Category Archives: Friends

Cranes for Japan

Posted by: Maggie

My friend Susan lived in Japan for four years and has had a love for that country for most of her life. When she saw tragedy striking the country she loves she wanted to help. She had an amazing idea of how she could raise money to help the Red Cross relief efforts. She began folding origami cranes in exchange for donations. I offered to help by photographing and designing an ad for her, but my help was not needed. As I dropped by Susan’s yesterday to pick up a crane she informed me that just minutes earlier she had received a big donation. Her goal was $1,000 and in less than a week she met it!

If you missed the chance to donate to Cranes for Japan, but would like a crane as a memory of your donation to the relief effort Susan is still folding cranes for those who make direct donations. All you have to do is send her an email (susanfujiki [at] gmail [dot] com) with your address letting her know you made a donation and she’ll send you a crane!

I’m so proud of her for showing all of us that we can all make a difference and do something to help others by putting in our love and effort and enlisting our network of friends to help. Congratulations Susan! You are amazing!

Fabulous Friday: My New MKGP Guest Blogger

Posted by: Maggie

I know that a lot of you don’t follow my Maggie Keegan Gross Photography blog (I know because my stats show twice as much traffic on Cranky). But I encourage you to check in once in a while and see what I’m up to in my photography business. I know, not as many photos of Eleanor, but there’s still some fun stuff over there.

That includes my new guest style blogger! My good friend Megan, who I met in law school, has agreed to become a regular guest blogger for me. I’ve always been jealous of and impressed by her fantastic fashion sense and she recently mentioned to me that she needed a creative outlet in her life (being an attorney is not the most creative profession). So I thought that she might enjoy writing some style posts for my photography site, advising my clients on what to wear for their next photo session.

I am thrilled that she agreed and was very enthusiastic about it. An Introduction to Megan post and her first “What to Wear” post went up yesterday! She did a fantastic job! I love what she came up with! Click on the image below to check it out!

Holiday Baking Party 2010

Posted by: Maggie

We decided to continue the tradition we started last year, of having a holiday baking party with our best friends Amy & Andrew and Betsy & Justin (Justin wasn’t able to attend last year or this year, but I have faith that he’ll show up one of these years). Just some laughs, food, drinks and baking my favorite holiday cookie-chewy chocolate gingerbread!

I made us cider smashes! My new favorite Bourbon drink! It’s bourbon, sparkling cider and fresh lemon juice-very tasty! And oh so pretty with a slice of apple for garnish!

It was switched from a late night to dinner time party semi-last minute so we opted for some yummy frozen pizzas!

Betsy brought a crudité platter and Amy & Andrew brought a big salad!

I realize that I didn’t get any pictures of Josh or of Betsy. Sorry guys! I think I was a tad too tipsy to remember to take very many photos and apparently to get my camera settings right. All of my photos ended up a little blurred. Ooops!

Thanks for coming friends! I had a great time!

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