Best Of 2011 {DIY Projects}

December 26th, 2011

Greetings all, I hope you’re enjoying your time off with friends and family.  We’re coming down to the last few days of the year, and that means it’s roundup time!  Looking back, I narrowed it down to a list of fifteen of my favorite DIY projects from 2011.  Here they are in chronological order, follow the links for the full story.

#1:  Budget Bathroom Cabinet Makeover

lower cabinets after

 

#2  New Tile Backsplash (Installation)

tile backsplash after

 

#3  No Sew Cloth Napkin Pillow Covers

cg pillows in family room

 

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Holiday Bokeh!

December 25th, 2011

Hello everyone and a very Merry Christmas to you!  Santa came a few days early for me bringing a new lens (Nikon 50 mm 1.8, thanks Santa!) and just in time to capture some holiday bokeh.  I’ve never been able to photograph those beautiful orbs that come from twinkle lights in the background until this week, so I’m very excited! 

holiday bokeh twinkle lights

 

All of the images below were taken with the subject about 8 to 10 feet away from the twinkle lights with the lens mentioned above. I opened up the aperture as wide as it could go in the afternoon and evening and slightly less in the morning due to the brighter daylight, resulting in some pretty bokeh shots!  Camera settings below.

Morning:

reindeer snow globe bokeh

F-stop: 2.8       Shutter Speed: 1/160      ISO: 800

 

Afternoon: 

christmas tree bokeh centsational girl

F-Stop: 1.8     Shutter Speed 1/25      ISO 800

 

Evening:

nighttime bokeh silver bulbs

F-stop  1.8    Shutter Speed 1/15      ISO 1600  

 

So so pretty, I love me some twinkle light bokeh!!!

Here are three more sources for tips on taking great holiday bokeh shots before your tree comes down:

I Heart Faces

My Three Boybarians

Kevin and Amanda

 

Wishing all of you the best day filled with all the merriment and magic of Christmas! 

xo,

kate signature image

 

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