While in New York for the holidays, I did a brief mini-session with our friends’ two little girls. There is so much love here.
I met this beautiful family through a meetup group and our boys have been friends ever since. This session was so much fun, I couldn’t help but share. Little Gavin was hamming it up for me the whole time, and the backdrop of such a stunning home was icing on the cake.
Let me start by saying: I don’t photograph weddings. And follow that with: I made an exception for these lovely friends of mine because, well, they are lovely and bought me dinner and promised to be super laid back and not stress about the photos. They are incredibly genuine people who clearly love each other and frankly, I had a blast. That being said, I still don’t photograph weddings. They are hard and stressful (even the really laid back ones) and there aren’t any do-overs if I screw up. But I still wanted to share this lovely one with you. So please enjoy. There aren’t any pictures of the ceremony – long story – but here’s a small peek at the rest of the day.
I’m breaking my hiatus for just this one post…mostly for my Grandma. Hi, Grandma!
Letters to My Son is a personal writing and photography project. It’s my attempt to capture these fleeting moments in our lives before they’re gone forever.
“That river is deep and that river is wide
And I’m a gonna need you, child, to be my guide
And if we’re gonna make it – to the other side
It’s gonna take more than just coming along for ride”
- Along for the Ride by The Okee Dokee Brothers
Today is your first birthday. A whole year has passed since we finally met face to face.
One year and one day ago, you were still just Anticipation. A bulging Potential. A whole lot of “What If”s. Then you burst out and became Real. Changing us. Teaching us. About life and love and pain and fear and heartache and JOY.
I’ve never felt so Human.
And so grateful.
I am already so proud of you. And I feel incredibly lucky to be on this journey with you.
Happy Birthday, my little Munchkin. I love you more than the world.
Hey guys. What’s up? Not much over here. I just wanted to say thanks. Thanks for visiting. For reading this little corner of my world. As so often happens, life is getting pretty hectic and I need to step back from this blog for a while. In fact, I’ve been feeling a little too exposed lately. A little too public. A little too vulnerable. I’m craving privacy. Nothing against you all, of course. My life is just changing. A LOT. My son is growing faster than I can keep up with. My world is opening up and new people are coming in. I have a house to keep up with, a marriage and friendships to nurture and I am feeling so distracted ALL THE TIME. I need to de-clutter. Re-arrange. Re-group. So I can focus more energy on all of that stuff and use what time is left over to concentrate on my art and writing and photography. So this little blog here needs to take a back seat for a while. I just thought you should know. Since you’re here and all. I’ll still post on Facebook occasionally, but I probably won’t be blogging much for a while. I hope you all have a fantastic fall. It’s the best season. Go enjoy it.
We are lucky enough to live 10 minutes from our local zoo. Plus it’s free. Which is perfect since my son apparently hates the zoo. But in between whines, we did at least see a hint of a smile at the sea lions. He was much more into lunch and lounging on the couch with dad once we got home. We’ll try again some other day.
This week we were blessed with a rare fall chill in the middle of July after a long stretch of blistering heat. We took it as an opportunity to take Bub down to the park and put him in a swing for the first time. I’d say he had a pretty enjoyable time.
As soon as I saw the large windows centered in Bub’s room in the new house, I knew I wanted some kind of storage bench underneath them. Something with kid-level shelving and kid-height sitting. I looked around and (sheesh!) most storage benches are either WAY TOO EXPENSIVE or WAY TOO UGLY or WAY TOO BIG for what I was looking for. So I decided to make my own. I figured those shoe storage shelving thing-a-ma-bobs would be the perfect size for little kid things – and the perfect height for little kid butts to sit on. So I picked one up at Target (like this).
Here it is before.
And here is how I turned it into a snazzy sitting bench. I hope this tutorial is useful. I don’t always know what I’m doing and mostly just experiment to see what works for me, so this isn’t going to be very technical.
1. The shoe shelving thing-a-ma-bob (or something similar)
2. 2″ high density foam for the cushion – a large enough piece to cover the entire top of the shelf extending about an inch over each side. I just snagged 2 of these chair pads (ON SALE!) at Joann Fabric and cut them to fit.
3. Pretty fabric (get upholstery fabric for durability). I only needed 1/2 yard of the fabric to cover the whole bench – but measure yours to be sure – make sure you have enough to fold the edges under nicely on all sides with the fabric pulled taut.
4. Upholstery nails (like this). I probably used about 45.
First I laid the foam on top of bench so it hung off about an inch on two sides and traced the other edges with a marker onto the foam. Then I cut those sides about an inch larger than the marker line.
I was NOT very precise in my cutting – I just eye-balled it and cut with fabric scissors. There are probably way more precise and less jagged methods of doing this, but I fly by the seat of my pants around here and rarely have time for perfection.
Then I attached the foam to the bench top with a couple pieces of tape to help secure it while covering with fabric.
Once I positioned the fabric on the bench, I began securing it with upholstery nails. Again – I totally eye-balled the size of the fabric, but make sure you have enough to fold the rough seams under for a smooth finish. I folded the rough edge under and used an upholstery nail to secure the fabric in the center of the back side. Then pull the front side taut and secured it in the center with another upholstery nail (remembering to fold the rough edges under so I didn’t have any fraying fabric and had a nice smooth finish). I repeated with the left and right sides – center to center. Once I had all four sides secured in the center with one nail each, I began finishing off each side working from the center out and making sure the fabric remained taut and flat as I worked.
The fabric I chose had a geometric pattern. This allowed me to use the pattern as a guide while I was pulling and stretching the fabric to make sure I was being consistent – and not making it too tight in some places and too loose in others.
In the end, I probably had a nail about every 2 inches or so. I finished the front first to make sure it looked decent – the back looks much messier than the front. But it’s the front that matters, right? Overall, I’m pretty happy with the result. And the whole thing cost about $60 total – which is probably half the retail cost of something similar. Plus, once I had the materials, it only took about an hour to do the whole project.
And here is the final piece sitting beneath the windows in Bub’s room.