July 25, 2012

Photography: Little Snoozer

A couple of days ago I had planned on doing a shoot with my little snoozer using the stash of photo props I have collected the past nine months. I even googled newborn photography images for some ideas. Yesterday was the day. Or so I thought. I didn't realize the hard work it takes to capture even a single photo of a newborn until I tried it yesterday.

I must have spent over an hour, close to two, trying to snap some photos of my little one. TRY was the keyword because most of the time was spent on changing diaper, feeding, and putting her back to sleep. She usually sleeps most of the day and only wakes up when hungry but yesterday was an exception I suppose. It was exhausting.

Our practice photo.
And then she sleeps... after an hour.

Head bands are courtesy of Sweet Pea Toad.

Now, it's my time to snooze off. Good night!

Photography: Maternity Portrait @ 38th Week

It has been two weeks since my last post. Days go by so quick! What did you do the past 14 days? News from my side of the world. Our new baby finally arrived Friday, the 20th. I delivered her via c-section and I will be sharing the experience with you sometime this week.

For now, I'd like to share this maternity portrait of myself with my husband and daughter. I have always wanted to have a picture with them while I'm pregnant. I actually wanted to have an outdoor themed shoot but we ran out of time. On top of it, I'm not really sure if shooting and posing at the same time in an outdoor environment will yield a better result. So we made this family affair in the comfort of our own home. Specifically, our living room. This was taken two days before my surgery.

Maternity portrait @ 38th week.

If you have comments and suggestions about my photography, please let me know. I'd love to hear your feedback.

Have a great day!

July 12, 2012

Oh My Serger

A month ago I ordered a Brother 1034D serger from Amazon. The shipping was fast considering that I live overseas. I must have received my machine in less than two weeks.

It was packaged as is.

No, it wasn't sitting in the box this whole time. In fact, I opened it right away!

And checked everything inside, piece by piece.
A little overwhelming?

Just an FYI, this serger came complete with instruction manual and two CDs so there's no way you won't figure out how to use it properly. I admit this machine is a little bit overwhelming but it didn't scare me at all. I even tested this out after a couple of days.

Unserged fabric edges.
After serging.

There are plenty of ways in folding fabric edges to avoid fraying after wash. One of which I fell in love with was the french way of folding seams because the outcome is very neat. However, it takes a little more time doing it.

I have finished several projects since having my serger. The receiving blankets below are made of two fabrics, flannel on one side and chenille on the other. You can find the link of my review of the chenille fabric here.

Receiving blankets I made using flannel and the left-over chenille fabrics
from my burp cloths project.
Pretty, yes?

I will give updates on the performance of my Brother 1034D serger every now and then but so far, I am very pleased with my new sewing buddy.

Happy serging!

July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth of July!

Since moving here in Germany in 2008, my husband and I have always attended our military community's 4th of July celebration. It has become a must for us (self-imposed) to go out to Kessler field and celebrate America's Independence Day together with the rest of the people in our community. To me the highlight of the celebration is, and has always been, the fireworks display. I love the scary loud sound and the amazing beautiful lights in the dark sky.

Last year, my husband missed the celebration due to his deployment to Afghanistan. However, my parents were both here and so it wasn't that bad for me and my daughter but we missed daddy so bad and wished he was with us.

I couldn't find a patriotic-themed outfit for her so I improvised!

This year is my daughter's third 4th of July. Apart from that, it is our last celebration here in Germany. Just thinking about finally leaving this country next year makes me want to weep. This has been our home for five years. My husband and I have created too many memories here. Okay, I need to stop before I dive deep down into the sea of drama.

Going back to the photo above, believe it or not, the improvised patriotic-themed outfit I came up with cost me almost $30. The white dress was from H&M and the red and blue ribbons were Hallmark brand and they are not cheap. So this time, I made sure I'd be dressing up my little one with something budget-wise and mommy-made.

Total cost of this toddler romper is $7.
I added hidden pockets on both sides. Aren't
they cute?! My label has to be there too!

And here is my little darling playing at the giant bouncy. This particular one is for big kids, 4 and above I was told. I was so scared for her sorrounded with kids way bigger than she is but she won't play in the toddler bouncy.

My fearless princess.
She finally took a break
and gave mommy a cute face!

The break was actually real short. She headed back to the bouncy and played non-stop. Even when we, together with our friends, moved to a location closer to the open field she kept asking every one to go with her to the bouncy.

Before the fireworks display began, I played with shooting night lights for the first time. This is how my shot of the post and street lights turned out. I'm quite pleased with it.

This was shot using Manual mode, ISO 200, F-stop f3.5,
Exposure 10 seconds and Focal length is 18mm.
One of my fireworks shot.

Happy birthday America!

July 1, 2012

Upcycling: Long Skirt To GAP-Inspired Toddler Dress

We had a community-wide yard sale during the first week last month. My husband and I, together with our daughter, went checking out stuff from each vendor during that day. It was a good excuse as well to go out, breathe some fresh air, exercise and bond as a family. We came home with a bunch of stuff mostly used (and some unused ones) for our coming baby. The good part was I spent less than $20 for everything. I wish I had taken a picture of all the stuff we came home with.

One of those clothing was this long skirt. By the way, I got this for free! The lady I was trying to buy this from was selling it originally for $4. She ended up giving it to me for free. Nice, huh?

Grandma skirt?
I didn't really have anything in mind to turn this into. I would not have worn this as well. Not exactly the kind of skirt I would usually wear. It would have made me look way shorter than I already am.

So Friday last week, I took on this skirt and made it into a GAP-inspired toddler dress. The picture of the dress had been in my iPad photo gallery until I deleted it on Saturday night. I did not plan on blogging about this project, that's why. But I wish I had left the picture alone in my iPad so I could have posted it here as well. I have browsed GAP's website looking for the dress but I just couldn't find it anymore. Most likely it is sold out. If I ever come across an image of the dress again, I will post it here as an update.

My GAP-inspired toddler dress.
My daughter loves this!
And this was what my daughter wore to a friend's birthday party last Friday.

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