Archive for Personal
January 04, 2018

**The studio is closed for Winter break. All phone and email messages will be returned early February.  Thank you! xx~Kati **

This past Christmas season one of my sweet darling children mentioned that it looked like the “Hallmark channel threw-up in our home!”  I took that as a major MAJOR compliment!  (Considering there have been a few years that we were lucky to even have a tree decorated!) This year with the help of all kids our home got the “full deck the halls” treatment! Every year I always make sure to photograph our surroundings and be sure to include them in our annual holiday yearbook.  Here’s a bit of what I captured the other day.

We celebrated year 17 with our amazing Santa! You can see past year photos here.

Another tradition that I recently started in 2015 was to frame and display our past Christmas photos. After all, they were just sitting in a box! Once the season is over, I’ll store them with my holiday decorations and pull out my regular photos.

Another tradition…our family has a house elf that visits every year to make sure everyone is on their best behavior. His name is Berry Corbin. Now, Berry Corbin is not a naughty elf in the sense of doing something crazy around our house nightly or weekly.  I’d say he’s kinda freaky stealthy in the sense that he hangs around hidden until a child notices him.  Once he’s noticed, then he’ll move around for more observations and the kids have to find him again. My youngest, only noticed Berry Corbin on Christmas day! So he stayed put for 4 weeks!  Gotta love it!  Then POOF!!  he headed back to the North Pole!  I like that Elf! (wink)

Peyton’s piano decorations. Yeah…to say he we love anything Disney would be an understatement! Mickey’s Christmas Carol is our favorite family cartoon to watch yearly along with How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Our front family room tree is a 4 foot tree, so every year I can change the color scheme. Since it’s so small it doesn’t cost an arm or a leg to change up the ornaments, ribbons, or floral picks and doesn’t take long to decorate. One tradition I have for this tree is to hang my family’s photo metal ornaments that resemble our past Christmas cards. These are by far my most treasured ornaments.

This cute village I painted in 1994 and 95! My girls love unwrapping each house and setting up “Gross Village” as we affectionately call it.

My current project (that I should finish by Saturday) is going through my Chicago photos and creating a book for my lovely sister Brenda,who we’ve meet there every year since 2000! Gotta meet my personal January bucket list before heading back to work!  Wish me luck! What kind of short term projects are you trying to finish this month?

Thanks for stopping by!

xx ~Kati



January 02, 2018

Hey. Hey. Hey!

It’s that time of year for me to take a few steps back and shift focus on me. January is always my “ME” month to take care of myself and get things done around my house. Once the kids were outta the house this morning, I sat down next to the warm fire I made and starting making a looooong list of what I wanted to accomplish this month.  I’m just hoping at this point not to let myself down. But if I do, I’ll be kind to myself. Promise.

I hope you’ve made some awesome plans for 2018!

By the way, the studio is closed and will reopen early February.

Thanks for stopping by,

xx ~Kati


December 24, 2017

From my family to yours, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a WONDERFUL 2018!

The studio is closed for the season and will open again on February 5th, 2018.

Thank you for your loyalty.

xx ~Kati

November 07, 2017

Baby girl number two celebrated her 16th birthday this past weekend.  This beautiful child of mine if chock full of sugar and spice. She is a force to be reckoned with and has an amazing combination of book smarts and common sense. I never tire of telling her (and my other babies) how adored, loved, and respected she is. I just want to take a minute and remind her of who she is.


You are steady.

You protect those around you.

You dance.

You are a dreamer.

You are a hustler.

You always want to help.

You laugh.

You encourage.

Your smile brightens a room.

You believe.

My only child with beautiful green eyes that mirror her grandmothers and strawberry blonde hair, I’m beyond blessed that I get a front row seat to watch your future unfold.

Love your number one fan,




November 01, 2017

Halloween 2017.

Different. And that’s not a bad thing.

Mallory had a late class and Mr. G was out of town. So it was just me, my three youngest, and close family friends shuffling up and down our neighborhood blocks. The boys decided they had enough candy after four blocks and ran back home to quickly devour their score. Emily had plans with her friends so the sooner she could ditch us the better for her.  As for me, I’m still experiencing those “first times”, and this Halloween marked the first time I didn’t have all kids present physically and my girls were too “old” to dress up and play along for their brothers. Sigh…these kids are growing too fast and I don’t like admitting that I feel old. It’s just another testament that my kids have run past me. Away from me. There’s no catching up, so I have to learn to let go and embrace the different.

Thanks for stopping by.

xx ~K