Mountain Trails and Twyla’s Point of View

Today was unseasonably warm. I just needed a hoodie and I was quite comfortable. Initially, I had brought my jacket with me, but I found about 5 mins into our hike that I didn’t really need it. Considering that it is usually snowing (or at least freezing rain) around this time of year, I needed…

Anxiety and Animals

For my first day starting my photo-a-day blog entries I really wanted to go out somewhere. My plan was to take Twyla out with me somewhere new and snap some photos while she followed her nose. But instead I was woken up with a phone call asking me to come to the aid of a…

New Direction

This blog is going to be going in a slightly new direction. I am now going to be challenging myself to take at least 1 photo per day showcasing something about my day. It can be any random thing. I want to showcase the real life of a struggling artist. This is my real life…

Winter Red Riding Hood Cloak

I began making this cloak many months ago with two goals in mind. The first was to test out how much I actually liked this pattern before using it on more expensive fabric; and the second was to create a heavy, winter ready Red Riding Hood cloak that would be easy to wash. You may…

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday a total solar eclipse passed over the United States for the first time in almost 100 years. Needless to say, we Americans were rather excited. I had actually planned for this particular day back in 2007 when I started out as a freelance photographer. My goal was to get a hotel just outside…

The Great Lakes Medieval Faire

Last week I took a trip to the Great Lakes Medieval Faire. Typically I dress up for such events, however my health has been taking a bit of a toll on me and I have been having trouble getting to my sewing. I did put on my corset, riding boots, and my newest red cloak…

My Top 10 Instagram Pages

I am sure many other bloggers have done this sort of post, but when it comes to social media I have a particular love for Instagram. Maybe it’s because I’m a photographer, or maybe it’s because Instagram makes it easy for people who have never heard of me to see my work with just a…

Nicknames and Aliases: Why “The Wayward Vixen”?

So let’s talk a little bit about the blog, it’s name, and my own alias. Why did I choose Freya Kikyo? What is a wayward vixen? And why do I choose a lifestyle blog instead of a more niche subject? Let’s start with the blog name. . . The word “wayward” has a couple different…

A Drive Around Industry

I was invited out by fellow photographer Jim Metrisin yesterday to check out some locations. Our plan was to go towards The Flats near downtown Cleveland, but thanks to Ohio’s notorious reputation for insane amounts of construction work we ended up on quite a few detours. I didn’t have very many expectations for where we…

First Time in the Desert

In early June of 2015 I set out for a trip nearly across the country on a solo trip to the deserts of Arizona. I had made an attempt to find a travel companion but due to time constraints and work limitations I was unable to find anyone. Many of my friends and family members…

The Burned Witch

What better for my first post than to just dive right in to my world of costume making? Before I begin I would just like to let it be known that all of the photography on this post was done by the awesome Krakowski Photography and my makeup was done by SpecialFX MUA Ron George….