Category Archives: photography

your chance to get an I Am His sign & a few tidbits

I AM HIS - 18" x 36" ( new size )  this would be so sweet a girls room.  can be customized in any color too!

THIS is what blogging is all about.  for me  COMMUNITY.
when i heard of this sweet little boy and his family from my “lover of all things plaid” friendoh & i love her purple sweater.  swear when your done with it
you will send it my way?… i knew i wanted to GIVE to this sweet sweet little guy.
our shop is closed while i have some surgery & it is undergoing some major renovating currently ( you can click here to be notified when we re-open january 2 )


nikki & i donated our I Am His sign to help raise money for Miracle for Maverick.  CLICK HERE to go BID!!
if you WIN it you can choose your color by the way K?


here is a opportunity to give what i LOVE does–this is something i CAN do to LOVE.

“My friend’s son, Maverick, has gone through 13 operations.
He is four months old.
His family has been told countless times that they will lose him–and countless times, God has kept Maverick alive.

Congenital Heart Disease is the leading cause for infant death in the world.
One in 100 children has it.
Maverick is one of those children.”
{taken from Emily’s blog}


my new read is LOVE DOES by bob goff?  have you read it?  i was hooked on the first page!!  it is infectiously inspiring..but do you know what i felt after reading a couple of chapters?

i don’t love very challenges me to not let fear draw my boundary lines.  once again it is turning upside down things right side up.

go GO go pick up this book this weekend.  a perfect fall read.  if you don’t want to get out click here to order online


contrary to my commitment to take weekends off..i am working this one just cause the surgery is less than two weeks away! BUT don’t fret
i am going to see that baby finlee on saturday.  nikki is taking her newborn bending her in all sorts of crazy scary ways.  i remember just going to
SEARS and taking a simple picture…boy have things changed.

anywho….you know you will be bombarded with posts when i am laid up in bed right?  so just hold’s coming..enjoy the reprieve

i hope YOU are doing something carefree and audacious this weekend…hugs to all of you.  love love





7 tips for multitasking a photo shoot–a Winner & shop news

good Monday morning everyone!  Did your weekend go as fast as mine?  If your family is anything like ours with the holiday approaching rapidly I might add…we all

know the dreaded family picture for the Christmas card is approaching.  Trying to get everyone color coordignated and hairs just right a fussy kiddos while mom is running like a rabid dog

trying to get everyone and everything to look just well…perfect right?

Here are a few not professional tidbits that may help you multitask a photo shoot

What motivated me to kill a few birds with one stone is Dakota’s senior year

Nana needs updated pictures of the kids…like seriously..last I looked they were toddlers…and I am in need of the capturing Dakota and Grace for my mantle collage…

cause you wanna know why?  I threw away all my pumpkins last night!  I was sick of them…I am ready for a change and I love photo collages don’t you?

( now remember I don’t have little kiddos and the grand babies are in Florida so I didn’t traumatize anyone….he he)

 here is what we did that worked for us…you can always tweek it for your family needs

(1)  I knew I wanted the photos to compliment our home decor…colors and such.  SO when  choosing clothes keep that in mind.

(2)  Often we don’t think of that and we have everybody in red and green and our color palette of our home is aqua and yellow

(3)  If you have a special place you are wanting to do a wall collage like the examples below you might need to get shots with one child looking to the right and the other child looking to the left

( our inspiration for our mantle collage found here )

so when placed on the wall they are facing in…does that make sense?  I will show you what I mean when we do our wall.

(4)  PRE – PLAN…make a list on your ipad or phone when out shooting.  Shots you want.  When all is crazy you can always refer to your list.  It can help keep the flow going.

(5)  Be spontaneous!  Nikki saw a few places as we were walking that she had the kids sit down and snapped a few.

(6)  Snap away at the silliness too…the kids going crazy…people laughing VERY often those end up being my favorites!

(7)  take an emergency bag filled with props, lipgloss, blush, scarves etc.

With our session yesterday we captured one scene for Dakota’s senior pictures.  The outdoorsy field look.  We are taking him this weekend to the West Bottoms down by where our shop used to be to capture the ugly pretty of the old buildings and then to the school and football field in his jersey for that look.

We also got one of Dakota and Grace alone that I am using above our fireplace in the collage we are putting together.   Neither of them cooperated–sitting close to her brother was ewww and just a pain… still didn’t get one that I LOVED yet:/ The same pictures I am using of them individuality we are giving Nana AND we got some really nice pictures of Dakota’s girlfriend Elise.

Nikki and I were pretty darned pleased with the fiasco.  We put on our big girl panties and asked a complete stranger to use their barn and land.

The weather was perfect…the light was golden… the sky a pretty blue.

**I want to show you in another post some before and after edits.  Nikki has often been asked often about Graces eyes etc.  No she does not change the color of Grace’s eyes at all:)

and yes..her eyelashes are obviously false..she loves wearing them for photo shoots…silly girl!

I would say we accomplished a lot in one photo session.

Hope these tips from our crazy little family help you in your upcoming photo antics.

If you have some tips we would sure love to hear them…always open to learn:)


and the WINNER of our Isaiah Christmas sign is…….#2 miss Jackie!  I will be emailing you to get your address girlie…congratualtions;)

here is miss Jackie’s favorite Christmas memory…

Spending time with my family & celebrating the birth of our king! I love going to Christmas Eve service to worship & truly focus on the reason for the season.

yes…another GIVEAWAY coming

:::Here is a sneak peek at some sweet ruffled curtains I am giving away this week that my momma made!! so be on the lookout!:::



We are closing the shop this Sunday–be sure to get your orders in.  We will be painting our little fannies off and get everything shipped out by December 16..our last ship day!!

Use our coupon code Farmgirl for 15% off!!

Be on the lookout for a special promo code for our RE-OPENING in January that I will be sharing over at Thistlewood Farms on November 1st…..EEKKKK:))

my friend Becky is offering my friends 20% off this month…



need help learning how to take a “good” picture?

” Mom!…oh my gosh!

I know you’ve heard those words a million times right?

I did not receive the gene for taking pictures of people, places or things.


my oldest daughter did hence the ” Mom…”  because often she can’t believe I put that picture on the blog

you see she has an comes naturally to her…she taught herself.

well..not me myself nor I.

{{on a side note..can I whisper this to you?}}

is it just being a parent or am i the only one that as my children have entered the amped hormonal stage and even into

adult hood that i am hearing about all the things i do that embarrass them or that i do that is ” oh my gosh MOM ” worthy?


I am assuming this the numero uno reason Nikki sent me a text telling me about this class for beginners wanting to learn is called

Shoot Fly Shoot


NOW–I am in a super duper busy season of life right now and adding one more thing to my crowded plate I wasn’t jumping for.

Later that day I went in and got some more info on this Shoot Fly Shoot…catchy name huh?

Unbeknownst to me…it was Kevin from The Lettered Cottage.  I have seen their photography so I sorta figured it would be a safe bet.

I knew I needed something simple.  A photography for Dummies kinda thing.  My attention span is not very long these days nor is my memory…remember pre-Alzheimers

well– when Kevin said there is lots of repitition I was hooked.

One of the main things I love about Keven and Layla is they take risks..they are all about following dreams.

They inspire others that nothing is impossible and they keep pushing the swing don’t they?
makes me want to push my swing a little higher.

That is the kinda friends I want surrounding me..what about you?

Sign me up!

I have watched a couple of the videos and they are EASY to understand..SEEING someone explain it to you.. to ME is HELPFUL…

so on my upcoming lake vacation I am going to sit by the pool and watch the rest of the classes…oh .. they aren’t tediously long either which I love

and I think that might be a good time to put into practice all of what I am learning.  I really do want to be a better picture taker and I do so love it

(even though I really suck)  I think this would be the perfect time to do so when there are not many plates spinning..

I will have plenty of people and things to torture…baawwwaaaahhaaaa can you hear the ornery laugh?

so as not to be an embarressment to my eldest any longer I will persevere at this photography.

AND I might be able to use a real camera instead of my phone camera in the very near future



you all might reap the benefit of it as well.

If you are a camera dummy feel free to join me in class…might be kinda fun.  We could pass notes..grab coffee’ at each other’s house:)

I say all of the above to say this — that is why when the post came out yesterday I wanted to be able to share them on our blog

so we joined their affiliate program….jump jump clap clap


I am going to have Nikki use random generator to pick a person from the book post.  There

were so many good suggestions I just couldn’t choose one…I loved them all.  Be watching to see if it is YOU who won the

Amazon gift card in the next post.

Still deciding on what to read but I will let ya know when I do.  Off to do some more painting of signs…this is the dreaded move in week.

Kill me now…no not really but you know what I mean….