the wayside. This project brought it back around for me. I can't wait to see my images. I'll be sure to post when they are up. Inessa is currently traveling in Europe so it may be a little while. In the meantime, take a look at some of the other work. It is all quite inspiring! Thanks for the kick in the pants to get back to my first love... black and white film.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Happy Birthday

Today is my husband's birthday and let's just say it's a MONUMENTAL one. So I hope his day is full of surprises and adventures.

Aging is kind of weird. The wisdom gained in my opinion is priceless and yet it would be great to be able to gain the wisdom a bit more quickly! Enjoy being WISE beyond your years.

Let this be a lesson to all of you that have played in the PHOTOBOOTH...

Monday, August 1, 2011

Games Games and More Games

This summer has marked the official beginning of game time. After learning how to play Monopoly and Gin at the beach, my daughter is hooked. It reminded me of how much fun board games are and how easy they can become the center piece of quality family time. Here are a few of our favorites that can be enjoyed by all ages... WAR (the card game, can be played by as few as two up to as many as needed as long as you have multiple decks of cards), Monopoly (time consuming BUT the new boards come with a SPEED dice!), Backgammon (huge bragging rights in our family), Gin Rummy (perfect for TOURNAMENT play), Scrabble and of course Clue.
Gin Anyone?!