How To Photograph Sun Flare

If you haven’t noticed lately, I’m minorly obsessed with sun flares in my pictures. I’ve always thought they looked so beautiful and made pictures look so high fashion. I like to pretend I know what I’m doing ;)

So incase the rest of you would like to pretend you know what you are doing too, here’s how (at least how I’ve figured out) to create sun flare in your shots.

Step 1: Get Cozy With Your DSLR


Sorry ladies (and gents?), no way around this one…you need to shoot on manual. I’ve never tried it on auto, so I can’t really say, but in order to get the right balance, you basically need to overexpose your shot. Auto works against this, so it probably just won’t work.


Step 2: Choose Your Time Of Day Carefully

The best time of day for shooting any shots is that last hour before the sun goes down. Same is true for getting sun flare. You need the sun to be low enough in the sky that you are almost shooting directly into it.


Step 3: Compose Your Shot

Yes, I know that goes against everything you’ve ever heard about photography, but you need to have the sun in or just barely out of your shot to get the flare.


Step 4: Adjust Your Settings

Here comes the time where you need to know your manual settings and be able to adjust them. Since shooting toward the sun will creat horrendous backlighting, you basically have to overexpose the shot so you or your subject aren’t just a dark blob. If you look at the pictures above, you can see which times I did this better.

Most of these shots are taken at ISO 100-200, f/4.5, and a rather slow shutter speed of somewhere around 1/50 sec. Depending on your light, you will need to play with these. The main point is that you want to allow a lot of light into the lens.


(Optional) Step 5: Turn On The Flash

Here you can see how much darker I look when there’s no flash, and then how much brighter I am with the flash on. The flash helps compensate for the backlighting. Sometimes you will find that you need to turn on the flash to fill the subject in with light.

The most important thing you can do is practice! The more I attempt to shoot sun flares, the better my shots get. It’s all about learning your camera settings and learning how to capture the light.

Each time you try this, your flare will look different. Sometimes I get the amazing colored dots, other times it’s rainbow lines, and others it’s simply a beautiful wash of lighting. Just as each photograph is unique, so is each sun flare.

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Anthropologie Old World Cuff Tutorial {3 Four and Under}

Today I’m beyond excited to have my dear friend, in blog world and my world, Trisha from 3 Four and Under here to share an amazing tutorial with you! Not only is this project adorable and easy, it would be perfect for holiday gifts!
Confession…the last picture I have of us together is from March. 2 hair colors and 1 major grow out later, we look very little like this now. I have a bunch of pictures of our kids, but sadly few of us. Oh, the life of mommas! 
So without further ado…..HERE’S TRISHA!
Hello!  I am Trisha from 3 Four and Under, and I’m so excited to be here today!
At 3 Four and Under you can find tutorials, recipes, crafts, my crazy life with 3 kids,
and an outfit post sprinkled in once in a while!
Lately, I have discovered the awesomeness that is accessories!  I have never really been a big accessory girl…until now!  My heart skips a beat when I find a fun new necklace, bracelet or hair accessory!
I love all things Anthropologie, but I don’t love the price.  So I set out to make a less expensive version of the Old World Cuff Bracelet.  Mine is $5, compared to $58 in the store!So, today I’m visiting my dear friend Nina to share with you an 

Anthropologie Inspried Old World Cuff Bracelet Tutorial
Anthropologie Inspired Old World Cuff Bracelet
These bracelets are quick and easy to make!
They are only $5 to make, with 5 materials, and 5 steps!
What a great inexpensive Christmas gift!
Anthropologie Inspired Old World Cuff Bracelet
Materials Needed:
 - Two thrifted mens neckties {or steal them from your husband or boyfriend’s closet}
- Metal Cuff bracelet {I got mine at JoAnn with a 40% off coupon, it came to about $3}
- Glue Gun
- ScissorsStep One: Using the scissors, cut one of the ties in half.  Using the thinner end and the glue gun, wrap the tie around the metal cuff.  Use the glue gun to secure the tie to the cuff.

Anthropologie Inspired Old World Cuff Bracelet

Step Two: Take the other tie, and cut approximately 4 inch long rectangle from the tie. 

Anthropologie Inspired Old World Cuff Bracelet

Step Three: Gather and pinch the middle of the rectangle so that it looks like a bow tie.

Anthropologie Inspired Old World Cuff Bracelet

Step Four: Cut a piece from the thin end of the tie and glue it over the middle.  It will look like a bow tie

Anthropologie Inspired Old World Cuff Bracelet

Step Five: Glue the bow tie onto the cuff

Anthropologie Inspired Old World Cuff Bracelet

And this is what the original looks like:

 I hope you enjoy!  And thank you so much Nina, for letting me stop by today!
WOW!!!! Thanks so much Trisha!!!
Can I admit that I love yours waaaayyyy more than the original? Sorry Anthro, Trisha for the win!
Make sure to stop by today’s Blogging Around the Christmas Tree host It’s Overflowing for Christmas-scapes ideas and link up. And don’t forget to join in tomorrow’s Holiday Party Wear link up HERE!
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Thanksgiving Oreo Turkeys {If They Last That Long}

Thanksgiving…it might just be my favorite holiday.

Far more laid back than Christmas. Tons of ridiculously amazing food. Football. And of course, my Grammy’s apple pie. She makes it just for me, and let’s be real, I eat the whole thing ;)

And just cause this holiday needs more food, I thought I would whip up a cute little turkey treat for LJ.

Ingredients: Double Stuff Oreos, Milk Chocolate Chips, Mike & Ike, Twizzlers Bits, Mini Chocolate Chips

Step 1: Cut Mike & Ike in half and cut triangles from the Twizzlers Bits

Step 2: Melt milk chocolate chips. I did 30 seconds in the microwave, stir, then 15 more seconds.

Step 3: Coat one flat side and all the way around an Oreo with chocolate.

Step 4: Turn Oreo over and stick Mike & Ike in for feathers. You will need to hold the Oreo with your thumb, hence it’s not coated in chocolate yet.

Step 5: Finish coating Oreo in chocolate. I did it with a knife like I was frosting cookie.

Step 6: Place Oreo on wax paper and add eyes and mouth.

Step 7: Allow to harden on wax paper.

Sit back, relax, and eat waaaayyyy too many of these little gobblers. Mike & Ike + Oreo + Chocolate = HEAVEN.

Good luck making these things last till Turkey Day!

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Fabric Covered Glasses Case {Tutorial}

So, I have a little secret to confess…. I wear glasses.

Shocking, I know. But, I’ve been hiding it cause I don’t wear them in my pictures. I only got them a few weeks ago, and I still haven’t fully wrapped my brain around the fact that I probably need to be wearing them all the time. Life is kinda nice without stabbing migranes everyday ;)

Since I’m not exactly excited about this turn of events, I thought I would do something to help me like my new glasses a little more.

That’s right, I beautified my glasses case. I saw tons of these cuties at an accessory store that shall remain nameless (cough, CC), for like $15 bucks each. As with my pleated bracelet, I thought I could do better!

SUPPLIES: Glasses case, fabric, scissors, spray adhesive, (optional, fabric glue)

Place your glasses case on your fabric and cut generously around it.

Spray the back of your fabric down with spray adhesive.

Fold over one edge to create a hem.

Line the hem up with the back of the case where the top and bottom pieces meet and press down flat.

Work the fabric toward the front of the case. Pull taughtly and smooth out any wrinkles or creases as you go.

(You will notice the liner of the case has been removed. Hopefully yours isn’t glued down as much as mine was and is replaceable…but I will show you what to do if yours gets distroyed like mine)

Smooth fabric all around until the corners. Pleat the excess fabric in the corner, add more glue, and flatten down. The rounder your case, the more excess fabric you will have….just keep stretching and smoothing, it will get there!

Now if you totally destroyed the inside liner when trying to remove it like I did, you’ll need to line the inside with fabric too. Simply spray down another piece with spray adhesive and work into the sides. I used fabric glue to aid in attaching it to the walls so I didn’t get spray adhesive all over the front of the fabric.

As with the outside, make sure you “hem” your edges so the fabric doesn’t fray.


That’s all there is to it! Well, that and some seriously sticky fingers ;)

Accessory store cost: $15

My cost: using materials I already had (recognize that fabric from this little beauty) FREE!!! I like free :)

Still not sure I like my glasses.

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Pleated Fabric Bracelet {Tutorial}

Lately, I’ve seen fabric bracelets everywhere! Charming Charlie, Forever 21, Target…they all have them.

Don’t get me wrong, I {pink puffy heart} these stores for their cheap accessories, but fabric wrapped around a piece of plastic? I’m not paying you $8-12 for one. Nice try.

So I took matters into my own hands and made this little cutie :)

$1 clearance bracelet + fabric scraps = one killer accessory!

SUPPLIES: bracelet, fabric, fabric glue, scissors, tape measure (optional: spray adhesive)

Measure both the width and circumfrence of the bracelet.

Cut a strip of fabric 1/2 wider and at least 2x as long as the circumfrence of the bracelet. The longer the strip, the more pleats you will have.

Glue down a folded edge on both short sides and one long side. You can leave the other long edge un-hemmed.

Fold pleats along the length of the fabric. Adjust pleats until your strip is 1/2 inch longer than the circumfrence of your bracelet.

Glue down the underside of the pleats.

Using either fabric glue or spray adhesive, wrap fabric around the bracelet.

**My fabric was rather thin, so I used spray adhesive so the glue wouldn’t show through too much**

Tuck in the un-hemmed egde of the fabric to the inside of the bracelet.

Tuck the hemmed edge in over the un-hemmed, and glue down.

Stack with your favorite bangles and rock your new look! There are so many options, I can’t wait to make some more!

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Crochet Panel Infinity Scarf {Tutorial}

Scarves are such a fun and easy way to add some personality to outfits. I’ve always loved them, but had a hard time figuring out how to wear them with my rather large, eh hum, “girls”.

Then came the infinity scarf. Cue angels, beam of light, and choir children singing.

I’ve had this amazing crochet fabric sitting in my stash for about a year, with no clue what to do with it. I originally thought of doing one of those crochet back sweaters or something, but without a serger I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. Then came the infinity scarf, and my dreams for this gorgeous fabric came to life!

Crochet Panel Infinity Scarf

Step 1: Cut both fabrics into 41×19 inch rectangles

Step 2: Serge or roll hem around your crochet or lace panel

Step 3: 1/2 inch hem around knit/woven fabric (not required if using knit. I used jersey and only did the long sides)

Step 4: Right sides together, stitch knit/woven panel to crochet/lace panel using 1/2 inch seam allowance. Press seams toward knit/woven so they don’t show through crochet/lace.

Yes, that is really all there is to it! You are basically creating a giant loop of fabric.

I like to fold mine hot dog style before looping it on. Just gives it more depth without the super wide bulk.

I just love how it makes jeans and a tee something special! I’m thinking of doing another one with a floral print and lace for a softer look.

Easy, fun, and adorable. My kind of project :)

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Anthropologie Inspired Pleated Bead Necklace {Tutorial}

***This tutorial was originally posted on Tatertots & Jello, but I realized this past week when I wore my necklace that I never shared it with you! So please enjoy one of my favorite projects I’ve made, my Anthropologie Inspired Pleated Bead Necklace!****


Pleated Bead Necklace

Fabric – Large Round Beads – Scissors – Thread – Needle

Cut a strip down the length of your fabric that is twice as wide as your beads. My beads were about 1/2 inch in diameter, so I cut my strip 1 inch thick.

Iron your strip in half.

Leaving a few inches at the end, fold strip into two pleats and stitch through. (My fabric was 42 inches, so I needed to leave a tail to attach another strip to tie off the necklace. If you are lucky enough to have a fabric from a longer bolt, you may want to leave more of a tail for tie off)

Feed bead onto needle and stitch through.


Add two more pleats to the other end of the bead and stitch through. Then stitch back through both sets of pleats and the bead.

Continue until you have desired number of beads. If you got lucky and have long enough fabric, you could stop here by simply tying off the ends. I was not so fortunate, so I had to add some on.
I simply knotted on additional strips of fabric to the tails of the beaded strip.
I LOVE my new Anthro necklace without the Anthro price tag! Perfect for dressing up a “getting stuff done today” outfit :)
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The Poor Little White Shirt

Once upon a time there was a very loved little white undershirt. It’s owner loved the finished collar, cap sleeves, and crisp white that it still was.
One day, a terrible accident happened and the poor little undershirt was covered in big streaks of blue. No one knows how this tragedy happened…or at least they’re not saying.
Saddened by this turn of events, the owner attempted to save the poor little shirt with some bleach.
The poor little white shirt with blue streaks was now the poor little white shirt with yellow spots. It was a sad day for the shirt.

For days and days the sad little shirt sat wadded up in the corner. It’s owner missed it, but didn’t know how to help it. Then, one day, it hit the owner….dye!
The poor little white shirt’s owner quickly grabbed two awesome colors of dye, drew a bath, and set the shirt in for a nice long soak.

The owner was so excited to see a beautiful new color appearing on the shirt. It was saved! Time for the poor little white shirt to have a new life as a happy pink shirt!
Or so the owner thought :(
Now the poor little white shirt is the poor little pink shirt, banished to being worn only under tops that can cover it’s tears.
At least the poor little pink shirt got to hang out with some awesome pants ;)

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Leather and Lace Cuff {Tutorial}

Months ago I got this amazing crochet fabric in Downtown LA…and it’s been sitting in my fabric box ever since. It’s so beautiful, but I have no idea what to do with it.
I got annoyed with myself for just letting it sit there, so I figured I could at least do a little project with it :)
Leather and Lace Cuff
lace or crochet fabric/trim
woven flat trim (like you would get for a belt)
bias tape or leather trim
two buttons
fray check
fabric glue
needle and thread
Cut a length of woven trim so it wraps around your wrist and meets with no overlap. Apply fray check to ends.
Cut lace/crochet strip the width and length of your woven trim.
Attach lace/crochet to trim with fabric glue. Let dry completely.
Sew a button on one end. Make sure the edge of the button lines up with the edge of the trim.
Cut a length of leather or bias tape the length of your trim + 5 inches. Glue down the middle starting underneath your button.
Glue down, leaving the tail unattached.
Sew the other button directly on top of the leather/bias tape strip. Leave the tail dangling.
Put it on by wrapping the tail around the two buttons and tucking it under itself.

That’s all there is to it!
I love that it can be worn both ways…buttons on top or buttons below. And for once, a bracelet that LJ can’t rip right off my arm to play with…score!

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Chevron Cork Board

There is one thing in this world that without fail always make my heart skip a beat….chevron. I just love it. The simplicity. The repetition. The graphic design.

Yet {tears} for me, I have had none to call my own, until now!

 Do you die????

Cork Roll
Chevron Stencil (from Your Memories Captured)
Sponge Brush
Paint your frame (optional) and allow to dry.
Trace the glass from your frame on the cork.
Cut out cork in the size of your frame.
Paint your cork using the chevron stencil. DAB, don’t brush. You know you’re doing it right if your fingers look like a hot mess afterward.
That’s all there is to it!
I thought it was super cute to use a lone ranger earring as a push pin. Way cuter than the office supply store junk ;)
Want your own CHEVRON STENCIL from Your Memories Captured? Enter “CHEVRON” in the coupon code at check out to receive free shipping! Offer good until 5/7.
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