Michelle Yost Photography: Blog https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Michelle Yost Photography photosbymichelle@ymail.com (Michelle Yost Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:37:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:37:00 GMT https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u269329531-o44347473-50.jpg Michelle Yost Photography: Blog https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog 96 120 365 https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2014/3/365 Hello,

Just sharing a little of my project that I'm working on for myself this year.  I'm doing a 365 Project on Flickr.  A 365 is a photo every day  for an entire year.  This is actually the second one that I am doing.  It is something that I am doing for my own personal enjoyment.  It takes a bit of commitment, but the benefits are numerous.  If you are into photography, you should definitely try it sometime!

 

Benefits: Pushes you creatively to try to look at things a little different and find a photo in ordinary life.  Flickr has a great community with many supportive photographers that encourage each other. Enables you to find time to do your hobby for your own enjoyment.  It's fun! Captures your life for an entire year (this one I didn't realize as much until I looked back at my last 365 and I feel like I can remember every day).  Encourages trying new skills. And really increases your skill level- practice makes perfect!  

Cons: Time, especially on busy days.  

Here's a link to my Flickr set if you'd like to see what it's all about:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/myost_photography/sets/72157639273423744/

Anyway, some days aren't so great, and some days surprise me, but I post whatever I have to offer for that day.  Here's a collage of my February:

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photosbymichelle@ymail.com (Michelle Yost Photography) 2014 365 project Bloomsburg Michelle Yost photo a day photography https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2014/3/365 Sun, 02 Mar 2014 02:51:24 GMT
Spring Solutions https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2013/6/spring-solutions I've been spring cleaning and one area that I needed to declutter and redo is my laundry room. Unfortunately, most people enter my home through my laundry room instead of the front door.  It's just easier, I guess. I have a habit of hanging the hangers on my laundry sorter and didn't like the way that looked so I went in search of a hanger organizer.  Yes, I'm one of those people that would buy such a thing.  I didn't find one that I liked, so I decided to make one of my own.  I used a box cut on the diagonal and made it into a triangle.  Then I taped it together in a chevron pattern with denim and white duct tape.  I hot glued  turquoise felt on the inside.  Functional and adds some color!

Next, I decided to tackle my open shelves, which always seem to collect clutter.  First, I did some much needed tossing.  Then, I decided to make some labels for the baskets to match the hanger organizer.  I walked through Michael's looking for inspiration and found these cute mini-clothespins in the scrapbooking section. I got some wood mini plaques and painted them denim blue.  Then, I decided to made a clothesline out of twine.  I snipped a toothpick to keep the clothesline separated from the plaque (so I could actually use the clothespins).  And finally I made little labels out of white card stock.  I thought about cutting them into clothes shapes, but decided to go with a similar shape to the plaque.  They make me smile every time I enter the room!

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photosbymichelle@ymail.com (Michelle Yost Photography) DIY declutter duct tape hanger organizer hangers homemade labels laundry laundry room project solution https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2013/6/spring-solutions Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:36:20 GMT
Ready for Easter https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2013/3/ready-for-easter Here it is- the end of March, and unfortunately the weather hasn't caught up with the calendar yet.  We made some cute chicks out of bottlecaps to take to the grandparents.  We're going to put a magnet on the back and make the rest into napkin holders for future spring dinners. (Idea from Pinterest)

And we decorated our Easter eggs.  Ryan made went with a silly face theme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 These are Connor's   and mine.  

Hope you have a Happy Easter!

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photosbymichelle@ymail.com (Michelle Yost Photography) Easter Easter Eggs children craft spring https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2013/3/ready-for-easter Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:49:23 GMT
Miss Molly https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2013/2/miss-molly Miss Molly arrived February 21st and I had the pleasure of spending a few hours of her 6th day of life taking pictures.   She seems to like being photographed  (or maybe she just found me fascinating), because she didn't want to go to sleep!  But eventually, we waited her out and I got some of the newborn shots that I wanted.  I have to warn you- these exceed the cuteness allotment for any image.  

This was my first true newborn photo shoot. These kind of photos are taken in the first ten days of life.  After that, babies have more awake time and also, more difficulty being molded into these poses.  I feel very comfortable with babies, but I have to admit that I was nervous to try some of the more challenging poses.  My first concern is not hurting this fragile little being.   And I didn't want to wake her either! It was definitely a learning experience.

This was so rewarding. First, getting to document an incredible, new life just beginning.   Second, seeing the happiness that it brings to my family who enjoy showing this beautiful little girl. But most important, realizing that 20 years from now, these photos will be so priceless to Jackie and Tony.  The memories of the 2AM feedings and multitude of diaper changes will fade, but when they see those photos, they'll remember the strong feeling of love and amazement that they feel now.   Being a mom, you know how fast the years go by, and how fast  children change.  Just in that first month, they change so much!  Isn't it great that we have a way to capture our memories?

 

 

 

 

 

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new baby https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2013/2/new-baby We have a new baby coming to our family!- no, it's not mine! :(  My niece, Jackie, is expecting a little girl within the next month.   I decided to make a little girl fringe blanket to go with some of my other baby props.  I made it in shades of purples and a little sage green, ivory and magenta.  I think it turned out great and plan on making a "boy" blanket next in earth tones of green and brown. Here it is:

 

And a closeup of the colors:

 

Now all I need is a beautiful, little baby in there!

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photosbymichelle@ymail.com (Michelle Yost Photography) DIY baby fringe blanket girl homemade newborn photography prop purple https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2013/2/new-baby Mon, 04 Feb 2013 23:51:04 GMT
Happy 2013 https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2013/1/happy-2013 Happy 2013!

I realized I never posted for New Year's.  We go to a friend's New Year's Eve party every year and this year they asked everyone to make their own party hat.  Here's the hats that my son, Connor, and I came up with.  We didn't win, but had fun making them.  

(By the way, I don't like getting my picture taken)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


And that little boy, Connor, turned 10 this past Christmas!  Yes, he is a Christmas baby, born during a blizzard on Christmas morning.  The first year he was born, we put him into this stocking for a photo.  And here he is now:

 

We have just a small celebration for Connor on his real birthday and celebrate in the end of June with half birthdays instead.  It is easier to have outside and makes his day seem more like his own celebration.  This year, though, Connor asked for a 7 layer cake.  Now, I'm not exactly a baker, but I made this chocolate 7 layer cake that made him very happy.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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photosbymichelle@ymail.com (Michelle Yost Photography) DIY Mom New Year's Hats children hats homemade make party seven layer cake https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2013/1/happy-2013 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 04:04:01 GMT
Creative costumes! https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2012/11/creative-costumes October has come and gone.  Football season is almost over and soon we'll be getting ready for Christmas.  One thing I always enjoy at this time of the year is making a great costume.  Now, my older son was more into Trick or Treating for the candy and reused his get up from last year, last minute.  My younger one, Connor, got lots of rave reviews for his costume (which was actually my older son's costume from a few years ago).  He went as a headless butler.  

 

 

 

 

 

Left,  my youngest son, Connor.

Right,  my older son, Ryan (a few years ago).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I decided to post some old photos of costumes that I have made for my children over the years.  I have bought a few, but I really like creating something special.   This one is from last year:   Connor went as an alien  abducting a child.  He's quite the actor!

 

And to the right, Connor as Frankenstein. The  head is a spray painted bottom half of a milk container with black fur and real nuts and bolts.

 

 

Connor was into Star Wars for a few years.  I made this Yoda costume out of a brown fleece throw, some green felt and fur and he loved it!

 

 

 

 

 

And this is an oldie -right before Ryan's third birthday- a spider!  Just black sweat suit with felt  and glitter glue.  The legs are tights and I used fishing line to hold it to separate the legs at the right length.  After this, fishing line became a regular component of my costumes!  (This was taken before I got into photography :))

 

My worst costume that I ever made was this beautiful lighthouse.  Yes, it's a lighthouse, not a pylon!  The hat actually lit up.  However, to Connor, who REALLY wanted an orange and white lighthouse costume, this was the best ever.  So. I guess that is what is most important.  He LOVED it!

I used a pop up laundry hamper as the base and sheets of foam sewn on with, you guessed it, fishing line!

 

Here is Ryan from last year in his hippie get up.  That was my first ever tie dye!

 

Ryan was into dinosaurs in first grade.  I made him a T Rex out of gessoed foam and egg carton eyes sewn to a hooded sweatshirt and spray painted with various paints.  I painted the teeth metallic white.  Here's a photo of us together that year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And below, is the one that I spent WAY too much time on.  But again, it made him REALLY happy.  

Ryan wanted to be King Ghidora (?sp) from Godzilla, a three headed golden monster.  So I made it! He was so small that we had to carry it around in a wagon because it was too heavy!  Live and learn!

 

The worst part is that I couldn't find a few Halloween photos.  One was a really cute Orange Crayon costume.  I guess when they were young, I wasn't very good at keeping track of my discs.  I guess that's something I need to go through when I have some time.  So a reminder to all- back up and label you photos!!

 

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Summer summary https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2012/8/summer-summary Well, It's been a while since I posted.  I guess I've just been too busy enjoying the summer!   It seems to have flown by , but we have had lots of fun with our friends and family.  Here's some highlights in photos. 

 

Connor (my youngest) and I have made a few projects in the last month.  First, we made this little twig vase out of a pickle jar, some twine and twigs and brown felt  I glued the felt onto the glass jar.  He had fun collecting the twigs from under the pine trees and sorting them by size.  I worked the hot glue gun, while he weaved  the twine and chose the perfect next twig.  It was a  fast project and it turned out nce.  He wants to make them for Christmas presents.  And it looks great with a bunch of dried lavender!

 

Second, we made our first terrarium (after a visit to the Corning Glass Museum, where I got this bell cloche)!  He placed the pebbles first, then activated charcoal and finely the soil.  We planted three plants and made a path out of some pebbles.  We dug up some nice moss from our beautiful lawn ;-) and it seems to have worked out well for a first attempt.  He is already planning our next one- based on our upcoming trip to the Outer Banks, with sand dunes, grass and shells.  

 

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photosbymichelle@ymail.com (Michelle Yost Photography) Mom activities easy fun photos projects summer terrarium twig vase https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2012/8/summer-summary Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:23:05 GMT
Fourth of July https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2012/7/fourth-of-july Happy 4th of July!  Hope you are enjoying your summer.  I've had a great last week: went biking and hiking in Jim Thorpe with my children, took a day trip to Corning with the family to the glass museum, swimming at my in-laws and a gathering with my family in Frackville where we enjoyed each others company, homemade blueberry merlot and fireworks at the little league field.  Today, we are going to a friend's party in Williamsport.  So happy for the busy schedule and so many important people to do things with!

 

Yesterday, however, I attended the funeral of my aunt's father.  He was one of those people that you can only remember with a smile on his face.  As it turns out, he was a WW2 veteran with several medals of honor.  I only found that out after his death. The graveside flag folding ceremony was such a touching of a moment.  The officer spoke so tenderly and sincerely to his wife of 64 years, as he knelt in front of her, expressing gratitude for his service.    It left such a lasting impression.  And also to that generation-how lucky we are to have had them.  So as I watch the  fireworks, I'll be remember those that made freedom possible.

 

 

I'm taking a fruit and cheese platter made up like the American flag to the party today ,(idea from Pinterest- REALLY like Pinterest!)

 

Happy Independence Day!

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photosbymichelle@ymail.com (Michelle Yost Photography) Fourth of July WW2 celebrations family fireworks flag food friends funeral gratitude independence night photos veterans https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2012/7/fourth-of-july Wed, 04 Jul 2012 17:00:00 GMT
Slimed https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2012/6/slimed This a late entry.  It's been busy last month.  I did this in the end of May!  But here's the post.

For the past 7 years, I've been the "Box Tops 4 Education" coordinator for my children's elementary school.  It's a great program that earns money for doing nothng more than spending a little time clipping "Box Tops".  I've tried several different ideas to encourage participation in this fundraiser over the years and we now earn on average $1200 a year through it.  Not too bad for a school with only about 110 children!  

For the last two years, I've been doing a year long drive with a classroom competition.  Each month, we count the class Box Tops and calculate an average- number of Box Tops per student (total divided by class size).   The class with the most is the monthly winner and gets the roving Box Tops trophy (an old majorette trophy with a Box Top on the tip of the baton).  A bulletin board outside of the cafeteria keeps track of the progress.  When a class reaches certain goals (25BT per student, and so on)the entire class gets a reward.  This year was a fish theme.  We gave out things like goldfish crackers, shark bites, fish tattoos, fish fortunes and fishbowl jello.  The overall yearly winner gets to participate in a special reward with the school watching.  This year was giving our principal a relaxing ocean spa treatment.  

He sat in a reclinng beach chair and some students placed cucumbers over his eyes.  Then the students were instructed to put the bright blue dead sea mask on his face.  The bright blue mask looked great with the green cucumbers!  Next , was a seaweed wrap.  I gave each child a baggie full of bright green slime and they let it stretch out and then applied it to his neck, arms and head.  Each class walked by and see how beautiful they made him.    He was a great sport and the children REALLY enjoyed it.  I gave the class the recipe for the slime.  

It was basically the recipe that I used to make with my children.  They loved making it and it would keep them occupied sitting outside in the shade for hours!  It also keeps well in a baggie for at least 6 weeks. I'm sure your children will enjoy this "Gooey Goo". 

My children and one of their friends helped me make all the slime.  They still enjoyed it!

If you want to make the slime above, use a bottle of Elmer's Clear Gel Glue.  It requires a little more mashing/kneeding together than traditional glue, but looks pretty cool.  I usually make the recipe with an 8 oz bottle of regular glue.It turns out cloudy/milky.  The Clear Glue comes in a 5.6 oz bottle.  The consistency was slightly different but still worked well.  You can dye it whatever color your child wants.

 

Here's the original recipe:

Mix 1 cup Elmer's Glue, 1 cup water and food coloring (about 7 drops) in a bowl, set aside (Mixture A)

Combine 4 tsp Borax and 1 1/3 cup warm water in another bowl (Mixture B)

Pour A into B

Do not mix.  Kneed with your hands until combined and not sticky.  It takes at least 5 minutes or more.  Just keeping kneading the water into the solid.

Store in a baggie when finished.  I would give them a plastic tray to keep it on outside so they don't get rocks or grass in it.  It washes out of clothing well, but I never let it in my house!

Hope you enjoy!  

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photosbymichelle@ymail.com (Michelle Yost Photography) Box Tops children class reward facial fun green kid's activity slime slimy https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2012/6/slimed Tue, 26 Jun 2012 02:57:58 GMT
food storage container chaos https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2012/5/food-storage-container-chaos Did you ever live with something for so long and try to fix it so many ways and then had an "AHA!!" moment?  I did today.  The source of stress that I have lived with  for the last 12 years is my food storage containers cabinet!  I reorganized it every few months to no avail.  It always ended up in a state of chaos.  Well, today, I realized that the problem wasn't the containers or my husband (although he is a little to blame, I'm sure :)), but my cupboard.  I had them in a corner cabinet and I moved them today to the cupboard that is open with one half shelf.  Now, I realize that this seems like the simplest, most basic thing and hardly worth blogging about, but it never dawned on me, after all these years, to rearrange where I put things from when I first moved in.  

Isn't it amazing to think that the simplest solutions are usually the best?  Don't we overthink everything in our life?  Do we live feeling  trapped in the place that we started, not realizing that we are capable of change?  OK, getting a little too philosophical.  But I want to share a photo of my cabinet, because even though I'm very hopeful that I found the solution, it may never look like this again!

I kept all my disposable containers in a pull out bin in the original corner cabinet after I purged the ones that have lids that seem like they should fit, but don't.  

The basket on the top shelf holds containers for saving lunches (divided areas) and their lids.  The top right is for glass containers and an old rectangular container is in the back to hold the lids.  

I put hooks on the door to hold my microwaving cover (This cabinet is right near the microwave).

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photosbymichelle@ymail.com (Michelle Yost Photography) food storage containers kitchen organization organizing simple solution tupperware https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2012/5/food-storage-container-chaos Mon, 28 May 2012 05:30:59 GMT
Fresh start! https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2012/5/fresh-start Hello world!  I feel like it's the first day of school and I have a fresh start.  Honestly, I'm not very knowledgeable about the blogging world, so this is an adventure for me.  I've been looking at several blogs recently and thought, "Hey, I could do that".  Most of my creative endeavors started with those words, so I figured, why not!  I have always been the type of person who would see something in a store and decide that I could make it just as well myself.  My photography came about because  I wasn't happy with the photographs of my little children from that place in the mall.  I decided I could do better and so my new passion arose.  Anyway, I'm hoping to add a little insight into what makes me tick and share myself in this way.

 

"on the right track" - transition times require making choices that determine the rest of your life.


Talking about new beginnings, my most recent photographs were of my niece, Jessica, who graduated cum laude from Bloomsburg University this past week.  She is continuing her studies at Towson in Psychology and I'm very proud of her.  She was born about a month before I graduated from Bloomsburg University- so it's kind of making me feel a little old,  but it was a pleasure taking her photographs as she ends a stage of her life and begins a new one.  Capturing a transition time in someone's life is a great joy.  Those times are thought of frequently throughout life and I feel honored to be part of it. I was thinking of that after her party when I witnessed her emotional goodbyes with her friends who had shared the last four years of her life.  I reflected on my "sisters" in Tri Sig and how close we had become in such a short time, how important they were in those early adult years- and how I felt on my graduation day.  (I sent them a FB message that night to tell them).  So I'm happy that I was able to capture those memories for her.  
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photosbymichelle@ymail.com (Michelle Yost Photography) 2012 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg University Pennsylvania blog graduation photographer photography welcome https://www.michelleyostphotography.com/blog/2012/5/fresh-start Thu, 17 May 2012 01:52:59 GMT