Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I have recently finished reading the book about the now famous Duggar Family. As a SAHM who homeschools I'm always looking for tips on organization! I figured with 18 children Michelle Duggar had to have a little wisdom to share. It was really a blessing to read their story, how it all started and their journey up until this point, how the Lord has blessed them. I was amazed how organized the family is and along with her tips on organization I also loved her tips on frugal living. One of these tips I have adopted for our family is her recipe for home made laundry detergant. One of the things I have been griping about lately is how much laundry soap I go through and how much it costs...I cringe everytime I have to add it to my buggy at walmart! I figured if it worked for her family it had to work for mine, so I gave it a go. All I can say is that for just a little bit of work......I'm saving a whole lot of money and I have clean clothes! Works for me! So I thought I'd share the recipe with you!

Michelle Duggar says "This laundry detergent saves a huge amount of money. We buy it's three ingredients for less than five dollars, and the resulting concentrate lasts our large family two to three months! It's a watery gel that produces low suds inside the washer. The ingredients are usually available in the laundry products aisle of the supermarket (I buy mine at Publix) or order online.

1 Fels Naptha soap bar, grated
1 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax

Grate the soap bar in to a small saucepan, cover with hot water. Cook over medium low heat, stiring continually until the soap completely dissolves. Put Washing Soda and Borax in a 5 gallon bucket. Pour in the hot melted soap mixture. Stir well until all the powder is disolved. Fill the bucket to the top with hot tap water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight. The next morning stir the mixture.

For Top loading machines use 1/2 Cup of the concentrate per load
For Front loading machines use 1/4 Cup of the concentrate per load

If you try it let me know! I haven't had any problems with clothes coming clean for me. My husband works with cattle and if he comes home particularly messed up.....if you know what I mean....I just use a full cup of the soap in my top loading machine and everything comes out beautifuly!

Monday, June 22, 2009

This is what my camera looks like....I think.....I'm trying to be a good girl and I'm having it and my lenses cleaned. Debbie was so sweet to take it into Peachtree for me...but I just don't know what to do with myself! LOL!! You would think by the way I'm talking that it has been months, but it's really only been a week! I guess I could get out my point and shoot, but I'm so spoiled shooting in RAW that I just can't stand the thought!

Well....I guess this gives me some time to work on that new set of Photo Textures that I have been wanting to get started on! Keep your eye on the website www.pixelfairyprincessphotography.com for some new goodies!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

I am so excited to be teaching my first class at Pixel Fairy Princess!

Have you ever wondered how you could turn your photos into a work of art? I'm so excited to announce the newest Pixel Fairy Princess Online class! I am going to teach you how to choose a photograph, apply textures, overlays, and use brushes to create a piece of art worthy of a canvas, a frame, or even a custom card to send to family and friends.

You will need either Photoshop Elements or Photoshop installed on your computer to participate in this class. You can find free 30-day trials of both of these programs at www.adobe.com.

This two hour class will begin on Thursday June 11th at 9:00pm EST. The price of this class is $50.00. Tuition includes the two hour class and the materials we will be using to create our masterpieces. You will receive a PDF detailing the steps of the class, three PFP Textures, one PFP Overlay, and a brand new PFP Grunge Brush. You may also purchase an additional hour of one on one time with me for an additional $25.00.

This class will be taught live over the internet, you will be able to hear and talk to me over the speakers and microphone on your computer or your telephone. You will also see my computer screen as I work in Photoshop showing you each step to creating photo art.

Class size is limited to 15. If you would like more information email Launa at pixelfairyprincess2@gmail.com or to register click on the "Buy Now" button at Pixel Fairy Princess

Friday, June 05, 2009

Well it's Fix It Friday time again on I ♥ Faces! This guy is simply adorable...we just had to lighten him up a little bit so we could see those gorgeous eyes! I used a Season's Preset by Pixel Fairy Princess in Lightroom, then brought the image into Photoshop for a little fun! I played with those beautiful eyes and made them pop a bit, then applied a texture also by Pixel Fairy Princess to finish it off. This was a fun one! Thanks to his mommy for letting us play with this photo of her handsome man!


Thursday, June 04, 2009

I took this a while back when we got home from church one Sunday afternoon. I just couldn't resist the twins out picking flowers in the clover. They are growing up so fast and I'm enjoying chronicling it through photography.

I used a couple of textures on this one after I processed it in Lightroom. I think I might just have to get this printed on a canvas!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

It's official! The set of textures that Debbie and I have been working on is being released on the website today! This is a set of 40 high quality photo textures for $40.00. This set of textures are also licensed for commercial use.

They are available on the website starting today! www.pixelfairyprincessphotography.com

Monday, June 01, 2009

Well Miss Mia is never the one to volunteer to be mommy's model that's for sure....but after watching Cara get little rewards for working for me, she was more than willing today! Out we went....she put on the scratchy tutu and did what ever I asked. It was toooo cute! I love it.

You will notice the new logo....I'm proud to announce that I am going to be part of the Pixel Fairy Princess Team now. Debbie and I are collaborating on Presets, Actions, Textures and Overlays for photographers. I couldn't be more excited! To think that I can work on my own time, from home with my girls, doing something I love. Using the artistic talents that the Lord has given me to create beautiful images. It just doesn't get much better.

This photo uses a preset from the new Season's Collection that Debbie designed and a couple of textures from the new Original Eclectic Texture Collection just released today that Debbie and I collaborated on. I'm so excited! You can find them all at www.pixelfairyprincessphotography.com