Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's Official!


It was really just a matter of time......
 My illustrations are now available to purchase as prints!
Check it out: Sweet Afton Studios

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Very Much Needed Long Break.

After some time out I am ready to get back to the blog!
I had a very rough two months with getting braces, traveling, sick kids, yada yada.
And have even more traveling to do.

With the warmer weather though, we are starting up projects again!!
Stuff to blog and share!

To start getting back into writing
and to apologize for my absentness....

Original water colors by me, digitized for you!
8 by 10 JPEG

Click here for HIM
and here for HER

*Images Copyright Christine Ralston 2014, not for commercial use*
Permissions for distribution must be requested and granted in writing.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Michaels Craft and Hometalk.com Link Party!

Our big Pinterest party is THIS SUNDAY!!!
Learn more about the event here.

So to help get you motivated to join us, 
here are projects from all the participating bloggers
across the country!

My own projects:

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Party with Michaels and Hometalk.com!


First off:
We have a new contributor!
My good friend Kymee will be assisting in projects
and events with me, so awesome to have help!

I was asked by Hometalk.com and Michael's Crafts
to play hostess at their next Pinterest Party
 Michael's locations all across the country will be partying it up!
Check here for a location near you.

So what will we be making??
 Many things, anything, whatever you want!
There will be end caps full of suggestions and supplies
All of which are Pinterest worthy!

I will be instructing the following which I created this week:
Stunning terra cotta pots with gold leafing.
Low cost with major impact!
A quick and easy way to dress up any space 
and bring in some plant life without spending $$$ on the container.
(Plants purchased at local nursery, Michael's carries a large selection of artificial plants though!)

I also decided that the popular Stretched Burlap Canvas 
would be a fun one to work with.
I did a quick paint job with acrylic paint 
and allowed it time to dry.

I LOVE cross stitch! 
I went with a traditional folk "Tree of Life" but simplified it
for a more modern/minimalist feel.
Michael's has a fantastic selection of threads!
With so many beautiful colors on display, 
this will not be my last cross stitch on the burlap canvas!

Now what could make this event better???
How about winning a $100 gift card???????????

So in conclusion:
Check out the Pinterest inspired displays at your local Michaels store, buy your supplies, and meet us in the classroom to create your own pin-worthy project!

I will be at the Tucson, AZ location on Broadway BLVD.
Hope to see you there!!!!!

See more projects by Hometalk bloggers!!!

*I have been compensated for my time and for project materials.
All projects are from my own creation and opinions are strictly my own.*

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Modeling Munchkins

I had my youngest two girls and a neighbor girl help me out with a recent shoot.
They were so excited when they saw the product:
Fairy Tale Aprons!

The designer draws inspiration from class fairy tale characters (old and new)
And creates the most darling little aprons that are so elegant.

Little Anna Apron
Elsa Apron
Merida inspired Apron

Are they not the cutest???
I loved doing this product shoot!
These aprons are so awesome, makes for a quick dress up!
No more itchy costume dresses or having to strip down to play make believe. 
Go check out Queen Elizabeth Aprons!
There are plenty of other princess inspired designs and she creates more all the time.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Birth Story

I was so excited that my friend Sierra agreed to have me record her birth last week.
We had expected a VBAC and I would be in the room for everything.
Baby had other plans and a scheduled c-section was needed instead.
We still made the most of it, dad braved taking my camera into the OR even!
Have a look at the story of: Porter.

(Some look sepia...not sure why, they loaded that way and I can't get them to change)

Moments old!!

And then today we followed up with his newborn!

And at home with his older siblings that are twins:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

New Birth

As we are preparing for our holiday travels, I am trying very hard to focus on the season.
The greatest gift ever given began with a birth.
I was blessed to go to CA last weekend to photograph a long awaited angel:
She was so perfect.
She brought her parents hope and love. 

Two days after arriving home again, I was able to capture another sweetheart fresh from above:

I know the blog has been slow...just so much going on I have had to prioritize family first.
The New Year will bring more projects and posts other than photography sessions.
We will also be launching our new look and sister site!!!

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!