Johnson Family Fall Photo Shoot

The Johnson’s are seriously photogenic. They are one of the most adorable, funny families I’ve ever met. I had the joy of photographing their family a few weeks ago, we were planning on a fall shoot when the leaves had turned, but our schedules only allowed for a few days to choose from. Even though the leaves weren’t changing yet I think the shoot was still a success. See for yourself::

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See what I told you–gorgeous. Their son Ben is hilarious. Lindsay is gorgeous, and you can definitely see where Ben got his sense of humor from-his Dad Caleb. This was such a fun shoot!

 

–L

Wonder Woman and Sheldon Cooper

This year Dave and I went as Wonder Woman and Sheldon Cooper for Halloween. I love making our Halloween costumes. It is like a challenge every year to see what we can come up with and how much of it we can make on our own.

Last year Dave and I had two different costumes. We had two parties to go to, so I figured- Why Not?

Ron Burgundy & Veronica Corningstone. This was super fun! We got Dave’s suit at a thrift shop and I already had the pink tweed blazer and skirt (I have no idea why). The awful blonde wig I’m wearing is from a Halloween store. Not the best Veronica wig, but this was honestly the best one I could find that wasn’t $50.

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The next night we went as “Jack and Jill after we fell down the hill.” It is always fun to take something “normal” and make it bloody for Halloween. We already owned everything for these costumes, so it was an easy go.

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Two years ago we didn’t go as a “couple” with our costumes. That was the original plan- I went as Mary Poppins and Dave was supposed to go as Bert, but we couldn’t find the stuff we needed for his costume at the local thrift store. Partly because the selection wasn’t good, and partly because we waited until the day before to search. Dave’s best friend Marcus was going as Batman, so Dave decided to go as Robin. We had everything for the costume at home. We used one of Dave’s green t-shirts, and then cut the sleeves off an old red shirt he had. His “cape” is actually one of my cardigans buttoned around his neck. The ‘R’ on his shirt is just construction paper taped to his shirt. Super easy. They had so much fun!

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My Mary Poppins costume was also really easy. I used a black skirt, red belt, white button down, and a red bow tie for my costume. I also had a black umbrella that I carried around. Everything was free yo!

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This year I really wanted to go as a comic book character. Just a note for if you are researching girl comic book costumes- all of them are really slutty. All of them. I don’t know about you, but I don’t use Halloween as an excuse to leave the house practically naked. #1. Its usually cold at Halloween, so freezing my butt off doesn’t sound like fun to me. #2. Halloween for our group of friends usually involves games and dancing. I like being fully dressed for those activities.

Dave’s costume was ridiculously easy. He already had everything in his closet to be Sheldon. He is a comic book nerd and often times can be seen in a shirt of some character or another.

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My costume involved a little more time and effort, but honestly it wasn’t that hard. I started with the tulle skirt.

I picked up 5 yards of royal blue tulle from the local fabric store- it was 99 cents a yard so it cost me 5 bucks.

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I folded the tulle and cut it into strips about a foot in length. It took me about fifteen minutes to cut all of it.

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I took a belt I already had and tied each piece onto the belt. I bunched it up together and fluffed it up until I got it nice and full. I used all five yards, I probably could have used more, but I only had the 5 and it wasn’t a big enough deal to go get more.

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Then I took some poster board that I bought for the cuffs and headband and I drew stars on them. I filled them in with some silver paint and then cut them out.

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I got by trusty glue gun and hot glued the stars to the tulle. I wish I would have had more poster board to make more stars, but alas I ran out. And like the tulle I didn’t feel like it ruined anything so I just trudged on.

I started on the cuffs and headband next. I just drew the shape of the cuffs and headband on the poster board and then cut them out. I wasn’t very specific or particular. I just went with it.

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I did the same for the headband- just sketched it out really quickly and cut it out. Then I got some red craft paint I had laying around and painted some stars on.

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The shirt was the last step. I used an old navy blue t-shirt that was kind of pilly and I haven’t worn in a while. I looked up the Wonder Woman “logo” and sketched it on the shirt with a black permanent marker. Then I filled it in with some yellow craft paint. lovelucklorelai58 lovelucklorelai57

And Voila!! We had our finished costumes!

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Unfortunately, I came down with a killer cold, so we only stayed at the party for a couple hours. I will get to wear it again on Thursday at work, so all is not lost. There were some killer costumes at the party this year- The Mad Hatter and the Red Queen, a zombie Gilligan and Skipper, and so much more.

 

–L

Basement Update

I hung up some more art in the basement. Created by none other than my fabulous Momma. She is so crafty, she is constantly texting me pictures of her latest crafting adventure and sending me pins on pinterest of things that remind her of me. When she found out that I gave into Dave and his St. Louis Cardinals theme for the basement, she dove right in and started crafting.

 

I had thrown a few things up on the wall when we first moved in, a St. Louis print that I got from Etsy, and some old frames that I put fabric in. Easy peasy and it totally made the room feel more homey.
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We currently have and old sectional down there that we bought off Craigslist. It’s not the most comfortable or stylish, but it gets the job done until we save up enough money to get the fancy leather one that Dave wants.

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On the wall next to the couch, by the window I knew I wanted to hang some art there. I don’t want to hang anything by the TV- 1. I don’t want to distract from the TV and 2. It gives us a little room to rearrange when we get the new sectional. My Mom came up with the perfect thing to hang there:

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How cute are these? She didn’t even know that I had already put up chevron in the fabric- I guess its just one of those “Great minds think alike” scenarios. I just got a couple small screws, measured how far out from the window I wanted to hang them and BAM they are up on the wall!

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Dave is really starting to like how it is coming together.

A big difference going from this:

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To this:

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Here is how we are doing with the basement checklist:

1. Paint walls- We went with the same color as the Living Room/Kitchen/Dining Room. Wheat Bread by Behr. For the time being anyway. I really just wanted the pink gone!

2. Remove French Doors and Install Sliding Doors.

3. Buy a couch- most likely from craigslist. This will be the only place in the house with a TV. Just the way we like it. We eventually want to upgrade to a leather sectional.

4. Dave wants a ping pong table (anyone that wants to challenge him just name the time and place. He is amazing.) But I’m leaning more towards putting in a bar area with a small game table. More functional for Taco Game Nights.

5. New Curtains.

6. DEBUG!!! No one has lived in the house for 3 years, so it needs some major cleaning. There are spiders everywhere! Good thing I’m not afraid of spiders.

7. Update Basement bathroom- the fan in there doesn’t work and the wood paneling walls need some TLC.

 

I’m working on our Halloween costumes this week and I am SUPER stoked! I can’t wait to share it with you!

 

–L

Jewelry Storage

I love jewelry. Love it. The problem with that is that I have a metal sensitivity. It sucks. I break out in

this nasty blistery rash if metal is in contact with my skin. Metal sucks…it really really sucks (I picture

that scene from The Waterboy- Water sucks it really really sucks and then there is some arguing about

h2o vs Gatorade…) Some metals are worse than others- nickel for example will create a reaction

within minutes. Others the reaction takes a little bit longer, but it is never fun! I think because I am not

supposed to wear jewelry it makes me want to wear it more. Although, it usually results in a week or

so of nursing my poor ears or fingers back to a non-blistery state. I am also supposed to stay away from

certain foods (high acid foods, dark leafy greens, grains, and nuts). Food doesn’t spark an automatic

reaction, but I can usually tell when I’ve been eating too much of the “bad stuff”- I don’t sleep well, and

I usually start getting a rash on my forearms and hands. The hard part is that I love all of the foods that I

need to stay away from- such is life…sigh.

The main reason for this post is jewelry! I have a little jewelry armoire that sits on my dresser, but I

have a bunch of necklaces that are too long for the armoire and tend to junk it up. It is perfect for my

shorter necklaces, rings, and earrings. It even has this nifty little “caddy” that sits next to it for my dangly

earrings to hang on so I can easily pick them out.

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In our old apartment I made this handy “hanger” for my long necklaces. It took me a bit to get it up

in the house, but I finally checked it off my list. It had been sitting on my dresser since we moved in! I

made it from a wooden plaque I got from a thrift store. It was just plain wood, so I drilled two holes in

it and screwed in two knobs I picked up at my local Hobby Lobby (50% off yo!). Then I whipped out my

paint brush and some silver paint and painted the whole thing-including knobs. It took two good coats

to cover. I put a picture hanger on the back so I could hang it. Pretty simple process.

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I really like that it is hung behind the jewelry armoire. I can easily access it and all of the necklaces are

visible for easy choosing. I had a couple birds (you can view that post here) that I almost hung on the

wall across from the dresser that I decided to hang above the jewelry hanger. I think it turned out nicely.

Yay for cute organization!

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While I was re-organizing my jewelry I came across some crystal costume jewelry my Grandma gave me. I had forgotten about it. It is so beautiful. As I get older I appreciate these gifts more and more. She has these wonderful stories about everything. I was reminded of a pearl necklace she gave me when I graduated from high school. It belonged Grandma’s sister’s, my Aunt Clara. It was originally part of a very long strand of pearls that my Grandma had divided into three necklaces- one for me, my twin sister, and our older sister. Every time I wear it I think of my Grandma and Aunt Clara. It brings back precious memories.

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I love collecting items that have a history, especially when they come from my own family. My Mom has researched our ancestry  for years, and I know she has the same love for history and family heirlooms as I do. I am thankful that she taught me the value in keeping things in our family.

I am working on a blog post featuring a family photo-shoot I did last weekend. That should be up sometime next week. I hope you all are having a fabulous week!

To DIY or not DIY?

I’m putting together a full blog post for tomorrow but today I just thought I would drop in with, well, some thoughts.

Do you ever fall into the category of “I can make that myself” because you don’t like the price tag you find on something at the store? I know I do. Especially when I am with my husband. He is mister penny pincher, so if he thinks DIY is the cheaper route then he usually nixes the store bought item. The problem with that is- there isn’t a whole lot of extra time for DIY. So then I find myself frustrated that I didn’t buy said item in the first place. My philosophy is, if you want something but don’t want to make it yourself, wait for a sale or coupon to discount the item.

I am a sale fanatic. I almost never buy anything full price, and most of the time a regular sale price won’t cut it. I wait for end of season clearance-at least 50% off. That does mean that I wait longer for some things, but in the long run my bank account thanks me. I mostly do this with clothes, but the occasional home decor item does hit the clearance only list. When it comes to home decor I usually just stick to sale prices, since judging when something will be on clearance (if it ever gets there) can be tricky. If it is a big ticket item I usually start buttering Dave up months in advance, so when the actual purchase (I really hate the word purchase, not sure why but I do) comes around he is okay with it.

Anyway, those are just a few of my thoughts on DIY vs already made/store bought items. I am currently on the search for curtains for the living room and I am thinking I will be going the DIY route on this one. I can’t seem to find a print I like that is in my budget. So off to the fabric store I go!

–L

Nerks Unite

I know I promised a sneak peek at some artwork I was working on through instagram yesterday…but I kinda ruined it. Whoops. I had three pieces of scrap wood that I arranged together and painted. I went to attach them together and I kinda accidentally maybe screwed through the front of one of the pieces. Dang it. It might be salvageable, but I need the help of the Hubs and he currently has the flu.

So I am bringing you another post and a confession! Dave and I are self proclaimed Nerks. Thats right. Nerk. It is a combination of a Nerd and a Geek-

“An individual who is both a nerd and a geek.”

Dave and I come together to become a big ol’ Nerk. He loves all things Comic Books, and I love all things Sci-Fi/Fantasy. We both have an undying love for Harry Potter. But I’m the one obsessed with Doctor Who- umm 10 please? 10 all day, erry day.

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Firefly. Farscape. Stargate. Star Trek. Supernatural. Game of Thrones. Sherlock. Battlestar Galactica. Warehouse 13. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The list keeps going and going and going and going. And that are just the TV shows. Don’t even get me started on the books I read.

Dave hates all of the weird Sci-Fi shows I become obsessed with that get cancelled after one season. I binge on Netflix, and then mourn for a week once I realize its over. See- Alphas, Fringe (more than one season, but it was still pretty short). This is what I tell him:

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Give Dave Spiderman, Superman, Batman, etc and he’s a happy guy. He also loves video games- Assassins Creed, GOW, COD, to old school games- you name it he’s probably played it.

We balance each other out in this way. I don’t stand in the way of his comic books and video games, and he lets me watch all my weird sci-fi shows.

So there is a little sneak peek into our weirdo lives 🙂 I love this life, with this man.

Till next time! –L

Fall Photo Shoot- Four Thirteen Photography

Dave and I are wonderfully blessed with talented, creative friends. One of them, Chelsea, from Four Thirteen Photography was kind enough to photograph me and Dave a few weeks ago.

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We had so much fun during this shoot! Chelsea is so sweet, and such a joy to be around. She is an amazing photographer, and is a Hot Yoga instructor (that was a double meaning- she is quite attractive, but she also does teach yoga in a 5,000 degree room).

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The quilt that we are sitting on was made by Dave’s Grandma. She is so adorable. I call her Grandma Golden (her last name). She makes everyone these amazing homemade cards for every occasion- birthdays, weddings, christmas, etc. So it is always special to me to include things like that in our photos. We used it last year in a shoot that my friend Lauren did for our 2 year anniversary.

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Dave has kind of a funny grin going on here, but I really love that you can see the happiness in my face. He really does everything he can to make me happy. You can see it in my face. He is constantly making me laugh. Example: During the shoot he kept singing to me, “You’re so beautiful, you could be a part time model.” For those that don’t know, that is from the TV Show Flight of the Conchords. Its two dudes from New Zealand, and they sing hilarious songs. Like making semi compliments to girls- another great one is “You’re so beautiful, like a tree or a high class prostitute.” Nice. Check them out on Youtube.

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I’m going to post some more photos later, these are just a few of my favorites. This weekend I am doing a fall family shoot. I’m super excited about it and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Please go check out Four Thirteen Photography’s blog and facebook page! She is hella awesome!

–L