Monday, May 31, 2010
...just busy. I had a photo session with my friend Sara's little guys, Eli and Judah, on Saturday night, and I just got back this evening from another shoot with my friend Aimee's little girl, Ellia. So, needless to say, I have a lot of photo sorting/editing and posting to do! It's great though, I'm loving the practice. I have 4 more babies lined up after this too, yay!
I know I said I was going to start my A Week in the Life project this week, but my album is on order and won't be here until next week so I'm holding off until I get it (and honestly get more of an idea of what I want to do). I have the basics down, I just need to prepare a bit more.
All of that, on top of taking care of Victor and trying to get things finished here like his nursery (we bought a crib yesterday and the tissue pom poms I ordered on Etsy came in today so I can now arrange his room and hang the mobiles/pom poms/photos, etc), plus all the random errands we still have to do (hello winter tires!), makes for busy days.
I'll be back though, I can't stay away for too long, I love it here too much :)
Hope all you Americans enjoyed your holiday today!
Until next time,
Friday, May 28, 2010
That's all for now, be back later this weekend with more thoughts on my A Week in the Life project, a scrap layout I'm almost finished and hopefully a few shots of some kiddos I'm shooting tomorrow (in the Canon way, not the gun way of course!)
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
As I mentioned before, I've been using the Pioneer Woman's Action Sets, which are absolutely awesome, I love them so much (and depend on them way too much too!) Dan downloaded a book on Photoshop for me, I really must get started on it. Does anyone know of any good [free] Photoshop tutorials online?
Monday, May 24, 2010
I know I'm jumping on the bandwagon a little late here (I will once again use my "new mom who was living out in the woods with no Internet" card), but I've decided to try the "A Week in the Life" project from the lovely Ali Edwards.
Now, I know that I'm not so great with finishing projects, especially minis (see December Daily, see 52Qs, see Bits of Life, see 5 Amazing Years of Loving You, see Project 365, and so on), but I figured, what the heck, might as well add to the unfinished pile, lol.
(side: is anyone else like this with their crafts too? Tons of half-finished projects lying about? I hope so!)
Anyway, back to the project. I read most of Ali's posts about the project earlier today and it sounds totally appealing to me, mostly because I really want to capture and document our life right now, with Victor leaving the newborn phase and becoming a young infant (3 months), and with us having just moved back home. It's an important time in our lives, I feel like it's the "beginning" of a new stage, so getting it all down on paper with words and photos seems like something I want (and, in a way, should) do.
Here are a few of the things I'm going to document (either through words or pics):
-To-do list: I'll probably make one at the beginning of the week and then break it up to a few tasks per day. I can then check off what I actually did and didn't do
-The weather: Because I'm obsessed with the weather, like all good Canadians
-Victor's eating and sleeping schedule: This will be really hard to do, but I think that it would be really neat to look back on, plus I'm curious to see myself!
-What we watch: Right now we're on Season 4 of Dexter
-What Internet sites we visit: This is always fun to look back on, especially when the sites no longer exist (à la Kristina Contes)
-Our menu for the week: Pretty basic, but if we try a new recipe I might include it
-Daily tasks/routines: Either chores or errands-most likely part of the to-do list
-Who we see: Pics of my parents, the dogs, my sister, etc
-What Victor is currently doing and into: This week it's eating his hands, for example
-Items from our daily lives: The 'stuff' that we use everyday
-Random thoughts: As an add on to this I might ask Dan a question per day and get him to answer it
There are probably others but that's what I'm thinking of right now. I might not do all of these either, I'm going to try and be flexible with the project too, because if it gets too restricting, I won't finish it. I will use this blog as a sort of 'catch all' during the week, maybe putting up photos, bullet points of journaling, whatever I can daily in order to keep me accountable. This is what I will use as the base of my album.
As for the the finished album itself, I'm still not 100% decided on what I should do. I think that in order to keep it simple (again), I should stick to the basics when it comes to the creative/aesthetic look of the album, otherwise it'll never get done (again, see projects above). Like Ali always says, the important part is the photos+words, so that'll be my main goal as well. I'm also really into clean, simple lines these days, without a ton of clutter (see my Pregnancy Photobook), so I think that I'll carry that over into this project. I'm also getting more and more into Photoshop and using it for things other than photo editing (like my blog banner above), so I may try to create photo collages/journaling + photo pages, ect. Ali's templates will be my inspiration, but I don't know if I'll follow them exactly.
Journaling: I suck at it, enough said. This is where the "fill in the blank" type journaling prompts/cards will really help me.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
This is the first page I've scrapped in months, since Victor was born, and it took me about 3 weeks to finish (mostly because all of my scrap stuff was moved into a tote at my mom's house, so I only got to work on it when visiting, and most of the time I was too busy to work on it.) Anyway, it's based on a sketch from the Creative Scrappers blog, one that my mom visits frequently. I think that I'll be using sketches/other people's layouts to help me get going, since it's been so so long, I'm quite rusty.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Ok, here we go, in random point format:
As for cloth diapering in general:
*The way I handle the cleaning of the diapers is what my friend did with hers and it seems to work well; I have a pail of water (no soap or anything) by the change table, so when I change him I simply put the diaper/wrap in the water to soak. So far odour hasn't been a problem, but I'm assuming that's because he's still not peeing anything strong smelling, nor is he pooping much (haven't had a poop in a cloth diaper yet, that'll be fun!), so once he starts solids that'll change. Anyway, once the pail gets full (about every 3 days), I take them, wring them out (wearing rubber gloves), throw them in the washer and wash them on HOT, with an extra rinse. I'm currently using Allen's soap, which is made specifically for cloth diapers, and I really don't have to use much, maybe an ounce (I have a front loading washer, so it requires even less soap). I've been drying them on the line mostly, but sometimes the fitted diapers need a few extra minutes in the dryer to get really dry (the Fuzzibuns dry in no time). Overall it's been really easy and not a lot of hassle at all (I think having an abundance of diapers helps, if I had to do a wash every 2 days it might be harder.)
*Cloth diapering is just as easy as regular diapering, apart from the washing it's not any extra work (unless you consider putting on a wrap extra work). Dan has had no issues with using them either (he tends to reach for the Sandy's too), and although we've had some leaks, all of them have been our fault, not the diaper's (we're really bad at leaving diapers on longer than we should, we're probably only changing him 5-6 times in 24 hours).
*One thing I did not count on was having to change the wraps at every changing, I thought that one wrap would do all day, but half of the time they are so wet in the elastics that we have to change them. Having known that, I would have bought a few more wraps and maybe a few less diapers. Sometimes if it's not too wet I'll just let it dry and then put it back on at the next changing (again, his pee is so odourless and colourless at this point that it's not an issue).
*At this point we're still using disposables for the overnight hours, but that may change eventually (mostly it has to do with our laziness at changing him between the hours of 2-7am). Still, one small pack of diapers (less than 20$) will last us a month, as opposed to a week, which is awesome.
*The only downside to cloth diapering? Not being able to wear cute clothes. It's quite annoying because many of his onesies and PJs that still fit him when he's wearing disposables don't fit when he's wearing cloth (especially fitted diapers and wraps), so I'm quite limited in what he can wear. Many of his pants are too tight around the waist too from the extra bulk, so I might have to go up a size, which means super long pants and too big necklines/sleeves. But it's a small price to pay.
*Finally, Victor doesn't seem to mind wearing them (though I doubt he cares too much, lol)
So basically, I'm really enjoying cloth diapering so far and do not regret the decision. Maybe once he has his first poop I'll change my mind, but so far it's been easy and I feel really good about the money we're saving the garbage we're not creating. The final step will be to get rid of wipes and start using washcloths (I'm starting already), so once we'll do that we'll be completely natural, which I really love.
Whew, sorry that was so long! To make up for it, here's a cute picture of the babe @ 11 Weeks:
He had a bad day today, so seeing pictures like this helps me remember how wonderful he really is, lol.
I'd love to hear about your cloth diapering adventure, whether you're using the same brands as me or not, so link me up if you can!
Until next time,