• Crafts,  Easter

    Fluffy Pom Pom Bunny

    A quick and easy Easter craft is the Fluffy Pom Pom Bunny. It takes very little supplies and time to make. And look how cute it is! Here is how to make it: Supplies Needed Yarn Cardboard Scissors Jewels Felt Hot Glue Wire Brush Marker Craft Steps 1. Draw two large circles for the bunny’s body and two small circles for the bunny’s head on your cardboard. 2. Cut out the circles and cut out the center of them, so you get a doughnut looking card board piece. Then cut a slot in the side of each circle. 3. Put the two large circles together and wrap the yarn around…

  • Crafts,  Easter

    Easter Bunny Mason Jar

    I wanted to do a seasonal craft and since Easter is right around the corner, I choose to make an Easter Bunny Mason Jar. Here is how to do it: Supplies Needed Mason Jar Paint (I chose acrylic craft paint) Wax Paper Painter’s Tape Hot Glue Jewels Ribbon Scissors Marker Craft Steps Stick two layers of painter’s tape on the wax paper. This is how you make your own sticker. Two layers are much more durable than just one layer. I used extra wide painter’s tape. The size will depend upon the size of the bunny you want on your mason jar. Draw your bunny with the marker on the…

  • Crafts,  Easter

    Eggs

    I wanted to create some nice new Easter eggs. I had done Psanky before, but I was out of supplies. Those are Ukrainian Easter eggs that are quite intricate. They work with a wax resist technique.  I still have my tools for creating them. Though I only had a little wax left. I tried..and failed trying it with the little dye tablets from the store. Those just don’t work for what I was going to do. Thus I looked for a different way to decorate the eggs. I haven’t done any Psanky in years and didn’t want to buy the supplies, then wait for them to be shipped. I am…

  • Photography

    Photo Challenge 10 – Self

    This weeks photo challenge 10 is on the topic “self”. Self For me that’s rather tough. I am more critical of photos of myself than others. I don’t know how you are, but that’s how I am. That’s why it’s a good idea to take a lot of photos, instead of just one. Try different angles and settings. Props Try different props, like scarfs and hats. I hardly ever wear hats. But I tried several different ones with caps, hats and scarfs and without any of that. Chances are that you’ll find one that you really like. Lighting Make sure you have good lighting. Sit besides a window for instance.…

  • Photography,  Posts

    Photo Challenge Week 9 Bokeh

    watch my YouTube video on this challenge This weeks photo challenge for week 9 is bokeh. What is bokeh exactly? It’s that shallow depth of field, where the background is blurry. This is usually done to get the foreground image stand out. Often you see it with big, blurry light spots in the background. How to Achieve Bokeh This is achieved through the aperture setting. The lower the setting the shallower the depth of field. That doesn’t mean to use the lowest aperture setting available. You will still need to get the object in focus that you want to have stand out. And that is the point of the bokeh.…

  • Photography

    Photo Challenge Week Seven ‘Under’

    Sorry for the long absence from blogging. I have been editing this website and hope you like the changes. The blog is now in a different place, and you can always access it through the Menu. ‘Under’ Here is my photo for week seven of the photo challenge for week seven with the subject ‘Under’. For this challenge I chose two dyed eggs. I dyed both years ago and the small bottom one is a chicken egg for size comparison. I placed it under the large egg for this challenge picture. The large dyed egg has a moon, the sun and a star on it. I chose the moon side.…

  • Photography

    Photo Challenge Picture 5 & 6 – Love & Family

    Since I did not post last week I combined pictures 5 & 6 of the photo challenge with the topics “Love” and “Family”. I took this picture of my dogs Ice and Raven playing with my phone and edited it with Snapseed. They are what I love and they are family. And clearly they love each other, too. Ice is a little ruffled from playing. I am glad I got at least one picture where Raven wasn’t all blurry. She’s has high puppy energy and loves to go fast. She’s now seventeen weeks old. We got both of our pooches at the local humane society. Photo Challenge. I created the…

  • Photography

    Light Box – What It Is and When you need One

    Have you heard of a light box yet? If you want to take great product photos then this post is for you. A light box or light tent is a box with translucent sides that diffuse the light. It produces even lighting against a simple, solid background. You can purchase one or you can built one yourself. Why use a light box? Without one you can get unwanted and harsh shadows, uneven lighting and overexposed fronts. Indoor lighting without it often does not offer enough light for product photography. Standard Setup. The standard setup is as follows: Place your light box on a table. Place your lamps on either side…

  • Photography

    RAW vs JPEG What is What and What to Use

    You probably heard the discussion about RAW vs JPEG format when it comes to photographing with a digital SLR camera. But do you really know what one is versus the other and when it makes sense to shoot in one format or the other? I know before I got my digital camera I did not know anything about RAW. I’ve never heard it before. I heard and used plenty of JPEG formats before. So initially that’s what I set me camera to use by default. When I got more advanced I realized that JPEG had it’s limitations, so I switched to RAW. And I did have the programs that it…

  • Photography

    Photo Challenge Picture Week 4 – Window

    This weeks photo challenge was the subject “Window“. This Weeks Challenge. I had a hard time finding the right setting for a window picture. The challenge seemed to be simple, but was less easy than I thought it would be. The right moment came eventually. I was playing with Raven, my puppy, and Ice, my grown dog, when something outside startled Ice. He ran to the window as he usually does and stuck his head through the curtains to look outside.  That’s when I took the picture. It was rather spontaneous. And taken with my phone camera. Phone Cameras. Phone cameras are great for taking snap shots like this. They…