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I’ve been bitten…

20 Jul

I’ve not mastered the art of photography and I’ve only had a dSLR for just a few days, but already I can’t seem to get enough of it!  Sunday was my first day out with my “new” dSLR, and although I didn’t have enough time to play with setting and use the tips I’ve read, I was able to get a few interesting shots of statues and flowers at our cemetery.  Apparently that was all I needed to get hooked.

Statue at the Lexington Cemetery

I’ve probably wasted most of my work day staring out my window at the patch of beautiful, green grass.  All I can think of is how I wish I had my camera with me so that I could take some shots of it and see if I can make an interesting picture out of it.  Well, that and how I need to learn to use Gimp or Photoshop so that I can edit some of my pictures.

Well, I’m off to do a little more reading…


My latest addiction

12 Jul

Have you ever become addicted to something before you actually participated in that activity? 

I know it sounds strange, but I have recently developed a new addiction that is taking over my thoughts…photography.  Yes, I’ve taken pictures before but not anything I would actually consider photography (I mean really, would you consider using a crappy point-and-shoot that takes blurry pictures participating in photography?).  I’ve been mesmerized by pictures my entire life, but with my need to be creative I’ve decided that spending hours browsing through old family photographs isn’t enough…I want to create pictures! 

Now that I’m older and have a digital point-and-shoot, I’m ready to learn more about photography.  I’m ready to quit taking blurry pictures and start taking beautiful, brightly colored pictures of the things I create or the things that inspire me.  After doing a little bit of reading, I’ve already decided that I won’t be quite as happy with my little point-and-shoot and want the real deal…but the frugal girl in me knows that the DSLR of my dreams will have to wait.

P.S. If you know of anywhere I could get a inexpensive, used DSLR in decent shape…please contact me!  I’m scouring CraigsList daily and searching frantically for one because I can’t stop thinking about it!

Any photography tips or tricks for an aspiring shutterbug?  If you have an recommendations on cameras, sites with information or DIY photography items…please share them!  I would love to make this not-so-frugal activity a little more frugal with some DIY accessories, and I’m sure other frugal shutterbugs would love to save a little money too.

Craft Room Dilemma

8 Jul

I have been so incredibly excited about finally having a craft room to hide in, but I didn’t realize that this new idea would pose such a dilemma for me.  Besides trying to figure out where to put all the boxes while I arrange and organize my craft room (yippee!! craft room!!), I need to figure out the perfect decor for my special personal space.

I’ve never really had much experience decorating before (who really cares enough to decorate a horrible, little apartment?), but now I can’t stop thinking of possible options for each and every room in our new abode.  I’ve made lists of possible decor to make myself, colors, and themes.  While we’ve pretty much settled on themes for the other rooms, I’m stuck when it comes to my craft room.

I’ve got two great options, but which to choose?

  • DIY or DIY-inspired decor: framed swatches, DIY paintings, creative quote wall stickers, etc.
  • Inspiration decor: pictures of people or things that inspire me, inspiration boards, idea boards, etc.

The only thing I know for sure is that I want my craft room to be a relaxing haven for me to be free to create anything that my heart desires.  Ever since we started planning the move, I’ve pictured myself spending relaxing weekends in my craft room crafting away and enjoying quality time with my sewing machine that I have yet to use.  Soon all those boxes will be gone and I can finally live my dream!

What does your personal craft space look like? How is it organized? Decorated?