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.

When I took an Intro to Photography course my professor said one thing every photographer needs and will use ALL THE TIME is a tripod. I am a bad student. Once a year I drag my tripod out to get a family picture…the kind where I am running back and forth from behind the camera to my family and we wait for the flashing countdown. Captures what we look like, but that is about it. Chris and I have never had professional portraits (a couple of friends shot our wedding – and did an awesome job) and I wanted to capture our family before we added another girl. (Remember, back then I was having major issues with another girl coming into my family:)). So last March/April we had family portraits scheduled with my friend Shannon.  It was the day of and I was on my way to get my hair fixed and was trying to be positive despite it was raining so hard I could barely see to drive. Needless to say Shannon and I talked and canceled…and I even got my hair appt. rescheduled. Well round two comes along…RAIN AGAIN. We rescheduled. Round three…RAIN AGAIN. After that I was so fully pregnant I wasn’t up for doing it until after the baby arrived. So round four is scheduled for this Thursday…can you believe this????


I call it The Curse of the Unloved Tripod.

On a side note, I’ve gotten a lot of emails about my kitchen remodel. I have a few things to finish before I want to post pictures. One big question has been the new wall color…oddly enough it is called “Stillness”. I don’t remember the brand, I found it at Lowe’s in the section of tinted whites, but I had it mixed somewhere else. I’ll post more pictures of it all later. It really is an oxymoron that my kitchen is painted a color by that name:)

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  • Shannon Phillips - REALLY this is getting just silly! I am going to have a little talk with God and tell him we need to make some sort of deal about the next day we pick so that it doesn’t rain. I love you girl! It will happen sometime I promise!

  • Lacey McKay - Ha! That is crazy! But I believe it! I haven’t been very busy this fall, but I figure it’s a blessing in disguise because I would probably have to cancel a lot due to weather anyway.

  • Liz - Every other day this week is supposed to be beautiful! That is the kind of luck that I usually have! You never know because the weatherman aren’t always right so hopefully they will be wrong!

  • Lacey - Tremendous photos, I spent far too long looking at them!,