I've been quietly working with Getty Images these last few months hoping to sell some of my photographs. At the moment, I have 166 photos listed on their stock photography site, and am hoping to list many more.
It's an ongoing process that takes quite a bit of time... preparing the photos, filling out and gathering model release forms, etc. But I'm starting to see the results... I've sold ten photos! Yay!
Each month I receive a statement letting me know what photos have sold and to who. It's fun to visit the websites of the various design and marketing companies from around the world.
I'm so curious to know how my photos are being used. I wonder if I'll ever stumble across one out in the real world? Maybe you'll spot one for me.
It's hard to believe, but my little girl celebrated her eighth birthday this past weekend. EIGHT! And proving that she's still just a little girl who loves to play and use her imagination, she requested a stuffed animal party.
I added the tea party theme to the occasion, but offered pink lemonade with fancy paper straws instead of tea. The guests were asked to bring their favorite stuffed animal, and each child made a hand stamped collar with a sparkly ribbon for their pet.
I bought little metal-ringed paper tags that are sold in the key section of the hardware store. They worked perfectly and turned out really cute. The kitten Bear has developed an appetite for small furry toys and spends hours wrestling with them. He was kept in the basement away from small guests to avoid injuries.
I made star-shaped sugar cookies coated in pink icing and sugar pearls. They were a big hit and disappeared quickly. I knew I should have made two batches. I had planned to buy tiny meringues but could not find them at the grocery store, so I picked up some coconut macaroons instead. I also offered popcorn and chips and homemade salsa from the garden. I made tiny tea sandwiches decorated with glitter hearts on toothpicks. Hopefully too much glitter wasn't ingested.
I decorated the table with fresh flowers and vintage and floral napkins, placemats and small tablecloths.
I made lace crowns for each guest, tiny crowns for tiny animals included. I found the instructions for the crowns here. I ended up not using the glitter because I didn't like the way it looked, and it seemed like one more unnecessary step.
I spray painted tiny woodland animals with silver paint. They turned out really beautiful, but stayed tacky and never really dried. I think the spray paint and the plastic reacted to each other. Has anyone else had this problem when spray painting small plastic animals? Because, I'm sure we all run into this problem from time to time. Just kidding.
I think the crowns turned out really well, and I enjoyed seeing the little girls and some even some of the mommies [you know who you are] wearing them.
I also spray painted tiny plastic horses with the silver paint. At first they seemed to be drying, but then became very tacky, even more sticky than the woodland creatures. I tried to cover the stickiness with Modge Podge and silver glitter. I think that helped a bit. Then I screwed small silver screw eyes into the horses' backs to make pendants for beaded necklaces.
The necklace-making table seemed to be a big hit and I hope the children wear their necklaces or hang them in their rooms.
My youngest celebrated his fifth birthday in July, and we had a small party with his little friends and classmates at our home. He's always loved insects and so he had a bug-themed birthday party. I managed to bake a cake, it only took two tries! Have I mentioned how challenging baking is for me? I confess I did make the cake from a box, but made the homemade buttercream filling and icing from scratch... it's just so yummy that it's worth the extra effort. I used the same buttercream recipe from Martha Stewart that I used for the Lego birthday party last year.
The kids had fun painting bug rocks and making clay beaded caterpillar necklaces, each adorned with google eyes. We set up a sand table filled with hidden plastic bugs.
Sparkly crowns with antennae were optional attire for the kids...
Big sister spent the morning drawing colorful decorations...
Yummy snacks included popcorn and these crackers topped with goat cheese, blackberries and fresh mint from the garden...
Sprinklers and water balloons were also strategically placed throughout the backyard in the hopes of keeping everyone happy on a very hot July afternoon. Party favors included tiny insect specimen jars filled with plastic bugs and lizards and gummy worms...
And there was even an old-fashioned worm hunt with real worms...
It's hard to believe that my littlest is five years old. Time sure does fly. We had a fun, insect-themed party for the little mister this summer. I'll try to put together a birthday post soon. We're still working on the thank you cards more than two months later. Where does the time go? I don't know what I do with it. I do seem to spend countless hours at playgrounds and parks keeping this five-year-old boy entertained and active. I probably spent a good six hours outdoors yesterday with my boy. And it was worth it. We must soak up and store these last days of summer.
By the way, Bear is settling in well. Klaus is still annoyed by the kitten's presence, but is also showing interest in all of Bear's crazy endeavors and antics. I'm pretty sure Klaus just wants to play like a kitten, too. He is a big baby, after all.
Hello! It's hard to believe I haven't written or posted any photos in this space for last three months. Crazy. I'm sorry! I've had a lovely, kid-filled summer with my children leaving little time to myself. The kids have started school and, hopefully, I'll settle into a new routine of posting in this space again. Because it does make me happy.
Sadly, our oldest kitty Zoe passed away in July. She was almost 15 and had lived with us since she was a tiny, tiny kitten rescued from a city alley. She was always a very sweet and devoted cat and we miss her so much.
The good news is that a little over a week ago, we adopted a kitten who we've named Bear. He's tiny and striped and very, very busy. He's constantly exploring, batting things across the floor, knocking things over, and causing general chaos. WE LOVE HIM. Even though my husband has forbidden me to ever get another kitten.