Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I have the weirdest cat ever!

When it's on the chilly side, this is her favorite spot to sleep, pressed up against the heater. I was finaly able to get some pics of her in all her cute glory. Do you see that thing she's using as a pillow? that would be the leg of our exercise bike...oh well at least someone is using it LOL


Oops, I woke her up


Well this just proves that cats have no bones


I'm not really sure what this move is


Don't you want to rub that tummy???


This is what greeted me this morning, fortunately I still had the camera near by


Daddy has a flavor

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bursting out

Have you ever had an idea that had to be made right there on the spot, or you felt like you would burst? This happened to me recently. The husband and I were home, doing some cleaning and an idea popped into my head. I played around with the design in my mind while I was cleaning but it started to grow and grow and I just HAD to drop the cleaning and make it right then and there. It's a good thing I had the supplies for it or I might have gone crazy!

And this is what came out of it
A bronze and silver Yin Yang pendant.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Another tiny item

After making the tiny key I wanted to try to make something else tiny. I think this is the smalles thing I've ever made

Thursday, February 10, 2011

a favor

I've entered a contest and I could really use a favor. Please please please vote for my necklace. Vote every day, tell your friends to vote every day!!

http://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/89825/voteable_entries/15750209?ogn=facebook

Keys!!

I can't stop making these little keys. It took me a while to perfect them,  but now I love making them! Last night I made a super teeny tiny one, it's so cute!


Monday, February 7, 2011

And the winner is....

Thanks to everyone who voted!! I'm pretty happy with how this first contest went. I will definately have more of these in th future.

Now, I've counted all the votes, and the winner is.....

Octopus and Mermaid Forbidden Love Necklace by Lithia

CONGRATS!!!!!! To claim your prize email me at vgrbabe@hotmail.com and give me your address (put something in the subject line so I know it's you) or convo me at Etsy.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Photos

I don't think I'm a great photographer or anything, but I've had a few people ask me about how I take my pictures and how I get the background so bright. Well let me tell you how

First, the most important step is the camera. It doesn't have to be a fancy camera. But it does have to have a white balance setting. My camera has an option that lets me set it manually. So to do this I select the option to set the white balance manually and point the camera at the white paper that I use as my background and hit the shutter button. This sets that white paper as pure white. Of course each camera is different so check your own specific camera's instructions on how to do this.

When taking pictures I do NOT use a lightbox. I have nothing against them, I just happen to not use one. I also don't have an opportunity to take advantage of natural light. I take all my pictures either before or after work, so it's dark outside when I do.

My set up is very simple. An old desk, a large sheet of white paper, two lamps and items that I use as props.

So after I set my white balance, and take a picture it looks something like this
It needs a lot of work! (and yes it's always that cluttered)

I don't use any fancy or expensive software to edit my photos. My favorite program to use is Microsoft Office Picture Manager...that's right, the one that came free with the computer. Ok, so the first step is to crop the picture.
And then it looks something like this
To brighten it up is pretty simple. There's a tool in this program that does the work for you. Click on the "EDIT PICTURE" button. Then click on "COLOR". There will be a button that says "ENHANCE COLOR". Click on that button then click on any area in your photo that you want to be pure white. In this photo I clicked on the upper right corner on the white background. This is how it comes out.
And that's it!