Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Photography Favor

Well, I finally did it: I finally said yes.

I have been asked several times over these last few years if I'd be willing to take photos for my friends' projects. I always say no. I don't know why exactly... maybe I'm just a chicken. Sure, I'm nervous about being absolutely awful. I mean, what if I say yes and I end up with no good shots. It's always "what if."

Friday, November 23, 2012

Kid-Designed Thanksgiving Table

As I said earlier this week, my six-year-old daughter was in charge of decorating our table this year for Thanksgiving. She had a $10 budget and could use anything in the house to help her with her vision. And here's the finished product:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Table Kid Inspiration

My six year old daughter describes herself as very creative. So I decided to harness some her enthusiasm to create by allowing her free rein over decorating our Thanksgiving table. To help her with this task, I told her she had a $10 budget and that she could use Pinterest for ideas.

Seriously, it was the cutest thing watching her eyes light up while scrolling down the page. She can't write very well, so she drew pictures of what she wanted for the table and wrote the words "make" and "buy" by the drawings so she would know later what her tasks would need to be. Here are some of the images that spoke to her as a creative, party-loving first grader:

Not too shabby. I'll post the final product later this week.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Soccer Photos

I had a little fun photographing my daughter's soccer team this year. Maybe it's because it seems as though my daughter finally found her foot this season, or maybe it's because the girls were just way too cute! 

I think I might have taken about 800 photos this season. And while it took me awhile to go through all of the photos, I was so happy to share the 125 shots I was, in the end, able to pass on to the families of the team. My photography skills definitely got better over the course of the season, and I definitely took advantage of having a digital camera -- I can take tons of photos and then I can simply delete them if I don't like them.

I think I'm getting a hang of this!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

After Soccer Snacks

Sometimes I'm asked to do something that shouldn't take much time at all and I somehow find a way to turn it into a "project." I just can't help myself! I was asked to provide snacks for my kids' soccer teams and for some reason the idea of just handing over the snacks without any creative touches made me feel like I wasn't doing what I was put on this planet to do. So I went ahead and added a simple little embellishment to make an otherwise plain snack bag into something a little more personal.

All I did was bag up the post game snacks (juice box, cheese crackers, and an orange) into brown lunch bags and then I "sealed" the bags with address label sized stickers that I printed out with the kids' team names on them. The idea to bag up the snacks came from some of the other parents who had bagged their snacks previous weeks -- an idea that saves a ton of time when kids are scrambling around after a game and ready to head home.

After I was finished I was so pleased with the look that I decided that I'll probably use the same technique some day for party favor bags.

Good game, Dragons!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Día de los Muertos Makeup

Because today is November first, the official date of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), I figured there was no better day than today to share my costume from yesterday's festivities.

I had spent so much time on my kids costumes this year, and since I followed it with preparations for our annual pumpkin carving party, I didn't have a whole lot of time to make myself a costume. And I've been seriously bored by my costume from the last few years. Seriously... bored! I like to be unpredictable and there's just nothing unpredictable about wearing the same thing

So this year I made myself a new costume using what I had on hand. The pack rat in me felt a little validation as I dug through some of my attic boxes for the peasant dress I knew I had up there somewhere. And I found my box of Halloween makeup with just enough time to do the makeup job pictured above. I happened to find some fake flowers (where did those come from?!?) and pinned them to my head before adding a black fringed shawl above and behind the flowers over my hair.

What did I take away from my costume experience this year?
1) It's okay for me to keep stuff if I honestly plan to use it.
2) I actually need to use my stuff.
3) Makeup can go a long way.
4) If I want to make a costume for myself I really should get started on it in September.
5) If I don't start in September I should be prepared to wear something old or face the chaos of the last minute rush.

Who knows what kind of costume adventure I'll have next year!

¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!