Sunday, October 31, 2010

James by Bella Babies Photography

Near the end of my pregnancy, I started researching photographers in our area who could do a professional photo shoot with James as a babe.   I remembered that my friend used Kristi Zontini for her wedding and her photographs were gorgeous.  Kristi’s studio, Bella Babies, now focuses mainly on babies and families. 

We ended up purchasing four photo sessions (to use in a year), and have done two so far.  A family shoot is scheduled for November, and then we’ll do the last one when James is a year old.  Here are some of the shots Krisit’s done so far.  Keep in mind that these are my photos of her photos, so the originals are far superior. 

2 Weeks Old


I love the baby sleeping in a basket because it looks so natural with the woven basket and drapey cloth.  Our little guy had so much hair, and it was so dark then.  I thought it was a great idea that they used a warm hairdryer to blow some warm air on James so he didn’t get cold during the photo shoot. 


I think it was Kristi’s idea to put James on his monogrammed diaper bag!  I love how it turned out.  We pulled out his pacifier just before this picture was taken.   Someday, he’s probably going to kill me for posting these pics of him in the buff!


Here’s a triplicate custom framed series that shows off James’ tiny newborn hands and feet.  We brought the blanket from home.

5 Months Old

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The second photo shoot was so fun because James was awake and his happy personality is coming through.  He loved Kristi and her wonderful assistant, Jordan, and couldn’t stop smiling.  Kristi remarked that he was really easy to photograph. . .  I bet she says that to all the parents!  :)

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James is sitting on a black leather couch is this picture, but it just looks like a black background.  I love how playful he looks with his little hand in his mouth.  He was having so much fun.  This one might be my favorite.


This picture cracks me up because he looks like a little man!  What IS that expression?!  His long hair is tucked behind his ears.  

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I jumped into this photo, and I’m so glad I did because we hardly have any good pictures of us together.  Of course, my skin is nowhere near as flawless as it looks in this photo, but that’s the beauty of airbrushing!   (Jimmy was working, so he wasn’t there, unfortunately). 

James will be wearing clothes in the next photo shoot, but I’m not sure what yet. 

And here is James on his very first Halloween!   . . . .  It was really hard to get him to sit still for a photo, but I think we managed. 


In other news, one of my favorite people in the whole world, my grandma, is coming to visit for a week and she’ll be here tomorrow!  I’m so excited to have her staying with us, it will be such a treat!!  When I was little, until about age 5, I spent a lot of time with her while my parents worked.  To this day, she brags about what a good baby I was and says that James takes after me in that regard!  :) 


My grandma is a wonderful, very wise woman.   She takes care of “elderly” people in her neighborhood, shopping for them, helping them with their doctor visits, and just helping with day-to-day living- and all simply out of the kindness of her heart.  She’s a world traveler, cooks delicious meals, sews, and bargain shops.  She even taught herself how to use the Internet last year by taking a class and she reads my blog everyday.  Isn’t that awesome?! 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

***The Halloween Rockstar***

No one does Halloween like the uber-creative Stefanie of A Brooklyn Limestone In Progress. I’ve long admired the renovation she and her husband undertook of their home, but it’s her outlandish and always well thought-out Halloween decor that I look forward to every.single.year.  I’m sure her whole neighborhood does!

Mrs. Limestone does Halloween in a big way, but she’s way too modest about how absolutely freakin’ fantastic it is!  She’s also a great photographer, and these are her images.


2008:  Spider Infestation






2009:  Climbing Skeletons




2010:  Haunted Freakshow








A Halloween Party

Oh, you thought that after all THAT, she wouldn’t have the time or energy to bring the decor INSIDE? Wrong!  These photos are from Halloween 2008.








And yes, there’s more!  Just wait til you see her personally-created Halloween invitations.  They blow my mind!







Have a wonderful and safe Halloween!  I’ll show you on Monday the cutest baby pumpkin you ever saw!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

DIY {Starburst Mirror}

After seeing the starburst mirrors created by Janell {Isabella & Max}


and Stephanie {Under the Table and Dreaming}


I decided to jump on the bandwagon and make one myself.  I was going for something like this from Amazon, which was priced at $165.

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My homemade version was under $5.

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No, it’s not quite the same, but I’m living The Nester’s philosophy, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful"!  I used an 8-inch mirrored candle plate and wooden skewers from Wal-Mart.


Spray painted the wooden skewers silver, but it was hard to get an even application, dang rolly things!

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Divided the mirror into sections with a marker.

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Busted out the hot glue gun.

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I used 5 skewers per section, making the middle skewer the lowest, the next two medium height, and the furthest two the tallest.  I didn’t have to trim the skewers to get them to all fit.

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When I was done gluing, I covered the mirror with plastic wrap and gave it a quick spray with shiny gold spray paint because the silver was getting a little lost with my gray wall.  I used two 3M command adhesive strips to affix my mirror to the wall in our guest bedroom. 

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Are you still loving the starburst mirror or are you over it?


I’m sharing this post with these lovely blogs: {M} Between Naps on the Porch * Polly Want a Crafter * Making The World Cuter * Thrifty Decor Chick * Skip To My Lou * Keeping it Simple * Mad in Crafts * Super Stinky Boys * C.R.A.F.T. {T} Today’s Creative Blog * All Thingz Related * Sugar Bee * New Nostalgia * I’m Topsy Turvy {W} Blue Cricket Design * Me and my Bucket * Someday Crafts * Domestically Speaking * My Backyard Eden {Th} House of Hepworths * Somewhat Simple * The Shabby Chic Cottage * Beyond The Picket Fence * Life as Lori {F} Serenity Now * Infarrantly Creative *Just a Girl * Chic on a Shoestring Decorating * Decor Mamma * Remodelaholic * Fingerprints on the Fridge * Fun to Craft * Miss Mustard Seed * The Shabby Nest * The Inspired Room * A Few of My Favorite Things * My Romantic Home {S} A Vision to Remember * Funky Junk Interiors * A Little Lovely * Tatertots and Jello * Be Different Act Normal {S} I Heart Nap Time * Under the Table and Dreaming

Monday, October 25, 2010

Making Friends

Many of you know that I’m new to this stay-at-home mom thing, and that one of the reasons I started my blog was to “meet” other like-minded women, who enjoyed design, home decor, and were similarly making their house into home. 

I’ve been really blessed to meet so many new friends over my computer screen, but recently, I had the pleasure of meeting in-person! one of my favorite blog authors, Cassie of Hi Sugarplum!   It can be a little intimidating to go on a “blind date”, but I’m so glad I did!  It was so fun to meet Cassie face-to-face.   We instantly clicked and talked for hours, shutting down the restaurant.   We chatted about family, work, our decor projects, blogging, hair (she does this awesome curl thing with hers!)- you know- normal girl stuff:)  Here’s a pic from our meeting (I’m on the left, Cassie’s on the right).  Isn’t she pretty?! 


Too bad you can’t see the awesome necklace she was wearing in that photo.  One of the reasons I enjoy Hi Sugarplum! so much is because Cassie is witty and a bit sarcastic, but she is actually just a sweetheart with a great sense of humor in “real life”.  You can go here to see Cassie’s post about meeting me:)  And if you haven’t been to Hi Sugarplum, here’s just a few of my favorite posts:

Rescued Tray {She inspired me to do something similar over the weekend}


Guest Bathroom Makeover {Love the color, stripes, shower curtain, art and accessories}


Outfit Inspiration Posts {She does these weekly and they are so fun}

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While we’re talking friends, I wanted to introduce you to another awesome blog I recently found, Name 5 Things.  


Emily has a great sense of style and I’m loving what she’s done in her home.  Here’s a peek:

Living Room {Isn’t is serene and cozy looking?  I love the wall color, art, and table vignette- so classic}


Wallpapered Bookshelves {The pattern on the paper is so pretty and I really appreciate a well-styled bookcase}


Bedroom - Wallpaper Panels {This whole room is perfect.  The soothing wall color, molding and shutters, starburst mirror and mirrored table, bed and bedding.  Can I come over and take a nap?!}


And speaking of meeting friends, I’d like to meet YOU!  I just committed to going to Blissdom, although I haven’t quite figured out what I’m going to do with James since the conference is during the week (January 26-28, 2011 in Nashville, TN).


Are you going?  Pretty please!! 

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