“A child can teach an adult three things. To be happy for no reason, to always be curious, and to fight tirelessly for something.”
Photographing this little guy was the highlight of the month of February for me. It was a very rough month for me personally, so being around Erika and Hayden and watching the love between them was really just inspiring and it lifted my mood more than I could ever explain. Hayden is the strongest fella you will ever meet. He has been through more hospital rooms, medications, procedures, treatments, etc. than any other (almost) 2 year old ever should have to go through. He has a rare epileptic disorder called Dravet syndrome. There is no cure at this point for this terrible disease, so monitoring it minute by minute with diet and medication is imperative right now for Hayden. As for Erika, she is one of the most genuine, beautiful souls I have ever met in my life. I am so fortunate to have her as one of my best friends, because her heart is so big and the love she gives is so pure. I feel blessed to have been able to capture the beautiful relationship between her and Hayden.
If you would like to know more about Hayden and his journey, feel free to follow along on his Facebook page at “Hope for Hayden” (hope4hayden).
I had the amazing opportunity to teach my very own modern calligraphy class at my mom’s scrapbook store, Pages in Time, last month! My calligraphy journey all started last Spring. I knew I wanted to use calligraphy to address our wedding invitations and I had been eager to learn for years, but I had tried over and over again with kits from Michael’s and AC Moore and was never able to get the flow of it! I even tried watching YouTube videos to learn, but I still was just not able to write how I wanted to. After taking a calligraphy class in person, I was able to learn how to hold the pen the proper way and how to correctly apply pressure to get the thicker downstroke that makes calligraphy so pretty compared to other writing. Since writing our invitations, I have had fun continuing this little “hobby” of mine in other crafty areas! There is just something to be said about dipping your pen in ink and writing the “old-fashioned” way…
*All pictures taken by Lea Picard
More classes are going to be offered Tuesday, March 29th! 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Each class will include all your nibs and supplies to take home with you. $35 reserves your spot!
“You can make anything by writing.” -C.S. Lewis
I had the sweetest request from Ashlee at http://www.tusksandtails.com to take some pictures of her boyfriend, Josh, and her for a Valentine’s Day themed shoot! We set out into Lancaster City and had a great time finding beautiful backdrops and places to shoot in front of. These two are adorable together and made photographing them super easy!
So I’m a tad late with this post, but I still wanted to show some of the Christmas pictures I took a few months ago of my favorite little man, Hayden! He was such a trooper through all of the props, positions, cookies, ornaments, lights… etc that his mother and I put him through. We even ended up using my scarf as a prop… cause I mean, why not?
I’m not sure about most of you, but when I open the fridge in the morning to get something to eat for breakfast, I look for a quick option. I work three 12 hour shifts per week, so on my workdays I typically do not sit down to eat breakfast and I need something on the go. I was getting bored with bananas and smoothies I had made the night before, which led me to finding a recipe on Pinterest that I am now (slightly) obsessed with. I tweaked the original recipe slightly to fit my tastes better, but there are plenty of areas for substitutions if you want to experiment!
These energy balls have been such a lifesaver for me! The recipe will yield roughly 25-30 depending on how big you make them. I keep them in my fridge for about one week and they are super easy to grab on the way out the door! Not only that, but they are SUPER filling and high calorie from the oats and nut butter in them! I could eat the whole bowl if I’m being honest…
1 1/2 cups nut butter (I used sunflower seed butter)
1/2 cup honey
2 cups quick oats
2/3 cups coconut flakes (unsweetened)
1.5 tbsp flax seeds
1.5 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla
Dash of sea salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to harden. (I have made them right away without doing this step– not ideal, but it can be done! Just a little messier…) Take out of fridge and roll into balls. Enjoy!
So let me preface this post by stating that I recently got married at the end of August. My mind was overwhelmed the entire year leading up to our wedding day. Pinterest ideas, wedding instagram accounts, DIY decorations… you name it, I thought about it. It was never-ending. I literally had a one track mind during the last year and it was all wedding stuff, 24/7. Needless to say, I am ecstatic that it is all behind me now! I had so much fun planning and crafting, don’t get me wrong, but it is so nice to not have to have it lingering over my head anymore. Now that I got that out of the way, I’m going to be doing a few posts on some of the decor and crafts that I made for our special day! I used a ton of different resources and kind of took a little something from everything I saw to make my own version of whatever it was.
Today’s craft, a find your seat sign! Everyone always has an awesome way of displaying guests names… whether it’s an old window with names written on it or corks with small name tags and your table number stuck in them. It’s like an unwritten rule that you have to come up with something creative nowadays! I saw a sign very similar to this one on Pinterest that I knew was something I wanted to have so I did my version of that. This was super easy to make and I absolutely loved the vibe that it gave off in our venue.
All in all, it cost roughly $30 to make. Here are the steps I took…
- I bought a piece of thin sheet wood from Home Depot that was around $15. It did not need to be sanded, so I went ahead and stained it right away. I chose a darker stain color and just bought a mini paint can size which surprisingly was enough stain for the whole piece.
- After that, I had to assemble the “find your seat” sign for the top of the board. Home Depot sells large pieces of chalkboard, so I bought one of those ($10) and cut off a small 6 inch wide piece of it. My dad later nailed it into the top of the wood piece. I took a chalkboard marker and wrote “find your seat” in a fake calligraphy style font.
- The last part was the easiest! Typing up everyone’s name under which table and printing those out. Deciding who to sit at each table? Not so much the easier task…
- I chose to print the table seating pages on kraft paper. I cut them out and used small clothespins to attach them to twine which I taped to the back of the wood piece.
This project may sound time consuming, but I assure you, it did not take too long and it was so worth it in the end!
My lovely mom added the greens and burgundy flowers at the end to really give it the extra effect we wanted. I was ecstatic with how this turned out!
*All images taken by Maddie Broderick.
Ever since I was a bored freshman in college and avoiding doing homework, I was caught up in the blog and pinterest world. It fascinated me that some women would devote their every day life to sharing it with the little people (like me). Fast forward 8 years, I finally am taking the plunge and doing this for myself. Where do I want it to go? I’m not really sure. But for once in my life, I’m content with not knowing. Let the fun begin!