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SEA Holiday Sale

Here is the second public show I’ll be in this season:

SEA Holiday Sale

I will be sharing a table with the lovely Diane Brakeley of Della Mano Designs (who also happens to be my mom!).

I hope to see you all there!

Craft Fix! in Kittery, Maine

It’s hard to believe it, but the holidays are here again.  And whatever your particular reason for celebrating, most likely you are going to need gifts galore for the special people in your life.  So come buy my stuff!  I will be in several craft shows this year and the first of the season is only a week away!

Craft Fix!

Its the first annual Craft Fix! in Kittery, Maine. I will be there from 10 AM to 6 PM and will be selling not only my lovely line of greeting cards (some of which can be found on my etsy site here) but some new products as well! There will be pinback buttons in a variety of styles, magnets made from vintage buttons, flowers made from more vintage buttons, some lovely little baby body suits (yes, they are “onesies” but legally, I can’t call them that. Ask Gerber why.) and a few other goodies you’ll have to come see for yourself! So come support your local economy (and me!) and get some really cool and unique things for your friends and family this year!

Tis the season to have family portraits taken!

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting some family portraits taken for this year!  Some of you reading this will very shortly receive a little present from me in the mail.  I’ve just sent out reminder postcards that include a special gift – a $10 off coupon good towards a family sitting fee with me!  If you are interested in receiving one of these postcards or being on my mailing list for future goodies, please email me through the “Contact Me” portion of this website!  I promise I will NEVER EVER NEVER sell your name or information to any other company.  Ever.  And I only send a hand full of mailings a year and I also promise that they will all be worth your while! And really, in this age of email and instant messages, isn’t it kinda fun to still get snail mail every once in a while?

Family Postcard

Even if you aren’t interested in getting mail from me, I am still available for family portraits.  All my sittings are at the location of your choice – I will come to you!  Call or email me for more information or to make an appointment.  I can also help you make greeting cards in a variety of shapes and sizes.  But as with most things around the holidays, the sooner the better!

Holiday 2007 Barbie

Holiday Barbie 2007

Some of you may be wondering why on earth I would be posting a photo of a Barbie doll. Well, there is actually a very good reason. You see, it is one of my photographs that adorns the outside of the box!!

more frost

This is the original photo. I’d posted it on flickr back in 2005. And then about a year ago, out of the blue, this lovely woman from Matel emailed me and said she’d seen the image online and would I be willing to sell it to her? And that, as they say, was that. She bought the image and used it on the box! This is the photo she sent me of the box while they were still working on it. But its very close to how it came out! You can see more images of both the Barbie and the box over at amazon (watch the little movie!). Its just amazing the way things work out sometimes, isn’t it? Yay for flickr.com!

Altering History

On my father’s side of the family, I have become the “go-to girl” for family photos. Every year, my grandmother sends out a holiday card with a photo of everyone in the family. Now it used to be that if you missed the day, tough luck, you weren’t in the photo that year. Very few people ever missed photo day for just that reason (well, that and my grandmother also tends to throw kick-ass parties on photo day). Alas, we have now entered the digital age. If you weren’t actually there, you can now be Photoshopped in! Amazing! And this is now my job. This is the photo I was given for the 2006 card. There are two people NOT in my family in the photo who had to be taken out, six people MISSING from the photo, and my Uncle Dave was blinking. D’oh.

2006 Brakeley Family BEFORE

With a bit of patience, a little digital magic, and photos of everyone who was missing, VOILA! A whole new historical event! One where Uncle Dave didn’t blink and the WHOLE family made it to the party!

2006 Brakeley Family AFTER

This year was even more challenging. There were TEN people missing from the photo. TEN.

This is Before:

2007 Brakeley Family BEFORE

And here is After:

2007 Brakeley Family AFTER

I think we all look pretty good for being at an imaginary event!

Taking people out of or putting people back into photographs seems like such a simple thing now a days. With a tool like Photoshop and the right lighting, you can put yourself anywhere in the world! But people have been manipulating photographs almost as long as photography has existed. Just ask Nikolai Yezhov.