Bottled Pixie Dust…

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laughter broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”
~J.M. Barrie 

Debbie - 10/31/2012 - 9:49 am

Oh my goodness… these pictures are absolutely amazing.. beautiful… priceless.. Your children, beautiful. The location and emotion and everything about these pictures, just unbelieveable.. I wish I could do something like this with my grandkids, but wouldn’t even know where to start… Love everyone of them. A legacy of love for your children, that will last forever…
I have tons of questions on how you achieved the look in these pictures, but will wait until the end of the week to ask.. Just beautiful….

Brandi - 10/31/2012 - 12:25 pm

So much fun!!! Loved these!

susan kendrick - 11/01/2012 - 4:29 am

your pictures are amazing,,,,,,love them!!!!!! keep up the great work!!!!

Karrie - 11/29/2012 - 4:47 pm

Do you have a template for that bottle for sale? I would love so much to purchase it. Your photos are amazingly creative. Great work!

We believe in fairies…

“More magical than I had dreamed, and more varied. Some are as small as flowers, some as tall as I, and all sizes between but all seem to exist as a celebration of nature’s enchantment. ” ~The Voyage of the Bassett

Debbie - 10/31/2012 - 4:25 am

Absolutely another group of amazing photos.. Costumes are beautiful.. but everything about all these pictures, have such emotion.. Just love love love them all.. Beautiful,amazing, emotional, heartwarming, priceless… no words can describe them… a legacy left for your children forever, nothing more precious then that….

Robin Hood believes in Magic…

When we started this costume… we had full intentions to create a Peter Pan (I mean, they basically wear the same thing anyways)… but we decided that the antique arrow set made the perfect addition to his outfit… and we all know that Peter Pan only had a tiny knife to fight off Captain Hook and Robin Hood was the master of the bow and arrow.:) We tiptoed through the trees and my heart filled as I watched his magical imagination start to come to life. This wasn’t just a costume anymore… but a special memory that he can keep with him forever… 

Debbie - 10/30/2012 - 3:15 am

Absolutely AMAZING !!! I have been telling you all yesterday and today.. These pictures are “Priceless”… The emotion I feel when I view these is unbelieveable. They take you back to the time of Robin Hood, and you see the intensity, the emotion in his eyes, in his face, and in everything he does, the details of the costume, and the location too. We are seeing Robin Hood played “through the eyes of a child”… and “Absolutely Unbelieveable” is all I can say… Love love love, everyone of them.. Now have fun choosing one or 2, to have blown up in your home, because that is going to be a hard decision. Again, love your costume, and everything about the pictures.. <3 <3 <3 .. Thank you for sharing..

sleepingwillow - 10/30/2012 - 3:59 am

Thank you so much Debbie! You are so kind! I too am in love with all of them… I am thinking maybe a little book of them will be better because I have another 20-30 edited that I love…. and then I can add the ones with the girls in their costumes to it too :)

Debbie - 10/30/2012 - 4:25 am

Looking forward to the rest of your pictures and seeing the girls costumes too… Have a blessed day <3

Jessica Higgins - 10/30/2012 - 5:26 am

These are so beautiful and will be such a treasure when he is grown. Thank you for sharing!

Jessica Schaefer - 10/30/2012 - 5:31 am

Absolutely fantastic. I’m blown away – and how much more special that the costume as made by hand, with attention to detail – love, love, love.

Brandi - 10/30/2012 - 1:51 pm

These are so very special – he will look back on these and have such good memories…and what’s more…know how very loved he was. Your photography just gets better and better! XO

sleepingwillow - 10/30/2012 - 1:58 pm

:) thank you Brandi! I can’t wait to get them all in a lil book. We had so much fun with their costumes this year… Which I am sure will become playtime dress up clothes worn again and again. Xo

Easily Distracted – Throwing together an impromptu Winter Session

As I walked outside this foggy morning to gather wood for our furnace… I was distracted by the beautiful heavy fog saturating our orchard trees. I quickly ran back in the house and asked the kids who wanted to run outside and take some pictures with Mama… the youngest raised her hand and jumped up and down. I ran to her closet… and had a hard time finding something “Winter-ish” that would work with the look I wanted to go for. So, I ran over to my fabric shelf and found something better. I used a 1/2 yard piece of white fur and told her to wrap it around her like a blanket (total cost: 6 dollars) and then grabbed a sprig of pip berries (.99 on clearance at Michaels craft store) and wrapped and bent them into a little halo.  She looked like a perfect little Winter fairy. I grabbed my 7D and threw her on my back to walk through our back fields.  Set her down in the damp grass under our crab apple tree for backdrop with a splash of red, and this is what I got from that beautiful morning:) 

Jim Hallgarth - 10/24/2012 - 7:28 am

You never cease to amaze me

Sally Prissert - 10/24/2012 - 8:27 am


Sally Prissert - 10/24/2012 - 9:13 am

What’s ur favorite lens to shoot with?

sleepingwillow - 10/24/2012 - 12:53 pm

Thank you Sally! My trusty 50mm 1.4 (since Erin tole gave it to me, I am positive she must have rubbed some magic onto it) 😉

sleepingwillow - 10/24/2012 - 12:54 pm

Awe :) thank you Jim!!

Cindy Balkwill - 10/30/2012 - 11:29 pm

So beautiful, so magical, done by a most amazingly creative mom with love

My First Blog Post | Late Summer Evening

I am so excited to finally have some sort of proof of my progress in building this little blog.  Technical stuff, so not my thing, but after 48 hours of straining my eyes in front of the computer, I have a blog post to publish.  I still have so much to do to the website, but this works for now. And this way I can share recipes, tutorials, images, pieces of our day… and lots of other good stuff. … and host giveaways!! Yay!

So, here is my very first official blog post… My Sweet Pea, a late summer evening, plums, and chickens… a piece of our life in the country.

sarah - 09/19/2012 - 3:21 pm

LOVE it an congratulations !!

sue - 09/19/2012 - 3:21 pm

Love all your images!

Jessica Deane - 09/19/2012 - 3:24 pm

& now your first comment :) Beautiful images! & LOVE the blog!!

Nadia Mazzone - 09/19/2012 - 3:53 pm

Congratulations! <3

Jade Gao - 09/19/2012 - 3:54 pm

LOVE everything about your blog!! The graphic, your photos and your little love!!!

sleepingwillow - 09/19/2012 - 4:22 pm

Thank you all so much, I am so excited to have my blog up now!! There is still so much to do on here, but I am thrilled to finally have it started :)

Karla-Rae Krekoski - 09/20/2012 - 3:21 am

I’m having a really bad week and these images are gorgeous and put a smile on my face :) So glad you have a blog for us all to follow now too!

sleepingwillow - 09/20/2012 - 3:32 am

Oh Karla! I hope your week gets better! Thank you, and I am so glad that these images made you smile… I am narrowing down my favorites for my living room wall…. hmmmm….

leah - 09/20/2012 - 11:23 am

What lens did you use for these? The background is so creamy!

shannon campbell - 09/20/2012 - 1:41 pm

LOVE all of these!!! So amazing and dreamy. And such a cutie!

sleepingwillow - 09/21/2012 - 11:21 am

50mm 1.4 :)

sleepingwillow - 09/21/2012 - 11:22 am

Thank you so much Shannon!! I am happy to be able to share my posts now, can’t wait until the blog is completed though :)

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