Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fun Christmas Giveaway!

How fun are these photo props from the Etsy store,  
Simply Silhouettes?  

I've partnered with Simply Silhouettes to give away two DIY Printables, which include 19 pieces.  
(Click here to see the rest of the props.)

If you win, all you need do is print on card stock, cut, and stick on a stick (skewer, dowel, or chopstick).

Here are some ideas for using the photo props:

1)   Use them to send out this year's Christmas photo card.
2)  Arrange the props in a vase for use at your Christmas party.
3.  Put one or two props in each family member's stocking for cute Christmas Eve/morning photos.
4) Bring them out to lighten up a potentially uncomfortable Christmas gathering. 

Just leave a comment, making sure I have access to your email or blog so I can let you know that you won. 
The giveaway will be open for three days and winners will be announced on Friday.

I've already ordered my own set!

Friday, November 25, 2011

For like ever.

Will someone please explain the meaning behind this poster?  I've been wanting to know
for like ever.

Also, I was going to post pictures of my Thanksgiving table, but the camera shows every wrinkle.

I need a poster that says, "Won't iron ever." 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Twins Turn Three

Age 3
(The one in the yellow shirt and jeans calls herself a "thomas-boy.")

Age 2

Age 1

Interrupting the regularly scheduled post to unabashedly post photos of my little ones.  

Three years goes by in the blink of an eye. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Look Alikes IV



Sorry I haven't been around much.  Experiencing a blog brain block.  And multiple viruses have been living at my house.  And we've had house guests, and a 3rd birthday party for my twins.  But mostly blog brain block.  

Monday, November 14, 2011

Crusty, Black Goodness


In general, I'm not a particularly huge fan of distressed white furniture, but oh these crusty and aged black pieces...

Mmm hmm.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Little Pattern

The coat closet in the entry stairwell of our 1920s rental came without a door. 

When we first moved in, I put up a tension rod and a sheet as a temporary solution.  I later replaced the tension rod with a swing arm curtain rod so that the curtain could be opened like a door.

Last week, a package arrived in the mail from my aunt containing this new curtain.  Earlier, she had sent some samples of heavy weight black and white fabrics she thought I'd like and asked for doorway measurements. 

My aunt sewed the curtain with pleats so that  the pattern would show.  She also told me that the pleats could be taken out in case I want to use the fabric for something else when we move out.  She's a smart one, my aunt. 

It's a nice to see a bit of pattern through the entry French door.  

Perhaps one day I'll do my aunt justice and learn to sew properly. 
 I love it, Auntie.  Such a vast improvement over a white sheet.  Thank you! 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Composing Photos of Kitchens: Part II

In my previous post, I showed you these same kitchens which were all photographed in the same way.  I wondered if you wanted to comment on the way they were all shot, rather than have me tell you what I had noticed.

I said that I'd include your comments, so here they are:

An Urban Cottage said...  They're primarily shot parallel or perpendicular to the counters.

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Heidi @ Decor & More said... Photos are all taken straight on, not from an angle.

Heidi @ Decor & More said...  Photos are all taken lower than eye level (counter top height maybe?)
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An Urban Cottage said...  Camera placement is a just little above the countertop height. I think this is done to minimize the expanse of countertop and make it a more 2-dimensional space.

My Many Moments said...  They are taken straight on. They are also taken below eye level. When taking photos of interiors I have found they are the most appealing taking them at or below eye level.

Carol@TheDesignPages said...  All have either a window at the end of the shot or a glass cabinet.
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My Many Moments said...  I noticed from a design point that all but one image captures a window straight on. 

Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life said... Is it that they're all shot as if standing IN the kitchen as opposed to a full view of the room from outside of it? I think that gives more of a sense of intimacy and home-iness.

Well, you all hit the nail on the head, I'd say.

If you are a blogger and plan to take pictures of your kitchen, using above tips can make for a professional looking photograph.

I think the key here is that this parallel, taken-in-the-kitchen, down low shot really works if you have a focal point in the background. 

To read more posts like this, click below.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Composing Photos of Kitchens: Part 1

Below are a collection of kitchen images, all photographed in the same manner. 

Rather than have me point out the similarities (as I have in the past with this kind of post), I'm wondering if you might like to look for them yourself?

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What do you notice about the way they were all photographed?  

Hint:  This one DOES NOT fit the pattern. 

Soon, I'll repost with some of your comments (if you don't mind) embedded among the photos.