Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Owl Nursery Art

A few months ago, I sat down at the computer with the intention of learning some new Illustrator skills.  After hours of work and lots of fun, I ended up with this little dandy.

sorry about the big X, but I'm planning on selling this.
I was going to wait to give this to Kelsey until the shower, but I just couldn't wait.

This little details always end up being my favorite part...

The grandma's-to-be asked me to design the invites for Kelsey's baby shower.  Since I already had some artwork created, I used that as the starting point for the invites.

Don't worry, all info has been changed!  I love the opportunity to design things like this, thanks for asking me to do it Future Grandmas!

Monday, July 30, 2012

A New Addition!

My good friend Kelsey will soon be having a baby.  I had the privilege to attend her baby shower a few weeks ago.  The party was thrown by the two grandma's-to-be and it was wonderful.  Here are some photos from the lovely event!  It was all just so lovely!

Here's the mama-to-be with her own mother.  Two generations of wonderful women.

I took this photos before the rest of the gifts arrived.  Kelsey definitely had her work cut out for her!

The decorations were adorable!

This is Charlotte stealing our card back from our present since we forgot to put Esther's name on it.   Char definitely got caught by the two little helpers sitting up front.

Kelsey's sister, Catherine, put a personal touch on an old favorite.  What a great and hilarious idea!

It was a lovely day and a lovely party.  Congratulations Kelsey!  Can't wait to meet your little bundle of joy!

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Good in the Bad

So, yesterday was my birthday and (not gonna lie) it sort of sucked.  So here's the deal: got up late, drank ants in my rootbeer, only had time to mow 2/3rds of the lawn, huge thunderstorm, electricity went out, and had to run the generator by myself (that's scary stuff people).

Good news?  Yes, there's good news.  My family rocks.

Mom and Dad sent me flowers today, which made work all the more enjoyable.

Esther (even though she's in Asia) had an awesome birthday present waiting for me when I woke up.  This, this, and two of these.  Amazing (I'll take some photos this weekend for you).

Charlotte made my birthday cakes and they were delicious.  I had one two three pieces.  And when I called to tell her I may be house crashing if the electricity didn't come back on, she didn't mind a bit.  

Cam sang me a happy birthday song that went like this: "Happy birthday to morning." When prompted to sing a song about me, he came up with this: "Ginner Ginner Ginner Mommy Mommy Cameron."  It was beautiful.  I may or may not have watched it 20 times today.

Frank didn't hesitate to offer to come help me with the generator stuff.  Even though it was already running, I was really tempted to take him up on his offer.  I refrained, but it was comforting to know that help was only a phone call away.

Dad very patiently walked me through each step of hooking up the generator.  Which included at least 10 phone calls because the only landline that worked was in the bedroom and everything with the generator was in the garage.

And I got to spend some time on the deck with Charlie, my birthday flowers, and Oscar.

It was so hot and humid out that my lens fogged up!  I kept thinking "why the heck won't it focus?"

Out of the 82 photos I took, this one is my favorite.  This is my little hunter sticking her head as far out as she can in hopes of chasing some squirrels.  Someday Charlie, you'll have a backyard and you can go hog wild chasing squirrels and birds and rodents and bugs.

Oh my goodness, would you look at those eyebrows?  I think somebody needs a trip to the groomers!  Not it to take her!

I hope you all enjoy the weekend!  I get to see my bestest friends on Sunday and I can't wait.

ps. Mom, doesn't my post title remind you of the best show ever? Bones!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hello Macro

It's here!  It's here it's here it's here!  (insert jumping up and down here)  Meet Oscar.  Oscar loves to get up close and personal.  He's delicate and bold and he's all mine.

When Oscar arrived in the mail today, I grabbed the smallest thing I could find and started shooting.  Go figure that the smallest thing around was Cam's pirate lego.  Legos are always around in this house.

This is as close as I could get with my 35 mm kit lens (the lens that comes with the camera).

This is as close as I could get with my 50mm f/1.4 lens.

And this is Oscar.  Now, don't blame him for the blur - that is definitely my fault.  It's a heavy lens and I can see my hands shaking when I look through the lens.  So I have to make sure I get my settings just right.

Since today is my birthday (Hello 27), Charlotte and I spent last night baking so that I had some treats to take to work.   I used the cupcakes as my model for getting used to the lens.

I tried using Cameron as my model, but that kid never stops moving!

"Who's singing?"
"Help, Ginner."
"Go outside, Mommy?"
"Hi Ginner."
"Cake? Cake? Cake?"
"Hi Charlie!"
"Where's her potty?"
"Charlie's pooping!  Let's go get her!" (don't worry, I intervened)

Ok, back on track - I know that a shutter speed of 1/60 is the slowest I can get without seeing the shakiness of my hands.  It's in focus, but it's super dark.

Then I had an idea!  Lightbulb!  I should change the ISO!

I took my ISO from 200 to 1600 - what a difference!  

With a few more tweaks to the apeture and shutter speed, I had a photo that I liked.  Now, if I wasn't showing you my camera adjustment process, I would have edited this, but I still love it - mostly because Oscar is amazing.

This macro lens is all I imagined it to be.  I can't wait to take a trip and really test it out! 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Printable To-Do List

My little project yesterday was so much fun, I decided to try another small project.  See!  I'm evolving.  Instead of big projects that take up lots of time and space, I'm making small projects that take up less space (but still manage to take up lots of time).

I'm a lover of lists.  I make lists for everything I do.  When the paper gets to be a mess, I make a new list and throw the old one away.  Clean and organized - that's how I like my lists.

Here's a list for all you list-lovers out there (scroll down for the link).  It's a two page PDF with four colors for you to choose from.  You can color code your lists: red for household tasks, yellow for craft projects, green for work items, and blue for things you should do but never will (like giving the dog a bath).

Two of my favorite parts;

Check It: All of my lists include check boxes.  I need to be able to mark that I've done something without completely crossing it off.

Optimism: Lists can be long and overwhelming.  In case you find yourself needing a little encouragement, just take a look at the bottom right. 

Unfortunately, not everything on the to-do list is fun.  Instead of completing the tasks on my list, I wrote a blog post.  Hmm...I should have put that on my list so that I could have crossed it off and looked like I accomplished something.

Much better.

Download my to-do list freebie right here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Gettin' Crafty

Lately, I've been a little lazy as far as crafting goes.  Good news!  I finally got my rear in gear and made something.  Not gonna lie, it felt pretty refreshing to be creative without spending money for once.

This card and drawing from Fellow Fellow are really spectacular and lovely.  They are simple designs that have a big impact.  So a few nights ago, I set about drawing my own ribbon design in Illustrator.

It took me quite awhile, but I finally had a banner that I really liked.  Illustrator is new for me and actually crearting my own shape takes time.  I never could have drawn this by hand, so I'm really thankful to have this program that can help me.

Once I had my basic shape, I traced this shape in my Silhouette program and cut it out.  If you'd like to use this image: click on the photo to enlarge it, click save as, and you're done!  Have fun with it!  

I put a few different pieces of paper behind my cutout to see what I would like best.  What I thought would be my least favorite turned out to be my favorite after all.  The blue paper is really busy, so when I first put the white paper on top, the details got lost in the blue pattern.  When I took these photos, I realized that having space between the white and blue paper created a nice shadow.

To create the space between the two pieces of paper I used little foam spacers.  Ok, I admit that I may have gone overboard, but I didn't want it to look like it was sagging.

It actually turned out to be pretty cute.  Now, I have no idea what I'm going to do with this, but I'm glad I made it.  I had fun and I ended with a pretty cute project - all in all, it was a good time.

See those little hearts in the corner?  I'm not really one for hearts, but it seems to work on this project.  Do you think it was a good choice?