she loves to move, she loves to groove, she loves a lot of things.

I've been eyeing this pink wall for a while. Yesterday I got Franny on board with this red balloon idea by promising a hot cocoa date at the end. I also let her wear her gold shoes without socks (we battle over socks all winter long). We got all dressed and ready and headed out the door, only to discover it was raining. We drove to the pink wall anyway, with hopes that the rain would let up. We sat and stared at the wall through wet windows, we listened to Journey (how many 5-year-olds love Journey?!), and then we scrapped the idea and headed to our neighborhood play space. I won't lie, I totally pouted, cursed Mother Nature, and asked how it's possible I've lived in this city for so long and still manage to get bummed by the weather. But of course we moved on, had a fun morning with friends, and then when the rain finally did let up, we jumped in the car and headed to the pink wall, only to find the parking lot in which it is contained, was gated and locked for the afternoon. Booo. EXCEPT, we ran into our old favorite mail carrier, who told us just to buzz the building next door and ask them to open the gate. So I did. And you know what? After a somewhat puzzled response (why do you want to be let into our parking lot?) they opened the gate. And for five glorious minutes Franny danced around the parking lot with her happy heart and I snapped away.  After which, as promised, we headed to a favorite local cafe for hot cocoa. When the barista saw Franny he said "I have the perfect cup for this situation" and then he made her a hot cocoa in a rainbow and unicorn mug, with a flipping heart in the cocoa foam. Franny and I just stared at it speechless for a moment. I mean, seriously, it doesn't get more Frantastic than that. Let me tell you, I've got some heart bursting love for this little neighborhood of ours, you guys, and that little foam heart just about pushed me overboard into crazy love for this community we have.

Oh but I have more to share. First, speaking of this community, one of my favorite local stores, where I buy pretty much all of my clothes, asked if they could feature me on their blog today. I have to tell you, I felt pretty embarrassed talking about my style. But I had fun with it, and I love the end result. Check it out here. (Much love to my uber talented friends who take nice pictures of me. Smooches to Yan, Shelby and Kati!)

Also on the topic of local love, all you Supportland card holders out there, don't forget it's double points rewards day. I don't think I said that right, just head over to your account and claim some killer rewards while your points are doubled (just for today, because we local business owners LOVE you).

And the last thing I am excited to share with you this morning: there is a serious love fest happening over at Let the Kids and I'm thrilled that one of my favorite photos from 2012 is being featured among other greats with techniques for capturing authentic moments of LOVE.

And that, my dears, is the end of this here Valentine's Day post. I hope your heart is happy, your toes are warm, and your speakers are blasting hair metal.

xo, PQ



Welcome February! :: Valentine's Day Mini Sessions

Here they are, the results of this year's heart-filled mini session event.

 The ever-so-fabulous Shanna Schlitz designed these adorable cards.
 Lux lives on her tiptoes so this photo was a must.
A big huge THANKS goes to Posies Bakery & Cafe for the mini red velvet cupcakes! They kept me energized for the day, and the kids (and parents) loved ending our session with a sweet treat!
And of course heaps of love and gratitude goes to the awesome ladies Black Wagon, you rock!

Happy LUUUUVVVVV Day Ya'll!

Valentine 9x9
So you all know how much I love YOU and love my work and just plain love love LOVE, right?  In early January I had an idea for a way for your children to express their love to friends and family.  Well, actually,  a good friend is responsible for planting the seed for which this idea bloomed.  She asked if we (that would be me and Shanna Schlitz, my uber talented graphic designer buddy) would be designing Valentine's Day cards.  I said "nope" and left at that.  Except I didn't.  A day or two later I had this great idea to hold an event at Black Wagon for the big LOVE day, an event which would result in printed valentines for little cuties to send to loved ones on this BIG DAY OF LOVE.  I begged Shanna to design something on the quick, so I would have time to promote.  I also asked my friend who got this ball rolling, if she could quickly craft up a felted heart backdrop.  Oh, and I emailed Black Wagon, of course, and they jumped on board.  1, 2, 3 and... Back up!  I also contacted Robots Love Cupcakes and asked them to contribute some sweet treats for the kiddos.  And the result of all this collaborating between talented, fabulous, lovely people?  Well here you have it, super duper darling valentines for 14 of Portland's most lovable families.  
The ladies at Black Wagon were incredibly helpful, easy to work with, and most importantly, FUN.  The cupcakes from Robots were delicious and adorable and well-loved by the kids and their parents alike.  And the kids, oh the kids, just look how fabulous they were!  
Don't worry if you missed out on this event, we will most definitely be doing it again next year.

Happy Valentine's Day!