Pinterest Famous?!?!?!

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So much can happen in life. I came to delete this blog (because let’s face it, I didn’t get into the blogging spirit in the past year and a half) and found out that I’m PINTEREST FAMOUS! Who Knew? The backdrop storage solutions I dreamed up are pinned to boards far and wide (well… more like all over Canada and the United States, but that’s pretty big for me). So I guess I’ll have another go at this blog world. I really love that people like my idea. Onwards and upwards. More to follow!

Backdrop Storage

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I found my blog!

I’ve totally lost my mind and am starting up a CHLIDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO. The bain of my existence hardest part of this whole thing to figure out is how to store my backdrops. I’m lazy, I don’t like to iron those things every time I take one out. Idon’t like the tube storage system because if I can’t see it I don’t use it…. what is a girl to do?

Solution: Figure it out simply and cheaply (is that even proper use of the english language? Oh well, this is the internet, no one will notice).

Close up of a bazillion backdrops. This one has approx 20 hanging on there. Impressive!

Close up of a bazillion backdrops. This one has approx 20 hanging on there. Impressive!

This is a pull back of my shooting area. You can see the black backdrop stand holding the current 'in use' backdrop.<br /><p class=Behind it is the second rack of backdrops (suspiciously empty looking… only 7 on this rack… I may have to go shopping…)
I have the floordrops sandwiched laying on the floor, I just switch them around as needed.” width=”300″ height=”200″ class=”size-medium wp-image-18″ />
This is a pull back of my shooting area. You can see the black backdrop stand holding the current ‘in use’ backdrop.
Behind it is the second rack of backdrops (suspiciously empty looking… only 7 on this rack… I may have to go shopping…)
I have the floordrops sandwiched laying on the floor, I just switch them around as needed.

I use a clamp to hold the current 'in use' backdrop to the bar. Light duty so it doesn't mangle the backdrop.<br /><p class=You can see the stick that the backdrop is stored on just hangin' out in the back. I don't bother taking it off of that stick, it's an easy up, easy down system. ” width=”300″ height=”200″ class=”size-medium wp-image-17″ /> I use a clamp to hold the current ‘in use’ backdrop to the bar. Light duty so it doesn’t mangle the backdrop.
You can see the stick that the backdrop is stored on just hangin’ out in the back. I don’t bother taking it off of that stick, it’s an easy up, easy down system.

This is the setup of my shooting area.

This is the setup of my shooting area.

This is the main rack (one of two). It's mounted up on the wall, and is holding about 20 backdrops there. It's a dead simple concept, just two big hooks, a rod pocket sewn onto the end of each backdrop, and a piece of wood trim to hold it up there between the hooks.

This is the main rack (one of two). It’s mounted up on the wall, and is holding about 20 backdrops there. It’s a dead simple concept, just two big hooks, a rod pocket sewn onto the end of each backdrop, and a piece of wood trim to hold it up there between the hooks.

Please note the ladder in the corner.... I'm short... like 5 foot 2 inches. So I need very strong muscular man like Channing, or a ladder to get my backdrops down. Sadly Mr. Holoboff would be miffed if I had Mr. Tatum at my beck and call, so I bought a ladder.

Please note the ladder in the corner…. I’m short… like 5 foot 2 inches. So I need very strong muscular man like Channing, or a ladder to get my backdrops down. Sadly Mr. Holoboff would be miffed if I had Mr. Tatum at my beck and call, so I bought a ladder.

Well there you have it folks, my version of an organized, easy to use backdrop system in a teeeeeny tiny photography studio (did I mentin it’s 13×14 feet) TEEEEEENNNNYYYYY.
–Melissa

Skipped Church Today…. and had pancakes at McDonalds!

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Alright, so I’m “churchy”…. but sometimes I just want to go to McD’s with the kids on a Sunday morning. No shower. No makeup. Ballcap on head and whatever clothes were on the floor beside my bed.

It was a great day and nobody died from not getting pretty, and I prayed in my head and I’ll do better next time…. well, I’ll try to do better next time. :)

Hello world!

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Well, yesturday I quit my dream job. Really super quit. I was the Curator of the Art Gallery. It was official. It was fancy. It was promising. I wore a pantsuit to work everyday and did my hair…. It was a forever job….. and I quit.

A bit of background may be in order:

I am a mom. I have two kids. They have special needs…I’ll explain more on that someday in one of these posts… and I have had a VERY hard time balancing life and work and children and marriage.

I had to quit something.

Quitting my children wasn’t an option…. I JUST got this new husband in 2010, so the time-investment with this model didn’t warrant a trade-in (yet)….The only thing left was work, and work had to go. So it did.

Since I’ve had such a life shake up I figured, ‘what the heck, I shall start a blog’! So here I am.

This blog will contain my life as it is. I am pursuing arts and crafts as a release to the stresses of my life, and I hope you enjoy seeing the projects as much as I like doing them.

There will be a bit of everything. House renovating, decorating, photography (that’s how I’m going to make my moola from now on), murals, sewing projects, furniture upcycling, family dynamics, and so on and so forth.