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Lately, I've been really into paper crafts, especially making tiny paper houses. I've been using them to decorate for Christmas, although my display isn't finished so I'm not posting the results just yet.
I learned recently that paper houses, or Christmas villages were started as a Moravian Church tradition. Initially, they started including a nativity scene with their Christmas decor. Eventually, they became more elaborate and included Bethlehem as well. Finally, they became whole, intricate villages. In the post War period, Japan started mass producing paper houses to use as Christmas decorations and today these are very collectable for those interested in creating vintage feeling holidays.
I found the template for my first paper houses in an old Martha Steward craft book. It wasn't mine and I can't remember which book it was exactly, so I can't share that template, but I found some others that I can't wait to try.
I've been reluctant to get into wedding and infant photography, mostly just because I was afraid.
I dreaded the idea of disappointing someone and directing people how to pose. During these situations, my mind goes blank and I act ridiculous... it's embarrassing. BUT, this past season, I willed myself to get over my fears and sometimes you just have to take that first step to realize you really can survive, haha.
Admittedly, I selected this two cuties precisely because I knew how adorable they were and how well they would photograph. Plus I knew they had awesome moms/grandmoms so that took the edge off.
But I'm really happy with how they turned out. The light especially. It's hard to master light sometimes. I just need to learn how to make babies smile now, when I'm under pressure. Although I love pouty face photos the most, it would be nice to capture some sweet baby smiles too.
I went biking the other day at Rock Point Provincial Park on Lake Erie. The fall leaves were still vibrant and not all on the ground, which made for some gorgeous photos. The park is closed for the season, so it was quiet and peaceful. As I was biking along, I was thinking about blogging of all things, and my favourite things to write about on my blog. The pretty and unique places I visit are definitely among my favourite topics. It's funny the places bring on inspiration. What places inspire you?
Then I made this little heart cross-stitch, in my new favourite colour combination, found here
I am currently in love with re-ment miniatures. I mostly collect the tea and coffee sets. I will however, collect any mini tea and coffees not just re-ment.
I've been hosting a teenager photographer night twice a month. We have a lot of fun. This was from the cosplay/learning to shoot action night.
Yes, this photo is more than a little scary. The wig and lashes were for the cosplay night, which by the way, I didn't end up using at the time. I made the antlers just because it seemed like a good idea. I can't remember where I first saw a pair but I thought they were super cute.
And... there you have it. What fun fall projects have you been doing? I'd love for you to link so I can see!