I have the privilege of being related to my favorite photographers (Check out RAW Photo Design) and also had the extreme luck of making friends with the photography professor at my last school. I was in his class one day because one of the students was working on some of my items for me (I get the photography and she gets the experience) and his lecture that day was about “staging.” He commented that the creative styling is sometimes the hardest part of being a successful photographer. Coming up with ideas and concepts to photograph is a lot harder than it looks when you’re starting at the beginning and looking for motivation.

Of course I had to speak up. ūüôā

That part is hard? The students there that day were trying to pick back drops for a customer’s albino hedgehog (seriously, it was awesome and I WANT one) and were just standing there. Not a one of them was trying anything. So I went to their studio and grabbed a bright purple feather boa. Stellar. Then I had one of the gals take off her chuck taylors and we tried everything to get that spiny little hog to sit inside of it. Awesome. I asked for a jar full of skittles or colored paper clips but they didn’t have that. So I grabbed a couple over-sized stuffed animals. And some fake flowers. Done. And even better.

So that got me thinking about staging a photograph and what MY perfect picture would be of. And I’ve got it. I know what I want a picture of. But I’m telling you because you’ll fall in love with it and do it before me and then I wouldn’t be happy. But I can tell you that it involves the color green, a tutu and bubblegum. Hmmm . . . do I smell a contest? I WOULD LOVE to see what each photographer comes up with for their interpretation! YAY! Let’s do that! Tell your friends. And send your pictures to heidi@heidibundy.com. I get to pick the winner. Because its my contest and my idea. I’ll even send a $25 Starbucks card to the winner. How do you like them apples?

So here’s the contest: Submit one image (along with your name & email) to heidi@heidibundy.com by January 31, 2011. The image has to have all of the following elements included and all will be posted & shared (with credits to each of the photographers and links to your pages if you have them):

  • Include a bright green theme. A happy, bright green. Like fresh spring grass. That’s been freshly mowed. None of that weedy crap.
  • A tutu
  • Bubblegum

The winner not only gets incredible bragging rights to my awesome “I’m just somebody with a random idea” contest and $25 to Starbucks (who of course is in no way affiliated by this contest – I’m just an addict), but also will get posts on both this blog and featured all over my personal and business FB pages.

I’m so excited for my next life. I’m totally coming back as a photographer. But in the meantime – I’m really excited to see your pictures!

Moose and I unleashed our inner-farmers this weekend. The husband had to work so it was just me and the Moose that got to enjoy Goose’s 4th birthday party. What do you think of when you hear “4-year-old¬†birthday party?” I think of Chucky¬†Cheese, Movie Theatres, Bounce Houses, Duckpin Bowling and parks. But what about Farms? No? Me neither. But it was A BLAST.

Noah’s Ark Farm in Odessa is full of wonderful animals and the party was hosted by Farmer Ben, the owner of Noah’s Ark. The kids got to pet & brush goats, hold baby chicks, tickle pot-bellied pigs and ride a pony. It was such a great experience and all of the kids really seemed to get a kick out of learning about the animals. So much so, in fact, that Moose and I walked away with an extra special party favor.

Someone had dropped a rooster off at Noah’s Ark Farm and Farmer Ben mentioned needing to find a new home for him. While he was extremely friendly and got along great with the hens, he caused problems with the other roosters. There’s really no benefit to having a rooster without hens. Roosters don’t lay eggs and we probably wouldn’t be very popular with the neighbors. But he was SOOO cool. A quick message to the husband and it was settled. If the Moose wanted to bring home the rooster, we would officially have our first family pet.

But Farmer Ben’s wife had a change of heart about finding a new home for the Rooster. Apparently, the youngest of their 8 children had grown quite fond of the Rooster. So instead of brining home a live Rooster, Farmer Ben gave us a different pet. A pet that the Moose could be much more involved with and try to raise all on his own.

Our first Family Pet

Farmer Ben taught us how to take care of it and incubate so we could hopefully have our newest family member in just 21 days! Last night I ran out to Lowe’s and picked up a grow light and the husband set up a little bed outside on the porch. We’re not going to name it or get any more involved at this point because there’s a very large chance that it won’t work out. But the Moose is VERY excited and pitched a fit last night when we didn’t let him sleep out on the porch with it.¬† So we’ll keep you posted . . . we’ve got 20 more days to go!

I have a couple projects that I’ve been wanting to do but I need your help gathering the supplies. So I thought I’d offer a¬†new incentive for you to recycle some things you might not think¬†about. The items I’m looking for right now are used crayons that you keep¬† meaning to throw away and leather belts that you keep meaning to toss or take to the local thrift store.

For the crayons – my only requirement is that they be non-toxic. Color and condition are not important but please remember that the idea here is to “recycle” these items so don’t send a box of new crayons (although my Moose and I DO LOVE to color).

For the belts – my only requirement is that they be plain (free of carvings or embelishments like rivets and rhinestones). Color, size, condition and width are not important. In fact, the more variety the better!

In return for your help to recycle these items, I’m offering two incentives – just pick which one you’d rather use!

  1. $5 or 10% off  your order from either heidibundy.com or heidibundy.uppercaseliving.net
  2. 25% off the item that your donation  helps to create

Please send me an email for the mailing address to use when sending these items. The only fine print that I want to mention is that the incentives being offered are good for a one-time use per donor and donations need to be received in the month of May 2009. Other than that, it’s wide open! Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll make sure to post the popular ones for everyone to read.

I posted a note a little bit ago about how I wanted to add a “green” line of jewelry to reign in those folks that really take it to heart and add them to my customer base. Besides that, it’s using additional creative cells to figure out what you already have around you that can be repurposed.

I would like to formally announce that I have officially started my first project. Can you tell what this is?

 

I know you don’t know EXACTLY what it is . . . because it’s not done yet. I don’t even know what it is. But I have now made my first strand of RE- yarn/string/cord. And I love it. Isn’t that blue awesome?

The only downside is the beating that my fingers take . . . they are sore!

But for nothing more than my time at stoplights and in front of the tv and some extra callouses on my fingers, I have some pretty awesome stuff to play with! What do you think I should do with it? I’d love to hear your ideas so send ’em on in! And don’t worry – I’ll post the final piece once I figure out what it will be.

These days, you can’t seem to watch TV, pick up the paper or log on to the ‘net without seeing something about ‘being green’ or recycling. It’s inspiring, really, to think of how many different ways the recycling thing can be done.

There’s the large scale work that we’re all familiar with – you know the bins we all have that we fill with our paper stuff or our plastic bottles or our aluminum. But you can’t help but think there’s something different that can be done – on an individual level I mean.

So I started looking into what I could do to add (or maybe subtract?) from the deal . . . and I found a whole new line of inspiration.

You all know that I do the jewelry thing and I kept thinking that I could play on that somehow – work the two together, you know? So I did a little research and look at what I found!!

First, there’s this guy I found named Mark – his stuff is AMAZING. What makes him even more awesome is that I can’t figure it out. I’m usually pretty good at figuring out how to replicate something and then eventually make my own spins on it – but I can’t figure out this guy at all. And I’ve even gone so far as to do some serious time on the good ‘ol web to try and look up instructions or ideas to get the flow started and I couldn’t find ANYTHING. If you know of a place to go to look – please let me know – it’s killing me! Mark, if this gets back to you I would love it if you would PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE email me. I want to be your friend! HA.

Then I found a bunch of information on how to create ‘plarn’ which is yarn made out of plastic shopping bags and all the things that folks have done with it (from amazing lil’ sea creatures to reusable shopping bags). There’s also a tutorial on etsy that talks about creating a fabric sheet of plastic and it can be sewn with a machine like regular fabric.

While I was home last week, my cool Aunt Sissy and my Mammers told me about this beadshop in town that hosted an event for a group of Ugandan women and their paper beads. Sissy bought me the coolest necklace (look at the blue/orange beads – can you believe those are just paper!?!) and I had to try to make my own, of course. It came out smashingly, if I do say so myself. But I tried it at work and didn’t have the means to finish it off, so I pitched it.

OOOOHHH . . .¬† and I made a belt buckle for my bro using one of my husband’s millions of discarded¬† moutain dew bottles and a litte resin. I need to ask him to send me a picture of it . . . I was so excited to give it to him and show it off that I forgot to take a picture.

I’m so excited to be able to try all this stuff!! Just think how happy the garbage man will be when my trash bins are half as heavy as they usually are!