Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Becoming a Creative

I've often thought about sharing my experiences as a creative here on my blog. I've thought about sharing how I got started as a blogger and a photographer. Sharing what has worked for me, what didn't, and the basic in's and out's of what makes me, me. After a few years of being in the creative industry, specifically photography, I have thought about reasons why I haven't shared more of my experiences thus far, and what was stopping me. The biggest reason was that I didn't feel as if I had enough experience backed up to say what I had to say. I have had two friends recently share with me their desire to start a new blog. One with some blogging experience, one with none. My question to them was, why not? What's stopping you? I decided to take my own advice, and put out what I have to say. To open up my mind, and to begin sharing more of what goes on behind the scenes. Sharing more of what I put into the work I create, and how I go about doing all of it. I want to inspire others, and hopefully provide like-minded people with a boost of support and inspiration to chase after what they dream of, especially those two friends. Both of them have something creative to say, and I want to inspire them to say it. 

As I begin this adventure of sharing, I would like to open up Q&A for any questions you may have along the way. I have gotten a decent amount of questions over the years to provide me with some basics to answer, but if there is anything in particular you would like to know, email me or comment below. Here's to a new adventure, a new series. 
love kaytee

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Our New Adventure

photo above: our little home in the country

For years now, Joel and I have been hopping from place to place, living here and there. We have lived on our own, we have lived with parents, and we have lived with friends. The journey was all leading up to our dream home, but we had to find it. We had to get on the same page, we had to figure out what we wanted, and we had to chase after it. Over the last 3 and a half years of marriage, we have loved where we were, hated where we were, but most importantly, we have dreamed. We dreamed up where we both wanted to live, and we started to pull it all together. 

At the beginning of fall of last year, we finally found it. Our dream home. It was the perfect mix of building our dream home and fixing up an old one. We knew we wanted to buy some land, and we knew we wanted to start from scratch, but building a home felt a little overwhelming. 

I have been waiting to share our new little adventure until the perfect time, but I don't think there is a perfect time. When you begin a project like this one, you hope for the best, and you hope it will be done sooner rather than later. Patience is key, which we knew going in. After owning the home for 6 months now, we have one room finished. Yay! But we have a long way to go, and I am finally ready to open up and start sharing our home piece by piece. We are doing the complete renovation ourselves, with the help of family and friends, it's proved to be fun and exciting time. So here's to sharing each step of the way and documenting the process. Right now, we have no kitchen, barely a bathroom, and no place to curl up except our bedroom, and it couldn't be more perfect. We are happy to live a little unconventionally while we work on the home. It's all part of the fun and the journey! 

Stay tuned for more home updates! I am excited to share as we go along and hopefully inspire some of you looking to fix up or build your own home! 
love kaytee

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Be Mine

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Do something you love 
Eat something you love 
Watch something you love 
Read something you love 
Kiss someone you love 

love kaytee

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

DOUGH
1 pack active dry yeast
1 cup milk, warmed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 tsp sea salt 
2 eggs 
3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 

FILLING

1 cup brown sugar
2 tblspn cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, melted

ICING 

8 oz cream cheese, softened 
1 cup powdered sugar 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1/2 cup heavy cream 

Warm your milk slowly over low heat on stove top. Once milk is warm, remove from heat and add active dry yeast, stirring slowly. 

In another bowl, beat your butter and sugar together, then add your eggs. Once well-combined, slowly add your warm milk and yeast mix. Add salt, then mix in flour a little at a time. 

On a well-floured surfaced, put some flour on your hands and remove your dough from the bowl. Begin kneading carefully, adding small bits of flour if needed, until dough ball forms and is not longer sticky. 

Shake flour around your bowl, then add dough back into it and set in a warm spot for 1 hour to rise. 

While dough is rising, combine your cinnamon and brown sugar and set aside for later. 

To make icing, beat your cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in your heavy cream, but do not over beat. Place in the fridge to sit overnight. 

Once dough has finished rising, place your dough ball on a floured surface and roll out into a 21" circle. Melt your butter for filling, and spread over the surface of dough. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mix over the surface, leaving 1" around the edges. Beginning rolling up your dough tightly. Once rolled, cut into 2" pieces, and place on a baking sheet. Let sit overnight, and bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Once done baking, carefully remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before adding icing. 

love kaytee

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mr & Mrs Mitchell

After having the honor of having Mr & Mrs Mitchell's wedding featured on Love and Lavender, I am finally getting around to blogging the wedding from my view of the day. These two are special friends that I have come to know a little more each year over the last few years, and they are the sweetest. They are high school sweet hearts, and it was such an amazing thing to be able to capture their amazing wedding day, one of the most important days of their lives. I can't believe it took me until 2015 to blog this wedding, but boy was it special to me. Such an honor to witness. Thank you Alisha & Bryon for making me part of your day! 



love kaytee