What to Charge for Photography


I found this video to be quite helpful. I am very new to doing photography as part of my business and this video was helpful in finding some answers to me photography business questions. Enjoy y’all!


What I learned from making my first quilt

I started making this quilt awhile ago, probably several years ago. I picked out the colors, cut out the squares and packed it all up and put it into storage. It seemed simple enough to start with but I quickly realized that it was going to take too much time and patience, which are things I didn’t have in great quantities.

Recently I was cleaning out my art room so I could upgrade it into a baby nursery and I found my lovely little quilt squares. At this point in my life, full of pregnancy fatigue and such, I realized that I have lots of time and would love to work on a project that is somewhat slow and tedious. So here’s where I started…

1. I sewed the blues and purples together and ironed them flat.


2. I cut the extra off the sides so they will be easier to sew together.


3. Then I drew a light pencil line on the back of the yellows making sure to lay them out properly. Notice that in one of these photos is an example of what my finished squares will look like.





4. Stack them up in a pretty pile.


5. Sew a 1/4 inch on both side of the pencil line.



6. Check to make sure it looks right before cutting them apart.



And that’s where I stopped for the day. So I learned that while I’m pregnant I don’t have the energy for my normal activities, but there are still fun things to do besides watching TV and laying on the couch. :)

Pollen and Puppies


Spring is in full swing in Tennessee. My puppy, Kieran, and I spent some time outside today and I couldn’t believe how much pollen there was out there! He, however, was not displeased to find all the pollen. He licked it up off the front porch where it had collected in little drifts. I found that to be a little gross. When he was done it looked like he had been eating donuts covered in yellow powdered sugar. My puppy is weird but cute.



The Best Donuts on Earth!


The Best Donuts on Earth!
…that I’ve made so far.

Ok, so I don’t know if they really are the best donuts on earth but they are the first donuts that I have ever made from scratch and they are amazing! Here is my “secret” recipe:

Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts


2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup shortening
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 quart vegetable oil for frying

1/3 cup butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 tablespoons hot water or as needed


Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.

In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. This will take about an hour. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until double. This will take about 30-45 minutes. Cover loosely with a cloth.



Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside.

Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire rack. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while still hot, and set onto wire racks to drain off excess. Keep a cookie sheet or tray under racks for easier clean up.




Then eat donuts! And get happy!

How to make a fruit smoothie

How to make a fruit smoothie


Start with your favorite frozen fruit.


Add enough milk to cover about 1/3 to 1/2 of the fruit.


Taste it. If it’s not sweet enough then add some sugar, honey, or my favorite, chocolate syrup. (I never said that this was super healthy. Lol.)


Make it pretty, because you deserve it!


Then go back to blogging!

Black and White Wind Power

I love driving past the fields of windmills in northern Indiana on my trips between Michigan and Tennessee. I’m glad that some places are really putting an effort into alternative power sources. This Earth isn’t going to last forever if we keep doing things the way that they are done now.

Myself vs. The House

Chore challenge! House, I challenge you to a duel! I will clean you in an hour or less! Well, House, do you accept? Hmmm?!?! I take your silence as acceptance to this heroic duel! To the camera to document this adventure into the scary and unknown.

1:32: Take photos to document the natural disaster of several days of work, homework, school, work… rinse and repeat.

1:33: Turn on the soundtrack of my life, The Civil Wars. Those people are amazing!

1:34: To the kitchen!

1:44: Dishwasher loaded! The rest of dishes soaking. Collecting trash.

2:01: Filled up the dishrack with clean dishes… There’s still pots and pans left to wash. Sigh. House, you are winning this so far. (In the back of my head I thought that I’d be down by now.) But I shall perservere! Since when has an Emmalee quit anything? Never!

2:02: Pep talk complete. I’m ready to hit the living room where there is literally a pile of sticks on the carpet from a sculpture that I was working on til the wee hours of the morning.

2:17: Checked the clock: what?!?! Time stop going by so fast! There’s so much more to do!

2:18: (My husband’s telling me funny things on the facebook chat, so I have to take a break from cleaning… procrastination… procrastination… Shush brain! I’m only taking a little break.) Ok, this is too good not to share. My husband is in a preaching class and the professor is teaching them how to make “good” Powerpoint presentation slides for sermons. The professor said they should use “round-y” fonts not “pointy” fonts. It took my husband a minute to figure out that he meant sans-serif fonts. Remember that kids, sans-serif fonts are now called “round-y” in non-art circles. The professor went on to add that they should add outer glows to the wording and other things that included gradients and horrifying stuff. I usually agree with what my husband learns at the Seminary, but today I’ll have to respectfully disagree. Leave the art and design to the artists.

Awe, my husband added that I shouldn’t clean. He will do it when he comes home. But, I refuse to let the house win! I challenged it to a duel and I will finish!

2:27: Break over, back to the kitchen.

2:55: House vacuumed. Dishes put away. Laundry in washer. I’m gonna call it a day!

You won this time, house. Til next time!