We’ve really been taking the time to enjoy our holidays and it’s been wonderful. One of the difficulties of having a blog is the pressure to be ‘current’ with posts, which means prepping stuff before it actually happens so you can read it on time. That’s way more stress than I need. Often I have a great post for you, but it’s on reflection, after some event is over. Today I’m saying, screw it.
We put together our Día de los Muertos altar for my father on the day of the holiday, November 1st. This a special day that people remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died. I’m still enjoying it in the dining room, so even though the day has passed, I really want to share it with you.
Neither Dug nor Mini Dug had the opportunity to meet my father, since he died when I was a girl. This altar was a wonderful opportunity for them to get to know him, while I was able to celebrate his life and our relationship. This altar came together very quickly, so it probably missing many facets of Dennis, as well as some of the traditional elements like flags, marigolds and sugar skulls. But as I placed each new item on the shelf, I was able to tell my husband and son a different story about life with my father. It was an incredibly meaningful and wonderful experience for us all. I am so happy that they are getting to know him.
I am already looking forward to next year’s altar. Maybe it will even be photographed before…
Time is flying over here at the studio as I wrap things up at my job of 12 years at Beinfield Architecture. I’ve got just 8 more days until Sequined Asphault Studio Photography gets 100% of my career attention. And as I clean out one office that’s been a wonderful and challenging learning experience, I am putting together another room that’s sure to be even more challenging and hopefully, even more wonderful.
This is a peek at the awesome nursery mobile I found at the Etsy shop, Pink Cheeks Studios. Multi-cultural kids, dressed as bears, and going to a party. You can’t beat that. Nichol also has some great dolls and prints. I love the use of colors and textures throughout the collection.
I can’t wait to show you more of our new baby’s room as things progress, and of course, a full nursery tour in the not too distant future.
So I’ve decided I’m finally ready to discuss this on the internet, since there’s really no hiding it anymore. I’m waddling around with 8 weeks to go until my due date. We are having a baby! Apparently soon.
Today was another snow day here in New England, so it was perfect timing to prep a tiny, little knitting project. Don’t read into the yarn color choices because it’s all a surprise. Not so much a surprise that I don’t like pink or baby pastels, but you get the idea. I’d dress the kid in all grey and black if I could find that in the store.
I’ve been exhausted, which explains my fall/winter blog hiatus, but as I wrap things up at my day job, I’m finding a bit more energy. I cannot wait to share all the upcoming excitement and changes going on around these parts. We’ve also moved, so not only are we designing a nursery, we are trying to get the rest of the house and my studio in order before week 40. I’m keeping everything crossed here so there are no early deliveries.
We are definitely feeling really blessed. And I am thrilled and excited for the opportunity to create a completely new, fulfilling, creative life for myself over the coming years. Thank you for being part of the journey. xoxo
The awesome Budgie Striped Sweater Pattern is by Grumperina. The yarn you see is Black Worsted Merino Superwash from Plymouth and the scrumptious Dragonfly Fibers is Superwash Merino in Traveller. The variegated little purple cake is some Tiny Owl hexapuff-destined Koigu.
Little Miss A is much more excited the second time around about this whole tooth thing. And it’s certainly not difficult to get her on board with the whole fairy situation. So here she is showing me loose #2.
And how bout that magenta feather in A’s hair? I’d love to run right out and get myself one today. In purple, of course.
Very recently, it was like my birthday all over again here at Sequined Asphault Studio (I mean, if I had birthdays anymore, which I don’t). The very same week I got to guest blog over at MirrorMirror, I decided on a couple of new ultra exciting camera lenses and ordered the first (with much prodding and many assurances from the gang about laying out that much money for the good of my craft).
And Tricia, who has always been one of my biggest cheerleaders, kindly assented to me coming over and testing out the new glass on 2 of my most favorite wee ones, A and Chase.
Even though it’s a totally new way of shooting for me, and after the fact there are definitely lessons learned, I’d say we got a few keepers in the bunch.
Today you can find me guest blogging over at the lovely Paola’s, Mirror Mirror. Paola lives in Seattle, is a “design junkie, unrepentant foodie, passionate photographer, harassed mummy, crazed knitter, and a snarky Brit” and her blog is an amazing trip chronicling it all. She’s got an amazing blog, so I am totally fancy now!
Please visit and say hello. I painstakingly wrote up some thoughtful tips for improving photographs and illustrated with some of my favorites you see here below. Way more painstakingly than I even write here. CawfeeGuy even proofed me! And I though I almost had an anxiety attack in the process, I tried my best to entertain.
Paola may even make you some tea… I hear those Brits do that a lot.