Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Shorter days. Cold nights. Holidays approaching.
Pumpkin craziness.
I go into a total nesting craze. (and I'm not even pregnant! LOL!)
Cleaning, organizing, and making the house cozy. 
I guess because somewhere in the back of my mind I am buckling down for another brutal Chicago winter.  (Fingers crossed that Farmer's Almanac is wrong!)
This has always been my favorite time of the year. 
I have a card to share that was published awhile back in Northridge's Cricut magazine.  I honestly can't remember which Cricut cartridges I used.  
I am a total slacker that way.
I do remember the assignment being a creative use for ribbon. So I created layers with my "negative space leaves."  This allowed the ribbon underneath to take center stage. 
I think the ribbon gives the card a bit of visual interest and texture. :) 
Kyle and I were both off on Monday, so we had the opportunity to spend the day together.  (A rarity these days).  I took him to breakfast and we chatted about school and his plans for college.  (He was accepted to a university of his choosing)  Part of me was feeling a bit sad....knowing that the days are becoming more and more fleeting.
So I captured this momentous year......his senior pics. 
Kyle is not a dress up kind of casual was the route we took.
This last picture is so him. 
But sensitive and kind.
My boy. 
My only son who is growing and maturing faster than this mama can handle. 
I am so proud of this young man.  He has overcome many obstacles. Life hasn't always been easy for him.  He has persevered.
I love this kid.

Monday, September 29, 2014


This past weekend I had my camera in tow everywhere we went. Cortney had a professional shoot with a Chicago photographer, Jeff from Rebirth Photo. I took pictures of him taking pictures of Cort. Totally makes sense right? We had done the photo shoot at Lincoln Park Zoo. I hadn't been there for years, and I have to say it is a truly beautiful zoo. I seriously had my camera in front of my face the entire time. This lion...amazing right? We walked the Lincoln Park area and I took a few photos of the historic Brownstones. Brian snapped a quick photo of me on our walk. We went to a trendy restaurant on Halsted street called, Summer House. The food was amazing!

Cortney had received a gorgeous one of a kind coat from a sweet lady, Ellen. She is owner of Kaleidoscope Wear. She makes each one of a kind coat with so much love and thought to detail. I loved the coat so much that I am getting one too! So I guess when mine is done, we may have to do a mother daughter session! ;)
It is almost time for of course I couldn't pass up the opportunity to dress up my pups! They are always willing models for the crazy lady with the camera!  My husband told me he was disappointed in the photos I took.  He stated that no one is going to know what they are dressed as.  Maybe he is right....but I am hoping with the stripes and little pom poms that people will figure it out! ;)  Maybe I will have to take a few photos from behind.

We went apple picking yesterday....but I was too tired to upload and edit the photos. So those will be coming at a later date. So this is why I have nothing crafty to share. I've been spending my time on my photography skills. Time with my family. Creating memories. My youngest is going to college in less than a year. I need to enjoy these days...they are fleeting. Thank you for humoring me.....and letting me share other passions in my life! HAve a great day!

Friday, August 8, 2014


I have always been a girl who loves images. I love photography and have been fascinated with it since I can remember.  I think that is why I love Pinterest so much.  Yes, I love the content that is there, but more importantly, I am interested in how things were staged and then photographed! From food, clothing, animals, whatever the subject is.  I think it has helped improve my photography skills.  So I have been practicing on anything that doesn't fight back.  My poor pups are defenseless against the Nikon.  (And a yummy dog treat!)  

Flowers are another obvious choice. My son and I took a bike ride recently with camera in tow.  He was very patient as I took pictures from every possible angle.  

In 2014, this is what teens do when their moms are busy taking photos of flowers.  ;)
He usually hates his picture being taken, but a little bribery and I was able to get one shot!

And by the way, I would love to follow you on Pinterest, if I don't already! Please leave your link below so I can do that!  And in case you want to follow me, here is mine.... Michele Kovack at Pinterest. 

Have a great day my friends! Off to take Cortney for her school physical and shots today! Woo to the hoo! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


 Good morning to you!  I have an album to share with you today that was published awhile back in Northridge Publishing's Cricut Magazine.  I wanted to create an album celebrating our rescue dog, Myla. She was an itty bitty puppy who was rescued from the mill.  Her life inevitably would have been living in a cage breeding pups.  She was all of 3 pounds when we got her. She is a full bred King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and is Kyle's dog for sure! She follows him around everywhere!  It is incredibly sweet to see how they interact with one another. 
 The album was painted a soft pink and given some splatters of white paint. I added journaling and several Cricut cuts.

 Myla is quite the character! She is spunky and laid back all in the same breath.  She has a bucketload of personality!

Now she  is two years old, 25 lbs, healthy and happy.  We love her to pieces!

Be sure to stop by on Friday! I will be participating in a Graphic 45 blog hop with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L! 
Have a great day my friends!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Best Wishes

Good morning!
I have a few misc things to share with you today.
First, I have a Crafty Secrets card that was created using a pretty digital image. (I apologize, but I am unable to link to the image.  For some reason I can not find it and have e-mailed Sandy for its location!) It was colored using my Inktense Pencils.  I added a light blue rectangle matte behind the image using a Spellbinder's die, Decorative Labels Eight. 
The bee is a sticker from Mrs. Grossman's. I added a fun button, string, and a few sequins to finish off the card. 
I have always loved photography and now that I have my new camera I am going nuts taking pictures.  So I hate to tell you all....but expect to see more pictures on the ole' blog.  ;)
I took pictures of my good friend's grandson. It was very impromptu, but all you need is a soft fuzzy blanket, evening light to make his eyes sparkle, and crazy woman with a camera! 
Her next door neighbor had a litter of puppies and I grabbed my camera to shoot some of these little guys.  (and girls!)
Who doesn't like a few good puppy shots? 
And yes, these two are from the same litter.  All  pups look completely different from one another.  
Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share with you!
Off for a bike ride and to take more (yes MORE) photos with my son today!
He is taking a photography class this year and I am hoping it ignites a passion for pictures in him. 
(Then maybe he won't whine so much when I take pics of him!) 
Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I am Beautiful

Good morning!  I have a layout to share with you today and an update on Cortney.  
First, I wanted to share this layout of Cortney inspired from Christina Aguilera's song, Beautiful. 
When you have a disability, that is often what people see. Sometimes the only thing they see.  It is difficult for many to look past that. 
Cortney has had numerous struggles in her life.  Therapy, surgeries, people being less than kind to her, and the countless stares.  As her mom it has been difficult to watch. I am her guardian, the protector, but sometimes I just can't shield her from everything.
It can be easy to be on the "Pity Potty" and stay there for awhile.  Because as much as I love Cortney there are still those moments when I think, "What should have been."  How would she be if she were a typical 19 year old? Would she play sports? Be on the honor roll? Give me hell? ;)
What about all the things she (I) will miss? No weddings.  No dad walking her down the aisle.
No children for her.
Her life is so different than the one I had imagined for her when I was pregnant. 19 years later and I still feel the loss. 
Do I think about this all the time? Certainly not.
But it creeps in from time to time.
Most of the time, I see a beautiful girl who loves to model. 
Who has touched the lives of many.
who has taught us unconditional love.
To slow down and enjoy all the little things life offers.
Hilda Burke from Angel Eyes Photography photographed Cortney last week to help expand her portfolio.
She brought her son, Eric along for the shoot. 
They were truly amazing! 
They were kind.
And Eric didn't mind one bit acting a bit crazy with his arms in the air to get Cortney to laugh.
This is when I remind myself that we are blessed. 
We have met some selfless and amazing people.
People we probably wouldn't have met if Cort had been your "typical" 19 year old.
Please visit Hilda's blog. 
She is an incredible photographer and she has numerous photos of Cortney.
As well as Cort's story.
Thank you for letting me share a bit of my heart. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Classy Bags and Photography!

Good morning!
I am up on the SRM Blog today with some classy glassine bags.  (Say that 10x really fast! LOL!) 
What makes them classy you ask?  Well the gold doilies of course! ;)
Be sure to stop by for all of the details!  
What else is new in my world? one year old camera decided to die. Yep, one year old and it went Kaput! 
Fortunately it was under warranty. And I was told that I would get a brand new camera.
Here's the problem. Best Buy doesn't offer my particular camera anymore.  So my option was to either go up or down with quality.  Of course Best Buy recommended I go down, or I'd have to spend money.
Oh no....that is NOT going to happen! I still owe money on the first camera! 
To make a long story short, I got the manager, explained my saga, and after much back and forth, he agreed to give me the better camera at no extra cost. 
So I went from a Nikon D7000 to a Nikon D7100. 
I love it! The sharpness is amazing and I had to play around a bit this weekend. So my willing test subjects didn't mind if I stuck a camera in their faces! ;) 
I am off to the buy the boy some pants for school.  His books have been ordered and first tuition payment sent in.  I can't believe he will be a senior this year.  He and I are taking a couple of college tours this week and next. Sometimes life is speeding a bit too fast for this gal's taste!
Enjoy your day!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 4, 2014

SRM Stickers and Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July to you!  I have a couple of things to share with you today!
First, I am up on the SRM blog today with my first ever post as one of their newest DT members! 
Here is a sneak peek at what I've created!
If you would like to see the whole card be sure to stop by the SRM blog. :)
Cortney is modeling an adorable skirt from My Momma's Sew Crafty! I love the bright colored leaves, and we were lucky enough to have a perfectly matching headband to go with it! The skirt is super soft and comfy!
As I mentioned yesterday, our town always has a parade and fireworks on the 3rd of July.  It is a tradition that we have participated in since moving into our house 21 years ago.  
I took a few pictures....and was so thrilled to actually get my two kiddos in the same shot! And it's actually a pretty decent picture of the two of them! 
There's my mom and George, and of course Brian and I. :)
The family is headed to the golf course tonight for the 4th.
The days of family time are fleeting as the kids get older, so I want to savor these moments. 
Have a happy 4th my friends!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Big Dog and a Bit of Modeling.....

Good morning to you all!
  It is a fairly cool, gloomy day today.  But I am enjoying the quietness of my house, with my cup of coffee.  My favorite part of the day.....but only in the summer.  During the school year it is a constant fire drill in the mornings! LOL!
Crafty Secrets has a new, super cute digital stamp set called, Big Dog.  I am a dog lover for sure, so this is right up my alley!  I found this cute bone box at the Silhouette store designed by Jamie Cripps,  and decided it would be perfect for a little treat/gift.
I colored the sentiment with my Prisma colored pencils.  I added a purple bow, a flower, and a red button for a few pops of color.  
Cortney has been a busy girl with swimming, summer school, and her modeling jobs.  She was lucky enough to model this T-shirt by Monkeybug Apparel.  I absolutely adore the saying.  And by the look on Cort's face, she adores it too!
This girl is the epitome of love.  

Another gal, Amy Corbin, sent makeup to Cortney.  The make-up was new to us but we loved it!  The mascara is fabulous and makes Cort's lashes look super thick and long.  The makeup is by Younique.  The colors Amy sent were subtle and very natural. Perfect for my girl. 
I am off to have lunch with a friend today.  I am so enjoying getting a chance to visit and catch up with my family and friends! 
I am truly a blessed person! 
Have a great day...and thank you for stopping here and making me a small part of your day.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fiera Fashions

Good morning! I apologize for not having anything crafty to share with I know that is the main reason you gals pay me a visit. ;)
 But this week has been such a fun week filled with modeling for Cortney! She had the opportunity to model some beautiful jewelry created by the talented Rebecca Fontes.  She has an Etsy shop called Fiera Fashions. 
I feel a sort of kinship to her because she has a child with Cerebral Palsy too.  She knows what it's like to have dreams for your child that you often don't think will in a million years happen.  And then something special does happen....and it's recognized by lots and lots of people. 
She was one of the first people to offer to help Cort realize her dream. 
I love the earth tones and bit of turquoise in these pieces.  So pretty!
I will have something crafty to share with you soon....I promise!  
Life has a way of taking a detour once in awhile....and while I am on this journey, I want to enjoy it because one never knows how long it will last.