Last week the garage was converted into a photo studio. I’ve always wanted to do this but couldn’t in my Portland home since the gym was used for the preschool. Having to share space with the preschool meant needing to set up and take down equipment for each photo session. We cleaned out the garage, hung some curtains to hide the storage area, and painted the wall white. There are still some things to do, but at least the space is now usable. I love that we can hang items from the ceiling. We couldn’t do that in the preschool gym since the ceilings were too high.
Fall Photo Session
Aren’t they Adorable?
Photo Studio from the Parent’s View
After converting the garage, we decided to do an autumn portrait session with Tessa. We gathered a few fall items and had some fun with our new set-up!
I recently completed Sandra Coan’s strobes class and would like to try out the skills with some child models. More info about my work with children can be found here.
Our girl’s weekend began Friday morning when I picked Misty-Jade up from the airport. From there we found a wonderful breakfast at the Henhouse Cafe in Gilbert where many traditional foods are served with a Mexican flavor. We shared a Santa Fe omelete and a lemon blueberry mascarpone pancake. The food was awesome and followed by a short shopping trip to the mall.
Later in the day Gramma and Misty-Jade made tassels for her blanket and the DIY tree branch to decorate her bedroom while I began preparing fabric for our pillows. The chunky tassels are super easy to make, and directions can be found on many internet sites. We used directions from Design Sponge. The tree branch was spray painted white before attaching tassels.
Orange, Blue, and White Tassels
DIY Home Decor made from a Tree Branch and Tassels
Marble Dipped Vases and a Blanket
Saturday morning Misty-Jade created marble-dipped vases. It took a few tries to make it work, but the end result was perfect! We did find that the nail polish will flake off, so we’ll see if we can find a sealant to spray on them.
DIY Marbleized Glass Vase
DIY Marble Dipped Glass Vase
Black, Gray, and White Nail Polish Floating in Water
After finishing the vases, we began working on the blanket. One side was cut from navy blue fleece and the other was cut from white Shannon Cuddle fabric which feels very luxurious! A monogram matching Misty-Jade’s bath towels was embroidered in the corner. Then the tassels were tacked to the navy fleece before sewing both fabrics together to form a cozy blanket with just the right feel and weight. I’m sure she’ll appreciate this blanket on cold, snowy Utah nights!
Cutting Blanket Fleece
Sewing Blanket Tassels
Blanket with Monogrammed M
Finished Blanket with Orange Monogram M
Finished Cuddle and Fleece Blanket
Blanket Made with Shannon Cuddle and Fleee
We ended our day with an outing to the Harkin’s Theater to see the “Lion King” followed by a swim in our pool.
Waffle Breakfast and Pillows
Sunday morning began with healthy Easy Oat Waffles. We grind our own grains ensuring our flours are fresh. One of my favorite sites for healthy and organic foods is Forks Over Knives.
The rest of the day was used for finishing the blanket and pillows. My mom and I love pillows but have found that there’s not enough room to store all the different pillows for every season or holiday. Envelope pillow cases solved that problem, so now we only have to change the pillow cases which are much easier to store. The DIY directions by So Much Better With Age are super simple and easy to follow. I also found a tutorial at sew4home that helps to maintain the square corners of the pillow. You can see the difference in the corners of the beige pillow in the pictures. Each pillow front was embroidered with a fall design before construction. We’re making five more pillows before September with additional designs.
Black and White Gingham Harvest Time Pumpkin Pillow
Fall Bicycle Pillow in Red on Black and White Gingham
Harvest Time Pillow on Sparkly Home Decor Fabric
Relaxing and a Birthday Celebration
A girl’s weekend retreat would not be complete without relaxing, cooking, watching movies and just spending time together.