Monday, October 31, 2011

A Wedding Shoot?

So funny story... I took pictures for someone's wedding this weekend. You're shocked. I know.

So about two weeks ago, I got an email from a lady at church that her daughter was getting married this weekend. She was looking for someone to take pictures, since they didn't have a photographer, and were running a very low-budget operation. And I thought to myself, "bummer...I hope they find someone."

Then last weekend I saw her email still in my inbox, and my heart was sad thinking about that poor couple who might not have pictures of their wedding, so I just sent her an email to ask if they had found someone.

She called me back... it turns out that someone else at church said she could do it, but she had never done a wedding before and was really nervous. So we decided to both do it, and hopefully between the two of us we would have something turn out.

It ended up working out nicely... I think. She is good at technical stuff and dealing with people, and I'm good at really crazy ideas. That said, will I be doing it again in the near future? No. At least not without backup. My shooting just isn't reliable enough, It took me 325 shots to get about 20 good pictures for them. It was fun though... and it's always fun to have pictures of other people to photoshop.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Wesley's first Halloween, which means we have a victim with no say whatsoever in what he is going to wear.

Which means we still get to be what we want to be

Which is ninjas

But we don't have ninja stuff

So we are Pirates.
 Cam made the swords out of boards he found in a free wood pile. Then we spray painted them gold. Add that to the list of times I've been grateful to have gold spray paint on hand.

That is also the best picture of the boot-spats I made him because he HAD to have boots.

This picture totally misses the awesomeness of my pirate socks... I promise they were rockin'.

Shake ya tail feather.

Friday, October 21, 2011


According to Wikipedia:
"yurt or ger is a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure traditionally used byTurkic and Mongolic nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. A yurt is more home-like than a tent in shape and build, with thicker walls."

In Oregon, they are permanent structures at some campsites, and benefits include heat and electricity. That's how Cam convinced me to actually go camping at the beach in October. We thought no one would be camping mid-week in October, so we didn't even reserve one and just showed up. Apparently they're pretty popular because the first place we went they were full. The next campground we went to we got the last one. Here was our Yurt:
Pretty cool huh? That's the  wood-lattace you see in the window. I was pleasantly surprised at how big it was. It would have been a great night of sleep except that we are the worst parents ever and dragged a sick child camping. He was a little sniffly when we left, so we weren't too concerned, but he made us pay for it all night long by getting up hourly. 

But it was a beautiful October day for the coast!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pop-Up Dinner

As soon as I saw the Oh Happy Day's pop-up dinner party, I knew I was going to do one.  

I contacted the people at the breathtaking David Hill Winery, and they were wonderful enough to let us have the party on their grounds. I know we're at a winery, but don't worry, the drinks are blackberry lemonade ;) The china is my great-grandmas from the 1930's.

Recipe found here

Monday, October 10, 2011

Apartment Makeover Part 4: Abstract Expressionism

One of the difficulties that we have had trying to decorate out apartment is figuring out what to do with the really long walls in our front room. After trying unsuccessfully to find something that fits the space we decided we were going to have to make it ourselves.

We wanted to make a painting that was about 5 feet long, longer than any pre-stretched canvas or stretcher boards I've seen, which means we had to make our own. For stretcher boards, we bought 1x2s from Lowe's and Cameron notched the ends before gluing them together.   

We used a leftover drop canvas that Cam used for painting over the summer (although you can get canvas at any art or fabric store). Then we used a staple gun to attach the canvas as we stretched it (do opposing sides first working from the middle out and pull as tight as you possibly can).
We wanted this to be a piece that the whole family could participate in, so we decided to get our Pollock on. It turns out that Wes is quite the budding artist. 

Immediately after this picture, baths were had all around. 

Our painting took a whole day to dry, and finally got hung up this morning. And now I present to you our work of art:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

In the pipeline

Sorry, I'm still working on getting installment 4 together. I've got quite a few things in the pipeline, but I haven't had much time... or a staplegun. I'm hoping both will be remedied this weekend.

Here's a sneak peek of some of the projects in progress:

In the mean time, I found this fantastic video that I just had to share. It makes me feel a lot better about some of the less-awesome-than-I-wanted-it-to-be projects I've done lately... actually, I feel like I've been in the phase he's talking about for roughly 24 years now... but this brings me a little hope: