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Are you guys ready for some lovin’? ¬†ūüėČ ¬†If not, check out some of these last minute Valentine’s Day cards, signs, printables, and crafts. ¬†So FUN aren’t they?!

V’day card from EnormousChampion.

These adorable Love Bug Valentine’s would be great for the little ones. ¬†Find the bugs at the Dollar Store and get the jar printable at Dandee.

Martha Stewart knows how to really rock the card making! ¬†I love these and they’d be especially easy with a dye cut machine.

This is a fabulous idea for a man¬†bouquet! ¬†Heather over at How Does She? made an ingenious bouquet out of mens socks for her guy this V’day. ¬†So great. ¬†You could probably also do the same kind of thing with underwear or t-shirts or ties.

Bakerella made these darling and simple cupcakes for V’day. ¬†So sweet and easy even I might be able to pull off whipping these up!

Want a funny card/geeky/sci-fi card?  Check this out from the Wallaroo on etsy.  LOVE it.

Or this adorable card from Rifle Paper Co.

Make yourself a freezer paper stencil (like My Girl Thursday) and hand paint this shirt for your wife (or hubby). ¬†ūüôā

Make a sweet clay heart pendant with Mitsy of ArtMind.

Speaking of clay, you could always go back to my clay rose tutorial and make some adorable vintage inspired rose rinds, earrings, or even refrigerator magnets for the special ladies in your life.

I saw this on Pinterest¬†(follow me on pinterest if you’d like)¬†and thought it would be another great freezer paper (or applique) project! ¬†Spice it up a little bit tomorrow night! ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Or, if you’re NOT in the mood, create the other side to say “In Your Dreams”.

And of course, if you have a chance, doll yourself up and take some pin ups! ¬†Your sweety will LOVE them! ūüôā

I hope you all have a FANTABULOUS VALENTINE’S DAY!!! ¬†See you back here in a few!

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So sorry about the long break from the blogging world!  My computer crashed a few weeks ago (*whimper*) and we just recently got a hold of a loaner from my father-in-law to tide us over until we can either fix the old one or afford a new one.  This computer works fine although it is S-L-O-W which is incredibly annoying and demotivates me somewhat to do much blogging.  On top of our computer issues, I have been decorating our friends house, doing March of Dimes fundraising (please donate by clicking on the button on the sidebar!), and taking pictures for people.  Plus, my hubby recently went out of town on business and brought himself home with some kind of bug which he so kindly has passed on to me and the kids (*sniffle*).

I have TONS of projects coming, I promise, so hang in here with me while I get all me stuff together. ¬†As for now, heres a peak at what I’ve been working on:

Ricky’s Bachelor House Idea Board

Entry

Living Room/Media Room

Dining/Kitchen

McTier Family Photos

Jenny and Mike’s Maternity Photos

These last ones are my favs!

Phew! ¬†See what I mean?! ¬†I’ve been busy right?! ¬†Anyway, come on back in a bit to see how to make a driftwood starburst mirror, create sketchy “wallpaper”, and make feathered earrings! ¬†See you soon!

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Hey everyone! ¬†I’ve been getting a lot of questions and requests for more info on how to take and edit your own pin-up and vintage style photos so I decided to get it together and do another pin-up photoshoot with some friends and let you all get to see how its done! ¬†I made a video of the shoot so you can really see how I do all this in my own house. ¬†We had SO much fun and I am THRILLED with the results! ¬†Check out the video (its a bit long I know, but I wanted you to be able to really see how it all works so you can feel confident enough to try it yourself), and some of my previous pin up posts and invite some friends over and get crackin! ¬†Seriously guys, this is NOT hard and you CAN do it yourself. ¬†And your guys are going to LOVE it!

Thank you so much Sabrina (who by the way is the dark-haired brunette and the mother of THREE!), Vanessa, and Melissa for being my models!  You guys did FABULOUSLY!

This photo shoot was a very PG shoot (due to the fact that I knew I’d be posting it online for all to see) but feel free to spice it up as much as you’d like for your special Valentine!

FYI:  All the outfits and props were things from my own closet.  A lot of the things in the pics are from thrift stores (its safe to say that at least 70% of my entire wardrobe consists of thrift store finds) and I highly recommend hitting up your local thrift stores before your shoot for some awesome vintage (or vintage-inspired) threads.

I really wanted to do a calendar tutorial just to show the range of outfits, props, and poses you can use so I will also now give you a list of my calendar themes month by month.

January: Think snow, ice, sledding, etc.  You could also do a little cocktail dress and hat with a noise maker and confetti for a New Years theme.  Sabrina dressed in fishnets, a black pleated skirt, a fur collar, a red hat, and teal cardigan, with a gold belt and red shoes.  *TIP*  Keep the clothes fun and colorful to make the pictures pop.  We had her pretend to be chilly.

February: This ones easy! ¬†Think Valentine’s Day of course! ¬†You can do a cupid thing with wings and a bow and arrow, or just get real sexy in a little number, or go with our theme like Sabrina and cut out hearts from construction paper. ¬†We put Sabrina in my vintage red and white polka dot dress, black thigh highs (got them at Target), and peep toes, and took pics while she cut out hearts. ¬†I’m in LOVE!

March: You could do something more inkeeping with the holidays like a St. Patrick’s Day theme, but we wanted to get more “housewifey” stuff in there (because like myself Sabrina is a housewife) so we had her hanging laundry on a clothesline. ¬†She wore her mom’s old vintage skirt and my yellow thrift store cardigan with pearls of course. ¬†We also turned on a fan and pointed it at the clothes so they looked like they were blowing in the wind a bit.

April: Think rain! ¬†“April showers bring May flowers” right! ¬†You could also do an April Fools theme and have a little prankster thing going. ¬†We went the rain route because I happen to have an adorable polka dot umbrella and kahki trench coat. ¬†Melissa is an actress and it shows! ¬†She had the CUTEST facial expressions!

May: Think SPRING! ¬†We took Sabrina, stuck a vintage floral dress on her, put an oversized flower in her hair, and gave her a basket full of tulips. ¬†And look what loveliness happened… ¬† Also, I think flying a kite would look ADORABLE or chasing butterflies…there are so many ways you could work it.

June: Summer summer summer.  There are TONS of things you could do with this!  I knew I was using a bathing suit shot for August so I wanted to do something that had to do with travel.  I happened to have an old red suitcase that I had to buy at Goodwill in Idaho to haul home a bunch of baby clothes last time I went to visit my family.  It worked great for these next shots.

July: We went for a 4th of July “all american” theme. ¬†There are tons of things you could do with this theme, especially if you happen to have an American flag or an actual sparkler or something. ¬†I, sadly, did not, but we did good despite lacking those things.

August: This is where Vanessa donned my vintage inspired floral bathing suit and struck some real pin up poses for us.  She looks AMAZING I must say.

September: Its beginning to feel like fall!  And the kids are headed back to school!  YAY!  We went with a school teacher theme here and put Sabrina in a pencil skirt, belted cardigan, fishnets, and cat eye glasses (from the Dollar Store).  I love love love how cute these turned out!

October: We actually FORGOT October.  I know. LAME.  But heres some ideas for you:  Think pumpkin carving, halloween costumes, apple picking, or playing in leaves.  Those will all be adorable.

November: Think COOKING and Thanksgiving. ¬†We went for another housewife look with my apron and kitchen and cleaning stuff. ¬†(I’ll have to post more pics of these soon) but for now… ¬†(I love Vanessa’s face in this…this is exactly how I feel about dusting.)

December: CHRISTMAS of course. ¬†Think presents, decorating a tree, baking cookies, making gingerbread houses, mistletoe, or just put on a hot red dress and a santa hat and call it good! ¬†Sabrina looks DIVINE in this one don’t you think!

And there you go!  I have given you plenty of ideas and inspiration to go do your own!  No excuses now!  Go be cute and have fun.

P.S.  I did all the editing of these photos on Picnik.  Visit my old tutorials for some tips but I will also be getting new editing tutorials up soon!

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