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Thursday, 17 November 2016

2016 ALBUM: AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

Making progress with my 2016 album! For those who are new, I've been making an album out of my instagram photos this year. Seeing as the photos more or less fit perfectly in a square mini album, it's probably one of the easiest photo album projects I've ever done. Here's a recap of my August and September chapters!

The main event in August was our trip to Athens. It was Oscar's first time on a plane, and our first holiday as a family of three. We weren't really sure what to expect, but we had a great time and were happy to learn that travelling with the little one really wasn't as challenging as you'd maybe think.


September eased us into Autumn, with cozy days spent at home and the changing leaves outside. It's not my favorite season by any means, but there's just something about it that makes me want to stay home and cook and bake and spend time in the kitchen. 


Also, can anyone explain to me how this year has flown by so quickly? We're almost in December and I can't understand how that's happened!

You can see the rest of my album by clicking on the "2016 album" label at the bottom of this post, and as always, you can follow me on instagram, my username is @hildeandhercamera.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

DIY BABY EWOK COSTUME

Hey guys! Hope everyone had a fun Halloween! Halloween isn't really a big deal here in Norway, but every year people celebrate it a little bit more, which I'm quite excited about with my Americanized third culture kid upbringing. I still remember my first Halloween in Houston about 2 decades ago--the decorations, the costumes, the masses of candy! In a few years when Oscar is a bit older, I'd love to go visit some American friends so he can experience a proper Halloween. Plus, any excuse to dress up and have some fun during this dark and cold season is a big fat yes in my book. 


And now that we have a kid and we have every excuse to partake in the Halloween festivities (like we needed an excuse before, Bo is no stranger to dress up...), I thought I'd share how we made Oscar's ewok costume. It was really simple to throw together with stuff we already had around the house, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. 

The outfit is basically made up of three components; the bear suit, the hood and the spear. The bear suit was a hand me down from some friends, but I'm pretty sure you can buy similar suits all over the place. H&M sell them for sure. The hood was made out of one of Graeme's old brown t-shirts, where I just added two "bone style" buttons on the top and some leather strips around (Wicket was my inspo). Graeme made the spear out of a bamboo stick, some string, and a piece of wood he whittled to the shape of a stone and spray painted grey. He glued it all together with a glue gun. While the wooden spear is obviously more baby appropriate than a stone one, the spray paint wasn't exactly edible, so Oscar was under pretty strict observation while he was playing with it. Everything he touches ends up in his mouth these days. 

Yub nub!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

DIANA F+ // COPENHAGEN

The most awful thing happened last week. I was taking out the film of our Olympus OM10 to get the photos from our recent trip to Athens developed, when it became apparent that THERE WAS NO FILM IN THE CAMERA. That's right. I "took" a whole roll of film, only to discover there was never any film in the camera in the first place. Devastated doesn't cover it! In fact, I was so upset that I ended up organizing part of the basement, just to get my mind off it. (Sidenote: how organized would my house be if I forgot to put film in my cameras more often?)



So instead of posting photos of ancient runes and sunshine, here's some photos I took in Copenhagen last year. Two of Graeme's friends were running a marathon, so Graeme and I jumped on the ferry and met up with them (no running for us though, walking all over town trying  to keep up with the runners was enough for us!). These were shot with my trusty Diana F+. which I actually haven't used in a while, on black and white Ilford XP2 super 400 120 film. 

We're headed to the cabin for a couple of days today, maybe I should bring this camera with me? Regardless of which camera I'm taking though, I'll definitely make sure there's actually film in it this time! 

Saturday, 17 September 2016

OSCAR'S BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

I finally sent out Oscar's birth announcements/thank you cards! Like everything these days, they took me way longer to finish than I had hoped for, but alas, they are finally done. And look how tiny he is! He's actually less than a day old in this photo. Graeme took a bunch in the hospital hotel room while I was away on an informational meeting for first time mothers about breast feeding. I'm so, so happy he did this. I love that we have these pictures of this ridiculously tiny, brand new Oscar. In fact, I ended up printing out a couple of these photos and framing them.

I made these using Photoshop and Illustrator, and then printed them at home on my Canon iP8750. I actually got Graeme to make me some icons in Illustrator to show the time of birth, the date, and his weight and length, but then ended up abandoning them all together in favor of just text. And I ended up making two versions too, one in Norwegian and one in English with pounds rather than grams. (Can anyone explain to me why Brits have to use both metric and imperial measurements?)


To be honest, I'm not 100% happy with how they printed. The white text doesn't pop as much as the digital version, and the printed images turned out a bit grainy. I don't usually have this problem when I'm printing photos, so I'm guessing my printer just works better on photo paper rather than card stock. But as I was printing double sided, photo paper wasn't really an option. Maybe next time I make something like this I'll get it printed professionally?

Friday, 9 September 2016

DIY NAME BANNER



Sometimes I still can't quite phantom that Graeme and I are parents. It's just a little hard to get my head around the fact that we've made a tiny little human, and that this tiny little human is going to grow in to a full-sized adult one day. Today Oscar turned four months. Growing up so fast! He's super smiley and talkative these days, and while we were on holiday a few weeks ago he had his first laugh. It's as goofy as his smile and we love it. This week we also started introducing solids to his diet, and he started sleeping in his own room. He still wakes for a feed around four or five, but it's going pretty well so far (though I probably just jinxed it there! Haha).

So I made this little name banner to hang on the outside of his door, and I love walking past it. It's a super simple DIY inspired by these (which are so cool and versatile!). I printed out the letters I was going to use (in this font), and cut them out and used them as a pattern to cut out the banner in some navy textured card. I just used scissors, but it probably would have been an advantage to use a craft knife for the more complicated letters. To hang it up, I used some white yarn and a few bits of tape, and the yarn blends in with the door pretty well, making it look pretty seamless. Super simple. :)

Yay for quick and easy projects!