Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DIY Light Box

I have been looking for a way to step up my product photography for my Etsy shop. I searched Pinterest for tips and found lots of tutorials for DIY light boxes. I found one that I thought would be relatively easy to make and not take too much time. It comes from Flax & Twine, it takes a ordinary cardboard box and turns it into a light box.

Materials:

  • Cardboard Box (The bigger the box, the big the item you can photograph)
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Tape
  • E-xacto Knife
  • White Poster Board

For the full tutorial check out Flax & Twine: DIY Photo Light Box.

Here is how mine turned out and a photo that I took using my new light box. I am really happy with how the light box works and how my pictures are turning out. Note: I do still have to brighten the photos in Photoshop to get the desired effect.




Monday, July 21, 2014

Princess of Rock Costume

So in our town on 4th of July they hold a Horribles Parade. This is a children's parade, they dress up in either Original, Historical or Current Events costumes and walk or ride in a short parade. There are judges and all the kids get a goodie bag at the end of the parade.


Some of you may remember seeing my post last year when my daughter was Cinderella, if you check it out here: Cinderella Costume with Coach. This year my daughter went as the Princess of Rock.


This was a really fun costume to put together and relatively cheap and easy as well. I started out by cutting up a box to use as the signs on either side of her wagon. Then I took a empty copy paper box and fitted it to the wagon to use as stages for her band mates (stuffed animals). Next I spray painted the cardboard black and used a stencil I had made to spray paint the Princess of Rock in gold. Then I added glitter to give it a final touch.




Once all that was dry, I outfitted her band mates with items from her dress up clothes. Next came the tricky part, attaching everything to the wagon. I ended up with a complex system of wire, dowels and duct tape to hold the whole thing up. Basically I (with help from my Mom) attached dowels through the cardboard boxes to the stuffed animals with wire and covered the wire with duct tape to make it more secure. We also attached the dowels to the wagon with duct tape, none of this you should be able to see when finished.



For my daughters outfit and drum, I used items that she had in her dress up clothes and an old drum and cymbal that my Dad had from back in the day when he led an all girl/boy scout marching band. My daughter was really excited about this costume.



On the day of the parade my husband outfitted her float with a speaker that played rock music. And I have to say Walter was perfect as the lead singer, the microphone was from my daughters keyboard. This costume could easily be adapted for a boy making it the Prince of Rock.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rocking Chair Arm Pads

When my 1st daughter was born my parents gave us a beautiful and comfy rocking chair for all those late nights with a newborn. The chair worked great, the only problem was that the arms are wooden so we always had to put something there, a pillow usually, to keep my daughter from hitting her head on the arm. So, before daughter number 2 was born my Mom and I came up with pads for the arms so we would not have the same problem as before.


This project took us a total of one hour and costs us nothing but our time, I had all the materials to create it already.

Materials:
  • Heavy weight material
  • Stuffing or quilt batting
  • Ribbon
  • Sewing Machine (or sew by hand) - Sewing Machines

Here is what we did:
  1. Measured the chair arms
  2. Cut 2 pieces of fabric a little bigger than the arms of the chair. 
  3. Sewed in the ribbon that ties the pad to the arm of the chair.
  4. Sewed the fabric, leaving one end open.
  5. Stuffed the fabric with the batting.
  6. Fitted the pad to the chair and sewed a cuff in the front to cover the front of the arms.
  7. Sewed the end of the pad shut.
  8. Tied the pad onto the arm of the chair.
This solution has worked really well, no more fiddling with pillows when trying to get a newborn to sleep.