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

Seed Starting 101- How to save money and start your own!

As we move through spring (way quicker that I'd like to be moving!), have your thoughts turned to gardening? Since I've gotten more and more interested in planting and growing my own food, it seems that gardening is never to far from my mind, even in the dead of winter!  ---I'm on the road to find out--happy home http://happyhomeypsi.blogspot.com...more

Top Five Ways to Fight "Blogger Block"

Are you staring at the blank screen in front of you? Is the blinking cursor putting you into a trance? Maybe you are lightly drumming the computer keys over and over? You have been waiting. Waiting for “IT” to come. You know. The thought. The phrase. A sentence. SOMETHING! You straighten up in your chair, take a deep breath and…. Nothing. ...more

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How to Use Fashion Tape

In the meantime, here are a handful of quick and easy uses for fashion tape to tide you over. Don’t go thinking that this invention exists for the sole purpose of preventing celebrity nipple slips. No indeed, double-sided fabric-friendly tape is incredibly versatile and almost infinitely useful, as my post title implies. ...more

Hollywood Fashion Tape is a godsend. I started using it for wrap tops (being small of boob, as ...more

Dramatic Eyeliner Made Easy

The other day, I read a friend's post on how to wear black eyeliner without looking like a cast member of The Craft. She had a bunch of really smart suggestions, but when I finished reading, I found myself thinking, "Oooh, but what about ..." and it was then that I had an epiphany: I have a lot to say about dramatic eyeliner. Who would've guessed? ...more
Great post. Getting my eyeliner right has been a lifelong quest for me. I am still trying to ...more