My life in a blog…

February 28, 2006

“Words from a broken heart” by Clair

Filed under: Arty-farty — missymuh @ 5:38 am

Clown collage curtosy of Tesha Moore, there is a link to her site in my blogroll.

Adobe Photoshop v0.7 used.

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February 27, 2006

Mummy Daughter Monday

Filed under: Family stuff, Mummy Daughter Monday — missymuh @ 3:54 am

Another monday, another mummy daughter day..

Today we had to go and get two new spare tyres for both my car and lukes. Mine got a huge hole in it about 4 weeks ago, and lukes went flat for no reason yesterday. Easy way to blow $150 in one go. *sigh*

After that we went to the post office and posted some stuff to clients (slide show cd’s, prints and such). Then we brought a new book. “Too Many Pears” by Jackie French & Bruce Whitely. I LOVE the illustrations in this book, they are just beautiful. I borrowed it from the library for koby about a month ago, and he loved it. We had to read it everynight, and there were tears when it had to go back. My local book shop was having a sale, so it was on special.

After that we had some lunch then some window shopping and now we are home. Miss C is asleep, and i am eating donuts…mmmm…donuts.

I was so excited when i got home to find a big package waiting for me. It was some collage/decopage paper that i ordered online. I wasn’t expecting it to be delivered until next week. 

NOt much else is happening here today. I need to do some cleaning, dishes, washing ect. Here are some pics that i took this morning with my Film SLR. I hadn’t used it in ages, and there was half a film in it from months ago, so i thought i’d better use it up before the film gets too old. Here is Miss C playing her LeapPad Piano with her feet, and rearranging the furnature in her room. Notice all the toys strewn on the floor.

I don’t know why i bother trying to keep them on her shelf. She loves to just stand there and pull them all off again. Funny girl.

Oh, and i think lilac and brown are definatly “her” colours… I think it’s a blonde thing. Blondes always look good in purple…

February 25, 2006

“Tun-Dar”

Filed under: Family stuff — missymuh @ 11:56 pm

Charlee lernt a new word yestersay. We had major thunder storms here all afternoon, from about 3-6pm. Everytime there was a clap of thunder charlee would run over to the window and look.

 I kept telling her it was “thunder” and after about half an hour she began to call it “tun-dar”. She would stop what she was doing, look up and say “oooh tun-dar everytime it came. When luke came home from cricket the first thing she said to him was “ooh tun-dar” and pointed out the window. he he.. so cute… 

Look, I made a quilt!

Filed under: Arty-farty, Family stuff — missymuh @ 3:52 am

It didn’t take me three months either. It only took three days. I had to make a few minor alterations because it wasn’t quite big enough. But overall I think I was pretty successful for my first quilt.I even embroidered a little message on the bottom corner. “To my princess, love mummy xx. 2006”. OK so my embroidery leaves a little to be desired, but the important thing is Charlee loved it.

Now I just have to get her to sleep in her big girl bed…

Last time I attempted this it lasted a whole 12 hours. I thought I would ease her into it by just taking off one side of her cot. I was absolutely thrilled when she went to sleep in it after her bottle during the day. I though “this is easy”.

 I spoke too soon of course. When it came to bed time, it took me three and a half hours of crying, fighting, screaming and whining (And that was just me * lol *). She would not go to sleep. So I had to put the side of the cot back up again, and within 10 min she was fast asleep.

That was about 2 months ago, so I think I’ll give it another month then I’ll try again..

February 22, 2006

Girls with curls

Filed under: Family stuff — missymuh @ 5:50 am

I can’t believe how fast Charlees hair is growing. It feels like every morning it has grown another centimeter. And it is getting so curly.

I think she must get that from my sister, because my hair was always dead strait, and from what I can tell, Lukes was always strait as a baby too. I had to invest in some more clips, ties and bobby pins the other day to help hold her fringe back. Which now, when not pinned or tied back, sits just on the bridge of her nose.

I know I should cut it but I wont. It’s a girl thing.

She has also started walking around in the cutest little manner. She places her hands on her hips and struts around the place. Usually after draping herself in numerous “pretties” (i.e. beads, ribbons and other such treasures).

She is so funny to watch.

She loads all these pretties up into her handbag, and on herself. Picks up “puppy” and stuffs him in her bag to. Gathers up all her things and piles it into her toy pram (quite often involving at least one pair of shoes, either mine, hers, Kobys or Lukes. She isn’t fussy) and pushes them all around the house.

A boy and his tomatoes.

Filed under: Family stuff — missymuh @ 5:46 am

 Koby loves tomatoes, not just any tomatoes, but the small cherry tomato variety. He loves them. Ever since he had his first one at about eighteen months old. He has been known to polish of an entire punit of them on his own in less than 30 min. He eats them like any normal kid would eat strawberries.

My mum decided it would be a good idea to buy him a cherry tomato plant for him to grow himself. She went out last November and brought a little kit that had the pot, the soil the seed and instructions. And sent it home with him. We planted the seed, and after about 10-14 days (As stated on the packet) we began to see some little seedlings. Boy oh boy was he excited.

Two weeks later the seedlings were looking a little worse for ware. Birds had been picking at them, and they looked a little sick. So mum and me discussed our options, and decided to buy him an already established seedling, and go from there. So we did.

Koby would check this plant religiously every morning for any sign of a tomato. And one day in early January, he was blessed. One tiny little green tomato had started to grow.

Now he has been waiting and watching this little green tomato grow for close to 4 weeks. Every day he would ask me if he could eat it yet. And we would go outside and give it a thorough inspection. I would ask him if he thinks it is red enough. And he would reply by telling me if, in his opinion, the tomato was red enough or if we should leave it one more day.

One morning early this week, he came to the conclusion that yes, yes it was ready to eat. But he said he would wait until he got home from playgroup so that he could show grandma.

When the time came, he picked that tomato with more pride than I have ever seen in a little boy. Closed his eyes and placed the warm, juicy red morsel into his mouth.

Then, he spat it back out…

“It’s all fuzzy mummy, and it hurts my tongue” he said with horrified expression on his face. So I took the tiny little tomato from him and washed it under the tap until he was satisfied, then I cut it in half.

This time it passed inspection, and he munched it up with great enthusiasm.

“Mmm, it’s very yummy” replied the three-year-old tomato connoisseur.

“Now I have to wait for the tree to make another one mummy…”

Vent…

Filed under: Work — missymuh @ 12:09 am

If you cant afford to pay for the photos i take then don’t hire me people.

In the past 2 weeks I have had three of my clients tell me that they cant afford to buy any of the prints right now. All of these sessions took place in December last year. They were all totally aware of my pricing before they hired me, and when they saw the proofs they all said that they loved them and would buy the proofs on cd. Then i heard nothing from them for weeks. I gave them all a curtesy call this week and they have all knocked me back.

If you are going to hire a photographer to take photos of your kids, then one would expect that you would be able to actually pay for said photos once taken. I’m not doing this just for the fun of it people. It would be nice to make some money too. I am trying to make a career out of this and that is not helping.

Do you have any idea how much time and effort I put into those photos? It takes days sitting at the computer to colour correct, retouch, crop, resize, and edit your photos.

One client in particular rang me on a Friday asking me to come and take photos of her daughter because she needed them on Wednesday (long story). So i went over there on a Sunday. Took about 200 photos. Worked my butt off for the next two days proofing them all. i printed off 4-5 photos on my own printer using my own ink and paper, so that she would have something to show. Presented them to her in a nice little folder. She picked them up on Wednesday, and loved them. Said she would contact me ASAP to order the cd. Did i hear from her? Nope. Nothing, for nearly 4 weeks. So i call her, and apparently she can’t afford to pay for them now.

It is so frustrating.

You wouldn’t hire a painter to repaint your entire home then after he has finished announce that you have no money to pay him. So why get me to come over and take photos of your kids if you have no intention of buying the photos?

I understand what it is like to have money issues. What i don’t understand is why these people hire me when they are probably fully aware that they cant afford to purchase any of the photos. I don’t expect everyone to spend $500, but i do expect to get something out of it.

The session fee covers my travel expenses, talent as a photographer and the slideshow cd. That doesn’t cover my time working on said photos, nor do I make any other profit unless you buy them. I don’t want to have to put up my session fee to cover the time I spend proofing, but if no one buys the photos I’m gonna have to. I know for a fact that I don’t charge anywhere near as much as many other Children’s photographers in the area, but that doesn’t mean I am less talented or that you can walk all over me.

I am not trying to scare off potential customers here. I’m human. I’m frustrated. I’m venting.

But seriously. If you don’t plan on buying any photos, or if you don’t think you can afford me then don’t waste my time. It’s as simple as that.

February 21, 2006

Mmmmm… Popcorn chicken….

Filed under: Family stuff — missymuh @ 2:25 am

We had KFC for lunch today… bad, bad mummy.

*shakes a greasy finger at herself*

 

February 20, 2006

A girls day to shop.

Filed under: Family stuff, Mummy Daughter Monday — missymuh @ 4:55 am

Well that’s what Monday’s are anyway. Koby has started going to playgroup with his grandma again which means and she takes him out of my hair all day. So me and Charlee get to have mummy daughter days. Today we hit the shops.

I picked up some cute tops for her at Cotton On Kids. 50% off, so they were only $10 each. I also scored a gorgeous dress for myself only $15 (reduced down from the original price of $69!!!) from Tree Of Life.

 Then we sat down in the food court and had some lunch. Then more window shopping followed. I also popped into spotlight to pick up some fabric to start making Charlee a quilt for her big girl bed. I don’t know what possessed me to want to make her a quilt considering I have never quilted in my life. But I have been looking around for a while for a decent donah cover for her, and I have always come home gravely disappointed and empty handed.

At Kmart and Target all I can ever find is Barbie, Bratz, My Little Pony or some other boringly un-original licensed brand. And I have had a look in spotlight a few times, but anything nice and original looking is not gonna leave me much change from $100. And i simply can not justify spending that much on a donah cover for her.

Heck i don’t even spend that much on linen for myself! So I am making her a quilt. I picked up some gorgeous fabric in pink and pale blue tones ( a gingham check, a stripe, a paisley, a floral and a small print floral). They were only $4.95 a meter. And I have made up the design myself.

 

It will probably take me a good 3 months to finish. But I will pop it up on here to let you all have a squiz at my handiwork when it is done. Anyway after spotlight, we popped into Coles to pick up some small things. And when I got home I remembered that I had forgotten to buy garbage bags (the last one is currently lining the 80% full bin as we speak). So now it looks like I’ll have to go all the way down to the shops again, just to buy garbage bags. Oooh I have a better idea.. I’ll just get Luke to grab some on his way home from work. Brilliant.High: finding my $15 bargan dress, and it was actually in my size for a change.

 Low: realizing that i forgot to get the garbage bags, which when i think about it, were the only things i really needed to remember to get.            

 

February 18, 2006

Latest shoot

Filed under: Work — missymuh @ 11:04 pm

Yesterdays shoot went reall well. Gorgeous family, beautiful little boy and their house was fantastic to take photos in. I had heaps of fun.

 I thought i was running late, but when i got there i realised that i was actually 30 min early lol.. better early than late i guess.

 The kids stayed with mum, and had a good time. Koby didn’t want to come home as usual. We will probably end up back there this arvo sometime.

Not much else to say really. Off to proof some more photos.

 

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