Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pride and Prejudice Party Details (Revised)

A friend of mine is hosting a Pride and Prejudice Party this weekend in honor of this year being the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice. I, along with another friend, are helping out with the decorations, dances, food, and other details. So I thought I would give you a few glimpses into the party planning. The photo above is a collage of photos that all fit our specific Pride and Prejudice theme. 

THEME: Books, blues, dancing, formal attire, candles & candelabras, delicious food, fans, and of course the book itself. 

Here is a little snippet of the actual invitation (sent through evite):

This is a silhouette my friend
made of me for the party.
This year is the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, and in it's honor, I will be hosting a ball to celebrate. It will be a night of dancing, games, and sociability.

Light refreshments will be served throughout the course of the evening. Please bring a light dessert or refreshment which would be indicative of the time (Like cheese, fruit, creampuffs etc...)

We will be dancing several dances of the period. At some point this week, I will post a few videos which demonstrate the dances we will be doing, when I do, if you could study the dance movements and practice them before the party that would be great.
Although we will run through them a few times at the party, it might be a little bit harder to learn them at the event itself.

Please dress up as your favorite Jane Austen character. If you don't have one, just dress indicative of the time period. And if all else fails, just wear something formal that is easy to move in.


Of course the guys must wear cravats!


1. Make Special Party Invitations

Using a word, Microsoft publisher, or even simple editing programs such as, and card stock/construction paper, create a chic, era inspired party invitation that guest’s will enjoy (and even be able to save for their scrapbooks). Look for a subtle paper colors: creams, off whites, pale blues and pinks, etc.

Be sure to use graceful, curvy fonts such as

 With a mix of some bold, exciting fonts such as:

And a consistent amount of simple, traditional fonts such as:

But remember to stick to 2 fonts, 3 at max so as to keep to a uniformed, stylish design.

Get creative! That’s the best part about hosting a party, and specifically an Austen-themed party is CREATIVITY!

In your invitation you can also include: 
  • A favorite Austen quote (there are countless references to balls, dances, and parties in such books as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. Word searchable texts of Jane Austen's novels are available online)
  • Chic black creatives: flowers, swirls, Victorian shapes, etc
  • Book flowers or other creative pieces made from book pages. You can actually use a book page to create an invitation
  • a note that your guests must either 1) dress-up as their favorite Jane Austen character, or 2) in a regency themed getup 
  • lovely hand-made envelopes (such as this lace envelope)
  • For a fun twist, include in your invitation masks (or send them a link to create/print their own masks) to add a little intrigue to the party

2. Fancy Austen-Themed Place Cards, Labels, and Tags

Once again, you can use a word program and lovely card stock to create some unique

  • place cards
  • tags, or
  • labels for different dishes

For a playful edge, consider using an Austen character’s name for each card, thus allowing your guests the opportunity to sit in their favorite hero/heroine’s chair. It would be a pleasant touch to include a quote about the character beneath their name.

Here is a fun way to display your place cards: DIY paperclip namecard holders.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Morning Thinkings - Formerly List

The past few weeks haven't been particularly interesting, at least to your average reader. Although I suppose if you're reading this, you're certainly not average (in a good way). Here are a few formerly musings, in list form.

Songs I've been listening
We Both Know by Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw
Monster by Imagine Dragons 
Scribbling in the Sand by Michael Card
Sailboat by Ben Rector
I Need You by Daniel Doss Band
Try by Colbie Caillat

Books I am Reading (when I have the time)
The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton
The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
Spartan Gold by Clive Cussler
They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie

Books I've Read << I am really excited about this list.
Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
Pale Horse by Agatha Christie
The Blue Cross: A Father Brown Mystery by G.K. Chesterton
Unnatural Death (Lord Peter Wimsey Series) by Dorothy L. Sayers

To DO for Today
Host a blog meeting for work
Do photo shoot for work with a bunch of teenagers
Pack up room

Oddities on my office desk
Verbena and Lemon body lotion
They Came to Baghdad Book
Pile of mismatched sticky notes
Two old stamps
PDF on Pinterest

Future Blog Posts (within the next week or two)
Pride and Prejudice Party (Revised)
Art Challenge
Truly Grateful

There you are folks, my morning musings.

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Friday, August 1, 2014

Colored Staples DIY

So it might just be me, but it's the little pops off color and sparks of change that really make a day for me. That being said, this post is a tutorial on how to make your own colored staples. Sounds silly, right? But in reality, using colored staples for me is the sprinkles on the cake of my day. It's just that added colored in the office that brightens up my projects, long social media reports, and the like.

So here are all the very simple details on how to make your very own colored staples, because we all know that's on your bucket list of DIYs.

  • Pack of staples and stapler
  • Funky colored sharpies
  • and your creative self

  • Take one of the sharpies (I started out with blue, my favorite color) and a row of staples, and then...wait, wait! Are you ready for this? Okay,
  • the next step is to then color the staples with the sharpie. Make sure you color both the top and sides.

  • And BOOM! You've just created your very own colored staples to spruce up anything you so desire to be stapled.
notes: You can also color a row of staples different colors for a rainbow effect, just make sure to color it from top to bottom and not from side to side.

This picture makes me think of skyscrapers. Weird, huh?

So I hope you have fun with this, and if you're interested I'd love it if you sent me pictures of you using your funky colored staples. Something like, what is the craziest thing you can staple? #crazystaples. Seriously though, I'd love to hear from you. Email me

Go out there and color the world!

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Seeing Ocean - muses this week

It's been a bit of a while since I last shared some of my favorite muses with you all. This set of muses is inspired by the sea, hence the title: Seeing Ocean. I've been in a particularly wanderlust mood recently, and am just aching to be near the sea. And just about anything nautical brings me a boatload of joy. 

Here's hoping you enjoy these muses. I love, seriously love, to hear about some of your favorite nautical muses.


1. These Jack Wills Skinny Ankle Length Jeans have such an oceany feel to them; specifically the color looks like the brights of a rolling sea.

2. These Kujira (Whale) knives from Man of the World are just the coolest! Seriously, a knife and whale in one? awestruck. 

3. What an inspirational quote. Not particularly nautical-themed, but it has that brave, courageous sea-darer idea to it. 

"We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit." -E.E. Cummings

4. This painting makes me so happy. Say soft, so moving, so sea-y and blue, so much adventure.


1. I am, most definitely, a paralian at heart. I hope to someday be one in reality.

2. Really liking this watch, TransOcean by Man of the World. I think it's supposed to be a guys watch, but I'd totally wear it. truth.

3. Blue seersucker suit. the end.

4. These stairs. I am determined to paint a staircase in my future home blue. Yes please.

There you are, dear readers! My seeing ocean muses.

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | Header Image © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography, other images correctly sourced above.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

i look up to you - Father's Day

(L to R): Ben and I, and my daddy and me.

"Any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad."

-Anne Geddes 

Happy Father's Day to the two very best dads I know! 

One, my birth Father, who is the very best daddy I could ever ask for and who is with his heavenly Father this Father's Day, and Ben (my fantastic brother-in-law) who is a new dad and celebrating today for the first time! 

You both have changed my life so much for the better, through your instruction, correction, inspiration, encouragement, and love. You've been there to provide advice, to guide me through sticky situations, and as wonderful mentors and friends. I thank God for allowing you both to be a part of my life. 

I love you both, very much! 

Love, Charity

What does your dad mean to you?
All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

writing - grows in time

"The desire to write grows with writing."

This line came to mind when I started thinking about writing more on this blog (and writing more in general). It is a good, and super simple, reminder that all things come with simply doing things. You get better at singing by singing, better at dancing by simply dancing, better at painting by painting; it comes all in time.

A little pledge to you all, dear readers: I am going to write a little more this summer. I won't come up with anything very fantastic, I'm sure, but I'd like to give it a shot.

What's a quote or line you've been thinking about lately that's been inspiring to you?

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

summer bucket list - 2014

Now for some of you, a bucket list is a specific (and detailed) list of do's for that current year. Well this particular bucket list is made up of more general yet still particular ideas for the next year (that is, until the beginning of next Summer). I know that it is ultimately not up to me whether I do any of this or not. But I do know that I am meant to have dreams and aspirations for the future (the next year, specifically), and so here they are: 

my bucket list 1, in mixed sentences 
:: note :: I will be adding to this list over the Summer.

  • sleep outside under the stars at least a 10 times
  • complete Etsy branding, including shipping and policies
  • explore somewhere I've never been before 
  • perfect (or at least try to perfect) my frisbee and football throwing skills
  • learn under someone really smart who is an expert or at least really good at what they do
  • help out with someone's small business
  • get into law a little more (internship, classes, workshops etc)
  • do some racing (thinking go-cart)
  • book at least 4 styled/fine art or portraiture photo shoots
  • do something history related, like work at a museum, or intern with a history professor (etc)
  • paint more. lots more. perhaps pack up my paints and go to some really amazing place, have a picnic and just paint
  • go out shooting at least 5 times
  • go sailing again. even just on a lake. or a river?
  • be more innovative in my workplace, and provide original and beneficial ideas to HSLDA 
  • read an entire (thick, mind you) book on Scotland
  • finish all the Lord Peter Wimsey novels I can get my hands on
  • meet Annaliese for the FIRST TIME
  • have lunch with my awesome co-workers at least 10 times
  • write 2 short story (any ideas?)

I just really love adventure, and doing and being. I like life to be full. Full of joy, and trials, of laughter and friendships, of hopes and dreams, and even of falling down and having the courage to get back up. I want to live as if today is my last day (sounds cliche, yes, but it couldn't be more true), and with the thought that each new day is a precious gift from God. I don't know how God will use me this Summer, but I do know that in every situation I am placed in it is my duty (my honor and joy, the essence of my being) to glorify God through it all.

When I am not working this Summer, I want to spend my free time: learning, reading, helping others, volunteering, creating, designing, laughing, spending quality time with friends, singing, driving, going on adventures, and so forth. If you're interested in joining me, let me know!

my bucket list 2, in full realistic sentences

  • Graduate with associates in Liberal Arts/International Studies from NOVA (Spring 2015).
  • Transfer full associates to James Madison University (Spring/Summer 2015).
  • Save significantly for a new car (buying one in the next few months).
  • Move out (details soon).
  • Get at least 80 points (40+ hours) volunteering with Company 12, Lovettsville Fire and Rescue.
  • Work full-time for HSLDA (already doing!)

I'd love to hear some of your summer adventuring ideas! 

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Friday, May 30, 2014

Desktop Lately

So this was a really neat find! The above castle, Alnwick castle, was where the majority of the castle scenes in Harry Potter were filmed. How cool is that? This is also the same castle used at the beginning of Robin Hood (2010, with Russell Crowe). It is an incredibly beautiful castle, and I particularly like the above painting by Canaletto, circa 1750.

Couldn't be more proud of my two fantastic friends! Ethan and Emy started Emy&Ethan and have been producing some really wonderful music! I love this song particularly (A Mother's Song), and seriously love these two. Oh and a shout out to my friend and co-worker, Patrick, for the amazing video production of this song.

In love with this version of One Direction's Story of My Life by ThePianoGuys. The video is so sweet, and really well-made. 

Been busily editing photos for HSLDA. Wooo, nothing like editing over 1000+ photos to make you really appreciate a good book. Let's just say as much as I use technology, I am really not a big fan of it.

I entered this contest, called #StyleforJustice. And although I didn't have a chance of winning, it was a neat experience nonetheless. I am excited for whoever does get to go with International Justice Mission and Noonday Collection to Rwanda. 

/// So there is my desktop lately. I encourage you to check out the aforementioned song by Emy&Ethan! I guarantee you'll love it.

Cheerio n' all that!
All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day - i honor you

Let us not, ever, forget the sacrifice of thousands of men and women who gave their lives to fight for for liberty and justice through the years. 

Today I honor those who gave their lives fighting for our freedom and who had the courage to say "there is a point beyond which [our enemies] must not advance". I am forever grateful for their service, their sacrifice, their courage, and their duty to the United States of America.

You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, 'There is a price we will not pay.' There is a point beyond which they must not advance...Winston Churchill said that 'the destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits–not animals.' And he said, 'There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.'" -Ronald Reagan

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Reagan the Movie

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ONE WEEK LEFT - will you send me to rwanda?

UPDATE on the Rwanda trip

There is only ONE WEEK left to vote! Also, the submission gallery is now organized in order of votes received and will remain like this until the last day of voting, which is Wednesday May 28th. You can vote daily (once per person), but remember the votes operate on a 24-hour time clock. Meaning if you voted at 4 pm today, you won’t be able to vote until 4 pm tomorrow.

I NEED YOUR VOTE! I'm (currently, as I write this) the second person on page 5, and I need to make it to page 1 and into the top 7 to have a chance to travel with International Justice Mission and Noonday Collection to Rwanda.

Please SHARE my link and photos with your friends and family! 

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography