Thursday, 21 February 2013

.Spotty top & some goals for 2013.

I'm officially into maternity clothes. I've been putting it off for as long as I can, but I've finally had to delve into the old maternity clothes bags that have been circulating between my sisters, our friends and myself for the last 10 years. There are still a few items in my "regular" wardrobe that are maternity-friendly (stretchy skirts, loose tops and of course, the trackies!) but my clothing choices are starting to feel restricted.
And those maternity clothes about more than 2/3 of the items being badly dated and daggy now! I had the widest bell-bottom leg jeans that were super cool when I was pregnant with Oscar - a few months ago I cut them off and made them into some comfy denim shorts!
I could go to the shops and buy some maternity clothes...but for 13 weeks of wearing I can't really be bothered or justify spending the money. So, last night I took a good-fitting top that I like wearing at the moment (see the end of this post) and drafted a simple pattern from it. I had a heap of this navy spotty knit fabric in my stash - I bought a few meters of it last year on clearance (for $4 a metre) from Spotlight. The quality actually isn't too bad, we'll see how well it washes and wears after awhile though. A couple of hours later, I had a brand new, comfy top that I can wear for the next few months (and what ever time I need to after the baby is born!)
I do love the white spot on navy - if I was game, I would sew myself a pair of leggings out of it but I'm not sure that I could pull them off! Lil could though, so one of us will end up with spotty leggings soon enough!!
I've finally decided on some goals for 2013 (who cares that we're already 1/6 into the year!) They are photography-related this year. I have no intentions of becoming a pro photographer, but I do want to get more comfortable with using my camera and taking better photos of the family. Recently I've changed the screensaver to flash through photos from my computer and way too many of them are things that I've made or cooked (which isn't bad) but I do realise that I need to pick up the camera more spontaneously and take photos of the people who actually live in this house too! Last year I did a course through ClickinMoms to learn how to use my camera in manual mode. It was brilliant and I learned so much. Next week I start another course learning how to use Lightroom properly for my editing. I've had Lightroom for about 6 months and I'm just winging it at the moment so I'm really looking forward to learning how to use it properly. 

So, my photography goals for 2013...inspired by this lady, I am going to take a decent portrait of each of my children each week for the year. I figure this will be motivation enough to help me pick up the camera and take a few more photos than I already week. My second goal is to capture moments from my day-to-day life. Inspired by this cool blog, I am going to participate in the 12 on 12 challenge - to take 12 photos documenting your day on the 12th day of every month. Sounds easy now...I'm going to have to set myself some reminders so that I don't forget!


Carli said...

Very pretty. Yay for photography goals too xxx

Kelly said...

Super cute Toni!

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