I remember when I got my first point-and-shoot. It was a “fancy” Canon Elph and thus began my part-time love affair with photography. I suppose it’s fair to say that I’ve never really gotten into it fully, because as a creative, one has to put a limit on how many skills they try to master.
Although, we creative types are notoriously known for trying to do everything. But personally, I don’t care too much about that. My mantra is that if something doesn’t stress you out, and you love it, then just try it! I’ve recently moved through two DSLRs and currently rock a the Canon EOS Rebel T3, a Sigma wide lens (10-20mm) and a couple of other zoom Canon lenses.
For me, my love (and slow, homegrown talent) for the lens has definitely blossomed alongside the growth of my beautiful
monsters children. Another outlet for my lens is food. I’m in a happy place when I’m taking pictures of my babies and whatever I’ve got going on in the kitchen and the garden. I never went hard at it, learning my very few photography skills. It’s happened slowly over time, in the way that all good things do.
It helps that I have adorable, willing subjects and a love for composition, texture and angles. Not to mention a deep respect for the art form and dedicated skill it takes to be a good photographer. It’s a workout in fact! While I definitely promote and advocate the hiring of a local photographer for family pictures, not all of us can afford to do so with the birth of every child, or multiple times a year for all of the special occasions and magical moments in between…
I remember being SO excited when our first was well on his way; every week that passed wherein his perfect little tiny body grew and prepared itself for the big reveal meant that I had to have the perfect nursery. One might say I was fairly consumed with the planning of that first nursery, and I don’t regret a thing. I’ll always remember that experience with fondness, even the night that I went into labour at 5 a.m., breathing through a few contractions as I finished putting the room together.
One might also say I’m a procrastinator.
The only hitch was that it had to be a shared space, as we hosted family and friends and business associates quite often living in the hub of a big city (then). Making a shared space out of a walk-in closet isn’t the easiest, but it can be done! As you will soon see from this collection of closet nurseries…
It used to be that I was lucky if I wasn’t scrambling last minute to throw together costumes for my little ones. While I love making crafts and adore handmade costumes, there just wasn’t enough time. Or I wasn’t organized enough. None of those things have changed all that much.
What I have done is evaluate the level of skill and time that DIY projects I decide to tackle are going to take. I find that I get more done if I tie in family activities and outings with a craft or decor project I want to get into; like going to the pumpkin patch a couple of times in the autumn to round up plenty of natural decor accents that I can play around with at home.
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned during my short foray into motherhood is that it is possible for me to get back to some of my hobbies and have fun with my littles while doing it. Hallowe’en, making simple decor accents, and my own photo props are just a few of the things that I love to tie together in decorating my home and making all of those magical moments of one of my favourite holidays last through photography.
From my spooktacular home to yours, I do hope you enjoy some of these simple and frugal ideas that you can whip up and execute in a matter of minutes!
With Hallowe’en coming up right around the corner, you’re likely thinking of costumes. For those of you with babies and toddlers, this can be a bit more difficult, I know from experience!
I’ve always been a fan of handmade costumes, from the easy to the ornate. There’s something for everyone here, and if you’re choosing something that’s handmade from an artisan over a DIY project, remember to rush that order so you get it in time for the big day!
I know it’s not for everyone, all the gore…blood and guts of The Walking Dead. But you GUYS?! It’s Zombie Apocalypse Week! I certainly wasn’t a fan when the show first came out. I couldn’t understand why everyone was so into it! Then…somehow, some way, I gave in.
Excellent writing, characters that pull you in, great acting and an overall compelling storyline are the leading factors in how this hot hit series became one of my own favourites to watch. And many others, if Facebook is any indication. A couple of weeks ago, everyone was all a-flutter about Breaking Bad and now we’re all (you’re NOT?!) wiggling in anticipation for the season premiere of The Walking Dead this Sunday!
If you ask me, (and you are if you’re reading this), with Hallowe’en coming up, this is the perfect time to take a gander at the seriously awesome names belonging to the characters of said gory TV show. Seriously y’all, there are some gooders in here! As you’ll soon be able to tell, I had fun with this and kept things pretty tame visually. As much fun as it is to joke around about babies and toddlers being zombies, I just couldn’t bring myself to fully zombify a picture of my sweet boy!