Monday, April 1, 2013

Bridal / Engagement Boudoir in the Studio

So, I have been contemplating offering boudoir / glam sessions in the studio. I had one of my brides interested, so I thought what a great time to try it out and see how it goes! Let me first say, she is beautiful and brave for being my first guinea pig, and for giving me free reign to try new things and post them here, so Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!

We were going for a more romantic theme, with a little bit of fun! We wanted to keep it classy and really bring out HER beauty! I think we accomplished just that. Here are a few of my favorites!

I am going to be offering some packages on these types of shoots, or even more Glamour / Styled Shoots. If anyone is interested, send me an email or give me a call and we can discuss it more! I LOVE my kiddos and couples and families, but it was nice to work one on one with someone and have a different  style to edit and play around with!

I probably won't be posting much on facebook with these shoots, due to the more adult nature, but just offering a few sneaks and directing traffic to the website and here on the blog.

Friday, March 1, 2013

End Table Project!

This is a project I actually completed this past summer, but I haven't posted details on it before, so decided to do it now!

We had a pair of solid wood end tables that were only about 6 years old, maybe less. They were nice and solid and in good shape, but the surfaces were scratched from our 4 yr old and we didn't care much for the finish/color anymore in our new house.

I decided to give them new life ,and I was on a SERIOUS furniture painting kick this past summer! Here are the tables BEFORE

First thing I did was wipe off all the dust and any dirt, etc from the surface. Then, using a clean rag I wiped them down all over with a product called Liquid Sandpaper. This stuff takes the shiny finish off and makes the piece tacky, so that paint will stick to it. MUCH faster than sanding it down totally, and since we are painting it, I just needed to dull it down, didn't need to strip it all the way.

Next, I took my trusty can of spray paint ( I LOVE spray paint) and sprayed a coat of black paint all over the tables, ( I removed the knobs first).

After letting the first coat dry, I gently rubbed over it with steel wool just to again dull it up a bit and make it not so sticky. Then, I sprayed a second coat of paint on the tables. 2-3 coats should be good,  but make sure you are doing smooth strokes and not holding the can too close, or it gets splotchy and the paint drips and runs. If you notice drips after it dries, don't worry, just sand them down with some sand paper or steel wool.

After it was all painted and dry. I decided I wanted a cool distressed pattern on the table tops..> I am not  good at free hand drawing or painting and I couldn't find a big enough stencil for the top and was scared to use a little one, for fear I couldn't match it up good. Then I had a great idea!!! The rubber door mat stencil was born!!

I got this mat at Lowe's on clearance for $9 or something. It was the perfect size! It was a little long, but fit good. I took brown paper and placed it under the edges of the mat, so the paint wouldn't mist or spray on the other areas. I taped extra paper underneath too. Then, I laid my mat on the table like a stencil. I then used grey spray paint and sprayed over the entire table top with 2 coats.

I only let it dry a few minutes, so  the mat wouldn't stick to the table or the paint. here is what it looked like.

At this point, I was pretty excited! However, my living room is very distressed farmhouse looking style...and this was too clean and perfect. I needed to rough it up a bit! Plus, our end tables get a lot of abuse so I wanted something that looked worn on purpose and would stand up to dog claws, wet cups, and a toddler! I decided to sand all over the top. I did this was a medium grit sanding block and just randomly rubbed back and forth, with the grain of the wood. I took a lot of paint off and then rubbed the edges of the table to show the brown original stain underneath on the edges and legs.

Once that was gone, I took a spray can (I told you , I love spray paint!) of clear poly type varnish, in a matte finish and sprayed the entire table down with 2 coats. This will keep it from some damage and make it easy to dust and wipe down spills, etc without damage to the paint job. It also makes the table smooth and easy to dust, etc...

The finishing touch was these AWESOME giant crystal looking knobs I picked up at Hobby Lobby. They have, by the way, the BEST  selection of knobs, drawer pulls ,etc and they are very often 40% off on sale.

Here are the finished tables!

I LOVE them and 8 months later almost, they are in awesome shape still. We use them all the time and they go through abuse at our house! I don't use  coasters and refuse to own furniture that requires them! I like furniture that we can "live with ", and use...without worry! The paint looks great still and we dust them with polish and a rag and spills wipe up easy with a wet rag and dry towel and I couldn't be happier! I get SOOOOO many compliments on them, they are unique and show off  my style and personality and I love the distressed style of these.

As far as the rest of my living room, I will be featuring details on how I re-did that fab grey dresser you see and the china cabinet and the old farmhouse door! As well, as our TV stand that you can't see. This room was a work in progress and I am looking for some DIY curtains next and then it will be done!!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

What A Catch!

I recently had the great pleasure of shooting Katrinia & Jason's Engagement Photos in the studio. They are an adorable couple that is getting married next summer. They wanted a fun, low-stress photo shoot that captured their personalities. We decided to do a few traditional poses, and then incorporate some Detroit Tigers (GO TIGERS!) action into the shoot. It was so fun! Here are a few of my favorites from the session. You can view all the photos on my facebook page at!/media/set/?set=a.500635569978565.100066.104514246257368&type=1

Here are some of the more traditional poses we did too

Friday, February 15, 2013

First Official Post!!

Well, I have been thinking lately about setting up a blog, to share my ideas and projects, as well as to have a place to store them! Life is hectic, and it helps to have something to go back to right?

This blog is going to cover a crazy influx of subject matter! I have wayyyyy too many hobbies, projects and random thoughts to stick to one or two subjects!

I love to do DIY home decor projects, such as furniture refinishing, painting, garden and outdoor decor, stained glass, well as photography and all things related to photography! Including scene setups, prop making, photo editing, photo crafting......yadda yadda yadda....

Not to mention my love of cooking, baking, spending time with my family (husband and daughter), as well as spoiling my precious puppy!

So, these are the basic things you can expect to see me rambling on about. Oh, and I like to take pictures of my projects....its helpful right?! So, expect visuals of all projects too  :)

Without further is the project for today.....


"How to Remove Black Marker from a Microfiber Couch"......

Yup, that was my day in a nutshell! My 4 yr old daughter, Mallory decided to draw her daddy a picture while he was at work. Stupid and over tired me...let her do this on the couch. In all fairness, she was sitting on a blanket, so it seemed harmless.

Fast forward like 5 min, I go to inspect the work and she proudly shows me the picture and a giant scribble on the couch arm!

I panick and start resesarching everything about markers and microfiber on the internet. I finally decide on the tried and true method of baby wipes! I took a few babywipes and using a soft, circular motion, wiped the area. The wipe was turning purple, so it was indeed taking the ink out. The spot is still wet, and needs to dry, but it looks like it got most , if not all of the marker out!! If there is a little left, it said to go over it again once it dries! I am so excited that this actually worked!