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LIVING

New Uses for Old Things: Converting a Frying Pan into a Ground Pod

diy ground pod

Ok, this one is not for everyone but I thought that it was a clever DIY project. Food and photography goes hand to hand. But this time, it is on an usual way. An inexpensive frying pan creates the base of your own custom made ground pod.

Besides the cost savings, the benefits are that it is lighter than the commercially available ground pods and that you can make it at the height that fits your body. If you are interested, the project is simple to make. Check the instructions at Digital Photography School and at Photo Migrations.

I try to remember this fun thing the next time I meet a serious photographer.

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

DIY Photobooth Ideas for New Year’s Eve

diy photobooth for new year

Nothing commemorate the passing to the New Year as a photobooth. You will see that it is not complicate to set up your own photobooth. Basically, you need to create a festive, photo-friendly backdrop and to supply your guests with a nice prop selection.

As a start, I suggest that you explore these three successfully executed photobooths. Take the time to read the articles/posts since they will supply you with all the tips you need to make your own photobooth for New Year’s Eve. Head first to HGTV. They produced a comprehensive DIY photobooth set up guide (top picture).

For years,  Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day! shared her photobooth projects. I really like her latest idea which uses a fringe garland as the backdrop.

big fringe garland photobooth
photo credits: Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids Photography for Oh Happy Day

Lastly, the quality of your photos depends on the quality of your photographer and how comfortable your guests feels  in front of the camera.

new year's eve photobooth ideas
photo credits: studiOsnap

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Turn your Instagram Pictures into Prints with DeepSquare Prints

deepsquare prints of your instagram photos on a desk

deepsquare prints of your instagram photos on a desk
Photo: DeepSquare Prints $25 for 4 assorted prints of your Instagram photos

Today, I am happy to report about a cool product for all Instagram fans. Today is a great day for the two founders of Static Pixels, Massimo Farina and Lawrence Tenuta, since they launched their first product: DeepSquare Prints. They saw a market with Instagram prints. Like they say on their Web site, it’s hip to be square.

deepsquare instagram prints hung on a wall

What you get is a 5-inch square print of any of your Instagram pictures printed on recycled paper-based board. Each print has its own stand and wall mount. I imagine DeepSquare Prints to be used to make a love story wall at a wedding or to share memories at a milestone birthday. They are also an easy way to decorate your office with pictures that you speak to you.

deepsquare prints stand

You can order 4 five inch prints on rigid paper board for $25. Shipping is $5 across North America or $10 for international delivery. They are Forest Stewardship Council certified.

Their InstaOrder program enables you to order from your iPhone 4 prints of the photo you have just taken. This eases the process of giving actual prints to your friends and family. Visit Static Pixels for more details.

ENTERTAINING TABLETOP

Set the Table with Inspiration from Ikea

ikea kitchenware dining table carl kleiner

ikea kitchenware dining table carl kleiner

Who says the everyday can’t be artful? These images by Swedish still-life photographer Carl Kleiner caught our eye when we recognized a few iconic Ikea kitchen pieces in the compositions.

ikea dining table yellow carl kleiner

ikea kitchenware dining table white carl kleiner

The photographer behind Ikea’s Homebaked is Best recipe book , Carl Kleiner is known for his minimialist, graphic approach, yet these photos have their share of charm too thanks to a few hidden faces in the table settings.

ikea kitchenware table setting carl kleiner

Not only will we be taking inspiration from these when its time to set the table for our next dinner party – at least when it comes to colour and pattern –, we’d also love to see the photos available as prints. They’d make a great option for colourful artwork in the kitchen.

SOURCING:
+ All photos by Carl Kleiner
+ Via Creative Review

ENTERTAINING PARTY ideas + decor

Deck the Walls with Umbra Snap Frames

deck the walls

deck the walls

Here is a fun party activity or decor that you can use over and over. You could use the Umbra Snap frames to display your favorite photos of the guest of honor or to enhance the party theme. If you have a photo booth at your party, use them to create a place where people could hang their photos. I like the fact that your guests can write on them to comment their photos or give you their wishes.

Umbra Snap frame for a party decor

The Snap frames come in white, black and red in a pack of 9. I prefer the white ones for their versatility.

SOURCING:
+ For Canadians: Umbra Snap Frames in White $19.99 CAD at Amazon.ca [affiliate link]
+ For Americans: Umbra Snap Frames, Set of 9 $17.99 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]

BABY products FAMILY

Chronicle Your Baby’s Life with Sticky Bellies

sticky bellies

sticky bellies

As my son approaches the 5-month mark, I wish to find an easy way to document his monthly milestone. We already take a daily picture of him. I initially wanted to design my own signs, but I clearly lack the time. I need a ready-to-use option to identify his age on a picture. I might have found the one.

Sticky Bellies is a peel-able sticker that looks great on shirts, pants or objects. It comes in a set of 1 to 12 months and a set of 13 to 24 months. The Oh Sew Adorable is tailored towards little girls, the Oh Sew Handsome is for boys while the neutral Oh Sew Cute would fit both genders.

SOURCING:
+  Oh Sew Stickers by Sticky Bellies $14.99 USD per set

FOOD + DRINK FOOD presentation

My New Camera: a Nikon D5000

nikon d5000

nikon d5000

We finally did it! I was long due for a new camera. I dreamt of a flash since my house does not receive a lot of natural light. Plus, I often take food pictures when I am cooking dinner. I never developed the reflex to make actual shooting session, probably because I did not have the proper equipment. I do not aim to become a professional photographer. I simply want to create pictures that look great for my blog.

With the trip to Japan, it seems like the right time to upgrade. My husband got his new lenses and I got my flash. I want something that is fairly easy to use and not too heavy. This is why we opt for the Nikon D5000 with a SB-600 flash. When we got home, we found out that the camera has a Food scene setting.

First step

I took this picture to test the food setting while I cooked dinner last night. I am glad that I see a definitive improvement. The colors are more vivid that what I used to get with my old camera.

tropical fennel salad

But there is a lot more that I need to learn to produce stunning food pictures.

Next step

Styling and photography is the ultimate frontier. I know that I am not alone who would like to improve their skills. To get you started, explore the tips and techniques provided on

For one thing, I will see how I can set up a small photo studio in my home. And do not forget, practice makes better.

SOURCING:
+ Digital SLRs at Amazon.com

FOOD + DRINK RECIPES + menus

Blood Orange Caramels with Toasted Almonds and Sea Salt | Candy Recipe

blood orange caramels recipe on matt bites

blood orange caramels recipe on matt bites

I cannot believe that I never visited Matt Bites before. It is an exceptionally awesome blog produced by food photographer Matt Armendariz, who is located in Los Angeles. Matt offered a lot of behind the scenes stories on his blog. He also shares tips on food and food photography.

If you like to bake your own candy, you will want to add this to your repertoire. We have to thank one of his food stylist friends, Cindie, for this recipe. She brought the Blood Orange Caramels with Toasted Almonds and Sea Salt at a shooting. I must quote how Matt, who does not have a sweet tooth, described the taste:

Oh my god, these caramels. Soft and chewy, the initial stickiness gives way to buttery and tart citrus flavors before ending with tiny salty fireworks once the crystals have had time to dissolve on your tongue. The whole shebang ends with a crunch of the toasted nuts, and before long you realize these caramels have sent you over the edge with very distinct flavors all working together harmoniously.

I was sold when I saw the pictures. Now, I am craving for some. If you bake those, make sure to use Parchment paper. You are never supposed to put wax paper on the oven since it could burn. But it is even more important when you are making caramels. People who used wax paper for baking reported that the caramel sticked too much, which was caused by the fact that the wax melted on the oven. Leave the wax paper to wrap the caramels, once they have cooled down.

+ photos and recipe: Matt Bites

FOOD + DRINK RECIPES + menus

Karen Wise’s Food and Wedding Photography

food and still life photography by karen wise

food and still life photography by karen wise

Karen Wise is a talented Brooklyn based photographer specializing in destination weddings, food and still life. Pictures that evoked a relaxed breakfast on a weekend often caught my attention. They feel heavenly. Taking the time to relax on Sunday morning illustrates how you can reinterpret the Dolce Vita with simple pleasures.

My choice may have been influenced by the New Year edition of the National Post which was a Guide to a Good Life. Amongst the topics, they talked about cooking something every single day. This is a good and feasible New Year’s resolution.

inside the kitchen during wedding reception at stone barns :: photo by karen wise

Also look how Karen captured the inside of a kitchen during a wedding reception. It is awesome! You can admire more gorgeous wedding photos on her blog.

MORE:
+ photo: Food and Art site of Karen Wise
+ photo: Karen Wise’s blog

DESIGN and style LIVING

Air Canada Photo Contest

air canada photo contest

If you are a Canadian amateur photographer who takes stunning vacation photos, here is your chance to win a vacation. Submit your best vacation photo in one of 5 categories: touch, sight, smell, sound and taste. You have until February 25th, 2010 to enter. So, you still have time to capture this magical moment. Small detail: the photo must have been taken at one of the Sun destinations offered by Air Canada Vacations.

+ photo: Capture your Moment Photo Contest