Catching up and a collection of links

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I need to work on my snazzy titles, huh? But today, that's exactly what I'm putting together: a random collection of links. Here goes…

First of all, please welcome my two new blog sponsors: Stubby Pencil Studio and Artterro! You can expect to see something fun from each of them in the next couple of weeks!

I've been playing around with my camera after taking a great little two hour class on "getting to know your camera" by the guys at French Broad Imaging. For you Asheville folks, they do eco photo printing (in addition to photography education). I got some prints made for the grandmas in our family and they were inexpensive and look great. I still have a ways to go with my photo skills, but its fun learning some of what my camera is capable of.

I wrote my last post for Babble this past week: 15 Holiday Gifts to Make for Your Toddler (or preschooler). The list includes everthing from a super hero fort kit to a fabric alphabet magnet set and finger puppets. Babble's Toddler Times blog hasn't felt like the best fit for me and my writing though, so that was the last one.

Lulu is offering another promotion, this time for free shipping. So if you would still like to buy my calendar, you can use the code SLEIGHRIDES to get free ground shipping through December 6th.

Thanks for all the e-mails about the guest posts! I'm a bit behind on my e-mails, but if you contacted me this week, I will try to respond over the weekend. If you are planning to write a guest post, the earlier you can get it to me, the more likely I'll have time to get it formatted and on the January schedule.

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  1. says

    Hi Jean! I’ve been an admirer of your blog for a while now! I love your creativity and your artistic flair!
    I too, am just starting to learn how to really use my camera! I bought a DSLR in September, because the art of photography has always interested me, but I didn’t know a thing about using my new camera, other than setting it on the auto-functions.
    I started taking a photography course – introduction to photgraphy, 4 weeks ago. It’s just a one night a week class, but I can’t believe how much I’ve learned in the 4 classes that I’ve been to! Light, aperture, shutterspeed, iso, etc and how to get them to all work together. It’s SO exciting to finally be able to take my camera off ‘auto’ and use the camera how it was designed to be used!
    I’ve posted pics of my homework, with some details of how the pictures were taken, on my facebook page (happy hooligans). If you’re interested, you could pop over and check them out.
    Have fun learning how to really use your camera! It’s so exciting when it goes from being something you just “take pictures” with, to something that you can use artistically!
    Cheers, and thanks for all your inspiration!