Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fall Family Photo Shoot Outfit Ideas

Fall has arrived! I LOVE crisp weather, apples, pumpkins, and the beautiful changing leaves. Fall is also the perfect time to have family photos taken! As you may know, I have a Senior Portrait photography business that I run on the side, mostly in the late summer, early fall. I do take on the occasional family portrait session, however, and always get the question 'what should we wear'? Gone are the days of everyone wearing khaki bottoms and white tops...in my humble opinion, that type of 'matching' look is dated. To this end, I've created two design boards that showcase how a family or group can dress to coordinate without matching.

A good rule of thumb is to pick a couple main colors and an accent color, then mix up the patterns and textures.  In the first board, I've used a combination of blacks and grays with teal as an accent color. A nice floral or plaid print in the same color family would look great, too!

In the board below, khaki and brown are the main colors, with green as the accent. 
All of the outfits are from Old Navy or GAP (a few years ago) so they are affordable. Take items that you already have, then go buy a couple fun accessories or patterned pieces to tie everything together. 

Fall Family Photo Shoot Outfit Ideas

A variety of pattern and texture, while in the same color scheme, adds a sense of casualness that I think many people are hoping for in their family or group photos. If nothing else, choose pieces that you and your family love and feel comfortable in. Happy Fall!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cell Phone 'Prison' Jar

I'm not sure if you are aware of this but teenagers are pretty much obsessed with their cell phones. While it's true that I do have the occasional student who does not have a cell phone, I'd say 99% do and are glued to those little devices. It's a constant battle to teach them cell phone etiquette and convince them that there is a time and place for electronics, but class time isn't it.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against technology and I do actively seek out ways to incorporate new apps, websites, and tech ideas into my teaching. I LOVE Remind 101 and so do my students, for example. However, cell phones can be HUGE distractions in the classroom setting.

Enter the PHONE PRISON!


I originally saw this idea on Pinterest (of course) and tried to find the original source but the link led nowhere (don't you just hate that?). So, I created my own version using a large glass cookie jar and black electrical tape for the 'bars'. The words were printed out on white paper, then cut and glued to the jar.

The jar sits on top of a file cabinet in my classroom where it is easily in view. This students actually think it's pretty funny and have said things like 'I better tell my phone to be good so it doesn't end up in prison'. Some have even voluntarily sequestered their own phones when they think they can't control themselves!

This would work well in many other social situations, too, as I know many adults who seem to have a problem putting their phones away when they should be engaging with others who are in the same room as them. My grandmother even wants me to bring the jar to our family's Christmas gathering!

What do you think? Where would you use one of these jars?

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Pretty Fabric Bunting

Inspired by Lindsay's 'scrappy bunting' at The Pleated Poppy, I thought I'd try making my own version to add some whimsy and color to my classroom decor. 


I cut a variety of rectangles that were about 1.5" by 2.5" from four different fabrics to make a small bunting. I cut a small triangle out of each piece (rather than cutting the bottoms into different shapes) because I prefer the look of uniformity. You could cut your rectangles into a variety of shapes, if that's the look you prefer!


Using a straight stitch, I started with a long 'tail' of thread and then ran each piece under the needle of my sewing machine, leaving about an inch between each rectangle. Pretty simple, really!


I've hit the ground running this year...we have a new bell schedule that's throwing everyone for a loop and requires a degree in quantum physics to figure out! :) But, it's only been a week and a half so I'm sure we'll all adjust! Hope to be back soon with more crafty ideas!