Nov 18, 2009


Hello Again! Two posts in one day! I'm setting a record! I also wanted to announce that my husband and I have finally decided to jump into starting our own business together. The full story can be found on our website, along with other details. Anyway, recently, we launced and created our official business, JC Photography! Please see the website at and friend our fan page on Facebook! Tell all of your friends and family, near and far because WE TRAVEL!!!
One of the things that makes us unique is that we have built our business on creating a convenience, and providing a service to busy families. We bring the studio to you, where ever you may be. We shoot location sessions, and can set up a formal studio in your home, or even do portraits with no studio at all, using just your natural surroundings. Later, we plan to purchase a trailer, and make that into a mobile portrait studio where we can literally bring the studio to your drivewyay!
Instead of marketing to a "niche", such as maternity or newborn photography, we wanted a broader range. To some, this may not seem like a wise business decision. However, we love all different kinds and styles of photography. My husband enjoys landscape, macro, and scenic photography. I perefer portrait photography of all different styles. I love the artistic styles where I can capture moments, instead of posing people. At the same time, I also love those studio style portraits where the picture is take "on purpose".
Due to our wide range of interests, we are able to offer some unique styles and market to other, more forgotten groups of people. For example, while we do offer maternity photography, we also offer paternity photography. Many women are attracted to their husbands who delight in their fatherhood, and there is nothing more attractive than a big tough guy holding a soft little newborn in his loving arms.
We also offer photojournalistic style birth photography. Yes, I (not my husband) will travel to the place that your child will be born, in the wee hours of the morning to photograph the entire event from beginning to end, excluding the shots that you may not feel so beautiful in upon your request. Birth photography does not have to be graphic at all, and I can create a photojournalistic account of your baby's birth based on your desires and your style (whether graphic, or sentimental).
JC Photography also offers other event photography services such as weddings, birthdays, anniversary parties, fund raisers, engagements, parties etc. Pricing can be suited to meet your needs. We have the ability to offer two, even three photographers to cover one event, with professional editing service available.
Of course, we also do babies, children, tweens, teens, seniors...and pets. I mean, most of us that have pets consider them to be our children anyway, right? We can get very creative with this and have a great time.
Contact us today to schedule your session! See us on the web at , friend our fan page on facebook under JC Photography or email


Hello all! I know I've been far away from my blog for quite some time now. Our baby, who is now 9 months old has been dealing with Failure to Thrive for the last 5 months. She seems to be holding steady now, but we've been on the road all over the state to doctors of all kinds with little answers. She has a few other issues as well that are complicating the situation, but Lord willing, we'll figure it out in due time.

Anyway, I apologize for not posting as frequently as I have inteded to. I hope to be back on the bandwagon soon, so please check back!

Nov 6, 2009

Tutorial: How to Make Wall Stickers From Contact Paper

I found this new tutorial on making wall stickers. This is ideal for those renting properties, or for those who just don't feel like painting an entire wall. It's also a great alternative to using a wallpaper border. It's very easy, you can even get your kids involved! The great thing is that the contact paper will not pull paint away from your walls!

You will need:

Contact Paper
Acrylic Craft Paint
Sponge brush, or sponge

1) Cut Several pieces of clear contact paper into squares, and flatten them over night. Heavy books work well for this.

2) Using a sponge brush, paint the entire surface of each square with undiluted acrylic (white) paint in smooth strokes. Or, dab it on for a more textured look. It's your choice.

3) Draw your design in pencil, or marker as an outline. In this photo, they drew butterflies.

4)Paint inside the lines, in any design you choose.

5) Cut them out and apply!

Sep 5, 2009


Yes, it's true! I was finally able to locate a super recipe for GF/CF/YF sandwich bread that is not only tasty, even for those who are not following dietary restrictions, but it's not crumbly, cracked, dry or gritty...AND it slices very nicely!!!! I apologize for the excessive use of exclamation points, I'm just extremely excited about this recipe. Anyone following such a strict diet knows very well how difficult it is to find a suitable replacement for sandwich bread. Here it is...enjoy, pass it on to all of your friends, post it on your own blogs...whatever. I don't care- recipes like this are meant to be shared!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F

Step 1)

Add to mixing bowl:
4 Eggs
1/4 C Sugar
2/3 C Spectrum Brand Canola Mayo (because it's casein free, and gluten free)
3/4 C Rice milk (or other desired GF/CF milk substitute of your choice)
2 tsp Fairtrade/Fronteir Vanilla Extract (Vanillas that DO NOT contain alcohol are usually gluten free. This brand IS gluten free, that's why I specified it)

Mix well...

Step 2)

Add to mixture:
1 1/4 C White Rice flour (Quinoa and chickpea may also work well, however, chickpea may make a denser bread due to it's nature, not sure on this though)
1/4 C Sorghum Flour
3/4 C Tapioca Starch
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
3 tsp Rumford Brand Baking Powder
1 tsp Xanthan Gum

Mix all together for about a minute. The batter will look and feel like a cake batter.

Step 3) Pour into greased bread pan, bake between 40-50 minutes. I started checking mine at 40 minutes, and it was all done five minutes later. Times may vary.

Let cool, slice and enjoy!

***** For those of you doing a strict diet with kids who are picky, that constantly fight to make sure they are getting enough protein etc....Add a scoop or two of Pea Protein Powder!

I wish I had pics to post of this to prove how nice this recipe really is, but my camera battery charger is MIA at the moment. Please let me know what you think~

Jul 31, 2009

Convertible Infinity Dress: DIY Tutorial

The full tutorial for this timeless convertible dress is found on the fabulous blog of Rowena. Her blog can be found at The tutorial is very easy to follow for those who are fairly savvy with the sewing machine. The photographs are great. I encourage you to hop on over there for look. She also has some other wonderful tutorials including one for a twist top nursing shirt, for all of you new mums out there.

How To Make Ribbon/Fabric Labels: Tutorial

A special thank you to Silly Gilly for allowing me permission to post her tutorial for making fabric/ribbon labels on my blog. Below are some very simple instructions, but to see the fabulous, full color tutorial with photos, please see her blog at

Ribbon label tutorial
I needed a cheaper alternative to having my product labels custom made in the form of woven labels. It just seemed that I was going through them at a rapid pace of knots, and working out at approx $34 for 50 labels, it was just not in my budget. I also wanted a graphic on my label and that would cost even more!

So ingenuity came to the fore and I realised I can make my own labels for less than $20. So here is the Silly Gilly tutorial on making your own custom ribbon labels.....

Materials required:
A4 plain paper
Iron-on T-Shirt Transfer paper
Ribbon (I use white 15mm wide double faced Satin ribbon)
Iron and ironing board
Printer (I use an ink jet printer)
Computer with graphics program

Step 1:
Decide on the image you want on your label. Get handy with your computer and, using an image manipulation program (I use Photoshop) create a whole page full of your logo. I adapted my Silly Gilly store logo. I have created it so that it will be a horizontal label which is folded in half.

Step 2:
Repeat it in rows to fit across the page and space them so that each row has a small amount of space around it to enable easy cutting out. Make sure your images are printed on the page reverse. This enables the image to come out the right way on the label. Do a trial run with a plain piece of paper to ensure it fits and that the images are spaced correctly.

Step 3:
Load your printer with your chosen T-Shirt Transfer paper and print your images. I print my images with the printer set on 'Standard' print and on plain paper. You may have a setting for your printer for Transfer paper.

Cut out each image individually, ensuring the height of each image will fit onto the ribbon you will be using.

Step 4:
Following the instructions particular to your T-Shirt Transfer paper, lay the cut out printed images on the ribbon and iron. I allow a small amount of ribbon between each image so that there is a seam allowance when you come to attach the label.

Step 5:
Cut out each individual label and it's ready to use on your next project!!

My pack of T-Shirt Transfer paper contained 5 x A4 sheets and I can fit approx 270 labels on those 5 sheets. Which makes the labels a lot more cost effective than buying custom made woven labels.

My example above is shown with a fold in the center as I use these on side seams as shown in the following pictures:
Hopefully this tutorial will help you if you want to save a little bit of money and have an entirely unique option for labeling your wares. Please feel free to ask any questions as this is my first attempt at writing a tutorial! Good luck and I'd love to see some examples of your efforts.

Jul 30, 2009

Magazine Purse Tutorial

I stumbled across this very cool tutorial quite some time ago, on making purses from recycled magazines. There is no pattern to copy, but that just leaves room for more creativity. I wish I could remember the site that I got it from (so I could give credit where it's due, but I cannot since I saved it to my computer when I found it and accidentally forgot to select the URL as well). Anyway, I just thought it was a very cool way to recycle your old magazines and set a new style trend. As always, if you happen to try this new tutorial, please post pictures! Enjoy!

Magazine Purse Tutorial

[Note: I originally posted this tutorial in 2005 here and on Craftster, but here it is again!]

It took a while, but I finally figured out how to construct a basic “magazine” tote — made this one with a vintage Spinnerin knitting/crochet pamphlet, iron on vinyl, a few grommets, some aquarium tubing and my sewing machine.

The aquarium tubing is sort of cute, though methinks next time I’ll use some lightweight chain on the inside of the tubing to give it a little extra weight and a more streamlined look.

What you’ll need:
Iron on Vinyl (matte or luster) A little less than 1 1/2 yards
Images for the Purse
An Iron
Pencil or other writing implement
Sewing machine, thread
Grommets and attachment tools
Aquarium tubing for handles

Choosing the Iron on vinyl:
It’s made by Therm-o-Web and is available at most major craft stores. At some shops you can buy it off a large bolt (I paid $5.99 a yard) and other places sell it pre-packaged. It’s available in both matte and luster finishes, and both will work equally well, it’s just a matter of personal preference. Whatever you fancy. The bags on this page were made with luster.

Making the bag:
The front and back purse images that I used were both 8″ x 11″, straight out of a knitting/crochet pamphlet so no cutting was required. You’ll also need 2 additional pieces of 8″ x 11″ paper for the inner lining.

For the sides of the bag simply take another 8″ x 11″ piece of paper and fold it in half lengthwise. Repeat the process to make the other side.

For the bottom piece of the bag use another 8″ x 11″ piece of paper,however, this time you’ll fold it as if you were folding a letter that you’d put into an envelope. When you’re done it should have three layers.

Now it’s time to whip out the iron on vinyl. Lay it paper side up out on a flat surface and trace each of the purse pieces leaving a one inch border around the pieces. Using a ruler helps to make sure it’s even.

For the front panel of the purse : Cut 2 pieces of vinyl, one for the front, one for the lining.

For the back panel of the purse: Cut 2 pieces of vinyl, one for the front, one for the lining.

For the two side panels: 4 pieces of vinyl, one for each side.

For the base of the purse: 2 pieces, for the bottom of the bag and for the lining.

Then, following the manufacturers instructions for use, attach the vinyl to each side of the images.

This is where the 1 inch border you allowed for comes in to play….Iron the vinyl to one panel and set it aside. Then repeat the process with it’s matching counterpart. You’ll then have two seperate pieces with the vinyl ironed on to them. Place one face down and place the other face up so that the sticky portion of the vinyl matches up.Follow the manufacturers instructions and iron them, hence fusing the two images together.You now have one panel of the bag.Simply repeat the process three more times with the remaining pieces.Later when the bag is sewn together you can trim away any excess vinyl if desired.

When you’re done attaching the vinyl to the paper, your pieces will look a little something like this.

Almost time to start sewing! But it’s uber important to note that you should not use pins! They’ll leave unsightly holes in the bag. Careful, straight sewing is imperative too, because taking out seams will also leave wee holes and marks.

The next photo shows how to lay out your bag. Notice that the outer images are all face down. What you see here is the inner lining.

Whip out the sewing machine.

Take the front panel and one piece of lining and sew a straight line across the top of the bag. This is to reinforce the pieces together. Do the same thing with the back panel and the other piece of lining.

What you’re going to do next is to place the front panel FACE UP and attach it to the base of the bag. In other words, sew the top panel facing upward to the inner lining. The “raw” edges of the bag will be on the outside of the bag.

When you’re done, repeat the process on the other side of the base.Then do the same thing with the two side panels. Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem to line up 100% perfectly, just do your best to center the pieces.

So far so good! Your bag should look like this from an upside down view:

Now here comes the tricky, pain in the butt part, which is sewing the bottom corners.

Carefully press the bag flat with your fingers. Then gently sew up the side of the bag starting at the base. This will definitely seem somewhat awkward and cumbersome, but just do your best to sew a straight, even line.

Repeat this process three more times, once for each side of the bag.

When you’re done simply cut away any excess threads.

Add 2 grommets on each of the front panels and thread your tubing through, holding it in place by tying a knot on each side. Trim away any excess vinyl around the bag.

Here’s the finished product, shown from the front and back.

You’re done! Wear it proudly.