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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Cell phone Camera Obscura for the eclipse and beyond


I have searched the web for days looking for some instructions to make a Camera Obscura for my iPhone for eclipse photography to no avail.

So, I decided to make my own. Here is what I scavenged from home to make it. It's quick... it's dirty... but I don't have to wear a box on my head in public!








Step 1- Scavenge a good sized box. I used a box from my recent Amazon.com order. It is about 18" x 9" x 9". Does the size matter? 
I have no idea.











Step 2- Seal all corners with tape and some aluminum foil, or that silvery tape for HVAC ducts. Also, seal the bottom of the box in the same way. This will keep out all light, except the light you want.












Step 3- Cut a square about a 1/2 inch in the center of the short end of the box. You can use a mat knife, box cutter, steak knife, etc.















Step 4- Place white paper inside the box at the opposite end from the square hole. I used a sheet of label paper, because it is sticky and easy.















Step 5- Position your cell phone on the box to determine where your camera will view into the box and trace your camera. I used my cell phone case to align the camera hole. I also dallied with the idea of gluing the case to the box for quick positioning, but changed my mind.





















Step 6- Measure the size of the hole on your cell phone camera compared to a drill bit, then drill the hole in the box. Clean the hole to be neat and get the most from your camera.


Step 7- Go outside and test the box. Hold the top closed or temporarily tape it closed and try some pics. Is the view hole too big? Does the camera hole work? Is there any light leaks? 



Step 8- If it all looks good... then seal the final box opening with the tape and foil and get ready for some eclipse fun. If it doesn't look good tweak it! Make the holes bigger, smaller or cleaner. If they are too big, use the tape and foil to make them smaller.


After the Big Day, don't throw your box away! This is still the modern version of  Leonardo da Vinci's camera obscura. And, it still works as a pinhole type camera. Go out there and blow up Instagram with your brilliant cell phone camera obscura photography!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Wedding gifts: New in Porch and Parlor on Etsy

It's wedding season and I am heading to one today. So, I thought I would add a post about the new items in my Etsy store that is perfect for wedding gifts. Check them out!

Wallace Sterling Silver Cordials - Wood Box Set Of 4 - wedding gift - 72g FREE SHIPPING

Wallace Sterling Silver Cordials - Wood Box Set Of 4 - wedding gift - 72g FREE SHIPPING Only $79 and so classic!

Blenko owl glass bookends- Rich Amber. very heavy. MCM

Blenko owl glass bookends- Rich Amber. very heavy. American Mid Century at its finest from the classic American glass manufacturer Blenko. $94

Brass Pineapple centerpiece candle holders. Large size. Great Mid Century style. Holiday SALE with FREE SHIPPING

Brass Pineapple centerpiece candle holders. Large size. Great Mid Century style. Holiday SALE with FREE SHIPPING $599.00
Perfect for table decor in any season and so many ways to configure it!

Vintage Liquor Decanter set. pump dispensers. set of three. no etching


Vintage Liquor Decanter set. pump dispensers. set of three. no etching $134

Stocking the bar parties would be more fun with these beauties as your gift! All in working order!

Black Dansk Danish modern candle holder, with original box, MCM design

Black Dansk Danish modern candle holder, with original box, MCM design $24

Czechoslovakia glass bowl white glass with clear glass ruffled edge small bowl

Czechoslovakia glass bowl white glass with clear glass ruffled edge small bowl  $24 each

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Inspiration everywhere: Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse

I tell my students that inspiration is everywhere and provide an online folder of articles and inspiration that they can see and explore. So, why not post about some as well!
Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse in The New Nordic

Last night I discovered Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse on Amazon.com. What a beautiful show and in so many ways. Emeril is excited and humble. He wants to share his quest to learn more and highlight the chefs in the world that are making these inspiring dishes. That alone is worth watching, but the visuals are beautiful! The colors, patterns, architecture... I hope that the filming team wins awards for this because it is inspiring. 

Below are some stills that I screen grabbed off of Amazon.com and below them are links to each episode. Now the only question is, do I binge the rest of the episodes, or savor them like the enticing dishes that they are presenting!
Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse- The Shanghai Soup Dumpling

Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse- Culinary Enlightenment
Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse- Culinary Enlightenment
Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse- Modernist Masters
Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse- The Best Pizza in the World
Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse- Forbidden Cuba

I think like all dishes I love, these will be tasted again and again. The six episodes are all under 30 minutes and are a perfect taste before your "feature" movie or as dessert before going to bed!

How do you use this inspiration, you ask. Easy. Look at how they put colors together, how they compose the images to apply in your space, see what catches your eye and think about why and then consider if that is something you want to adapt to your world!

What has inspired you recently? I'd love to hear about it!



Monday, January 9, 2017

Your dry weather friend Aquation Lotion

Not my pic, but very illustrative of the type of weather that cripples the south.


It snowed in Southtown, well actually it was ice pellets on my mountain, and the air is so dry in the house I am battling to keep it above 27%. I prefer it to be around 50%. I have a small humidifier in the bedroom, a steam humidifier in dining room and...


 

this behemoth (that I received from Influenster a couple of years ago) blowing out moisture in the den... and the house is still about 27% humidity. P.S. This humidifier is 2 1/2 feet long!





Fortunately, I received this lotion in my recent VoxBox from Influenster called Aquation Lation. It is not a brand I am familiar with, but I can sing it's praises! It can take you from itchy sandpaper to soft silky skin that is itch free. I am quite pleased that I don't have to reapply during the day and that I'm not itchy!

Thanks Influenster!