Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Blog Makeover Contest is featuring a contest to win a blog makeover from Sweet Fairie Designs

So hurry on over to Pink and Polka Dot to enter to win now!! Hurry...contect ends tonight at midnight (EST)!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


My wonderful mom sent me some fabric last week. She sent me a few yards of a few different fabrics, and she said, "I thought they were pretty and you could do something with them." She was so right! (And wonderfully sweet for thinking about me when she saw them!) They were pretty and the instant I saw them, projects flew threw my mind! Especially this one that I made into a pillow....

I just looked at that pattern and saw something more. Something more complicated and delicate. So, being inspired by this pattern, I started a project unlike one I had ever done before (sorta).....

When I'm done with it, I'll share with you. But until then, you'll have to live in suspense!! :o)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sweet Little Shoes!

I can't get enough of them!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I'm on craftgawker!

Today I found out that my submission to Craftgawker was accepted and currently my picture is on the front page! YEAH! Don't know what Craftgawker is? Craftgawker is a sister site to Foodgawker. People take pictures of their "work" it food or craft...and the pictures that craftgawker believes are the best are accepted and posted on the site. Craftgawker also posts the pic with the link to where you can purchase the item. So, essentially if you're accepted, they are advertising for you too! (It's exciting b/c they're pretty picky about what they accept....this was my 3rd submission...the first two were declined).

Here's the picture that was accepted:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Oh La La Labels

I finally found and purchased labels for my products! I LOVE them and just had to brag on them. I ordered them through Jennifer's Jewels. She's very friendly, has a huge selection of patterns, and was the only label person I could find who offered smaller quantities for order (because contrary to popular belief...I'm not in need of 80,000 labels yet). I personally think the labels I purchased are pretty sweet. What do you think?

Too cute, right? :o) I'm VERY happy with them!

Year in Review

Wow! I wasn't aware of how many projects I did this year! (And I did a lot more pillows! I just didn't photograph them all!)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Taking pictures....what I've learned.... so far

I read lots of other blogs, and really what jumps out to me most are eye-catching photos. Now, first of all, I am NOT an expert photographer....I so wish I was! But I also know there ARE secrets out there...tricks of the trade if you will....that can make normal ordinary people like me be able to take a pretty nice picture every know and then.

Here are some tips I've picked up along the way (and REMEMBER I am NOT an expert by any means....these tips have just been ones I find most beneficial in improving the shots I take):

#1 ~ Take photos and LOTS of them!

**A little secret....shhhhh, don't tell! This little On the Go baby shoes photo was was only 1 out of 21 shots I took of these cutie little feet.

I have seen quite a few bloggers (who's pictures are worth their salt) say they sometimes take upwards of 50-100 shots of one thing just to capture 2-3 GOOD shots! If you want a good shot....take LOTS of shots!! ( memory card can hold 500-600 shots....why not take more than 2?)

#2 ~ Don't be afraid to get in close on your subject. Or at least zoom in!

There's no law out there (at least I think there isn' never know) that says you have to get the WHOLE person in your photo. :o)

#3 ~ Get as much of a natural light source involved as possible. The best photos I've seen have been taken either A: Outside or B: Close to a window.

This photo, for example, was taken on a dreary day but it was taken right next to a window.

(Can you see the window screen in the photo? Hee hee :o))

And last but not least...

#4 ~ Don't be afraid of photo editing. It won't bite....I promise.

I chose this to be last because honestly photo editing was something I feared....well, maybe "feared" is not the best word....

Have you ever had that dream (nightmare really) where ALL of your photos were destroyed because you tried to edit them and they were completely damaged forever? Ok, maybe I'm the only one....

Seriously, it won't happen that way! You can edit and play around all you want! Take that baby out for a test drive!!

Now, currently there are only 2 free photo editing services I am familiar with. The first is Picasa by Google, and the second is Photoscape. I personally like both.

Of course if you have photoshop or something, then by all means use it!!

Well, that's all I've got....I hope you gleaned something what what I've learned so far. I know I have a lot of learning left to do, but's a start, right? :o)