Influence Conference Link-Up!

I'm so excited! A week from now, I will be in Indianapolis at the 2014 Influence Conference and the Network is doing a link-up to get to know a little more about the attendees. So, to start, here's a bit about me: I'm Sarah Pope of A Sharper Focus. I blog here about the things that move me, like beauty, justice, and living well. I am also a teacher, artist, and graphic designer, and I sell my creations in my Etsy store. I'm passionate about my portrait photography business and love creating … [Read more...]

A Sharper Focus Shop is Now Open!

My new shop is now up and running over on Etsy! Click here and check out the art prints and necklaces I've been working on over the past few months. I hope each sale brings a little more joy and beauty into someones life. And, don't forget 10% of every sale goes to Living Water International for the month of May. … [Read more...]

March’s 30 Acts of Kindness Roundup!

For this month's Act of Kindness I've started an act to coincide with Lent. Something close to my heart is pastoral care. With Sean growing up as a pastor's kid, I've developed a greater sense of gratitude for everything church staff members do. They are often spiritually and physically on-call at all hours to serve the members of the congregation. They end up working some long, hard and unconventional hours. And, they do all of this with such passion and care. I want to make sure … [Read more...]

February’s 30 Acts of Kindness Roundup!

This month I had fun doing my acts of kindness during National Random Acts of Kindness Week. I started out the week with a Starbucks treat for my Instagram and Twitter friends. I had seen some others do this before and thought it was a great idea. All you have to do is purchase a gift card, register it online with the Starbucks App, and then take a screen-shot of the barcode. Then post that screen shot on Instagram and you can gift coffee to your friends across the country! I really … [Read more...]

A New Post Over at A Sharper Focus Photography!

Check out the beautiful 'A' family here! … [Read more...]

Hot Cross Buns

For the last couple of years hot cross buns have become part of our Easter morning tradition. Our church has one combined outdoor service for Easter and everyone is encouraged to bring food to share with others before and after the service. Hot cross buns are a simple spiced bread with currants that make a tasty breakfast that's easy to share. Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday in England, but because of my schedule, and usually what I have given up for lent, I have been … [Read more...]

Summer Vacation – Last Little Bit

Here are the rest of the photos from our vacations to Gulfshores, Alabama, although these photos were taken two totally different places! We went to Fairhope, just north of Gulf Shores, for an afternoon and found this fun place called Dr. Music. I had taken a picture of the outside of the store a few years back, but had never gone inside. To my surprise it wasn't just records and music as I had thought! They also had used books, and vintage suitcases, typewriters, radios, and more … [Read more...]

Orange Marmalade Muffins

Earlier in the year my uncle sent me two delicious jars of orange marmalade he made from the oranges that grow in his yard. It's great on scones and toast but I was trying to think of some other ways I could use it when I found this recipe. I had never thought to put the marmalade in the muffins! It is a delicious combination and they are fast and easy to throw together. I'm pretty sure you could also swap out the marmalade for other preserves if you have a surplus sitting around this … [Read more...]

Doherty – Family Portraits

I had a great time photographing the Doherty Family during Thanksgiving. They have four beautiful granddaughters that were a lot of fun and very sweet. I love this photo of all the granddaughters trying to sit on Grandma's lap! … [Read more...]

Getting to Know You

This year in our school district a new elementary school opened near by so there was a little bit of a shuffle of students to relieve some over populated schools. We ended up sending almost 300 kids to the new school and over 200 new kids came from other schools to ours. As you can imagine there are quite a few new faces and names to learn so we did some name art to start the year. The kids love to use their names to make art, and I can see the student's name with their face for about 30 … [Read more...]

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