Friday, July 26, 2013

Olivia M. | Jamestown, NC | Senior Photographer

Welcome back!

Today, I want you to meet Olivia. Beautiful and sweet, yet just enough sassy, are the words that come to mind when I think about this vibrant, young woman.

Olivia is a senior at High Point Central, Class of 2014. She is an active member of HPC’s Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honors Society, and Secretary of Beta Club. She's also an outdoorsy and crafty hipster!

michelle lyman photography design | senior photographer | jamestown, nc

It was a crazy, hot day, but we were thankful for the break in the rain. Even though I was eaten alive because I forgot my bug spray, note to self, we did find some luscious shade to shelter us.

I was psyched for the outfits that Olivia brought to the shoot. For example, the gray sleeveless top with the pop-of-color aqua skinny jeans that went perfectly with her soft coloring. And I loved the the hints of blues and greens from the peacock feather with her neutral ivory dress.

I asked Olivia whether she had any advice to offer others who were getting ready to take senior pictures. This is what she had to share:

“Double check that you have everything that you’re planning on bringing to the shoot!”
(LOL, there was a slight mishap with a missing pair of shoes. But we made it work perfectly!)

After high school, Olivia wants to go to Appalachian State University and major in Speech Pathology.

Best of luck to Olivia. I know you'll be awesome!

michelle lyman photography design | senior photographer | jamestown, nc


Friday, January 4, 2013

Sleepy Time?

drowsy dog, originally uploaded by
So little time and so much to do. The creatures around me are dropping like flies, lol. Maybe it is time to take a little nap...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Stand Out!

I have taught art to both children and adults for years. It has always made me sad when people get frustrated that their project doesn't look like someone else's. 


printable art at
Really! Don't worry; I don't really yell it at my students. I just think it loudly. Anyone that really knows me will say I have no problem standing out. I always stood out as a kid, both intentionally and not. Moving from small towns, to big cities and places that took forever to understand the slang, lol. My mom was excited to move to a new place because you could start over and be whomever you wanted to be. I was just fine being me. 

Don't get me wrong. I am in no way perfect and I am always trying to grow and learn new things. I just don't have to be someone else to do it. I am fine with having people not always agree with me. We can all be mature in our differences. I probably don't want to spend a lot of time with them anyway, so it is a win-win! Besides, when someone challenges your thoughts and ideas, it does one of two things. It either makes you stand your ground in how you feel, or it opens your mind to new possibilities.

I believe God made each of us unique. We are not supposed to have the same hair color, skin color, body style, roaring laugh, or magnificent athleticism. How boring would this world be if all art was the same? If every one looked and sounded the same? If we all drove the same car and had the same dog?

You don't have to be obnoxious to do it. Just enjoy being with yourself. If you don't enjoy it, why should someone else? Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Good Bye 2012 and Hello 2013!

Live Every Moment painting by m.lyman

I do so love new beginnings...but I would love to be able to slow time down.

Time just seems to be flying by now. I remember wishing the months by when I was in school so it would hurry and be summer break. I remember wishing the years by so I could be older. That's a big laugh now! I wish I could slow it down these days.

I seem to fill my schedule to the max sometimes until my tasks overflow into the next, and the get the hint. The days go by, the weeks go by, and now the years go by.

I am not much for resolutions. I am very goal-oriented though. I keep that going no matter the date. I do want to choose my tasks more carefully this year and commit to the things that will add memories to my life and family and start whittling down the rest.

What will you do this year?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Race to Beat the Rain...

My family has been in overdrive the last two weeks. Even though we homeschool, we do so many activities outside the home during the school year. We have been in a rush to get all of our supplies, books, and LOTS of projects completed. I keep saying that things will calm down, but it will get worse before it gets better, lol!

Here are a few projects that we finished up and headed out today...

I was surprised when my hubby was thinking about swapping this table with our current coffee table. I mean, I totally LOVE it, but I am not quite ready to part with our ginormous, square, red hangout yet. Yes, I am a color addict and I won't be changing anytime soon. I hope my son finds a girl ready for some colorful walls because white walls don't exist here. :)

And check out these gorgeous feet...


Last, but not least, is a project that I have been waiting for the perfect table backdrop for. I love doing subway art wall boxes and wanted to try it on some tables. It needed to be a surface that was pretty plain so it would not overwhelm it. I found some honking wood storage tables that were perfect!

Then I wanted some rustic chunky hardware and found a match! I just love how they turned out!

Be sure to check out Alternate Endings Design on Facebook!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Return to Routine..

Today was orientation for one of the homeschool groups that I mentor with and that my own children participate in. It was one part rude awakening (summer is wrapping up for us), and one part hooray. I know that may sound a bit odd, but I really like getting back into a routine. We homeschool a bit year round, and with half my family ADHD, myself included, the routine helps keep us from total chaos. It is just the first weeks of total CRAZY that we have to get through in order to find something a little less crazy. :)

Here are a few things I completed yesterday. I have a lot to get caught up on before classes begin and all of the sports sweep down upon us!  I loved this finish SO MUCH that I didn't stop with just one thing, I had to add some more.

All started with a dark wood finish. I did a base coat in my favorite gray, then a bright teal. After distressing it, I went over the whole thing with a metallic black glaze before I sealed it with a couple coats of poly.

These will be heading out soon. Be sure to check out Alternate Endings Design on facebook to find out where you can check them out in person!

I am linking up to these parties, be sure to check them out!
Take a Look Tuesday
Pink Hippo Party
Market Yourself Monday
Mad Skills Monday
A Marvelous Mess
More the Merrier Monday
Motivate Me Monday
Craftastic Monday
Made with Love Monday
Craftomaniac Monday
DIY Project Parade
Sundae Scoop
Saturday Seven

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Being a Jane...

I am having my creative outburst on the You're so Jane blog today so head that way and check it out!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Keep on Keepin' on...

A bit more finished up today and hopefully I will be able to load it all up and get it outta here!

I have a tendency to keep things if they hang out too long. I have to put them to use, then I can't imagine not having them, lol. Maybe this is why my husband thinks I am a hoarder. :-/ The only way I can win that argument is if he sees a preview of the real "Hoarders". That's not good for anyone...

Oops! I kinda went on a detour there. Here is the rest of it...

I am linking up to these parties today. Check them out. :)
Take a Look Tuesday
Manic Monday Linky Party
Pink Hippo Party
A Marvelous Mess

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Little Catch-Up

Here are a few tables that I finished off. These will be heading to Vintage Jane this week. :)

aqua blue and bits of gold on a fantabulous rolling side table!

I have been so sick (and tired!) and I am FINALLY regaining my strength and building my endurance back up. I am so thankful for feeling so well this weekend and I am even enjoying the bit of stiffness from my hard work the last few days.

solid wood drop leaf table w/ drawer & happy yellow/white chevon pattern!

Before I got sick, I had a TON of projects in various stages of incomplete. I was wiped out totally for a few weeks and I couldn't even fathom trying to do anything (but look at my to do list and want to run in the opposite direction!). But I finally got crackin' this weekend. I still have tons to do, but at least I am gaining some floor space now! 

vintage sewing table w/ dove gray base and chillin' blue topcoat...

Be sure to "like" Alternate Endings Design on facebook to see even more as I finish up!

I am linking up to these awesome parties!
DIY Project Parade

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Touch of Spring Color...

Here is my second table that I finished last week...

I wanted something with a little bit of color. I didn't want to go to extreme because I wanted it to be able to morph into a room for a long time instead of a passing fad. This side table started off in a light oak finish. I painted a base coat of a light gray to blend with the finish. Then, I mixed up a light green color that had a little more blue for coolness to match the green of the season. Of course, I couldn't just stop there. I added the last coat in a warmer yellow green wash for contrast. 

I did some moderate distressing to show all of the colors and added a couple of coats of wax for durability. I just LOVED the finished table. If I had a place for it, I would be keeping this! It looked great everywhere I put it. As a bedside table or end table, its colors were surprisingly versatile.

I have already hauled this table off for all the shoppers at Vintage Jane, but if you have a piece that you would like funked up a bit, just let me know!