Tuesday, October 31, 2017


"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
~John Wooden 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

21st Birthday Party Plans & Preparations

Before we get into the *actual* party shots I thought we might set the scene a little with some shots of the preparation. ;) 

: : Invitations : :
I thought with a few hours I could have these done and ready to post . . . yeah, not quite.
All printing is black ink onto brown paper, with the woodgrain stamped over in VersaMark.
Paper mounted on black card, ribbon tied around, and photo glued on :)
Envelope stamped to match (let's not mention how many VersaMarks I ran out . . . hehe)

: : Wall decor : :
These are cardstock as opposed to paper; since I didn't need to run them through the printer I opted for the greater strength. Most detailing was traced around a template with a black Sharpie, and the red/sliver is glitter paint. We also cut out some black pistols which didn't make it into this shot.

: : Costume #1 ready to go! : :

: : Maria & Laura wanted to be involved too but were disappointed a lot of things needed to be done by someone older : :
They got to help make up the trail mix though

: : Trialing the table layout : :
The day prior to the party we picked up the cake and made nearly 40 dessert pies, along with too many other things!
: : Keeping the theme : :

: : After spending the day travelling up from Wellington with his mum,  Alex jumped right in with constructing the pies : :
{The tidy ones were his :P }

: : Isaac helped a lot as well . . . ask him about zesting lemons sometime :P : :

: : Horseshoes = pumpkin pie : :
Second row = lemon meringue pies
Lattice top = strawberry pie
Can't remember which other ones were on the table, but we also made apple pies and peach pies :)
Obviously there was a lot more planning + preparation that took place than was photographed and shown here; several of us were busy working on things in the months prior and as we approached crunch time it was all-hands-on-deck. So thank you to everyone who was involved!

And now! Drumroll for the actual event photos please! :P

Thursday, September 28, 2017

David's 21st {Or the Post in Which I Reveal My Identity as Superwoman}

It's been fun having a few 21sts in our church group over the last few months, but I think we may be done for a bit now?
David's and my birthdays are only a few days apart, and I was in the thick of planning my own party so jumped on Google and Pinterest the night before (don't do it guys, it's stressful :P) to see if I could put a book-character costume together.
I've never read/watched/whatever Superwoman, but some of the ideas coming up looked like ones I could re-create. I already had a blue top, red skirt, red shoes, and gold ribbon, so that decided my costume for me lol. I found (yes, and coloured in) a colouring picture to pin onto my top, and grabbed some red fabric the following day which Mum made into a cape and erm whatever-you-want-to-call-them to make my shoes look like boots.

Thanks Malinda for the following shots:
: : With Toby and Ruth : :

: : I wonder if Facebook still recognised the Birthday Boy? : :

: : Superwoman and Mary Poppins aka Georga : :

Monday, September 18, 2017


"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.
Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
~ Sir Winston Churchill

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Themed Shoot || Country/Western {Installment 2}

See here for installment 1!

: : We all need a little push sometimes : :
Kiddos asked for an explanation and these options were supplied, take your pick Alex said :P
1) "Alex carefully balancing on a tightrope while cameraman points finger"
2) "Cameraman pretends to gently encourage tiny Alex"
3) "Model maker manipulates miniature figurines in lifelike display"
4) "Alex desperately escaping a giant Isaac"
5) "Cameraman with obviously too much time on his hands has a laugh between photo shoots"
6) "What is Alex doing"
"Running for his life by the looks"