A couple weeks ago, my husband and our friend went to a football game, but our friend’s babysitter fell through at the last minute. So, I gladly took the opportunity to hang out with a couple of the cutest and sweetest little boys I know. Lucas (age 5) and Caleb (age 3) are so much fun. Caleb has been obsessed with his Superman costume that his awesome mamma made for him for Halloween, so that’s what he was wearing when we decided to head down to the park. And I’m so glad because it made for some really fun photos. But Caleb isn’t nearly the camera ham that his older brother, Lucas is. I couldn’t get enough of either of them. So without further ado, here they are:
pssst. If you click on any of the pictures, it’ll take you to a gallery where you can see all these photos bigger and better!
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A few days ago, I told you about my new camera and gave you a peek at the first photo shoot of Bridget I used it for (see that here). After a few long nights of processing, I’m back with the whole album. So without further ado, here it is:
(Psst. If you click on any of these photos, it’ll open a photo viewer where you can see them bigger and better. Try it. It’s good stuff.)
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I’m so grateful to Chrysa for including me in her Etsy Treasury. There are so many lovely items all gathered in one place. Here’s a look. And if you want to go directly to my Etsy shop to see my other products, you can click here.
Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.
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I really couldn’t be more excited to have gotten a new camera! My husband and I decided to use some of our wedding gift money to make the purchase. After some research, we decided on the Nikon D5100, and so far, I think I’m in love.
I’m hoping to start a part-time photography business doing portraits for families, couples, and individuals. I’ve got a little work to do before I’m ready to officially start, but James Taylor (no, not that James Taylor, though I like him, too) from Outlaw Photography and PartTimePhoto.com has given me the resources and encouragement I needed to make the decision to work towards this goal.
And I’m lucky to have a friend and co-worker who is gorgeous and just starting to pursue modeling. We’ve both been practicing our respective skills on each other, and yesterday I had the pleasure of using my new camera at a really fun photo shoot of Bridget. I still have some processing to do, but I picked a few favorites and edited them each a few different ways. Culling down the 500+ photos is definitely the hardest part of the process for me. I’m working on it.
So here is a peek at yesterday’s shoot. I really love what I have so far! Let me know what you think. I’d love some feedback and/or photography advice, whether technical or business oriented. And as the main differences in these edits is the coloring (how much or how little saturation and/or color vs. black and white), I’d love to hear which style you like best. I like them all so much, I can never decide which to go with. Please, please, help me decide!
(Hint: If you click on any of the thumbnails below, you can see a bigger and better version of these photos in a gallery format.)
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My house was built in 1928, and along with tiny closets and plaster walls, that means charming details. One of my favorite of those details is our mailbox. It’s actually a little mail chute with a little mini-door next to the front door. See:
Here’s a closer view:
It’s super convenient to get the mail, seeing as I don’t even have to open my front door. And when our friends with kids come over, the little ones L-O-V-E that little door. My husband likes to tell them that tiny pirates live inside. Yeah, he’s that guy. And they love him.
But the other day, I got the mail and didn’t shut the mailbox. A little while later, I looked over from my perch on the couch and saw this:
I’ve lived here for a year and a half, and as many times as I’ve gotten the mail, the inside of the little door — with paint slapped on in what looks like an afterthought — never really bothered me. I guess it was mostly because the little door was always shut, hiding the slack paint job from my eyes. And who cares if the back of the mailbox door looks kind of crappy, right? But for some reason, that day, I cared. And not only did I care, but I actually did something about it. I grabbed my book of scrapbook paper and picked a patterned paper that is fun, but not too crazy. Who doesn’t love some stripes?
Then, I measured the back side of the mailbox door and cut the paper to size and put a hole where the “door knob” gets screwed in.
I used some paper glaze and a paintbrush to glue the patterned paper to the back of the door.
Once it dried, I painted another layer of glaze on top of the paper to seal it.
It looks really glossy in the next picture, but that’s just because the glaze is still wet.
I waited until it dried, then replaced the little mini door knob and stepped back to admire my mini makeover.
It’s just a small thing that took very little time and effort, and it’s hidden 99 percent of the time, but it makes me happy.
Have you tackled any “hidden” projects lately that make you happy? Let me see. Please.
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I use bobby pins all the time. Not every day, but close. And somehow, it always seems like once I put a bobby pin in my hair, it becomes practically disposable. I don’t have a home for bobby pins, so they end up in random spots and I can never find them when I need them, so I grab some new ones instead. It’s not a good system.
So, I thought this was one of the simplest and most brilliant things I’ve ever seen (originally from here):
To be honest, it never really occurred to me that bobby pins are magnetic. Once I saw this, I got right to it. Since I generally do my hair in front of the medicine cabinet, that’s where it seemed like I should corral my bobbies. So I went from this, before:
And with a couple of strips of adhesive-backed magnets and about three minutes…
I had a place for my bobby pins to land when I take my hair down at the end of the day:
Here’s a closer look:
And one more close-up, for good measure:
It was one of the easiest organization projects I’ve ever done. And it’s easily hidden away behind the medicine cabinet door. How about you? How do you keep your bobby pins organized? Or other hair supplies? Have any great secrets of organization I should know about? I could use ’em.
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