Product Photography: The 2 Biggest Mistakes

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Let’s talk product photography, shall we? If you’re a crafter/creater then you also kind of need to be a photographer. Especially if your want to sell your creations! Having the ability to create beautiful photographs of carefully designed products is almost as important as creating the product itself!  If you’re anything like me I find that I’m slightly turned off by a product that is being represented with poor quality photos and typically don’t end up purchasing the product. So with that said it’s understandable how important it is to know how to take stunning photos of your products and creations! If you don’t know anything about photography, no need to worry! You just need some basic (yet vital) information. That’s where I come in. Let’s dive in and learn the 2 biggest mistakes in product photography… Mistake #1: Not using NATURAL light. First and foremost…use natural light. I really can’t stress this enough. Taking a picture using a flash [Read More…]

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Plant Teacher Gift Idea *Free Printable Poem

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Another teacher gift idea to add to a pretty plant, or flower bouquet.  Teachers are the best! You can download my free printable poem tag below to go with this plant teacher gift idea.  The gorgeous succulents below are from Home Depot. Succulents are great for a class room because they don’t have to be watered often! If succulents aren’t your thing, add it to a beautiful orchid to show your appreciation. (For personal use only, not for resale. Copyright by thecraftingchicks.com) Pin It

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EASIEST No-Sew Summer Shorts from Leggings

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I’m so excited to share this post!!!  I have been wanting to BUY summer shorts for Q, my 5 year-old daughter and have also wanted to MAKE some.  It dawned on me a couple of days ago that I already had all the materials I needed and that there was a WAY easy way to remedy that.  I made 8 pair in about 10 minutes. STEP 1:  Find all the leggings you have that are either DIRTY or that have HOLES in them.  Most of Q’s were in one or both of those categories.  I was about to throw them out until I had this idea. STEP 2: Start cutting!  I used my sharp material scissors and matched up the two legs and went to town cutting each leg off right above where the stain or rip was. STEP 3:  Feel so happy that you are getting rid of all those stained and ripped parts of the legging.  Q had [Read More…]

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Ultimate Summer Camping Giveaway!

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If you love SUMMER, INSTAGRAM, & CAMPING – then this post was written for you! We are so excited to offer this giveaway to our readers and Instagram followers!  We love being inspired on IG and love being able to share our latest posts, printables and inspiration with all of you! So today we have a fun giveaway for you!   ARE YOU SITTING DOWN?? Because……   We collaborated with some of our FAVORITE peeps on Instagram to completely outfit one family with everything they would need for the Ultimate Summer Camping Experience!   One LUCKY Family Will Win….   THIS INCLUDES: A 6-person/2-room TENT, 4 Sleeping Bags, 4 Air Mattresses, 4 Camping Chairs, a Camping Grill, 2-Burner Griddle, a Portable Cooler, a Coleman Lantern, a Camping Fold-able Table, 4 Flashlights, a 5-Gallon Water Jug, a Waterproof Tarp, a Tent Kit, & a Camping Horse Shoes Set!   BEST. GIVEAWAY. EVER, RIGHT?!? Are you jumping up and down yet? Because [Read More…]

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Easy Summer Beach Bag

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I don’t know about you, but i’m obsessed with bags.  I’m obsessed with totes.  I have so many and I keep making more because they are so easy and fun to make.  This one is especially fun because I used opaque markers from Elmers.  I LOVE opaque markers because you can use lighter colors on darker fabric (below).  Elmer’s Opaque Paint Markers  are awesome because they are PERMANENT and won’t wash off when you launder your item.  I also love that they have so many colors to choose from.  This bag is so easy, here’s how you make it. SUPPLIES: -canvas bag (you can purchase these at your local craft store) -Elmer’s Opaque Paint Markers -Iron-on vinyl (I got the sparkly gold from Cricut) -Iron Start with your bag and iron it well. Cut out the heart, I used my Cricut. Place it on the bag and iron (follow instructions on your vinyl packaging). Peel off the plastic protective layer. There you [Read More…]

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Lantern Teacher Gift Idea *Free Printable

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Sharing a little teacher gift idea today!  I love these lanterns I found at Ikea…and made this little printable to go along with it.  “Thank you for being a light in the life of a child.” I also always love to include a gift card for each teacher…I {heart} teachers.  You can download my free printable below. (For personal use only, not for resale. Copyright by thecraftingchicks.com) Pin It

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Aloha…”Make Your Own Lei” Kit *Free Printable Sticker

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Summer is such a fun time to throw a Luau party.  I have one in the works soon and I thought this would be the cutest idea for guests as they arrive…a little kit to make their own Paper Hawaiian Lei. For the “Make Your Own Lei” Kit, you will need, Avery (Print to the edge Round Labels… I used glossy white 2″ diameter circles #22807 (I loved the idea of closing up the little sack with these sticker labels)  I use Avery products for many different kinds of labels but this was a fun way…and I love using the circle shape.  I was amazed at how many labels are available in different sizes and shapes. Twine (I like the thinner twine for this) Paper or plastic straws cut in 1 inch pieces Paper flowers with a hole in the center (I used my Cricut Machine) Paper Sacks (My polka dot yellow ones are from Pick Your Plum) This is [Read More…]

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1 Batch of Dough: 3 Types of Cookies

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Happy National Chocolate Chip Day! To celebrate, let’s talk cookies. My family is full of cookie lovers. One son will only eat chocolate chip cookies but another son won’t eat chocolate. So to keep everyone happy I mix up 1 batch of dough and end up with 3 types of cookies – without exerting any more effort. But they don’t need to know that. Remember the Rice Krispy commercial where the mom was in the kitchen whipping up a batch of Rice Krispy treats, but to keep the family impressed throws flour on herself? Yeah, it’s like that. Start with the best chocolate chip recipe ever! Seriously, I sucked at making chocolate chip cookies until Dana’s recipe came into my life. It makes a ton of cookies and is the perfect recipe for getting 3 for the price of 1. It makes 6 dz cookies, so after splitting it into 3, I still wind up with 2 dz of 3 [Read More…]

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Disney Vacation Incentives for Kids: Disney Dollars

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  Our Family loves going to Disneyland!  We could live there.  I’m sure many of you feel the same way. 😉 A few years ago my husband and I decided it was about time we gave the girls some responsibility to purchase their own prizes, treats, and whatever else they feel they “need” while we are there. You know how it goes. You get in the park and hit some rides but the kids always want to check out a store just to “see” what’s there.  They beg for something and you either give in or tell them no.  And how do I tell this cute face no? So now they have to do chores at home to earn these Disney Dollars.  These are things beyond their normal chores, but nothing too difficult.  I also will reward them with Disney Dollars if they do something extra nice or helpful without any complaints.  They can even earn them on the drive [Read More…]

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Topless Chicken Pot Pie

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With the nice weather we had been having I thought this recipe would have to wait until this fall to make an appearance here. But Mother Nature has a mind of her own and it turned off really cold over the weekend. Cold enough for Chicken Pot Pie. I’ve been making this version for years and it is in the top 5 of my husband’s favorite dishes. I cheat and use store bought deep dish pie crusts. This recipe makes twice as much as our family eats, so I like to take one into a neighbor for dinner or freeze one of the pies for later. First, sautee carrots and onions in butter until the onions are translucent. While the carrots and onions are cooking, go ahead and chop up a potato or two. Through in some frozen peas to get us a little closer to 4 cups. And then add enough frozen corn to bring the potatoes + peas [Read More…]

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