Photo Ideas: How To Shoot The Story

Photo Ideas: How To Shoot The Story

  I have a funny habit of photographing my kids’ dirty, muddy shoes. We have three boys. They spend a lot of time running, jumping, digging, and playing in the dirt. Their open air laughter and wild yelling is the soundtrack to my life right now. Photographing their dirty, muddy shoes captures three really important pieces of context for me. 1. The mess. Each splash of mud, each scuff, each little imperfection was put there…

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When You Were Eight

When You Were Eight

If you have spent time with me in person, you have probably heard me ask you a silly question.   What did you spend your free time doing when you were eight? (Or nine, ten, or eleven…)   Did you go deep into the woods and hunt for bugs? Did you close your eyes and spin around just to see what it felt like? Did you spend hours drawing with your crayons, playing with dolls,…

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Are You “Not Crafty?”

Are You “Not Crafty?”

When I meet people and tell them that I run a crafts blog, they often say, “Ooh! I love crafts!” followed by a surprisingly common statement. “Oh, but I am NOT crafty! I’m SOOOO jealous of all those creative people who can put things together…I just can’t!” (I was at a blogger conference this weekend and heard it from not one, but from FOUR different people! Not. Kidding.) Does this sound like you? If so, I…

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The First Thing I Ever Made

The First Thing I Ever Made

When I was a little girl, I had a TON of energy. What do you do with a high-energy kid who’s driving you crazy? My Mom found a smart solution: She put me in sewing lessons. First, Mom dropped me off at a sewing 101 class in a local shop. The class was more of a get-together sewing circle than an actual class – all women over 65. They were very patient with me that…

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Lovely Little Lights

Lovely Little Lights

It happens just about every night around Christmas time. The kids are all snuggled in their beds, the house is quiet, and I’m shutting everything down. I pause for a minute in the quiet and stare at all the pretty lights on the Christmas tree. I reflect on how much has changed since last Christmas. This year, we lost our beloved dog Maddie, welcomed a new baby, moved, and changed what seems like a million…

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Crafting With Boys

Crafting With Boys

I have 3 boys. They are all creative in their own ways (I think the baby is anyway!) But not all of them like crafting. I always wondered why…isn’t it just a lame gender stereotype? I’ve always taught my kids they can play any way they want to…dolls, purses, pink things…nothing is off limits just ’cause it might seem like “girl stuff.” No matter what I do, they seem to have a natural tendency towards…

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To My Dad On Fathers Day

To My Dad On Fathers Day

My father is just one of those people you instantly love – a smile that could light cities, a warmth that makes you feel you’ve met an instant, trusted confidant. And you have…he is a wonderful man. All my life, my Dad was a Stock Broker…and not just by profession, he made being a “broker” his life. Every client was a friend, their family was his family. He spent just about everyday of his life…

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My Kitchen Table

My Kitchen Table

We had a stage in our garage. My Mom hired some neighborhood teenagers to build the wooden platform in exchange for a little extra spending money. This was the big time. Broadway on Meadow Rd… complete with working stage lights. At one point, we had a trapeze swing in our living room overlooking the gravel and grass covered back yard. I suppose it made complete sense for wild monkeys, which we girls certainly were at times, to have a trapeze in the house.

It was fun, and when you really think about it there is simply no real reason NOT to have a trapeze in your house just because no one else does.

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