Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sloane's Zoo



 You know what I love?  I love turning a passing thought that's actually a really good idea, into reality.  That's what I've been doing lately. Let me show you.



It all started when I stumbled on Hippopata.  Don't you just love it?  As soon as I saw that hippo, I knew I needed to do have a portrait of Gareth for Sloane.  Wait!  $900 minimum.  We can't do that; just can't.

So, the idea sat in the back of my mind and I pondered.  Of course, if I am going to the trouble to set up a photo shoot for Gareth, why wouldn't I do it for all Sloane's stuffies?  The two constant loves in Sloane's childhood have been books and stuffies.



The final impetus came when Sloane wanted to clean our her closet and pack away several of her old friends.  You notice, we are storing them - no getting rid of family members for the Lawson girls.  Attic, here we come.  Before we did it, I told her that I would have a photo shoot for her stuffies.  They've been family members, after all.  Each one has a name and a distinct story.  In fact, we used to play a game at bedtime.  Sloane would close her eyes and I would choose a random stuffed animal for her to sleep with that night.  (Along with Gareth.  She always sleeps with Gareth.)  Sloane could tell me which stuffie it was every single time - without looking.  She knew them so well, she could recognize them by touch.


So.  What would I need to take photos like that?  Turns out, not much.  Just a light box.  Thank you, Anne, Jeffrey, and Arlen.  My husband and his sweet brother actually made the light box for me from a tutorial I found online.  The cost was less than $5.00, and it only took 30 minutes.  Perfect!  I'm not finished with the project.  Sloane has at least 76 stuffed animals, after all.  I am pleased with what I've done so far though.


What about you?  What good ideas can you turn into reality?

16 comments:

Hindsfeet said...

great domino, Relyn, thanks for this.....

happy new year for you m'dear...

me

Jeanne said...

Happy New Year and thanks for showing us all these sweet little
ones from Sloanes Zoo. Much love

Jeanne

Mrs. E said...

Those are adorable. (And I think a photo collage for her first grown up apartment is in order!!) Great job!

Lisa Gordon said...

My goodness, Relyn, what a wonderful idea, and they look just fantastic!

Mac n' Janet said...

What a great idea! I love stuffed animals, but never had many as a child. As a grown-up my husband has gifted me with many, mostly bears that I adore.
Each year I make calendars for my husband and daughter, last year her calendar featured some of my bears.

suz said...

oh I love this idea....gonna do it
and my children are 40,39 and 30...never too late!

Cathi said...

Oh this is just so precious! xxoo

Mary Jo said...

Lovely! It's so nice to have these kinds of mementos. Wishing you a very happy 2014 Reylyn!
xo Mary Jo

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Love The Girl's zoo! And what a great idea. Still have to check out what a Light Box is tho.

Marilyn said...

I LOVE that you are photographing her "stuffies". They are all so very cute too. I need a better light box.

margie said...

i love this idea!!

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

What a wonderful idea, and so well executed!

I got your message and wanted to wish you much the same - health and happiness and lots of blessings in this new year!

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

What a wonderful idea, and so well executed!

I got your message and wanted to wish you much the same - health and happiness and lots of blessings in this new year!

HKatz said...

Beautiful. And making me feel nostalgic about childhood :)

S. Etole said...

the best zoo ever ...

Anita said...

Gosh, what a wonderful idea! I love all of them.

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