Thursday, February 2, 2012

You have questions... so I have answers. Many answers.

I loved getting your questions both in comments and email the other day.  I'm going to do my best to plunge right in but I have to break it up into two parts because there were so many. 
Do you still use a 50mm lens the most?  Yes!  I pretty much use that lens exclusively.  Favorite lens, love pretty much everything about it except for the fact that it's not a zoom lens. 

I was wondering how you got such vivid color as in your photos.  Do you touch them up in a Photoshop type program or are they straight from your camera?  I could count on one hand the photos that I've enhanced color on.  I shoot with a Canon and from what I hear, they are fairly well known for their color. 
When you print your photos, do you feel you get the sharpness, color without a changed image from what is on your computer screen? Honestly, I'd say so.  If it's a good photo, it always prints well. I work really hard to shoot it right and do minimal editing.  (I mean that's the goal.... I don't always get it right, straight from the camera of course.)

What is behind your cupboard with dishes in it- is that wallpaper?  It's actually a piece of foam core board, cut exactly to size, then covered with fabric.  I used hot glue to adhere the fabric to the backside (middle photo) and then simply pressed it into place.  It's a nice tight fit, and doesn't go anywhere.  I cut three pieces for this cabinet- one for each shelf level. 
 Please tell me where you get those adorable milk bottles! They are from a local dairy, Twin Brook Creamery, (I live in dairy country) and their mission statement is that they "exist to glorify God through the stewardship of the soil and animals He has entrusted to their care..." Don't you just love that?  I purchase their milk, which still has cream on the top to skim off! It reminds me of childhood, watching my mom skim the cream off.  (Twin Brook makes the best chocolate milk known to man. All of their milk products are about as fresh and unprocessed as it comes. (If you live in Seattle, you can purchase it at the Metropolitan Market, The Creamery at Pike's Place Market, and any QFC's.)  I'm going to be hosting a giveaway on my Facebook Page soon, and I'll be including a milk bottle in it, just for you so stay tuned.

Will you be bringing your Names of God Christmas garlands back?  And if so, can I get on a waiting list? Absolutely!  Those babies were a huge hit and I love them.  Here's the thing- I can't do a waiting list, because with our house selling situation so up in the air, I need less pieces of paper to keep track of.  However, I'm going to try making them and taking orders in October.  I had over a hundred inquiries for them just after selling out... oops, guess I didn't make enough.  So if you want one, stay tuned and nab them when you can, they went fast. 
 I want to know your secret for making your chalk board looks so nice... special chalk or what?!? Thanks! Okay that's sweet! Regular chalk, and I usually print out what I want it to look like, and then free hand a similar looking "font" right onto the chalkboard.  I'm sorry I don't have any tricks... just draw, look, erase and do it til you get it right.
 Which font did you use for your subway art? I honestly don't remember, as I tried so many trying to achieve a certain un-fussy look. I was using Picnik and used my caps lock, and a plain looking font.  Above, is the exact jpeg.
You did the Subway canvas and I am wondering when on picnik, how do you make each line equal? Oh boy.  I nearly pulled out all my hairs on that one!  I eyeballed it. 

Part Two of your questions, coming soon!  (So if you forgot to ask me something, you can also leave it in comments.)


Marie said...

Thanks for Q&A. I have to say I just love your blog so much. You definitely have so much talent and you are such an inspiration. I'm so glad I found it recently.

Have a blessed weekend!


Kim | At Home With Kim said...

Love when bloggers do this! It's so fun to see what their readers have been asking and hear the answers. Great pictures and fun post ~ as always!! :-) Happy Weekend!!

ReFresh ReStyle said...

I love everything! You're hair looks great! I'm so excited that you use a Canon, that's what I have and so many love the Nikon. I've been debating on them as I start to think about a new camera, but you're so right about the color!

Jensamom23 said...

Oh thank heavens I am not the only one "eyeballing" the lines in Picnik! I thought I MUST be missing some simple something! What a wonderful business that dairy is...I love it!

carissa at lowercase letters said...

well shoot, i was really hoping you had a chalk secret. ha! yay for canon color! oh and girl, you are hot stuff. blonde suits you well.

this journey of life said...

So pretty much the answer to all our questions is....she is perfect & brilliant in every way! ha-ha ;) Not fair! I did the subway art thing and nearly cried in effort to make my lines straight & equal!

Beth said...

I loved this post! But honestly, I pretty much love every post! Love your Christmas tree garland! I will def. be on the look-out for that later.....if I can remember;-) Love to read your blog!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

I enjoyed this post Lots! Thanks! Looking forward to the 2nd... and LOVE love LOVE your banners. i'm gonna be a 'hawk-eyed' blog reader!! LOL

Krista said...

Oh my goodness! I am SO GLAD that I wasn't the only one with the picnik problem! Spent hours. :) I'm sure other people have asked this, but I'm curious about the screenprinting at home. Did you buy an actual screenprinter to make them so beautiful? Have a wonderful day! Krista

heather@thelittlethings said...

What a great post. I totally agree about Canons and vivid colors. I recently switched from a Nikon D60 to a Canon T2i. I love my Canon so much. Hardly any post processing to make my pictures look "zazzy." :) Also, love your new haircolor. So cute!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

you have such a beautiful blog!

Little For A Little While said...

You found the marshmallows, yay!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

@ Little for a little while- I didn't find them... but TWO of my readers did and sent them to me! It was a very happy day! :)

Little For A Little While said...

So happy for you! I thought about doing that, but was afraid you would be weirded out if I asked for your address?! Have a great weekend!

Pam said...

Love your blog and I always love your chalkboard. Thanks for the tips answers. Your hair looks amazing!

Courtney Walsh said...

once again I'm eyeballing your counters. We're taking the counter plunge with our Cmas stash and I am SO nervous!! but I love yours so much! :) I want to see a close up photo...another one, because I think you've already posted one before! lol

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