A Walk on the Dark Side – Halloween

OK, call me twisted if you must, I am ok with that. I happen to really love and I mean LOVE a bit of a darker side of art. I don’t get a chance to play in that arena to often. My daughter is my model most of the time and well, she’s all girl and loves to be pretty and floaty and dreamy. I love that too, lets face it, she’s a gorgeous little floaty princess. But this year for Halloween, and all on her own I might add, she said she wanted to be a scary witch!! My heart skipped a beat and my breath caught in my throat and my mind went crazy!!! I knew exactly how we were going to make her costume and I had a pretty good idea of how we were going to do her make up…AND I knew I HAD, absolutely HAD to make a little mini session out of it all before she hit the town to scare everyone and cast her little spells on innocent people whose doors she knocked on to get all that yummy goodness called candy.

SWOON – she makes the best little witch ever!!! My friend Stephanie said and I quote “If the bad witch in Wizard of Oz had a daughter this would be her & it looks like she’s come back to Kansas to look up Dorothy.” PERFECT!!! Please enjoy my little witch….do so at your own risk, she is mighty good at casting spells and you may just find yourself enamored by her bewitching charms. 😉


My touch

Ever buy clothing online and think it just looks oh so cute and amazing? Then it arrives at your door, you tear at the packaging with full on anticipation and excitement and then your heart sinks. It so does not look nearly as fabulous as it did online. Well, that happened to me. I was shopping online for some clothes for my 6 year old daughter for school (and let’s face it, for pictures..the photographer in me never sleeps), I spotted this adorable little skirt, all girly and frilly, with a bit of a handmade boutique appeal. I had to have it for her and I was imagining a photo session with her wearing it. Well, it was a let down when I opened it. The fabric flowers were flat, squished looking almost. I loved the color, loved the vibe of it, but knew it needed more. Even my husband thought it was “lack luster” and he said, “You should add to it”. Now for a guy to say that, especially my guy as he is just a country causal, simple clothes kind of dude, you have to know it was blah. So I set it aside for awhile, to let my disappointment wane and give myself time to get excited about giving it my touch.

Enter my new found excitement. I knew just what I was going to do it. Make a couple rolled fabric flowers, add some beads, a few buttons, a little more frill. So I put on my music (it helps me dive into my creative juices) and got to work.

Before: just a little plain, just didn’t look as good in person as it did on the website. Even these photos it looks better than it really looked to the eye.

The goodies: some sweet rolled fabric flowers, some beads, a few fun little vintage feeling buttons, hot glue gun, some frill.

I sewed on a little bead pattern (beading is not a strong suit of mine) sewed on the fabric flowers, buttons and frill and viola!!! It’s a new boutique inspired skirt that my daughter LOVED…ok..so did I.

Now my vision for her photo session was complete. I wanted a bohemian hippie appeal and this new little skirt just fit the bill and I couldn’t be happier with it.

I had a lot of fun giving this little skirt my touch. I was easy, really didn’t take much time and I used things that I already had around the house, so I wasn’t out any money either.

Kristen Marie

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