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Alison Bickel lives in the heart of the Midwest where, along with her husband, they raise their three boys. Whether it’s in the garden, the kitchen or tagging along on her boys’ latest adventure she looks for the simple beauty in everyday from behind her lens. The photography bug bit her in sixth grade, upon getting her first camera, a Kodak Disk. She has been chasing light and subjects ever since. On her blog, ‘This Homemade Life,’ Alison shares tales of mothering, her passion for vegetarian cooking and obsession with farmer’s markets. You may email Alison at

#TCMeveryday April Images

It’s beginning to look a lot like spring!  Browsing through all the #TCMeveryday images it looks like you’ve all had a fun month making the most of warm sunshine, blooming flowers, baseball, spring break road trips and finding a bit of beauty in your everyday.  So many wonderful, colorful images sharing the long awaited signs […]

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How to Renew Your Inspiration

Do you ever feel your photography growing stale?  As if you are photographing from the same view, the same angle, the same settings, time and again?  While I love photographing my children, our adventures and the beauty of food, there are times when it feels like I’m shooting the same scenes again and again.  It […]

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Loved It! (8th Edition)

image by Alison Bickel Welcome to another edition of ‘Loved it!’     Whether you spent yesterday enjoying a few of your favorite chocolates, or soaking up the love from homemade Valentines, I hope that you enjoyed the day celebrating all the loves in your life.   Carrying on the theme of ‘love’, welcome to […]

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DIY Chalkboard

At about this point in the winter, I’m kind of over it.  This year has felt especially long and cold.  So how to combat the winter blues?  A good DIY project always lifts my spirits.  While I have a lot of projects in our home that are amongst my favorites, our kitchen chalkboard ranks at […]

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The Seasons of Creativity

I have loved to create, for as long as I can remember.  Drawing, writing, coloring and painting as a child,  art classes growing up, being given my first camera and discovering how light can make a photograph something special.   For those of us who love to create, we know that there are the inevitable […]

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