Our Easter weekend was fairly low key. It started out with happy mail. It's not fabric but at this point in my pattern business it just as exciting. Getting a good quilt photo can be difficult especially when the sun refuses to shine for days on end. What can quilter do? Buy some sunshine and bring it indoors! A big Thank You to Connie over Free Motion by the River for sharing her photography set up. I bought exactly what she suggested. You can read about it here.
Well after setting up lights, lights and more lights, I started taking pictures. Testing which group of lights worked best. Most people don't realize an entire day can be spent taking pictures and editing them. There's been many times it would take 2 or 3 days when the lighting is bad. Getting the perfect shot for marketing isn't easy when you do it yourself. But I'm learning new tricks all the time from talented quilters like Connie who are willing to share their knowledge. Bloggers really are a valuable resource.
All of Saturday was spent in the office and taking photos. By Sunday morning I was ready for a little family time. The grand kids live about 3-4 hours away so we can't always be together on the holidays. A few of us "older" family members met up at my dads for a very low key Easter gathering. There was no egg hunt or traditional ham feast. We had sandwiches, chips and a few summer time salads. Dad being the chef that he is whip a mighty fine Marie Callender Peach Pie. To me it's not about whats on the table but who's around the table that matters. I love these easy going family times. The biggest excitement was my nephew's new to him car. A Corvette! He's one of those "car guys". I see him 2 or 3 times a year and it's almost a sure bet each time he'll have a different new to him car. This one he found on the internet. He flew to Utah to pick it up and drove it back to Indiana. Never in my life have I considered flying anywhere to purchase a car. The younger generation are definitely an adventurous bunch. Dad also is a "car guy". He is one man with 4 vehicles. So he was all over the new hot rod parked in his drive.
It was just the 4 of us, me and dad and my niece and nephew. My boys had other adventurous plans. To find out what they were up to was easy. They love to post their small vacations on Instagram. This is my oldest, Derek enjoying nature. I've not had the chance to ask him what he was doing on the fallen tree but he looks to be content whatever he's doing.
Remember when I told you they were modern day hippies? Well this is what they consider good overnight accommodations. No room service or Continental breakfast here! Mr. Podunk and I have done this style of camping but it ended about 5 years ago. Nowadays we are the cabin renting kind of campers. It's nice to have running water and a bed after years of roughing it.
This part of their trip looks like pure heaven to me. The sound of a river is the best sound in the world. It picks up your worries and takes them down stream, leaving you feeling like a new person. Anytime we camp, we always get a place right by the river. The sound of the river will give you the best nights sleep you've had in months.