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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Inspire me Mon: Photo Cube and Lights

A friend gave me the link to this photo cube and light set up online. So I purchased it to improve my jewelry photography. 

Light cube with 4 colors: red, blue, black and white (not shown) 

Lights included

My old set up - poster board with 3 lights 

1st pictures with new set up (definitely needs something different) 

Kippah photo with new set up 

Kippah with new lights and overhead light (I think) 

So, after 4 years of improving my photography quality (and still needing work on some items), with the photo cube, I seem to be back at square 1. 

I'm not sure that I'll be keeping this item: 
  • The lights do not have adjustable legs to change the height. 
  • The cube has to be folded up and laid flat on my table because of our cats (more time to set up and take down)


I'll have to test some other jewelry items to see what it does (hoping I have time before my show this weekend).

What would you do about this if you were me?  Do you have time during the holiday season to play with new lighting, etc.?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Online Winter Wonderland Fri. Nov. 20 to Nov. 23

When: Friday Nov 21st at 7pm until Sunday Nov 23rd at 10pm

Where: shop the Winter Wonderland Event on Facebook

What: A online shopping event focused on handmade Christmas from the comfort of your sofa!

Christmas Tree Earrings by Linda B. 

Hope to see you there. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wordless Wed. Bead Storage

Today I want to share some of my bead storage with you. I may have mentioned before that my jewelry supplies, mailing supplies and photography are located in various rooms of the house.

So, here's a peek into the dining room, my studio, where I create my designs.

First, my best (most annoying) assistant, Tommy on my beading/dining room table.

Behind where I sit is an entertainment center holding my bead boxes 
filled with beads sorted by color.

Next to the entertainment center is my rolling bead center
where I keep my wire, chain and other jewelry supplies. 

So, this is a glimse into my supplies, not including my displays or completed jewelry, which just moved inside from the garage for the winter.

How do you store your craft supplies?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Coundown to Christmas - Holiday Shopping

Shop handmade for the holidays by supporting a local artist/designer. There are some gorgeous gift items for everyone on your list.

When: Friday Nov 21st at 7pm until Sunday Nov 23rd at 10pm

Where: shop the Winter Wonderland Event on Facebook

What: A online shopping event focused on handmade Christmas from the comfort of your sofa!

50 talented crafters & artisans will be coming together to bring you unique handcrafted Christmas Gifts in a shopping extravaganza.

All items in this album will be available to purchase during the event.

On the night it opens we will release a password in the event.

To buy a item you Comment ? password & sold upon the items you want.

* * The first person to comment the word will secure the item. Then you need to immediately get in touch with the seller of the item to arrange payment * *

We would be most appreciative if you could tell your friends & family about this event.

Thanks ~The Crafty Likes Team~ x

Countdown to Christmas Guides - thank you to Julie and Blu from Blue Morning Expressions for putting these guides together.

Week 9 - Gift Guide

Week 8 - Gift Guide

Twelve Days of Baking

Week 7 - Gift Guide

Twelve Days of Baking Oct. 29

Week 6 - Gift Guide

Baking Cookies and Gifts

Week 5 - Gift Guide

Baking Oct. 5

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is Tues. Nov. 11.

Previously it was "Armistice Day": U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 to mark the end of World War I. The armistice between Germany and the Allied nations that ended WWI was signed on that day and a ceasefire went into effect on the 11th hour of Nov. 11, 1918.

Wilson's proclamation noted: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

On June 4, 1926, Congress passed its own resolution asking President Calvin Coolidge to issue another proclamation to observe Nov. 11 as a holiday designed to celebrate world peace and the end of WWI.

President Eisenhower signed a bill into law in 1954 and Congress voted to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

Veterans Day is observed on Nov. 11, regardless of which day of the week on which day it falls. Federal and most state offices are closed on the day, as are most schools.

Thank you to all veterans who have served the U.S. and to those families of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Wordless Wednesday: Lately

Here's what's going on lately.

Too much chocolate left over from Halloween

Keurig gift from a friend - how great is that! 

Tommy, the spoiled cat - he likes to come up to the phone or camera when I'm trying to take his picture