It's just been one of *those* weeks. I had lots of big plans for blog posts, sewing for the shop, and sewing along with Jess at Craftiness is not Optional. Unfortunately, my total lack of motivation had other plans! In fact, I think a few more days of laziness are in order. But, before I go climb into bed for a movie marathon, I thought I'd stop by here and share what I did manage to do this week and a quick blogging tip. (you know, so I don't feel like a total slacker :)

I've been following along with Lil Blue Boo's 2 Weeks of Photography. Lots and lots of great info there, btw, if you haven't checked it out. There's also a photo contest going on and the photo above is my entry! It's also one of my first 'successful' attempts at shooting in manual mode. Fun stuff!

This one was definitely a contender ;) Not sure if that's supposed to be a smile or a growl though. 

So, along with playing around with my camera, I also broke down and bought a new iron. I may have mentioned it before but irons and I don't get along. Which is rather inconvenient given that I like to sew. A lot.  I've tried cheap irons and I've tried pricey ones. No luck. The cheap ones quit getting hot after a few months and the expensive ones leak water like crazy. The last two irons I had were Rowentas, both the same model (the first was exchanged for another when it started leaking). Well, Rowenta #2 started leaking as well. Water would just start pouring out of the sides and bottom of the iron. Not cool and really messy. Crazy me, I went and bought another Rowenta yesterday. A different model this time though. I call it the beast. It's ginormous. I have reeeeeally high hopes for this iron. Fingers crossed!

I was recently asked in an email how to reply to blog comments via email. It's how I reply to the lovely comments you leave here so here's how in case you're not sure how that works (these instructions are for Blogger, I haven't the slightest clue how all that works for other blogging platforms!) :

1. From your dashboard, click on Settings.

2. Next, click on Comments.

3. Scroll down until you see Comment Notification Email. Enter whatever email address you want your       comment notifications to be sent to. Make sure to hit the Save button on the bottom of the screen.

4. Now, whenever someone leaves a comment on your blog, you'll receive an email that contains the comment and you'll be able to reply to it! 

One caveat. . . .if the person who leaves the comment does NOT have an email address linked to their blog, you'll see this :  instead of their email address. You won't be able to reply to those comments via email.

If you would like bloggers to be able to reply to your comments via email, follow these steps:

1. From your dashboard, go to the left of the screen (next to your photo) and click Edit Profile.

2.Make sure the following is checked under the Privacy Sections
  •     Share My Profile
  •     Show My Email Address    

3. Under Identity, enter the email address you want to use.

4. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click Save Profile.

Now fellow bloggers should be able to reply to your comments via email. If any of you have any questions or topics you think would make for a good 'blog tip', let me know! If it's anything I am familiar with, I'll share it here.

Have a great weekend!


  1. I really should learn how to shoot in manual mode. haha! someday... love that picture though!

  2. I have issues with irons as well! Especially the leaking! I haven't found one that is easy to clean when I accidentally get Wonder Under or Steam a Seam on it. I have even used the expensive iron cleaning compounds you can buy. Let us know how you like this one once it is broken in.

  3. what a cutie, it's so fun to be able to play around in manual mode - you won't be able to stop now! :) and great tips, I really wish more people would know about the adding the email address to their profiles!

  4. She is so cute and the color of that dress is awesome! I took photography for 2 years in high school but darn if I can remember any of it! Have a fantastic and restful weekend! :)

  5. I bought that very same Rowenta a few months ago and I love it. Reviews I read before buying it said to be sure the Rowenta you purchase is made in Germany not China. Supposedly the China ones leak and the Germany ones don't. So far so good!

  6. Your photos are adorable! Be sure to check out "the idea room" blog each Thursday for wonderful manual photo tips from Kristen Duke. She's amazing! I have been shooting in manual mode for almost a year now and would never turn back! And thanks for the tips on the e-mail feedback....I will be changing my set up to this format too. Enjoy your blog break!

  7. Great pics, I LOVE the second one. On the iron, they tend to leak if you leave the water sit in them. It was a habit that was hard for me to get into, especially since my sewing room is in the basement, and I have to bring my iron UP to empty it. But I've had teh same decent iron for almost a year with no issues.

  8. first off, great shot in manual mode. once you start shooting in M, you'll never look back!

    secondly, i need to send my readers over here to learn about making sure their email address is available (although, maybe mine isn't?)

    anyways, that would be helpful :)

    and thirdly, yes, $30 for kohens bday supplies (minus food, of course). i love a budget :)

  9. Love the photos! She's such a cutie. And thanks for the tips :)

  10. Thank you for putting out there those email tips! I love to get comments but it is frustrating to get one and not be able to reply to let them know I value there opinion.

    I usually go to there blog if they have one. I recently got a comment that asked for help on getting a pattern. She/he didnt have a blog or have a email address. I guess he/she was using Jedi powers of mind reading to get her reply! lol