October 27, 2010

The Girls' Room


Here are some specific things I'm drawing inspiration from (and of course that the girls love):

Pictures from OhDeeDoh.

We finally decided on a wall color for the girl's room: SW Ash Violet. Very similar to the tone in the purple photo above; the chip is in the upper left corner of the inspiration board. I've never painted with purple and I have to admit, I am MOST EXCITED about this room!

I plan on hitting up this etsy dealer for pom poms when we're ready. In pink, white, and dark orange if you must know (playing off the orange in the Favor poster).

Both H and Moo will get their own twin beds and their own quilts. I'd like to find two white headboards. Originally we thought of having them share B's full size bed, but have decided instead to give them their own separate spaces. (Trevor will get the full bed, as he is the oldest and leaving for college first.)

Both girls have actively sorted through my fabric piles and have picked out these fabrics:

Which will be picked through again and then matched with the yumminess I just ordered from Etsy:

I have to admit something right now about quilting. I'm getting lazy. Well, actually I'm just taking on more things and in order to get the quilt out in time (my own internal deadline), I have decided not to use a pattern for the girls' quilts. I'm going to free myself up and just sew. If one of them ends up with a stack of strips and squares, so be it. If the other ends up with nothing but big huge blocks, so be it. They will be individual to my girls and of course have some sort of funk... some ruffle or ric rac. And that is plenty perfect enough for me.

It's getting exciting!

Holiday Cards Are On My List

I have 2 things this year that I did not have last year:

I'm loving these this year. All from http://www.minted.com/.

Of course, I'll probably make my own. Maybe not. Maybe I'll be too busy painting and planning a wedding. Just sayin'.

Have you made your Christmas card list yet? How about this query: for those of you with blended families, do you send cards to BOTH parents' sides or just your new spouse's side? Wonder what that etiquette is exactly...

A Walk In The Park

Last weekend, Bryon and I took the kids to Newton Hills State Park. Not a long drive from where we live, and so completely worth it. The weather was beautiful!

Our plan was to hike the Woodland Trail (which, if you must know, is just over 1.5 miles by the time you add in our super long way around it). Take in the beautiful scenery and listen to God's music.

We stopped for some family shots.


Did a lot of hand-holding.

Some of us overcame our shyness with the lens 24" away.

Some of us strutted our stuff.

We hiked.

We held.

We rested.

(Bryon is back there holding her, by the way.)

We enjoyed.

And Trevor, Andy, and I snapped as many pictures as we could that afternoon.

I realized that I won't have the money for a paid session anytime soon, so I resolved to do this myself. I've done plenty of professional family candids - just not of my own family.

Trevor really has an eye; he took almost every picture of Bryon and I. That, combined with my super-amazing Photoshop skills... and voila. I couldn't be more pleased or proud of my family.

I hope some of you are inspired by this: trust that 9 year old with your camera. Their angle is perfect. Shoot a lot and then edit. Delete the bad ones and move on. Even if you have a ginormous family and can't get everyone in every picture. Take more! It's so worth it.

It Finally Happened

It was a gorgeous, Fall day. Perfect for a family photo session.

I'm so over the moon, I cannot speak. Literally cannot speak. My words quit and my eyes fill up with tears when I look at this family. So beautiful. So real and happy and knit together by God.

I am in awe that this family is mine.

I'm dying to know, which are your favorites?

Later I will share more information on the photographers...