diy {you’re just my type & sparkle eyes}

We are buried in snow. Feet and feet and feet of snow. I’ve been enjoying coffee, quilts and Redbox while watching the blizzard of snow outside and the tornado of kids inside. I did a few updates on my blog design because I was feeling the need to clean and I chose to ‘clean up’ my blog instead of laundry. It (my blog) was feeling too busy for me and I needed some calm – could be related to that tornado of kids. Tomorrow I am going to share about my weekend with some overwhelmingly amazing women. Today is just a couple of notes on things.

My latest post for Design*Sponge is up today – it is a fun little Valentine idea for adults. It is actually one of my favorite projects as of late. Here is a peek at what you can find over there:
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Here is where most of the photos were shot:
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Here is what was banging on the door behind me as I shot most of those photos:
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And on a totally unrelated note, several of you have left comments asking for the secret to “sparkly” eyes.

Well, it is really technical and hard…only a professional can do it:)

Photo tip: When your main light source is behind your subject or to the side you will not get sparkly eyes…unless you do something with photoshop.

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Photo tip: If your main light source is behind you (indirect light like a window works great) you can get sparkly eyes because that light is reflecting in the eyes!

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Don’t forget to go check out Design*Sponge!

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  • Betsy Jo - I’m just gonna’ thank you for not posting pictures of the snow. :) I don’t think I could take it right now… (kidding. sorta’) Here in CT, we have been living under feet and feet of snow for weeks. And it’s getting a little… um… nutty. I like pictures of a pretty projects and a sweet little girl much better. Thank you! :)

  • Jennifer J - Thanks for showing where you shoot and what is happening around you. It’s helpful and motivating. Your pictures are amazing.

  • hearttypat - reminds me of my wedding invite where i used a typewriter font and printed out on doilies… i would had done them on a typewriter if i have one!
    http://hearttypat.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/one-way-to-create-wedding-souvenirs/

  • tara - you are just so brilliant.
    and giving.
    thank you for the photo tip.
    and the picture of your princess with the pink sword…because that is a gift that keeps on giving:) smiles all.day.long.

  • ashley jensen - Love that she has the sword in hand! Your shadow is in just the right spot on her pupils too! I think the most difficult part is getting little ones to stay still long enough!

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - Ohh, loving the blog changes! Not that I didn’t like th blog before, I just think the content is a little more noticeable.

  • debbie - we here in the windy city (Chicago) are also buried under tons of snow. i like your idea of coffee, quilts, and Redbox (and crafting!). :)

  • sharee - miss ashley today i just felt like telling you’re such an awesome lady and i’m so grateful for your encouraging and “real” blog. may the Lord bless you sweetly today:)

  • Heather @ Cookie Mondays - oooooh, i can’t wait to go check out that cute project!
    stay warm!

  • Lacy M. - Great tip!! I always thought that was some hard photoshop thing!! Thanks

  • Leslie @topofthepage - oh my gosh, baby with the pink sword has totally distracted me from the craft. so yummy. thanks for sharing.

  • amanda torres - Is her sword pink? If so, that is awesome!!!

  • Lesley - So I just saw your Design Sponge post…um…love it! You are so stinking creative.

  • Philly - Thank you so much for sharing photography tips. I got my first DSLR for Christmas and I enjoy all these little tips! I also love it when you put the shutter speed, aperture, and etc. Your photos are my favorite by far of any photographer I’ve seen.

  • Kirra Sue - Blog looks great Ashley! Thanks for the tips for sparklie eyes! Hope you guys stay warm today & don’t lose your power! We’ve got 20 inches in downtown Chicago- so crazy!!!!

  • Tara - I just found your blog via the Homies… I love all your DIY projects and house tours! Good luck with the contest :)

  • Melissa W. - LOL, Ashley! I LOVE the photo of Firecracker as she stands banging at the window, haha. I really love that you show that element of your life, and probably a lot of “our” (the readers) lives – you may make amazing crafts and projects, and take beautiful photos, but you’re always always a mother! :-) (And such an inspiration!) ;-)

  • Dacia - Thanks for the tips! All of them! The little bit I know about using my nikon d40 is from your tips. :)

  • Ruth - Two things. First, your new blog design is lovely. Very fresh. Second, oh my goodness. This is truly the greatest Valentines Day gift/craft I have ever seen in my whole life. My husband is always complicated to give to, and the creativity of this makes me want to flip. Now, I just have to get my lazy self to do it. Thanks for sharing!

  • cj - love.
    LoVe.
    LOVE! all of it. the tips. the slice of life shot with the sword & all!
    been a fan/stalker of yours for a while, now. i was wondering, how did you create your blog banner?

  • giozi - I looooove your tutorial, I’m going to do it for this saturday :)

    And I liked to see you on your baby’s eyes ;)

  • Angela - I love the new look!

  • Kae - hi ashley! i was next to my 2 year old girl when i was skimming through your post on design sponge. when she saw your finished product, she said, “Wow!! pretty!” it cracked me up.
    i love your diy posts….hope you keep it up despite the negative/mean comments you might get. you inspire a lot of other women out there :)

  • Harriet - Just looked at your design sponge post – I love this idea! Only problem is I am 21 and haven’t found my valentine yet!

  • RachelC - Super cool typewriter tin!!! Too advanced for me, but I really like it.

  • RachelC - I LOVE that knotted anthropologie bedding in your “my lovelies” section. One day, as soon as I learn how to sew, I’m going to make that.

  • Jen Helbert - my goodness, look at that sweet lil’ face at the window. thanks for the tips!

  • Liene - Great tip!

  • Helen + Bill + Mirys from Brazil - Hi Ashley!

    I´m back. Actually, WE are back (in Brazil) and I´m back here (in front of a computer).

    I decided to get away in the 1st year of “anniversary” of my husband´s accident and I fullfiled a promesse the both of us have made for the kids: go to Paris. I went! Alone! Just me and my 2 little musketeers. And it was great!!!

    I finnaly get back to photoshooting and I´d like you to know that is such a pleasure to get back home, open your blog and… find photos tips!!! Thanks!!

    How your kids are? Hope everybody is GREAT.

    Kisses and blessings.

    Mirys

    PS: if you want to see HOW I manage 2 little ones in Europe, in winter, by myself, go to http://www.diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com. I put a translator button, just in the top of the page, last year.

  • Helen + Bill + Mirys from Brazil - Hi Ashley!

    I´m back. Actually, WE are back (in Brazil) and I´m back here (in front of a computer).

    I decided to get away in the 1st year of “anniversary” of my husband´s accident and I fullfiled a promesse the both of us have made for the kids: go to Paris. I went! Alone! Just me and my 2 little musketeers. And it was great!!!

    I finnaly get back to photoshooting and I´d like you to know that is such a pleasure to get back home, open your blog and… find photos tips!!! Thanks!!

    How your kids are? Hope everybody is GREAT.

    Kisses and blessings.

    Mirys

    PS: if you want to see HOW I manage 2 little ones in Europe, in winter, by myself, go to http://www.diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com. I put a translator button, just in the top of the page, last year.

  • Jenny - THANK YOU! I’m always trying to experiment in one of the only two rooms with good light in my house and now I’ve got it thanks to you! Sparkly eyes here we come!!

  • pinksuedeshoe - Oh be still my typewriter loving heart! I LOVE this idea. So so cute!

  • How to Tuesday :: Sparkly Eyes from Under the Sycamore | snippets :: by Leslie Ann Jones - [...] tip that you must go read. If you want to know how to give your kids sparkly photo eyes, click through to read Ashley Ann’s advice {you’ll have to scroll to the bottom of the post to find the photo [...]

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