1. Cozy Crochet & Winter Days

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

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    Do you ever feel like you spread yourself so thin with all of the things/projects you want to do/learn?!  I've been meaning to spice up my Etsy store, redesign the blog, get a few projects posted, and I can't seem to keep up with the other blog opportunities filling up my email.  There are worse things - I never used to get email!  I love when people write me...  (Now I'm getting way off track!)

    Anyway, over the holidays my mother taught me how to crochet and knit.  So I guess you could say that's my latest obsession.  Despite the fact that I feel like an old lady, carrying around my crochet bag everywhere - just in case there's the off chance that I'll have a moment to make a few stitches... I'm not worried about it.  I know everyone sitting at the DMV wishes they had something to keep them busy like me.  So I'll just keep being me - an old soul!

    That being said, you can see my creations added to my Etsy shop over the next few weeks!!  I'd love your feedback and feel free to make requests!

    Ninth and Bird
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  2. Have you met Wendy's Lookbook?

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    Wendy is so darling.  She runs the fashion blog called Wendy's Lookbook and has some amazing videos on her YouTube channel.  I found this one on 25 ways to tie a scarf.  It's amazing!  I didn't think it was possible to tie a scarf so many ways.  I think you'll be equally impressed!


    Ninth and Bird
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  3. Ruffles & Braids

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    Image Source: Free Apples
    With my brother's wedding approaching, I've been dying to get back into the swing of things with my sewing machine.  I love making my own dress for a wedding (mostly I just love dressing up!).  I wore both my Evelyn Blossom dress and my Olivia Lace dress to previous weddings.

    I'm going to attempt to make a similar dress to the top braided one.  I think it's so adorable! Wish me luck!



    Ninth and Bird
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  4. Free January Desktop Background

    Monday, January 2, 2012

    Hello my darlings!  Here is a lovely desktop background I designed for all of you!  I took this picture on our Christmas Day hike and thought it would make a great desktop background.  Just choose the size you'd like: 


    Ninth and Bird
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  5. One thing I've learned during my blogging adventures: You eat with your eyes first!  Photography is everything when trying to capture a tutorial for your readers, or make your products look desirable on Etsy.com.  And what's the most important part? Lighting!  

    Follow this little tutorial to make your own Photo Light Box for the perfect lighting.

    Cut a border of 2 inches on each side of the tri-fold display board (the two sides and the back).  Make the front of the box (the part you'll take photos from) have a one inch border.  Use the pieces you've cut out to add a bottom to the light box (or if you started with a cardboard box instead of a tri-fold display board, you won't need to do that).  

    Use a ruler and an exacto knife to make straight edges.  You should have two pieces that look similar to the photo below: 
    Use masking tape to attach the two pieces to form a box.  Create more support by attached extra pieces of cardboard to the joints (it also covers up the tape with white cardboard).  Cut white poster board to fit into the box, forming a curve at the back. You want the back of the box to appear seamless from the white poster board, like the image below:
    Finally, cover the two sides and the back with white muslin fabric, attaching it with masking tape.  Use a lamp with a "natural light" light bulb to prevent a yellow glow on the items you are taking photos of.  The final light box will look similar to the image below:  Ta-Dah!

    Ta-Dah!  And that's all it takes to a great close up photo!  The white background is a classic look and it really makes your item pop!  



    Ninth and Bird
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