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mama hiatus

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

It has been a long while since I’ve posted, though despite my silence I’ve been working away on projects. I’ve just been busy juggling life with two little ones and a business.

My proudest accomplishment this past year was the completion of my grandparent’s book, after 5 years of on/off progress.  It felt full circle to me to finally finish that book for my grandmother.  I started my business inspired by my family, in particular my grandfather who loved reminding us we came from good stock, so completing a book about their story felt wonderful.  And while my grandfather is no longer with us, my grandmother proudly shares her book with visitors and rereads it from time to time.

My next proudest accomplishment is about to be born!  We are expecting baby #3 literally any moment, and we are so excited.  Which leads me to my big news.  I have decided, after much thought and a trial period last summer, to begin life as a full-time mama.  For a long time I was scared to make this move…I love my work and having “my own thing” outside of mamahood.  But more recently I’ve felt overwhelmed and well, a bit scatter-brained.  Our kids are very close in age – 3.5, 2, and (almost!) newborn – and I guess you could say my mama hiatus is my sanity move.  I think I may come undone completely if I try to keep up my work schedule, too!  I’m not sure how long my hiatus will last, but I do know I need to take a break for a while.

If you have a project that is not time-sensitive and you’d like me to consider it post-hiatus, please get in touch!  If you have a project that requires photo scanning and bookmaking, please consider my colleague Molly at Seattle Photo Organizing.  If you are looking for wedding books, I don’t really have a great suggestion for you, but will let you know if I come across another resource I’d recommend.

Thank you for your support all these years, and for putting up with my silence these past months, too!

With gratitude and love,

kim

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nesiophilia

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

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“Nesiophilia, the inordinate fondness and hungering for islands, may be a genetic condition.” – Edward O. Wilson

My uncle couldn’t agree more.

This book tells the story of my uncle’s island life in the Pacific Northwest. He grew up on Mercer Island, vacationed on Vancouver Island, and is now living on Whidbey Island. It was such a fun story to help him tell. I especially love all the old pictures and looking at life during those seemingly (much) simpler times.

nesiophilia

nesiophilia

nesiophilia

nesiophilia

nesiophilia

nesiophilia

nesiophilia

nesiophilia

nesiophilia

nesiophilia

nesiophilia

nesiophilia

nesiophilia
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good stock lately

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

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OK, time for a quick update on our lives here at Good Stock.

I just had baby number 2 in January! A sweet little boy named Oren Robert. Although technically he’s not so little for an 8-week old…

Here are some pictures, taken by our friends at La Vie Photography. We love our new little being!

baby oren

baby oren

As for my cousin Emma (the one who really gets things done around here!) she got married in September (yay!) and her amazing wedding was recently featured in the Winter 2011 issue of Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom magazine.

Close/Hess

Close/Hess

Close/Hess

Close/Hess

Close/Hess

[wedding photographs by Libby Lewis Photography]

We are excited to see what else 2011 has in store for us. But so far…oh so good!

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we had fun on our vacation

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

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we had fun...

Clearly.

Ruthie LOVED the beach. I mean, LOVED. We had an amazing 2 weeks at Tofino, and am now getting back in the swing of things here. I’ll have a new book to share with you Monday. It’s a great one!

We heart summertime!

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tofino

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

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grama, papa, christy with tofino sign

Tomorrow I am off to Tofino (my very favorite place!) for a few weeks of family time. So. Excited.

I love this old picture of my grandparents and my Aunt Christy up at Tofino. That driftwood Tofino sign is still there!

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summer in washington, circa 1930

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

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family photo

From a book about my grandparents we’ve been working on this summer. This is my grandmother and her siblings. I love the youngest (Howie) holding onto his big sister (my grandmother) for dear life.

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dear margaret

Monday, April 19th, 2010

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My Great Aunt Margaret – my grandmother’s sister – recently mailed me this batch of old letters. The sweet part is they are all letters my grandmother, Ruth Mary, wrote to Margaret over the years. Both women decided that the newest Ruth Mary – my daughter – should have them. So some day our little Ruthie will read about her namesake, in her own words and handwriting. Very sweet.

A Bundle of Letters

A Bundle of Letters

A Bundle of Letters

A Bundle of Letters

A Bundle of Letters

 A Bundle of Letters

A Bundle of Letters

A Bundle of Letters

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what i’ve been making these past few months

Monday, July 6th, 2009

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A baby girl!

Yes, I have been quite silent on the blog front these past few months. My apologies. I just couldn’t bring myself to emerge from my new mommy bubble…even to say that I was in one!

So to get back in the blogging groove, I’m sharing these photos of my sweet baby girl, born April 26. Her name is Ruth Mary, named for my grandmother. We’re calling her Ruthie. To say I’m in love is quite an understatement.

[photos by Teddi Yaeger]

The last photo is a shot of Ruthie with my baby picture – you can see where all the hair comes from!

Now that I’m a mom (I just love saying that!) I have been thinking on a more personal level about how to capture all the little moments in Ruthie’s life. So later this week I’ll share my plan for preserving her first year of life. It’s not as fancy as you might think, for someone who makes books for a living!

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does anyone else remember these?

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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Old-fashioned savings accounts.

Mine wasn’t so yellowed and wonderfully old-fashioned as this (my great grandparent’s) but my first savings account was recorded in one of these passport-like booklets.

A far cry from online banking! I showed this to my younger cousin who didn’t even know what it was…

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yay for girlfriends

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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I spent last weekend visiting my Dad’s family in Bakersfield, where I have lots of family history. My aunt dug up some old family photos for me and there were some real gems.

I especially love this one of my grandmother (on the right) and her girlfriends. Something about it – they’re just so carefree and happy to be together. Girlfriends are timeless.

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