For the last two years, I’ve had the opportunity to design the t-shirt graphic for our town’s annual Run for the Children, a 1K, 5K, and 10K run that raises support for Virginia’s House, a local non-profit organization that reaches out to abused and neglected children. I also have had the privilege of being the volunteer photographer for the event both years. Maybe it’s the journalist inside of me, but I love this kind of photography – telling stories through photojournalism. I don’t do it for a living, but when I get the opportunity to do it for fun, I jump at it. Well, this past Saturday, hundreds of people showed up from all around Texas to meet on the town square to run, volunteer, and show their support, and it made for a fun and energy-filled morning in Graham, TX.
Here are just a few highlights from the day:
And my all-time favorite:
Today’s DIY painted house number project was inspired by my boring and uninviting front porch that was in need of some attention. This has been a problem for quite some time now, so yesterday, I headed on over to Wal-Mart and bought a few inexpensive plants, some cheap flower pots, and got to work. This is the easiest project you will probably ever undertake. So easy, you hardly need instructions.
black fast-drying spray paint
silver or gold metallic marker
clay flower pot and/or a brick
1. Spray paint your item of choice – brick and/or flowerpot – on your cardboard.
2. After it’s dry, write your numbers or words on it with pencil, then trace with your marker.
3. Display it proudly, because you’re done!
My finished painted brick house number sits on my porch table, and my painted flower pot adorns the kitchen table inside. I am seriously loving all the fresh greenery in my home.
Bright red poppies, dozens of retro radios, cookies and milk, vintage bottle caps and collectibles, a 1951 Chevy Bel Air, succulents, pennants… these are the things that retro-styled photo shoots are made of. You may remember this post where you read about how I got asked to design all the paper goods for this shoot. Well, it’s come and gone, and I’m excited to share a few snapshots of my time with some amazing DFW-area vendors as we collaborated together to bring this 1950s-styled mock wedding to life.
Until I get the final photos from the fantastic duo that is Nine Photography, I thought I’d give you a glimpse through my lens of some highlights from the shoot. So, enjoy this little sneak peak until I bring you the full reveal which is coming soon!
You can also click on over to my Facebook page (link on the right) to see a few more. And don’t forget to check out all the vendors that participated. Be amazed:
Rent My Dust
Bowtie Vintage Classics
Lush Couture Floral Design
KOgirl by Tia
Sugar Bee Sweets