Professional Photographer Magazine

Monday, October 22, 2012

Several weeks back I was contacted by Robyn, a contributing editor of Professional Photographer Magazine, to see if I'd be interested in being a part of the October 2012 issue's "Product Roundup: Client Goodies-- we asked some pros about what they love to give" article.

It's a beautifully done magazine and I was thrilled to be a small part of it!

Below are some of the images from that article.

In other shop news, new designs for Christmas 2012 will be photographed and listed this week in the shop, barring any major disasters!

While all of the current Christmas designs will remain available in the shop, I'm really excited about the new additions and hope you all find some that fit your needs this holiday season.

The deadline for ordering for Christmas delivery will be November 30th! Orders will go out as quickly as possible in the order they are received. Because it always gets so hectic by the end of November, I'm urging you to please get your orders in as quickly as you can!

Unfortunately, every year come the first of December, I have to turn down holiday orders that I'd love to take.
The plain ugly fact is though that time simply runs out and by then my family is pulling their hair out, eager for me to rejoin the world again and spend some of the Christmas season with them.

Anyway, I sincerely loathe saying no to my customers and feel like such a scrooge having to do it.

I hate being the scrooge.

I much prefer making you all super duper happy...
spreading my Christmas photo keepsake at a time.

{November 30....November 30...November 30.}

MOPS{Back in Full Swing}

Monday, September 17, 2012

Our first meeting of the new season got kicked off this past week! It was nice to see some familar faces and meet a few new ones as well.

A few quick smartphone photos of the table goodies before all the ladies arrived....

 Flower pens for each mom with a paper leaf attached to write in their names.
We'll be setting these out at each meeting and hopefully nipping that age old question of "does anybody have a pen I can borrow?" at the meetings.

Table tents.
My nametag with two blue bows to represent my two boys.

Good food and good conversations with the girls. Love MOPS!

Snippets of Summer

Sunday, September 9, 2012

It's official.
We made it through yet another summer.
Both of my boys are now back in school and I will be helping out at their school as well each day with carpool.
Last week was the first week for me and I was flat worn out by the time Thursday got here. Hoping that gets a little easier in the coming weeks. This night owl isn't digging the early morning stuff again.

Anyway, I'm eager to get part of my days back to myself to get some work done in the shop and to be able to post here more regularly again.

My big Kindergartener.

Our summer was the perfect kind of full....

We headed to the beaches for a few days,....

.....hung out in the backyard soaking up the early summer days,...

....shared fun times with family at the local watering hole....

....spent early mornings in the waterhose at Nana's our jammies.

We chilled out....

.....took a few daytime snoozes for good measure....

...built crazy train contraptions(Pierce's word)....

...and always found time to do some daily roughhousing.

I truly enjoyed our summer this year! There have been summers in the past when I couldn't really say that as much, but this year was the perfect mix of lazy days and summertime fun.

It's challenging most days, but really, what a blessing to be able to stay home with my boys during these early years. 

Hope your summer was full of great memories made with your families.
Bring on Fall!!

Another MOPS year quickly approaches...

Friday, August 10, 2012

Our MOPS leadership team has begun the final countdown to a new year! Most of the plans and ideas are ready to go, with the exception of a few tweaks here and there. We're looking forward to seeing our returning moms and also hopefully to reach out and meet some new ones as well. The meetings and other events are alot of planning and organizing, but I'm really looking forward to hanging out with the girls again while my boys are in school.

I shared my printables for the MOPS water bottles in blue and pink and the cupcake toppers as well several weeks ago. I had forgotten that part of my duty for Hospitality for our MOPS group this year was to also make sure each meeting is well stocked with bite sized chocolate candies. A task I can definitely handle!

So, I whipped those printables together as well and thought they might also come in handy for those of you involved in your own MOPS groups.

Click that link above the picture to get to the download, NOT the photo itself.

Hope those come in handy for you!

MOPS Printables have arrived!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I've had numerous inquiries on the cupcake toppers and signage from our MOPS ministry fair that was held back in the spring of this year. I've been trying to sneak in some time to format those for sharing with you all and today I finally got the deed done. 

Someone mentioned they would love to have some water bottle labels to go along with the cupcake toppers. I thought it was a smart idea. What's a cute cupcake with nothing to wash it down with?
So, you can find those below as well. 

Just a little tidbit about the tools I used for the ones pictured below.
I used a round 2 inch punch on some regular hot pink cardstock and then printed and punched out the printable on photo quality thick paper using a scalloped punch. After that, I just used those 3-D sticky dots and sandwiched them together with the wood stick in the middle of them as well. 
Then, because I just can't ever leave well enough alone, I spotted some yellow ribbon in my stash so I added the bows. 

These water bottle labels come four to a page. Depending on the type of water bottle you purchase, these really should be able to fit both the standard and the mini size bottles of water.

Print just the blue....or just the pink. Or get crazy and print them both up. Whatever floats your boat and fits your needs.

Hope these printables come in handy for you and help spread the word about your own MOPS group this coming fall!

Independence Day 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

We had a great time today as a family. Started out with a trip to the water park, of which there are no photos, sadly. I couldn't see bringing a camera into a very wet and very hot park.
Later it was naps and fireworks with the kids.
Reeves was ALL over it.
Kid loves some fireworks.

.....and sparklers

Why, yes, that would be my five year old in long sleeves and fleece pants in JULY. Everytime we get home from anywhere, he heads straight for his room looking for THOSE pants and any longsleeve shirt he can find. My boy needs to add some meat to his bones!
I try. I really do.

Gotta have poppers.

Run for the hills!! Bombs are going off everywhere!

Reeves spotted the first colorful fireworks display of the night!
I think the expression says it all.

Dad went back for a second trip to the stand for more rockets.
He totally had to have his arm twisted to do it.
Or maybe not.
Do men ever really outgrow fireworks?

There are only a handful of things more wonderful than watching the look of pure joy spread across your child's face.
Oh, how I love my boys.

We wrapped up the night watching the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on tv.
Love it.
I already have my plot going to spend the next Fourth of July in New York watching it in person.  What a fantastic memory that would be for our boys!

Happy Fourth of July!  

{SLAM DUNK} Party Preview

Monday, July 2, 2012

Poppin' in really quick to share a few photos of Reeves' "Slam Dunk" Birthday party we threw over the weekend!
Everything went really well and hopefully everyone had a nice time.

My little birthday boy had a great time hoopin' it up with his family and friends.

More photos to come...just wanted to share a quick preview while I had a second!

On vacation....kinda

Monday, June 18, 2012

Oh how I long to plant my rear in that chair right now.
But, alas, I am on a different kind of vacation. If you can call it that.
I realized not long ago that the shop had not gone on a "vacation" since December 2010 and things have been so super busy since the fall.
So, I decided to take a little breather and relax a little plan my little one's 3rd birthday these next two weeks.
Fast track party planning = peace and tranquility, no?
Hopefully, we'll squeeze in some extra family time inbetween the planning madness.

Anyway, because it's a real downer for me to see my little shop sitting empty, I know I'll be back really soon.
July 2nd to be exact.

See you all in two weeks!

Memorial Day Sale Going on now!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Father's Day is JUST around the corner!
A new keepsake design is now available in the shop perfect for all the dads and granddads in your life.
Handsome combination of robin's egg blue and GUNmetal gray.
GUNmetal gray...mucho manly, no?
I thought so.

Great for showing off the kiddos at the workplace or home office.

And with summer now underway for us, I've already been thinking of our family's summer beach getaway.
I thought you all just might be thinking the same thing with the kiddos now out for summer.

A beachy distressed look, perfect for displaying your family's vacation photos if you're just so lucky enough to be heading to some Exotic Island...or as is the case for us, Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Adventurous world travelers, we are.
Either way, it's a great way to remember that special summer vacation with family.
I can already visualize photos of sun kissed families dressed in all white with sandy beaches in the background.
It makes this southern girl happy.

The official start of summer for most is considered Memorial Day.
Take advantage of this start of summer week-long sale going on now in the shop for all of my Facebook followers!
Not a follower yet? What?

Teacher Appreciation Gifts {Welcome to Summer!}

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

So it's 5 o'clock in the evening on the official first day of summer for the boys and
This is going to take some getting used to again.

So far both of my boys have played wayyy too much Angry Birds today, both on the computer and in their made up plush toy version in our living room. Can I just say that I want the Angry Birds to skip north for the summer..something.

Yesterday was the last day of school for them and their end of the year program. It was a great year for both of them and they have grown so much since the Fall. They had great teachers and so we had to come up with something cute for them to show our appreciation for the year they've had.

I've been on a yellow kick again lately so I wanted to do a new Teachers Gift Edition Sunshine in a Box version, if you will.

Like I did on the previous version, I took small little everyday things and repackaged them to make them even cuter....with the exception of those cookies!
Those babies are handmade with love. Lots of it.
They are everything you want a Lemon Sugar Cookie to be!
Soft. Chewy. Perfect.
I purchased this E-Cook book several weeks back and was looking for an excuse to bake them up.
Next up on my list to try....the Cinnadoodles.
I'm confident they will not disappoint.

I put together a cute little "Keep Calm" insert and some bag tags and toppers to go along with the summer theme.

What else says summer like a comfy pair of flip flops?

Lemonade packets
Plastic Lemon Tumbler Cup
Lemon notepad
Lemon Head Candy
Old Fashioned Soft Lemon Candy

You get the idea.

Here are my little gift-givers during their program yesterday.
Reeves kills me.
He didn't sing a lick, but he sure looked adorable playin' it cool with his hands in his pockets the entire time.

Time to break out that calender and start filling it up with summer activities to keep our family sane this summer!

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