Happy Holidays Stephanie. All good thoughts for you and your family.
I love the 'favorite moments' note. Will you put something similar in the card you are sending out? Will you send the cranberry cookie recipe too?
We're having a holiday party . . .any suggestions on hors d'oeuvres would be most appreciated.
I'm so behind and if you're ahead, please do respond.
Your blogfriend in MN
FROM STEPHANIE: I just went to a cookie swap, and although I'm not a big bacon fan, everyone was raving about these bacon-wrapped dates (with a pecan), from Paula Dean. I am partial to spinach cheese puffs this time of year, as they remind me of growing up with Mom, and all the warm ways she filled our home with love and food. As for my recipe, I used a standard chocolate chip recipe, just used white chips and added macademia nuts and craisins. You can't really screw it up! They're so easy and great.
i love the piano photos…is this your piano? do you play? my husband has a photo of him playing (more like pounding) the piano when he is about my son's age (15 months). and your beautiful photography just inspired me to shoot a similar photo with my son. so, thank you! the card designs are beautiful too, tinyprints.com does great work…good choice.
FROM STEPHANIE: Thank you. It's not our piano. Neither of us play, though Phil knows a few chords on the guitar. And I sing. That's about as musical as we are these days. But I of course want these kids to be exposed to everything, so piano lessons are in their future! Until, that is, they decide they hate it.
oh, and re:
"FROM STEPHANIE: Thank you. It's not our piano. Neither of us play, though Phil knows a few chords on the guitar. And I sing. That's about as musical as we are these days. But I of course want these kids to be exposed to everything, so piano lessons are in their future! Until, that is, they decide they hate it."
They may hate piano lessons… and tell you it's not fair that they have to take lessons. But as a now-classically trained pianist who spent her kiddie days throwing tantrums about how unfair it was that i had to practice (life can be so hard), i am SO grateful that my parents kind of just said… "you're doing it" :)
i always wanted to tell that i like the photos you take a lot…since i am a photograph beginner, i have a canon EOS 400,…pls tell me the secret of the atmosphere of your photos…do you use an external flash? do you use the portrait program of the camera? or what are your favourite camera settings for the nice baby portraits…?
the faces of the babies are so nice pale and matt…what is it about the light…and the background is so interesting difuse and out of focus…
when i try do to photos of my doughter the colours are never as nice as on your pictures…and i have always legs of a chair or other strange things in the background…do you kind of compose the setting before you take the photo?
are your photos so nice here in the internet, because you have photo edited them before released here????
you see…questions over questions…please be so kind and answer my questions :-)) i hope the twins have nothing against it…
regards from germay
FROM STEPHANIE: The key, to me, is aperture. I always spell that wrong, but you know what I mean. A low aperture, 5.6 and smaller, is ideal for a portrait. I don't want a defined background and prefer it blurred. I try to avoid flash, but when it's necessary, I use a slow shutter speed, pop the flash, and try to use as much ambient light as possible. I hate blacked out backgrounds. So slow shutter speed (S-priority) for scenes where I must use flash, and A-priority (aperture) for day scenes. Does this help? I don't use photoshop to make all that many changes. Usually, it's just to crop.
Absolutely delightful! I used RingoBaby.com to help us design our Holiday CD/Cards, this year and couldn't be happier with the outcome. It was so fun to share our favorite holiday songs with friends & loved ones. I can't tell you how many ppl have called to tell us how much they're enjoying it, too.
Ok. I did the same thought this year…….I did a photo of both my kids (10 and 4) sitting at the beach with Santa hats. (we live in Fl) I put it on the front of a brown paper sack and tied it on with a red plaid ribbon. The text says: Brown paper packages tied up with strings, here are a few of our favorite things." Guess great minds think alike?
Well, I think the favorite things message was perfect. Not too long, not too braggy, wry and heartfelt at the same time, concise, to the point, paints a picture. Use it, use it. And I agree with previous posts, if only I could take pictures like you…those babies, those serious expressions, so great.
Sisterfriend, please don't stop blogging and do blow off those negatives – all I can say is, thanks for letting us in this year and sharing the prayers and the cussing and fussing. Being a girl is just so great.
Have you ever done stamping? My gf does some gorgeous stamped cards. we both bought embossers a couple of yrs ago. She uses hers all the time. I never use mine. just an idea.
FROM STEPHANIE: No, I haven't. I just figure I can design anything and then put a filter on it, doctor it up some, so it looks stamped on. Takes up way less space than buying a gazillion stamps and ink pads, etc. Man, I wish I could scrap all day! At least for a good month or two. I would love to go to a convention. Such a nerdlet.