You might be wondering…. Are you there? HI. Are you OK? MOSTLY. Are you hurt? NO. Are you quitting blogging? NO. Well then what in God’s name is preventing you from getting yourself to a computer and producing the nonsense that keeps us entertained, if only mildly?
Well, after last weekend, I got so backlogged on posts and work, then I had one of those weeks consisting of back to back meetings, appointments, holiday parties, school events, preschool tours, engagements, etc etc… Almost none of it work related, but all family/kid related. This was one of those weeks where being a mom was more than a full time job. It’s not always like that… Usually its chunks of time that are profoundly mundane, boring and unrewarding (errands, running a household, chores) interspersed with 3 hour chunks of INTENSE work but also fun- after school every afternoon until bedtime (!!!!!!). The thing is, you can’t spread out the intense period’s work out so that it covers the boring period’s work. It’s not like you can pace yourself. Although I have found that trying to get ANYTHING else done while the kids are there is unfair to all of us. Last night I had a little Hanukkah party at my house… Well, with both kids home on a day off from school, they were literally HANGING OFF my belt loops while I cooked. It was like trying to run a marathon with your legs tied. Motherhood is a painful pleasure, every minute of joy is tinged with a back of the mind panic. The joy itself is painful. It’s hard to explain…. I cant even think about what I was the last to know about yesterday. Unthinkable. Nothing to say. Nothing to think. Blank.
Anyway, what does this have to do with the munchkin above? Nothing! But I just thought I’d explain myself. A few weeks ago, my friend, photographer Shirley Serure asked me to create some headbands for a newborn shoot that she was scheduled to do. The mom wanted a crown, and some other options that were sweet and sophisticated. We put our heads together, and I hit up M&J Trimming and put together these headbands for the shoot. I think my favorite is either the first one, or the pink knitted one with the pearls.
These are pretty simple DIYs. The mom measured the baby’s head, and I used 14″ of trim to create these headbands. Secured with glue gun. (You place the glue under the flower or if there is none, its still fine.) The crown is really easy if you find a stiff enough lace. The top crown is just a natural colored lace that was very stiff. I basically eyeballed a small size so that it would sit on top of the head and not around it, and glued the lace in place. The trim held its form easily. The last photo, the crown, was one that I painted gold. The paint was what I used to keep this lace stiff, although I’ve seen people use fabric stiffener.
Yumminess. Does this make me want to have another baby? Well, almost ;) Ha. Shirley and I keep trying to get together to do a post where she teaches me and us, how to take amazing photos of children. What questions do you guys have about taking photos of children? What kind of things do you want to learn about? I have so many questions about photography in general, so I want to make the post super useful and helpful. Now we HAVE to find the time!
Photos by Shirley Serure Photography.