Love, Madison – Handmade Designs

For a while now I’ve been selling my crocheted goodies, but recently I’ve introduced wedding and other event invitation designs. I’ve sold a couple since listing them on my Etsy and I really, really love designing them more than I ever thought I would! I have always loved creating something out of that big blank canvas in Photoshop, and I feel like lately I’ve grown even more. Especially now that I have a tablet (thanks, B ♥) and have so much more to learn.

Tonight I got a random thought and decided to Google “paint watercolor in photoshop.” I am obsessed with the airiness and femininity of a watercolor logo. I’m also looking to rebrand myself right now. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be able to paint/draw digitally so I was SUPER pumped to find this tutorial. And these free brushes/tools are insanely perfect for what I’ve been wanting to use. Here are a few I’ve played with and created in just the past hour or so. I’m IN LOVE!!!

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just some little rose doodles, maybe a new blog addition? 🙂floral wreath handwritten1

So, what do you think? Tips? Want to buy one? I’ll hopefully be listing them on my Etsy soon. 🙂



Influenster VoxBox – Reese’s Spreads REVIEW

Before I say anything, I gotta admit – I was totally reluctant to even open the Reese’s Spreads that I told Brian to go ahead and open for me. I didn’t even want to open the package, and I’m like a wild, overly excited dog toward the mailman when I get a package in the mail. I was reluctant because I’m so in love with Nutella, and I have this strange loyalty to everything, even foods and companies. Will the owners of Nutella even know if I try a competing spread? Likely not. But do I dearly love everything that Nutella is? Absolutely.

BUT. I tried it. And I have to say:




Okay seriously. I’m so mad I ever even thought about not trying the deliciousness that is Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread. Seriously. Reese’s Cups are my all time favorite candy and it’s honestly like Reese’s took a Reese’s Cup, blended it up and stuck it in a jar. That’s probably what they actually did. And then sold it. And made people like me go nuts.

The serving size is 2 tablespoons but I’m all over here like, half a tablespoon on my strawberry please, eat 12 strawberries, 6 tablespoons later……….

Anwyay! So obviously my review is that this stuff is freaking delicious and I.. might.. likeitbetterthannutella. Maybe. I haven’t decided yet. I plan on trying them one after the other to actually see. But just to give you an idea, I got my VoxBox a little over a week ago and my Reese’s Spreads jar is almost empty. #shame

Ugh and now I’m craving it. Brb, have to go finish off that jar….


Hello Again

Wow, okay. So it’s been over a year since I last posted. That’s pretty terrible! I am hoping to dedicate more time to blogging this year. I’ve deemed 2015 as the year of self expression. I want to be totally creative this year. I want it to become a habit-like act that I’m just insanely creative, thoughtful and dedicated to everything I do! I tend to get a little lazy when it comes to fulfilling creative ideas I have, and I really, really hate that. So here’s to 2014 for being great for business, and to 2015 for being full of creative and wonderful opportunities. 🙂

So onto what I actually wanted to blog about! I’ve made a vow to take more conceptual and fine art photography this year, along with capturing some little snippets of Mads more often. I’ve done a pretty great job of getting a monthly photo of her since she was born, but I really want to get some photos of her more often. I’m committing to weekly. I know I’m not even two weeks in, but I’m thinking this is going to be way easier than I had originally thought. I’m so excited!

Here are some photos I’ve already created and taken in 2015!


This was before it had snowed any this year, and I was dying for it to! It’s been so bitterly, brutally cold that I just had to at least pretend there was some snow out there. So I got cozy and comfy in front of the window, snapped a few, and edited in some snow in post! It was a fun little practice edit for when I start booking sessions and (because I know some will) clients ask me to make it snow. 😉


I’ve titled this “Another Land.” Completely inspired by my love of all things fairytale and Once Upon A Time (winter break, will you be over already?!?!), maybe a little bit of Grimm too, which I’ve just started watching. I have all the details about my photoshoot and post-work process on my photography blog!

And of course, here are some photos starring my quirky, feisty and funny gal. 🙂 ♥

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She loves her bath time sooo much. Plus it’s the only time she will let me put her hair in a bun (SO FREAKIN’ CUTE) if I’m not washing it hat particular bath. Recently I’ve started putting bubbles in her bath and she LOVES it. She called it “bubble stack” instead of bubble bath, for whatever reason hahaha. She has a big list of words she likes to add the letter k to at the end. Just one of her perfect little quirks. ♥


She loves to play “dark.” We put a blanket over our heads and she whispers little secrets to me, like we’re hiding from Daddy. It’s the cutest. I built her an awesome fort the other night with a blanket and used a kitchen chair and the couch to drape it over. She was over the moon! She promptly ran under it and motioned with her hand for me to join her and said, “Dark, Mommy!” Then she asked for Gabba (YouTube on my phone to watch Yo Gabba Gabba). She was totally serious and concentrated on finding a video to watch. I couldn’t resist.

Moving on! Do I have other resolutions? Hmm.. Take better care of my teeth. But I think that’s too ordinary and really no reason to wait until January 1st to start doing, so I’m not really going to consider it a resolution. Haha! I’d like to read more, but I’m not going to push that because hopefully I will be too busy editing photos for my clients to read! It’s been so slow lately.. I can’t wait to do some boudoir and Valentine’s Day shoots, which are both coming up very soon. I have the most adorable prop idea and I want to yell about it all over the internet but I have to keep it a secret! 😡

Okay. So there’s my long-awaited update. I’m really hoping to dedicate more time to blogging! I mean it!