Little Photographer

For years, our twin boys have watched mom snap pictures. I guess it’s only natural that at some point they would start asking to be behind the lens and no longer the subject. And I’m pretty sure that most parents would cringe at the idea of their 7 year old toting around their very expensive camera equipment. For me, the moment when I was asked to become the subject and no longer the taker was a proud moment. Here are some of the results from the world according to a 7 year old. Here’s how I set him up for success: 1. ALWAYS put the camera strap around their neck. This way if it slips, it won’t go all the way to the floor. 2. Put it on Aperature priority, so you set the depth of field and the camera does the work. 3. Gently guide to help with ideas,…

Lucy Jane in Progress

I can’t wait to share all the details of the new line of products with you all.  They are gorgeous!  One even has the word gorgeous on the outside.  I love designing something “pretty”, but I think the engineering background pushes me to make items durable and long lasting.  We all make decisions everyday on how to spend our money.  We prioritize and make sure all of our ducks are in a row.  The most disappointing feeling is to make a purchase only to have it fall apart a few months later. I’ve had customers contact me after using their extra large totes regularly for two years and talk about how well they have held up.  They go on about how much weight they carried around and the bag could take it.  This is not an accident.  I put a good deal of thought into the design, the materials…

Photography Tips: Family & Kid Photos

I recently helped a friend do a little photo shoot of her (oh so adorable) family.  A light bulb went off…wouldn’t it be fun to share some of the tips we used to get some great (and natural) shots. Tip #1:  Your pictures will only look as good as the light.  What in the world does that mean?  It means if you want those yummy, golden colors then you must wait until the sun gives you those yummy, golden colors. This generally happens right around dawn and dusk.  Given that most kids are not functioning at sun up, this means planning an evening shoot. Look for spots that have nice shade and not a lot of sun spots.  Sun spots are those areas where the sun peaks through the trees. Advanced Tip: If you know how to set your camera’s white balance, set it to the shade setting.  This…

Lucy Jane Totes is OPEN

I’ve taken a little break…okay little is a stretch.  After about a year of having my shop closed, I’m excited to say it is OPEN!  Last January, we found out that we would be moving to Louisville, Kentucky.  This was not a surprise given my husband’s work is very project based.  What I wasn’t expecting was for this move to feel so much more complicated.   In our past moves, our twin boys were not school age.  Our main concern was finding some form of shelter. This move involved finding the right school and then the right house.  The whole process felt daunting.  The thought our our babies heading to school.  Trying to find the “perfect” school (which only exists in a “perfect” world).  Trying to find a house (in a good real estate market).  It was overwhelming.  The decision was made to get all our ducks in a row for…

Heading to #influenceconf

Heading out this afternoon for influence conference.  It is a whole ball of emotions. Excitement, nerves and anticipation. I’m leaving our house behind with about thirty different projects half done.  This is okay.  I’m giving myself a little grace to let go and then grow. My experience last year was pretty life changing.  This may sound dramatic or over the top.  I entered the conference confident in the direction of my handmade business.  I felt like I had my “life” all bundled up and figured out.  During the conference, much soul searching left me questioning this confidence. Was I leading the train without thought to the reason or direction?  I was on the verge of getting burnt out as a one woman crew.  My schedule meant taking care of our boys all day and working all night. Around Christmas, I turned off my shop with intentions to re-open in January. …

And we moved…

At the end of July, our family packed up and headed a little further south.  We are now living in Louisville, Kentucky.  The last month has been spent in a whirlwind of house remodeling. AND our twins started kindergarten…ALL day.  I’m not gonna lie, I kind of enjoy a quiet house.  I have also cried several times because our house is too quiet.  I’m even certain I had a moment of empty nester feeling. Moving to a new city, new house, new schedule and making new friends.  I just got exhausted writing all that. We ripped out carpeting in my “future” sewing room.  Have spent HOURS stripping wallpaper (now I get why people don’t buy houses with wallpaper).  Have made way too many jokes about spending hours stripping, wallpaper that is.  Busted a few holes in the walls removing towel bars.  And that was just the first month! I’ve even…