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2016 Calendars Are Here!

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

I've been working around the clock (well it has felt a tad bit like that at least) on the new 2016 desk calendars.  I'm excited to show you the finished product!  They are now up in the Etsy shop and come in either a 5x7" or a mini 4x6" size.  Their loose, unbound pages feature photographs that you can cut off and display after the year is through.  They make a great holiday gift for someone you love (including yourself!).  I hope they make your home a bit happier all year through!

 

Three styles to choose from >>

The Journey's Eye "Globetrotting" Calendar:

 

"To The Sea" (because I think most of us would welcome the warmth and serenity of the beach year-round):

 

Or "Wild Wild West" featuring photos from the gorgeous Southwest:

Get a closer look at the calendars and more prints and products in the Etsy shop.

Muhammad Ali Mosque (Part 2)

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

One of my favorite places that I visited when I was in Cairo was the Muhammad Ali Mosque.  It took 18 years to build and was started way back in 1839.  You can see the beautiful courtyard and entrance in my last post here, but now let's take a peek inside.  Once I entered, I knew I was in a place unlike any I'd ever been before.  The contrast of darkness/light and beauty/decay made the Mosque a unique and memorable destination.

Entering the Mosque

Entering the Mosque

Once inside, all shoes had to be removed

Once inside, all shoes had to be removed

The magical interior

The magical interior

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Rays of sunlight pouring in through exterior windows

Rays of sunlight pouring in through exterior windows

A view upwards into the large center dome

A view upwards into the large center dome

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The massive center chandelier 

The massive center chandelier 

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Large prayer carpet covering the floor

Large prayer carpet covering the floor

This old and broken chandelier still has much beauty in it, don't you think?

This old and broken chandelier still has much beauty in it, don't you think?

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For more images from Egypt, be sure to visit the Journey's Eye print shop on Etsy.

Holiday Shopping Guide

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

That time of year is upon us again - holiday shopping time!  I think that I'm actually finished with my holiday shopping, which really is earth-shattering news.  This has never happened before.  I almost don't know what to do with myself!  For all of you who have your whole list to do or even just a bit to finish up, I thought I'd lend a hand and share some of my favorite Etsy finds that are perfect for gift-giving.

Of course, you could first visit the Journey' Eye shop to pick up some stocking stuffers - like magnets, bookmarks, cell phone cases, calendars and notecards.  Or a lovely art print for someone special.  And because I like you so much, there's a 15% OFF SALE going on now through December 4 (minimum purchase of $10)!

London Print Set

London Print Set

Set of 3 Magnets

Set of 3 Magnets

If you are as obsessed with long necklaces as I am (or know someone who is), you'll appreciate the jewelry from Bohemian Fringe.  Simple, tribal, modern, gorgeous.

Layered Necklace Set

Layered Necklace Set

"Turquoise Points" Necklace

"Turquoise Points" Necklace

A great resource for all-things natural is Madison Street Beauty.  They offer gobs of natural beauty products - powders, eye shadows, lip balms, nail polish...  I've used several of their products and love them! 

Eye Shadows (LOTS of colors to choose from!)

Eye Shadows (LOTS of colors to choose from!)

Gold Eye Shadow and Nail Lacquer Set

Gold Eye Shadow and Nail Lacquer Set

Daniel, over at RSVP Handcrafted, does a beautiful job with custom leather accessories.  I have GOT to get myself one of his camera straps!

Custom Leather Camera Straps

Custom Leather Camera Straps

Custom Luggage Tag

Custom Luggage Tag

I love the little notebooks from The ARMINHO Paper Emporium.  Such a sweet little gift!  And if you know someone who loves to travel, a travel journal is a necessity (in my humble opinion)!

Shopping List Notebooks

Shopping List Notebooks

Travel Book

Travel Book

WereRabbit2006 makes the most adorable handmade dolls.  My niece (who is 9 months now) is in love with the yellow and lavender bunnies I got her.  These are made with love from Thailand, so you have to order quickly if you want them in time for Christmas! So adorable!

Set of 2 Crocheted Bunnies (in a carrot pouch!)

Set of 2 Crocheted Bunnies (in a carrot pouch!)

Hopefully these items inspire you in your shopping quest!  Happy Holidays!

To The Sea

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a lake with my family.  We're not just talking about any old lake here - we're talking one of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan.  Lake Michigan is (of course) great and absolutely huge.  There are miles of beautiful beaches stretched along its shore.  The Midwest is not what comes to mind when thinking about beautiful beaches, but trust me, it has plenty.  We were fortunate enough to have access to a private beach.  It was so relaxing to sprawl out and have the space almost completely to ourselves.  I don't know if there is anything better than watching the crashing waves, digging your toes in the sand, having beach bonfires at night and doing it all with the people you love.  Oh, and photographing it all. :)

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See more photos and purchase prints in the Etsy shop.

Antelope Canyon

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Once when visiting Arizona, I was able to go to the gorgeous slot canyon known as Antelope Canyon.  I had the great privilege of exploring the canyon with the Native American family that now owns the land.  After a very(!) bumpy ride through the desert in an old truck, we reached the canyon and the family led me into this amazing natural wonder. As we explored, they explained the names that had been given to the different rock formations.  While they spoke, all of the scenes around me seemed to take on a life-like quality.  I could clearly see the "dragon" and "man's face" they spoke of.   

Antelope Canyon is a photographer's dream.  My hosts let me borrow their tripod and I snapped away on my film SLR.  Film allowed the colors and gritty feel of the canyon to shine through.  My guides climbed the rocks and perched themselves high above - and just watched me work.  After doing what felt like gymnastics to get the perfect shots, I was reluctant to leave the canyon.  What a magical, inspiring place.  I'm so thankful to my hosts for allowing me to experience this natural wonder in such an intimate and personal way!  

Entrance to the canyon

Entrance to the canyon

Deep within the canyon

Deep within the canyon

"The Corkscrew" or "Man's Face" 

"The Corkscrew" or "Man's Face" 

The walls of the canyon almost looked lunar

The walls of the canyon almost looked lunar

 "The Dragon"

 "The Dragon"

To purchase a print of these images, visit the Etsy Shop here