weekly giveaway: amelia kay photography

G'day mate! Time for week 4 of our weekly giveaways!! Last weeks winner was:

Number 23, Kelsey! Congrats, Kelsey! Please email me.

This week we have the wonderful Amelia donating one of her photos. Let's get to know Amelia, shall we?

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am a self taught photographer living in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. I am also a stay at home mom to a 5.5yo and 4yo! I am originally from Virginia, but I really love living here at the base of the Rockies....but I also miss the trees from back east! 

Bowl of Raspberries - 5x5 Postcard - Fine Art Photograph on Metallic Card Stock - Perfect For Framing -- Spring bright red raspberries in a white bowl. tan. black. blue. pink. whimsical. bright. bold. mothers day. fo her. cook. chef. garden. berry patch.

How long have you been interested in photography?

I have been interested in photography for as long as I can remember! I took classes in photography starting in 7th grade and through most of High School. In high school, I wanted to make it into a career, but in college, I ended up getting a degree in Criminal Justice and really didn't touch my camera through out college and for a few years after. It wasn't until my daughter was born in 2005 that I found my passion again. Ever since then, I have been trying to teach my self new aspects of photography. In 2007, my husband bought me macro lens for my camera and thats when I realized how much I love fine art photography and taking close up pictures of flowers, food and pretty much anything else I can find. I opened up my Etsy shop in 2009 and realized my old high school dream of making photography a career! 

Purple Dreams - Fine Art Flower Photograph Print - (8x10) Romantic and Dreamy Floral Photogaphy. lilac. lavender purple. pale blue. grey. green. yellow. black. brown.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I get my inspiration from nature around me. I love spring - its when I get my most inspiration because I love all the amazing flowers blooming that time of year. I just want to try to capture their beauty!

What other things do you enjoy doing?

My husband and I love taking our kids camping and hiking during the spring and summer! I am really itching for a camping trip this summer! haha

Thanks Amelia!

Okay guys, here's the photo your entering to win:

Love Story - 4x6 Postcard - Fine Art Still Life Photograph - Plum Purple and Cream Book pages. heart. Ready for Framing - dreamt elitett
Too gorgeous, right?

Okay, Here's how to enter:

mandatory entry
(This entry must be put in one comment)

{Go to Amelia's shop and come back here and comment saying which of her photos is your favorite}


{Be a public follower of My {beautiful} Nutty Life}

Really want to win? Here are extra ways to enter:

Each entry must be in a separate comment

1) Heart Amelia's shop
2) Have my button on your blog
3) Put the giveaway button on your blog
6) Follow me on twitter
7) Blog about this giveaway

The winner will be announced next Thursday, March 31st.


p.s. Please vote on the poll on the sidebar!


another photo shoot

You gotta love em, those photo shoots. I even posed for a couple photos myself, which is a rare happening.  I usually don't pose for photos because I don't find myself very photogenic. Even though these turned out okay, I'd much rather stay on the other side of the camera!

Anywho, on with the photos :)




I love this photo of me. It captures my personality a lot better than other ones :)










I have to teach Kate how to take up close portrait shots. All the pictures she took of me I had to crop :P Oh well, she did her best :)




How often do you have photo shoots? Who do you do them with?



it's installed... almost

So, here's the new April design! I wanted to clean up the sidebar by putting in one of those drop-down menu thingies but after multiple tries I banged my head against the keyboard and decided that html might not be my friend after all. ;)

Along with the new design I updated my "about me" page. Check it out!



a giveaway at...

(life is too short not to) wear red shoes. You simply must check out this giveaway, there are some amazing prizes! And, since this post just looks naked without a photo...

My sis


p.s. The April design will be installed shortly!


i heart faces

I Heart Faces - Photography Challenges and Photo Tutorials

 The theme for this photo challenge at i heart faces really caught my eye: a slice of life.

I have tons of photos that are just random everyday-life photos. But I thought this one would be best:


Yeah, I've shared this once before and I'm still in love with it. The total peacefulness of the shot really gets me. Also, I love the dramatic black and white!


spring photos

Just a quick post containing mostly photos of the approaching spring. I'm still not convinced that spring has arrived...





Around here it switches between the 60s one day, and the next day is in the mid 30s. It's horribly annoying.
spring ;)

Which one is your favorite?


p.s. Don't forget to enter the weekly giveaway!


weekly giveaway: rhea from sweetsnthings

The winner of last week's giveaway is....

Congrats Anna Faith! Please email me with your address!

This week the lovely Rhea of sweetsnthings

ON SALE 10% OFF The Finest Green, Handmade Vegan Hot Process Soap, "Herbal" Scent

CLEARANCE 25% OFF Lip Sweets All Natural Lip Balm, Pomegranate Kiss

How long have you been interested in making beauty products?
I've been making my own beauty products for a long, long time - I have terrible allergies, and as a teenager, I developed a rash on my face that was like an awful scaly burn, along with acne. My doctor had me taking pills, and using two different prescriptions on my face, with little help. Then, my family moved, and it all went away on its own - my new doctor told me it was most certainly due to airborne allergies in my former climate. Since then, I've discovered that I'm allergic to many ingredients in soap, hair products, and makeup. And I was so Goth! I had to stay out of the sun since I couldn't use white foundation anymore, just activated charcoal in petroleum jelly on my eyes and lips. That was a lot of makeup to have to give up, but I'm thankful now, I'm 41 and my skin is still very smooth, and wrinkle free!

Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere! My new line has scents inspired by music, the scents of holidays and spring, flowers, and some of my favorite beverages. I'm heavily influenced by the seasons, I have a huge garden and my own chickens, in the winter there's a lot of dried herbs, pumpkin, and things tend to be a little, well, gloomy - in spring and summer, the colors just become brighter, more citrus, it's just more alive for me in the summer.

What other things do you enjoy doing?
I love knitting and crochet, I really love all fiber arts and have recently begun learning to spin my own yarn. I also love riding my motorcycle, and spending time with my hubby and kids, and the chickens - I have 12, and they are just beautiful and sweet. I also have a full time job outside of my Etsy business, but it really doesn't feed my soul, so I'm really thankful for the creative outlet, and being able to share a bit of that.

Thanks so much Rhea!

Now, I'm sure you guys are dying to know what the prize is:

Two lip balms, one in the scent of butter rum and one in the scent of absinthe, one bar of lemon rosemary shampoo, AND one bar of chai tea soap! Awesome right?

Okay, Here's how to enter:

mandatory entry
(This entry can be put in one comment)

{Go to Rhea's shop and come back here and comment saying which of her beauty products is your favorite}


{Be a public follower of My {beautiful} Nutty Life}

Really want to win? Here are extra ways to enter:

Each entry must be in a separate comment

1) Heart Rhea's shop
2) Have my button on your blog
3) Put the giveaway button on your blog
4) Follow Rhea's blog
6) Follow me on twitter
7) Blog about this giveaway

The winner will be announced next Thursday, March 31st.


p.s. check out the shnazzy screen shotsat the top! I'm so proud of my self! ;)
Also, sorry for the lack of posting! I've been suffering from blogger's block :P


kate+black and white=picture post




b&w+kate=drama ;)

In case you haven't noticed, I am absolutely in love with dramatic black and white photos! What do you prefer, color or black and white?

P.S. In need of a few greeting cards? You could win some!


weekly giveaway: seaglass papercrafts

Time for week two of My {beautiful} Nutty Life's weekly giveaways! The winner of last week's giveaway is Lauren! Congrats Lauren! Please email me.

This week Christina generously agreed to sponsor it. Let's get to know Christina, shall we?

How long have I been interested in making cards?

I have been a scrapbooker since I was pregnant with my daughter about 6 years ago, but pages always take me so long to finish. About a year and a half ago, I was surfing the internet looking for inspiration when I stumbled across a few card-making blogs. I was hooked! I love stamping, and I love the smaller canvas of a standard card size, although I'm still a slow crafter!

Where do I get my inspiration?

I find inspiration literally everywhere, including magazine ads, design blogs, and the changing colors of the seasons. But my biggest source of everyday inspiration is definitely the network of amazing designers and card makers in blog-land! I have made some incredible friends through blogging about our shared passion for stamping and card making, and this community of crafters is incredibly generous with ideas, tips, and tutorials. I'm always picking up new techniques and learning about the latest trends just by scrolling through my blog reader each day, and I'm constantly adding new blogs to my list.

What other things do I enjoy doing?

 I dabble in crafts of all kinds, including crochet, basic sewing, and projects with my kids. I love spending time with my family, reading (mostly nonfiction), and gardening. I also think of myself as an amateur nutritionist, as I love to learn about food and fitness and try to find room for healthy choices and exercise every day.

Thanks Christina!
Okay guys, here's what you're entering to win:

Cute fawn happy spring card

Dogwood thanks so much handmade card

Butterfly spring wishes card

3 cards of your choice from Seaglass Papercrafts!!!

How awesome is that?! Okay, so here's how to win:

mandatory entry
(This entry can be put in one comment)

{Go to Christina's shop and come back here and comment saying which card is your favorite


{Be a public follower of My {beautiful} Nutty Life}

Really want to win? Here are extra ways to enter:

Each entry must be in a separate comment

2) Have my button on your blog
3) Put the giveaway button on your blog
5) Follow me on twitter
6) Blog about this giveaway

The winner will be announced next Thursday, March 24th, it will be picked by random.org.

Go ahead and start entering! Good luck!



i am slightly obsessed

I would love to know if any of you guys know how to do...

My sister is jumping. I'm the one closest to the camera


At the moment this is one of my favorite things to do. Its good exercise and it's just about the most fun thing in the world. A good combination, no?

You simply must try double dutch. You'll fall in love :)


P.S. The giveaway ends tonight at midnight! If you would like to enter, click here!


my sister






Fact about my sister: she is a sassy photogenic goofball... in a good way ;)


P.S. A message from Kate:

"Okay Hannah, tell your blogger people that they have to comment on this post to say I'm gorgeous. But even if you don't tell them I wouldn't be surprised if they did."

Yep, that's Kate ;)


yellow+my outfit

Jill over at Jill Samter Photography is having a link up. The theme is "yellow". Here's my photo:


And here's my outfit that I wore to the play:

My outift
Sorry the photo is so small! If I enlarge it it gets pixilated :P

Casual and cute ;)



I desperately need inspiration. For drawing, for writing, for photography, for fashion. This grey weather is driving me bonkers! There's nothing colorful to photograph and whenever I suggest a photoshoot no one seems to want to have one. And then...


I know it's time to look at old photos...




My old photos are almost enough. But I feel I need some more, so I come to the good old blog world and visit a few of my favorite bloggers. Like...

and a new favorite:

And believe me, these are only a few of my favs! There are many others but I think by the time I finished posting them I would be celebrating my fortieth birthday ;)

What, or who, gives you inspiration?


P.S. I'm going to my good friend's highschool musical tonight with her family and my li'l sis. I'll post photos of our shazzy outfits tomorrow! And don't forget to enter the giveaway! Only four entrants so far, come on guys :)