on christmas day

christmas day activities ::: a family hike through the frozen forest, sledding with my nieces and nephews and stumbling upon an old tree carving with my husband and my initials engraved = love.
fun, fun, fun :)
how did you spend your holiday?


when the air sparkles

Once in a while after a snowstorm, when the sun is beginning to break through the fog, the air freezes and catches the light just right, creating bright little sparkly globes of awesomeness that scream these are the best days of winter.


snow and sky

It doesn't get much better than this :)

Snow and sky
Originally uploaded by shutterluvjess


cup auction

As I mentioned earlier, I have a cup collection. Last weekend, The Carbondale Clay Center held their Annual Cup Auction. I really enjoyed wandering around and seeing the inspiring creativity of the local artists here in my hometown.


season of lights

Oh Christmas lights
Light up the street
Light up the fireworks in me
May all your troubles soon be gone
Those Christmas lights, keep shining on
- Coldplay


a cup collection

About 15 years ago I started bringing home coffee mugs and tea cups as a souvenir of my travels. I guess it is because sitting in a new place, drinking a latte and watching the world go by is one of my most favorite things to do.

Plus, mugs are small and easy to pack and usually you can sift through the cheesy logo-ed varieties to find a unique and special one made by a local artist.

Now my cupboards are overflowing with a wonderful collection, each authentic to its original location and different from the rest. In the morning as I prepare my daily fuel, I am always happily surprised by the memories that run through my mind of where I was when found that day's mug.

I'll post some photos of my favorite cups another time.


    twelve | two | ten

    hello december. nice to see you again.
    we are going to have a lot of fun together.


    taste the love.

    This Thanksgiving, I hope you can spend some time in a kitchen. Whether it is making a family recipe or just keeping someone company.  Today is a day to gather with family and friends and surround ourselves with love (or sometimes drama) and really good food.

    This year we will be sharing Thanksgiving with our great friends here in Aspen and I am making pumpkin pies. I just called home to Wisconsin and my sister was telling me that our dad has been in the kitchen for over three days preparing all the pieces and parts of their meal. That is the thing about Thanksgiving, there is so much time and love put into cooking all the food – so much that you can taste it. Isn't that what makes everything about Thanksgiving dinner so delicious.

    Wherever you are and whomever you are with, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and may you taste love in the food you eat today.



    I love following Words to Shoot By. It is a photo collaboration based on a single word. They recently held a special call for entries from outside contributors. My heart skipped a beat when I read this as I was so thrilled just to have the opportunity to participate. I am always so inspired by these creative photographers. And to use my camera for a specific assignment - this was going to be so much fun!

    The word –  Orange. Searching for, shooting and being inspired by this word was the best part. And, being chosen as one of the 10 guest contributors was pretty awesome too! I am addicted and can't wait for the next open entry!

    Here are a few other photos with this feel-good color. These were not shot for this project but they are a collection of some of my orange favorites for you to enjoy!

    tuscan sunset, coffee in sonoma, a rainy street in prague, south carolina sunrise with my sister and a boat dock in ely, minnesota

    on my ipod.

    Drinking a latte, reading the paper and listening to some great tunes - A lovely Sunday morning. Check out some of my recent favorites:
    1. Dog Days Are Over - Florence & The Machine
    2. Same Changes - The Weepies
    3. Further - Correatown
    4. The End - Kings of Leon
    5. Look Away - Lissie


    ice age.

    Today we planned to go see the mammoth and mastodon exhibit at Snowmass but the line was overwhelmingly long, 2+ hours, so I went outside where the snow was slowly falling and played with my camera instead.


    be here now.

    On Sunday my 18 month old nephew and I were outside in my yard and a gust of wind came by so strong it lifted most of the remaining leaves off the nearby Aspen tree and carried them all around us. “Look at the leaves” I said. He opened his little arms, tilted his head back and paused...feeling the wind wrap around him, listening and looking with intensity until he focused on one leaf in particular and followed it to the ground. Then he looked up and smiled. Together we were perfectly in the moment and it felt absolutely wonderful. Pure Joy!

    "And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair"  - Kahlil Gibran


    hello there.

    It is a fall day in early November. The leaves are swirling around in the wind outside and it feels like a good time of year to start a blog. I am happy to be here.