Creamy Corn Casserole

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One of my favorite recipes to make! It’s quick, easy, and yummy! Daniel (my husband) is also a fan. Daniel’s mother actually gave me the recipe. This recipe is also quite adaptable as well. Here it is:

– 1 can of creamed corn
– 1 can of corn (I used frozen corn instead and it works just fine)
– 1 cup of sour cream (tonight I substituted 3/4 cup of 2% milk for the sour cream for healthier option and I didn’t have sour cream…)
– 1 package of jiffy corn mix
– 1/2 cup of butter

Mix everything together in a medium sized bowl and pour into a 8 by 8 greased casserole dish. This version has 1/2 cup of bacon just for fun.

Bake at 400• for 40 minutes and viola! You have a yummy casserole everybody will enjoy!!

Selling through Photographs

Sapphire Mason Jar Lights - Glass Banner Style - Modern Industrial Rustic Farmhouse - Handrcrafted Upcycled BootsNGus Lighting FixtureUNDER THIS MOON / Bracelet - Personalized lunar phase charm of your special night in sterling silver and silk, astronomy, sky, black, red

Ever since starting my Etsy page I have been trying to figure out how to photograph my products to sell them best.

I don’t have the greatest space to take great pictures. I am always looking for a great back drop for the products.

Today I decided to look online for tips and tricks for taking pictures. You would be surprised how much information there is…

Here are a few things I have taken away for all the different threads…

1. Use natural lighting

2. Editing the images with take it to the next level

3. Use picnik.com for editing for Free!

4. Put your images in context – jar on table or accessories on model

5. Use a great background to allow your item to pop

6. Take several images from different angles

7. Catch details – close ups and texture

8. Use a variety of shots and images showing all aspects of the item

Some examples:

Brass Wire Wrapped Quartz Crystal Point Necklace

Wrap Up With A Good Book Scarf: Jane EyreBurgundy herringbone chunky  knit scarf with leather buckle

Here are some links:

http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/etsy-success-product-photography-for-beginners/

http://content.photojojo.com/tips/product-photo-tips-for-ebay-etsy-instructables/

http://outright.com/blog/newbie-to-seasoned-etsy-seller-in-a-flash-5-tips/

http://www.handmadeology.com/seven-tips-on-better-picture-taking-for-your-blog-and-etsy-shop/

Halloween is almost here…

This year has flown by! It is always scary when Halloween comes around because that means Christmas is only two months away!

Where has the year gone?

Halloween is around the corner which means new products up in the store!

Here are a few pictures I have found to inspire me:

There are so many fun and spooky things I look forward to making for you guys!

Drop some comments on things you guys would love to see…

Pretty Little Princess

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All morning I have been putting together these adorable headbands for baby girls to sell on my site. They are pretty simple to make…

You take a nylon headband you buy online like this…

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Make one, two, or three rosettes out of wrapped fabric. Start in the middle wrapping the fabric and twisting it as you go around. Use hot glue along the sides to keep it tight. You should end up with something like these…

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Once you have your rosettes cut two pieces of rectangular fabric about two inches by one inch. Fold and glue each long edge. Wrap around the headband and glue the two raw ends together. Looking like this…

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Now all you have to do is add a fair bit of glue on top of each band and center the rosette on each. Should look like this…

20120910-141858.jpg I typically use the same color fabric for the band as the rosette but it is up to you.

Have fun with it and come up with some fun combinations! Let me know if you need any more explanations.

Current project…

I seem to always have several on the go. Sometimes I wish I would just start and finish each project but I also enjoy shifting focus when I loose interest or momentum.

Here is the painting I am currently working on…

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The initial drawing didn’t take very long but I am always intimidated to put the first stroke of paint on the canvas. But it is always so exciting to see how it will turn out.

Here is the painting I finished last…

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And here is what inspired the final product…

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