Thursday, February 28, 2013

I've Moved

Well, I have some exciting news. It has been verrry quiet around here because I have been working on a new website/blog and business. You all know of my love of photography and taking photos of children and I have finally decided to make my dreams a reality. I have been working very hard and you can find my new site here. I am working on building my portfolio, so that includes working for reduced rates for a limited time. If you are interested in booking me, please contact me. Thank you for your support in this exciting time!

Oh, and all of my old posts have transferred over to the new blog, so you can browse there too!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Last Macro Share (this week)

Ok, sorry. I'll mince words- here is vintage lace. My favorite so far. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

More Macro

As I promised, here are some more of my macro shots. I am practicing holding my camera by hand instead of by tripod so some of these are not as clear as I would like. Because you get so close, movement is very obvious macro photography and it takes a ton of practice to get those beautiful crystal clear shots. Ultimately I would like to use this lens with newborn babies, and you can't really use a tripod in those cases, so I figure I had better get practicing!

I think I might like this one the best. Something about the petals meeting the stem is so unexpectedly beautiful. Hope you are liking my sharing...

Monday, February 11, 2013

My New Lens

So, I have been debating a new purchase for a while and I finally bit the bullet last week. A couple days later, this lens showed up at my door. I have been wanting to take macro photos for a while and I ordered the 90mm Tamron. I LOVE it. I have been examining the world from a new perspective lately and have grouped things in two categories. Things that are interesting in a macro lens and things that aren't. Oh, who am I kidding, everything is more interesting at macro level.

 So yeah, I would say rocks look pretty good close up. I hope you liked these, because I have been taking lots more. Up next: the obligatory flower shots.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Jake and Mommy

Jake is not a great napper. Usually they are around 30 minutes long and then that is it. By the end of the day he is a total mess (and so am I). On this day, Elise was still napping and Jake was up early so I decided to try a self portrait on a tripod and remote. Wow. That was hard. The focus was really off. I will try again, but thought I would show you the results. 

We both were cracking up.

Jake was so excited he tried to gouge out my eyes.

They are not technically perfect, but I love the moments that we caught. I definitely will treasure these. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Stampington Goodies

Recently I got a big, and I mean big, order from Stampington & Co. Resin, alcohol inks, and tons more, but these were the things that I was inspired to photograph. 

Part of my order. Yum. I can't wait to jump into those French papers!

I have been wanting to read this book for a while.

A pack of creamy, dreamy vellum envelopes in various sizes.

All tied up with a beautiful bow...a present for me...

In other news, I have been loving this magazine. It is brand new and just amazing. I feel like this what I have been looking for. The first issue had an article about an amazing prop stylist that creates vignettes kind of like me (although much much better than I). I was completely hooked. 

Check it out, you won't be dissapointed!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Riding Our Bike

Just a normal day. Riding our bike around the driveway. My little girl is getting so big. 

I don't know when she learned to pedal, all of a sudden she was riding all over the driveway. Crazy.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Free Download February Vignette

Here is what I came up with for my February Vignette.

This month I love the vellum arrows and postcard of the Cote D' Azur. I visited the French Rivera when backpacking after college and fell in love.  I would love to go back, but I think we will be stateside for a while until the kids get bigger.

Everything has a tinge of pink for the month of love...

Antique metallic patch...

 Pill box, old linen and lovely heart. 
Here is the link to download February's vignette. I hope you like it!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Jacob's Nursery Tutorial

Poor Jacob. His room is still not finished. I am such a bad mommy. I had it all decked out for Sophie and then our little miracle arrived. With the stress and exhaustion that comes from a newborn and 2 year old, I just never got it together. Well, I am changing that right now!
I have been obsessed with string art lately, and I decided to make an initial for Jake's room. Here is what I came up with!

I purchased a  wood canvas from Michael's Crafts and taped a printed "J" to the front. I used Pacifico font.

I hammered tiny nails around the J and then removed the paper and tape from inside the nails. 

I then taped one end to the wood board and wound embroidery floss around the perimeter of the nails. Once I had an outline, I filled in the J by winding the floss around the nails haphazardly. I ended the floss where I began and tied it in a knot.

Next, I cut and tore strips of paper to line the top of the canvas and glued the ends on the back side. 

 Since the nails came through the back of the wood canvas, I wanted to cover them up. all I did was cut a piece of cardstock scrapbooking paper a little smaller than my wood and then cut a rectangle where I would hang the piece. I glued the paper to the back and had an easy way to hide my unsightly back.
There you go! An easy decor idea for any room!

Friday, January 25, 2013

2013 Goals

I try to never make resolutions. It seemed like I would always get let down when I didn't keep them or I would just forget them in a couple weeks. But last year I did something that seemed to work for me. I made a little tag that had the goals I wanted to accomplish for the year and posted it next to my mirror in my bathroom. I would see it every day and think about how to accomplish those goals. Well- I seemed to really work on those items and I decided to do the same this year. 
Here are my 2013 goals:

I think it helps when your goals are pretty...What do you think? Do you have goals this year?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rings and Earrings

I mentioned in a previous post that I was working on some new products for my shop. Well, it looks like the earrings are not going to be added anytime soon and let me show you why:

See that darn little lip on the back side of these earrings? See how uneven and annoying it is? It has been driving me crazy for days weeks months. I don't want to sand each earring to remove that lip. And I won't. Call me lazy, whatever. I just do not have the time to spend in post resin pour to sand, file and then re-mix resin to get rid of that. So until I can figure out a way to get rid of it, the earrings will have to be shelved. Boo. I do like a challenge though so maybe I will figure it out. 

Aren't they fun?

The rings however, are ready to go.  

I am wearing one of these chunkers right now. They are big and bold and lovely! You can find them here and  here. Thanks for looking!