In Pictures

I’m a huge fan of giving photos and photo-related presents at Christmas, especially to family members. My parents love to tell me how they need absolutely nothing and not to spend a dime — not the best way to plan my gift list.

My oldest is a senior in high school this year, so I’ll definitely be doing some nice, big prints to give all four sets of grandparents this year. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, so it’s OK to not have his siblings in the picture. I hope. The storyboard up there is likely what I’ll be framing to give to them, although I’m not 100 percent certain if those are the pictures (and text) I’ll be using. Pink Ink Studios has some great storyboard templates for sale (although you need to be comfortable with Adobe Photoshop and layers to use them), if you want to make some of your own. I like to get mine printed at either MPix or Scrapbook Pictures. To save a little money, I try to make sure I use standard sizes so I can buy a ready-made frame and mat instead of having to spring for custom framing (it’s also a great timesaver, if you are in a hurry).

I love combining cute with useful, so photo calendars are another favorite gift on my list. There are tons of services available that let you plug your photos into ready-made calendars (Snapfish, Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly, FedEx Office/fka Kinkos, Zazzle). Or you can buy a digital scrapbooking kit that will let you do the same thing. I prefer the kits, because you have more control over the final product. I’m a huge fan of the calendar kits from Shabby Miss Jenn Designs and the Shabby Princess. I’ve bought from both sites and been delighted with the final product every time. Probably my favorites are the CD-case calendars. They’re compact in size and so useful, sure to be a hit.

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Welcome to my new blog home! Thanks so much for making the trek. I hope you’ll stick around and maybe even add/update me in your sidebar and/or feed reader.

I made the move to my own domain for a couple of reasons:

1. Much easier to share this link with people than the previous URL.

2. I can finally get a working Flickr widget.

3. Custom CSS and graphics that weren’t available to me on my prior blog host. (Although this remains a WordPress blog; it’s just WordPress installed on my own domain.)

No. 3 was the biggie for me. I had a picture in my head of what I wanted my blog to look like and now it does. (Big, huge props to Shabby Miss Jenn Designs and her beautiful blog graphics, which are key to my new look.) More or less. I’m still tinkering a bit, so if you stop by one day and it looks like someone smacked my blog with the ugly stick, you’ll know I’m cussing at the CSS.

I’ve moved all my posts, comments and pictures from my previous blog to here, although I did have a couple of issues. For a very brief period, I was “mirroring” at this blog. Because I had changed my commenting link to here, if someone followed that link and posted a comment here, when I did my final post merge, it caused me to have double entries with separate comments. I ended up manually copying over the comments and deleting one of the duplicates; otherwise it would make me nuts.

But enough with the housekeeping. Let’s get on with the crafting (and the news I hinted at earlier)!

Art in progress

My current work in progress. It’s shaping up nicely although it’s definitely a challenge not to hurry up and finish it. A totally new direction for me — and I’m finding it rather liberating and refreshing, from a creative perspective. I already am sketching out ideas for other pieces. Don’t ask me what I’ll do with them when I’m done. I have no idea. I’m just enjoying the process for the time being.

I also have a lot of fun ideas for some photos I want to take, my passion for the hobby reignited by a little bit of news I got recently. OK, not so little for me. Big. BIG. As in … two of my photos have been selected for publication in a magazine. I have waited to say anything until I got the high-res versions of my images off to the editor. And I’m still holding back just a little bit because I’m a wee bit superstitious and am afraid of jinxing myself by saying what publication and which issue. I promise to spill more details when I get confirmation that they are definitely on the page and rolling off the press (although you’ll have to see which photos were used when the magazine hits stands).

And to spread the love around, I’m going to do another giveaway!



This cute, handsewn apron is my latest flea find. (Miss L and I went “treasure hunting” Monday.) The fabric is actually a bit more pink than it looks in this photograph. I fell in love with it as soon as I picked it up, even more so when I realized all those neat, green stitches were made by hand. It is so sweet and will be going to a new home as part of my Big News/Blog Move Giveaway! All ya gotta do is comment on this post. Easy peasey, right? So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment already! LOL! I’ll draw a name on Sunday evening.