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Where I'm At With the Light Tent

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So, I'm getting to know my camera better these days. Trying to figure out all of the manual options and what-not. I have a Panasonic DMC-Fz5 that is about 6 years old. We originally bought it when the kids were taking Tae Kwon Do classes and wanted a good zoom so that we could catch all of the action. The camera has been great, the only limitations have been our lack of knowledge. The zoom has been sticking a little bit, none responsive during some moments. I don't know if we've come to the end of its life or if it can be repaired. Jay has mentioned taking it in, we shall see if he does that for me. Otherwise, I will be looking for a new camera and it will be the same brand and product line, just a newer model. If I start looking now, I'll be able take my time and get a good price.Anyway, these are a couple of photos that I've taken over the last few days. I've been messing around with light bulbs and sheets. Looking for the perfect backdrop or props. Using the…

Light Tent and Watermarks, Oh My!

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I've been pretty busy lately, and not just with beading - school has started and that means I have less time to play. So, while I begin another year of homeschooling the kids, I have also started experimenting with photography and making watermarks. I want to take better photographs of my jewelry and bead work as well as have a professional looking watermark to put on the images.

My husband helped make the light tent out of PVC pipe - the directions for which I found online. I changed the measurements and tweaked the design to work for me and I think I'm happy with it. I haven't actually taken a picture of the light tent yet, but here is the link as well as a picture of what I used as inspiration and guidance. For the watermark, I used Photoshop and Mark It Now! plus a free graphic from OpenClipArt. Here is a picture of what I have created with all of this so far;


Its a work in progress... hope to have better photographs tomorrow... I think I like the watermark as is, but I …

3PD Sugar Skulls Peyote Cuff + Earrings * Pattern * Personal Use Only

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Just in time for Halloween and Day of the Dead.... 3 Peeps Designs Sugar Skull Cuff and Earrings the Pattern. After creating this cuff a whole year ago, I've finally listed the pattern for my sugar skulls peyote cuff and matching earrings. Its a popular design and I guess I'm finally ready to share the pattern that I worked so hard on. I love this design and hope others will as well. You can find the pattern for sale in my Artfire shop and hopefully this weekend I will also list a few other items.

This pattern set includes the pattern for the cuff as well as 4 sugar skulls in each design depicted in the cuff in case you'd like to make matching or mismatched earrings. If you have a teenager, this would be a big hit! And don't forget that Halloween and the Day of the Dead are coming. If you must have the set but don't want to make the cuff yourself, just email me and I'd be happy to work something out.

The Game

Here is a great idea from a fellow beader, Vicki of FDEkszer and Fairysdreams Jewellery. She is giving away a pattern of your choice from her Etsy shop. This blog entry is from July and I don't know if she is still promoting this or not. We shall see. Anyway, all you have to do is choose one, blog about her give away, and leave a comment with your name, email address, and pattern of choice. Here is the link for the Game. If you are curious, I chose "Cold Fusion" from her shop and look forward to receiving it.

Later entries in her blog show pictures of completed patterns from those who have received the free pattern.

Wordless Wednesday

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ArtFire Collection of Peyote Cuffs

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Finally I'm Doing A Wordless Wednesday

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3PD Greyhound Cuff on Leather

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As many of you know, I am a huge animal lover. One of my dogs, Apple is a greyhound mix and is a very silly girl. We've had her over 5 years now - adopting her when she was 4 months old from the animal shelter in Greensboro, NC. She was listed as a Labrador mix as most black dogs are, but she outgrew that label within months. You see, she loves the chase as much as she loves running. She has a huge chest and long-ass legs that carry her over the field and through the woods as fast as a bullet. Eventually we found a wonderful veterinarian that was in the next town over. It was a bit of a drive to High Point, but Dr. Bowen and his staff were worth the time. From the moment they met Apple, it was love at first sight. We've known a few vets over the years and many seem jaded, others only have eyes for the pure breeds. His eyes actually lit up the first time he met her. I miss him. We've not found a vet that we like as much... well, here in Fayetteville, its too soon to tell.…

Dogs! Collection

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Sugary Skulls and Voodoo Bones

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Not So Wordless Wednesday

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I'm trying to delay the inevitable... giving my son a haircut. He doesn't really want a haircut, but his hair is long and bushy and makes his head look too big for his body. We'll start the haircut with him complaining and groaning and generally being difficult and then we end it with him being happy and content. LOL Its frustrating. I wish he was like my husband so that I can just use the electric shaver. But nope, Eddie was blessed with my full head of hair except not as curly. And the electric shaver just makes his hair seem coarse and dry so I have to use the scissors. Anyway, so while delaying the haircut I am checking out status updates, surfing the web, and now blogging. I have the kids finishing up going through every last stitch of clothing (most of it was done yesterday, but I forgot pj's for him and swimsuits for both) and shoes. Big foot has officially moved in and Eddie only gets to keep two pair of shoes. Luckily we home school and I won't have to joi…