Sunday, January 12, 2014

Project 52

It sure has been awhile since I've logged in here! It feels good to be back making time to do something I enjoy.

I've also started a photography project for the year: 52 photos each with a directive theme. I plan to use it to ensure that I pick up my camera weekly. I don't like how much I have forgotten about photography over the years. It is not like riding a bicycle, that's for sure!

For the project we are asked to interpret the theme however we wish, write up a little background info on the photo, and publish it to the facebook group sponsored by the ever so sweet Sarah at My 4 Hens.

I plan to document my photos here as well either bi-weekly or monthly for personal assessment. I hope to grow as a photographer with this project, and break away from any self-doubt in addition to the harsh criticisms and judgment others' may offer. It's time to stop wondering and regretting that I ever let this wonderful potential career slip into an almost non-existent hobby. I'm happy with a camera in my hands. So there it shall stay!


1/52 Imperfection

My grandmother and I were close, especially during the holidays. She could always be found in kitchen; whether that meant starting the sauce at 8 a.m. or baking the most delicate and tasty of treats. Her superb culinary skills allowed her to thrive, yet her most comforting moments of gratitude were the initial smiles that spread across even the grumpiest of faces. “The initial smile is the most genuine,” she would tell me. Before they have time to remember their manners or offer a polite “well done, tastes great,” that smile would fill her heart with gratitude.
 

My grandma taught me a lot about cooking, baking, and hosting. She would always say things like, “I know this doesn’t matter to you much right now, but don’t you forget it.” I took her words to heart and tried my very best to remember all that she taught me. My grandmother has been gone for many years now and as I grow up I find that she did much more than teach me my way around the kitchen. She was sick for many years and knew she wouldn’t be around to advise me so she took every opportunity to prepare me ahead of time.
 

I think about her all the time now, and wonder what she would say about the choices I’ve made, how I’ve dealt with certain situations, and if she was alive to give me such advice would I listen or stubbornly choose my own indirect path? Then I look down at the rosary she left me and realize she’s never stopped.


2/52 Imperfection

I've been waiting all week to snap my perfectly envisioned shot but work, for the both of us, keeps getting in the way. We are all guilty of getting caught up in work, but I find that I am confronted with a stack of paperwork more often than not. And unfortunately, I prioritize it over everything. When I first read the word imperfect, I wanted to capture a character flaw of mine. I believe that this photo is a baby step in the right direction towards re-prioritizing my life!



 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Wooden Growth Charts


Happy fall to everyone! I decided to treat myself today with a little winter boot shopping :) No purchases were made but I definitely have some ideas of what I "need" this winter.

As summer was wrapping up, a cousin of mine had her first baby! I was more than happy for her and couldn't wait to start spoiling her little one. During our discussion, it was brought up that they didn’t have a permanent residence yet and that their fate would be decided by the fluctuating housing market in the months or years to come. In that moment, I was reminded of my own childhood, moving quite frequently, and knew the perfect gift for the whole family.








These wooded growth charts would have made my mother's life a lot easier while trying to track our height growing up! She took the door off the hinges of one of the first apartments we lived in and propped it up in the laundry room or inside the coat closet, basically anywhere it would fit, in order to keep a consistent measurement for us. I didn't want my cousin doing the same! And once the first one was made- the idea took off!

The yellow one is inspired from traditional ruler color. The black and white is my personal favorite with its cleaner, modern look. The red (scarlet) and gray one was meant to represent the Ohio State Buckeyes since we are huge fans around here!! I didn't add any specific OSU details on purpose so it is also just fire truck red for any little boy or girl who may like the colors. A Cleveland Browns (brown and orange) inspired growth chart is almost finished and will be added to the shop within days. I'm thinking purple is next but we will see :) They can all be purchased/customized in the Ashley Nicolle Design etsy shop. If your local- shipping is free, just let me know before you purchase and we can arrange a local pickup!

 
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