August 2011 - Rachelle Adams

6.8% Success Rate

When I started this blog, my intention was to take a photograph each day for a year and post it. My hopes were to grow in my photography skills by being intentional about practicing. I made it 25 days. That’s a 6.8% success rate – probably a good success rate for home runs in baseball (Is it? I have no clue.), but not for a project I wanted to do daily for a year.

I think I would like to pick back up with this project, but maybe I need a new approach. When I attempted to take a photograph every day, I found that it didn’t challenge me as much as I would have liked. On days when I had forgotten to take a photo, I would just grab the camera and take a random photo. I didn’t put much thought into it. If I’m going to refine my photography skills, I need a more purposeful approach.
Do you have any suggestions? If you’re a photographer, either a professional or a hobbyist, how have you refined your skills? I’d love to hear from you! Maybe you’ll inspire me!
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Flower Headband

I have another sweet girl in my life for whom I wanted to make a gift. Her mom said she likes headbands, so I did a Google search for a simple tutorial. My search led me to Cait’s tutorial over at A Bicycle Built for Two. Her tutorial was very simple, clear, and easy to follow. Again, since her tutorial was so good, I’m only going to post photos of my final product. I hope the recipient loves it as much as I do!
Note: I only did one thing different from the tutorial. Rather than hot gluing everything, I hand sewed it all together. I’m sure the hot glue works great, but I was hoping sewing would make the flower more secure over time.



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Pearl and Ribbon Necklaces with Gift Boxes

I have two young ladies in my life to whom I wanted to give gifts. Our budget is a little tight right now, so homemade gifts are perfect. I came across a tutorial for ribbon and pearl necklaces on Pinterest. Stevie at The Moore Babies created a ribbon and pearl necklace for game day. I knew this would be a great gift for both girls. I created one in black and one in blue. As I was perusing Dollar Store Crafts, I found a tutorial for gift boxes using Laughing Cow cheese boxes. I decided to try those for the necklaces. Both tutorials are great, so I’m just going to include some photos of the final products.
Please forgive the poor quality of the photos. I don’t know why I insist on using my point and shoot when we have nice cameras that would do a better job!









The boxes will work fine, but I wasn’t 100% pleased with how they turned out. The person who wrote the tutorial did a much better job!
I am pleased overall with how the necklaces turned out. I think they cost me between $3-4 a piece, which fit our budget nicely.
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