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Shutterfly is having an awesome deal right now! WHO doesn’t love a FREEBIE???
Which of the 3 items will you pick? (USE CODE FREEBIE on checkout!)
I chose a free 16 x 20 print (from a photo I took of my children last Thanksgiving). I can’t wait to get it and have it framed for my living room.
Just go to this link and sign in or register as a new user, scroll down to the right side where it says “My Promotions” and then when you scroll throught all the awesome offers they have, you’ll see this one: (but hurry, it’s a very short-lived promo!)

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Outfit Your Family for Halloween with Costume Express – Save 20%
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Get 20% off all orders at Costume Express when you shop by October 25th! Just enter coupon codeSAVETWENTY at checkout. Halloween just got a little less scary, right?

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How to Take Your Art into the Next Dimension with Cricut
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It started out as a doodle, something small, casually tossed in the margin of your grocery list. But somehow this graphic element took over and before you knew it, it became the decorative element to everything in your world. Unfortunately all those minute details that you added make it virtually impossible to transform it into the third dimension. Not true. If you can print it, you can cut it with the Cricut Explore machine.

Now with the newest feature of the Cricut Explore machine, you can choose your image (either your own or one of 50,000+ in the Cricut Design Lab), flatten the image and then click ‘Go’. Once printed, the Cricut Explore machine works its magic to bring your 2-dimensional idea into the 3rd dimension.

Take a look at this super short instructional video (less than 4 minutes) and see just how easy it can be…

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5 Easy Tips for Great Photos!
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Craftsy instructor and amigurumi designer Stacey Trock shares five easy tips to take better pictures of your designs. An accomplished crochet designer, Stacey shares helpful tips for other pattern designers on her blog, FreshStitches.
If you’re like me, you’re a designer… and NOT a photographer! But, you still want to take nice photos of your completed projects for your blog or to share on Craftsy. Help is here! In this blog post, I’ll share 5 easy photography tips you can use to take lovely project photos, without lots of fancy equipment.
The most common misconception about taking nice photos is that you need to have a super-fancy camera to do so. But you don’t! You can take fabulous pictures with a point-and-shoot-camera and having a few tricks up your sleeve.
I use a GE Digital Camera, which cost about $100. Nothing fancy. And I don’t want to toot my own horn, but my photos come out alright!
So, what are these tips? Let’s get started!

Tip 1: Use Natural Light
I can’t say enough about the fabulous sun! To take beautiful photos, you want to find a well-lit area that’s not in direct sunlight.
For outside photos, this means picking a time of day that’s not noon (directly in the sun), or finding a day that’s slightly overcast. To grab this little bird photo, I snapped a picture on my porch.
For inside photos, I use a spot next to a window that has loads of light flooding through. I’m very lucky to have a fabulously positioned window in my studio… but some folks aren’t so lucky. If that’s you, then you might have to head outside to do your photos. It’s worth it!

Tip 2: Use White Posterboard for the ‘Clean’ Look
I used to think that I needed a photographer’s tent and all sorts of fancy equipment to get that fabulous white background, but now I know that you don’t!
I use a white piece of posterboard, propped up against a wooden box that I found by the side of the road.

Using the posterboard allows you to get a white background for photos like this ball of yarn.
Great, huh?

Tip 3: Get a Tripod
I said ‘no fancy equipment’… but you’ll want to spend the $20 on this guy! I have a Joby Gorillapod Tripod, which I absolutely love!
I love it for two reasons.
The first reason is that the Gorillapod is magnetic and has bendable arms, which means that I can stick it on a stop sign/pole and take self-portraits.
You see, my husband is pretty much never home when it’s daylight (see tip #1!), so I need to take photos of me all by myself. And don’t try to kid yourself… we can all tell when it’s one of those ‘I’m holding the camera 2 feet from my face and pretending it’s just a close-up’ photos. And, items like hats/scarves/sweaters really do look better when photographed on an actual person… so I think the Gorillapod is totally worth it!
But that’s not all! A tripod is also really useful in low lighting. When there isn’t a lot of light, the camera lens needs to stay open longer to get enough lighting… meaning that any shake of your hand will make a blurry photo. By having a tripod, you can be sure that the camera stays still, and take photos even when your natural light is fading.

Tip 4: Take Lots of Photos!
A month or so ago, I snapped a great photo of my friend’s dog and an owl I crocheted.
(Now, I know I’m not about to become the world’s next best pet photographer, but bear with me… I have a point.)
My friend was so amazed! She asked, ‘How did you get him to sit still like that?’
And my answer was: I didn’t. I just took oodles of photos until I got a good one!
A lot of people seem to think that a photographer snaps the perfect picture and carries on their merry way. When, in reality, even professional photographers take tons of photos, and only later pick out the best ones. So, do the same thing… take a ton, and weed through them later. It increases your chance of catching that perfect shot!

Tip 5: Edit your Photos
Photoshop isn’t a bad word. It’s totally okay to edit your photos after you’ve taken them!
I know Photoshop is expensive, and Picnik (a free online editor) is being discontinued… but fear not! There’s a new free online photo editor on the scene that allows you to do all the edits you could practically want.
It’s called PicMonkey, and it allows you to crop and resize photos as well as adjust exposure and color balance.
I edit almost every photo I take. Even when I take a photo on my white posterboard, I often have to up the exposure a little bit to get it to a true white. Or, in the case of the dog photo (above), I snapped a great picture, but had to crop it so you wouldn’t see the garbage cans on the side.
It’s free, only takes a few minutes and turns your pictures from ‘nice’ into ‘wow’… so try a little editing!

Give it a Try!
I’d love to hear if you do any of these tips already, or if you’re giving one a try today! I hope to have convinced you that you don’t need fancy lights or a thousand dollar camera to take great project photos!
For more great tips on photography, running a craft business, marketing, and more, be sure to check out Stacey’s blogFreshStitches! You can also see Stacey in her two Craftsy classes,Amigurumi: Woodland Animals and Amigurumi: Design Your Own Monster.



I love finding awesome new places to shop~ and sharing them with my readers. I was recently introduced to Rosegal and I couldn’t be happier!RoseGal.com is an online store for vintage clothing and accessories, offering Worldwide Free Shipping and 30 Days Unconditional Return!

The accessories and sales are what lured me in, and the trendy fashions with unbeatable prices are what have kept me hooked. I seriously could make my entire Christmas wish list from this ONE site alone, me thinks! They make it SOOO easy to find what you’re groovin’ on at the moment~ they have options to shop by STYLE (polkadots, Bohemian stripes, chevron, etc)~ then they have a whole entire section of VINTAGE (my favorite!!!!)

Did I neglect to mention… they have a whole sexy section too! *blush*
And there’s a nice juicy sale going on in that department as a matter of fact~ Go To …Sexy You! UP to 61% OFF + Free Shipping for All Sexy Lingerie, Corsets, Bras!

Now if all of that doesn’t make you want to at least go and take a peek at their online website~ then how about a VERY COOL Seasonal Halloween Party just for you?

I’ve secured a special link to get you a great deal on fun Halloween party wear: Click on the banner
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After you’re done shopping for dreadfully darling Halloween fashions & accessories, head over to their cozy sweater and comfy hoodie sections & look at all the great items their offering. These are some of my favorites:

Believe ME when I tell you ~ these prices are GREAT! Be sure to check your measurements against their sizing before ordering. These prices are amazing!

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~~> Just use this link to save up to 65% off some selections Hot Hoodie Fashion! Save UP to 60-65% OFF + Free Shipping

for Stylish Casual and Comfortable Sweatshirts and Hoodies!
Seriously, I would not steer you wrong, you can’t beat these deals.

Today I’m pleased to welcome, guest blogger, Cheyenne Stoll. She’s a sweet friend who hails from New Jersey and is a mommy to two beautiful boys! She’s appeared on E! Entertainment as well as keeping busy as a Hawaiian Tropic Promo Model.  Her very real assesment of what we sacrifice to be good mommys will be sure to put a smile on your face.

Thank you for letting us share your hilarious take on mommyhood! :) xo, Goose
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Top 5 things you used to look forward to doing that having children has now made you dread.
By Guest Mommy Blogger: Cheyenne Stoll

1. Showering: what was once a good way to start or end your day with plenty of time to think has now become a race. How fast can I wash my hair shave my legs and, wait, is that the baby crying?
2. Eating: Have you ever tried eating with a toddler? Once again, another race, to try and shovel food in your mouth as fast as possible before they throw theirs across the table, lose interest, or feed it to the dog. Oh, and babies? They have a special power that allows them to sense the second you start eating, that’s their cue to cry.
3. Talking on the Phone: Remember the days of sitting on the couch & talking to your best friend for hours about nothing? Those days are over. Don’t even try to order a pizza because it won’t happen. When people call you and tell you a story, you pretend to listen but really you’re mouthing “stop that” ~  “take that out of your mouth” ~ “put your clothes back on” with a few “oh really? Wowwww, and omg no she didn’ts” thrown in to make it sound like you’re listening. But you always get caught not responding at some point.
4. Going to the beach: It always sounds like fun and looks great in pictures but the “lay there and get tan while listening to music” days have now been replaced with chasing after a toddler headed straight for what you assume are shark infested waters. Lathering them from head to toe in sun tan lotion every hour while they fight you…and the sand. Oh the sand.
5. My personal favorite-Shopping: This was once my favorite thing in the world. Hours upon hours of my life have been spent sliding hangers from side to side looking for that perfect shirt. Not anymore. Now you’re playing manhunt for the child hiding in the racks as they rip down every item of clothing they can get their hands on and you nervously smile and apologize to the cashier who, always smiles back but you know is thinking, “get a grip on your kid lady!”  You leave the mall with MAYBE 1 item if you’re lucky, exhausted, sad & defeated.
All that being said…I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

None of those things compare to being a parent

Here’s a snazzy little blog about my most favorite way to style my hair to achieve and rock a pin up hair styles found around the blogosphere & pinterest. Some I’ve tried & some I have yet to indulge in. This one I think is the easiest, I’ve used it a few times for some fun photo shoots….

This DIY photo montage was found at: http://creativephotographyportfolio.blogspot.com/

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I tried it myself… in my own version…

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Aprons created by Avalon’s Closet: https://www.facebook.com/avalonsclosetdarius1

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IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!
I found all of you momtographers & photographers a GREAT deal!
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SAVINGS!

 

It’s happening once more! LemonDrop Stop is excited to release another round of Christmas and Winter designs… as well as offer this fantastic deal.

 

They’re having another  Buy Two Get One FREE* Sale!

It’ll begin Tuesday, September 16th and continue through Wednesday, September 17.

As always, important details, exact time frames and codes will be published on their blog early Tuesday (September 16) CST.

 

Watch for promos and design reveals on our facebook page!

 

 

 

This offer will NOT be honored before or after time of sale.  Exact times of sale will be posted on the Lemondrop blog.

 

*Discount calculated as a percentage with a minimum of 3 drops in cart with coupon code entered at checkout.  Please know that order volume will dramatically increase and we they’ll be printing drops on a first come first served basis around the clock.  No rush orders will be accommodated during the sale.  Please know that if you upgrade your shipping for your Sale order, it will not affect the time it takes to process the order.

 

Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.Julius Caesar had long wished to capture the British. He sailed to the British Isles, quietly unloaded his troops and supplies, and gave the order to burn the ships. He then called all of his men together and said, “Now it is win or perish. We have no choice.” With that single order, he guaranteed the success of his campaign. He knew that people who have no other alternative — or will accept no other — always win. If you find yourself in a situation where victory seems impossible, you may benefit your cause by developing an alternate course of action. If your objective won’t yield to a full frontal assault, try an oblique approach. There are very few problems in life that are impossible to solve, and few obstacles that will not eventually give way to a determined, motivated person with a plan that is flexible enough to cope with changing condition.

Permanent link to this post: Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.

The Psychology of Colors: A Guide for Designers

Who knew? We thought this would be not only a helpful but an interesting read as well~ not just for you sewists out there, but also for you photographers, models, and graphic designers tuning into the Goosie Girl Blog! Let us know what you think of it and if you plan on using it, or will be considering any of the information you gleaned for your future projects!The psychology of colors for designers, photographers, graphic designers, and handmade artisans.

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”

- Pablo Picasso

Do you feel anxious in a yellow room? Does the color blue make you feel calm and relaxed? Artists and interior designers have long understood how color can dramatically affect moods, feelings and emotions. It is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and cause physiological reactions. Certain colors can raise blood pressure, increase metabolism, or cause eyestrain.

Of course, your feelings about color can also be deeply personal and are often rooted in your own experience or culture. For example, while the color white is used in many Western countries to represent purity and innocence, it is seen as a symbol of mourning in many Eastern countries. Why is color such a powerful force in our lives? What effects can it have on our bodies and minds? I thought it might be fun to explore the history of color including how it’s used, the effects it may have and some of the most recent research on color psychology.

While perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal meaning. Colors in the red area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange and yellow. These warm colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility. Colors on the blue side of the spectrum are known as cool colors and include blue, purple and green. These colors are often described as calm, but can also call to mind feelings of sadness or indifference.

Colors in design:
Custom Boutique trending has shown Spring 2013 with a great deal of orange, 
Let’s talk about orange for a bit, shall we?

Orange is the color that represents joy, communication and inner warmth. It is a mixture of yellow, which represents the intellect and of red, being the color of emotionality. Orange does not have the intellectual expression of yellow, but shares its brightness. It does not have the aggressiveness of red, but sheds its warmth. It is a warm-hearted and good natured color, full of joy and fun. It has its negative side: if too much is used in its full saturation, it can be overpowering and look gaudy. It is a hue that does not suit everybody. It is particularly becoming for redheads and honey blonds who have freckles and warm complexions. It makes most other types of colorings, dark complexions, ash blonds or brunettes, look pale. If they feel attracted to this joyful color, it is good to keep it away from the face. Orange looks great with lemon yellow. Since the lemon hue suits the other types of colorings, they could wear this hue closer to the face. Then enjoy the gorgeous energy of orange, without it draining away their own natural colorings. Orange also contrasts beautifully with a strong blue or black. So this would be another way of wearing orange and avoiding it being too close to the face.Orange is a gorgeous color to wear if you want to add pulsating energy to your looks. It is bold and expressive. It is not necessarily a color for business, unless you need to look very communicative and full of enthusiasm. It is a good color to wear in the retail business or at reception desks. It radiates tremendous fun, expresses extroversion and interest in others. It gives the wearer a good-natured expression and certainly makes them very appealing. (Source: http://EzineArticles.com/3071497)

Looking at the other colors:  
Things to consider when designing your website, business cards, logo or that next custom boutique set… 

Black

Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains, such as Dracula, or the “bad guy” often wear black. In fashion in western cultures, black is often associated with funerals and times of mourning.

White

Brides wear white to symbolize innocence and purity. White reflects light and is considered a summer color. White is popular in decorating and in fashion because it is light, neutral, and goes with everything. However, white shows dirt and is therefore more difficult to keep clean than other colors (something definitely worth considering when designing for a child!). Doctors and nurses wear white to imply sterility.

Red

The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention.The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing. Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy. It is a known fact that pastries and sweets sell better when packaged in PINK!  The Aztecs of Mexico taught the Spanish how to make red dye by crushing insects called cochineals. Deep red looks bold, while pale red—pink—looks gentle. In the U.S., pink is now associated with girls, though before the 1920s it was considered a boy’s color.

Blue

The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms. (Many military dress uniforms are done in navy blue or with blue accents to reenforce the loyalty card). For this same reason, U.S. police officers traditionally wear blue.

Green

Currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature. It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision. It is a calming, refreshing color. People waiting to appear on TV sit in “green rooms” to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. (Interesting urban legend in fashion circles: seamstresses often refuse to use green thread on the eve of a fashion show for fear it will bring bad luck.)

Yellow

Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism. Cheerful sunny yellow gets noticed. In ancient Rome, yellow was the most popular wedding color. Yellow is sometimes worn for safety reasons: raincoats today may be bright yellow so that the wearer can be seen easily in the rain.

Purple

The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication~because in ancient days, it was the hardest color to get.Cleopatra needed 20,000 snails soaked for ten days to obtain one ounce of purple dye for her royal clothing.It is also feminine and romantic. However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.

Brown

Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather. Brown can also be sad and wistful. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors.

Colors of the Flag

In the U.S. flag, white stands for purity and innocence. Red represents valor and hardiness, while blue signifies justice, perseverance, and vigilance. The stars represent the heavens and all the good that people strive for, while the stripes emulate the sun’s rays.

Food for Thought

While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing. Blue food is rare in nature. Food researchers say that when humans searched for food, they learned to avoid toxic or spoiled objects, which were often blue, black, or purple. When food dyed blue is served to study subjects, they lose appetite. Green, brown, and red are the most popular food colors. Red is often used in restaurant decorating schemes because it is an appetite stimulant.

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