Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Check out the February kit being offered this month at Songbird Avenue.  The kit was designed by Meredith Fenwick of Paislee Press and it's adorable.  It's also only available for a few more days, so grad it while you can.  100% of the proceeds from the sale of this kit will go to UNICEF.  Pretty cool, huh.  

Little Brown Pen

Another really cool stop-motion video.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Her Morning Elegance/Oren Lavie

Stop motion animation.  Unbelievably cool!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

10 Hot Photography Tips & Tuts from Digital Photography School

I copied the following from an email that I received in January from Digital Photography School- Daily Update:

10 Hot Photography Tips and Tutorials from 2008

It is that time of year when we look back on the hottest photography tips and tutorials that featured on Digital Photography School in 2008. This list is compiled purely looking at which of our tips and tutorials got the biggest number of visitors to it over the 12 months.

portrait-tips.png1. 10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits

This compilation of tips for portrait photography was viewed around half a million times in 2008 and was a clear winner in terms of popular posts.

The post contains a variety of tips ranging from altering your shooting perspective, to different options for ‘eye contact’ with your subject, to tips on lighting to using props (and lots more).

It was linked to by hundreds of sites and as a result we followed it up a day after it went live with a 2nd post 10 More Tips for Stunning Portrait Photography.

Lomo-tips.png2. How To Make Digital Photos Look Like Lomo Photography

This post first featured on DPS in 2006 so I was a little surprised to see it ranked so highly for traffic in 2008 but it had a resurgance in popularity mid year when it appeared on a variety of social media sites.

The post talks readers through the steps of taking a normal digital image and giving it a lomography looking effect using photoshop.

The tutorial continues to attract lots of visitors and is regularly mentioned on other photography resource sites. Enjoy.

light-trails.png3. How to Photograph Light Trails  

Light trails are one of the more spectacular types of shots and yet they are also one of the simplest to take (if you know what you’re doing).

This tutorial contains some inspirational examples of light trail photography and talks readers through a variety of tips on getting the full impact of this technique.

It covers everything from camera settings to equipment and tips on setting up the shot and composition. There are also some great comments on this thread with lots of readers sharing links to their own examples of light trail photography.

reduce-camera-shake.png4. How to Reduce Camera Shake - 6 Techniques  

Written by one of our most popular authors - Natalie Norton - this tutorial talks readers through 6 different techniques for keeping their camera as still as possible while taking a photo (all without using a tripod).

This topic sounds pretty basic but it is really important to get right or you’ll end up with ‘camera shake’ and blurry images.

Natalie always injects a little humor into her posts in this one was no different with some amusing illustrations of her showing how to do each technique.

Readers responded warmly to this tutorial and it spread like wildfire through social bookmarking sites like Digg, Delicious and StumbleUpon.

light-box.png5. How to Make An Inexpensive Light Tent - DIY

This is another of those older tutorials on the DPS blog that just keeps on growing in popularity.

Do it Yourself type articles are always popular and in this one of our forum members (Jeff Bail) talks us through the simple process of creating a light tent out of common every day (and cheap) materials.

We’re all looking to save a few dollars these days so its no wonder that this tutorial was popular. Not only will it save you money but it works and can help you create professional looking images!

It’s the perfect project for the holidays.

diy-lighting-hacks.png6. DIY Flash and Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers  

This is another Do it Yourself post that focuses upon lighting that was actually inspired by #5 (the DIY Light Tent) on our list above.

When we realized how many of our readers enjoyed making their own light tent we began to scour the web for other DIY lighting projects and came up with 10 great ones.

Readers keep mentioning this post to me as one of their favorites and quite a few of our members have been going through the list one at a time to try them all - some with fantastic results.

If you’re on a budget and love to DIY - this is a post for you.

wedding-photography-tips.png7. Wedding Photography - 21 Tips for for Amateur Wedding Photographers  

Some of the most common questions I get from readers are about wedding photography.

As a result I decided earlier in the year that I just had to write this post - a comprehensive guide to wedding photography for Amateur photographers.

What I love about this tutorial is that there are as many good tips in the comments section of the post as the post itself - DPS readers are a wise group of people and collectively have an amazing amount of wisdom, experience and advice.

The-Rule-Of-Thirds.png8. The Rule of Thirds

One of the most common ‘rules’ or tips in photography is around the Rule of Thirds.

Every photography student is taught it in their first composition class (in fact it is taught in art classes, design classes and other disciplines too).

Of course this ‘rule’ isn’t always necessary to follow - many photographers take stunning shots that dramatically break this one - but it is always a good rule to know and keep in mind as you shoot.

photograph-fireworks.png9. How to Photograph Fireworks Displays  

Every year in the lead up to 4th of July and to a lesser extend New Years Eve - the chart that we use to graph traffic to DPS spikes - as a result of this post.

Photographing fireworks is a lot of fun and in this tutorial I share my top 10 tips for getting great fireworks shots. I’ve also updated the post with some great tips from our reader community who have some excellent experiences and advice to share.

I hope you find this post useful this new years eve!

best-point-and-shoot-digital-cameras.png10. Top 10 Point and Shoot Digital Cameras - DPS Reader Favorites  

A number of posts listing popular digital camera have featured among our most popular ones this year and this one was particularly popular.

The post was put together as a result of a poll we ran with readers where we asked them to tell us what cameras they used and loved. This post was a summary of the most used point and shoot cameras.

We also put together a list of the most popular DSLRs used in our community. Keep in mind that both of these lists are a few months old now - for a more updated list of what gear people are buying check out our Popular Digital Cameras and Gear post and our Popular DSLR Lenses compilation.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Simple Applique Monograms Tut at Skip To My Lou

I've stumbled upon another cool craft blog!  They've included the downloadable monograms with their post!  These would be cute on burp cloths, pillow cases,  and even on t-shirts.  I don't use fray check when I do mine because I like that shabby look that is created when you wash it.  Here's a link to their post.  Cute stuff.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berry---Frappuccino

I heard about these on Elsie's blog recently, and have been dying to try one, so I ventured to my local Starbucks this afternoon and ordered one up. I told the girl making it that it was supposed to taste like the cereal and her eyes lit up. She was like "this smells just like it!" She and one of the other girls working there tasted the leftovers from my mix and loved it as much as I did. It seriously tastes exactly like the cereal. No joke. I found out later that there are over 400 calories in it. Wish that were a joke!

Mama Hip Pouch - Brilliant

Could this be any cuter?  How cool, and what a great idea!  I just happened upon this and had to post it.  Click here to see the designer's Etsy shop and other styles of the Mama Hip Pouch.  Her name is Em Falconbridge and she's best buds with one of my very fave photographers, Tara Whitney.  These two girls are so talented and inspirational.  I frequent their blogs.  I would LOVE to go with them to Thailand one day for one of their workshops/getaways.  Bliss.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Love This...

This is the Quote of the Week from Creature Comforts today:

Monday, February 16, 2009

21st Century Technology

Make a Toy Sack/Bag From Fabric Scraps Tutorial

What a great idea!  I know that I have tons of scrap fabric that I just can't part with.  These would make great reusable gift bags, or even shopping bags.  You could adjust the size to fit your need.  Check it out here.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

One Difference, One Water, Love One

Changing lives, one person, one day at a time.

One Water is launching in the US in Spring 2009.

Did you know that 1 billion people in the world don’t have access to clean water? Or that 2 million people die each year as a result of water related diseases?

The great news is that now you can make a difference and it’s as simple as a trip to your local store. Next time you are looking for a bottle of water, buy a bottle of One water, and of the profits - every last drop - will go toward funding the installation of a PlayPump water system. The PlayPump is an incredible innovation that will capture your imagination and heart. Check out a brief video by clicking right here and you’ll be hooked.

THINK about it. Every time you buy a bottle of water, you are choosing to make a difference. One Water has raised $2.5M to date and funded over 220 PlayPumps from their sales in the United Kingdom, bringing clean water to millions. They're funding a new pump every 3 days. With their launch in the United States they'll soon be funding a new pump every day! To learn more about PlayPumps or how you can help make One a success, email them today at

Friday, February 13, 2009

1 of the Cutest Crafty Blogs I've Ever Laid Eyes On

Found out about this blog here.  Oh.  My. Goodness.  I'm in love.  I'll have so much fun looking at all of the archives and saving the projects to my computer.  This is the type of thing that excites me!  The blog is Inchmark.  Did I mention how excited I am?

Valentine's Marshmallows

These are adorable and they look delicious! I wish I had time to make some for my sweetie, but I don't think it's going to happen this year. I'll save it for another time. Go here to check them out.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Team Hoyt

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Make a Doggie Leash

I love this!  I've been meaning to make a new collar for Sammie, and should do a leash too. Seeing this post on Anna Maria Horner's blog reminded me of it.  How cute is this thing!  

Monday, February 9, 2009

He's Just Not That Into You

I saw it this past weekend, and it's good y'all!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

"Twilight" Inspired Valentine's Cards

Any Twilight fans out there? I know I'm one! I finished book 4 the other night. Love.

I was browsing for some card inspiration for Nick's valentines, and stumbled upon this. So adorable!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Bitter vs. Sweet Valentines

The guys/gals at Woot crack me up!  Ever read the product descriptions on  Very clever. 

Which type of Valentine will you be sending this year?  Go here to see them all and dowload them to your computer.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Salt Dough and Mod Podge Hearts

Wanna know how to make these?  Go here.  So stinkin' cute, and from the sound of it, easy!  I hope the kids and I get to make some.  We'll see.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The New Guy- shirt

How cute is the Shirt Woot today?  Click here to see it.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Scrapblog Marketplace

My SIL turned me on to this site a while back, but I've never really checked it out much until now.  It's very cool!  They have a new Marketplace and feature several designers.  Here's a list of the designers that are currently featured (most of them have a blog--great for ideas, inspiration, and sometimes freebies!):

Cosmo Cricket-
Bam Pop!-
Anna Griffin-
Designer Digitals-
Crate Paper-
Lovely- (no address given)
Kristina Contes-
Little Dreamer Designs-
Rhonna Designs-
Pink Paislee-
Pebbles Inc.-
Amy Hutchinson-
Kristy Valshan-
Peppermint Creative-
Valentina Design-

Check out the marketplace here.