Thursday, January 29, 2009

Dreams



"I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." - Thoreau

Okay... so the song and the quote don't exactly match, but I find parts of both of them soothing.
Monday, January 26, 2009

For All You Mothers of Boys....

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I haven't forgot about you. I have so much blogging material, but I am literally running from one thing to the next. It should be a crime to be this busy....
Sunday, January 25, 2009

What a Weekend!

More details coming soon....

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

More (and better) Apron Pictures

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These aprons came into being for several reasons. One of which was because I was at a Christmas party, and one of the gals there made an adorable woman's apron. IT got me thinking. Secondly, I have a lot of damask fabric. What's with me and damask prints, anyway? I don't know, but it will take me years to sell enough baby shoes to use up yards and yards of it. The last reason is because... well, I don't always have as much self-control as I should when it comes to being creative. I get an idea and I must make it... whether it's a good time to jump into another project or not. Also, creating something relieves stress, something I've been feeling a lot of lately. Anyway, I actually made these skirts and aprons several weeks ago, but just got around to shooting the pictures now. So, here are pics from the apron photo shoot.
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I think this picture is one of my all time favorties... something about Mia's expression and the way the sun is coming through.
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Note the bribery {goldfish} she's holding in almost every picture. I decided not to edit them out--I think it's cute... her nibbling and watching her brother play nearby. The green damask shoes will be available soon.
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Another apple picture....
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Here is a close up of the headband. The center reminded me of a hibiscus.
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Here is another skirt and apron set. Mia is wearing it with pink damask rain boots.
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Here are the boots again. I still haven't listed them, yet. My only concern is that they are plastic. The plastic is actually made frolm recycled milk cartons, so they are very eco-friendly. Also, because the boots are plastic, they wear remarkably well and repel water and stains. However, the boots get a bit wrinkly, as the pictures show, from being turned inside out during the sewing process. Do you think this is a problem?

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Here are some close ups of the actual products. Fushia and Avocado Damask Apron
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Here are the skirt and apron sets, from left to right: candy set, latte set, and fuscia set
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The skirts are a straight A-line in front and gathered with an elastic band in the back. The skirts are available in size 1/2 (8.5" long) and size 3/4 (10" long).
Saturday, January 17, 2009

I'll Let You in on a Little Secret

Today I was feeling bummed and a bit depressed. Robert was working, my parents took Aidan, and Mia took a really long nap. So I was stuck at home and, even though I had a lot to do, I just felt heavy-hearted and listless. My solution was to spend way too much time editing photos until self-loathing set in. It did have some redeeming value in that it got me thinking about how I can't believe there was ever a time when I took a picture, and that was that.

So, I'll let you in on a little secret: I'm a terrible photographer, but I'm a pretty good editor. My very good friend, Michele, told me about this wonderful site called Confessions of a Pioneer Woman. Her blog has recipes and personal musings, but I am particularly drawn to her photography section. So, in honor of Ree Drummond, I thought I'd do a little before and after section of my own.

I have marketing experience in my background, so I have a lot of pretty fancy programs at my disposal: InDesign, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and, of course, Photoshop (CS3). Those programs are pretty pricey, though, and there are also some pretty good free programs out there. You can view a couple here.

So, before I get too deep in photo editing, let me show you a few sneak peak pics of my most recent project. I was thinking that Mia didn't have many skirts at all and figured they couldn't be too hard to make. Turns out, I was right! But I didn't stop there, I added a little half apron, just for kicks and giggles. My little girl looks a little like an explosion of patterns, but, hey, that's kinda the style these days.

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He, he... little hippie. This pic is a little too yellow, but I'm too lazy to fix it. Man, she looks too tiny to be walking.
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This is the request she makes all day... she loves to be held
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Poor girl thinks she can run, but she's still working out the logistics
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So, back to editing... let's take the third picture. Here it is right out of the camera. Like I said, I'm not a good photographer. The picture is way too dark.
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So, the first thing I did was run a color pop action and brighten it up.
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Much better. Remember how I said Mia thinks she can run? Well, she has a bruise on her head to prove it, so I took that out and any redness. Oh, I also added a little pink to her cheeks. It's winter; she a bit pale.
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After that, I sharpened the photo a bit and brightened her eyes.
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This picture was taken on a gray, overcast day, so I warmed up the hue and brightened it a bit more... made it look a bit more sunny.
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I use a point-and-shoot camera right now that's on it's way out. {Half the time, the images won't display while I'm shooting... so I'm basically snapping and hoping.} It's not a fantastic camera, so to "fake it," I added a filter to blur the background a bit. I think it makes it look a bit more professional looking and draws more attention to Mia than the background. I also brightened it a little bit more.
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So, there you have it! It's not my favorite picture ever, but it's a good example of how much editing can change a picture. I'm really learning as I go, and sometimes I over edit them. But, in the end, it's all about avoiding cleaning the house anyway. Before... After.
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Well, It's 1 am, off to sew. Cheers.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ella Bella

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This is my one and only niece, Ella. Isn't she darling? Mia absolutely adores her. I had all three {Ella, Mia, and Aidan} on Thursday. They definitely made for a boisterous bunch! The white jacket she is wearing is Mia Joie--of course!
Monday, January 5, 2009

Sneak Peak

We're all sick over here. Aidan's constant refrain: "wipe the booger, Mommy." Lovely, no? I'm working my nights away trying to catch up. Here's a little something to look at. These and additional colors available soon!

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