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Photography Goods: Paper Quilled Vintage Camera Cards

Back in January I mentioned buying a Beginner Quilling Kit. You can see my first attempt here. It was fun, but I haven’t had a chance to try it again since then. While looking for inspiration I came across these awesome quilled vintage camera cards by Sweet Spot Card Shop on Etsy. OMG! So cute!! The little details, like the tiny gems for the flash and lenses, really sets these apart.

That got me thinking about the art of quilling in general. A lot of quilled design feels sort of dated. And that is good if that’s the look you’re going for. But what could bring this skill back for the masses is if quilling took an updated turn – whether being added to mixed media, or moving beyond the common bouquet of flowers you see all over. Anyway, Sweet Spot Card Shop really nailed blending the art form and making it appealing to today’s buyers. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to get a card (or calendar!) like these?



Handmade camera accessories

I love to see the creative things people sew for cameras. At one time I was all proud of myself for sewing this camera strap cover, but that was peanuts compared to the beautiful patchwork versions from House on Hill Road. The blue one in colorway thirty-six is my favorite.

And check out these SLR camera covers by Pixbag. Talk about stylish.

Then there are Lens Pets by Mandee Franee – perfect for anyone taking photos of children. I’d smile if I saw these, too. What do you think? Over the top or just really fantastic?

(Thanks to greenclogs for the facebook shout out about the straps, and to my husband for sending the camera cover link).

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Lomography Spinner 360° Camera

Have you heard about the new Lomo Spinner 360? I love the idea and the photos, but don’t relish having to use 35mm film again (or carry another camera!). Digital just makes everything so much easier. Call me lazy.

Photos above by K.D. Stevens. See more photos here and here. Via


When a little discretion is advised…

Check out the Cloak Bag. The photographer in me is really tickled by this, but if I saw someone actually shooting with it I’m sure I would think it strange. However, it does partially fulfill my desire for a small, lightweight bag to conceal my equipment when I didn’t want to be so obvious (which is often). That is one thing about dSLRs. They are so in-your-face when I’d rather they be as  discreet as point-and-shoots. I guess that’s the price we pay for better quality and control.

What do you think? Would you carry this bag? via


A Visual Guide to Stylishly Modern Camera Bags

Just a round-up of some pretty snazzy camera bags available. I own the Crumpler, a gift from my husband, which is a good fit for my lifestyle right now (aka camera/diaper bag). However, in a perfect world, I’d love to be able to design my own. If you feel the same, check out KATA’s Dream Bag Challenge. You can submit your own original idea for the chance to have your bag hand-built, and to win a professional photo kit worth $5000 (including a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR body, 2 Canon lenses, Gitzo tripod kit and Litepanels Camera Light).


Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home

Jill-e Medium Chocolate Brown Suede


Epiphanie Lola Shoulder Bag

Emera quilted bag

The Kelly Moore Bag


KaTa 123-GO-10

Tenba Messenger: Small Photo/Laptop Bag



Clik Traveler



Acme Made Montgomery Street Backpack

Oliday Dark Brown Canvas Camera Bag



What nifty device can you make with paper, film and a Coke can?

I found a very interesting book on the new arrival shelf at the library yesterday. A book called Build Fun Paper Cameras: Take Eye-Catching Pinhole Photos. My first thought was Hmm, those look pretty cool! My second thought was They still make 35mm film?! It is almost hard for me to believe that everyone just doesn’t use digital these days. I love the instant satisfaction of seeing an image onscreen (especially handy when I notice a detail that needs fixing). Film cameras don’t give you that amount of control, and that idea is… intriguing.

So, I’m curious. I decided to check the book out and experiment. What if I had to physically rely on myself to manage the exposure (and not just tell my digital camera how long to do it for me)? I mean literally open and close the shutter by hand, and not with the press of a button? What would it be like to manually make my own equipment? And wind the film myself? I’m guessing the worst that can happen will be that none of my photos come out, but even so I’ll have made some pretty nifty little paper cameras. So, if you’ll excuse me – I have a Coke can to cut and pierce, film to find and purchase, and 8 sheets of freshly printed card stock to cut, fold and assemble.

To be continued…



I am the proud owner of a new Canon EOS Rebel XSi! David got it for me as a Mother’s day/birthday gift and I am so giddy about it. It took me forever to process the possibility of getting a digital SLR. I kept questioning myself – was it too much camera for me? Would I use it? Would it be too technical? Do I even deserve it? All these thoughts kept swirling around in my head (for months!), until I finally accepted that it was okay to want a nice camera, especially to document one of the most important people in my life right now. I also knew I was frustrated with my ancient point-and-shoot. It just couldn’t offer the creativity and flexibility I was looking for (although it is fine for throwing in the diaper bag!)

Just like everyone else considering an entry level dSLR I researched both Nikon and Canon. David’s dad, who is always good for advice on these things, recommended the Canon, I think because they are rated so highly here on Consumer Reports. He was also the person who planted the idea in my head in the first place (thanks Alan!). I also got good advice from Anna who suggested a Nikon D60 or D90. Then there is my friend Greta who also recently decided to go with a Nikon. However, the final decision for me was made because David already owned two Canon lenses, thus it made the most sense.

What do you think of my new strap cover (finally using some of my patricia fabric from Ikea)!? There is a great slipcover tutorial at Made by Petchy. And that little velcro pocket I added was a must – otherwise it would be so like me to lay my lens cap down and forget where I put it!

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