Baby Freia arrived on May 9th, so while I take some time to rest and bond with my little girl, an amazing group of blogger friends is helping “fill in the gaps”. I’ve been a fan Bonnie’s Instagram feed for a while now (among others) - so I asked her if she would share a few tips with us all. Whether you have kids or not, you’re going to love her tips :)

Childhood is precious.  These little ones have been given to us for such a short time.  We want to soak up these moments and keep them forever, right?  For most of us, our cell phones (iphones, specifically) have given use a huge opportunity to capture our everyday moments, at home and away.  I would love to share some less technical ways I have learned to take better pictures, simply by changing my camera perspective.

Every Mom has a different perspective on the best way to photograph their kiddos.  For me, the distant and quiet observing point of view is my favorite because I prefer not to interrupt my more intimate moments for a photo.  I love watching them in their own little world.  Think for yourself about which moments make you smile.  Do you smile most when you have a loved one in your arms?  Do you crack a smile from a far, soaking in all of the childhood joy exuding from your little ones. Whatever it is, remember…

When you take a photo, you are telling a story.

1.  Don’t be afraid to leave out a face.

This may not be our Grandma’s favorite shot.  She might think it’s weird that you see hands but no face, but I love the joy I feel from remembering a moment with my kids and the beautiful way they used their hands.   Chubby baby hands are a total bonus!  Don’t forget to include some open space (like the table space above) so that you give the action in the photo some room to breath.  Nobody like a crowded picture, right?

2. Capture the funny.

We all have those pictures of our kids being goofy and acting crazy for the camera.  Those moments always make for great pictures.  However, my favorite funny pictures are the ones where they DIDN’T know they were being funny.  This picture of my son, above, reminds me of the time in his life when he didn’t know that a squishy round bottom in a pair of underwear was cute.  It made me chuckle quietly to myself every time I saw it (sometimes out loud).

3. Stand back with your camera. 

You don’t have to see the whites of a person’s eyes to capture the beauty in a moment.  Stepping away will help you gain a new perspective and, therefore, an entirely new photo and memory.

4. Black, white & contrast were MFEO (Sleepless in Seattle, anyone?).

You know those times you wants to remember but you realize it’s night, there isn’t much light, and the color ends up looking wonky when you snap a photo?  I totally have those too.  Those nights were meant to be black and white nights.  The contrast that is created in a photo when light meats dark can be extremely emotional.  The picture above, taken of my youngest son, was a scary and precious moment.  He had just received a shock from an outlet after sticking something in it.  While I was completely nervous about the cause and effect he had just discovered, it was one of the first times he seemed to understand the danger in being too curious.  I love the way he’s clutching his favorite stuffed animal.

5. Let’s see it again.

I get asked all of the time if I pose my kids or create scenes just to take pictures.  Usually, my pictures are completely “in the moment” and organic, where I speak nothing and just snap a photo.  Other times, I might be having a conversation with my kids and they do something funny or something worth telling a story about.  In a few cases I say, “I love it!  Let me see that again!”, “Show it to me again and hold it up and to the side.” or “Do that dance again”.  The moments are happening, but when I feel the moment is worth preserving beyond just my memory, I ask the kids to do something again so I can capture it permanently.

6. Capture the ordinary.

A funny conversation amongst your kiddos, silly little dance moves, the way a toddler waddles like a penguin, a child reading their favorite book, the groceries all over the counter, a messy room, your morning oatmeal…

It’s important to remember the moments that make up our every day, however ordinary they may seem.

7. Don’t  forget to enjoy the moment.

There are times when we aren’t able to enjoy a moment because we are so excited to capture it or share it.  Don’t forget to slow down and just enjoy their childhood.  It will be gone in a flash!

PS: Also, 10 tips to take killer pictures with your phone.

(All photos in Bonnie’s post are from an iphone 5, edited with VSCO and Afterlight)

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Hello, This Little Street readers! I’m Aileen from At Home in Love, and I’m really excited to be guest posting here today. DIY projects are my favorite, especially really simple ones that take hardly any time at all–so I knew I wanted to put together a little DIY for Audrey. I’ve had the idea for this one ever since I saw the landmark ring dishes at Anthropologie. I finally gathered all the supplies the other day and made my own landmark ring dish! I live in Seattle, so I originally wanted to do a Space Needle, but I couldn’t find one that was the right size. Then I came across this mini metal Eiffel tower on Amazon, and decided that would be even more perfect (since Audrey is from France, after all)!

You will need:

Mini landmark figurine – $3.18 on Amazon
Appetizer plate – 50 cents from Goodwill
Acrylic paint
Superglue

 
To make this, paint your figurine and appetizer plate in the color(s) of your choice.

Once the base coat on the plate has dried, paint a design on top. It could be anything! For my pattern, I decided to go with some imperfect, painterly dots. I think this would be a fun project to do with little girls, so they could make their own patterned ring dishes for their jewelry.

Wait for the paint to dry, then put a couple dots of superglue on the bottom of your figurine and press it carefully in the middle of the plate.

Once the glue is set, your ring dish is ready to be used! If you like it…you should put a ring on it!

Thanks so much to Audrey for having me on her blog! See more of my DIY projects and inspiration on At Home in Love.

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Hi friends! Sorry I have been missing – turns out babies and little kids take quite a bit of time, especially when you give them a gazillion cuddles and kisses to make sure they know they are loved :) Baby Freia and I have also had some minor health issues, nothing serious, but the past few days have been a bit tougher than I expected. I had planned to share more pics of our baby girl and family of 5 with you, but it will have to wait until I get some of my energy back.

Instead, since I’ve been stalking people on Instagram to keep me busy while nursing the babe late at night, I thought I’d pics of my favorite Instagramers. Some of these people are professional photographers while others are moms home schooling their kids. And all of their pics that brighten up my days – and nights ;)  

PS: If you are on Instagram, say hi! I am @thislittlestreet  :)  And talking social media, did you hear that there is a new kid on the block? Are you guys on Pippit yet? What do you think?! Find me, I am also @thislittlestreet there.


1. Confettis.

Elena lives my dream of having a big family. All the love she has for her family shines through her pics & makes my little heart melt – I love the happy messy big family pics. Elena also has an amazing eye for colors and patterns, and her home in Sweden is as dreamy as the people that live in it. If I didn’t have my own cute little family, I’d want them to adopt me ;) Confettis on Instagram here.


2. A golden afternoon.

Bonnie is my super hero. I pretty much worship her ;) She home schools her kids. Has a chicken coop. And make mean cocktails on top of that. Oh, and she and her family also foster kids. I also worship her little girl – she can already cook and weave better than I can, she’s super rad. Every one of Bonnie’s pictures makes me smile, laugh, and think about life/what kind of mom & wife I want to be. A Golden Afternoon on Instagram here.


3. Leif shop

Leif is hands down one of my favorite shops out there, and I love Stacy’s Instagram feed. In her feed you will find a lot of the items that she sells in her shop, always styled in such a simple, pretty way. I love all of the colorful details that Stacy captures in her feed! Leif Shop on Instagram here.


4. Latonya Yvette

This gorgeous mama has amazing style and I simply love all of the pics of her and her little girl. I wish I knew how to rock pretty outfits like she does! She also lives in Brooklyn with her family, and it makes me a bit nostalgic of our time in NYC when I see her pictures. Latonya is expecting her second child any day now – good luck Latonya! Latonya on Instagram here.


5. Leslie Shewring

Leslie is my hero when it comes to color inspiration. She always pulls the pretties color palettes together, and very often out of not very much – some ribbons, a few flowers, bits of paper. As a blogger, I have the tendency to sometimes overcomplicate things – I always turn to Leslie’s work when I am on that path to remind myself that very often, less is in fact more, and that we can do a lot with very little. Thank you for all the inspiration, dear Leslie :) Leslie on Instagram here.


6. Mary Costa Photo

You probably have heard Mary’s name before – she often works with Kelly at Studio DIY and takes a lot of pics for her. I’ve been a fan of her work for a long time, but not until recently did I check out her Instagram feed – it’s so lovely! Mary is simply adorable. Now, If only Mary lived in San Francisco instead of LA, how I’d love to meet her – not to mention work with her! Mary on Instagram here.


7. Max Wanger

Max is hands down one of my favorite photographers out there – I put his ice cream print in Freia’s nursery. His instagram feed is a mix of his work, but also bit and pieces of his life with his wife and baby boy, some behind-the-scenes of when he works with great peeps like Bri from Design Love Fest or the fun gals at Ban.do. Oh, and you’ll find multiples pics of his feet too – he has the coolest socks and shoes in the entire school, this kid ;) Max on Instagram here.


8. Pom Verte

Stephanie is a French blogger that I recently discovered, and I love the bits and pieces that she shares on her Instagram feed. Stephanie loves to work with flowers and what she makes with them always makes me smile :) Also, she has the cutest little kitties, and let me tell you that they are in for a treat with her – she recently made them the cutest little hats and I’ve been cracking up at these pictures  for days now. Pom Vert on Instagram here.


9. Studio DIY

Ok, so many of you are probably already following Kelly – the coolest chicka on the block right now ;) But still, I enjoy her feed so so much that I just had to include it in this list. I mean, duh, how couldn’t enjoy a feed filled with colors, balloons, donuts and pinata? Not too mention Kelly’s bubbly personality that shines through every picture. Her pics always get a smile out of me :) Studio DIY on Instagram here.


10. Laurenswells

Another recent discovery for me is Lauren Wells’ Instagram feed. It might no be as colorful as some of the other feeds in this list, but her pics are always exquisite. I simply love how she captures little details and people, I love to see life through her eyes. Lauren is the cutest, and her pictures push me as a photographer to look at the things around me with a different eye. Lauren on Instagram here.

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printable bookmarks by Little White Whale Baby Freia arrived on May 9th, so while I take some time to rest and bond with my little girl, an amazing group of blogger friends is helping “fill in the gaps”. Enjoy their amazing posts

Hello there, This Little Street readers! I’m Gloria from Little White While, and I’m super excited to be here today to share a fun printable with you all!

I fell in love with reading when I was a kid — my parents often found me holed up somewhere around the house with a Boxcar Children or Goosebumps book — and that love followed me well into adulthood. In fact, one of the VERY FIRST things I did when I first moved to Brooklyn was to hunt down the local library and sign up for a card. Oh to be young and crazy again!

printable bookmarks by Little White Whale

Sadly in the past few years, I started spending fewer and fewer moments curled up with a good book, as life and work and general Internet distractions took over. It’s something I really missed, so as part of my New Years resolutions this year, I’ve started putting a dent in my mile long book list! But what kind of bookworm doesn’t have a few awesome bookmarks at their disposal??

I whipped up a set of these whimsical “To Be Continued” bookmarks that look like colorful book spines for all you fellow readers out there! Download and print the bookmarks PDF here (I recommend printing on heavier weight paper for durability). Cut them out, and then you’re ready to crack open a book – enjoy!

printable bookmarks by Little White Whale

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Hello This Little Street readers, Kelly here from Studio DIY!! While Audrey is off cuddling with her new little babe (Eee! So exciting!), I’m going to give you other new and expectant mommas a little something to DIY! A while back I created a “Congrats in a Box” and always thought it would make a great birth announcement too, so that’s just what I turned it in to here! 

This little announcement is so fun and budget-friendly, and who wouldn’t want to open a box and find a sweet little garland and a whole bunch of confetti? Here’s the simple how-to!

<h5>Supplies:</5>

  • Plain Cardboard Jewelry-Size Box
  • Small Photos + Baby Info (I printed out black and white photos and the birth information and cut them into 2.5″ wide geometric shapes. You’ll need two copies of the info and each photo.)
  • Colored Paper
  • Twine
  • Double Stick Tape
  • Confetti 

<h5>To Make:</h5>

  1.  Print and cut out all your photos and birth info in your desired shape(s). Mine are all 2.5″ wide at the widest point. You’ll need two copies of each little shape/photo on your garland. Using double stick tape, tape your first shapes together, sandwiching the twine in-between. I alternated between photos of various pieces of information, ending with a little love not that you can personalize for each recipient if you’d like! (Step 1 + 2)
  2.  Cut out two extra shapes from coordinating paper. Place the end of your twine on the bottom of the box and cover it with one of the shapes using double stick tape. Press to secure it to the box. Repeat this with the lid of the box as well. Fold up your garland into your box. (Step 3 + 4)  
  3. Fill your box with confetti, on top of the garland so it makes more of a “bang!”, and close up your box. (Step 5 + 6)

Now all that’s left to do is mail them off and wait for the fun phone calls you’ll get from excited friends and family! You could also create something similar in an envelope, minus the confetti explosion. Just tape one end of the twine to the flap of the envelope so it’s easy to find! Happy crafting everyone, and congratulations again to you Audrey!!!

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Hello, Ashley here from Sugar & Cloth! I’m so excited to be able to fill in with a quick recipe while Audrey is enjoying the new babe! Now that Summer is almost here I thought sharing something cool and simple that the kids could help make would knock out two birds with one stone. I’m sure everyone will agree that busy little ones with full tummies are happy little ones!

The best part is you can even make this recipe calorie friendly by skipping the ice cream and going for frozen cool whip instead. Plus they don’t melt quite as fast, but that’s totally up to you! 

Ingredients:

Once you have all of your ingredients laid out, this little recipe is as simple as building a sandwich. All you have to do is spread the vanilla bean ice cream or cool whip on top of one cookie, then place another cookie on top of that.

Using a little dish filled with chocolate sprinkles, roll the edges of the sandwich in the dish to create the chocolate covered sprinkle edges, and you’re all set!

 

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L:Jenny’s house via Dos Family & Hus o Hem|R: Meringue blackberry & blueberry tart by My Little Fabric

Last week somehow my husband’s coworkers ended up finding my blog somehow, and apparently they were a bit dumb-founded – they said “YOU? You LIVE there?” As in “You, the super masculine geek that you are? You sit in a bright green couch covered in flowery pillows while a flower-wearing lama’s looking at you from the walls covered with more flowers?“. Haha. Poor husband. I do put him through a lot, I have to give him credit – By the way, he has given me a warning that someday I will come back home and the lama will be GONE ;) But the thing is….we’re only getting started here, honey. Like, you see that gorgeous purple table that Jenny from Dos Family has in her house? Someday hubby will come home and he’ll find our table painted some awesome crazy color too – only as a payback for taking my lama away ;)

In any case, today I wanted to show you the pictures of the crazy fun house of Jenny from the awesome blog Dos Family. Jenny’s not afraid to dare with colors and mix & matching furniture and quirky pieces, and I love it. Also a big fan of all the artwork, prints and photographs she put up on her walls – a lot of black and white, simple pieces that contrast perfectly with the bright colors of her furniture. And that giant world map! And hello, did I mention the awesomeness of that purple table already? ;)

And talking about purple – it’s berry season guys! Which means the perfect time to make this gorgeous meringue blackberry and blueberry tart by My Little Fabric. Yumminess!

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A touch of feminity, tenderness and sensitivity on ETSY with a pink wishlist for ladies only! I hope you enjoy this little color inspiration while Audrey’s getting to know her sweet little baby girl. – Sofya from Sweety paï-paï and MöØdz.

1. Hello You card / Little Low

2. pastel pink Oxford brogue shoes / Goodbye Folk

3. moth origami lampshade / Nellianna

4. pink & gold studs / Graceful Hunter

5. mini metallic pink enveloppe / Squish n Chips

6. Siren jewel soap / You’re A Gem

7. watermelon seeds sweater / Sheila Couture

8. pink striped paper straws / Fancy That Loved

9. ceramic necklace / Terrafique

10. wall clock / Artis Everything

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I’m super excited to be guest posting while the lovely Audrey is spending time with her newly expanded family!  I am a sucker for cute fabric and an easy sewing project, so I’m here today to share a beginner-level tutorial for making a set of the cutest little hanging zippered pouches you’ve ever laid your eyes on…if I do say so. They’re perfect for using up your fabric stash and (bonus!) stowing away all kinds of goodies. Enjoy! –Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

Materials

  • Fabrics
  • Contrasting Zippers, 12″ long
  • Sewing Machine & Thread
  • Bowl or Mug
  • Extra Large Grommets
  • Grommet Setter & Hammer

Directions

1. Cut your fabrics. For each pouch, you’ll need the following three cuts of fabric: 10″ x 12″, 6.5″ x 12″, 4.5″ x 12″.

2. On the 6.5″ x 12″ and 4.5″ x 12″ pieces, fold about 1/2″ of one of the 12″ edges to the back and press. Fold again to hide the raw edge and press.

3. Top-stitch the zipper to the folded edges with the back side of the zipper to the right side of the fabric.

4. Stack the zippered piece on top of the 10″ x 12″ piece of fabric with wrong sides facing. Trim the 10″ x 12″ piece if necessary. Trace the edge of a large mug or small bowl onto each of the four corners, and cut to round out the corners.

5. Top-stitch the two pieces together about 1/4″ from the edge all the way around.

6. Turn wrong-side-out, and press.

7. Stitch all the way around about 1/2″ from the edge.

8. Turn right-side-out, and press.

9. Install a large grommet in the top left corner. If you’ve never done a grommet before, they can be super easy. Just follow the directions on the grommet packaging to install, but the key is the surface you use to set the grommet. If you try to set it on a surface with any give to it, it may take you as many as a hundred whacks of your hammer; however, if you set it on a super sturdy surface, it could take as little as 4 or 5.

Store, hang, and enjoy!

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I am so excited to finally show you Freia‘s nursery nook – get ready for a gazillion pictures :)

The little lady and I are doing great, she’s now 12 days old – and really we spent the best of the last 12 days cuddling and resting in this very room I am showing you today. As I explained to you all before in my inspiration post and moodboard post, the nursery is just a corner of our master bedroom. We didn’t want the nursery to feel to baby-ish, but still fun for her, and above all things we wanted to the room to feel relaxing, cosy and happy…you know, guessing it would help us get through those evil witching hours of the evening ;)

I drew all the inspiration for the nursery from childhood memories of happy summers. Think ice cream cones, sunflowers, pink clouds and walks in the forest. Shake well and you get this room.

The room didn’t have a lot of space for me to work with but we made it work for our need – and budget! We ditched the changing table altogether (We change her either in  the bathroom next door or on a pad on the bed). I never liked the look of changing tables anyway. We added this simple white crib, a very small rocker right by the little library I made for the girls with clear shelves (tutorial here).

Once the basics were in place, I had fun adding touches of colors here and there – oh the details, that’s where all the fun is ! Some fun prints and photographs  like Max Wanger’s Ice cream photograph- all prints framed by my lovely friends at Framed and Matted-, big yellow wall hooks that look like shining suns ($10 for all 3 from CB2!), and a gold mushroom lamp -because, duh, every babe needs one of these ;)a few little “doudous” in her bed. p.S:If you are a fan of Max Wanger like I am, Framed & Matted is offering this already framed print in partnership with Max until the end of May, hurry!

Amazing friends and readers surprised me the most adorable things for the nursery and helped make this room even more personal – like the bunting above the library by A Moka A Day or the “Little girls with dreams because women with vision print” by Coco + Mingo. They are my favorite things about this room :) Some of my recent projects for the blog also ended up in the room, like the nesting bird hanging planters and a couple of the wallpapered stools.

Right now we also have a little bassinet right by the bed – it won’t stay there long term, but it’s helping me survive the first few weeks by not having to go all the way to the bed every night. It’s all about the little things that make like with a newborn easier, right now :)

The big wooden dresser was already in the nook as our landlord asked us to keep it there, so I added a fake cross-stitch heart that I made out of contact paper (my best friend!) and attached some of the leftover wallpapers that I had from this project and that project to give it a bit more personality- it gives me the perfect storage space for Freia’s clothes! I keep clothes of extra sizes, acessories etc in little boxes and suitcase – it makes the closet less cluttered and I love the extra pops of color they add!

We love this space as it is now, so far it’s been working really well for us! Let me know what you think, friends :) I hope you like it just as much as we do!
Everything in the nursery: Babyletto crib in white , crib sheets from Olive and Andrew, mid-century rocker,  Ice cream photograph by Max WangerPainted Pebbles 1 print by Garima Dhawan, Hand-written “Little girls” print by Jessica at Coco+Mingo,  “Hello. Also, I love you” print by The Big Harumph, all prints framed by Framed and Matted, Egmont mushroom lampFerm living laundry basket, bunting above the library by A Moka A Daydot wall hooks from CB2 that I painted yellow, wallpapered IKEA stools, clear bookshelves, Blabla Kids Fox doll, cloud pillow by me, heart blanket by me, nesting bird hanging planters.

Credits: All photos by This Little Street.

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