Maternity Love

miss heartI am so excited to share these photos!  I am enamored with pregnancy and birth.  It’s one of those things that tug on my heart.

That motherly glow is captivating.  And, oh, the wonder of a tiny human formed so snugly with every detail where it was meant to be.  Amazing!  A true, life changing gift.

Yesterday I had the chance to capture this motherly glow in one of my closest friends, Missy.  I have known Missy since we were tweens.  Sheesh, I just realized its been 20+ years!

Missy is compassionate, kind, an all around beauty and a stellar mother.  She is one of those people who exudes friendly.  Friendliness is one of the things I admire most about her.  When we were younger, she would say “Hi” to any and everyone.  Every “Hello” came with a warm smile.  It didn’t matter if she knew them or not.  All the while, in school, I was taught not to talk to strangers.   Missy was homeschooled:)

She still has a cordialness about her.

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I had so much fun photographing my dear friend.  Can you see her motherly glow?

And, here is the shocker (if you don’t know Missy), this is her FOURTH child!!

She is stunning!

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Tissue Paper Two

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You guys, I can hardly believe that my littlest love child is already two years old and my number one son is starting kindergarten!!  Lately, I have been working on savoring every sweet moment.  This has been altogether challenging and rewarding.

We just celebrated my baby girl’s birthday.  It was a mellow beach day with close family and friends. I wasn’t going to do any decorations, but at the last minute, I recalled a cute thing I had seen online about a year ago.  I remember thinking it looked simple, so I thought I would give it a go.

Here is how i did it:

I cut out my number with reclaimed 😉 cardboard.  As you can see, I just eyeballed the shape with my Sharpie before I cut it out.  It’s 2′ tall.

Then, I hand tore a colorful assortment of pre-loved wrapping tissue paper in to little squares about 3″ each.

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I glopped some glue on the extra cardboard gathered the center and dipped each tissue into the glue…20140811-160548-57948351.jpg

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Thankfully the colors I had went nicely together.20140811-160550-57950762.jpg

In the end there were still tiny areas where you could see the princess box in the background.  As a quick fix I pressed my hands down on to the tissue poofs and it covered anything I didn’t want to see.

This was such a fun, easy project to do in a pinch.  Anyone can do it with items  you already have around the house.  It would be really fun to do big letters and spell something out for a party.

And this is what happens when you leave your newly finished, fancy arts and crafts in the reach of a two year old.

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Lucky for me, Elmer’s dries clear!