I happened upon this darling free pattern for a little wine cork Christmas Tree. Visiting friends with a bottle of wine in hand, I decided to make one of these darling cork covers to go with the bottle. Once opened, you then place the tree over the cork and have a darling ornament. I added a tiny star button to the top of mine and an ornament hanger. You can find free patterns for the cork Christmas Tree here. Super quick and easy to crochet, along with directions for three sizes. My review of this pattern is TWO THUMBS UP!!!
Not only did I want to share this free crochet pattern with you from One Dog Woof’s website, but I also wanted to give a photography tip on how to photograph your items using natural light from a window, along with using a bit of “fill flash” – what is fill flash you may ask… it is just a bit of flash from your camera to help the exposure.
This first photo I had my camera set on auto and zoomed in as close as I could to obtain sharp focus on my focal point “The Cork Christmas Tree” without any flash, just placed the item near a window with natural light (quite diffused, as it is cloudy today). Not only is it dark, but the posing isn’t that great.
Next, I turned on my flash for some “fill flash” indoors. The item is still placed in the same spot near the window, sitting on a piece of white fun foam to avoid “down-shadowing” and pick up “up-fill” from the white fun foam with the flash. The camera settings are still the same. I also reposed the tree so that it was sitting center, straight up and down, and with the fill flash see the difference in the sharpness of the focus on the tree – much better results, don’t you think?
Try your hand with “fill flash” both indoors and outdoors to see the difference in your exposure and final results straight from the camera with no post-processing.
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When I was a very little girl, yes back in the 60s… My mom had a beautiful huge white artificial Christmas tree that she decorated in red, white and silver – I fondly remember sitting under that tree and just marveling at its glory. I loved that tree!
This season I wanted to bring back some of my fondest childhood memories of the holidays – so decided I too wanted a white sparkly artificial tree, just a little one, and I wanted rainbows and pom-poms – two of my favorite things! I spent less than $25.00-hit up all the discount box stores for my supplies (all except the yarn which I had on hand from an earlier project) and am pleased as if I’d found my pot o’ gold – my childhood memories!
Supplies needed to build yourself a Rainbow Holiday Tree:
4ft prelit artificial white tree
1″ clover pom-pom maker or go to this link for a tutorial on how to make them with a fork and/or empty tissue rolls!
Rainbow candy canes
5/8″ green glitter ribbon
1″ jingle bells
I love this yarn in neon colors, or any ROY G. BIV colors :)
1 yard fluffy, bumpy fabric for the tree skirt
3 yards 7/8″ neon green grosgrain ribbon
I made 10 pom-poms of each color of yarn, tied the glitter ribbon into bows and added the bells and ornament hooks, unwrapped the box of Rainbow Candy Canes, opened the box and fluffed my Christmas Tree. Placed my tree on a low table, found an extension cord and an electrical outlet – important for the lights to work ;) Then I went to town decorating my little tree – had sooooo much fun! Lastly, made a floral bow with the wide neon green grosgrain ribbon for my topper.
Now my little white artificial Rainbow Christmas Tree sits directly in front of my crafting table – because I am here at my table ALL THE TIME crafting away. I gaze at my little tree and remember how much I loved my mother’s tree!
Did you miss me?!?! Last week was so full of deals, steals, coupons, sales, etc. Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks was doing her own shopping from some of the fabulous deals! Did you do some shopping too?
This week, I’ve decided it’s time for some Christmas Holiday Stockings! And here is our lineup of free and paid crochet patterns for this week’s feature of Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks, Vol 4! <3
- Criss Cross Stocking
- Fabulously Festive Christmas Stocking
- Jingle Bell Stockings
- Perfectly Plaid Christmas Stocking
- Jingle Jangle Christmas Stocking
- Christmas Stocking Ornament
- Little Christmas Socks
- Christmas Stocking
- Christmas Cable Stocking
- Jolly Stockings
- Snowflake Stocking
- Pet’s Christmas Sock