Wellness (almost) Wednesday: Walking the Trails in Fall :)

Wellness (almost) Wednesday: Walking the Trails in Fall :)

Hi All,

Last weekend one of my best friends Kaitlyn invited me out to go hiking. I got up at the ‘Sunday crack of dawn’ (8 am) and headed over to meet her at the trail for 9:15.

It couldn’t have possibly been a more beautiful, sunny, crisp and just overall glorious fall morning.

After a week at my sewing machine it felt like a total breath of fresh air.

 The trail was absolutely stunning, and the fall colours are just starting to turn 🙂

If only my ceiling looked like this all the time 🙂

 I’ve felt cooped up in the sewing room all week- so I really needed the exercise.

The trail we went to is called Beamer Memorial Trail, just outside of Hamilton in Grimsby, Ontario.  

It has part of the Bruce Trail, which is an 885 km trail along the Niagara Escarpment. Needless to say we did not walk that far lol, we just did a small part of it 🙂

But quite a beautiful part, with views of lake Ontario 🙂

We also wandered our way down to the little waterfall at the end of one of the side trails

SO PRETTY!

Kaitlyn taking pictures

She even took this one of me 🙂

Then we hiked back to the center of the trail and took these stairs down the escarpment into the valley belowf.

Then spent some time wandering the little creek running through the valley.

Doesn’t this look gorgeous- yes yes it does- but I will tell you my friends, be cautious walking along rocks, in a creek, that look like this. Why you ask? let me tell you:

Just imagine me, somewhat clumsily walking along, rock to rock, when all of the sudden I put all my faith, all  my weight, into my step onto a slightly angled rock, only to find out that the surface is coated in a very thin layer of algae that has about 0 friction. You can imagine what happens next: foot goes straight out from under me, and I’m on my bum before I can blink. Now the worst part of this whole experience was trying to get up off the slipperiest rock in the whole world, while trying not to pee your pants from laughter, while going into harder fits of giggles as your friend is almost peeing themselves watching you try to get up. Not to mention the very startled look I got from a birdwatcher who didn’t understand my laughter and was worried that I justf couldn’t get up, whom I had to reassure that I was indeed okay.

That my friends is why you must be cautious with these rocks.

But after the whole rock ordeal we made it all the way back up the stairs and back along the trail, where we ran into this little guy

What a cutie 🙂 I love woolly bear caterpillars 🙂 and what a nice end to the walk 🙂

I feel like this is something that I should do more often, I felt about 10 lbs lighter walking out of those woods, like it cleared my mind and refreshed me so much- I would highly recommend it, especially now while the weather is so beautiful!

Do you like to walk the trails in the fall? Do you have a favourite hiking trail in your area?

I just love it! and this trail is such a gem!

I am off to drink some tea, cuddle up in a sweater, and do all the very seasonable things- I might even buy a pumpkin to carve 🙂

xo erin

My Finished Corset + a Boudoir Photoshoot!

My Finished Corset + a Boudoir Photoshoot!

Hi All!

So the big reveal! My corset!

 I wanted to split my corset posts into these two posts because: 1. there was WAY too much information on making the corset for one post, and 2. Because I wanted to highlight my friend who is an up-and-coming boudoir photographer, who took these pics for me! 

 Isn’t she amazing! What I love about her work is that it really highlights your natural body, – she isn’t going to photoshop you to look 20 lbs lighter, she isn’t going to make you into something unrealistic and unachievable, she is just going to make you look realistically and healthily amazing! Not to mention artistic and beautiful!

The picture of my back and the lacings above is a good example- everybody gets a fold down their back when they wear a cinched corset- that is just what your skin does when you tighten it, and it would be such a lie and perpetuating false images to photoshop it out, and why? the natural body is so beautiful!

 (Her gorgeous digital business card!)

I jumped the gun a little on this post since I’ve only gotten those two photos back from her but I thought  I would include this pic too- a fitting room selfie- and I think it shows even more from this angle the true cinching power and silhouette of this corset!

I am SO pleased with this corset and it is surprisingly comfortable- It really makes a difference when a corset is made specifically for your body (which in my case is fairly long-waisted)- I don’t think I could wear it for an 8 hour day or eat very much in it- but it is really cool for pictures or for a night out!

I think I might just have to make another one! Maybe an under-bust for my second one- what do you think?

Have you done any corset making? what did you think?

I found that it was much easier than I thought it would be, and that it is more comfortable than I would have ever expected! so I would say that this was a really successful experience!

If you didn’t already read my last post about making this corset- you can read all about it here!

xo erin

My New Light Box!

My New Light Box!

Hi All!

I have something new and exciting for my blog! A light box!

You know those amazing, bright, no-shadow, cool background pictures that you see on other blogs? Well I can do that too!!

I got the idea from my friend Claire, who asked me how I took my pictures for my blog (the answer is randomly and always praying for mid-day sun) and she told me about light boxes, and shared a link with me to a post over on Never Homemaker  where they have a tutorial for making a cheap light box.

So I thought- well that might be nice for some blog photos- because I find the pictures I’m often most disappointed with are my Supper Sunday pics- because I don’t make the dinners just to blog, I make them for my family or me to eat- so generally that means that the final plate of food is prepared around 6-7 which is definitely not the greatest lighting conditions. – since I have finally gotten over the awkwardness of taking pictures of my plate while family and friends happily devour their plates around me, I figured it won’t be too much of a stretch to get up and take my plate over to a light box and snap some pics lol.

This was one of the fastest and easiest projects ever- they go into more detail and have a great tutorial over on Never Homemaker so I won’t steal their thunder- just show how mine turned out!

So from this picture you can see that I took a large box- mine was 20X22 and you cut the top flaps off, and cut squares out of three of the sides (leaving a 2 inch border for structure) and cover them with a very thin fabric (I used a super thin cotton but you could also use tissue paper)- this is to diffuse the light.

The above picture is of the box upside-down (because the fabric panels are on the top and sides of the box) and I’m glueing a strip of velcro down to the top of the back of the box, so that i can attach different backgrounds of the inside.

For my first background to experiment with, I just used the same thin white cotton and I put two pieces of velcro to stick them inside to the strip I had placed.

This is with the box upright and the back closed up- and I’m attaching the white background.

 For lights I just bought three of these desk lamps on sale for around $10. Two of them have a stand and one of them has a clamp.

And some bright lightbulbs

Then to make the set up I had the two stand lights on either side, and I clamped the clamp light onto the back of a kitchen chair, shining it down from above. And voila! light box!

Does it ever take some beautiful pictures! This was some lily of the valley that mom picked from the garden earlier today!

And I thought I’d show you my new ring. I got it from a local jeweler Bruinix Jewellers, they had a pinterest contest around Christmas where you could win $100 towards their jewelry and I won! They have some amazing estate jewelry and I waited until I found just the perfect thing and it was this vintage ring!

I’m absolutely in love with it!

There are some limitations I am finding to the light box, like you can get some great shots, but since they aren’t HUGE you will have to crop your pictures- like this picture:

But wow it really makes a difference!

and of course Finn came over to see what all the fuss was about, and since the box was getting so much attention I think he figured that if he sat in the box he would get the attention too 🙂

Well that has been my very successful light box project! You can expect lots of pictures shot in this! I’m already thinking of all the different background I could use just a 22X40 rectangle with velcro at the top- the possibilities are endless! I will let you know of any light box progress!

Do you already use a light box? Do you have any picture taking tips- or were you like me always waiting for the best light? Let me know in a comment!

Now if only I had one big enough to take my #MMMay14 pictures in!

xo erin