For my photography goal this week, I spent a lot of time editing pictures from our Group Trip 2012 weekend (see previous post), and I also spent time reading a book called Real. Life. Photography: How to Find Magic in Everyday Moments by Rebecca Cooper. I’ve finished Part I, and so far I am really enjoying it. The author is a mom of four kids and has a lot of helpful and practical hints on taking great pictures of your loved ones, which is my ultimate goal. The book is also packed with sample photos that include info on the settings and lens she used for each. As a bonus, it is an e-book, and I only paid $20 for the book plus 10 Photoshop actions she recommends. The actions alone were worth the money, because I have used them a TON already. To find out more about the book and actions, check out this website.
To be honest, I wasn’t really feeling my craft goal this week. I had lined up a bunch of projects a few weeks ago, and I completed the final one last week. I didn’t want to spend any more money on supplies, so I looked at my DIY board on Pinterest to see what I could create with supplies I already have. Hence, my creation of a ribbon flower clip using this tutorial. I figured learning how to make these could come in handy for gift-wrapping, party-throwing, or as a cute accessory. Of course, making them for our baby girl also crossed my mind, but the girl has so many hair accessories already! We’re in trouble if she is fussy about having stuff on her head… :)
Here is my finished product:
My ribbon must have been a little thicker than that used in the tutorial because my center was not as tight requiring a larger button. I also used fabric glue instead of a hot glue gun which was a little messier to work with, but it still turned out pretty good. All in all, it was easy to do (while watching the Olympics), and I think I will definitely make these again when the occasion arises.