April 13, 2011

For Tawna

May 4, 2010

February 24, 2010


My kids hate when I take their pictures.  So I have a lot of pictures of them looking slightly depressed.  But they are a very cute depressed.

February 16, 2010

Recycled Crayons

Easy activity for preschoolers, and a great way to use leftover crayons.  
Unwrap the crayons and break them into small pieces.  I put them into a silicon muffin tin, which made them really easy to get out.  But, there is still a waxy film on the tin.  So you might want to use a tin or pan from a garage sale or something you picked up for cheap because you may not be able to resurrect it.  Put the pan in a 150 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.  Keep a close eye on it.
There was a slight waxy buildup on the top of each crayon when I pulled it out out of the oven.  I used a paring knife to scrape it off.  

February 8, 2010

Baby Z

A sweet picture of my sweet nephew I took while my kids were playing with their cousins.  Sometimes the living room photoshoots turn out great.

October 15, 2009

N&A- Engagement

October 12, 2009

Easy Holiday Burlap Table Runner

I've seen these around the internet and had to try it myself. My mom was cleaning out her fabric cupboard and had an extra piece of burlap so I snapped it up.

Cut it to the size you want. Sew on ribbon. Seriously, it was that easy.

A couple things:
1) sewing ribbon on was easier than I thought.
2) cutting burlap is more difficult than I thought. I used a rotary cutter but I think if I did it again I would use scissors and cut along the lines.
3) I left the edges raw but I would consider somehow hemming it.

September 28, 2009

Let there be light!!

I moved from an apartment whose only windows faced north into the forest. Not the best natural light. In our new house the front room has huge windows facing south and east. The morning light is spectacular! I'm such a dork that before we even really moved in I checked to see how fast I could shoot indoors. Just for the record: 1/160 at F4. It's heaven. Here's a shot of my daughter on the kitchen table.

September 26, 2009


A photoshoot with my cute and energetic nieces.

September 24, 2009

I'm Back!

Since April we have been in transition mode at our house. My husband graduated from school, we moved across the country, he was gone all day studying for the Bar Exam, we were living at my parents, we looked for a house, and finally we moved in. It's been a few weeks since we have been in our new house so I'm ready to start getting creative again. It's been way too long.

The fun thing with moving into a new place is that there are a lot of little jobs to make the place comfortable and livable. This set of shelves used to be a doorway so the shelves are shallow and slightly unusable. It is right outside the bathroom so I use it to store lotion, etc., but our grooming supplies need not be in plain sight for everyone. A $2 curtain rod and a piece of fabric fixed it right up. I'm going to use the extra fabric to make a valence for the bathroom. I'm still looking for a valence pattern that I like, but stay tuned...

The curtain isn't as full as I wanted so if you attempt this, use more fabric than you would think you need to. I got the curtain rod at Shopko, it's just a tension rod so it doesn't need to be screwed in anywhere, it's perfect for this little project.

July 5, 2009

Slow-Sync Flash

Over at shuttersisters.com they highlighted the technique of using a slow-sync flash. It is one of my favorite ways to use my flash. It works great to highlight movement while maintaining a little detail. google it. It's a lot of fun to use.

This is a picture of my husband and son, who graciously wrestled and played for my while I was learning how to use the flash this way.

June 30, 2009

Bridal/Baby Shower centerpiece

My cousin is moving to the East Coast after her wedding so she wanted gift cards and/or money instead of large gifts. I made this centerpiece for the table and the guests simply clipped their monetary gifts onto the empty clips. It worked perfectly. I printed ten pictures of the happy couple (luckily I took their engagement photos, so I had a lot to work with), adhered them to paper, attached some ribbon, and clipped them to the tree. The only tip is to put the ribbon between the photo and the paper so that you don't see it from the back. Super easy and incredibly cheap. Especially since I already had the picture holder/tree thing.

Bridal/Baby Shower Favors

I was put in charge of favors for my cousin's wedding shower. I wanted to move past Hershey Kisses wrapped in tulle but I didn't want to break the bank. I looked online and found some cute personalized candy bar wrappers and figured I could make my own. I got some white scrapbook paper for 17 cents, some ribbon for a couple bucks and printed their initials on some green paper. Easy.
I found these Dove bars at the grocery store and saw that they had three individually wrapped bars in each package. Perfect. They were about 2" by 3", a great favor size. And I was able to get a few different varieties.
Because I had a few varieties and wanted to differentiate between them, I used return address labels with the variety printed on them to attach the paper in the back.
I used permanent adhesive to attach the ribbon
Then attached the initialed paper on top of the ribbon.

And we're finished! A nice big stack of pretty favors.