Thursday, March 21, 2013

Canon 5D Mark III

We recently purchased the Canon 5D Mark III a couple months ago, and this is by far the best camera I've ever used. The camera is powerful, smart, and loaded with many features including built in video recording. Here are some details about the Canon 5D Mark III:

Product Highlights

  • 22.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • 3.2" Clear View High Resolution LCD
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 61-Point High Density AF
  • Full HD 1080/30p and 720/60p Formats
  • Built-In HDR and Multiple Exposure Modes
  • Extended ISO Range (50-102400)
  • Up to 6.0 FPS Continuous Mode
  • Dual CF and SD Memory Card Slots
  • Durable Magnesium-Alloy Construction

This camera puts every other camera I've own in the back burner (Canon 5D, Canon PowerShot, Canon Rebel) to name a few. I still have a lot to learn about the Canon 5D Mark III, but so far I like what I see. Here are a few shots taken with the Mark III. 

If anyone has any experience using this camera, I would love to hear your feedback.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Princess Dress Up Party

We celebrated my daughter Sophie's 6th birthday over the weekend with a bunch of her classmates and cousins. The theme of the party was princess dress-up, which included nail painting, crafts, and music. I used Princesses, by Zenware Design for the party invites and Little Princesses, by Baby Star Designs for the gift bags, candy wraps, and decorations. The party turned out to be a SMASH and I had so much fun making all the party favors. More importantly, Sophie had the best time and I am sure will remember this day for a long time! Here are some pictures of our fun filled weekend!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mother's Day Card - Poppy In My Hair ADFD

Sorry I've been M.I.A. for awhile. It's been quite hectic with camp season approaching, work, karate, soccer, school and family. I finally had a little "me" time to make this quick card for my dear friend, Barb who I consider a surrogate mother to my girls. The image is called, Poppy In My Hair by Tammy Siemers Thompson. I love the combination of vintage and art deco this image presented. All of her work can be found at A Day For Daisies. I'm sure you can find a wonderful digital stamp from her collection to color. I used Copics, distress inks and a little bit of glitter and rhinestones for embellishments. I hope you like it. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Alpaca Heritage Show 2012

Today we took the kids to The Alpaca Heritage Show in Allentown, New Jersey which is about a half hour drive from my house. It turned out to be an enjoyable afternoon where the girls got a chance to see and learn about the different breeds of alpacas and their breeders. Here are some pictures of our day at the AHS. For more information about the AHS visit

Olivia posing for the camera

Mommy and baby

That fan sure feels good.
Smile for the camera!
Look at those beautiful eyes!

Judging Station

Quick landscape of The Alpaca Heritage Show 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How To Make A Lemonade Stand Part III

I had so much fun on the last day of the project. Maybe because I knew the end was so close and I could envision what the lemonade stand was going to look like. I woke up earlier than usual so I could bake cookies, finish painting the sign and add all the finishing touches. To my excitement, the project was completed by two o'clock in the afternoon and we were selling by two-thirty. Thanks for sharing in my journey in making this lemonade stand and I hope you join me in my next crafting adventure!

I first stenciled the letters and then painted it with hot pink paint. The limes were added after. 
I found  this "Beach" sign and napkin holder at The Christmas Tree Shop.  It fits perfectly with the decor. 

Custom made sign courtesy of I.D. Me Labels

First day of work and Sophie is already counting the moolah!

How To Make A Lemonade Stand Part II

On the second day, I was able to finish painting, sew the curtains, add a collapsible shelf, and start making the sign for the lemonade stand.  Here are a few pictures demonstrating the process.

How To Make A Lemonade Stand Part II

Sewing the curtains to the lemonade stand. Don't you love the green, blue and yellow?

Voila! Finished curtain. 

Doesn't the curtains just add charm to the stand?  

Close up of the collapsible shelf.  

This part was so much fun. Make sure to use outdoor paint and not craft paint. This will ensure your sign will last longer and hold up in hot and humid conditions. Taking off the sign prior to painting is much easier than painting directly onto the stand. Once the sign dries, you can re-screw the sign onto the lemonade stand. 

Lemonade Stand In The Making Part I

Here are pictures of the Lemonade Stand in the making. I really enjoyed every step of this process from brainstorming, shopping trips to the hardware store, painting, sewing, drilling, and sawing. The best part besides seeing your kid's reactions is also the huge sense of accomplishment you receive from completing such a fun and challenging project. I hope you enjoy these pictures and will get inspired to make your own lemonade stand or other woodworking projects.

Lemonade Stand Part I

Rounding Up Supplies At Home Depot

Putting Together The Cut Pieces

Screwing In The Brackets

Back Side Of The Stand
Drilling The Screws In Place

Starting To Look More Like A Lemonade Stand

Side View Of The Stand

Cheap Labor. Girls Priming The Wood. 

First Coat Of Primer