Meet Lakeland Christian Academy Senior, and my brother, Josh! Josh is a stand up young man who has a strong desire to follow Christ. He plays basketball for the Cougars and is a strong leader on and off the court. He not only excels in basketball, he also has a great work ethic in the classroom! Josh has a very special place in my heart! I have had the honor to watch him grow up. He fed my desire to be a mom and has prepared me, in so many ways, for motherhood. It seems like just yesterday I was in the delivery room watching his birth! I cannot believe it is his senior year!
I was able to have a mini session with my sister and soon to be brother-in-law when we were on our annual Washington Island trip! There is so much passion between these two they didn't take a single bad picture! It was an honor to be able to capture their love and I can't wait to stand up with them on their big day in October!
After waiting a few months I was finally able to have my session with this amazing family! I am so glad we did wait so Little Kylie could join us! We were a little worried we would have to reschedule due to storms but thankfully they cleared out and it was a beautiful evening!
Trey, our son, age 6, completely composed the following pictures. From posing us to the final edits he did it all! (You know your mom is a photographer when...)
My beautiful daughter Avah was Tinkerbell for this magical session! Dress is handmade by yours truly.
Poem inspired by Taylor Pieper and Skylie Stichter. Digital picture available here.
I know a little dancer.
She has pointed little feet.
She swirls and twirls as she walks,
always dancing to a beat.
I know a little dancer.
She has glitter in her eyes.
She is elegant and poised,
as she dances she glides and flies.
I know a little dancer.
She is smart, strong, and bold.
Her heart beats in sets of eight,
and is made of solid gold.
I know a little dancer.
Her passion burns so bright.
Her soul is filled with music,
it's her vital way of life.
Step by Step Tutorial
Things you will need:
Finding the chandelier
This is actually the 2nd time I have done this project. The first time I embarked on this endeavor I had found an old brass chandelier at a garage sale for only $7!
I made a few mistakes the first time around because I didn't quite understand the anatomy of the chandelier. I was so anxious to run with this idea. In my impatience I didn't take the time to do a few steps. Not only did these mistakes keep me from hanging my final project it also fell apart midway through summer. I kept it in storage through winter with the intent to fix it this year but it only accumulated more damage . So I decided to start from square one!
Last week I posted and ISO on Facebook and had several replies right away! I am so excited about this particular one (that I got from a friend from MOPS!) And I am overjoyed with how perfect the design is!
First you are going to want to take the chandelier apart. Take a moment to look over how the chandelier is put together. Both times I did this I found that there are a lot more pieces to it than what I initially thought.
TAKE OFF LIGHT CUPS FIRST! You are going to be turning and twisting the chandelier to get the electrical wires out of the body and you don't want these to break in the process!
Take out the electrical wiring by weaving in and out of all areas of the lamp. TIP: Cut loose pieces off at you go so the long ends don't get in the way and make a bigger tangle!
Both times I have done this I have found that the wire cord weaves in and out of the chain then runs inside of the body of the chandelier and then runs to out to each individual light. The parts of the body should screw apart to make it easier for you to get out the cord.
TIP: keep track of the order the pieces screwed on. It may be useful to draw a diagram so you don't forget.
If you cannot pull the wire out all the way (which happened to me this time around) Just cut the wire as close as you can to the hole it comes out.
DO NOT REMOVE THE LIGHT SOCKETS! This was the first and biggest mistake I made the first time. The light socket is what keeps the plate platform secured to the arm. If removed they will not be sturdy enough to hold the light cup which is what you will use to hold your plants.
Wash You Pieces!
I was so impatient the first time that I didn't take the time to thoroughly clean each piece. This was a mistake because the paint didn't cover evenly, it left goopy streaks, I ended up using way more spray paint, and I had to spend more time painting to try to cover the mess. I was trying to save time by not washing but in reality it just added more time and stress to the project. So save yourself some time and money and DO NOT SKIP WASHING!
My favorite cleaning method for most of my projects is 1T of dish soap and 1/4 C of white vinegar and a full sink of water.
SIDE NOTE: I ordered my dish soap from Amazon's Subscribe & Save. The pack of 6 has lasted me FOREVER!
Let's talk spray paint. I have used several kinds of spray paints for various projects and this spray paint is the best! It covers in one coat, comes in several colors, and dries FAST!
Be sure to read the directions for applying, and drying time. It will improve the looks of your paint job. Mistake #3 I made at first was not reapplying the second coat correctly. I also reassembled before the paint completely cured which made spots peel and chip. Even though it is dry enough to touch in 20 min you should still wait 24 hours before going to the next step.
When it is time to reassemble you will want to do everything upside down because in the end you want the light cups facing up.
So turn the lantern so the light plates are facing down. This use to be the top of the chandelier but we are going to screw in the bottom pieces instead. Then flip it over, light plates facing up, and screw in the top pieces. This is the end you will want the chain loop.
The chain of my chandelier was bent in places and I didn't feel like messing with painting it so I purchased a new one here.
Now its time to secure the light cups back to the plates and turn them into flower pots! Take your favorite flowers and plant them as you would a regular pot. Since there are not drainage holes in these pots use Miracle Grow Moisture Control potting soil.
Please comment below with a picture of your chandelier project!
It's Spring time again and unfortunately in Northern Indiana that doesn't always mean warm weather and sunshine. The temperamental weather has brought on a few gorgeous days mixed with plummeting temperatures, rain, wind, and even a little snow. As yet another cold front settled in this past week I couldn't help but feel disappointment from the false hope Monday's amazing weather gave me.
Thankfully the fickle weather has not kept the blossoms from flourishing! I decided to go out and get some pictures despite the chilly weather. I was reminded that no matter what life throws our way, good weather or bad, we are still able to blossom. God created beauty in and all around us and even in the worst of times we are given the opportunity to be beautiful. One of my favorite things about gardening is the ability it has to be a metaphor for life.
As we end this week (with a not so wonderful forecast) here is a Free 8x10 Printable to remind you to bloom no matter what kind of weather you are facing. To print lager than 8x10 please click here.
For personal use only (including printing). Jami Stichter retains the copyright to this image. Commercial use is prohibited. Selling is allowed.
Let's Take a Walk Along the Beach
You see it in the sunrise.
You feel it in the breeze.
It rolls in from the ocean,
and dances in the trees.
It floods your heart
and energizes your soul.
It empowers your being
and makes you whole
Sunrise from our balcony
How Great is Our God!
The ocean magnifies the presence of God and the waves carry it directly to your feet to electrify your soul
"The best part about leaving a place is it becomes a memory--and echo from the past. And oh how in love I am with the flashbacks"