I am so glad it is Saturday! I don't know why, but for some reason, when you have a short week at school, it seems like the longest week! I guess you have to produce the same amount of work in a shorter period of time. Today is just for relaxing...and getting the tree down. That's always a little sad, even though I'm ready. I hate having the tree sitting in the room all dark and empty. It might be tomorrow before they can actually get the tree back to the shed.
Today I'm joining the fun at Mockingbird Hill today for Favorite Thing Saturday. I'm showcasing a little photo box. I love it when something you make turns out just like you want. If I remember correctly, I got the idea from a book by Heidi Swapp. I bought the little plain wooden box at Michael's. Sadly, they no longer sell these and I never got to make one for pictures of my son. I bought little wooden circles and painted them black and put a shiny finish on them. Then I used a circle cutter and cut out pictures of my daughter. The little discs have pictures on both sides.
I stained the little box and put a finish on it. Then I stamped my daughter's name on the lid with a small alphabet stamp.
On a different note, I was having trouble sleeping last night and decided to see if I could find some tips for better pictures. I have just a simple point and shoot camera that allows you to select a few preset situations (museum, snow, sunlight, etc...). I found two great tips that I will surely use.
With flash off, you can bring more light to your subject by focusing on the darkest area, then shooting your subject. In the pictures below, you can see the difference. In the second photograph, I first focused on the dark green of the pine, then moved to the little wooden cup. You can see how much brighter that area is.
The second tip was to help with blurry photos. It was suggested that you use your camera's timer. This is something that will be a big help to me. Even when using a tripod my photos are often blurry. I don't think I'll ever get the really sharp photos, but hopefully I can at least overcome the hand-shakiness.
I hope you are having a great Saturday. Thanks so much for stopping by!