Star Wars!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Recently while my parents were driving the twin siblings out to college in Utah, my sister-in-law and I decided to revamp the downstairs bedroom that has been half-painted for almost 5 years! We painted it a nice asparagus green with stripes of high gloss in the same color. It's subtle and I love it. I put a few star wars pictures up because my nephew, Logan, loves the movies.

I had also seen these awesome star wars paintings. So I decided to replicate them for Logan's room. I took some dollar store canvases that I had lying around and did my best to paint them realistically. I am excited to put them up in his room! I think they're pretty fun!

Do you have this problem?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It seems that whenever I purchase dresses and sometimes skirts, they always fall (without fail) about 4 inches above my knee! I'm not especially tall, so it's a huge annoyance! I feel like I'm bearing everything (and no one wants that!) and I am so self-conscious about it, to the point that I just don't wear those outfits, and sometimes don't buy a dress because I know I'll never end up wearing it! Frustrating!!

I had seen on this blog an article about how you could purchase a ruffled slip to lengthen and also combat sheer dresses/skirts. And those slips look adorable, but I didn't want to have to buy one and hope it fit. I figured there had to be an easier way!

So here's how I did it (with my darling sister). 

1. Buy a cheap t-shirt a few sizes up from your normal or steal one from your husbands side of the closet (don't tell Jesse!).

2. Cut off the sleeves and across the top just below the collar (so after it looks like the second picture). 

3. Pull it on like a skirt and hold the sides and measure how long you want it to be (so you can fold down the top to the desired length taking into account the length of the exposed lace).

4. Add elastic around the waist and hem.

5. Stitch up the open sides. (and make sure you do this on the inside).

6. Add lace all around the bottom sticking out from the hem. We did some with 2 layers and some with 3. You could also do ruffles with the same fabric from a second t-shirt. We did a slip with that too and it was adorbs. 

7. Put it on under a short skirt or dress, or you could even wear it as a regular skirt if everything stitched up nice! I thought they were definitely cute enough to be regular skirts!

There you go!

It peeks out just enough to be super cute and add length to make it a little more modest and comfortable! It also helps with the bending over so you're not showing off too much, since it tends to fall more straight off the hips instead of like an a-line skirt. 

It looks like this after:

It's helpful to make a few different colors to work with several outfits. We made black, white and grey! Super easy, cheap and very comfortable!

It's been awhile...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I haven't gotten on here in awhile, and my apologies to my many loyal fans  readers. I have been very busy starting my own business! I had been trying to figure out what to do with myself since I quit my last job, and started learning even more about my camera/photography.  I finally decided to bite the bullet and try to create some sort of professionalism with my beginner skills, after much encouragement and support from my amazing husband and family.

It was not easy (and still isn't) but I am having fun, learning a TON and trying to keep my head above water. Many thanks to the various websites I frequent across the interwebs and to a few good friends who's talents far surpass mine.

The CoffeeShop Blog
MCP Actions
(both of these websites offer shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop and many many tips and tricks which have come in handy! And so much inspiration! I hope I can be half as talented as the creators and submitters to these sites one day!)

Britanie Myers (Kentucky Photographer) -Britanie was a friend at BYU who has turned into an AMAZING photographer.  I love her work and I am always asking for tips from her! I wish we lived closer together so we could bounce ideas off of each other!

Lisa Christensen (Rochester, NY Photographer) -She is a BYU friend to my brother's family and shot our gorgeous bridals and groomals a few weeks before the wedding.  She has been kind enough to chat with me a few times about photography and let me shadow her on photo shoots. She is very very talented and I am so glad I was able to get pictures done with her and I ams so grateful for her never-ending advice!

I am continually amazed by the talent that I see all over the world and I am so inspired by everything I see on the internet! (Pinterest, what what!!) I am loving everything I have been able to accomplish so far in my small business and I love being able to see the happiness I can give to others when I am able to create something beautiful.

So, even if you're only there for a few minutes, I would be so humbled if you'd check out my website! I will say with pride that I had to learn HTML, CSS and some Javascript and I wrote the website (with a little help from the hubs) by myself from scratch. No templates or anything. It took hours and hours and hours of youtube videos, and books and many mistakes, but it's exactly how I wanted it- minimalistic, clean, and the pictures are the main focus. Enjoy!

PS- If you're in the area, I am currently running a 50% discount on prices as I build my portfolio! Can't beat that!
If you're interested, contact me here:

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