Now that I'm back in the atmosphere, with drops of Jupiter in my hair, hey ...
I felt an overwhelming wave of gratitude when I read so many lovely comments about my projects on Crate's blog yesterday. I have tried and am continuing to try very hard to make good and great projects, for me, and for the people who have put their trust in me. I may not succeed every time, but believe me, I always try every time. My heartfelt thanks to Crate Paper and to Christine for this opportunity. I have treasured it and I believe it shows.
Really, there is this huge back story to this picture... After graduate school, I reconnected with several childhood friends from Shanghai and we exchanged emails and photos. Several of them had wedding photos that were too beautiful to describe. While visiting Shanghai in 2002, I decided that I too, wanted to have some too beautiful photos. I booked a session with a studio before DH arrived and he was informed that there will be a full day of photoshooting. He really is a trooper!
I told the studio and all who worked with us that we had been married for 3.5 years and I had no interest in wearing a wedding dress. I wanted photos of us wearing traditional Chinese clothes and other fun formal stuff, but the studio staffers were not to be denied... I ended up having to wear two white dresses!
It was an interesting experience to say the least. I was painted whiter than DH. My eyelids were taped up with scotch tape to make my eyes look bigger. 2-inch long eyelashes were installed and every time I blinked, I felt as if spiders were on my eyes. I am not exaggerating :) For each outfit, there was a complete hair re-do with extensions and/or whatever. We were there for 9 hours and DH spent most of the time watching DVD and I was in the chair having things done to me. I had my concerns: how could the plastic and fakey look be any good?! But the Studio people were right, I looked amazing in the photos and nothing like myself! Really, that was the goal right? I envied my friends' "too good to be them" photos and now I got my own "too good to be me" photos :)
So yeah, this may look like our wedding day, so not it... lol... Crate's Portrait collection is my new favorite from Crate Paper. I am surprised that I love it more than Emma's Shoppe given the fact I have two little girls... But the Portrait collection practically scraps itself, all you have to do is cut up some paper and let it drop to the surface, it will arrange itself, I promise! ;)
I have another fun opportunity coming up as the guest designer for 3 Scrappy Boys kit club in April. Here is a bit of history:) I was a subscriber to this kit club in 2005! Here are two tiny sneak peaks into the April trio kit, enticing eh? :) My friend CheeseAubree is on the 3 Scrappy Boys design team, and there is an active DT call right now, read about it here.
Saturday is in full swing now off to fight my battles. Body Pump is in just two hours! Thank you for stopping by!