The LuLa Room in Midlothian VA | A Shopping Experience Like No Other | Sarah Kane Photography

The LuLa Room in Midlothian VA | A Shopping Experience Like No Other | Sarah Kane Photography

I'm so excited to introduce you all to the most fabulous shopping experience South of the James! Ashley Phillips Hill is a LuLaRoe consultant in Midlothian VA who brings you an experience like no other.  In my photography business the Experience is as important as the quality of the images, so I have pretty high standards when I'm on the other side. My time in the LuLa Room with Ashley exceeded my expectations and I am thrilled for you to learn more about Ashely and why she is more then a LuLaRoe consultant!

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What You Didn't Know About LuLaRoe | Sarah Kane Photography

What You Didn't Know About LuLaRoe | Sarah Kane Photography

Ok, admit it. Who else has gotten caught up in the LuLaRoe Legging frenzy and ended up with leggings they weren't really in love with? I don't think anyone can say that they hate their LuLaRoe leggings because they are hands down the most comfortable thing my body has ever experienced. They are smooth as butter.  Every time I slip into a pair of my leggings I image this is what a caterpillar must experience inside it's cocoon.  So how could anyone not LOVE their LuLaRoe leggings?

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DIY Sugar Exfoliating Scrubs for Dry Lips | Richmond Photographer

DIY Sugar Exfoliating Scrubs for Dry Lips | Richmond Photographer

Learn how to make your home all natural exfoliating sugar scrubs for your dry flaky lips! The best part is you likely all ready have the ingredients in your pantry!  Although the snow can be beautiful and fun for families it does come with a price.  The low temperatures can do a number on your fragile skin especially your lips! 

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Help Your Child Be Independent and Improve Self - esteem | Richmond VA Newborn Photographer

Help Your Child Be  Independent and Improve Self - esteem | Richmond VA Newborn Photographer

Two of the biggest struggles I’ve faced in my life is over coming shyness and finding confidence in myself. I’ve learned over the years that the two go hand in hand. Some may call me an introvert and I do exhibit many of the characteristics, but one could also argue that I am an extrovert. I’ve never been one for labels, so I’m not really too concerned about figuring it out! 

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Chalk Art Drink Coasters | DIY Chalk Art | Sarah Kane Photography

DIY chalk beverage coasters | Sarah Kane Photography

Chalk art is all the rage right now and are so simple to make! with a can of chalk spray paint you can turn anything ordinary into a beautiful chalkboard! I had a whole stack of cardboard coasters that were pretty inexpensive ( and the pictures on the front was a reflection of the price) so I got a can of chalk spray paint and some chalk markers and turned the coasters into chalk art! The great thing about chalk art is you can easily wipe it away and create something new! I just had a lady's wine night at my house and chose inspirational quotes to jazz up my coasters. It's a great conversation started too! Happy Crafting!

View some more holiday craft ideas below

Presents on the wall

Ribbon Christmas tree

Light up Christmas Sign

Chalk art coasters

Christmas Card Display

                                          

Wrapping Paper Picture Frames | DIY Christmas Decorations | Sarah Kane Photography

DIY Christmas Decorations | Sarah Kane Photography

A simple and inexpensive and simple way to decorate your house for the holidays is to wrap all of your pictures as presents. You don't have to wrap the entire thing just the front (this will also save you from wasting too much wrapping paper). You also want to be sure to leave the hook in the back of the frame free if it's a wall hanging. 

I like to have the pictures peeking through my presents or you can leave them fully wrapped! I buy my wrapping paper on sale after Christmas each year to use the following year! Enjoy!

View some more DIY projects below!

Light up Christmas Sign

Ribbon Christmas tree

Chalk art coasters

Christmas Card Display

DIY Christmas decorations | Light up sign | Sarah Kane Photography

DIY christmas light up sign | sarah kane photography

I love decorating my house for Christmas, but decorations can get pretty expensive. If you wait until after Christmas for the big sales typically all of the good stuff is gone! I learned to be very thrifty during my college years and still love a good bargain. What I love more than a good bargain is making something myself. I am a total DIY kind of girl and even if I won the lottery and struck it rich I would still make many of my own decorations!

I've been a crafting fool this last week! As the busy season of photography is coming to and end I finally have time to do something other than  sitting at my computer editing, so I've been crafting like crazy! My favorite DIY Christmas decoration I made this year is my light up sign! I wanted to make it last year, but just couldn't find the time. Now that I've done it though it really wasn't difficult and didn't take too much time. All of the supplies I bought at Michael's, but you can get them at any craft store. Here's what you'll need:

Canvas

Paint (I used spray paint, but any paint will work)  

Mini leather punch set (click here to view)                       

DIY Christmas LIght up Sign | Sarah Kane Photography

Wooden mallet or small hammer 

Christmas lights (you will need a long string of lights for this)

chalk

marker or pen

extension chord      

a block of wood (to use under canvas while you punch the holds for the lights)

FIRST draw your word using a piece of chalk (one that will show through the back of the canvas when held in light). It's best to use chalk because it can easily wipe away if you make a mistake.

DIY Christmas LIght up Sign | Sarah Kane Photography
DIY Christmas LIght up Sign | Sarah Kane Photography

NEXT hold your canvas in light so you can see the chalk outline show through from the back of the canvas. Using a pen or marker mark dots where you will be punching your holes (make sure you measure how far apart your Christmas lights are and do not make holds larger than the length).

DIY Christmas LIght up Sign | Sarah Kane Photography

YOU want to punch the holes from the back of the canvas. Take your block of wood and slide it under where you will be punching the hole (do not use a plastic or wooden cutting board as the tool will hammer through them and you will be left with indents)

TO punch take your punching tool (use the tool closest to the size of the Christmas light. It will likely be just a tad too small, but we will fix this later). Hold the tool where you want to make the punch hole and then hit it a couple of times with the hammer or wooden mallet.

DIY Christmas LIght up Sign | Sarah Kane Photography

ONCE all of your holes are punched paint over the entire canvas. You will later paint the outline of the word back in using your holes as guides. My chalk outline actually  still showed through with the spray paint so I was able to follow it more easily.

WHEN the all over paint is dry outline your word with white paint.

ONCE the white paint is dry it's time to place your lights in the punch holes. Very slowly twist the lights into the holes until they punch through (don't do this too hard as the canvas may split or tear).

DIY Christmas LIght up Sign | Sarah Kane Photography

YOUR DONE! Plug it in and enjoy!!

 

View some more holiday craft ideas below

Presents on the wall

Ribbon Christmas tree

Chalk art coasters

Christmas Card Display

                                          

Best Portrait Locations in RVA | Sarah Kane Photography

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Richmond is filled with so many beautiful and unique locations and many of them are free! Check out some of my favorite locations.  

Country/Rural Locations

River (View a River Session here)

Meadow Farms Park (Glen Allen) View a portrait session at Meadow Farms here).

Byrd Park - The Carillon  (view a portrait session at The Carillon here)

Sunday Park (Midlothian) - (view a portrait session at Sunday Park here) 

Midlothian Mines Park - (view a portrait session here)

Forest Hill Park (Forest Hill) (view a portrait session at Forest Hill Park here)

Belle Isle (Richmond) (view a portrait session at Belle Isle here)

Walkerton Tavern Gardens (Glen Allen)

Armour House & Gardens at Meadowview Park (Henrico) (View of session here)

Three Lakes Park & Nature Center (Henrico)

Great Lock Ship Yard Park (downtown) (View a portrait session of Great Lock Ship Yard here)

VMFA (Museum District) (View a portrait session of VMFA here)

Blue Ridge Mountains (additional travel costs may apply)

The Water Garden at Richard Bland College (Additional travel costs may apply Petersburg)

City/Urban Locations

The American Civil War Museum at Tredegar (additional fee required)

Cary Street

Canal walk

Rocket's Landing (downtown) (view a portrait session of Rocket's Landing and Libby Hill Park)

Libby Hill Park (downtown) (view a portrait session of Rocket's Landing and Libby Hill Park)

Shockoe Bottom

The Richmond Murals Project (click here for a list of locations)

Locations That Require Additional Fees 

(prices for fees may not be up-to-date)

Tuckahoe Plantation (View a portrait session)

Blue Ridge Mountains (additional travel costs may apply .56 cents per mile)

Maymont  ($50 for 2 hours) (View a portrait session of Maymont here)

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens ($150 for 2 hours)

Age Croft ($100 for 2 hours)

The Virginia House in Windsor Farms -($100 per hour)

Main Street Station (inside) ($150 for 2 hours)

Richmond Zoo (entrance fee -adults $15.75 children (2-11) $10.75)

The American Civil War Museum at Tredegar (additional fee required)