Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Home Re-do

Well, as many of you know....I have a passion for photography! I love how it allows me
to use my creativity and love for design to give people memories for a lifetime. What many of you might not know....I also have a passion for interior design. Every aspect of it. The more challenging, the more fun. The tighter the budget, the more creative I can be. 

I have felt that my own home has seen better days. I have lots of pieces that I like, but
feel like things just aren't clickin' and it doesn't show any bit of my creativity. I decided to put my passion to the test. On an EXTREMELY low budget! YAY! I want fresh, clean, fun and simple! I take a lot of this home re-design inspiration from one of my favorite blogs.....Young House Love. If you have never been there, you MUST go! They are a young, fun couple who thrives on doing budget friendly renovations to their home. It's amazing what you can do with a little paint and elbow grease. JUST my style! Gimme some wood, a saw, and a hammer and nails.....and I'm in heaven! =) 

I have decided to do some before and afters of my own home (apartment for now). I made a few changes
before I took the pics, but it's basically a complete before and after. I will keep posting through my progress! Here's what I've got going right now. 

I've decided that I love the colors WHITE and green! I want fresh and clean remember! I've also got
some bright yellow accents here and there! To fireplace mantle! This is only an after....sorry about that....the before was pretty blah tho!

Yummy daffodils from Trader Joes....$1.49 a bundle!

Vase and green flowers from Michaels.....50% off! I owned everything else!

Now onto my couch wall....I had those 3 great canvas' of the family that I LOVED, but thought
it was boring and needed a little color!



I had the 2 dark shelves, the 3 china tea cups and the white frame already. A little hobby lobby 50% off
deal got me the rest! Gotta love Hobby Lobby!!!

And last for office/hutch! I am trying to decide what to do to the actual hutch itself, but I've got the top of it done for now! 



I had everything except the lemons, limes and candlesticks....from Hobby Lobby for 50% off!

Stay tuned for some more updates and do-it-yourself furniture updates! YAY!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Become my fan...

I've made a HUGE mistake and accidentally deleted my facebook fan page! 
If you are reading this right now, and aren't a fan....please look me up and become my fan. I've started a new page and need to catch back up. Let's see if we can out-do my last page in the next week!! 

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Cute Daddy Moments...

I always love seeing David with Cohen. Especially when they are doing
something like reading a book! Cohen loves his Daddy, and you can totally see why in these pictures. Who wouldn't love a daddy who makes silly faces and reads silly stories! I'm so glad I got out my camera and snapped these few moments! I will cherish these forever! =)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Deal!

2010 Carley Kay Spring Special!


Only a limited number of sessions available! Book now, for this amazing deal! Perfect for Easter! 

What does it include???
30 minute photo session for up to 5 people
10-15 proofs online for 7 days
1-8x10 and 1-5x7 print in the same pose of your choice
*any additional prints can be purchased in online gallery for 20% off

Chicago area weekends:
March 27/28 & April 10/11 

Warsaw weekend:
April 3/4

This is a first come, first serve special! Don't wait any longer!

Great Gift Idea

Hello world! It's been a while since I've spoke with you! =) This past week
has been a crazy week that has just taken over my life. I haven't done much with regards to business! BUT I'm happy to say that I'm back and ready to go. In just a couple weeks, my schedule will be full and every weekend will be filled with fun sessions, weddings, graduations and fun memories! This is your last chance to get in on the fun! If you would like a spring session or are even thinking about something in the summer. Now's the time! I can't emphasize that enough. I am close to being booked through July at this point! There are most definitely openings, but the longer you wait....the harder it will be to fit you in! With that is one more reason why you should book your session NOW! I've found the perfect gift for anyone in your life. Memory Blocks!

What a fun way to bring some love to your mantle, desk, dresser, nursery and so much more. You get 3 wooden blocks with photos of your child or family! You can choose the color theme for your blocks and even write something on one of the sides. We can also customize them for you so you can order more than 3 and incorporate your family name! What a fun gift for parents and grandparents!

Contact me for more info! Photos can be in color or B&W! Looking for something unique....well....
this is it! 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring Fashion Ideas!

Here are some great clothing ideas for your Spring and Summer
photo sessions. Picking out outfits can be the hardest part, but hopefully these selections can help you get an idea of what photographs the best and how to coordinate correctly. If you love any of these pieces and want to know where to get them....send me an email and I'll give you the link. 

Perfect for couples:

Perfect for Maternity:

Perfect for kids:

2 looks for the whole fam:

Home Sweet Home

After a week of rest and relaxation....Cohen and I have returned home to reality.
We had a blast and some much needed sun! BUT....had issues with the luggage being too heavy and had to send some stuff back with Grandma Lori. Of course, I knew it would happen! :( But all in all, a great trip! Now I just have to get back into the swing of things. I have been a little out of it since I've been home, so I apologize for anyone who has been in contact with me. takes me a bit to get back to normal. I will say, I did wake up to a beautiful......RAINY DAY!......blah

Here are some nice beachy pics from our trip, to take me back to that beautiful place! Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Sayonara! I will be out of the office today at 1 until Wednesday, March 10th. I will 
be getting some much needed rest and relaxation at the beach in Florida. Weather permitting! ;) If you have any questions, please just send me an email, as I will be checking it here and there. If it's an emergency, please give me a call at 574.265.6665! Have a great week and I'll be back soon with some awesome beach pics of my trip. Can't go without the camera....helloooooo! 


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Florida here we come...

And the packing starts. My worst nightmare. I am THE worst packer in the world, and 
now with all the new checked baggage fees.....I have to be a GREAT packer. I have been told I can only check one bag, so therefore....Cohen and I have to fit all of our stuff into one suitcase. I just don't know if it's possible. And worst of's only in the 60s down there, so that leads me to wanna pack BOTH warm and cool clothes. AAAHHHH....I can't do it. Also, I've got to figure out what to bring on the plane to keep my 19 month old entertained. I've got our bags started, but seem to be in a bit of a rut. Hopefully everything will come together within the next 24 hours. Wish me luck and sanity as tomorrow comes faster than I plan.
ANNNND you have to keep it under 50lbs? What are they trying to do to me?

Can't go on a trip without an ipod and shootsac....

Ready Mom!!

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