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I picked up a link to a Five Love Languages quiz from jinkeez awhile back but hadn't gotten around to asking Vogon to do it for my edification until this week. It was interesting to see how different our wants are.

1. Words of Affirmation
2. Quality Time
3. Physical Touch
4. Acts of Service
5. Giving/Receiving Gifts
1. Physical Touch
2. Acts of Service
3. Quality Time
4. Words of Affirmation
5. Giving/Receiving Gifts

Perhaps sometime when I feel like writing a bunch of stuff out again, I'll fill out the Love Bank/Love Busters questionnaires from Marriage Builders (one of Vogon's favorite sites to recommend) for him. I did it a few years ago but I think they got lost in his study before ever being read.


I've wanted to acquire a photo tent for a couple of years. Vogon came up with an idea for a homemade one last year, but only got as far as buying some wood and halogen puck lights. My limited woodworking and electrical wiring skills aren't up to that, so I let it go and kept dreaming about the light tent kits advertised in photography magazines.

Today, while following links from craft blogs whose syndicated feeds I usually skim on my LJ Friends view, I found directions for a homemade setup using a plastic storage box, interfacing, clip on lamps and a sheet of poster board. I've got almost all of that on hand and what I don't have can be scrounged. Whee! I hope to be able to produce great product photos for eBay listings in less time than my previous method, which involved a lot more futzing in Photoshop.


The on-hold-until-I-draft-a-pattern project of making a case for Vogon's MP3 player may start moving again after I finish the volunteer sewing bits. Savvy Seams' MP3 Player Case #3 looks like it would be easily adapted to fit that MP3 player. (His other one came with a rubberized bumper and I haven't traced its various dimensions onto paper to start a pattern anyway.)


The Fantasy Faire 2006 series of cross-stitch patterns is available now. Unfortunately, it's not in my budget this year. (I bought a copy of Teresa Wentzler's "You Were Hatched..." from the FF2005 set last year.) I feel so silly lusting after something like that, but it is nice to have something to dream about. Perhaps I can swing a copy of Cross-Eyed Kat's Snowfight: Blue later this year. (Snowfight: Red is part of the FF2006 set.)


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Feb. 16th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
What does one do with a Photo tent?
Feb. 17th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
A photo tent creates more neutral, diffuse lighting for photographing items. In my case, it would save a lot of time by not having to compensate for glare, color casts and the like with editing software.

Here are some before and after examples using a Cloud Dome brand photo tent: http://www.clouddome.com/html/examples.html
Feb. 16th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC)
Mostly unrelated type question response. How are you with leather? I've got a dear, well-loved, favourite and cherished leather jacket that is in need of it's third lining. A once lover of mine did an amazing job with the current lining (and replaced the zipper) back in 1990, but I have no way of getting in touch with her. She did it all by hand utilizing the existing stitch holes. I bought this jacket used in Amsterdam back in 1985 and I consider this jacket to be one of my most treasured items and I am leery about trusting a stranger to fix it. Let's just say that after Ernie, the jacket is what I would rescue next from a burning home. It's made of ancient and well weathered goatskin, nice and soft, but still strong. Would you be up to a paid project of this type?
Feb. 17th, 2006 07:09 am (UTC)
Wow. It must be pretty strong to outlast two linings, and that ex of your must have had some skill to do the whole zipper using existing holes. I'd imagine leather holds them better and they are more readily apparent than cloth, but still, I think that's very impressive, personally.
Feb. 18th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
Sweetie, goatskin wears like iron. If well taken care of, most leather does as well.

I made a goatskin dice bag for the GM of a game I played in my senior year of high school. The last I heard from someone that's still in touch with him, he's still using it and it's none the worse for wear even though it took a trip through a washing machine. I wish my suede jacket wore like that!
Feb. 18th, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
I can sew leather by hand here; my machine that can handle leather is in storage in Colorado. Once I get the volunteer sewing done in the next several days, my plate is clear for new projects.

If it's not a problem for you, I'd like to see some detail photos of the seams, especially around the zipper.
Feb. 19th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
I can take some pictures for you Monday or Tuesday. Anything special other than seams that you'd like to see?
Feb. 16th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever said, but I so adore your Dewey Decimal tagging system. :)
Feb. 18th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Feb. 18th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
You know, if Kathryn and I drive out to visit you guys sometime, we might be able to trade lumber for a finished light tent frame built to your specs... Not something that would happen overnight, I do have a couple of other projects on my plate and work is getting crazy and the whole thing with the Mini in Italy still, but an idea.
Feb. 19th, 2006 08:30 am (UTC)
Thanks for the offer.

The Mini is still on holiday without you? Eek! (Is it sending you regular updates by post?)
Feb. 19th, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
Completely unrelated to your entry, but - I have some good news! Apparently, you're getting a Lush in Dallas! :) I'm so jealous, I was hoping Atlanta would be next. :/
Feb. 19th, 2006 08:23 am (UTC)
I shall do my best to make a pilgrimage to it once it opens. Is there anything you'd like from there?

I'm not promising that I'll actually make it -- I went out in search of the Sephora here once and never found it, but on that trip I did go in a Saks for the first time and bought perfume. That was interesting.
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