Throw Pillow Giveaway

October 29th, 2013

I was in Las Vegas last weekend visiting my parents and extended family and also spent a few hours meeting a lady I’ve purchased pillow covers from for years who also resides in Nevada, Michelle at Festive Home Decor.

Michelle was kind enough to invite me to her studio where I got to fondle her 500+ bolts of fabric (oh yeah) and drool over her monogram embroidery machine (want!). Michelle was a delight to spend time with, not only because she is such a lovely person but because her fabric stock is incredible, and her team offers throw pillows and other custom fabric orders in designer fabrics at affordable prices.

In addition to designer fabrics Michelle makes available, Festive Home Decor has a Holiday Collection too. Personally, I’m crazy about the Frost Birch collection and could style those fabrics everywhere in my house!

Today Festive Home Decor is giving away three $75 shop credits.

festive home decor toss pillows


Want to shop now? Use the code CENTSGIRL20 to get 20% off!

Eligibility to win one of three $75 shop credits to Festive Home Decor:

1) Visit Festive Home Decor and pick a favorite fabric or pillow then name it in a comment on this post, that’s it!

2) For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter and leave a second comment naming where you shared (FB or Twitter).

Three winners chosen at random, giveaway ends at midnight PST on November 2, 2013. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

Good luck!



Outdoor Photography: What I’ve Learned

October 28th, 2013

Hey everyone! I’m back from a quick trip to visit with family and I was asked to take some pictures of the event which took place in late afternoon and just before the sun set. My cousins were asking me about my “fancy camera” and how I learned to use it. Their questions reminded me just how far I’ve come with photography in the past few years and how I taught myself how to work a DSLR and shoot in manual. It took time and concentration but I’m so glad I kept at it, but I’m still learning.

I thought today I’d share a little about the camera and lenses I work with. As you know I take pictures of everything from craft projects to large spaces but I really do enjoy getting outside to play with my Nikon, whether it’s a wine country adventure or just a tour through my backyard.

First a peek at my toys – the camera bag is the Rose Moss from Jo’s Totes.

kates camera


I use the 12-24mm and 10-25mm zoom lenses for landscapes and room shots, and the 35mm and 50mm prime lenses for vignettes or details. The 35mm is my favorite so if I’m only taking one lens that’s the one I grab because it’s so versatile.

Here are a few of the things I’ve learned along the way when it comes to taking outdoor pictures …

Shade is Ideal.  Bright direct sunlight creates harsh shadows. Any outdoor scene looks better in shade than direct sunlight. For example with an exterior or a porch, shooting when the sun is behind the house and not in front makes for a better composure. For my own home, I’ll photograph my east facing porch in the afternoon after the sun has passed behind the house or my west facing rear courtyard in the morning while the sun is still shining directly on the front yard.

better detail with shade

knoxville gray fall front door


Seek the Golden Hour. Oh that glorious hour just after the sun rises and just before the sun sets. It’s when you’ll get the puuuuuufect light to capture your environment.

oahu sunrise

One hour after sunrise

horse on beach

One hour before sunset

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