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Cynthia Shaffer
Orange, Ca
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Hey Everyone! Photography 101 is coming to Old Town Orange! I'll be teaching at Dragonfy Shops and Gardens on Saturday, July 16th! If you have ever wanted to come to Old Town Orange for a weekend, now is the time! There is so much going on in this town, aside from my photography class! There are great antique shops, including... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cynthia Shaffer
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Ok ... enough said, I LOVE my macro lens! So here's the thing about a macro lens ... your lens can be really close to your subject when you shoot. So all lenses have a minimum distance that you have to have between the lens and the subject before it will focus and macro lenses do too it's just that... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Cynthia Shaffer
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Over in my online photograhy class, Photography 101: Through The Artisit's Eye, there is a lot of talk about the 50mm lens so I thought I would just take a minute to chat a bit about it! ISO 100, f/1.2 1/800 sec Lenses are a personal thing ... Some feel really good on your camera and in your hands and... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Cynthia Shaffer
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I'm often asked about equipment and gear that I like and use. Here are just a few things that I think you might be interested in as well! Cameras: Camera's are a personal choice. Some people are Nikon types, others are only canon and wouldn't consider anything else. I have actually shot with both those brands and it is really... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Cynthia Shaffer
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A few months ago the kind folks at Cut Out + Keep contacted me to see if they could feature some of my sewing tutorials on their site and here it is! How cute that they are calling me a SEWING SUPERSTAR! Made me smile. Anyways ... todays featured project is this Receipt Caddy .... If you want out this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Cynthia Shaffer
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You can hop on over to the Lark Crafts blog site right now and check out my latest last minute gift idea! The tutorial is all there and then of course you can attach the tag to my Simply Stitched Gifts book! These tags are the thing I do when I'm feeling creative but don't want to spend too too... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
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When I teaching my photography 101 classes, Shooting in Manual Mode, I'm often asked which lens I use the most; which lens would I recommend? I have a few that I really like, but as far as a good all around lens, I grab my Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens! If I could only carry one lens... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
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Happy Dance ... more info to come ... but for now, my online Photography 101, Through the Artists Eyes, is up and selling with a great Early Bird Special! Come check out Jeanne Oliver's site right here for details! Photography 101, Through the Artists Eyes! I am often asked about how I edit my photos and what editing program I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
Yay ... it seems like forever ago that I was working on Simply Stitched Gifts, a free motion stitching book ... It's finally out in book stores and being sold on Amazon! via cynthiashaffer.typepad.com Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 3, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
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Does anyone even read blog posts any more? I know this has been the question of the day for a few years now, but to be honest with you, I sort of miss my blogging days ... days of working on tutorials to share and snippets of life around my hood and all. I'm seriouly thinking to start blogging again... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
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Yay ... it seems like forever ago that I was working on Simply Stitched Gifts, a free motion stitching book ... It's finally out in book stores and being sold on Amazon! Here are a few of my very favorite projects in the book and actually as I was thumbing through it I was reminded that there really is something... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
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It's always a thrill to be asked by Stampington & Company to submit art projects ... in fact I'm working on a batch for some upcoming article as I type! Here's the funny thing about the Guest artist post I did for Stampington Place. I was poking around the internet one morning and I came across Stampington & Company's blog!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
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What a sweet book to be involved with! When Ame Verso first contacted me to see if I was interested in contributing a few projects to this book, I didn't miss a beat ... and responded with a huge YES! This book is sold right HERE! What was a bit different about this book is that we were given access... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
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Look what just arrived from Amazon! Coastal Crafts! I'm so excited to share this book with you! I feel like I gave birth to this book years ago ... seriously, it feels like a lifetime ago that I was stitching fish garland and painting seashells! Here's a few fun facts about this book ... First, it's a multi craft book... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
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How fun to be a part of this amazing blog hop for Stitch, Craft, Create. With these 2 fabulous books coming out soon, 50 Fat Quarters Makes and Retro Mama: Scrap Happy Sewing ... A blog hop is the perfect way to catch up on what's going on out there in the blog world of some of the most talented... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
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This little (8 x 8 inch) book, Fat Quarters; Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas, is just packed with wonderful, creative and inspirational stitched projects! Amanda Caretsio and the entire Lark Crafts team did an amzaing job pulling this book together ... Bravo Team! It's a must have and a go to kind of book for those of us... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
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I'm thinking this is the 5th or maybe 6th time I have attended Glitterfest ... and I have to say it never disappoints! The artists that work for months, days, and hour upon hours to bring to the show the best of the best! I am always blown away by the jewelry that Kerri Smith creates for the show ...... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
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It's been almost a full year now, maybe longer, since I was out and about photographing Coastal crafts. I remember on some days it was all cold and windy and on other days the sun was just perfectly warm and soothing. I was reminded that I loved it all! You see, creating a book full of projects that are inspired... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Cynthia Shaffer
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Stitchy, stitchy goodness ...It's all I want to do these days! I love to free motion stitch ... ok, not that perfect type stitching where you have to follow a pattern and all but that freehand type of machine embroidery, where you let down your hair and let loose! About a week ago I joined a friend of mine, Tracy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Cynthia Shaffer
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Turns out that last year at this exact time I was very, very busy ... photographing like 4 books at the same time! This book, Felt-o-ween, was just one of the favorites ... or at least one of the first book that I received this season ... yup it takes about 1 full year for a book to hit the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Cynthia Shaffer
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I'm so very excited to share with you my latest book that I co-authored with Jenny Doh ... SERGE IT! Inside these pages you'll find some new and fun projects to make with that serger you bought, that you just knew you had to have! Right? Well, you were right! You need a serger to make these adorable trivets! Ok,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Cynthia Shaffer
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It's that time of year isn't it ... you know, gifts are exchanged, sometimes with people that have everything. You know who I'm talking about ... anyways, I had the opportunity to photograph Aimee Ray's Sweet & Simple Jewelry book (Lark Crafts) a while ago and I remember thinking how fun and doable so many of the jewelry pieces were.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at Cynthia Shaffer
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A few months ago Judith Norman contacted me and asked if I would be interested in contributing an apron for her new adventure ... I Heart Aprons, an enhanced e-book for her new web site Craft. Chat. Eat. I jumped on the chance and the rest is history! Here's info on Judith's site, the e-book and a closer look at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at Cynthia Shaffer
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How fun is this? And how cute is this? My studio is all cleaned up, the laundry is done ... or at least my boxing gear is clean and ready for tomorrow, and the dishes are washed and put away. So, you know what that means ... that means I have a little free time to craft ... and so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Cynthia Shaffer
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With my husband out of town, one kid in Las Vagas and then other at the beach, I found myself with sort of a day to treat myself to whatever I wanted to do! The question was ... South Coast plaza, shopping for a dress to wear to a wedding I'm attending in Pennsylvania, Samy's camera, where I'm sure I'd... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2013 at Cynthia Shaffer