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Sunday, November 4, 2012

"N" Family Session

I'm long overdue on blogging sessions.  How long is long?  Like last year long!  Yikes.  Today is all about relaxing (yay!), painting, some editing and slowly getting things off my desktop and on to the blog.  Some people like to visit websites or Facebook pages or read blogs, so I figure it's good to put everything in all three spots.  Here we go - from last year!

The little one in these pictures could not be any cuter - a living doll!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

It Won't Be Like This For Long

I've been blessed with the 'take in this moment' trait, so I'm aware that even when I'm tired/stressed/over it and Riley wants to do something/say something/whatnot, I do my best to take it in, knowing that I'm not going to get this time back.  I've always hated the cliche "they grow up so fast", but it is SO true.  I cannot believe my little girl is going to be 4 soon.  There were many difficult middle-of-the-night-crying-baby times where I thought, "Wow, 18 years of responsibility."  Now I think, "Wow, only (almost) 14 more years til she can get up and go."  It is FLYING by.  Sometimes we'll talk and I'll say, "But one day you're going to move out and not be around Mommy and Daddy as much." and she'll say, "But I'll miss you." or "I don't want to move out."  I try to record that little voice saying that and tuck it away.  I encourage anyone with little ones to listen to this if you haven't heard it or share it with a parent that might be having a tough time.  It is so true.

It won’t be like this for long
One day soon that little girl is gonna be
All grown up and gone
Yeah, this phase is gonna fly by
So, he's tryin’ to hold on

‘Cause it won’t be like this for long



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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Long Beach Antique Market...LOVE!!

What a GREAT Sunday morning!  I finally put the Long Beach Antique Market date on my calendar so I didn't miss it.  It's the third Sunday every month and I believe they are having a 'bonus' Sunday next month.  I was a bit hesitant that it wouldn't live up to the hype - especially since you have to pay to get in!  Well, guess what?  It lived up to the hype and THEN some!!  Awesome, awesome, awesome...I might become a regular!

I've posted some of the goodies I came across.  This isn't even a smidgen of the great finds there!

I knew it was going to be a great day when I saw these before I even entered:
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Need signs?  There are TONS!
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LOVED the illustrations on this sign!
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Need knobs for a Pinterest project or something?  They've got 'em!
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I'm a horse lover.  LOVED this horse ointment thermometer sign:
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Need costume jewelry or this and that?  They've got it!
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Looking for old fans?  They've got 'em...older than this too!
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Looking for suitcases?  They've got 'em!
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Thought this was so sweet that this was given as a gift.  I always wonder about the people behind the writing:
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Need antlers for your room or the hood of your truck?  ;)  They've got 'em!
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Love.
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Did you know there's a market for old windows?  Well, there is.
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Love, love, love:
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1940's horse...LOVE:
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My mom saw this picture and just informed me that she has FOUR of the ORIGINAL prints!  They were used in a Northern Tissue campaign back in the day!  LOVED these pictures, so happy she has them!
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Again, LOVE:
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Remember the $1 frame I picked up from a garage sale, repainted and 'chicken wired' it for my girl's bows and headbands?

Before and After - $1 garage sale frame turned into headband/bow holder

Well, these peeps are selling them for $35.  Um...I'll do it for you for $15.  ;)
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This woman would sell you these 'tags' or make you a necklace for a bit more.  So cute!
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Looking for old toys?  They got 'em!
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...and what I left with:

Horse - after I asked about it the man decided to just give it to me as a 'gift'.  It's got a broken leg (which I didn't notice and nobody else noticed - the legs are longer...the photo cropped them off!).  What a great random act of kindness!  I'll be painting it to look like a carousel horse.  I'll post the after when finished.  :)

Cinderella record - $1.  Checked on eBay and they are selling between $20-40!!!!  Score!!

Stand - Was priced $22, he went down to $20, then $18.  Asked if he'd take $15.  He said, "How about $17?".  "I'll take it!".  I would have paid $18.  ;)  Going to either paint it white and paint the hearts a sunshine yellow (wouldn't that be cute?!), or paint the whole thing a sunshine yellow OR robin's egg blue.  I think I'm leaning towards white with yellow 'peek-a-boo' hearts on top!
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RUN, don't walk to the next one!  I cannot say enough great things about it!  I could say a couple of 'not so nice' things about how some sellers treated some customers, but I won't.  Every seller I made contact with was GREAT to me!  Wonderful experience today!  Grateful, grateful, grateful!!

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Birthday Sisters (almost)

I'm catching up on sessions long ago...as far away as November!  Yikes!  I've backed them up, sent the CD's, but still want to keep them on my blog...just in case.

Anyway, these two sweeties celebrate a birthday about a month apart.  Mom used some of these photos for display at their Minnie birthday party so I had to keep them a secret.  Well, that was no problem since they are just now getting posted!  ;)

Happy (belated) ;) birthday, girls! 

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One of my favorite images EVER:
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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Postcards from the past...

I'm obsessed with leaving memories for my little girl after I'm gone.  The more pictures she has, the more 'keepsakes' she has in her keepsake box, the more stories she has (whether in a blog post or in a scrapbook), the better.  I become more obsessed the older I get.  I bought my parents blank 'life' books to fill out in their own stories and their own handwriting so I can have them when they are gone.

When my grandma died, the only thing I requested from my dad is something in her writing.  To me it was more important than any picture.  I have 'picture' memories of my grandma in my head, but I could never see her handwriting again or feel something that she had in her hands at one time.  My dad sent me a few recipe cards that she had written.  I cherish those.  I imagine her sitting at a desk writing them, touching them, reading them as she makes the recipe.  I cannot wait to one day make one of the recipes off one of the cards.  I'm sure it will taste so much better knowing that my grandma made it at one time.

I've become somewhat a 'thrifter' or 'junker' or whatever you want to call it.  I love scouring thrift shops and I'm hoping to find a good junk yard soon to see what treasures I can find there.  I've bought old pictures and post cards not knowing exactly what I'll do with them, but I know I will eventually find the perfect project to include them in.

This is one of the post cards that I've collected.  I was reading it the other night and wondered how wonderful it'd be to possible track this person down and let her know that I had this.  It is from her mom...over 60 years ago.  Would this person still be alive?  Not sure, but with Facebook, it's so easy to find someone now.  At least that's what I thought...not so easy with her.  She has a common name and every FB page I found didn't have anyone listed in the city she might have grown up in.  I then did a search for the address and found the home.  Saw pictures of it and everything.  I missed contacting her (or possibly her parents!) by 7 years.  That's the only time the house was sold after it was bought.  Her parents must have owned it the entire time.  It is now a business organization that participates in a lot of war protests and the like.  I decided to take a chance and email the business.  I let them know that I had an old postcard and gave them the name it was addressed to.  I thought maybe it might be a small town and someone might know her.  No one did.

So now I am left with this postcard wondering where this lady might be or if she is even still here on this earth.  And if she is, I'm left wondering if she'd love to have this postcard from her mom. 

Pictures are VERY important, but they are almost the only documentation (along with emails and text message) that we have these days.  Postcards/letters/scrapbooks are a lost treasure.  Write your memories down.  Write your life down.

What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can't reread a phone call.






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Friday, June 15, 2012

Inspired

It probably happens in every craft.  There are days you think you hit a home run (and you probably give yourself too much credit) and there are days where you think you're one of the worst ever.  That's how I feel with photography sometimes.  There are definitely love/hate days.  Maybe not so much 'hate', but uninspiring days.  Days when I just don't want to look at my camera, edit another photo or even pull the 'good' camera out to snap pictures of my own little girl or my own adventures. 

And then you have to pull up your big girl pants and give yourself a kick.  You shake the feeling as best as you can, you start to believe in yourself again, you realize you aren't the best, but you aren't the worst either (!) and picking up your camera (or whatever you do) gives you the opportunity to continually approve...IF YOU WANT TO.

When the O.C. Fair comes around, that's usually my chance to sit back and reflect on my work and look to see how I can improve.  I try to do it with every session, but when you're looking for prints to submit for a competition, you REALLY critique yourself.  This year it was hard to choose the perfect submission.  I didn't have my great "Laundry Day" moment or my great 'cows in New York' moment.  I had cute/kitschy type images (at least one) in every session, but nothing that screamed, "Here I am!  I'm the one!  Enter me!".  So I decided to step out of my 'enter a funky/fun picture' box and enter just portraits.  Just faces.  You either like it when you see it or it does nothing for you.  Luckily, these three did something for whomever is pre-judging entries into the photography competition.  Luckily, I had the right eye when I chose these three.  And luckily, between me believing in myself and the O.C. Fair confirming I should continue to believe in myself, I am inspired again.

If you go to the O.C. Fair this summer, keep an eye out for three three images in the Visual Arts Photography Competition.  These three lucky families will be the new owners of a 16x20 (or larger depending on what I enter into the fair) of their print after I retrieve them when the fair ends!

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Did It Myself!

Had a fun little 18 month session today but before I post those sneak peeks, I wanted to get this project fully off my shoulders!

I bought an old, tattered, ugly brown frame (with no picture in it) from a garage sale a couple of years back.  I spent a whole dollar on it.  ;)  I was initially going to use it for a prop in sessions, but I've determined the only props I like to use are balloons - the rest I leave up to the family and the memories of a favorite toy/blanket/whatnot they want to document in their pictures.  So I trashed that idea and it set in the garage for a couple of years.  With the craze of Pinterest and all these DIY shows, I got the idea to make it a bow/headband holder for my little girl.  I live in the city but I have the heart of a country girl, so I KNEW I had to have some chicken wire become part of this project!  A little sanding, a little paint, a little use of some wire cutters and a staple gun and VOILA:  new life into an old frame!  I also think that my little girl will be able to use it as a place to hold pictures or tickets or ribbons or whatnot as she grows.  It will look cute with little laundry pins or mini pins attached as well!  And if she gets tired of it, I'll hang my necklaces on it!  :)

I picked up two old chairs from an alley a couple of years ago, so those are next!  ;)

Cheers to doing it yourself!

1.  Old $1 frame
2.  Painted and now time to get cuttin' and staplin'!
3.  Chicken wire attached!
4.  Hanging on my girl's wall.  :)

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