Monday, December 30, 2013

DIY Knit Dog Sweater

I have another dog-related post to share today. I knit a sweater for my pup. This isn't an instructional DIY, it's more of a "Hey, I made this and I'm vaguely showing you how I did it."

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

George Michael Snow Day

Happy Christmas Eve! I thought I'd just share a few photos from a few weekends ago. I took GM outside in the snow and snapped a bunch of photos of him having fun. He's wearing a Santa sweater, which I felt was appropriate for the season, and he looks crazy in all of the snapshots. He just freaks out over snow; he just loves it so much he can't calm down. At one point, he shoved his face straight into the ground. I just, I don't know.

You'll notice one photo below where there is animated snow falling on GM. Google did this for me. I didn't ask Google to do it, but Google did it so I included it. You will also notice a GIF. I did do that one.
Enjoy the holiday.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

DIY Flash Diffuser (Sony NEX 5)

Here is a quick and easy DIY flash diffuser. The dimensions I'm sharing are specifically for the Sony NEX 5 but you can apply the same concept to almost any flash. I figure this is a good DIY craft for this time of year, since it's the holiday season and the days are shorter so it's likely that you'll be taking a lot of family/friend photographs in darker settings.
You'll need:
black craft foam
white craft foam
straight edge
craft knife or scissors
cardboard/chipboard or surface for cutting on
This is what my flash looks like. It's tiny but powerful and it usually washes out my photos and makes them look kind of terrible.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New Camera Bag

I still haven't booked my French holiday yet but I've already done a bit of shopping for it.
I decided that I wanted a chic bag to tote around France. French women are so stylish, I don't want to feel out of place or frumpy. Enter: Rebecca Minkoff's Craig Camera Bag. It's currently on sale and if you're a new shopper, you can receive a 15% off coupon code at just by signing up to receive email updates.
The bag is a lovely, rich leather with pyramid stud buttons and sturdy zippers. There's a snap pocket on the front and two zipped pockets on the side.
This bag is the perfect size for my CSC camera with enough room for an extra lens, small wallet, and keys.
I still love my AcmeMade case. It's great for tossing in a larger bag when I need to travel with more than just the essentials. But this new bag is going to be perfect for touristy moments.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DIY Bokeh Filter

So since we put up all of our Christmas lights, I've been playing around with my camera and I made some bokeh filters. They didn't pan out exactly how I wish they had but they still produced some pretty cool photos.
You'll need:
black construction paper
compass or circle template
Start by tracing a circle just slightly larger than your lens. Cut the paper out, leaving a little tab (which will just make it easier to remove the filter from your lens). Fold the circle in half and in half again to find the center and cut out whatever shape you like.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Christmas Decorating

We actually started decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving but it took us a few days to finish, just because we're slow and a little lazy. I thought I'd share a few photos because our new kitchen makes the lights look so much prettier.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Welcome to December! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday. Did anyone go Black Friday shopping? I only ever go if I need something electronic, like a GPS, television, external hard drive, etc. but I've already got all of those so I just ignored the madness and slept in like a normal human.
racheerachh 2013 holiday gift guide

I thought I'd just put together a quick gift guide. Honestly, this is more like a personal wishlist for myself and I just fashioned it into a gift guide-style format. I feel like this makes me look like I have multiple personalities or something; I'm just a multi-faceted person with many hobbies and loves.For the...
  • techie [cool usb sticks | cable organizers] - I love browsing sites like tech.woot and thinkgeek for creative and unique gifts for the technology-obsessed friends on my list.
  • bookworm [drippy bookmark | pig bookends | eyeglasses bookmark] - Though I find reading e-books super convenient, I still love the old fashioned way. Since it can be difficult to pick out a book for someone and gift cards are too impersonal and boring, shop for bookmarks and bookends.
  • caffeine addict [glass teapot | glass mugs | loose leaf tea] - I'm not a daily caffeine drinker but I love sitting down with a delicious pot of tea on lazy weekend mornings. For the coffee/tea drinkers in your life, might I suggest a nice french press (a gold one for flair) or a pretty tea set?
  • sparkler [heart ring | bow ring | charm necklace] - What girl doesn't enjoy a little bling? Are people still saying "bling?" Anyway, Asos, DailyLook, and H&M are three of my favorite sites for browsing cool but affordable jewelry.
  • beauty guru [essie polish | lime crime lipstick] - Nail polish is one of the easiest gifts for your makeup freak friends; hand cream and beauty oils are also awesome and universally enjoyed. Just browse Sephora or Ulta for inspiration.
  • chef/hostess [salt cellar | cheese board] - My favorite home-related sites: World Market, Sur La Table, cb2, and H&M; all of these sites have really cool good and they are affordable.
  • pet lover [dog coat | cat toys] - Some people, including myself, are super in love with their pets and if you're having a difficult time coming up with a gift idea, just buy something for their dog/cat/fish/what have you. Besides PetSmartTarget's $1/$3 section often has dog coats so that's a good place to browse.
  • homebody [unicorn slippers | diptyque candle | fur throw] - I'm sure I'm not the only person who'd rather sit at home in pajamas watching crap television than go out. Am I? Comfortable items (slippers, robes, blankets) and comforting items (yummy candles, hot chocolate, Enya) are awesome for the introverts in your life.
  • fashionista [clear clutch | gel insoles] - It's not the easiest thing to shop for fashion fanatics but it can be done. Stick to accessories and you're golden: bags, hats, knee socks, something that fits the theme of the person you're shopping for.
  • lush [decanter | wine rack] - I'm not a huge drinker but I think it's nice to have a little bar set up because it looks pretty and it's nice for when guests come over. For your lushy drinker friends, I'd suggest some pretty barware, stemware, and/or pretty bottle stoppers. It's a bit more creative than showing up with a bottle of wine; plus, it'll last longer.
Confession: I actually ordered those unicorn slippers and the pig bookends. Both are adorable; the slippers are so comfortable and the bookends are really nice. I love them both!

Happy shopping and good luck in the malls this season.

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