a homemade light box

Lacuna Loft sells product and activity kits to people undergoing cancer treatments.  This means that I currently have a picnic sized table full of the initial round of products to go into these kits.  And selling product kits means that I need pictures of product kits!  Here enters Brett 🙂  He found a really cool tutorial to make your own, homemade light box!  The light box allows for equal lighting all around the objects being photographed and results in some really great photos.  Brett mixed two different sets of directions together (found here and here) to make our very own light box 🙂

The whole process took about an hour and the box turned out really well!  We started with the box that our shop vac came in (seriously, shop vacs are an awesomely necessary household item…along with their box haha!).  Brett cut out windows on the top and two opposing sides, and the front.  I measured out white fabric to cover the top and sides, and Brett stuck them in place.

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Inca had to come and check in on our progress 🙂

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Then white pieces of poster board were cut out in order to cover up the remaining corners of brown cardboard on the inside of the box.

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Finally, a strip of cloth was adhered to the top, back side of the box and slung towards the front, bottom side.  This softens the appearance of the inside of the light box as it removes any right corners that were visible.

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Once the light box is complete, we set it on the dining room table and surrounded it with lights.

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And voila!  Brett took some practice shots with a vase that we have in the living room 🙂  It has been so handy having this light box around!  I’ve taken all of the product shots found in my business’s online shop in it.

photo 10What do you think?  Have you ever made a light box before?  🙂

 

we might see some changes around here

Hello!

For the past year (almost…wow!) this site has had new content 4 times a week, typically Monday – Thursday.  My new endeavor is going to start taking a lot of the time that MalloryandBrett used to take up because of the way my new(ish?) schedule works.  I have been working 12 hour days so that I can have some time in the morning for NASA work and my new project along with the 4 hours that I coach swimming each night.  This doesn’t leave a lot of time for blogging for fun.  Having said that, I love writing for this blog.  It has been such fun for me to develop my voice as a blogger through this medium.  I’ve learned how to create new content, 4 times a week and to bring it all to you with a voice that is authentically me and at the same time, visually interesting.  There will still be posts and updates made here…just probably on a 3 day/week basis instead of the 4 days that you all have become used to. (you would be surprised how much time that will free up each week haha!)

Our rss feed feature is still not fixed yet.  I have been working on setting up a new medium to do that.  Brett has been spending his malloryandbrett time on my new project’s website 🙂  (isn’t he such an awesome husband!).  As soon as I launch though, you can rest assured that malloryandbrett will have a new and awesome newsletter feature 🙂

Brett and I thank you for your patience and for your readership 🙂  We have really liked the way this site has transformed from our wedding website into a way to update our family and friends about the happenings in our day to day lives.  I have found it so enjoyable to use this site to celebrate every day happenings…there is so much beauty in the everyday 🙂

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Girly Wednesday ~ xxxxiv ~ Daring Greatly

I’ve been collecting some office mantras as I dream about framing things for putting above my desk.  🙂  I’ve also been reading a book by Brené Brown called Daring Greatly.  In a talk of hers I recently watched, she quotes the Man in the Arena speech given by Theodore Roosevelt…

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ”

As I become closer and closer to sharing my new small business endeavor with everyone, I can’t help but identify with this quote.  (Teaser:  My official launch date is March 3…you all will definitely find out everything you ever wanted to know then 🙂 )  How does Brené Brown end up responding to this quotation by President Roosevelt?  “If you’re not also in the arena, getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.”

So, here is to the critics, to the victors, and to everyone who we lean on for love and support in every situation in between.

 

running with Olympians!

I’ve been ramping up my training for the half marathon here in Champaign.  I wanted to sign up for the full marathon race…but I’m kind of glad that I didn’t.  There are now only 2 months left of training and the cold is only just subsiding.  Needless to say that I have trouble getting myself out the door (even to go run at the gym!) when it is cold outside.

When I ran last week at the Y, I was pleasantly surprised by the Olympics on the tv!  I was able to complete my entire run “along side” the cross country skiers 🙂  Go NORWAY!  🙂

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