Feb 3, 2013

The Postman Rang Twice...


I hope this second month of 2013 is treating you well and you are staying warm, if you are living in an area of the world that is now winter. As I sit here on the sofa, under my warm blanket, with my barber husband (who is watching the Super Bowl), there is a cold beautiful blanket of snow on the ground outside. The postman brought me two treats this week, and not only did my  barber husband lived to see  them, I even shared the treats with him. I've been recovering, as you know from my knee surgery, gone-not-so-good, as I call it. And as it is very slow going, it is easy to forget about some of the work I did way before my knee surgery that is now out. When Jo Packham, editor and author of many, many publications, such as Where Women Create, and Where Women Cook, mailed me my treats...well, it just brighten my day to say the least. 

Where Women Create is a publication that is near and dear to my heart, as my workspace was featured on its cover a couple of years ago, and since then, I am honored to call Jo a friend and have the honor to work for her in one capacity or another. WWC has a column called The Business of the Studio in which a topic is discussed and Jo asked that I write it for this year on the topic of photography. A creative subject is selected (last year it was fabric) and what are some business aspects about that topic that one may have wondered about or may want to know. Below is my first column and a sneak preview if you haven't received your copy yet. And if you don't have a subscription, then you may pick up a copy at Barnes and Nobel or order a copy by clicking here

Click HERE to go to site to see inside!!

Jo does a fabulous job in finding such very talented and creative women for her issues and highlighting not only what it is that they do, but allowing those women to share their story, where they came from, their challenges, and how or why they got into their field in the first place. All the stories are so very inspirational. Jo is so very good at getting what I call the "big time girls" such as Rachel Ashwell, Magnolia Pearl, Marie Osmond, Mary Engelbreit, and The Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond), as well as, showcasing what I call the "extraordinary average girl" whom Jo puts in the spotlight so that their stories may too, inspire all of us who love the "big-time girls," but actually relate to the "extraordinary average girl." 

I was very honored that Jo asked that I write this year's WWC The Business of the Studio features. As a photographer that is still making my way, I might have a different take on how I view the "business" of photography. But coming from the creative, design world first, perhaps Jo felt I would have a good understanding of what her readers (creative crafter types) might want to know or be curious about in the field of photography. Below is a part of first feature...to read the rest of my article, you will have to purchase this superb WWC issue (well, they are all superb)!

The second treat that Jo mailed to me was a signed copy of Pieography. It is a book authored by Jo Packham, comprised of pie recipes from 39 women (I am one!) who offer their favorite pie recipe as well as a little personal story as to why this particular pie best describes their life or a life event. I wrote about this in an earlier post, but the book publishing date was delayed and so I am now writing about it again. I am thrilled with it and it turned out beautifully. I am very honored to be in the company of so many talented women and to have my photography accompany such beautifully photographed images. If you haven't picked up your book yet, it may be ordered on Amazon, or bought in any major book store such as Barnes and Noble. The stories are so interesting to read (I just started reading them, as I just got it only two days ago) and I can't wait to make these recipes.

My pie was the little fried pie. Being a Texan, fried pies are my heritage, and they just seemed to fit me and this season of my life.

My life and Li'l Fried Pies:

Here are a few of the photos I took for that shoot that wasn't used, but I enjoyed shooting for Pieography so very much...I've shown these in an earlier post, but will share again for those who might have missed them...

I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed shooting and writing about both features. I feel so very, very blessed to be able to write and shoot about things that I enjoy...and especially for someone that I admire so much such as Jo. If you don't really know Jo, or even know of Jo Packham, then I really, really encourage you to get to know her here and get to know a woman that truly cares about creative women, what they are about, who they are, and who truly encourages women to pursue their passion. She is "for real" and one of those rare individuals who isn't one way with you and then another way behind your back. She is a creative person herself, and so she understands what it is like to have a passion. And the best way to keep someone like her cheering for creative people like us, is to show your support so she can keep encouraging and inspiring us.

Thank you for sticking by me in all of my creative endeavors and being there when I am absent. Know I think of you often and always know how much I love being here when I am here. I love what I do, I just wish I could do it more often because it just makes me plain happy. :-)

from my house to your house,



Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

I'm sooo thrilled for you! Double the treats indeed!

Love your images!

summersundays-jw said...

Your photos, as always, are amazing. Hope you're feeling better soon. Jan

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

E: and I so love it when you are able to write a post. Always encouraged by your writings. Hope you are on the road to recovery, T

deb said...

Congratulations Elizabeth!
Your photography is amazing ♥

Richard Cottrell said...

My Dearest. Was a surprise to look on Dashboard and see that you have a new post. So sorry to hear about your surgery, takes time, but you are strong and I am sure by the time the trees bloom, you will be all better. I have had some of your cute pies, so I know how very good they are, as well as cute. I just came across the copy of Romantic Home Magazine where you did a post about my Parlor Domes. I did a blog post about it, so if you have time, I'd be glad if you'd drop by. Other wise, keep on keeping on! Your friend, Richard from My Old Historic House.

Curtains in My Tree said...

Your blessed to have been features in great books
I know you worked your butt off to get the job done, you seem like that kind of gal work from sunup till way past my bedtime

I love the looks of those fried pies, I remember when you did the blog post about them, if I hadn't gained so much weight lately I would go home and make some LOL

Are you up dancing yet?

Always fun to read your new thoughts and hear what your up to Ms famous lady

Carol Spinski said...

Have I told you how awesome you are? Such beautiful work and can't wait to get the book and magazine:)
Hugs, Carol

Tracy said...

I really like you Elizabeth. Every post you write is so honest and genuine, I don't care if it comes monthly or bi-monthly. I had a feeling your fried pies would show up in pieology. I read that post, and have been watching for a (probably) Sommerset book for your piece. I will get it because I can make a pretty good pie myself, so I want to read about other pie bakers. (: Yours made my mouth water.

You heart and talent is amazing and it comes from God and I love the fact that you give him your credit, you have such a generous thankful soul. One of my favorite posts was the time you spent all day long to take the quilt picture. You are just so sweet and honest and I find it refreshing. Well I hope you feel better really soon and I also think the universe has great plans for you.

Tracy from Houston

Burlap Luxe said...

elizabeth you deserve it all, and what you create when a camera is in your hands says it all, beauty, soul, and a sense of calm comes over one when your lose yourself in the beauty of all your amazing photos.

You tell a perfect story through your photography and the photos dont lie.

Take care my friend, keep on the right tract of recovery.

lots of hearts, hugs, and kisses

Elizabeth Maxson said...


Aside from loving your shoe photo...you always make me smile when I see that you visited me. Thank you for the encouragement as always :-)

Big hug

Elizabeth Maxson said...


With all that you have going on, I am always thrilled to know you take the time to visit me. Thanks for stopping by and for the well wishes.

Big hugs,

Elizabeth Maxson said...


I always want to comment on your blog(s) but not sure if you are able to read them, as your blogs are beautiful and filled with so much news and info, you are on the run! Thank you for all the love and support over all these YEARS (hard to believe).

You know I LOVE your booth when I'm in Round Top :-)
Big hugs

Elizabeth Maxson said...


I visited your blog, and I just love the way you tell stories....always a good read. Thank you for visiting, and all the encouraging words...you are a treasure.

Lots of love and hugs

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Janice,

As always, you are around to keep me going and I love when you visit, as it prompts me to see what you are doing...and I loved your "metal boy." Thank you for your concern and always for stopping by.

Big hugs

Elizabeth Maxson said...


Having you call me "awesome" is a big picker-upper - coming from someone I've admired for so many years....thanks for visiting and hope to see you very soon.

Love you girlie,
Elizabeth :-)

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Tracy from Houston,

What a very lovely comment. Even though I don't know you, I get the feeling you and I would be fast friends..... :-) (who doesn't love a friend who says wonderful things about them?) Seriously though, I appreciate the wonderful comment, as I read it as the end of a particularly tough day and it just picked me right up again.. .funny how God times that out.

I like how you think and I am sure I will be back to read your comment on days when I am not so sure how things will turn out, as you seem very confident for me. That is the good thing about good friends, they are there for you when things aren't are always so wonderful to remind you that they will be wonderful again soon :-) Bet you do that to a lot of fortunate friends over there in Houston!

Big hugs and love

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Dore - the one I adore....

I love you and always love your visits. Your spirit comes right through the screen and I appreciate you stopping by. Will email you soon. Hugs to that BEAUTIFUL daughter of yours :-)

Big hugs to you

Laraine Lord said...

I love your photography - it's like a big hug!

Monica said...

Dear Elizabeth,
I just needed some quiet time to read all your words and savor your photography before commenting.
Your features look amazing, and those shots are super. I can smell those pies through the screen... Congratulations!
I am sorry that you're feeling sad (I happened to read your comment on my dear friend Deb's blog), but hold on and just choose to think positive, that everything is going to be OK. Since two months ago, I have a problem in my back that doesn't allow me to walk too much (and I cannot sit, stand or sleep without pain). But the last thing I want to do is adding mental weight to that... I know it's depressing and scary, but I truly believe we can help the body with our posistive thinking!
Big hugs,
Monica x

Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth! I'm having kind of a yukky day and just popped over to look at your blogs and all of the beautiful photos you have here. I am never disappointed in your work, it is always stunning!! Hope you are feeling a wee bit better! Hugs to you, Margo

Mikailah Autumn said...

I just found your blog, through the "Where Women Create" magazine, and I'm in love with these pictures. :) I'm an aspiring photographer, and I found your tips and pointers in the your article very interesting and helpful! :) Those little pies look delicious, by the way. ;)


Unknown said...

First of all WOW! You are making some of the most beautiful nostalgic photographs I have ever seen. You sense of composition and styling are amazing.

As for myself, I am embarking on a new journey after a 30 year career as an art director and designer. I am developing an e-commerce site called Harpeth Trading Company, centered around the small town of Franklin, Tennessee. The site of the Civil War novel "Widow of the South", by Robert Hicks.

My vision is to sell American and European legacy brand housewares, cookware, gifts and collectibles and artisan products that have an enduring aesthetic beauty and function for the enjoyment of my customers.

Your photography really captures the essence of what I am trying to accomplish.

I would love to dialog with you about your work.

Thanks, Edward

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Thank you Edward. If you would like to contact me, you may comment to me with your email address (I won't publish it) and I will respond, or you may reach me at the email address on the right side of my blog and I will respond. I tried to reach you, but to no avail.

Thank you for the nice comment, it is nice to know that my photography is appreciated by my new readers!

All my best,

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