Tuesday, March 3, 2015

//Baby Matthew//

Baby Matthew was only 11 days when I photographed him.  And he is looking so adorable, don't you think!

I always enjoy photograph a newborn. I found photograph a newborn a little challenging. There are  many aspects required when photograph a newborn. The baby must be very comfortable in his or her new environment. And this comes with many requirements. If you start embarking on a journey of taking picture of a newborn, please arm yourself by searching the 'how tos' on the internet or youtube. There are tons lessons over there. Taking picture of a newborn is not like taking picture of children, teenagers, seniors, couple or family. There are many rules and tricks you need to know. And props are as important. 

 This is the third time I photographed a newborn. Although I have little experiences and facing some challenges I am eager to learn more. And I am still looking for the perfect poses. All and all I am very happy with the session with baby Matthew.

Each session boost my confidence more and each session I learned a great lesson. So I am very hopeful the next newborn photo session will be the perfect one.

I am very happy with the baby outfit props all DIY by me. Tutorial, here.



Thank you so much for looking!

Newborn Props //Pants & Beanie - DIY//



These newborn photo props are so easy to make. Here I created out of my own old sweaters. You can buy them inexpensively at a thrift store. Just be sure that they are clean and soft. They are so adorable and cute for a new born to wear for a photo session. Let me remind you that this is addictive - you will want to create these again and again. And oh, when you are done just hand stitch a velvet heart shape on to the front side of the beanie. If it is for a newborn girl then you might want to put a flower on the beanie.

For the beanie.






For the pants.







Happy sewing Everyone!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Casual Boho Look //Ripped Denim Shorts + A Make Over White Shirt//




I am not usually put a fashion post on my blog. Well, occasionally I do. Although in my heart I very much love fashion my taste in fashion somewhat changed after I hospitalized for 2 months almost 10 years a go this coming June 2015.  Since then my life took a turn on me. I was lucky to be alive. And I am very grateful for it. My number one priority now is to taking care of my health.

Eating healthy and to stay slim as I am getting older is very important to me. Beside taking care of myself, to keep busy and creative are as important. Only recently I feel confidence to be photographed like these again.

Hence my husband told me that I should blog about my DIY fashion since I love to re -create a  pair of blue jeans or a shirt I bought from a thrift stores.Or anything I create related to fashion. This has becoming a hobby.  And he told me that I should be honest about of who I am that I am not trying to be a young girl who look effortless pretty in anything. I am doing it because I need to celebrate and share of how I overcome a deadly disease and 10 years later I still look the same as if nothing had happened to me.

I must be honest that this takes a lot of work. I eat moderately and most of the time when at home I eat healthy food. I exercise at home everyday for the past 5 years. Since I can not do a hard exercise I am only doing a soft exercise. Except when I am traveling. I make sure that I get 8 to 9 hours  sleep everynight. And as mentioned earlier I feel the need to be creative; to create something or to challenge myself in doing something that makes happy somehow makes me healthier. I am a curious person so I always like to challenge myself to do something I never done before. My everyday life is pretty constant. It is almost the same everyday but it always been the happy one. Thanks to my husband Steven who is very kind and understand of who I am and what I need. I truly realize I am very lucky to have him as my husband.

What I like about this look is that very casual and  feminine.  In my mind it related to nature like the Gypsy people who practically lives out door most of the time. May be that is why it has the 'free' feel to it that associated with the saying  'free spirit'. To wear this look you can start with a stack of colorful beaded or strand of bracelets. Also similar style for the necklace. The current style to wear this look is to wear with denim short or jeans, or a white cotton mini shift dress. Wearing it with a floppy hat or a flower crown creates a modern edgy bohemian feminine look. I also love to wear this look to go on a vacation to an island or a beach. A white dress or a long dress are always soothing to wear in the tropical climate and by the beach. But it is much more fun to wear some colorful accessories too, like beaded bracelets or a flower crown. Now each time Steven and I go for a vacation to an exotic island or a beach I always look at my pinterest board just to get an inspiration on what to wear. (here and here).

So here I am wearing a ripped denim short and a make over white cotton shirt bought from Goodwill {tutorial below} and a colorful mix and match bracelets with my DIY beaded tassel bracelets and a DIY necklace, here. (I did not have a step by step on how to do these bracelets and necklace because I did not take any picture when created them.) To finish the look I added by wearing a crochet lace boot socks (tutorial below) under the vintage boots. The crochet trimming on the top part of the socks complete the bohemian look with a modern twist to it.








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Cotton white shirt make over.

Goodwill is a good place to find a shirt if you are going to do a make over. The cost is only USD 3.99 each so if you made a mistake it wont be so bad. Get the one that 2 size larger than your size because to get the look you need a loose type of shirt then you can embellish it with a diy belt from the same material or you can make a dress from one large shirt. It is entirely up to you. Here I found the perfect shirt and it is an XL size while I am wearing medium and sometime Small. What I did was I cut the sleeves off along the stitching line. So it became a sleeveless summer white shirt. Then I cut the trimming at the end of both sleeves. I used it to tie the top part of the shoulder just to add a style of playful and youthful looking.


Crochet lace boot socks (DIY)

I am using a pants socks bought from Wallmart. They are USD 2.99 per pair. The crochet lace trimmings bought from Jo Ann fabrics. It is USd 3.99 per yard. You only need 1 yard. And get the widest width  you can get. Mine is 3" to 3-1/2" width

You need an elastic thread to sew this by hand. Start stitch a basting stitch attaching the trimming just an inch below the top of the socks. Remember the sock has to be stretched when wearing it so you have to gather the trimmings while stitching it.You can use your left thumb while stitching to move extra trimmings before stitching it each time. Other wise the socks will not pull  all the way up and stop around the ankle. Note; my boots just between the knee and ankle so these socks are perfect for it. Depend on the type of boots you then need to determine the type of size of socks you need for your boots. You can use any type of socks for this project.


--Outfit--
~A straw hat from Nordstrom Rack~
~Ripped denim short from Goodwill~
~Hobo bag from TJ Maxx, old~
~Vintage western boots, old~

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Beaded Tassel Necklace and Bracelets {All DIY}

I created these necklaces and bracelets a while a go. But the more I own them the more I like them. It was inspired by Anthropologie. It started out with the tassel necklace on the right. The white vintage  beaded strand necklace bought from Ebay. I just added the tassels on the necklace. I recently wore them in Puerto Rico and I got so many compliments on the necklace. Then I created the bracelets. 

The embroidery thread strand necklaces are also fun. You can create them here. These necklaces and bracelets are so much fun to wear during summer and around the beach area.






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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Various Ways to Arrange & Decorate Cut Fresh Flowers



Not only that cut fresh flowers creates a pretty room but it also can send a signal of  a happy feeling to a person that happened to be in that room. I always love a fresh flowers in any room in our home. The more is the better.

So when my husband Steven brought me some fresh cut roses on  Valentine day I was very happy to have received it. At first I put them all in one vase. Since roses can last a long time after a few days it started to open up a little. They became very beautiful and big. But I got bored with the same spot being decorated by the roses. So I took out the vintage gold rim goblet and glasses that I bought from a thrift stores and decided to create a small group of roses decorating. I always love scouring a thrift store looking for an interesting stuff to collect like glasses or goblets to use for something in the future. So these gold rim glasses and goblets came in handy.



I took and cut the roses' stems to fit in the glasses and goblet. Then I grouped them together with the DIY sculptured pear that I spray painted with gold (here) with a vintage gold frame with the decorative pieces that I created a long time a go (here). One thing one must remember is that when decorating with group of fresh flowers try to group decorative pieces with the same theme like color or material. If you are going to use a white ceramic vases as a group of flowers then it is best to put together with a black or white frame art works. 






Grouping flowers in a small vases also can be pretty to decorate a coffee table as center piece. Here I combined the group with the gold sculptured pear and the golden star fish. Grouping different pieces and shape became a conversation elements all together. Again look for the same element within each piece that will tie them together. 



I then took some of the flowers from the original bouquet to decorate another room. Here a single stem can be pretty to decorate more than one small vases grouped together on the coffee table.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Helathy Breakfast "Beet and Caramelized Boiled Egg Bites"





I got the original recipe from my mother in law. Each morning she eats cut boiled eggs on a saltine crackers. One day she let me tasted it and to my surprise it tastes delicious and since then occasionally I eat a couple of saltine crackers with cut boiled eggs on top for breakfast.

Today I modified the recipe by adding caramelized onion and beet. I love the taste of caramelized onion in almost anything and I also love beet. It is tasty, sweet and healthy. I had 4 or 5 of these bites,  I felt good until late lunch or early dinner.

 These bites dish would be a perfect dish to add to any spread for a late breakfast party. I had my husband Steven tasted it this late morning and he likes them.

These bites are super easy to make. The caramelized onion and the beet can be prepared a day before and refrigerate for the next day use. 

::Recipe::
Healthy Breakfast  Beet and Caramelized Onion Boiled Egg Bites

~Saltine crackers
~ 1/2 onion (sliced into thin pieces)
~ 4 tbsp of Olive oil
~ 4 tbsp of sweet balsamic vinaegrette
~ 1/2 tsp light brown sugar
~ 1/4 tsp salt
~ 2 boiled eggs (makes about 9 to 10 bites)

Sautee onion in olive oil then add balsamic vinaegrette, light brown sugar and salt. Cook until tender and turned into dark brown color. Ensemble each cracker with cut boiled egg then spoon the cooked onion on top the boiled egg.

For the beet.
Boiled 2 small beets until tender.
Peel the skin and cut into small pieces. Mix the beet pieces with olive oil, balsamic vinaegrette, salt and pepper. Ensemble the cracker, boiled egg and beet on the top. And serving.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Miss Anna //Water Color Art//

Meet Miss Anna!

I painted her three times. And probably I will paint her again.

My water color art journey goes back many years a go but I never really serious about it until now. I have been painting for as long as I can remember. I am more of an abstract contemporary artist using acrylic than a water color artist. I am picking up water color again as I think I love the delicate and the feminine soft of water color.

The first painting I called her "water color study no. 5" then "no. 6" and the last "no. 7"

I never was good painting a human figure before. When I was a Fine Art student at Fashion Institute of Technology New York in Manhattan I was never good at it at all. My work follows my feelings transformed into lines, shapes and colors without any intention what it would becoming into. Although I like painting it was never the intention for me to become a professional artist. I knew my art was only for me to enjoy. They are only decorate some of the walls in our home.

Then I evolved, I start to pick up water color. Then as time went on I am seeing mass and shadow in a different way in  painting human figure. Suddenly I found a new skill. I was able to see shadow and shape in human figure in the face and in every part of a body. It took me years to see it. Although I am still not good it; I am seeing it. And that is very important and a good way to start.

I also found a new venture; photography. Already I turned down 3 clients while I was in Florida because most of my clients are in New York. I think I am a better in photography than in blogging or other social media because I do not have to tell story in photography. I just have to present my work to clients. Just point and shoot. In blogging I must write and I am not good in writing English as English is my second language.  So I can understand that my post does not have a good story to support the images. It won't stop me from blogging though but I can only try to improve and hopefully I can express better. 

I truly realize that blogging is a journey. I am blogging because I wanted to express myself. And I am very happy since my first post until now I was able to mainly express myself. Deep in me I knew I am a creative person and an artist as well. And I am constantly evolve.

So let's take a look at Miss Anna (water color study no. 5, 6 and 7)

 "Water Color Study no. 5"
  
"Water Color Study No. 6"







"Water Color Study No. 7"
I think her body movement is better here compare to the first two drawings. Although her expression is not as good as the other two. Body movement is very important in painting a pose like this one. Is the upper body tilt to the left more or to the right more? Where is the hips are located? Is the body  weight of her body falls mostly on her left foot or right foot? Those are things to consider when painting a standing figure as these elements will help gives movement to the body so it will look a live.


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