Each year I've made some sort of number with which I photograph Finley. This year I had wanted to finish a quilt, but since our basement flooded last November I haven't set up my sewing room and that quilt remains in limbo. Besides, he always kicks his blankets off the bed anyway! So this year's prop was quick and easy—a gigantic cardboard number that he helped paint orange... a proved to be much more fun.
I'm not immune to the pom pom craze that is sweeping Pinterest. So I made this garland that will look nice through Christmas and into the new year.
Markers are fun in lots of ways!
One evening last month, I made this elephant softie. He looks simple enough and required just a few hours from sketching out a pattern to stitching on his button eyes. Of course if I consider how long I'd been saving the fabric and that I had intended on sewing a little animal for Finley when he was first born... then this elephant took just over two years.
I've always thought that a summer sidewalk decorated with chalk makes for a happy neighbourhood. Finley isn't adept at drawing his own sidewalk art just yet, but he certainly can art direct! (It's always a train.) The chalk was left outside in a downpour and it actually applies much easier to the sidewalk when both is a bit wet—though you go through much more chalk.
Finley is learning about typing letters, though mostly he sees this on his iPad ("Mom, type train!" he says.) I'm glad I have an abundance of typewriters in the house and in the studio so that he can enjoy the physicality of typing—the effort it takes to press a key and the fun impression it leaves on a piece of paper.