19 July 2014

How to make a Camera Bag Case

I am one that is fairly protective of my camera, and want it to live happily safe and sound.  I also do not like to spend money.  However, the biggest problem I run into is that I haven't found a camera case the size I wanted to fit my camera.  So, what is one to do?  Well make one of course!

(I would like to insert a disclaimer.  I love to sew, have been doing it since the age of eight.  I however do not like patterns, or really following the rules persay. I just sort of make them up as I go along.  That being said, none of my work is extremely professionally finished, but it works.  Plus, I enjoy how things are, and that is all that really matter.  So be forewarned, if you think you can do this better, feel free to.)

Step 1: Measure
Now, I think it is the architect in me that wants to have everything at right angles, and nice and rectangular, but I just measure everything.  I measured the back and one side of the camera, added it together, gave myself a bit of a seam allowance, and decided to cut it there.  Did the same the other side as well.

Step 2: Cut
I took my measurements, and cut it out.  I like to use a rotary cutter.  Love that tool.  When I finally got it, and paid more than I wanted for it, I was so glad I had.  I use it to cut everything!  Also may be because I cut squares mostly, but man, no idea how I lived before.  If you don't have one, get one, you'll thank me.

Step 3: Make two
Now, I was so pleased with myself, got my piece cut out from my extra fabric, live was wonderful.  Then I realized I needed two pieces because I was going to stuff it.  Silly me.  So, don't be like me, make two to start with.  But if not, I just traced over the cut with my rotary cutter, and I was done.  So easy...

Step 4: Sew the sides
I chose to do my thread in red.  For two reasons really.  One, I like contrast.  The red and the purple went well together.  I liked it.  I also don't really care if it matches, I think those who are obsessed with matching thread are sometimes crazy about it. But, the main reason is it was already on the machine and I wasn't in the mood to change it.  Do whatever color you want.  Dye your thread to match you fabric if you really want.

Step 5: Stuff it
I happened to have a bunch of stuffing laying around.  Left over from a huge pillow project I never finished.  And I took some of it, and shoved it in the hole.  Notice I hadn't sewn the one side, so I had plenty of room to stuff.  I made it just poofy enough to be fluffy, but not over sized.

Step 6: Sew the columns
 Now, I had done this before and was super pleased with the results, so I decided to do it again.  Partly because you want the stuffing to stay, partly for looks, sew columns into it.  I made sure they went the way that I was going to fold it over to make the case, but do it however you want.  I just picked a random width, and tried to stay on it.

Step 7: Sew Shut
I found it very handy that the columns worked out so that the last one was about the size of the last pocket.  I then sewed up that last side, and can I tell you, don't know which is which.  It helps with ease that I didn't want to hide the sewing, so I didn't turn it inside out.  I figured I couldn't hide the columns, do why hid the rest.

Step 8: Sew it together
Then you take it and fold it over, and sew the side and bottom.  I did the side first, just so it wouldn't be hard to hold.  The original plan was to have a top flap.  Once again, I planned wrong, but I loved this when it came out anyways.  There are now like two inches of fluff at the top.  I just shove the camera in, and can fold it over, but it stays nice and protected.

I love my camera case now.  It lives in my camera bag, which hopefully I will show you soon.  Do let me know if you decide to make your own, and show me below!  Thanks for checking this out!

10 July 2014

Gertrude Jackson Cook Casper Diraries

I would like to introduce you to my Great-Grandma, Gertrude Jackson Cook Casper.  Today would have been her 135th birthday.  I didn't know her at all, my mother wasn't alive that long before she passed away, but like all ancestors, she still holds a place in my heart.  Here are some pictures of her.

Gertrude Jackson Cook  ~ age 6
Gertrude Jackson Cook
Gertrude Jackson Cook Casper
Gertrude Jackson Cook Casper
Gertrude Jackson Cook Casper
Gertrude Jackson Cook Casper
Gertrude Jackson Cook Casper near adobe house
 In the later years of her life, she kept some journals.  They were five year journals, so something small written every day for five years.  We were able to get to hold these precious journals, and scan them into the computer.  Here is the journal from 1941-1945, and here for 1946-1950.  Unfortunately she passed away before she was able to finish the last one, so parts can look a bit empty.

If you decide to print them, I would suggest two PDF pages a sheet, and get them printed both sides.  Take them to a printer and they will do it for you.  I could probably do it as well for you, if you would like it, leave a comment or email me and we will see what the cost will be.

04 July 2014

Happy 4th of July!!!

Have a happy 4th!  And don't get burned by any fireworks.

01 July 2014

you are advertising to the wrong person

I have been thinking a lot about advertising, and who to advertise to, and how a lot of the world is doing it wrong. You see, I am a member of a website called Etsy, you may have heard of it.  And I see a lot of people on there promoting their items to people who do the same thing they do.  Not that smart.  If you are trying to sell me jewelry that I can just make on my own, I'm just going to make it on my own, not buy yours.  So, who should you be marketing to?

Let's have a look at my favorite magazine collection. 

It is a little magazine called Dwell.  It is about homes, and architecture, and great design.

Now, let's pick one up, a random one, doesn't matter. 

It is the same as a lot of my favorite architecture magazines full of ads at the beginning of it, and sometime, SOMETIMES they have some furniture ads.  They need to make some money, right?  And which ad do we find?

According to a lot of peoples actions, it should have homes, right? Right? RIGHT?

Bam!  A Cadillac! 

 CADILLAC!  Nothing, nothing to do with architecture or homes.  But, that is what is in EVERY architecture magazine.  I am not kidding, go pick one up and look.  Tons of cars, everywhere. And why?  Because architects like cars.  They (supposedly) have money.  They have egos, big egos.  They want to buy the fancy car.  They want to impress people.  They must own that car.

According to a lot of people's logic, you would advertise a car in a car magazine.  But seriously, who is reading that publication?  A guy (or girl, we are not sexist here) who likes cars, who likes to fix them up.  The ideal car for someone reading those magazines is a rundown, or classic car that they can buy and fix up.  No, they are not going to buy the Cadillac.  No way.

So, what does this have to do with you?  Well, chances are, you are advertising to the wrong person.  Please, figure out who your customer is.  Picture your product on someone.  I'll help, let's do some jewelry, not like that is an over saturated category or anything.  How about a nice diamond necklace?

Does it work well on a hillbilly?  Great, find some gun websites, or cowboy message boards, and make friends there.  (Not all cowboys or girls are hillbilly's....)

Does it work well on a teenager?  Great, find some of the teenage messageboards, or get on twitter and youtube, snapchat even.  Get in touch with a teen and see where they hang out online, and market there.

Does it work well on a rich business lady?  Great, find some professional gathering spots.  LinkenIn would be a good place to have a page.

Does it work well on a small child?  Great, find some mommy blogs, or even better, see if you can get some ads on the kids sites, so then the child can beg their mom for it.

Does it work well on a world famous actress?  Great, find some connections.  I have heard that everyone is connected to everyone within 5 people.  Although they are now old news, I know how I can get to the Jonas Brothers in three.  And I'm not talking people who just know each other, but good friends with friends.  See where yours takes you.  I don't have a big need to find the Jonas Brothers, but if I really wanted to, I could.  Who do you really want to get connected to?

Does it work well on a carefree girl who likes what her friends like?  Great, find some amazing Facebook pages.  People love their Facebook, and are devoted to it.  I don't like it myself, and don't have a business one.  But then, I'm not this customer.  This customer also likes Instagram, Vine, and other fast moving social networks.

Does it work well on a trendy girl who everyone looks up to?  Great, find some fashion blogs, some beauty blogs.  Approach then gently, and become their friend, chances are they will start to look at your things, and may even tell their friends.

Does it work well on an old lady in retirement?  Great, find some people to talk to.  No, really, step away from the computer and go talk to people.  The older generation isn't really online, and if they are, they aren't always sure how to use it.  But, if you find a little old lady who likes your stuff, chances are she has some money saved away just wanting to spend it on all of her grandchildren.

So, go and take a real look at who your customer is, then find out where they are located, and promote to them there.  It will work a whole lot better than trying to just sling your name out wherever you get a chance to post it.

I want to know, who is your customer and where is she (or he...)?

Note: I was not paid for any product listed.  I am just passionate.

27 June 2014

50+ AutoCAD blocks freebie

Hey guys, today I wanted to share with you something that has been terribly helpful to be when designing houses, and those are blocks. 

As many of you know, I love to use AutoCAD to create all my floor plans in.  Have always loved it, and always will.  But it is hard to create a plan from scratch, trust me, I've tried.  So instead I like to use blocks.  They are like little drawings of things that you can put in and don't have to draw them up yourself. 

Here are a few of them for you to take a plan with.  It is super helpful to me, and hope it will be for you.  Linky  Right click and download will probably work the best for you.

22 June 2014

It's my birthday, don't bug me.....

Yep, happy birthday to me, and hence, no real blog today....  Ah, days off.

I actually had a job once where we got paid birthdays, yep, that was nice.

21 June 2014

Other UNO Versions (by VaLon)

As summer is in full swing, I have decided to share my favorite game with you.

For a few summers, I worked at Sylvan Learning Center as a teacher's aid.  My job, was to play with kids while the teachers got ready.  And our favorite games was UNO!  I have played many different versions of this, as the kids would change and make up their own rules as they went a long.  My favorite thing to do was to play along with them, and then beat them with their own rules.  I was able to get some of the teenagers to play along, when nobody else could get them to do anything.  I thought I'd share the rules to my favorite versions with you now.

Good Card Way (works best with only two people)
Divide all the good cards (non numbered cards) into piles. Divide equally, so that each person has the same amount of each card (or close to it). Place the numbered cards in the draw pile. Play like you normally would except reverse in this case is used just like a skip; draw 2 (or 4) can not be stacked, the other person must draw.

Cheater Way 
Play like normal, except try to get rid of your cards by other means (such as dropping cards, hiding them, playing multiple at a time, etc…) If cheater is caught, they have to take the whole discard pile.

There is of course other ways to play than by the real rules, and let’s be honest, I’m not sure which the real rules of the game is. Such as stacking verses not stacking draw cards. Or keeping wild cards and drawing instead of playing them. Or picking up one card when you can’t play or drawing cards until you can. Etc... Or, just make up your own rules as you go along.

Have fun playing!  Oh, and let me know your favorite ways to play, I'll try them out!

15 June 2014

have a good Father's Day

Have a happy Father's Day.  Go hug your dad.

12 June 2014

natural beauty

Time for a rant.  I had a friend who I once was talking to about how she was going to freshen up, if she was going to put on any makeup or anything.  Now, I for one have mixed emotions about makeup.  I love it, I love to dress up all pretty, or all funky, and change my look to whatever I am in the mood for.  I love Halloween for that reason.  Bring on the makeup!  However, I am not one to use it everyday.  I go through my phases, wearing it a lot, to wearing it a little.  But, when I asked my friend about it, she had a fit, saying there was no way she was going to be wearing makeup.  I asked, not even mascara?  Afterall, it was a presentation day, and I had sprung for some small makeup.  But no, apparently her mother never wore any makeup, and she has no wrinkles today, so she wasn't going to justify wearing makeup because she didn't want wrinkles....

Yeah, so I don't know if it is true or not.  She claims it is in the removable of makeup and moving your skin around that it stretches it out.  I happen to think she is a beautiful girl, got that beautiful South America skin going on, and that has a lot to do with it.  She doesn't need makeup, but then neither do I.  I just enjoy it.

On the other hand I have many friends, that are old enough to be my mother, who think they can't go out of the house without makeup on.  That they would look horrible without it.  They probably have been doing it for years.  And, I will admit to having seen some without it, and it did scare me, but mostly because I was not use to it.

There is also a lot going around about the chemicals inside of makeup being bad for you.  I am not here to tell you they are not.  I am not going to say they are.  There probably is a lot of makeup that is bad for you to use year after year, just like a lot of things in life.  But, I am here to tell you that you don't need to worry, afterall, we are all going to die anyways.  If you want to use it, do it.  If you don't, don't.  I think you are beautiful anyway you are.  And that is your natural beauty anyways.

07 June 2014

Unique Fun Pool Design

Hey guys, I have been enjoying looking back on some old designs that I have done, and I came across this wonderful design for a pool.  I don't get a nice pool here in Utah, what with there being snow half of the year, but I have always had such a romantic with pools.  I loved this one because it was unique as well as having a striking graphical presence.  I made the basic design in AutoCAD years ago, and just now updated it as well as made it graphical in Photoshop, for those of you that aren't in my head and know what the lines mean.  Here, it is, enjoy!