Book Review: "My Own Worst Enemy: How to Stop Holding Yourself Back"

"Just who do you think you are?" sneers an all too familiar voice.  "Who do you think you are to live your dream? to share your knowledge on a subject legitimated by your education, publications and talents? to be true to yourself? to say no to someone other than your children?" We recognize the questions because they hit us regularly like unmerciful waves. And the voice?...more

Point-and-Click Tips: Cropping Photos to Improve the Visual Effect

Cropping is a useful tool for photo improvement. Though it sounds like an easy trick, cropping is more art than science and you need an eye for it. Still there are some general guidelines that can help you improve the visual effect of your photos.Focus in!...more

Wedding Secrets: Part 2

http://jacquelineparis.wordpress.com/ As promised, here is the second installment of wedding secrets to help any stressed out bride-to-be plan her perfect day. Happy planning!Tip 1: Don’t Force the Fiancé...more

How to Make Oven-Dried Tomatoes

I like cooking with sundried tomatoes, adding them to recipes that call for their canned or fresh kin (like this recipe for risotto...more

Food Photography Secrets, Revealed

Now that I've found the perfect spot and the perfect light, I've been able to concentrate more on composition and personal style. You never would have guessed from that set up, I was able to get this shot -- not bad for guerrilla-style photography, eh? ...more
I'm so lucky I live in Australia and have beautiful light almost all day long. Unfortunately I ...more

Point-and-Click Tips: Taking the Red Eye Glow Out Of the Picture

Red eyes (red glow in pupils) in photos is a common phenomenon when taking pictures of people or animals using a flash. Some cameras support a "red eye reduction" mode.  In this mode the camera fires the flash a few times before taking the photo. Although this helps reducing the red-eye effect, it can also result in photos of people with their eyes closed (as they blink when blinded by the pre-flash)....more

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Double Sided Nautical Inspired Modern Pillow

Check out my post for Mixology Crafts on how to make a super cute Modern Nautical Inspired Pillow using shapes from your Cricut machine and scraps you might have in your fabric basket. One side is an anchor and the other side a sweet mermaid. Felicity...more

How to Shuck an Oyster

When my parents were in town last month, we had to stop by our favorite grocery spot, Chelsea Market. We headed over to The Lobster Place, because I was making tequila marinated shrimp and fish tacos. My dad, however, stopped in his tracks when we walked past the vast display of oysters.  ...more

Tipping the Velvet is indeed an awesome book by Sarah Waters (published by Virago Press in the ...more

How To Get the Most Out of GoodReads

According to the post I wrote, Top 5 Reasons I Prefer GoodReads to Facebook, it seems that I am not alone in the matter. It also seems that there are people who could use a little bit of help figuring out how to best utilize GoodReads. ...more

You can set up an author page at GoodReads, which will help a little (people like to see that ...more

Turn Egg Shells into Mini Herb 'Eggling' Gardens

Whoa, finally.  Spring has sprung. For short-summered gardeners like me, it is particularly important to get started early.  My gardening team and I start many tender annuals indoors.  We avoid purchasing seedling trays or pots and try to start most seeds in biodegradable handmade pots.  Cardboard tubes, newspapers, grapefruit halves are great options—we use eggshells....more

Absolutely love it. I have been using toilet tissue rolls to start my seeds in but they always ...more