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  • Welcome to the Gigi Blog!

    Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls & one boy. Wife of an undertaker.
    Photographer. Homeschooler. Daughter of the King. Chicken and goat raiser.
    Lover of Jesus and all things pink and vintage. ♥

And {baby} makes Five.

A baby girl…one of the most beautiful miracles in life, one of the greatest joys we can ever know,
and one of the reasons why there is a little extra sunshine, laughter and happiness in your world today. 

— Author Unknown 



Can you believe this Adorable-Cute-Pregnant-Goddess is already past 30 weeks? Keri, you are SOOO cute with your tiny baby bump … and I’m just THRILLED that you are having a third girl to enhance your beautiful-pink-world.

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Hard to believe you’re due soon,Keri! Your little baby bump is  so tiny! 


Perrrrrrrrrrrfecccction. 🙂

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Wow. Can you say GORGEOUS?!?!


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I cannot wait to meet your sweet baby girl … in the meantime, enjoy this beautiful baby bump (despite lack of sleep, back pain and tired feet – how I remember those days well!) – these truly are precious days!

 

Don’t forget to enter for this week’s giveaway!!!!!!!

May 7, 2009 - 9:20 am

Kayla - Oh My Goodness, this family is sooo adorably cute. I love the family photo. Wow Gillian you have definitely captured the love here.

May 7, 2009 - 8:37 am

Chris - Wow, the pics look great Gillian! What a beautiful wife, and family, I have! lol :):):

May 7, 2009 - 7:49 am

Keri - Gillian!! I love them 🙂 Thanks you for capturing such a precious time in our lives… *hugs*

May 7, 2009 - 7:38 am

Evelyn - WOW…what amazing shots…Keri you are gorgeous…CONGRATS to you & Chris…keep me posted when the little angel arrives 🙂

{Beckon}

When I got the call to book in these two gorgeous ladies for their band photos, I just KNEW we would have fun.

I mean – c’mon!!!!! Guitars, fields, beautiful ladies, pooped-on-by-birds-dirty-old rustic couch,  gorgeous lighting – my cup of tea!

The photos are to be used for their website and marketing tools, CDs, etc. Together, Connie Rossitter and Beth Hamilton (who many of you may recognize – yay Beth!!) make up Beckon, a gorgeously-smooth-sounding group of musicians, based out of the Owen Sound area. 
We had SUCH a blast with their session and I just LOVE the results …

 

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They were troopers … see those little annoying flying things in the photo? Those were blackflies! No joke. They would sing and then choke on a fly! Very nice. Good thing they are country girls and could laugh despite the ambush of little flying bugs.

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Watch for these girls … they are up and coming for sure!  They sang a bit for me while we were shooting and I just LOVE their voices…! I can’t wait to get my hands on their CD!

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Beth & Connie, you gals were AWESOME to work with! SO much fun! I can’t wait to reveal your full gallery to you – and don’t worry – I can edit out the blackflies!

 

Also, because it’s a gorgeous Monday, let’s do a giveaway! I was so excited to find this website the other day and I cannot WAIT to get my girls’ silhouettes done – alas, I have to wait until their hair grows in a bit more (you all remember the tragic hair cutting incident?)

Introducing … Simply Silhouettes!

These are SO original and so darling, that I think EVERY mother and grandmother should have them on their walls, on their desk, on their dressers … 

Using your child’s side profile image, the wonderful folks at Simply Silhouettes create a magical, timeless heirloom to be cherished for years to come.

Can you just picture these lined up on the top of your piano or on your favourite bookshelf in your house? They are DARLING! They are completely customizable and printed on archival premium matte paper using archival inks designed to last 100+ yrs. 

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This week’s winner will receive a complimentary 8×10 print – all by entering your name into this week’s giveaway! How do you do that? Simple. Just leave a comment here on this post and at the end of the week, I will use a random number generator to determine the lucky winner. 

A big thank you to Angela Flynn of Simply Silhouettes for hosting this week’s giveaway, despite the crazy orders she’s already receiving for Mother’s Day! Make sure you check out her website at: Simply Silhouettes.

May 22, 2009 - 11:55 am

Melanie Keyes - Beautiful photos of the band!!! (Beth is a friend- and not only a musician but a Music Therapist). Wow. All of your photos are gorgeous. I think I need you to take some shots of my kids.

May 11, 2009 - 2:31 pm

Keri Doolittle Photography - THIS series of photos ROCK!! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Great job!

May 8, 2009 - 6:41 pm

Elaine - Gillian, I was looking at this site on etsy about a month ago, I LOVE the portaits on canvas, they are just so lovely! Each child is a work of art, and using the canvas showcases them beautifully. So good to see you yesterday!

May 7, 2009 - 4:08 pm

Cam - Those are the most adorable things ever. Such a neat idea.
Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!!!!

May 7, 2009 - 2:04 pm

Amanda - Awesome idea! There is just something about a silhouette of person that is so special.

May 7, 2009 - 9:18 am

Kayla - I think I have heard of these girls. I love country music. Did a great job on the pics Gillian.

May 7, 2009 - 12:45 am

And {baby} makes Five. » Gigi Blog - […] Don’t forget to enter for this week’s giveaway!!!!!!! […]

May 6, 2009 - 7:46 pm

Sonya - You know I love chick country music – these girls look like they’re right up my alley! Great shots, love the couch!

May 6, 2009 - 12:59 pm

Michelle Amato - I love, love this latest giveaway. Pics of my girls silhouettes would look great above my fireplace. What an awesome keepsake. As well, great photos. Can’t wait to listen to their music. Lovin’ the girl power!!

May 6, 2009 - 12:54 pm

Monica - Great gift giving ideas Gillian….these would be great for the Grandparents!!

May 6, 2009 - 12:48 pm

Esther - Hey Gillian
The last shot of the girls n guitars is my favourite! Just beautiful!

May 6, 2009 - 9:17 am

Carry Aultman - I can’t believe how cool the stuff you manage to find it Gillian. These are awesome and I think one of my twins would be just precious. Also as always stunning photos of those ladies. Can’t wait till our session with you!

May 5, 2009 - 11:31 pm

Kristi - Another great find Gillian, the silhouettes look very unique and amazing!
What a fantastic photo shoot, great pics as usual.

May 5, 2009 - 11:31 pm

Michelle - Great photos! and love the give-a-way!

May 5, 2009 - 9:34 pm

Amy - It is so great to see Connie and Beth. I can’t wait hear their CD. I love the silhouette – what a great idea.

May 5, 2009 - 9:12 pm

Heidi - Absolutely adorable silhouettes – what a sweet way to keep memories! 🙂

May 5, 2009 - 8:38 pm

Grandma Gerr - What great photos! Such lovely natural girls. I am sure they have voices to match!
Well Done!!

May 5, 2009 - 6:48 pm

Erika - Those are unique. Thanks for sharing! I will be adding those to the Christmas idea lists for Nana.

May 5, 2009 - 5:34 pm

Rose - Very cool and unique indeed. You find some amazing things Gillian…thank you for all the upcoming Christmas gifting ideas:) I have them all bookmarked…shopping made FUN and EASY…thanks to Gillian!

May 5, 2009 - 5:25 pm

Debbie VanWyck - Old is new again…love the silhouettes.

May 5, 2009 - 4:45 pm

Catherine - Those are amazing photos Gillian. Just looking at the photos makes me want their CD! I bet they’re thrilled with the results… blackflies and all.

May 5, 2009 - 4:44 pm

Rebecca - I had a silhouettes done when I was 6 years old…only it didn’t look as nice as the silhouettes on the website! What a great idea!

May 5, 2009 - 4:28 pm

Melissa - Great pics as usual Gillan! Those silhouettes are a great idea and would look perfect on my walls. 🙂

Shout out!

If you missed last week’s party, did you know there is another great way to help out the women of La Tienda?

Here on the blog, I’ve been hosting various auctions – all items are priced at $100 or more and are donated by a local business. ALL of the money raised through the auctions is paypaled STRAIGHT to the La Tienda village. 

This week is the Pottery Parties in the Hills auction. If you haven’t placed your bid yet, you better hurry! There is only one day left! Check it out HERE. And a big thank you to Tanya Frew of PPIH for her generous gift of this week’s auction item!


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Once this auction finishes, I’ll be posting about the next auction slated for the blog. Stay tuned and thank you again for supporting such a great cause! It really is a win-win situation!


Make my Heart {Sing}.

These things make my heart sing. 


A new cutting from my plants (um, the truth is I kill them so often, I have to keep rooting and starting new plants to replace the wilting ones!)…


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beautiful flowers from my own garden (Yayyyy, Spring!!!) …

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My three Ls, all squeaky clean after a day of playing outside in the sunshine …


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My Jasper. My favourite cat. My sweet, gentle friend. He’s in a girlie doggy bed that I bought for Daisy (who is, surprise, surprise, too big for the bed).

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(Did you notice Daisy is not in my favorite photos right now? Yeah, that’s because she just barked at NOTHING and woke up my sleeping baby … arghhh …. please remind me how wonderful it is for a family to have a dog as a pet! Speaking of which, have you all rented Marley & Me yet? If not, GO RENT IT TONIGHT! I loved it. I watched it twice and cried both times.)

I’ve had quite the exciting past week with the La Tienda party, awesome fun sessions (sneak peeks coming soon!) and some awesome guests at my house yesterday. So in the midst of all that, I haven’t had time to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway from Le Geek Est Chic … but it’s time NOW!


First off, a BIG thank you to
Le Geek Est Chic for hosting the giveaway! I love her rings – I have one and adore it. So fun and funky! They make great gifts for girlfriends, too!

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The winner of this giveaway, using mathgoodies.com to generate a random number,  is:


#12 – Danielle who wrote: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the photos from Texas. You find the most incredible backdrops! I also love the fish eye lens. Amazing!”


Congratulations, Danielle! Just e-mail me and I will hook you up with your winnings! I will be doing another awesome giveaway tomorrow – so come back and check out what it is! It’s SUPER DUPER cool and I can’t wait to order one myself …. hee hee!

 


May 6, 2009 - 3:11 pm

Sherry - The pic of your girls in the tub is so cute. I just now realized that they all have the same nose…to precious.

May 4, 2009 - 9:31 pm

Rebecca - I love the picture of the girls in the tub, how cute!

May 4, 2009 - 8:30 pm

Grandma Gerr - Jasper is making his statement!
REAL MEN DO WEAR PINK!!!

Overwhelmed with {Love}!

OH. MY. GOODNESS.

You guys are AMAZING! 
Last night’s
La Tienda party was a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE sucess and by huge, I mean, REALLY huge!!! Nearly 100 people came out to the fundraising party, hosted by me & Tamara (click here to read more about Tamara – scroll down to the middle of the post) and each and every one of you bought at least one piece of jewelry – and how could you not? The jewelry was amazing! So funky and original and what made it even better was knowing WHO made it and why. What a great cause!

One special point about last night was the fact that Rachel Sticklee, the founder of La Tienda, was in attendance! She was visiting from her village in the Dominican Republic and just happened to be in Ontario the week of our party so we were EXTREMELY blessed to have Rachel there!

Pictured here is Tamara, my beautiful, wonderful awesome-right-hand-gal for the trip, Rachel, the founder of La Tienda, and I – right before the party began…

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In case you are just tuning into the Gigi blog now, let me give you a quick run down on WHAT La Tienda is & how Gigi Photography is involved.

La Tienda (www.latienda.ca) is a fair trade art co-op serving a group of women in the Dominican Republic- they make beautiful handmade items to sell in order to provide for their families. About 20 Haitian and Dominican woman working side by side in a CO-OP model where all income, made by the sale of their jewelry, is shared within the group. Last night’s event was a showcase of their work and also gave everyone an opportunity to purchase the jewelry. Tamara and I will be spending a week in their village this June to document what they do, the stories of their lives and the mission of La Tienda through photographs. {Project} La Tienda is going to be AMAZING and we’re super duper excited to be a part of it!

Last night’s party made the trip feel more “real” … and I think it’s safe to say, no one was disapointed! Everyone loved the jewelry and somethings completely sold out! Yeah!

Want to hear the best part?! At the end of the night, I asked Rachel what she thought we raised … she guessed $400-$500 – we tallied up and had to count not one, but two or three times to confirm, but indeed – the night raised over $1,500!!!!!!!!!!

WOWWEEEE! $1,500!!!!! Sweet! You ladies rock!!!  It’s because of YOU that this party was such a success! The money raised will go directly in paying the salaries of the La Tienda women. How exciting! Thank you ALL for your AMAZING support!!!!!!  

Our La Tienda auctions are also happening still so there are still different ways in supporting La Tienda if you couldn’t make it out last night. Check out the most recent auction, sponsored by Pottery Parties in the Hills.  

Here are few photos from the night …. Evelyn Patterson of Evelyn’s Special Event Decorating, was in complete command as far as the decorating was concered. And man, she did a FANTASTIC job! So awesome!!! Look at how fun she displayed everything …

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These sea glass necklaces were a huge hit …

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Everything is handmade by the ladies of La Tienda …

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some head scarves, which I was wishing I had purchased … shucks. Good thing there’s another La Tienda party being hosted in Barrie next week! I’m going to attend and buy some more goodies! Hee hee! If you want details on the next party in Barrie, e-mail me and I will fill you in … I’m not hosting it but I can give you details on where it is and when …


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And another fun aspect of the evening were the SCRUMPTIOUS treats by Leanne Button of She Takes the Cake ….. 

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Are you drooling yet?

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Thank you, Leanne, for such a great job! 

And here some happy shoppers … I had to wait until the end of the night because the room was SOOOO packed full, I couldn’t get a photo without getting trampled! LOL!

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Our Money-Counter- 😀

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Rachel, hard at work at the till …

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All in all, the evening was AMAZING and absolutely wonderful! Thank you EVERYONE who was involved from those who purchased jewelry to those who helped set it up and host it, to those who helped promote the event , offer a giveaway (Thank you, Simple Indulgence!) …… you are all making a huge difference in the lives of the La Tienda ladies. 

Oh, we’ve heard a lot of people want us to throw another party when we get back from our trip so we’re planning on doing just that…. we’ll keep you informed. 😉

(((Big hugs!)))

May 24, 2009 - 4:53 pm

{Project} La Tienda update …! » Gigi Blog - […] not amazing, wow …. well, gosh …. that just blows my mind! This has been through the Big La Tienda party we held in April, garage sales, online auctions and more. It’s been AMAZING to see the […]

May 4, 2009 - 3:50 pm

Shout out! » Gigi Blog - […] you missed last week’s party, did you know there is another great way to help out the women of La […]

May 1, 2009 - 9:14 pm

Michelle - What an inspiring evening. I wish I would have bought one of everything but so happy with all my unique purchases. I have worn two of the necklaces to work already and getting many compliments. I feel honored to wear jewelry that was made with such love! I can’t wait to wear the scarf…Such an amazing project that Rachel has started and so nice to meet her and understand more about it. Best of luck to you and Tamara as you prepare to embark on what will be a heart filling time in your lives. My prayers are with you both…Count me in to host a future La Tienda party!!!

May 1, 2009 - 8:55 pm

Krista Ottaway - I had a great time at the fundraiser, I just wish I would have bought more! 🙁 There was so many beautiful pieces! knowing how diferent life is for the women that make it, I wish I could do more then just buy a nacklace.
We all need to take a moment and be thankful for the blessings that we all have.
Gillian, everything you touch seems to turn to gold! Keep up the good work. We need more You’s!

May 1, 2009 - 12:14 pm

Rose - WOW!!! Absolutely amazing!! It is so nice to see people come together to help those in need. God is good and grand! I only wished that I could have been there sooner to grab more items..next time for sure!!!
May God Bless the woman involved in this amazing organization and you Gillian and Tamara who are giving of yourselves on this life changing journey.(I am more than sure)
CONGRATS and WAY TO GO GIRLS!!!

May 1, 2009 - 8:50 am

Connie - Congrats on the great turnout! Ah, I wish I coulda been there to connect with some old friends and be a part of this great cause. The jewelry is beautiful! All the best to you and Tamara in preparation for the trip, I’m praying for you both, xo

April 30, 2009 - 9:17 pm

Evelyn - WOW…What an awesome night girls!! As always Gillian you make every picture look like a million bucks! I absolutely luv the jewelry I bought…will hold a special place in my heart from the ladies of “La Tienda”…thank you for the opportunity to be part of this amazing journey you & Tamara are on! Luv ya <3