Pool time is an intense endeavor when my husband, Jeff, visits his childhood home outside Philadelphia. He spent his summers in this pool, devising crazy jumps and dives—and giving his mom constant anxiety over his antics. By now she knows to look the other way; it's become my job to keep a phone handy in case he splits his head open. Even so, I love to watch him relax in his element and introduce the girls to his old stomping grounds. (Above: A girl after her dad's heart, Nora demands to "fly!")
It's hard to put my camera down when I'm in my in-laws' garden. Aren't these flowers amazing?
Our trip this year was short, so we didn't stray far from our favorite haunts, like Terrain at Styer's (a lunch date without kids!), the Philadelphia Zoo and Linvilla Orchards (below).
Last year I posted photos of our friends' farm. This year they brought us these gorgeous sunflowers and invited us to visit their chicks.
Obviously the chicks were popular with the girls. Cricket gingerly pet them (below). Nora has not yet developed the ability to be ginger, so she happily jabbed them in the eyes.
Cricket also discovered the chickens would follow her if she ran like a mad woman around their pen.
This trip was only a month ago, but we're already hankering for just one more summer weekend to "fly" in the pool and race around the farm...
Planning your next adventure? Click here for some ideas.
Remember Nora's bumble bee birthday invitation? I converted my sketch into two complementary fabric designs, which are now available on Spoonflower.
Above you'll find a close-up of the larger print custard bees on turquoise. Below you'll find the sketch of the smaller print turquoise bees on custard.
Want to make your own buzzing bees tea towels? Order a fat quarter of this and/or this fabric in cotton-linen canvas (27 x 18 in.), trim and hem the edges.
If you make something with any of my fabrics, send me a photo and I'll post it. Happy sewing!
It seems like we've been on the road more than we've been at home lately, which means I'm once again flush with raw content but buried too far under laundry and other travel detritus to get much posted.
In the meantime, I'm sharing a photo I took of Cricket and me 2.5 years ago when she was 4 months old. I love it because—despite the fact that she wasn't yet talking—her expression says it all: "Mom, you're so embarrassing!" Yes. Yes, I am.
Over the next several weeks, I'll be posting a few DIY projects, tips for flying with young kids and photos from our recent trips to Philadelphia and Minneapolis. I've got my work cut out for me...
Thinking of having fall portraits taken? It's time to book. Check out the new children's photography section for details. If you book your fall session by Sept. 20, you'll receive a complimentary desk print (your choice of size up to 8x10) from your session. Sessions must take place by Nov. 20 to qualify. And please help spread the word! For every referral, you'll receive a $50 artwork credit toward your next session.
Thank you for all your support and encouragement on the children's photography launch! It's going to be a busy and exciting portrait season around here.
If you book your fall session by Sept. 20, you'll receive a complimentary desk print (your choice of size up to 8x10) from your session. Session must take place by Nov. 20 to qualify.
And please help spread the word! For every referral, you will receive a $50 artwork credit toward your next session. (Just have your friends and family mention that you referred them when they book their sessions. When you book your next one, let me know you'll be redeeming your credit on your artwork order.)
It's time to make it official: I am thrilled to announce that Calm Cradle Photo & Design is now offering children's photography (including newborn, baby, family and maternity portraits) in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas of North Carolina. I specialize in using natural light to create documentary-style (sometimes called lifestyle) images.
Please help spread the word! For every referral, you will receive a $50 artwork credit toward your next session. (Just have your friends and family mention that you referred them when they book their sessions. When you book your next one, let me know you'll be redeeming your credit on your artwork order.)
You can find details, including pricing, session information and a portfolio, in the new children's photography section of the website. Want to get to know my work? Checking out this blog, my bio and portfolio are great places to start.
Fall is a busy season for portraits, so please book early to ensure session availability. I'm so looking forward to working with you and your little ones. Let's get started!
Need to find a baby shower, birthday or holiday present? Calm Cradle Photo & Design gift certificates are available here.
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I'm Julia Soplop. In a former life, I studied lemurs in Madagascar, worked for National Geographic and trained as a medical journalist. These days my adventures usually include my three tiny daughters. Oh, and I'm still a writer and photographer—a storyteller. This blog is my story. It's about things that make life beautiful.
DIY crate bookshelf
Toddler bedroom tour
DIY twin bed
DIY braided scarf
DIY coffee bean centerpiece
Grandma knows best
Little gallery wall
DIY yarn wreath ornament
DIY no-sew tutu
5-month portraits + b&w tips
DIY felt heart mobile