Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

DIY - Vintage Family Photos

Tips and reminders for the busy mom - How to fake great vintage photos of the kids!


Agh. I love my kids. I do. But sometimes they drive me absolutely insane.  With a 7 yr old boy and 5 yr old girl, all they seem to do is fight. (It's like Jekyl and Hyde.  They play so good together but the second one gets bored or steals the others space, it's on.)

So as any mother can tell you, trying to take nice, loving, peaceful family photos is an exercise bathed in pure anxiety. A seemingly hopeless escapade that I just can't seem to master. And to be honest, I don't really feel like trying so hard anymore.  This is real life, I'm over the facade ☺. 
 
Now enter my crazy mom moments where I snap a picture of my cuties instead of losing my mind.  I have 3 or 4 photos of my kids framed in my house that get so many compliments on how beautiful they are.  Of course I can't help but share the real story, "Yes, my kids are actually fighting here.  Can you tell?"  As a disclaimer, I am by no means a professional photographer.  The only camera I own is a smart phone.  But, as my kids get older I consider myself a professional crazy lady and busy mom with some tricks up her sleeve (and MANY more to learn!).

Read on to get these 7 quick and easy ideas for the novice photographer & embattled mom - a guide to snapping quick photos

1.  Crop it to a close-up


Looks like they are hugging right?  Time to zoom out. Wait for it...
Yep. there it is.  He's actually just got done putting his little sister in a choke hold.  Our secret.

2.  Take it from another angle


This was actually a Time Out.  If you saw his face you would see his pout.  But, lucky for me I was watching over his shoulder and decided to take a quick shot while he was confined to one spot. 

3.  Never let great lighting go to waste

This was one of my daughters biggest meltdowns.  After seriously contemplating leaving her on the side of the road, our better senses came into play and my husband just decided to carry her.  I chose to hang back and take an extra slow walk.  Sorry.  But it did get me this great shot!

5.  Add a filter or make it black and white


You can still see my daughters dirty knees but black and white always makes any picture look classic.  Try it in times of desperation.

6.  Take it while they sleep!




Yep.  I know we've all done this.  I mean, when else can you get them to sit still long enough?

7.  Frame the obvious shot




We're all human. And as parents we all have the same craziness, we just operate  at different levels.  Kids are awesome and the things they do are hilarious.  Showcase it.  We will miss it when these times are gone!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Reuse Series/ Chicken Wire Frames

This is exciting!  My first blog post for our series in which we discuss multiple options and uses for a single item in your home. Make the most of your DIY decor and your hard earned money.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Budget Alternatives for Kid Fun


Replacement Ideas that don't break your budget, yet still give the kids something they want!  


 

Monday, August 7, 2017

DIY Rustic Wire Frame

Super quick décor to add more farmhouse charm to your home (4 steps or less)!

As a Pinterest addict, I will say that looking for reclaimed wood and chicken wire frames most likely owns my highest pin count.  They are so simple and can be used in so many different ways.  These are just two of my favorite ideas from Pinterest.

http://thecottagemarket.com/2017/01/10-fabulous-diy-ways-decorate-farmhouse-walls.html/2
Source: Confessions of a Serial DIYer via The Cottage Market

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Keep Kids Entertained During Your DIY Projects

A real mom's guide to squeezing out a few more minutes so you can actually finish that DIY project you just started.  Ditch the mom guilt - A discussion of some simple ideas to keep the kids entertained while you stay busy.

http://www.thriftysisterdiy.com

Monday, July 31, 2017

Budget Supplies For Your DIY Projects


Discount supplies and materials you didn't know where only $1!  Or maybe you just needed a little reminder...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

DIY Rusic Hanging Shelf

Easy tutorial for how to build your own hanging shelf in 10 quick steps.  Home and patio décor to fit ANY budget!

Follow this great tutorial on how to create your own hanging shelf in any style you choose!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

15 Ways to Liven Up Your Outdoor Living Space on a Budget

Decorate your backyard patio with this these thrifty ideas for summer décor!

If you spend your summers like mine, you are outdoors constantly.  When you spend that much time outside, you want your outdoor living space to feel just as cozy as your indoor living space.  Summer is the time for outdoor entertaining and fun times.  Impress your guests with your thrifty style and genius decorating sense.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

DIY Cement Planter Tutorial

DIY Tutorial - concrete planters / candle holders for $5!



I was introduced to my obsession with concrete planters on one of my Pinterest-ing cruises for new ideas. (follow us on Pinterest for more cool pins).  They seemed so simple to make.  All I really needed to buy was a bag of cement from the hardware store.  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Welcome to my crazy diy-loving life!


Well, here we are! 





As a newcomer, not to the blogging world, but to the entrepreneur world, I want to start out by introducing myself and some of my products.  As an ecommerce artisan, I started this journey on Etsy, like so many others have (follow us at Renewed Array)!  It's the perfect way to stretch your creative wings, develop a business sense, and of course the obvious....not invest a HUGE sum of capital to begin your business (you know, the amount of start-up that would keep you up panicking at night while your kids and husband slept delightedly beside you..?).