better late than never. . .




I'm kinda behind in getting this post up but absolutely had to share this awesome handmade gift I received for Christmas from my cool friend, Amy. See, she knows me quite well. She knows that I really want to be organized and more efficient and being so very thoughtful, made and sent these gorgeous goodies. The pincushion/organizer fits nicely right in front of my sewing machine. Amy also sent along some pattern weights which are new to me but fun to play with. I spared you the chaos of my sewing room and photographed these lovelies in a better place. A clean place....lol. 





I'm also sharing a little photo tip today! I was in a hurry to get the photos above taken and couldn't wait for the sun to cooperate with me. I pretty much only have one window that works for me when it comes to taking photos and the sun was glaring through it at the time. So, I used the translucent part of my 5 in 1 reflector to diffuse the harsh direct sunlight/shadows coming through my window. This reflector is just about the handiest thing ever. I usually use the white reflector side to help brighten things up {especially when taking photos of the kiddo} but the diffuser is really useful as well. I've tried taping white tissue paper to this window before, which works; but takes a lot more time and effort. Seriously, if you've got an extra $9 burning a hole in your pocket and need a little help when it comes to your photography, grab one of these! There are several different brands and sizes available but I find the one I have to be a good size...I can hold it with one hand if need be and shoot with the other.

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10 comments

  1. I'm so glad you like them! I need one of those reflector things!!!! xoxo

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  2. Vanessa, i could kiss you right now! That is the exact light that is always blarring through my studio window. Usually i have to wait a couple hours before sunset to shoot anything for tutorials, but i think you just solved my problem!ni love you for sharing these tips. Oh and those gifts are to-die-for!

    Lindsay

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  3. Love the little sewing kit. Great tip as well.

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  4. Wow I bought a reflector, it does one thing and was just under $40! I'm shopping in the wrong place! haha

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  5. so cool. I think that bloggers are some of the most generous people ever! oh and I might just have to snag me one of those reflector.

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  6. Ohhh...I'm gonna have to pick one of those up! Love the deflector! I scored a 6 foot long piece of real photography backdrop paper in white and when I need a large backdrop I pin it to the only bare wall I have and hope for the best. Just like you I have one area with light and set up with white fiberboard. But that diffuser...must buy :) Thanks for the tip!

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  7. gorgeous gifts! I would love an organiser for myself! love the fabrics Amy chose x

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  8. Thanks for the photo tip! :) It looks like the reflector is up to $17 now with that link. Is it the same thing you paid $9 for? Bummer! ;)

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