Things We ♥ // Kiddo's Valentines Gifts

One of my favorite things to do when I take a break from shop stuff is browse all the goodies linked up to Daft Crafts. It may be bad for my wishlist (which is getting a bit out of control) & my bank account, but I just can't stop. A lot of times when I try & choose my favorites from all the handcrafted goodies I find myself coming up with a theme for my favorites. This week was no exception.

We may not have little kiddos running around our houses, but it should be no surprise that we like to make sure they are taken care of with a lot of goodies. So this week the theme I came up with for my favorites is: Kiddo's Valentines Gifts.

Glizby from Lu & Ed
Koala Bear Hat from Hats & What Knots
Greta the Squirrel from Squshies
Look at those & tell me you wouldn't want them if you were a kiddo. I dare you! Heck, neither of us are kiddos anymore (although I know I will always be my momma's baby) and I would still love those for Valentine's Day.

Recovering From A Weekend Of Festivities

Normally we get most of our shop work done on the weekends, since we both have day jobs in addition to DeBoop Shop. But we took this weekend off. Why this weekend? Because Friday was the birthday of the mother/owner/co-creator, Nell, and in our family we do some serious celebrating for our birthdays!

After a day filled with Krispy Kreme, Hobby Lobby & a mid-day movie, we think the birthday girl got a good taste of what retirement from the day job will be like. But the best part of the day, besides Hobby Lobby, was dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. About 20 of our closest friends & family got together to celebrate with us, and the birthday girl kept smiling from ear-to-ear all night.

Of course now that we've rested up from all the excitement & festivities, it's time to get back to work. We've got some adorable goodies to finish up for our first stocking of the year!

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Shop Update: Goodie Bags & Newsletters

Well it's been a busy start to the new year for DeBoop Shop, so I guess it's time for another batch of updates for all you amazing DeBoopers!

We've been gathering some goodies together for Lu & Ed's swag bags, and putting together a fun little postcard showing one of our favorite superhero masks. What goodies, you ask? Well that is a surprise! If you can't wait to find out, then you'll just have to snag one of Cody's adorable monsters soon.

And remember a few months ago when we were trying to name our future newsletter?

Well it's been named! You can now sign up for In the Loop and be the first to know what goodies will be added to our shops in the next stocking, even before social media. And who knows? Maybe we'll occasionally surprise you with a special deal just for being a subscriber.

Sign up today so you don't miss our first newsletter featuring a brand new item for the shop!

Things We ♥ // #HandmadeLove Favorites

Kelly from Kiser Krafts does this great little link-up each week called #handmadelove. It's a great chance for shops to share some of their goodies & for you to find some awesome handmade goodies to add to your wishlist (or buy)!

We thought we would share a few favorites with you from this week's link-up.

We are ♥ing right now:

Tree of Life, Garnet from Kira Nova
Mermaid's Lagoon on Mermaid's Hair yarn from FairyTaleKnit
Black Geometric Coin Purse from BallyandLiz

What are some of your favorites from this week's link-up?

300 Likes?! It's giveaway time!

Here we are only 6 months as a little online shop & because of you amazing DeBoopers we have reached a huge milestone, 300 likes on our Facebook page.

What better way to say THANK YOU than a little giveaway?!

Blue Spiked Dragon Felt Embroidered Mask from DeBoop Shop

We're giving away one of our favorite masks to one lucky winner. All you have to do is fill out the little widget below before 12:00am EST on 12/17/14. This is open to US residents ONLY.

Please see below for addition rules.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tidbit Tuesday // An Auto Mode Photography Fix

Are you an auto mode junkie?

We'll be the first to admit that we are guilty of being dependent on our cameras auto mode setting. Most photographers will cringe at the thought of auto mode, but photographers we are not. And while there have been a few instances that auto mode has proved to be disastrous for us, we've found ways to make it work.

So fear not, photography challenged people!

We are here to let you know that you don't have to be a professional photographer, or hire one, to get some decent pictures. There are some great budget friendly options for those of us that barely have a budget for anything besides supplies.

And this week our tidbit of knowledge will help you edit your photos without breaking the bank.

You don't have to have an expensive DSLR or Photoshop to get good quality pictures of your creations. Sure they may help make them even more spectacular...if you know how to use them. That is one thing we haven't tackled yet, but we still get compliments on some of our product photos. So we figured it was time to give you a little peek into our photo editing process.

There have been more than a few times that our auto mode pictures get a bit on the dark side. We know it's a lighting issue, but aren't always sure how to correct it. And sometimes, to be honest, we are too excited to share our new goodies to take the time to correct it during the photoshoot.

Luckily we've found a way to correct it in our favorite (free) photo editing software, GIMP. And no, it's not using the Auto White Balance feature. That has actually been a tricky feature for some of our bright & colorful pictures, which tends to end badly.

Go to the Curves feature:

Play around with that curve for a little bit until you get a feel for what each movement does. You can always reset it if things get out of control. The settings that work for our pictures may not be the best choice for your own, since lighting plays a big role in photography.

If you keep your setup consistent for each photoshoot, you will find yourself shifting the curve to the exact same area every time and soon develop a rhythm for your photo editing. And soon those photo editing sessions will fly by!

Try it out this week, either sprucing up some old pictures or with your next photoshoot.

And that's our little tidbit for this Tuesday.

Are you an auto mode junkie?
What has been your worst auto mode mishap?

Are you struggling with getting the most out of your new shop? Looking for a little tidbit to help get your shop on it's way to success? Send us an email and maybe we can keep sharing these tidbits of knowledge every Tuesday.

Shop Update // Holiday Order Dates

The one thing that can make you nervous during the holidays is whether that gift will get there in time. We don't want you guessing, so here are our order by dates with our standard shipping option.
If you are interested in an alternative shipping method, please contact us so we can get a more accurate shipping quote for your order prior to placing your order. Please note that we will not be taking any custom orders from December 18th thru December 31st.

And don't forget that we are participating in #StorevnyFlash30 Cyber Monday sale along with many other amazing Storenvy shops on December 1st. So go ahead and start making your shopping plans early by checking out these shops!