looking for the perfect camera bag?

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If you receive my email newsletters, you may have opened one last night that I sent out sharing something new and exciting! If you’ve been looking for a bag to stash your camera, tablet, and essentials in when you’re out and about, you might be interested in taking a peek at this one! Not only is it just roomy enough, but it’s also padded to help keep your equipment safe. And the outside is made with waxed canvas for water resistance.

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[waxed canvas camera bag, fund on etsy campaign]

I’ve been working for a while on wanting to bring a camera bag to the shop for you that would be stylish, but understated – and definitely durable. That’s always on the top of my list. I’ve loved being able to slip everything that I need for an afternoon out into this compact bag. Curious to know more?

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(Can you see my sunburn from the beach the day before on my arm? Huh. Yeah. That’s what I get for taking a day off! Plus, I honestly use the quiet at the beach to brainstorm ideas.)

One of the cool things about this bag is that it’s a part of something brand new on etsy. They’re launching a program called “fund on etsy” to help small business owners raise funds to grow their businesses. It’s basically this cool system to test out a new product. So while you get to check out and try something new, you also get to see how the funds raised from the new product go right back into growing my handmade business, as I’m looking to invest in an industrial level sewing machine. I say that’s winning all around.

You can see a bit more about the new “fund on etsy” program in this tidbit on one of my favorite blogs, fast company. Or here on etsy.

Or maybe you’re not in the market for a camera bag right now, but could use a cute clutch to carry the bare essentials with you. One of the “campaign” options is this fun clutch that I created using waxed canvas and a pretty, custom made watercolor print that I created using my own artwork. [Shh. The inside has a pretty pinkish watercolor ombre.] Cute for afternoons, or an evening out, I think!

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[waxed canvas clutch, choose second option on the right]

Can you tell that I loved working with the waxed canvas? Yep! If you’ve got any questions, shoot me an email, or comment here on the post to maybe just wish me luck!

I’d love to hear from you! If you think this is something that might be for you, I’d love for your to stop by check out the campaign. And even though I hate being one of those “only available for so long” kind of posts, that’s how etsy has things set up for now. The deadline to place a pre-order is August 15. Also, if you just feel like following along to see the progress of the campaign, or sharing with anyone whom you think might be interested, you can choose the button under the photo for the etsy listing that says “follow campaign” and you’ll see updates when I post them!

Have a lovely Wednesday!

July Featured Item | The Mustang Infinity Scarf

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During the month of July we’re featuring this fun infinity scarf made from premium Japanese style 100% cotton fabric and whose print features 3D mustang images reminiscent of Warhol’s pop art.

All seams are completely finished with french style seams and top stitching. The scarf is approximately 22 inches wide, and 70 inches around the loop.

And best of all it’s also available in pink!

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You can add this stylish accessory to your wardrobe for just $22.00 now through July 31st. So hop on over to the bluebird chic shop and place your order today!

Bluebird Chic Ambassador Spotlight | Sasha Farina

I have always admired Sasha – she’s a woman of faith, family, creativity, and humor. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve scrolled through my facebook feed and seen her honest, ironic, and hilarious posts and just laughed out loud. Her scrapbooking style totally vibes with my own – clean, and great on design with touches of stitching, and splashes of ink. Please, take a moment to stop by her blog and check out her work – I promise, you’ll be inspired!

Today I’m excited to share more about fellow scrapbooker Sasha Farina with all of you!

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Sasha Farina lives in Singapore with her husband Sam and her two girls, Neha and Nidhi. They’re the main subjects for her life photography. She is addicted to coffee, candy corn, green smoothies, long walks by the beach, instagram, colors and savory snacks – in no particular order. Sasha has been “making stuff” forever and says, “I’m that girl who can’t seem to leave the stationery/art and craft department.” You can see her work at Sasha Farina. The Blog.

 

How long have you been a scrapbooker?

I made my first layout on September 5th 2006 and never looked back. You can say I jumped in with both feet and not a day of regret ever since. :)

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What made you decide to pursue scrapbooking?

I have been interested in photography since I was very young, cameras and film photography wasn’t cheap (to us) then. My very first camera was a reward from my parents for graduating 6th grade with flying colors. I remember saving up money to develop my prints. Those were the days!

As for scrapbooking, let’s be honest, I was attracted to the vast array of pretty products first and I wanted to do something with the photos I’ve taken all these while. As I played with paper, glue and beautiful embellishments, I fell even more in love with scrapbooking. I mean, how could I not? I get to look at photos and reminisce and play with pretty products at the same time!

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How has your scrapbooking evolved over the years?

I’d like to think that I get better! My girls are teenagers now and instead of scrapbooking events or trips, I’m scrapbooking more about feelings. I’ve become an emotional scrapper lately. I find it easier to ‘talk’ on my layouts. More of my layouts now include stories but there are still some that were made just because I want to play with new products.

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What kind of camera(s) do you own and what role do they play in your life?

Right now, I’m shooting with my old Nikon D90. I take it out at least once a week to take photos around the house, photos of the family and of course, events and trips. I also use my camera to record the growth of my ‘living room farm’ – which is basically some pots near the window in my living room. Currently, I have tomatoes, mint, parsley and lots of basil growing in my living room :)

You’ll find Sasha rocking the Skip to My Lou Scarf Camera Strap, which fits perfectly with her love of triangles and her simple, contemporary sense of style.

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What do you love most about your bluebird chic strap?

I’m in love with triangles! I’m always hunting for triangles wherever I go. Triangle earrings, triangle charms for my bracelet, triangle pendants etc. So the ‘Skip To My Lou’ scarf strap is right up my alley!

I also like the color red because, well everything else I own is black or grey. That pop of color is just what I need when I go for my winter vacation at the end of the year.

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Thanks for sharing with us today Sasha and thanks for supporting the bluebird chic brand!

Now I’d like to invite all of you over to Sasha’s blog where she is hosting a giveaway. yay! One of you could win your own bluebird chic camera strap – PLUS she’s also got a special discount for you!!!

Share Your Chic Winner Spotlight | Emily Ockwig

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You might remember that during the month of May I held a little contest in order to get you all to share photos of you and your bluebird chic camera straps in action. I’m so excited to introduce the grand prize winner of our first Share Your Chic Contest.

Emily Ockwig is a stay at home mom to two ridiculously wonderful toddlers and a teenage bonus-kid. She likes to make things and starts projects spontaneously. Emily crafts and sews and creates and also makes last-minute holiday cards from supplies she has on hand in her basement. She loves hanging out with her kids and awesomely patient husband. Emily likes to go on local weekend adventures with her family and loves to explore. She also enjoys interior design and loves a beautiful gallery wall.

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Tell us how you first became interested in photography?

My friend is a photographer over at Oh, Hello Photo. When my daughter was one, I took a class that Kimi offered on shooting in manual mode and I was hooked. I remember a wonderful friend telling me shortly after having my daughter that the days are long but the years are short. The days are long. But, man, those years fly by. I love taking pictures. I bring my camera everywhere. At the end of that quick year with long days, there are so many moments that you could easily forget. So many stories that can be told through photographs.

When it comes to photography would you call yourself a professional, amateur, hobbyist or somewhere in between?

I’m a professional photographer. It sounds weird to say. I’m a professional. I take photos and capture moments for other people. I still have so much to learn about photography, but I love doing it and people like me and want me to take their photos. Recently, my photography partner and I branched into an Etsy store selling prints.

What kind of camera(s) do you own and what role does it play in your life?

I shoot Nikon and have a D700 and an 810. I love them both. One of them is always with me, usually along with my 50 mm or my 85 mm lens. In January I made a resolution to take photos every day. I don’t think I’ve made it EVERY day, but my 2015 is definitely well documented.

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What is your favorite subject to photograph and why?

My kids are my favorite subjects. Matilda is 4 and Wilson is 1 and we have so much fun together. I rarely get smiles from my daughter, not because she’s grumpy, but because she’s busy playing and creating and imagining. I like to capture their moments, whatever is special to them that day, that hour. They change so much and so quickly that I like to get little snapshots of memories for us to laugh about later.

Share one of your favorite photos that you’ve taken and tell us why its your favorite.

This is one of my favorite photos. My lovely friend Katie just moved to Thailand to be a missionary. She’s always been one of my biggest cheerleaders and believed in me long before I did. I love her so. She was the first person to ask me to do her family photos and I was honored when she asked me to do her maternity photos before she left. This is my favorite photo from that session, and I laugh thinking about that moment during the session whenever I see it.

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What do you love most about your bluebird chic strap?

These straps are GORGEOUS. I love that the fabrics are lovely, the quality is amazing, and they’re beautiful. I wanted a fun and unique strap for a while before I bought one and kept going back to Blue Bird Chic. Leah’s quality is top notch and I trust her with both my cameras. I like the uniqueness of the camera scarf. I keep it on my D700 and it lets me distribute the weight a little better if I wear my camera cross-body. The camera strap offers a little more padding and that one hangs out on my 810.

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Thanks for sharing with us today Emily and thanks for supporting the bluebird chic brand.

Stay tuned for info about our next Share Your Chic Contest, you could be a winner too!