5.31.2010

{Segel Family}

Yesterday we beat the rain and I got a fun photo shoot done with the baseball-loving Segel Family. I had such a blast with all the busy boys - so much fun and so cute! Here's a few pictures from our adventures.








{Floyd Family}

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all my friends, family and blog family!! I hope you are all having a safe and fun holiday.

I just wanted to share a few pictures from my photo shoot with the Floyd Family on Saturday at Cathedral Park in North Portland. Thanks to such a fun family - always a joy to see them and photograph their cute faces!!







5.17.2010

Homemade Playdough

lemon drop studio loves our kids. Heck, we love all kids. We thought it would be fun to share the best homemade playdough recipe we've come across so far. We made our last batch in October and it's still fresh!!

Enjoy and happy creating!


Playdough Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1 cup water

1/2 cup salt

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 teaspoon cream of tartar

food coloring


Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Heat at medium heat, stirring until thick. Remove mixture from pan. Let cool slightly, then knead until smooth. Store in an airtight container or bag.

Optional: a few drops of scented oil can be added to the ingredients.

If you have a fun craft or recipe for kids that you'd like to share, let me know! Periodically I'd like to share fun things like this with my lovely readers!

5.13.2010

{love this shop!}

I can't say enough wonderful things about Amber and her Etsy shop, Confessions of a Crochet Addict. I have ordered a lot of things from Amber, many custom orders, and each time I get the package in the mail, my heart skips a beat and I am amazed by her talent!


I think these pictures speak for themselves. The monkey hat was made for my monkey, Carsten. And the ice cream pint cozy - I put it into use last night --- heaven! It keeps my hands warm so I can eat MORE ice cream. Thanks, Amber!!


If you know what's good for you, you'll go pay Confessions of a Crochet Addict's etsy shop a visit. Like, now. Or later. Your choice.

5.11.2010

grads + dads.


With graduation and Father's Day right around the corner, lemon drop studio is ready to help you out!

Give the grad or dad in your life one of lemon drop studio's You Are Super Rad prints! They are sure to please, and completely customizeable - you choose the colors!

And if you purchase before the end of May, the print is only $5.22 (not including shipping). May as well pick yourself up one, too, since we all know you're super rad as well!

Dad may also like a custom silhouette of his favorite furry pet, or child, and we can do that, too!! You know where to find us!

5.10.2010

Giveaway Winner. Round 3.

Congratulations to Polka Dot Skies, comment number 4, for being chosen by the Random Number Generator this morning! I will put the buttons + ribbons in the mail by tomorrow!

Didn't win? Sad about it? Me, too! There'll be another giveaway soon!

While you're here... remember that May marks lemon drop studio's 2nd year on Etsy! To celebrate, there's a huge sale going on in lemon drop studio's Etsy shop! Save 25% off everything in the store, and if you spend $50, you get a free 4x6 print of your choice!!

I love shopping, and saving, and I hope you guys do, too!

5.04.2010

Tips for Great Silhouettes


lemon drop studio's most popular item, and most favorite to create, is the custom silhouette. It is so much fun to start with someone's photograph and then turn it into a personalized print that they can treasure for forever, and that also makes a fantastic and meaningful gift!

I am asked many questions when it comes to creating silhouettes, mainly about what type of picture I need to work with to create the silhouette, so I thought I'd turn this post into a type of guide for getting the best results possible.


PICTURES
Pictures that are sent to lemon drop studio should be sent as big as you can send them. This means that the higher the resolution of the picture, the more detail I can see when I zoom in. A smaller picture can get pretty blurry when zoomed in, which makes it more difficult to create a silhouette that truly resembles the person/child.

Please email your pictures to lemondropstudio@gmail.com. This is easiest for me, and allows for higher resolution images to be sent. Etsy won't allow large files to be sent, which means blurry images.


The type of image that I need to create your silhouette is one where I can see the entire profile of your child (sister, pet, etc.).


Hints for taking a good profile picture:


- Take the picture from the same level as the person. If you are taking your 3 year old's picture, get on your knees and get at their level. This gives me a better perspective of their profile and doesn't distort features. It basically helps the silhouette look more like the subject!


This picture is a great example profile picture! The picture was taken at the child's level, the long hair is pulled back, and the entire profile can be seen. The picture is crisp and clear. The silhouette seen at the top of this post is the results from this picture.

- A tired or hungry child doesn't want to hold still. Get a picture when your kiddo is happy and/or well fed - they will have more patience, and when that happens, you'll have more patience, too.


- Sometimes getting pictures of small children can be tricky, especially if they can't support their head, but there are tricks! A picture of a child sleeping on their back, looking to one side, provides a good silhouette profile. This also works if the child is being held.

- For the toddlers that never sit still, stick them in their high chair and put on a movie or some distraction. It works every time. Don't worry if they are looking down, we can fix that, we just need the profile. Always feel free to send more than one image to work with - we are more than happy to choose from a few and use with the one that will work the best.

Silhouettes of girls with long hair always turn out better if their hair is pulled up into a bun or ponytail, or anything that gets their hair up and off of their neck. Hair that is past the shoulders tends to blend in with the neck in silhouettes, making it hard to see where the hair starts and the neck ends.

If you have any more questions, please let me know and I'll be more than happy to answer them here on the blog or in an email to you.

5.03.2010

Round Two Giveaway Winner.

Congratulations to Beth, the Blissful Babe, comment number 27, for being chosen by the Random Number Generator this morning! Congrats Beth!! I will put the buttons in the mail by tomorrow! They can't wait to arrive on your doorstep! (Those extra entries from purchasing the butterfly print helped you out this time!! SO happy you love the print!).

Didn't win? Sad about it? Me, too! Don't worry though, another giveaway going on right now that ends in 6 days. Go enter while there's still time, and good luck!

While you're here... remember that May marks lemon drop studio's 2nd year on Etsy! To celebrate, there's a huge sale going on in lemon drop studio's Etsy shop! Save 25% off everything in the store, and if you spend $50, you get a free 4x6 print of your choice!! I love shopping, and saving, and I hope you guys do, too!