photoshoot with the robinsons

A week or so ago, I went back home for a photoshoot with 3 of the cutest kids I know – my nephews and niece. It was my first time shooting children, which made for an exciting day. The wind was incredible that day, but we luckily had the sun to keep us warm! I have tons of amazing pictures, but here’s a look at the day!

 

Until next time
<3 jenna

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it’s been awhile

Alas, I return. Work has become insane the past few weeks leaving me working very late each night with no time to attend to my blog.

When I’m not working, I’m obsessing over which dSLR to buy. Friends let me tell you that I am so confused. I finally settled on a specific brand and model, but I haven’t bought it yet because I keep pushing off dropping that much money. I’m finally ready and went into Best Buy this past weekend when I was home. The person there was recommending another brand for consideration. Then I go to the Best Buy in Chicago on Monday and they are clueless. Then last night I went to Ritz Camera and they threw out a totally new brand into the mix. Holy moly! Decisions decisions.

I’m also completely obsessing over super geeky things like building my website and dealing with attempting to privately buy a domain name from someone.

The worst part of being this busy? I haven’t had any time to devote to figuring out my next DIY project :) I was on a hot streak for awhile. I think my next feat will be putting together my gallery wall. I purchased my frames MONTHS ago but have been waiting for my wedding pictures and a few canvases from my photographer to be supplied. Much of my placement will surround those so I can’t begin until I get those. Right now I have standard black-brown frames of all different sizes. I’m trying to decide if I should keep them the original color to match my dark furniture or paint them white or go for color with them. The natural colors of this one are pretty, but idk if I want to go with B&W images…

The second project I want to do, which is smaller, is to give my pillows a new look. I would LOVE to make my own pillows however it’s so pricey to do that AND will the fabric you select be your fave forever? I’m a girl of changing style so here’s a solution…

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It’s a pillow cover that’s so easy to make it’s not funny. No sewing required :) You just need to know how to tie a know, which is outlined in the link below the photo. Super easy, super fun, super flexible, and hopefully super cost effective. You can use them on existing throw pillows or find super cheap pillows to use! LOVE!

What’s your next DIY?

Until next time
<3 jenna

DIY Cowl Scarf

Continuing on with my obsession for DIY…

I was in search for a cowl scarf / infinity scarf. Per the name, it’s circle scarf with no ends that wraps around your neck.

The one I really wanted was $75 (gross), BUT I found the pattern to make one pretty much just like it! I had done some crocheting years ago, but only on a very basic level (single crochet). This pattern called for crazy things that I didn’t understand. Terms that were so foreign. My sister is a crochet master and has her own shop on Etsy where she makes the cutest hats and scarves for kids – check it out! I turned immediately to her to help me. She gave me a quick tutorial, which was all I needed. Well… that and YouTube :)

I purchased the pattern off of Etsy for $4. I went to Michael’s and bought 3 skeins of yarn (I ended up using 4). Each was $4 (so $16 total). PLUS if you get a 50% off coupon, you’re set! The yarn I used was Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Oatmeal. It took me a bit of time to get started, BUT once I got the hang of it I was rolling so fast. I started on it Christmas Eve night (Saturday) and was finished by the following Tuesday night.

I noticed the scarf was pretty stiff and wouldn’t shape to my neck at all. It was like two metal rings laying on my shoulders. After blocking it, it softened up and is now perfect. Again, forgot to take pics along the way. If you have questions, let me know. Here’s the finished product:

{ the underside of the scarf – left – is flat; the topside of the scarf – right is more ridged }

{ worn as a regular scarf }

{ worn as scarf with hood/hat option }

Until next time
<3 jenna