DIY Leather craft for the home

DIY Leather craft for the home…yes, I'll admit, this is new for me! But, I can not tell you how much I'm loving reinventing my home by repurposing with "stuff" I already have, but never use. It's amazing. And so fun. And I'm doing it with my kids! As you can see we got a little distraction and Clara went crazy with posing. :) Gotta role with it when you're kids want to pose right? So, my plan was to hang some photos on these clean canvases. But, before I do, I wanted your input. Any creative suggestions for how to use these canvases? Wedding and Portrait PhotographyWedding and Portrait PhotographyWedding and Portrait PhotographyWedding and Portrait PhotographyWedding and Portrait Photography

I'm linking up with some blogger friends doing the same DIY but in our own way! Go check out their sites and see what they came up with. Brooklyn Berry DesignsLittle Light Design CollectiveDugans in CahootsWild Ruffle

Plus, There are 5 sites doing the leather DIYs, so we will have one rafflecopter giveaway, with 5 $50 winners…so if you want to be a winner I'd check out the Rafflecopter and the other sites from Monday to Friday.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A special thanks to the Leatherhidestore for including NoemiPhotography in this giveaway!

DIY - Chalk Paint Project

Chalk Paint Projects have been really fun at my house lately! So easy and really fun for me and the kids! We took an old wood plaque and some winnie the pooh canvases that were a gift for one of the kids… and I let the kids paint it with primer and chalk pain. It took a couple of layers of chalk paint, but I'd loved how it turned out. Then, I got some chalk markers and wrote out the words. (The kids wanted to help, but I didn't let them)

The finished project is a quote that's been in my heart the last couple of months.

Trusting is so hard.

Trusting with all your heart is even harder.

I want to be a trusting person that trusts in love and truth.

So, I chose to trust in the Lord…with all my heart.

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Water please…first thing in the morning.

One of the best things you can do after you wake up: drink at least 16oz (500mL) of water. Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel, and may even make you eat less. (Full article from

I don't know why I didn't know this little stat about having water as soon as you get up in the morning, but I tried it and it works. I usually chug water and I don't feel like drinking when I first get up…kinda makes me gag. BUT, after a couple of minutes I feel the effects! It makes me feel more awake and energized. I drink water as soon as I remember and I usually wait to eat for a bit. (sometimes have coffee in the middle)

Can I eat right away? (I did some checking and here's what I found from

You should wait at least 15 minutes after drinking your water to eat. The optimal length in Japanese culture is to wait 45 minutes until eating. The “exact protocol” of the Japanese water cure is as followed:

1) As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 × 160mL glasses of water

2) Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes

3) After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.

4) After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours – i.e. you can drink straight after a meal (within the first 15 minutes) but not for 2 hours after that.

5) Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day. (full article)

I like this article from

Quick tip for a healthier you:

Drink a glass of water FIRST THING when you wake up in the morning.

Well, brush your teeth first if you’d like, but then down that full cup of water!

Would you be surprised if I told you that the biggest nutrient deficiency in America is water?

We are a chronically dehydrated nation and many of our chronic health complaints, from headaches to constipation to arthritis can be improved by simply drinking enough pure water every day. It makes sense when you think about the fact that our bodies are 70% water, and water is fundamentally important to every system and function of our bodies.

When you wake up in the morning you are at your most dehydrated. You’ve been breathing all night and have lost moisture with each breath since water moistens oxygen for easier breathing. (full article)

Want to try this with me?

It's free, easy, and can't hurt right?

I think by having water first thing I actually feel better, happier and more alert. Who doesn't want that?



DIY Photography in the winter

If you're like me, you're spending a lot of time inside because this Minnesota winter has pushed the limit. I heard we're really close to breaking the record for the coldest winter on the books. At this point, why not go for the record? At least then we get some credit! Enough about the weather…and back to the post. DIY Photography in the winter is not as hard as one may think. For this DIY, I'm walking you through bath time and a simple family photography session.

Step One - Find the biggest window in the house and clear an area. Then make your subject comfortable…and start shooting. i suggest shooting at a low aperture 2.8 - 4.0, shutter speed as low as you can go with the lens you have. I try not to shoot below 1/70 if I'm hand holding to avoid shake. My ISO will start at 400 and I'll bump it up if necessary.Wedding and Portrait Photography


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Looking out the window. Wedding and Portrait Photography

Step Two - Move to a different room with similar light and keep shooting. Put yourself between the window and your subject. Wedding and Portrait Photography Wedding and Portrait Photography

Then switch so that you are shooting into the window light and capturing the silhouette. (I love the softness of these shots) Wedding and Portrait PhotographyWedding and Portrait Photography

Step Three - Keep capturing moments happening close to the window. Anything goes. Wedding and Portrait PhotographyWedding and Portrait PhotographyWedding and Portrait Photography

Step Four - Family Photo - have the family face window light. Wedding and Portrait Photography