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1  Re: Cat lovers swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Linds3485 on: December 15, 2005 07:59:32 PM
Here's a big THANK YOU to Babs [teamwang]... my lovely swap angel. Smiley

Just look at these goodies!

It was well worth the wait! Thank you! Smiley

(btw the Jellyfish cat toy is ingenious. My cat just loves it... that's why it's just a bit 'distressed' in the photo.)
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2  Re: Wallet Swap Times 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Linds3485 on: April 20, 2005 01:24:53 PM
I got my wallet yesterday from hdoglovesyou. Pink gingham and gray... with a cute little dead kitty applique on the front. Smiley It is very cute. My living gray kitty doesn't quite think the same though... haha.

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3  I want to make a scarf like this... in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Linds3485 on: January 30, 2005 05:58:57 PM
I have this gorgeous scarf that I bought a few months ago... and now that I've learned to knit for myself... I want to make one similar to it, but I'm not quite sure how. See, the scarf has two strands of yarn in it (a thick white one and a thin rainbow one), and it seems like one row is knit with one, then the next is knit with the other. I'm not quite sure how to go about doing this. I bought a pretty blue yarn and a "fun fur" yarn and I want to make it have the same effect.

Also just curious if anyone knows what stitch is used... it looks like maybe a k1p1 ribbing (one side has ridges) but the other side is pretty smooth, which baffles me? Any suggestions?

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4  Re: Craftalong Un-swap part 3: Knitting in The Swap Gallery by Linds3485 on: January 30, 2005 05:54:46 PM
OMG... I finished... EARLY! I swear I thought this thing would never be finished. I kept putting it around my neck to see how long it was... and I felt like I needed 4 more inches for about a week. But its finished... and I'm very happy with it, especially since its my first time knitting. Haha... if you look closely you can tell which side I started on (its the ugly one).

Funny thing is... I kept going and going because I wanted to get the darned thing finished... but just so I could start another one! Ahhhhh!!! I've already got the yarn for it... haha... this is very addicting. Thanks for having this craftalong and pushing me to actually learn!

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5  Re: Photographing Jewelry in Crafty Business Discussion by Linds3485 on: January 15, 2005 09:25:29 AM
I've never photographed jewelry but I have figured out a system for other items (I sell small items such as cat collars and belts... you could use a similar setup.)

You want light - but not direct light. This would cause harsh shadows and you don't want that. You want soft, diffused light. You could buy a fancy "photo tent" to diffuse the light... but I personally didn't want to spend that much money. What I use is a semi clear rubbermaid container (you could use a smaller size - but I use mine for purses as well). The plastic is sort of frosted - and this serves to diffuse the light somewhat. I also drape a layer of white interfacing over the container (you can get this at any fabric store - about $1.50 a yard. You could also use a white sheet. Onto the container I clip two lamps with daylight light bulbs. They produce a much nicer light than normal incandescent (which produce a yellow cast) or fluorescent (which produce a green cast) light bulbs.

For the background a cut down a piece of white posterboard to fit the container - and curved it inside. This is so there will be no seam between the bottom and back sides of the container. It will look like a seamless background.

If you can, use a tripod. If your light is not bright enough to shoot faster than 1/30s shutter speed - then you need a tripod otherwise your photos will be blurry because not many people can hold their cameras still enough for slow shutter speeds.

My suggestions - know your camera and how it works. For jewelry, you will definately want to use the macro mode (usually a tulip icon). If you have the option of manual settings, learn them and use them - as sometimes automatic mode won't produce the best piece.  The better your initial photograph is, the easier time you will have later on. Also have and learn photoshop. If you don't want to shell out the dough, get Photoshop Elements. You get pretty much all the same features for a fraction of the price. You want to know the CURVES feature inside and out - this one (as opposed to brightness/contrast) will give you the most flexibility in working with your photos.

Like with any craft, photography takes practice. If you just keep trying and experimenting with what looks best, you will notice your photos get better and better. The photos I first used on my site looked good then, but if I looked at them now compared to my current photos, they look horrible.

Hope this was helpful and not too confusing! Good luck!

Here is a photo of my photo setup.. just for reference.
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6  Re: Deuces Wild Flower Pin Swap Numero Dos Pics in The Swap Gallery by Linds3485 on: December 10, 2004 09:49:26 AM
Just thought i should post a photo of the pin I sent to bagheraa. She said she liked purple and turquoise... I just happened to have a pretty purple tiger lilly, as well as a "leftover" bud from a spray of turquoise chrysanthemums... so I put them together.

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7  Re: Deuces Wild Flower Pin Swap Numero Dos Pics in The Swap Gallery by Linds3485 on: December 04, 2004 04:26:02 PM
Just received my flower pins from Iqjones. Thank you so much! I love them (especially the colors!) And i love the button on the ribbon one. very cute. Smiley

(I hope its ok I post the picture? no one really has been so I'm not sure I'm supposed to?)

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8  Decorated Guitar in Completed Projects by Linds3485 on: December 03, 2004 12:51:23 PM
I found an old guitar... broken and unplayable. So I revamped it! It's still not playable... but it looks pretty darn cool! I just found my photo of it and though I'd share. Wink

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9  my new "Manhattan Versa" tote bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Linds3485 on: November 19, 2004 02:36:41 PM
Here is my latest creation - I spent hours on it last night and I am more than pleased with how it turned out. I call it the "Manhattan Versa" tote. Please let me know what you think!

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10  Re: Craftalong Un-swap Part 1a: Sewing a purse in The Swap Gallery by Linds3485 on: November 16, 2004 05:42:06 PM
I posted this on another thread... but I was procrastinating homework this weekend (really procrastinating, more than usual..) and ended up with 3 new purses. Yea... anyway... here they are: (a jordy, a hobo, and a mini ruffle... all from tutorials here on craftster).

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