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41  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Tips for Taking Good Pictures of Crafts on: January 24, 2012 01:21:30 PM
I figured this was the place to post my question.  If not (or if it's been asked before), forgive me!

I was wondering what tips everyone has for taking good pictures of their finished crafts.  I've tried many different methods for taking pictures of the things I make (I predominantly crochet), but can never get them to look "professional" like other people do!  Cry

It probably doesn't help that I don't have a fancy camera (it's a point and shoot, but it's really good quality) or know a whole lot about photography, but I figure there are some tricks that I don't know really know that could make my pictures look much better without getting a better camera (tips for good backgrounds, adding lighting specific for the photos, or camera settings maybe?)

Thanks in advance to anybody willing to offer some tips!  Cheesy

42  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Futurama Swap Round 3 (Sign up Jan 14-Jan28. Send Out Feb27) on: January 24, 2012 01:16:06 PM
I sent in my info last night and as a long-time crafter, first time swapper I am excited!  Hopefully I have done everything right so far (I was going to post on here last night but for some reason the website didn't want to work for me anymore).

In any case this swap has inspired me to binge hardcore on Futurama Smiley
43  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Big Macintosh on: December 30, 2011 10:11:43 PM
Apple Jack is my favorite so I applaud your husband's taste as well as your crocheting skills (and embroidering which is always my downfall!)
44  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Luigi Blanket on: December 30, 2011 10:08:31 PM
I made a Yoshi blanket and didn't use the join as you go method...  Let's just say that I've started another pixel blanket and am definitely using the join as you go method.  Excellent job in such a short amount of time too!
45  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Couple of Old Projects (Pirate Eye Patch and Lacy Rose/Pineapple Afghan) on: December 30, 2011 09:45:43 PM
First off, I'm going to apologize for the late reply.  For some reason, I didn't get email notifications and have been too busy frantically crafting Christmas gifts to hop on here otherwise until now.

I absolutely LOVE the afghan!  I am a huge fan of these kind of patterns and you did an awesome job!  I feel the pain about having to tear our rows.  What kind of yarn did you use for the afghan?

I used the kind the pattern says to use which is Redheart SS in the color Aran.

Love em! I wonder if I could make me a crochet eyepatch and put a liner in it so it blocks light! I have to wear one sometimes because my left eye is messed up and it helps strengthen it by covering my strong eye. I never thought of crocheting one and I dont know why because I've been super obsessed with crochet as of late! Great Idea though!

I used a really small gauge on mine and, if I remember right, it totally blocked the light without a liner!  And I know exactly what you're talking about because my mom has had a lazy eye since she was younger.  Unfortunately they didn't know to do the eyepatch when they would have needed to to correct it.  You could totally whip up tons of really cute eyepatches really quickly though!
46  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Couple of Old Projects (Pirate Eye Patch and Lacy Rose/Pineapple Afghan) on: December 14, 2011 07:06:43 PM
I'm an occasional poster, long-time lurker on here but I haven't posted any of the things I've made in quite awhile since I've been real busy.  Here's a couple of projects that have absolutely nothing to do with each other!  Haha

First project is a pirate eye patch I made for a costume for my boyfriend.  It's embroidered with a Jolly Roger and is sc'd to fit with a reverse sc border around it (images are clickable thumbnails):

The second project was an afghan made for my boyfriend's mother.  The only direction I got was that she wanted something that looked antique.  I don't know about you, but when I think antique and crochet, I think lacy.  My mom found the pattern for me but I looked it up and this looks like it is it: http://www.free-crochet.com/detail.html?code=FC01111&cat_id=302.  It was pretty easy to work up after making one or two motiffs and I really enjoyed doing the lace part and connecting them.  I found the border to be awful since it's worked up as one whole thing and I managed to mess it up at least once which means I had to tear the WHOLE row out (considering it went along the whole outside of the blanket, that was pretty painful to do)  Angry.  Anyways, on to some pics!

Close up of motiff:

Close up of pineapple border:

Questions and comments welcome! Smiley
47  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: I choose you, Bulbasaur! on: November 28, 2011 06:58:42 PM
I just started a Pidgey blanket for my boyfriend a little bit ago and it is SOOO much more complicated than Mario sprites.  It only gets worse when you look at evolved forms too!
48  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Some more blankets on: August 18, 2011 10:53:17 AM
The star blanket is amazing!  Also, I love how Brad appears to be asleep holding a box of Wendy's fries??  Cheesy
49  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Kirby on: June 02, 2011 10:55:57 AM
Thanks everyone for the positive feedback Smiley
50  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Kirby on: May 24, 2011 09:29:49 PM
I made this as a gift to my boyfriend that loves Kirby. I wanted to make it HUGE, which I think I accomplished pretty well. It's also free-standing because I had the foresight to put pellets in the feet to help weigh it down. I'm very pleased with how it turned out especially considering Kirby's body looked a bit lumpy before assembly because of the way I like to make spheres.  Images should be clickable thumbnails per usual.

The kitty is for size comparison (and is also not mine). I have more pictures in the pdf for the pattern which can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/56189094/Kirby. If anybody uses it you should let me know if there are any mistakes as I haven't worked through my notes. You should also let me know so I can see what you've come up with!

Questions and comments more than welcome! Smiley
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