Saturday, July 27, 2013

My homemade Lightbox

So I wanted to make a lightbox to take some pictures of stuff I want to post online to sell. I've seen many ideas out there on how to make them cheaply and easily, but I still didn't have all of the stuff to make it, and I also wanted to be able to store it away easily. First I gathered my supplies. A collapsible mesh basket that has seen better days. Some metal hair clips. Parchment paper. Lamps and lightbulbs. and an old poster calendar. (the back of it was white, instead of buying posterboard)
I tore off pieces of the parchment paper and used the hair clips to fasten them to the edges of the mesh hamper/basket.
The calendar was too wide to fit down inside the hamper...
So I cut off a strip for it to fit inside widthwise, and run up the back a bit.
Here is my completed "lightbox"
To show the difference a lightbox makes, here's a brass elephant figurine in lightbox without lights turned on.
And here's the same elephant with lights turned on.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

It's been awhile since I last checked in. Lots of things have been going on. I am now officially a Domestic Engineer. I am able to work from home, spend time with my children, and still manage the household budget. Two of my sisters have joined me in this job field, and we are looking to make it a success. July is DeCluttering Month! We are going through every room in our house and decluttering all the unnecessary junk from our homes. This will make it a little easier to keep our rooms clean, and streamline how our homes look. Without all that junk cluttering up everything, it should look a lot nicer. However, this is leaving me with a lot of things I need to get rid of. Some items will just be tossed, others I feel I could sell and get a bit of money from. I do plan to have a big Yard Sale the second weekend of October, and maybe before then if all goes well. Second weekend of October coincides with the Civil War Reenactment at the State Park a mile away, so there is usually a lot of traffic, and therefore no need to advertise! That's usually a very good weekend to have a yard sale. But that's many weeks away and hopefully the decluttering will be done by the end of this month, so a yard sale or two before then might be good. August is "Make Your House a Home" I have a lot of projects planned, including redecorating several rooms of my house. A sneak preview... Laundry Room/Office - Doctor Who themed Dining Room - repainted, family tree mural, new light fixture, new window treatment Bedroom - repainted Pantry - turned into a craft room, painted, decorated, organized Hallway - big open area turned into a play area for kids, painted, organized, decorated Kitchen - cabinets stripped, repainted, walls painted, maybe countertops painted... Wow, just realized how ambitious I'm being. LOL. Wish me luck!