Maria asks, "Can you please tell me where you got your long dining room table and cream-colored leather dining chairs?"
Yes, I got the table locally at a store that sells vintage, new, and handmade items. The table was created out of barn wood and I fell head over heels. (Are those magic words? "BARN WOOD." I believe they are.) The base was black but I painted it cream, ("Navajo white" by Sherwin Williams) because it went with our decor. The leather chairs were found here, and I painted the legs the same color as the table base. When I went to attach the link, I didn't see the cream option any more. I hope that was just temporary!
Tiff says, " I just found one of my children's names carved into my table, and since this isn't the first name etched into the wood, I think it might be time for a table re-finishing project. Did you paint your table? If so, what color/type of paint is it?"
I actually painted our old kitchen table (a round pedestal table I adored) and posted some of the information at the bottom of this post. We used ProClassic Latex Semi Gloss paint in "Creamy" by Sherwin Williams.
Kathy writes, "We bought our son a Canon Rebel at Sam's Club about a year ago to use for school and to use here at home. I read on your blog that you use a 50 mm lens. The lens that my son has on it now says 18-55 mm, I think. Is that what you use? Or are you talking of something entirely different? I've always just used point and shoot so I feel helplessly lost. I just know I LOVE your photos. They are so crisp and clear and just beautiful. Do you have or planning to have a tutorial on your blog? Anyhow, any advice you have would be greatly appreciated!"I would say that 95% of the time, the photos you see on this blog have been taken with this little lens. It's my 50mm and I love it to pieces. It's not big or fancy, but it does such a great job in all conditions, especially low light and indoors. What I like most about it, is that because it's so small, it's very light and I can pop my camera into my bag and take it anywhere. I also have the kit lens that came with my Canon, and it's the 18-55mm you spoke of. I don't love that lens at all. It frustrates me because I find myself wanting to make it do what this 50mm lens can do. The top photo in this post was taken with it, and while it's fine, it's not as bright and light as the other photos in this post which were taken with my 50mm. I use the 18-55 mostly when I'm outside and want to capture a view or need to zoom in our out. (The 50mm isn't a zoom lens so it takes some getting used to.) As for doing any tutorials, thank you for the kind words... and I don't really know what I'd be able to show/explain but I'm happy to share everything I know (which won't take long) if you let me know what kinds of tutorials you're interested in.
Victoria writes, "I am wondering, when you are out and about, what camera stuff do you take with you? I just bought a camera and I want to put it to USE, so I want to hear from people who do just that! You talk about putting your camera in your purse, do you put something over it or around it to protect it? Also, how did you overcome the shyness we all have (assuming I am not alone on this one) about lugging your camera around and pulling it out anytime and any place for a picture? Basically, I just want to hear any advice, tips, and tricks you have about boldly photographing your life!"
Hahaha I love this question. This is my official camera bag. (Found here.) I saved up for this baby and was so excited when I finally had enough to get it. When I'm going somewhere that I need to 1) pack a lot of junk (pretty much daily) 2) have a need for more than just my camera and one lens 3) want it to match my outfit, this is the bag I choose. But before I had this... yes, I tossed my camera right into my purse. I know that's bad and professional photographers all over the country side are cringing... but if I hadn't, I'd never have captured half the moments I've caught thorough my lens. (Always keep your lens cap on and carry a spare battery!) I have overcome the shyness because of one thing... practice. I used to kind of sneak my photos like I was ashamed of getting caught capturing something pretty or inspiring. What's up with that? Now I just boldly take them because chances are, I'm never going to see the people watching me whip it out for a photog moment, ever again so I just snap and go. Plus I'm a creative, artsy type and now that I'm looking, I see beauty that longs to be captured all over the place. Practice boldness and just go for it girly!
"Today, I just got a new camera in the mail. I am feeling inspired to do my own little 365 project....Do you keep a little journal and pick each day's picture for these as you go through the month? I am trying to figure out the easiest, most organized way to pull this together! I would definitely link up with you if you can get it figured out!"
Each day I take a photo. I upload it every night, put the date on it, and plop it right into a post that I keep as a draft until the end of the month. It takes me about two minutes to quickly write something about the day. Lately I've been doing a "Dear Diary" snippet and I kind of love that. Right before I hit publish at the end of the month, I read through and edit the whole thing and hit publish and there it is. Easy and organized. That's what works for me anyhow. If I can figure out how to do a linky party at the end of June, I WILL!
Thanks for the questions, this was fun!