Jul.30.14 Giveaway / A Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch Tablet!

I think it’s fair to say that all artists have their favorite arsenal of creative tools, whether it be a camera, a favorite planner, or an app that makes organizing and communicating with clients all that much easier. Whatever type of creative you are, you have those certain tools that you rely on. I definitely have quite a few of my own.

Pen and Peplum Giveaway

Today, myself and many other crazy talented folks, are celebrating the birthday of our dear friend Miranti of Pen and Peplum, and we’re doing so by giving away one of Miranti’s favorite creative tools — a Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch tablet! Something I’ve had on my wish list for quite awhile too, so I’m just incredibly excited to be giving one away and to be teaming up with such an incredible group of people. Be sure to stop by their blogs and say hello, and wish the lovely Miranti a very happy birthday! This girl is truly the sweetest + most kindest gals I know and I’m quite honored to be celebrating this happy day with her!

tara victoria | mamages | of trees & hues | we resolve | diana willard | a lively blend | helarious | type & title | fernaly | emma lou designs | luck number 7 studio | love grows design | a fine line | thou swell | cocorrina | safaris and sunsets | folk & fest | kitty and buck

The details: The giveaway will run for two weeks until midnight on the 12th August 2014 (AEST). To enter, simply use the widget below. Once you submit your first entry many (many!) more will pop up. You can choose to enter one or all, but more entries mean more chances of winning! Once the giveaway is over, a winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted for further details. And yes, this giveaway is open to international readers. Good luck, my friends!

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Jul.28.14 Etsy Finds / 06

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a great weekend, mine was full of relaxation after a long week of doctor appointments. Needless to say, it was quite nice!

Etsy Finds by Of Trees and Hues

I didn’t do a lot of work over the weekend, however I started to get this overwhelming need to create — to mold + build something with my hands. Of course, as a photographer we create + capture moments, but there’s just something about using yours hands to craft an item that’s truly inspiring. This need to create has definitely sparked my passion for painting again.

With this overwhelming need to craft something, I figured I’d share some of my favorite hand-crafted items with you, all by lovely + talented Etsy artists:

one / two / three / four / five / six

I can’t be the only one who feels this way. What are some of your current favorite hand-crafted items? Or better yet, your favorite artists. I’d love to know!

Jul.24.14 At this Moment / July

Thank you so much for the lovely feedback on last month’s At this moment moodboard — the first of many of it’s kind. Today I’m releasing the second one and I have to say, I just love creating these. It’s incredibly therapeutic… and I learn so much about myself in the process.

Moodboard by Of Trees and Hues

The At this Moment series is a way for me to be mindful of myself. I browse through my recent pins on Pinterest and pull the images that speak to me at this very moment in time. Whether it’s the colors, the composition or the mood of the imagery. I then compile them in a moodboard that, once it’s complete, will be a gorgeous representation of me.

It’s kind of like a research paper on yourself. The entire process is a journey of self discovery, and in the end, you may create something that evokes something inside of you that you weren’t even aware existed!

July has been a little hectic and busy for me, so I’m seeking comfort + calming atmospheres. Whether it being the open outdoors or spending an afternoon at home with all the windows open, letting in the bright and refreshing sunshine.

Not only is this a moodboard, but it’s a reminder to myself to seek + enjoy the things that make me happy. And at this moment, it’s comfort.

If you were to create a personal moodboard, what imagery + colors do you think it’ll have? Try creating your own this weekend, and if you do, please share it with me! I’d love to see. :)

( image sources: 1 2 3 )

Jul.21.14 Camping in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Growing up, my mom would often take my siblings and I camping. We spent a majority of our summers underneath tall trees and night skies. It was those very moments that I started to crave nature.

Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

I recently wrote & shared imagery of my recent trip to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but today I would like to share a few captures of that night, just before the sun started to set.

Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

My friends and I found the perfect little oasis to make camp — a clearing so inviting that smelled of wildflowers. This was mine and Chris’s first time ever camping together and so needless to say, we were quite excited and looking forward to creating new memories with one another.

Imagery by Of Trees and Hues
Imagery by Of Trees and Hues
Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

There’s just something so exhilarating about being in the middle of nowhere with no city lights or noise to bother you. Just you and the elements. And elements we experienced too! Being at the tip top of the mountain, the air was cool and crisp, and during the night the temperature would drop to a chilling 30F degrees.

Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

One of the many things I enjoyed that night was seeing the sunset over the mountains. Completely visible and so far away from the city lights that once the sun made it’s departure, the moon and stars completely lit up the night sky. The moon was so big and vibrant that night that it actually kept us awake, but we didn’t care. We were out there, in the middle of no where, completely and utterly enamored.

Chris and I are slowly building our camping & hiking gear and have many plans on tackling more adventures outdoors together. I have always wanted to camp along the beach, so maybe that will be next! Do you have any memorable camping trips or any planned for this summer?

Jul.17.14 Between Lenses / 07 “Movement”

Hello, friends! I look forward to the Between Lenses project each month, and Tara and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of you who have joined us in this creative bloghop! It’s more than just a photography project, but one that really allows you to be creative, to use your heart in capturing a theme that represents you. This month’s theme is Movement and I can’t tell you how much fun Tara and I had capturing this one!

Between Lenses with Tara Victoria and Of Trees and Hues
Photography by Of Trees and Hues

Movement. Such a powerful word, one that I’ve been excited to shoot since Tara and I chose it. To me, movement can mean so much — the coming and going of people in a bustling city street, the way a dancer graciously moves across the room, or even an artistic movement. There were just so many ideas flowing through my head, but it wasn’t until a recent trip to the coast, that not only did the little light bulb inside my head come on, but the sheer feeling of excitement & wonder to truly see movement in action.

High above the mountains along the California coast, I stood there in complete awe, as a blanket of white fog drifted in front of me. It draped the mountain in a mysterious white veil, I couldn’t help but be enamored by it. Once in the distance, you could see the ocean, but instead there was only sheer white. I stood there, for what seemed like ages, and watched it make it’s move from the ocean than finally into the trees.

I’m not sure what it is about fog, but I have always been so captivated by it. It represents peace to me, but more than anything, it’s nature moving in it’s finest.

Photography by Tara Victoria

Oh my. I absolutely love Tara’s photo, I just can’t stop staring at it! You know that feeling of pure joy, almost like being a kid again? That’s the feeling I get when looking at her photo. I just love it. And it depicts movement so perfectly and her description even more beautifully! You have to hop on over to Tara Victoria to read the feeling behind this moment for her.

It’s easy to see that Tara and I had a lot of fun capturing Movement. We’d love for you to join us! You can easily link up with us via the following steps:

1. Create your blog post and feel free to use the header image in which you can download here.
2. Copy your blog post’s url.
3. Notice where it says Click here to enter — click that and follow the easy instructions. Be sure to only link up with one of our blogs, not both. No worries — since mine and Tara’s blogs are interlinked, your blog post will show up on both!
4. And for fun, you can share your photo on Instagram & Twitter using the #BetweenLenses hashtag.

Our goal for this collaboration is to capture & reflect upon life, to cultivate inspiration among one another and to connect with other bloggers. And we hope that you’re one of them!

The up & coming Between Lenses themes:

For those of you who have been participating ( and those who plan to! ) Tara and I have went ahead and scheduled out the next few month’s worth of themes. They’re goodies!

no. 08 Tuesday, August 12th // Symmetry
no. 09 Tuesday, September 9th // Silence

All imagery + design are created solely by oftreesandhues and should not be used for personal or commercial use without consent. Thank you!
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