So this is a bit of a random post. I realized I only got my camera out twice this week – TWICE.

That’s like only brushing your teeth twice in a week.  Tells you a bit about my week!

Baby sister got a new hat – which I totally love.  It accents her cheeks which combined with the fun design and colors just makes it perfect!

I was on my hands and knees scrubbing syrup off the kitchen floor (just call me Cinderella) and was complaining about the constant mess Littlest Brother creates.  In the midst of the scrubbing and complaining I looked up and saw this:

As I looked at how his legs fill the chair I also thought of how soon those legs will dangle over the side and feet will tap the ground. So I stopped scrubbing and captured that sight. And then I stood on the kitchen table and asked him to give me a kiss. (then I got down and went back to the scrubbing)

In honor of this weekends football games I thought I’d share a pic of a onesie I made some friends for their newborn son. They are BIG TIME OU fans and I thought my creation was hilarious. That is what happens if you are my close friend….you get stuck with iron-on onesies that reflect my odd sense of humor.  Thankfully for me my friends at least pretend to like my random gifts:)

So a little while back I entered this contest:


With this picture:

And guess what…I got news this week I was one of the ten winners! What do I win you ask…fat quarters of the Midwest Modern fabric line, Amy’s new patterns and a signed copy of her new Softwares program. Amy picked the winners and I’ll admit to being quite excited that she saw a picture of something I made with her fabric – and liked what she saw! I’m looking forward to that package of fabric, but I’ve never read a pattern. Guess I have a new learning challenge ahead. At least I’ll have some fun fabric to learn on! You can see the other entries here.

By the way….we did get to do our family pictures and boy did we make Shannon work hard…I hope she still wants more kids! I’m a big dork in pictures. It was SO HARD for me to be in front of the camera instead of behind it. I wanted to schedule the session close to my birthday…my way of celebrating. Let’s just say I had 30 balloons in some of the pictures (only a little time left in my 20s, but that is a whole other post). Told you I am a dork. Thanks Shannon!

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  • Carissa - I am going to need you to stop posting such cute pictures of your precious baby girl…it is making me want to have another little girl!!! Gosh, she is SO stinkin’ cute with those cheeks. I am so glad you finally got your girl. :)

  • amanda torres - I have been waiting and waiting to see pics of your family on Shannon’s blog. I guess it may be borderline stalking.

  • julie williams - Can I get an adult version of that onesie?? Love it!!! :)

  • Shanalea - I’m there with you on the messes, but you’re right. As I watched my baby sleep last night I thought, they grow up too fast. (sigh and some tears) At least I have one more to let me love on him a little longer. (only 10 days left till the due date :))

  • Casey - Congrats on being a winner! that pillow is awesome!

  • Jeannette Swan - Congrats on the prize, no one deserves it more than you! I’m so excited you got pictures, now you know how we feel when you have taken pictures of our families – it’s crazy! But, so worth it. I can’t wait to see some. How do you do the onesies?

  • lesley - Great pictures and I love the onesie, very funny. Super congrats on the Amy butler contest! You deserve it.

  • Sara - Congrats on winning! Love the baby shots! Too cute. Shannon’s site is amazing and it will be neat to see how she did with your family.

  • Shannon Phillips - Ash, you are so funny. Photographing your family made my baby itch come back. I had just gotten rid of it and boom, one evening with your big family and it’s back! You guys were a blast. I LOVE the Bob Stoops onesie, I should make a shirt like that for Keegs. Nathan would crack up. Congrats on winning the contest. I am not a bit surprised.

  • rachel denbow - Congratulations on the win! That’s so exciting and well deserved. And I appreciate your sentiment about scrubbing floors and then realizing we’ll miss these days.

    Now I need to go clean up a messy lunch table.

  • dana - oh wow. I just found your blog. I’m in love. IN love.
    Thank you for sharing such beauty.

  • Meagan - Her hat is so cute! Did you get it at Gap? My daughter, Evelyn has the matching tights! I love that pattern too! That’s awesome you won that contest!!! Evy’s room is done in Amy Butler fabric too but I went with all of the pink colorways (I actually haven’t received it yet–it’s still being made but here’s a link to what it will look like! I’m so jealous you will get all of those fabrics! Did you just recently add that ruffle on your pillow? I don’t remember seeing it before…It’s super cute…I need that pillow for my living room…Wow! That was a lot of rambling, sorry!

  • bopha - i can’t believe how much older Rett looks with longer hair. very cool, about having the AMY BUTLER pick your pillow, very impressive.

  • Georgia Davis - Love the hat! The minute it drops below 75 degrees I start putting hats on my girls.

  • dana - hi again.
    not to play “thank you tag” or anything but thanks for stopping by MADE :). Girl’s are an inspiration for sewing, that’s for sure! I’m glad you have a reason now to sew all sorts of girly dresses. And cool that you just got your first sewing machine! With your creative mind and eye for style, I’m sure you’re going to go far. I’ll be checking back on your blog. It’s already on my google reader!
    Have a great weekend :)

  • Tiffany - Every post is so inspiring, even multiple inspirations in one single post!!! I adore your blog! Thanks for your sweet comments.

  • rachel - Congrats on winning the contest….I love your pillow! And your family pics turned out amazing…what a beautiful family you have!

  • pamela - the pillow is AMAZING!! if you have some time it would be so cool to post a tutorial on how to make the ruffles. i was trying but can’t figure out how you did the edges. i don’t have a serger do you?

  • Rachel - Wow! Congratulations on winning! I can’t wait to see what you can whip up once you learn how to use patterns….I’m on the edge of my seat. Also, that Bob Stoops onesie is AWESOME….you should totally patent it….you could make millions! :)

  • julie - Ha!!! I thought that I recognized that pillow and that chair. Adore it. You totally deserved to be in the top ten. I sooo wished my pretty. messy. flowers would be picked… SO jealous of your fab new fabric.

So we’ve been members at our church for about 6 years and it seems like that long ago I began hearing about Kara P. and her super talent as a designer. I’ve wanted to meet her, but our paths just haven’t seemed to cross. Well, finally over the weekend I had the chance to meet the real girl I’ve heard so much about…and I asked for her website address….and I went home and stayed up way too late looking through her posts. She was a finalist to be on Design Star this year, but narrowly missed it – a shoe in for the next season if you ask me. I am in no way a designer or even know the first thing about it, but I sure can spot designs I like. Here are a few tidbits from her site…

Her website:


A few pictures from her blog:

She recovered this chair with a skirt…a skirt!


She created this outdoor space for her neighbors…Kara, if our neighbors move I’ll let you know:)made2create-2

This is her backyard. The best part of this is the tiles below the table. At the Home & Garden show she noticed a vendor who had poured a stained and stamped concrete slab for their display. She then asked the vendor what they were going to do after the show….they were going to tear up the display and the tiles would head to the dumpster. With a little help from her husband and permission from the vendors she drilled up the slab and transplanted them to her backyard. Genius. Next year I am going to find some vendors to take advantage of!made2create-3

I’m coveting her potting station.made2create-4

Here’s a glimpse at a room she designed…I love the black trim and incredible painting in the background.made2create-5

Kara offers design services, you can find out more about them HERE

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  • Shannon Phillips - Oh mama! I LOOOOOOVE the room with the black trim. So glam!

  • Kara - Thanks so much for the blog love!!! You are so sweet! And give yourself some credit- You have tons of great design ideas!

  • Angie - Love the designs! Kara’s awesome!!

Over the weekend I held the first fall SnapShop. I usually take more pictures of the attendees, but I didn’t get many this round. This was also the first SnapShop that I was not pregnant and as a result we had the cutest baby model for the indoor practice shoot…

For our outdoor practice shoot we had a group of 4 best friends…and a really handsome boy.

Here are some of mine from the day. It is always so hard for me to get shots because I am running around trying to help everyone, but I got a few I like and hopefully the girls’ moms will like! I have been asked a lot about post processing. Formerly (as in when I was doing lots of sessions) I didn’t have the time to play with processing very much. Now that my schedule is a bit more free I have started playing around with Photoshop more. All of the pictures below were processed using actions…either my own, Totally Rad, or Kubota action sets. Most of the pictures have several actions on them. One of these days I’ll do a post of ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots in regards to processing…onto the pictures.

I would like to say I totally understand the concept of arranged marriages…I LOVE ALL THESE GIRLS!

f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 200

f/2.8, 1/160, ISO 100

f/2.8, 1/200, ISO 100

f/2.8, 1/160, ISO 100

f/2.8, 1/320, ISO 200

f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 200

f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 125

f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 125

f/2.8, 1/320, ISO 125

f/2.8, 1/320, ISO 125

f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 125

f/3.5, 1/250, ISO 200

Biggest Brother posed with the girls on several shots, hopefully some of the attendees got some cute ones of that. I will post some of their pictures next week…

SnapShop Girls: If you noticed I tried to keep my aperture setting at f/2.8 the entire time so you could look at these and tell the difference that distance from your subject makes when dealing with aperture. Also, remember I did some processing on these so my colors may not look like yours…and every camera and lens is going to respond to lighting conditions differently.

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  • Susan - Great pics- LOVED the class! Thanks for everything!

  • chrissy - So cute! I so would love to go to a class of yours… any chance of having one in New Hampshire? ;)

  • the inadvertent farmer - Sitting here with the biggest smile on my face…there is something magical about children and you perfectly captured it! Completely digging the one of the feet in action, Kim

  • bopha - those are great pics and the girls are so cute. I can’t wait to see how the ones of baby breese turned out.

  • Casey - You always take such gorgeous photos! I wish I lived close to you so I could participate in your class

  • Lindsey P - You are such a gifted photographer! I found your site by accident and now I’m hooked! Have you been to She has a lot of free action sets for Photoshop.