Monday, October 31, 2011

Newborn Portraits| Kaydence Sneak Peek | Red Bluff Photography

I am so excited to finally be sharing my niece Kaydence's portraits with you! :)
Although, since I took these my other sister Samantha has had her baby too!!
So I have her Maternity portraits to share with you soon and her new baby girl's portraits to take. Yay!

Well lets get on with the pictures, shall we!?
Meet Kaydence Kiah!!

Sweet little thing!

Since she was an October baby, we did a black and Orange/ Halloween theme.

Pumpkin hat was a consignment shop find! Only $3. :)
Precious, right... love that I captured this smile!!

I custom made this little headband, its a mini version of my Miss October Ruffled Headband.
I wonder if anyone would be interested in seeing newborn headbands in my shop??

Doesnt she have the most gorgeous pouty lips!?

One of her announcement options.

Look at that sweet smile!

Both tutu's were made by me.

Another birth announcement option. :)

Love these chubby little cheeks!!

I love my beautiful little niece. ♥♥

Ok so Kaydence's nursery theme is Monkey's and her colors are blue and pink.
Which is why we also did the blue and pink tutu and headband.
So of course then we had to get a couple shots of her sportin' an adorable sock monkey hat!
 Sock Monkey Hat from The Knotty Boutique!
Lauren (Owner of The Knotty Boutique) makes the cutest hats, and the quality is amazing!
I definitely recommend going to her, she even makes up her own designs!
I needed a Hello Kitty hat and she created one for me. :)

I love this one she just loves so lovely and peaceful, I really adore her little lips.

Another smile! Lucky captures. haha

I created this little collage, thought it would be great on canvas!

Well, I hope you enjoyed meeting my niece Kaydence, as much as I enjoyed showing her off! :)

Much Love & Hugs,

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Blog-erview With Jamie of Snow In December!!

Its Wednesday and time again for another Blog-erview!!!
Lets welcome Jamie from Snow In Decemeber to Agape Love Designs!!
If you are new here, find out about the Blog-erview Series {here}
And see all the other interviews {here}

 Can you tell us a little about yourself and Your blog?
I'm Jamie, of Snow In December,  and I've been obsessed with writing for as long as I can remember. In the past I would get an idea in my head and I'd write it on whatever I had available - a napkin, a receipt, my arm.

Now that I have a blog, I get to write my random thoughts somewhere permanent, and I fancy that someone might actually READ them! Yay!

Topics you'll see often on my blog are my Faith, the importance of family time, and random odds and ends that make up the smorgasbord that is me. I value honesty, kindness and love, and I try to weave those values through-out my posts.

 What has been the most challenging moment in being a blogger?
To me, one of the hardest things to navigate in this blogging world is dealing with privacy issues. How much personal information should I share? How much control do I have over my personal content? These are questions I still struggle with finding the answers to.

Another toughie has been fighting against my thin skin and handling hurt feelings with grace. I blogged about that here, in a post entitled - UN-FOLLOWED!

 Everyone has a favorite favorite post. Name yours and why?
After scrolling through tons of old posts (I have 147 and I've been blogging only 6 months! YIKES!) I settled on three favorites.

 Nothing Can Stop The Pink - A frivolous and fun What I Wore post dedicated to my favorite color

If Only I Could See the Way You Do - Taking a look at how our Heavenly Father sees us

The Story of an Accidental Mommy -  A personal anecdote telling how God had plans for me beyond what I ever wanted or dreamed.

 What has been the best thing about blogging so far?
It's hard to choose just one thing! The ability to write to a (small but encouraging) audience, the chance to make new friendships, the excitement of sharing something new I've learned... There are so many little things that make blogging worthwhile. But I think the best part of blogging are the days when I receive a comment like this: "Thank you for sharing that. That is exactly what I needed to hear today." It is such a great feeling to know that the words God has given me have helped someone.

God is ever-present, even in the Blogosphere. I believe that He is working through you and I, sinful as we are, to bring his sheep closer to Him, and to invite lost lambs to become a part of His flock.

I'd love to see you at my blog! Stop by and say hi! 

And one more thing: I'm having a giveaway! If you have a sweet little girl and want something cute to adorn her head, click here! 


Wow, I must say, What a WONDERFUL interview this was!
Jamie you are SUCH an inspiration to me, I totally ♥ You!
Thank you for sharing with us today. :)

Much Love & Hugs,

Monday, October 24, 2011

Singing Praises!! A Sneak Preview Of Our Family CD

My sister and I are getting our families together to create a CD to send out to friends & Family this Christmas.
No it isn't of Christmas songs, but our favorite uplifting, inspiring and just plain great songs from some of our favorite Christian artists!
The song will have 21 tracks, and here is a sneak preview, 
a few snippets, of the 8 songs we recorded yesterday!

Song list:
~Crystal Clear 
Sang by Mona Campbell (My sister)
Original Artist: Jaci Velasquez

~I Get On My Knees 
Sang by Myself & Mona
Original Artist: Jaci Velasquez

~Im With You 
Sang By Myself & Mona
Original Artists: Nicole Nordeman & Amy Grant

~The Way 
Sang by:Campbell Kids (Jasmin & Tyler), Gridley Kids (Kiah & Bruce), Myself & Mona
Original Artist: Jeremy Camp

~Somewhere In The Middle
Sang by: My Sister Mona & her son Tyler
Original Artist: Casting Crowns

~The Greatness Of Our God
Sang by: Mona & Her Husband Clayton
Original Artist: Natalie Grant

~As The Deer
Sang by: Mona & her oldest son Josh
Guitar played by: Josh Campbell
This song is a Hymn

~Your Great Name
Sang by Mona & Josh
Guitar Played by: Josh
Original Artist: Natalie Grant


The Hubs was feeling sick yesterday, so we couldnt do our songs.
He will be playing guitar and singing a few songs with me and on his own.
Songs like:
Long Black Train
Revelation Song
Better Than A Hallelujah
and several more!
I am excited to record those too!

But so far I think it has come along great.
Doesnt my sister have an AMAZING voice!?
I am so proud of our kids too. :)
There is nothing sweeter to my ears than hearing little voiced singing praises!
Even Zander & Bella sing along so sweetly!
Though they were not in the recordings.
Mona and I are trying to teach them Jesus Loves Me, so that they can have their own little track.

Anyways... so there is the preview, I am sure my sister will put together another preview video once we record the rest of the songs! And I will definitely share it here with you all too. :)
We are so excited to get this done and give them out to our friends and family.
We hope & pray this will be a blessing. That God will use it to touch hearts and lives... 
Especially to those that don't know or have a relationship with our Amazing God.

Much Love & Hugs,

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Easy Canvas Prints Review And 50% Discount Plus FREE Shipping!!

I mentioned Easy Canvas Prints before in my Photo Gallery Sneak Peek post.
But today I wanted to take a minute to give you a few more details about them.
I was contacted a while back by Easy Canvas Prints about reviewing their canvas'.
I was offered a free 8x10 Canvas Plus free shipping, in return for the review.
I love a good canvas so I agreed, but I wanted something a little bigger so...
I went ahead and paid the difference for an upgrade to the 11x14 size.

The process is very easy, you get to chose your size and canvas wrap thickness.
Then you get to upload your photo, and they have an image quality indicator.. 
so you know how good the quality will be of your picture on the canvas.
You also get to customize your border with a mirror image, image wrap, or border color of your choice.

I chose the image wrap.. and as you can see... the image wraps around the border..
You should know that this means the picture on the front will be cropped smaller so that it can wrap all the way around. So be sure to check the preview on how it looks otherwise you might crop something out that you wanted on the front.
That wasnt a problem for me, but I could see how it could be if you are not paying close attention to the preview of how your canvas will look! So be sure to check that! :) You can even choose to zoom in or out on your picture to your liking.. its right by the preview!

So here is the canvas I got, when it arrived! :)
I love it, the color and quality is gorgeous! 
And everyone who comes into our home notices it and comments on it. :)

I was so thrilled with my canvas, that I instantly knew I wanted to order another one!
And just my (and your) luck, because after getting my first canvas I checked them out on facebook to leave some comment love and saw that there was a special discount for their facebook fans!

And an AMAZING special discount it is!!!
50% Off PLUS Free shipping! 
Now thats a great deal!
So if you are looking to get a canvas of your own soon, fan Easy Canvas Prints on Facebook
and get in on their exclusive offer! Now is the perfect time to get one or more.. they make perfect gifts for Parents, Grandparents...friends.. anyone! Who doesnt love a great work of art!?

Dont forget to leave some comment love on facebook, thanking them for the wonderful discount, 
feel free to let them know I sent you too! :) That would make my day.

With the amazing FB discount, I was able to get my second Canvas, 14x11 in size...
seen here on the end of my mantel.

And here is the first one up on my shelves for now.

I was planning on creating a lovely wall gallery in my hall way with all the new pictures of the kids...
how ever with my new super busy schedule I havent had the time to get it done as soon as I had hoped. :(

Of course when I do finish it, you know I will be sure to share the finished project! 
Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later. 
Praying for more hours in the day! haha ;)

Much Love & Hugs,

P.S. I would also like to mention that Easy Canvas Prints also always has many amazing deals and discounts that get sent to your email when you sign up for them! :)
So I encourage you to do that if you want to have a heads up on all the great deals they have going on!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Costume Accessories... Can You Guess What Im Going As?

Tonight The Hubs and I are going to a costume party! 
Woohoo, adult time! Goodness, we need that.
I am pretty excited, with the busy schedule Ive been keeping lately
I have hardly had much time for blogging, crafting, emails,
alone time with The Hubs.. and really anything extra fun!
So I am excited to have some fun adult party time.

The Hubs and I didnt really want to spend extra money on costumes...
considering how expensive they are! 
And the fact that you really only wear them once...
Well at least only once a year!

So Im borrowing my sister's costume. :)
And its a really CUTE one!
With the very little spare time I had, I whipped up a couple accessories to add to the costume.
Here is a little peek:

While going through my supplies I found this octopus pendant. 
I clipped off the pendant loop, and filled it down a little so there wouldnt be any sharp edges.
Then I wire wrapped several glass pearls around it.
And glued it to a filigree ring base.
Its big and I love the way it looks!

Then I quickly made this hair clip...

Here is a quick look at how it looks in my hair.

Im sure you can guess what I am going to the party as!?
I will try to get some pics of me & The Hubs dressed up, and reveal them later. :)

Are you planning on dressing up for Halloween, or any fun costume parties?
What are you going as?
If not, what are your kids dressing up as? :)

Much Love & Hugs,

P.S. Did you hear about the sale in my shop!?

P.S.S. I got to do my NEW Niece Kaydence's newborn portraits this week! 
In case you missed it on facebook, I couldnt resist to share ONE early sneak peek:

Isnt she just precious!!!
If you are curious, I made the Headband & Tutu.
The headband is a mini version of Miss October!
I still have more to edit, but you can look forward to seeing the rest soon! :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I Mustache You To Enter These GIVEAWAYS!!!

 Did you know that I am a sponsor of Vintage Wanna Bee??
Yeah, it totally rocks, Nichelle is THEE Best!!
Check it out, you could win a pair of my Mustache Earring and a Custom Headband,
over at Vintage Wanna Be right now!!

I am also a sponsor of Wonder Forest, who is having a group giveaway!
Sweet! More stuff to win, right!? :)
And I am giving away one of my Bronze Birds Nest Necklaces:

Annnnnd In case you didnt read about it on facebook...
Im having a sale!!

Much Love & Hugs,

Blog-erview With Jen of Craft-O-Maniac!!

 Hooray its Wednesday! Which means I have another Blog-erview for you!
Today I have the amazingly creative, and gorgeous gal, Jen of Craft-O-Maniac!!
She is so sweet and down to earth and a big inspiration to me with all the fun and cute projects she posts every day... (all while taking care of her 4 little cuties-wow!)
I've really enjoyed getting to know her more through this interview and it is such an honor to have here here! 

 Tell us a little about yourself and Your blog (and shop if you have one).
My name is Jennie Larsen and for those of you who don't know- I am a twin "fraternal twin." My mom and dad named us Jennie and Justin. I have been married to my sweets Kevin for 12 years, and together we have 4 darling fun kids. My blog is all about easy to do fun crafts, DIY projects, Home Decor and an occasional recipe here or there. I love diet coke, great laughter, thrifting, crafting, decorating, chocolate preferably with caramel, baby thighs, and I love crafting with a diet coke.

  How did you first get involved with blogging?
 I started with my family blog, over time I shared crafts and fun things I made. I would get a lot of comments on my crafts and home decor. So one day I decided to open up a Craft "only" blog.

  Has blogging played a role in the start of or development of your shop? If so, how? If not, tell us how your shop came about. 
 Yes' My blog did help me with my shop, because with a growing blog and creative mind I sought the opportunity to share my headbands/ and clips on my blog.

  How do you come up with material/content for your blog each day, What inspires you?

 I would say that life in general, my surroundings, my children, other creative bloggers, and my good Ol' brain God has blessed me with, all play a roll in my creative ideas, crafts, and creations.

What has been the most challenging moment in being a blogger? 

 Feeling inadequate. While there is much "MUCH" support in the bloggy/crafty world, it also comes with not feeling good enough at times. I feel this way from time to time, but soon realize I am me, and CraftOManiac is great just the way it is, and I don't need to be anyone or have a blog like anyone else, because I do just great on my own. ;)

6. Everyone has a favorite/least favorite post. Name yours and why?

 My favorite post has to be my Craft Room Nook. I still can't believe I did it on such a small budget. I love all the colors, patterns, and organization. Its a great place for me to create, and be inspired.

Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why? 
I totally look up to Jen from TT&J. She was one of the very first Crafty/ DIY blogs I started following long before COM was ever created. She is so kind and sweet to everyone, and she makes everyone feel special. I don't feel like she singles out anyone. It seems like everyone is a star where she is concerned.

If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
I would certainly say "DO it because YOU LOVE IT!" any money or opportunities that have come my way have been amazing. However, I enjoyed blogging and loved doing it long before great fun, money and opportunities came. If those opportunities went away, it wouldn't affect me in anyway, because I TRULY LOVE creating and sharing it on my blog.

  What Social Networks are you on?
Pinterest, Twitter, FB, Etsy. These are my main ones.

What networking do you do, that you feel helps your blog and/or shop the most?
 Without a doubt my blog first and foremost, then I would say FB for sure.

 What has been the best thing about blogging so far, feel free to share any exciting triumphs or milestones you have had or reached! :) 
My milestone would for sure be hitting over 3000 followers on my blog. The best thing about blogging has been the friendships. The support from other bloggy moms just like me, mothers who have these wonderful creative outlets and can share their gift with so many of us. I love that we are all able to connect and support one another. and it is so much fun.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
I would just like to say that like mentioned above, feeling inadequate is much the same as feeling intimidated. DON'T! remember you are YOU, and that we all have the ability to be great in our own way. Let "YOU SHINE- and BE YOU!"

Jen, thank you SO much for your interview
And thank you for such wonderful advice!
Much Love & Hugs,

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Lovely Poppy GIVEAWAY (Using Rafflecopter) And DISCOUNT!

Good Morning, and Happy Sunday to you!!
Its giveaway day here on Agape Love, Hooray! :)
Today's giveaway is Sponsored by They Lovely Poppy!

handpicked & handmade accessories

This adorable shop is filled with all kinds of goodies, 
from Camera Strap Covers, Necklaces, Dog Collars, Headbands and so much more!
Be sure to check the end of this post for a great discount!

Here is just a peek at a few of my favorites from her shop!

Today One lucky winner will win this gorgeous camera strap cover!!

I've made it real easy to enter this giveaway by using rafflecopter!!
The first two entries are mandatory but all the rest are optional.
Be sure to check out the "click for instructions" under each entry to see what you need to do!
Also just for fun I made it so you can earn entries each day until the giveaway is over by tweeting and sharing this giveaway on facebook (once per day)!
Also dont forget to read the terms and conditions for more info!

Good Luck!
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