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I thought we should continue April: Picture This with a refresher on the basics.  Everything I know about my camera and photography, I learned on the web and through lots and lots of experimentation.  This is a round up of some of the great posts and tutorials that have helped me.  I think you’ll find that a lot of the advice is similar.  Get to know your camera.  Use natural light, not the flash.  However, I think there’s a little gem in each of these posts.  So here they are, for posterity.  I’ll be back to add some of my own thoughts about developing your own style, rounding up props, bokeh, depth of field, and more.

Oldies, but goodies:

Styling photos, product shots:

And more:

Christmas Classics from Ever Kelly

Hi guys!  I know it’s been a little quiet around here.  I have been running from one major deadline to the next (and that doesn’t even include the big one on December 25th!).  I keep wanting to say something profound or share more insight into the stuff I’ve been working on, but by the time I have this thought, I’m usually knee-deep into the next thing already.  I can’t wait until I can afford some help!

I wanted to point out some of the fun holiday projects from years past just in case you missed them.

Silly Christmas stickers:

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These are silly (free) Christmas stickers my husband and I made.  You can download them here.

Quick and Easy Christmas Stocking Pattern:

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This free download includes a template and instructions to make a very easy Christmas stocking.  The pattern is designed by Russell from the Sewing Arts Center (with instructions by me).

Handmade Gift Ideas:

Looking for some last minute gift ideas?  Here are a few free patterns I’ve made that would make for great holiday gifts.

Reversible Eco Bag:

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Find the eco bag pattern and tutorial here.

Gratitude Journals:

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Here is a Gratitude Journal worksheet to make a custom fabric cover for any notebook.

Place Mats:

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This version (above) was for Halloween, but it would be so easy to make a holiday version.  Simply use a tree (or other holiday shape) and some Christmas fabric instead.  Halloween Placemat tutorial here.

Sewing Needle Case:

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Easy enough for a beginner and always gets tons of compliments! Sewing Needle Case pattern and tutorial here.

Hope your holiday is off to a good start!

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Valentine’s Day: 5 “Classic” Projects

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I have been brainstorming some new Valentine’s Day projects over here, and it made me nostalgic for some of the Valentine’s Day “Classics.” I wanted to round up all of my favorite tutorials and DIY projects in one quick post.  Who knows?  Maybe you’ll spot something you missed back in 2006.  (Ok, not all of them are that old.)

I struggle a bit with Valentine’s Day project-making.  In our house, deciding NOT to make the heart-shaped glitter banner is probably the better gift.  You know what I mean?  Making glitter-covered, ruffled paper, doily-shaped projects is really all about me. So I make the chocolate mousse and a nice dinner for him and have stopped pretending that anything assembled with thread, felt, and/or a glue stick is anything more than my entertainment for the afternoon.  (But what great entertainment it is!)

The Classics:

1) Printable Valentine teabag from Creature Comforts

2) Valentine’s Day Banner from angry chicken

3) Fabric Postcards from Sew Mama Sew

4) Fabric Fortune Cookies via let’s go fly a kite (a fabulous twist on the Martha Stewart felt version)

5) DIY Valentine Fruit Stickers from Twig & Thistle

Bonus: Free Valentine’s Day madlibs (my free download project from last year, maybe not a “classic” – but special to me nonetheless)

Any  favorites you would add?

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The DIY Picnic (the finale)


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The past couple of days here in LA have felt like Fall, so I think we wrapped up the DIY Picnic just in time.  For the past two months, I’ve been posting a series of picnic projects — everything from a picnic blanket to fancy lace napkins — and this weekend my husband and I celebrated the grand finale with a lovely picnic in the park.  There was one bee incident which required us to relocate our picnic to another spot, but other than that, we had a wonderful time.  It was so nice finally getting to use all of these fun things I’ve been making.

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Here’s a quick recap and links to all of the picnic posts and instructions:

Now, onto the picnic itself…

For food, we stopped at the deli and picked up some éclairs, a fresh baguette, jam, cheese, cold cuts, and berries.  (Honestly, if you want to feel really great about something you’ve made, just put an éclair next to it.)

What I love about these photos is that everything here is handmade.  However, even if you’re not a DIY-er, you could pull together a really unique picnic set with some clever shopping.  For me, the best part was picking a theme and having fun deciding what my perfect picnic would be.

Shall we take a little tour?  Up above is the embroidered jar lid tied with my favorite black/white striped ribbon.lepiquenique15

The picnic basket with the patchwork top made a great table.

My favorite part is that the inside of the picnic basket is a chalkboard.  It was perfect for a welcome message.  (I think I’m wondering if I put on enough sunscreen in this photo.)

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Here are the cute napkins.

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And, of course, the messy, gooey action shots:

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My husband is the best sport ever.  Look at him sipping from this teacup.  And yes, there is something  a little strange about setting up the camera to take pictures of yourself while on a picnic — but I just considered it free entertainment for the other people at the park.  It’s possible that the picnic might be a bit too frilly for my husband’s taste.  However, I did offer him the éclair, so I think we’re almost even.

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All in all, it was a really nice way to commemorate the end of summer.  I could feel the stress melting away by the time we packed everything up to head home.

So are you ready for Autumn now?  I went shopping this weekend and some of the stores had that cinnamon smell, so Fall is definitely in the air.  I’m off to plan what’s next…

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Photography: The Basics

ranunculusfield

I thought we should continue April: Picture This with a refresher on the basics.  Everything I know about my camera and photography, I learned on the web and through lots and lots of experimentation.  This is a round up of some of the great posts and tutorials that have helped me.  I think you’ll find that a lot of the advice is similar.  Get to know your camera.  Use natural light, not the flash.  However, I think there’s a little gem in each of these posts.  So here they are, for posterity.  I’ll be back to add some of my own thoughts about developing your own style, rounding up props, bokeh, depth of field, and more.

Oldies, but goodies:

Styling photos, product shots:

And more:

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