221. christine and jake.

Busy busy editing photos, but I wanted to share this one from Christine and Jake’s wedding.

207. photo walk: red.

I took a photo walk at lunch and took photos of things that were red. Here are some things I came up with.


175. martha and alex.

Today I spent my day at Heritage Prarie Farm photographing Martha and Alex’s wedding. Everything about today was absolutely perfect. The weather was lovely. The food was absolutely amazing. I think they told me about 85 percent of it was grown on the farm and picked the night before. It was so fresh and delicious. These are some of my favorite kinds of wedding to shoot – can’t wait to get through the photographs! More to come soon on my other blog.

173. silhouette.


This weekend I got two of these frames for 25 cents at a garage sale. I thought they would be perfect to take home and spraypaint and make a silhouette of milo. The original frames were brown; I spraypainted this one grey, added some colored paper behind it. I took a photo of milo, printed it out to size and traced it on top of this dark grey cardstock I had. I glued the face to the colored paper and then put a thin coat of mod podge over it. Now I need to figure out where to hang this….

(P.S. this photo shows our GROSS bedroom paint colors. light pink with a purpley-grey trim. Hoping to get the bedroom painted soon, then I’ll unveil it!)

169. instagram coasters.

Since we got a new table, I figured we could use some coasters. I have seen ways to take scrapbook paper and adhere them to tiles and make coasters, but I did this using some instagram photos. I always print a bunch, and then I don’t really do anything with them because I can’t really find frames. This was so easy and I loved how it turned out!

I print my photos using scrapbookpictures.com, and while writing this post realized they closed this year. They printed 4×4 photos for about 12 cents a piece! Bummer. Good thing I had a stash of photos previously printed…

I went to Home Depot this morning and got some of these 4.25×4.25 ceramic tiles for 13 cents a piece. I adhered the photos to the tiles using mod podge, then used a sponge brush and brushed it over the top of the photo as well. I let it dry and did one more coat to make sure everything was good and sealed. I  got a package of little felt pads for the bottoms for $3 and stuck these to the bottom of each one.

I think I could buy a little photo hook and put it on the back and use these tiles to display the photos on the wall. These would also make really great gifts! And they were so inexpensive, I could easily make more and swap them out as I take new photos!

146. flowers planted.

We have a yard! Which means time for gardening and planting!!
First there was some weeding that needed to happen…

Then getting the are ready to plant…Found those old bricks in the yard and built a little path around the soil. That little statue was left from the previous owner.

Flowers planted! I planted all perrenials with the hope they will come back and give me some love every year! I planted some cone flowers, painted daisies, brown eyed susans, two plants that the previous owner left, and four of my neighbor’s purple flowers. We live next door to a 90 year old, lovely lady who has beautiful flowers in her yard. She insisted I come by and look at everything she has planted. She had these beautiful tall purple flowers that she took from HER neighbor forty years ago when she lived in skokie. She wanted me to take a few and plant them as well. Hopefully I can make them thrive like she has!

143. farmers market.

Today marked the first day of the farmers market in Daley Plaza! I got some vegetable plants to start my garden this weekend, and some asparagus and snap peas and peonies. I love farmers market season!