Sunday, April 17, 2011

What's in My Hospital Bags??

Let's be honest, I only have one thing on my mind. At 39 weeks pregnant, I am concentrating on getting this baby out of me (safely and healthily, of course). I'm uncomfortable. I can't sleep. And I am just sick of feeling so limited! Anyway, I thought that I would share what is in my hospital bag.

Our Diaper Bag--Mom bought this for me at Pottery Barn Kids/Baby Store. It is from Petunia Pickle Bottom, and I absolutely love it!

Blake's Coming Home Outfit--We found this outfit at Gymboree, and just couldn't resist it!
 We also got a cute little hat and pair of matching pants with this outfit!  

Baby Book--I want to make sure to pack the baby book, so we can get hand prints and foot prints!  I bought an adorable, customized book from the Edna Mae Etsy Shop.  I love it!  This picture isn't of our book, but it is an example of the books that she makes!  Our book is gray. 

 Blake's baby blanket (or one of them)--This was the Dr. Seuss blankie that I made for my daughter!

My camera--DUH!
Our Video Camera
Bathrobe and slippers
CHAPSTICK!  Hospitals are dry and with all of the breathing we will be doing, this is essential!
Cell phone and charger
Extra clothing
Change for vending machines (for the hubby)
Nursing pads

We are ready--we are just waiting for baby!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Speaking of Photography...

Thanks to some coupons and store-closing sales, I have aquired some new photography books... I had them stacked in the corner of my desk with the owner's manual for my new camera (BTW, did I mentioned I got a new Canon 60D). This past weekend I finally got tired of just looking at them so I started reading.

Actually, some of these will more likely just end up on my bookshelf and used for reference (they aren't meant to be read cover to cover), but I will at least flip through all of the pages first:

  • Taking Stock: Make money in microstock creating photos that sell
    This is the book I started reading first. I have been told by so many people that my photos are good... Really good... So I started looking into the many sites available online for selling them. When I saw this book, I figured it couldn't hurt to learn a little more about selling those pictures. This book was very inforamative! The manin thing I have learned is that, while my pictures might be good, they are mostly night right for microstock site. :-( But, now I know what kind of pictures to take to try my hand at selling them.
  • The Photography Bible
    I got a great deal on this book at a Borders bookstore that was going out of business.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Photography Business

I finally took the first steps to start my own photography business.  I started a website using smugmug, and have had a lot of fun making it.  I also started a facebook page, and already have around 80 fans!  Make sure that you become my fan and check out my new website!

Since starting these, I have already booked a couple of new sessions and weddings!  I am looking forward to all that this new venture has to bring.


Before we found out that we were having a little girl, my hubby and I were convinced that we were having a boy!  We had purchased (and got as gifts) several sports outfits for our favorite Minnesota teams (particularly the MN Twins and Vikings).  Once we found out that we were having a little girl, I decided that I needed to learn to make girly accessories for her outfits.  If I didn't make them, I was going to go broke on etsy!  Anyway, the first thing that I wanted to learn to make were tutus!

I have been having so much fun making these tutus!  Mom and I are still working out the details on starting our own etsy store, but this is something that I would like to make.  If you are interested in any custom-made tutus, please let us know!  I am partial to the solid color tutus, but have made some fun two-tone tutus as well.

What do you think?   
Black and purple glittery tutu

Pink and green tutu

Brown tutu to go with our daughter's camo sleeper (can you tell daddy's a big hunter??!)

Red tutu to go with one of her MN Twin's onesies :)

Vikings sleeper with a yellow tutu :)