Thursday, July 14, 2016

I used to blog

Hi, remember me? I know I ignore this blog, but it's just one of the things I've had to sacrifice in choosing social media and how to use my time. It's too hard to keep up here.

I don't know how many of you following me are not on any other social media with me. Probably not many, if any! But I wanted to let you know I'm *finally* on Facebook, at least for my Greengate business stuff. I'm NOT using my personal account (sorry), though. Anyway, I appreciate any Likes/Shares and participation on my business page since it helps get the word out (plus it's just more fun). Find me here:

How are you? I hope those of you I haven't talked to in awhile are having a great summer.

Oh and I also finally redid my photo portfolio site. It still has a few things to fix, but it's mostly up. You can check it out here:

Sunday, April 10, 2016


Sometimes, when I'm taking pictures, I think, "I should document all of the flowers that are blooming in the area and provide a photo list to track everything!" I have a record-keeper side of me that has lots of brilliant ideas like this. It takes about half a second to remember that there is NO way to keep up. It seems like a slow start, but after January there are just too many different flowers coming up every day. And even though I am trying to learn more names, there are millions I don't know and would have to look up.

Anyway, how is your spring going? It's okay for me. I was counting on more consistently nice weather than we've had, so it's been different than I was envisioning. Last year I had so much fun constantly going out and getting new photos before I opened my Etsy shop, and this year we've had more rain and I've gone out less.

I've also been busy with other things, like personal projects, freelancing, portraits and having friends over for game nights! (Plus, you know, my full-time job.) I have felt very busy lately, especially since I tend to need plenty of down time. I have been a little stressed about it, but things seem to be tapering a little now.

There are too many pictures I could post, but I have been at this computer long enough. I'll just post a few and you can watch  my Instagram for more. :)

Also, I'm doing a little promo tomorrow for my Etsy shop's first birthday! Click the graphic to get to my store and check it out. Thanks!

Sunday, March 20, 2016


This reminds you that I'm still selling necklaces. ;) Plus it's cute! Click image to visit my shop!

Happy Vernal Equinox! I think it technically turned spring at 9pm Saturday night (PST), but the calendars are all saying today, since they go by UTC. Whatever, the point is, SPRING.

Also, Palm Sunday. :) [Palm tree emoji]

Oregon is being Oregon, so it's gray and rainy outside right now. We've had a few nice days here and there, but the weather is definitely not like it was last year. Maybe the plus side will be a cooler summer with fewer bugs? So far I'm semi-coping, but I'm definitely tired of the rain since it's felt almost non-stop since early December.

But here's the fun side of rain:

Oh sure, let's post another of the ladybug. He was having a rough day, but I appreciated him letting me take pictures. Eventually I moved him to a dry area after my sister got sad that I had left him alone (initially). The same sister who freaks at the sight of most other bugs. :P

And of course the rain means we get greenery and flowers. And I like those okay. :) (This was one of our few nice days!)

The tulips are blooming!

I don't know what this is.

This squirrel was so close and not scared!!

I was surprised to see this color of what I believe was a small Japanese Magnolia tree.

 Greengate Images Keychains

Hey, one more mention of my shop, because I just have to be that way now (sorry). I'm selling keychains. You can have a pendant put on a keychain instead of made as a necklace! Clips can go on bags, if not on your keys. :)

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Easter!

Monday, March 7, 2016


Well, I'm sorry this blog is just a place to advertise lately, but Etsy consumes! Anyway, I thought I'd just post a quick notice that I've added a bunch of new designs to my shop, and have even added a smaller size of necklace pendant that can be put on a bracelet or anklet as well! Here are a few photos, and I hope you'll check them out. These are great spring birthday or Easter gifts, and they come in a little bag that makes them ideal for gift-giving. I will also send out a note for you if you are having it shipped directly to your recipient!

Here are some wing-themed pendants that just got listed. I love butterflies and dragonflies! They have so much symbolism attached, too...flying, beauty in the details, metamorphosis, etc.

The new daintier pendant size. I love these and can't wait to take some pictures of people wearing them!

And since you made it through this ad, here are a few spring photos I've taken lately...

Happy spring!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Most of you know already, but I should probably mention here that I have added a new product to my Etsy shop. I am now making necklaces with my photos! Here's an example:

I have several in my shop now. I'm happy that everyone seems enthusiastic about them! Click on the image to visit my shop, or click here to go specifically to the necklaces section. I am trying to add new images regularly, and I do take requests or do custom orders if there's a specific picture or subject you're looking for. Let's talk!

I hope you're having a nice February. I am! :) I'm so happy to see lovely blossoms coming up all over Salem. If you'd like to see some of the pictures I've taken, the best place to go is my Instagram. I'm @greengatephoto.


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