Dear Crissy

Rediscovering the girl I was

Nokia Lumia 900

When I became a mother, I realized that most of the cliches I had heard about parenting are true. I can say with certainty that my kids are my life.

Of course, I wasn’t hollow before they were born. I was independent, happy, and creative. The last adjective in that series really defines my twenties — art and photography were huge parts of my life, and there are times when I really miss staying up all night to work on a painting. If I stay up all night now, it’s to take care of a screaming baby!

Recently, I’ve felt a strong urge to incorporate my former passions into my new life.

I may not be able to spend hours outside with only my camera and the sounds of nature, but what I do have are little quiet moments here and there. Moments that come during nap time, or when my husband is playing with the kids, or even when I bend down to pick a flower on a family hike.

I can still capture the art I find in everyday things thanks to my new Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone.

Apict app windows phone

The dedicated camera button on my Windows Phone makes it easy to take photos on the fly, and I am also completely in love with an app called Apict.

The Apict app allows me to achieve that vintage instant camera look, but what I like even more than that, is the unique color quality in the Apict processed shots. Whoever developed this app clearly did their homework, because the prints really do look like old Polaroids.

I can tag photos (write a note on them in what looks like Sharpie ink), and save them in high resolution — perfect for printing.

Apict Windows Phone

I can even share my little pieces of digital art to Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook right through the Apict app.

Inspiration is really all around us — it only takes one moment and one click to grab it.

I kind of feel like this is my thing. While I have tens of thousands of photos of my children, and they will always be my favorite subjects, I love being able to focus the lens of my Nokia Lumia 900 elsewhere — if even for just a moment.

So, I love art and photography. What are your passions, and what inspires you?

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  1. Lindsay — May 1, 2012 @ 7:38 am (#)

    Sadly, I don’t know if I can define my passion. My favorite hobbies are great, but I think the only thing I have that I can really call my passion is the work I do for my church. I love working with the amazing people there to put together something that will change lives – our mission trip to Ecuador (coming soon!) and putting together a group for a Women of Faith conference has really been something that leaves me feeling fulfilled and happy, rather than exhausted and busy!


    • Crissy — May 1st, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

      Lindsay, that definitely sounds like a passion to me! Sounds like you are doing some amazing work. I can’t wait to read about your trip to Ecuador!

      My dad is going to be taking a similar trip with his church next year – exciting!

  2. Tiffany Cruz — May 1, 2012 @ 8:11 am (#)

    Love your photos. Can’t believe they were taken with a phone. The thing I hate is it always takes me so long to get my camera up and ready to go from my phone. I like that this has a dedicated camera button which seems like it makes things a whole lot easier. Very cool!


  3. Tiffany Cruz — May 1, 2012 @ 8:13 am (#)

    Nature and my kids inspire me. It’s often that I’m inspired by something most wouldn’t think was pretty or normal. I like photographing rustic, old, used, lost and forgotten buildings. I’m also seriously passionate about history and how things use to be.


    • Crissy — May 1st, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

      Before I had kids, I used to visit a lot of historic sites around the state – I also love taking photos of urban and rural decay. Thanks for stopping by Tiffany!

  4. CinnyBBS — May 1, 2012 @ 8:13 am (#)

    Wow, I’m loving the pictures it takes! So neat. I have many passions in life and one of them is blogging. I have a constant need to juggle everything to try to make sure I get everything in. But what can I do, it makes me happy! Tired, but happy!
    Whirlwind of Surprises


    • Crissy — May 1st, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

      You know me, I’m a blogging junkie too! :) Thanks for commenting Cinny.

      Every time I see your screen name I think of my son’s imaginary cat, Cinny, lol.

  5. Erika @Musings From a Stay At Home Mom — May 1, 2012 @ 8:22 am (#)

    I completely know what you mean, Crissy. I have 4 kids and while I’m busier than ever, I find myself wanting to blog, learn more about photography (by the way – you’re one of my inspirations!), and follow my passions. It’s exciting and empowering that we can do it AND still be great moms.


    • Crissy — May 1st, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

      You are so right, it is exciting and empowering. Thanks so much for stopping by Erika.

  6. Stefani — May 1, 2012 @ 8:52 am (#)

    I have an iPhone, but always wondered about the Windows phone. I have yet to ever even use one.


  7. Michelle — May 1, 2012 @ 8:55 am (#)

    Crissy, you are always so honest and sweet!! Babyhood is so short, that I’m sure you’ll find time soon to get back to the creative part of you, what’s even better is you’ll be able to share it with your children. There’s no better gift in life than a creative mother. It’s awesome how the phone lets you be inspiring on the go! thanks again for sharing!!


    • Crissy — May 1st, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

      Aw, thanks so much Michelle, and thanks for commenting!

  8. gingermommy — May 1, 2012 @ 8:58 am (#)

    I love when the seasons change. I think that may be mt inspiration


  9. Nikki — May 1, 2012 @ 8:59 am (#)

    It took me years after my son was born to get back to being “me” again. I didn’t start writing again until it became a survival necessity when I split with my ex and realized I have no skills other than writing. I love your pictures, they’re always such eye candy! It amazes me how you can make a stop sign interesting!


  10. Stacie — May 1, 2012 @ 9:07 am (#)

    What I’m passionate about has changed over the years as I change myself. When I was in my teens, I was a book worm. I used to read a book every one to two days and would spend hours curled up on the couch with a pillow and a blanket and just read. I miss those days because I just don’t have the time to spend a whole day with a book.

    Now that I’m older, I’ve discovered new passions. I love cooking and trying new recipes. I also love photography like you. For Christmas, my parents bought me my first DSLR camera and I’ve been trying to teach myself how to use it. I also just got an iPhone and I’ve been having fun taking pics with Instagram and Hipstamatic on it.

    The Apict app sounds really neat. I love your pics and how you can make everyday objects that no one really notices look like art.


  11. Annette D — May 1, 2012 @ 9:17 am (#)

    The photos are wonderful! Hard to believe that they were taken with a phone camera!


  12. Alex Liz Robinson — May 1, 2012 @ 9:19 am (#)

    Thos are great pics! Phone cameras have come along way!


  13. Rose Powell — May 1, 2012 @ 9:20 am (#)

    One thing I’ve always admired about your and your posts was the beautiful photography within them. That is not to say that the content wasn’t fantastic or taken to heart, because I always read your posts, but the photography adds that even more personal touch. I love your eye for a great photo. That Nokia Phone looks absolutely sharp. Aside from my children, I’m still discovering what inspires me, I love making a place for memories, documenting memories and sharing them with my family and friends as gifts, I love taking photographs too, but I’m not so sure I’ve got that “eye”, but I enjoy it no less.


  14. Shannon Pickin — May 1, 2012 @ 9:20 am (#)

    This looks like an awesome phone. I can’t believe the quality of the photos, they are awesome :) Great job :)


  15. Jo-Ann Brightman — May 1, 2012 @ 9:23 am (#)

    This Nokia Lumia Windows Phone really does take terrific pictures.


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you are beautiful. hope to see you soon!