Becoming parents changes everything! You go from being these awesome, narcissistic people who think the world revolves around them (and maybe it does) to these absolute puddles who rearrange everything to revolve around these tiny creatures less than two feet tall.
For example, My husband went from being a guy who didn’t even own his own set of pliers to a full-blown carpenter, and one day about two years ago, he decided to build a bed for our daughter. I was beyond skeptical as we walked through Home Depot buying random pieces of wood to add to the crib pieces which he had completely disassembled, but I went out to run some errands one afternoon, and when I returned, Zach had put together what I still consider a masterpiece. We spent the next few days adorning and painting it… and staring at it with pure joy. Our daughter had better enjoy it until she turns eighteen.
This Sleeping Beauty photo shoot was entirely about taking the bed outside. It was spring when everything was JUST blooming, and I actually drove all over town for weeks looking for a flowering tree or bushes low enough to the ground to show up in the pictures.
Obviously we didn’t follow the Disney line here. I made a princess dress for my daughter and she wore it for a couple of different shoots before I worked up the courage to try sewing something different. The great thing about this dress was that I cut and sewed only straight lines. SOOO easy. Here is a tutorial for the method I used to make that dress.
For my young knight, I made a little red tank and sewed a cross on it (because that was the easiest symbol to cut and sewl!). I had planned to put it over a turtleneck and leggings, but when I walked through Hobby Lobby and saw the sequin fabric, I got the idea for a mail shirt and added sleeves and a hood to the tank…. and made some pants as well. Not difficult to recreate, but I didn’t take pictures of the process.
Zach screwed two boards together for the sword, and I cut and painted a cardboard shield. We are crafty!
We did this cosplay on the grounds of the local elementary school because that’s where the bushes of my dreams were located, proving that there really are no limits!
The kids loved this shoot. We let them play and jump on the bed and play pretend to their heart’s content.