Twin Baby Girls {Hannah & Abbey}

by Joanna @ Southern Daisy on January 12, 2015

I had the pleasure of photographing many newborns this past year — mostly girls!  Two little baby girls in particular were very special to me, because they are the daughters of my college roommate.  Bethany and her husband Chris have four other children, in addition to little Hannah and Abbey, and I was delighted when she asked if I would photograph her precious new girls.

College RoommatesHere we are as college roommates.

Bethany's Wedding

I was even a bridesmaid in her wedding!

Newborn Twin Girls

This first picture is my pride and joy!  These girls were already two months old when they came into my studio, so it was very difficult to get them to stay asleep during the session.  This is the only picture that Hannah (on the right) was asleep for.

Baby born with spina bifida

The girls were born three weeks early and spent a little time in the NICU before going home.  Abbey was born with a fairly severe case of spina bifida, and needed surgery to close her back soon after birth.  She also had a shunt placed behind her right ear to drain fluid from her brain, caused by hydrocephalus.

Newborn Baby Girl Photography

You would never know what she has gone through in her little life by her personality, though.  Abbey is the sweetest little girl, and slept like a dream throughout most of the session!  And would you just look at those gorgeous eyelashes?!

Newborn Twin Photography

I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these precious little girls.



DIY Alphabet Wall

by Joanna @ Southern Daisy on September 10, 2014

DIY Alphabet Wall

My son, Grayson (2 yrs., 3 mos.) loves reciting his letters, and can say all but six of them!  I’m a proud mama!  I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while, so that he and Oliver can see the letters whenever they are playing in their playroom.  I finally was able to get to Hobby Lobby to pick up the supplies and get to work.  This project wouldn’t have taken very long from start to finish, but I could only work on it for a few minutes at a time, since I have a 7.5 month old and a 2 year old to take care of during the day, so it took me about a week to complete.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cardboard/paper mache letters (found at most craft stores)
  • scrapbook paper (26 sheets)
  • modge podge (I used a matte finish)
  • paint brush or modge podge brush
  • x-acto knife
  • scissors
  • cutting board
  • tacky putty (for attaching to the wall)

DIY Alphabet Wall

Grayson is obsessed with trucks and trains, so when I saw this pack of coordinating scrapbook paper, I knew it would be perfect for him!

DIY Alphabet Wall

Since I wanted the colors to be evenly distributed, and not have two of the same color or pattern next to each other, I laid out all 26 sheets of paper and switched them around until I was happy.  Then, so I wouldn’t loose track of the order, I wrote the letters on the back corner of each page.

DIY Alphabet Wall

On the back of each paper, flip your letter over so that it is facing backward.  Then trace around the letter with a pencil.

DIY Alphabet Wall

Tada!  A traced letter!

DIY Alphabet Wall

Then, cut out your traced letters.  You can leave the center in letters such as B, O, P, etc. because we’ll cut those out with the x-acto knife later.

DIY Alphabet Wall

Next, paint all the sides of your letters with a coordinating paint color.

DIY Alphabet WallThis is the modge podge and brush that I used.  It’s a matte finish for paper.

DIY Alphabet Wall

Brush a thin layer of modge podge on the front of each letter, making sure to cover the entire surface.

DIY Alphabet Wall

Then, firmly press the cut out papers onto each letter.  I found it best to start from one end and work your way up, to minimize air bubbles.

DIY Alphabet Wall

Wait at least 30 minutes for the modge podge to dry, then cut out the centers of the letters on a cutting board with the x-acto knife.

DIY Alphabet WallTada!

DIY Alphabet Wall

Next, brush a thin layer of modge podge over the entire front of the letters, and let dry for 30 minutes.  Now, you’re ready to hang them on your wall!  I used tacky putty to hang them, but if you have another method you’d like to use, by all means, do what makes you happy!

DIY Alphabet Wall

And there you have it!  A beautiful alphabet wall for your playroom, nursery, or any other room in your home!  (Yes, I realize that the letter “Z” is missing.  It was out of stock when I picked up all the other letters, so I’m going to have to go back and get it.  Just pretend it’s there.)

DIY Alphabet WallI hope you enjoy!

DIY Alphabet Wall








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