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Three Things: A new DIY, a new set of keys + a trip to…

…GREECE! I’ll get back to that in a second.


First, you should check out the new DIY leather card case project posted on Whimseybox. It’s the updated leather card case project I taught at Craftcation, and you can download the pattern for free.

Second, this morning I picked up the keys to our NEW OFFICE! Wouldn’t it be awesome if I saved up that news until we were moved it and it was decorated like some kind church of DIY and technology? Maybe, but there’s no way that was going to happen. I’ll do a longer post soon once I take some pictures and we move in. Can. Not. Wait!

Third, I’m going to GREECE to speak at a conference next month. How awesome is that? It’s great to look forward to, since this my house looks like this right now…

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Our DIY Photo Studio

We are really excited about the move to Boulder, but there’s a lot that we’re going to miss as well. For me, our house is one of the major things. That might sound a kind of crazy, but you have to realize that (1) I haven’t seen our new house yet, so I don’t even really know what to expect because Joe (who I trust 100% of course) picked it out on a visit without me, and (2) I work from home. This house is not just where we live, it’s also where I’ve worked for the last 2.5 years, and where Whimseybox was born. It’s where I really got into blogging, where I posted about our home décor projects, and where we packed boxes all through the night on more than one occasion. It’s where the team comes to work every day and where I spend 99% of my time.

Another great thing about the house is that it has big windows and gets great light. That’s something that we’re really looking for in our new office. Using natural light in our photos makes them look nicer without all of the time and expense of a full photography studio. Here’s what our ‘studio’ looks like lately:

alyssa at work

In front of the living room windows we have a $20 kids table from IKEA, originally purchased when my 2yo niece visited for Thanksgiving. I saved the box and had planned to take it apart and store it after she left, but it turned out that the white table was handy. And, when combined with two foam core ‘reflectors’ tucked into each of the chairs, it morphs into a great little spot for pictures.


Just a tip, in case you’re looking for a simple and cheap way to improve your pictures.

(Oh, the irony… a post about how to take better pictures full of lousy cell phone shots!)

Pipe Inspiration


Also, while searching for great pipe inspiration I realized how many different kinds of pipe there are – plumbing pipe, piping, snowboard half-pipes, surfing pipes, tobacco pipes, marijuana pipes, pipe cleaners, piped frosting … quite a variety. But the industrial style is definitely my favorite. (Maybe it’s the engineer in me!)

First Column: Table, bed, desk, wine, pipe hanger
Second Column: Light, shelves, kitchen, pipe hanger
Third Column: Light, candles, vases, desk