Monday, December 5, 2016

IKEA hack Barstools



When we moved into our new house, the tall barstools I had were both too wide and too tall. I started looking around and quickly remembered how ridiculously overpriced barstools were. I found these beautiful peacock blue metal ones at IKEA, but I did not like the seats very much. Just a bit too modern for my taste. And so they had to be "adjusted" a bit.I believe these bad boys were in the 28 dollar-ish range.


We bought some round wood discs from Home Depot ($9 each).  Please realize that pine is a soft wood and so these will not be indestructible.  I just don't have ready access to any harder wood discs, nor do I want to spend the money for said hard wood, so I went with it.  We stained them a dark espresso color.

The next step was for the hubby to drill pilot holes through the top of the seats.  We did four holes.  Once your tops are dry you can screw them onto the stool.  You may also want to put a ring of adhesive around it, something like E6000.

  

I used a spray sealer and could not for the life of me get it to go on evenly.  A brush-on top coat is probably best.  


Wallah peanut butter sandwiches!  Pretty bar stools that are a perfect blend of modern and rustic! I love the pop of color that they add to this side of the great room.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Family Photo Sessions

Fall is upon us, which means I'm getting calls to book family photo sessions.  I'm putting this post together to give all those kind souls that call me an idea for some locations.  I'm starting up north in  Weber County and working my way down to Salt Lake.  These photos are from the past three years.

Ogden Railroad Bridge 

This is a great spot to get a lot of bang for your buck.  There is the railroad bridge and tracks, a grassy field with trees & an industrial warehouse all in one spot.















    Ogden's Historic 25th Street & Union Station

    A great spot for urban backgrounds








        




      Ogden Botanical Gardens 

      Beautiful vegetation provides a gorgeous natural backdrop






      Benches of the Ogden Mountains

      K, I'm kind of cheating on this one because these were all taken at different spots in Ogden and not just one place, but you get the idea.



       *Side note on the picture above:  I was asked to Photoshop the gentleman on the left into the picture.  This is NOT an easy thing to do, and after hours of editing this is what I came up with. 











       



       

       Abandoned Gas Station in Plain City

      So cool.  'nuff said







       Oak Lawn Park in North Ogden

       This is a small park with a nice wooded area




        Fort Buenaventura in Ogden 

        This is a pretty cool spot that has a bit open spaces, large pond, bridge and dirt pathways







      •  Peach Orchard in Pleasant View

        Best for small groups or individuals



         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         



         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        Kayscreek Parkway in Layton

        Wide grassy fields








       Kaysville Botanical Garden

       This location offers bridges, stone walls, gravel paths, a pond & a corrugated steel wall

        • Bird Refuge in West Layton

          Wood plank walkways surrounded by tall reed grass make for really unique photo








         

        • Lagoon Trail in Farmingon

          A tree-surrounded trail ideal for fall color 

















        The Capitol Building in Salt Lake

        White marble as far as the eye can see provides a clean background for photos.  This is also a great spot for middle of the day light since there are huge skylights in the rotunda. 






        Wheeler Farm in Salt Lake

        A variety of small buildings provide a lot of options as well as the beautiful natural surroundings.  Be warned that they do charge a photographer's fee.






        Gardner Village in Salt Lake (fee required)

        Another eclectic location with a variety of buildings and backdrop options.









        Park Ward Building in Salt Lake

        Lots of interesting little spots including a pond, bridge, brick walls & unique architecture









         

        Memory Grove in Salt Lake




          Client's Choice

        I am totally open to going to any location you choose and in fact, I welcome it!  Here are a few pics from locations of the client's choosing:


















      • So there you have it.  Hopefully this gives you an idea of my work as far as family portraits go.  Thanks for stopping in!