Romantic Homes feature and a new camera

First off, thanks so much for all your advice on the blog and Facebook about ideas for my downstairs office.You’ve given me so many wonderful ideas to work from! I can’t wait to try a few and I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Moving along…

Guess most of you have figured out by now that I like to fiddle around with photography.

And you KNOW how important cameras are to a blogger. So what would YOU do if you found your camera very sick one day?

Check this out. I wouldn’t know how to do this if I tried.

Know what else was equally horrifying? The photo shoot I was taking for the Copy Me! Challenge started cranking out pics just like this. Freak. Me. Out.

So I attempted a full blown photo shoot anyway. And it didn’t work out. Everything looked pretty bad. Even the colours and tones were on their way out. So I borrowed a friend’s camera to get by. And in no uncertain terms, I got it in both ears…

“GET THE CAMERA YOU WANT. NOW. TODAY. GO.”

Such a nag. :)

You may say I’m pretty cautious about big ticket items. I wait and wait until I’m dragging myself along the ground complaining and whining and fussing about how awful my bad junk is to everyone that’s within earshot before I’ll budge and allow myself something cool.  And my friend had had quite enough and gave me one good final kick! Just what I needed.

So, my son and I set out to get a shiny new camera. The sales flyer showed us a great deal on one that was just begging for a new home.

And once we got there? Out of stock. NOOO! THIS WILL NOT DO.

I then asked her to show me ALL the brands, not just the one I asked for. Well now, I felt like that episode of I Love Lucy where all the chocolates go too fast on that conveyor belt.

 

Told you I was old. :)

Anyway, I burned away that sales girl’s hours until they flicked off the lights in the store. She’ll never forget me. :)

BUT. I got one I loved BETTER than the one I was after! I did it! I really really honestly went ahead and did it!

 Look Miss Mustard Seed! Even our cameras are friends! :)

I may wear ripped jeans and farmer jackets, but by golly, I have a smokin’ Canada’s Next Top Model kinda camera I do! This one fit in my hands just like a glove.

And when I figure out how to drive it, you’ll be the first to know.

Gotta say, this was one of the last trinkets I had a goal to purchase to make some future dreams come true. I’m now working towards getting Photoshop and Illustrator for Mac.

Know what else I’m very proud of? This camera was purchased soley from money made from the blog. This is a true blue Funky Junk purchase. It took a long time to save for, but I did it! And I couldn’t be more proud of that fact. I’m so very glad I waited and paid for it the right way. This means so much more to me than just a camera.

And right when you couldn’t think my day could improve more, I landed these too. And bought the last 4 they had. :)

 Why? Because I’m totally beside myself that I can say I’m available on the newstands now.  EEEE!

 I still can’t get over MMS on the same page. VERY VERY cool.

 Dear Romantic Homes… you rock! And have great taste. :) It’s such an incredible honor to be recognized this way. And if I can do it, (with a point and shoot no less) so can you.

And for those curious, an editor from RH contacted me. So make sure every photo shoot counts.

Right… back to the camera.

 Guess a post is in order soon on how to buy an SLR. And what this baby all needs to stay happy. She’s a little high maintenance she is… opposites attract, yes?

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  1. I have the exact same camera and absolutely love it. Nikon have courses here in Australia and I guessed that would be the best way to learn the full benefits of this camera. I have played with mine lots and are learning new things each day. Enjoy your new toy and I look forward to checking in on your pictures. Sandy xx

  2. Congratulations on the magazine shout out. I bought that issue and thought so great you were in it. And congratulations on the new camera. How fantastic is that…that you saved your blog profits to pay for it? I’d like to have a big fancy camera but I haven’t read the manual on the one I have. I’ll be watching to see how your new photos look and maybe I’ll take the plunge too one of these days soon.

  3. You Rock on too girlfriend! Congratulations on being featured in a magazine! Love your camera too! I’m waiting for the Copy Me Contest to start…how about you? Visit Mel’s Cabin and have a cup of coffee.

  4. Donna I can’t wait to hear what we will be learning from you next.
    Your explanation to me- by email- of how to enlarge pictures on my sidebar worked perfectly.

    You’re the best!
    Congratulations on Romantic Homes!

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

  5. LOVE the new camera!! I think NIKON is the best!! I got a copy of the magazine plus February which features Jo~Secret Garden Cottage! So excited for you ladies! Hope your careers and dreams take off!! Oh wait… they HAVE!! YAY! So inspiring!! :)

    Kendra

  6. Oh, I’m so glad you’re a Nikon girl, now!! :) WElcome to the family. You’ll love it here. I’m so excited for you, my friend.

    You should’ve told me you didn’t have a copy of RH, yet. I would’ve mailed a few to you!

  7. Donna, Congrats on the new camera…and the magazine…WoW! I treated myself to a new Nikon two weeks ago and am still figuring it out…getting better, but slowly. You’ll have so much fun trying out new things with it…the black and white was a fun option. (Here’s a link to my “new camera” post http://mysisterscottage.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-camera.html
    )Love your blog and share your love of “funky junk”. Congrats again! ~Cheryl

  8. Yay for you! You did have a good day :)
    Congrats on the magazine and good luck with your new camera…I’ll just wait for you to figure it out, do a nice informative post about it and then maybe I’ll get a “big girl” camera myself…hehe ;) Laurel

  9. I saw your pictures in the magazine and had to come by your place! Love your style, Your point and shoot photo drew me in. congratulations on being published and also Congrats on the big girl camera!!!
    Sherry

  10. WHOA…that is one flippin’, good lookin’ camera. I would never learn to use it in a million years but……you will !!

    So many congratulations on your RH publish.
    I had a letter published in an issue a few years back and that is MY claim to being published. :)))
    I am off to buy my copy.

  11. donna you so deserve this camera ;). and if you can take those awsome pics with a point and shoot just think what this will do. and i am so proud you bought it right, perfect example for your son. so you go girl

  12. Congrats on the new camera. What a jewel U purchased. That’s my next step…maybe next year…when I turn 65….that would be a good birthday present. Can’t wait 2 C the pictures.

  13. Excellent choice! I’m a Nikon girl, too. Best lens glass EVER! Congrats on purchasing it with blog $! Saw you in Romantic Homes… congrats on that, too. Have you ever submitted to Design Sponge? I could totally see your blog being featured there for some MAJOR exposure. Good luck with all your adventures and have fun with that new camera!
    Mary @ Very Merry Vintage Style

  14. NIKON’s ROCK!

    RH’s ROCK!

    YOU…..?

    Yep, ROCK, too!!!

    finally with the magazines, already!!!!!!!

    And how about you buying it with the blog $????? oh my gosh!!!!!!! Totally ROCKS!!!!

    xo
    ~K

  15. I saw your feature in RH congrats on being published. I’m totally intimidated by the whole photography element of blogging.Enjoy your new camera, cant wait to see the new pics.

  16. Congratulations on your new SLR!! All with $$ from Funky Junk?! That’s awesome!! So happy for you making it into Romantic Homes too, that room is so beautiful, it deserves to be in print. One room/magazine down, now the rest of the houses to showcase, right?!

    Congrats again! PS-Mr D Ramsey would be so proud of your saving mentality, lol!

    Erin

  17. Hmmm, funny I was just asking about cameras and then you needed one. Now I know what kind you would buy! Gotta check to see if it’s in my price range. Were there others you liked? And maybe if I get one you will teach me how to use! lol

  18. #38 Laura, try and keep me quiet on this one! LOL Yes, I’ll be showing you what I learn along the way. Without a doubt!

    Were there other ones I liked? No. :) You can get this one with lesser options, older models for less $$, however I wanted the video and live view(viewing screen option). The less $ models have less features is all.

    Donna

  19. What a wonderful day. My little canon is starting to get a bit funky in the tone department, plus there’s this haze around the edges half the time. I don’t want a new one unless I can go big.

  20. Yay for you! After your new Mac computer, this will probably be the best purchase of your life. You can never go wrong with a Nikon. I think you will be eligible to write a Nikon for Dummies book, or a Photo book for bloggers. Looking forward to learning stuff from you without really trying. Ann

  21. I imagine you’re going to be even more unstoppable now! I’m not sure how, but the one thing I DO know is that you’ll find a way.

    It’s super-duper great that you got a shout out from such a fine magazine. I look for EVEN BIGGER features to come. Those editors are going to stumble on your house tour one of these days and give you a full blown spread! :)

  22. Hubby got me the same camera in a bundle for Christmas. I love it! I, too, want Photoshop, but I’m not cool enough for Mac. :( Congrats on the mag!

  23. #49 opalm, YES!! Awesome idea! I vision burlap like with FUNKY JUNK imprinted all rustic like in black. Guess I’d better get out that sewing machine after all!

    Did I really say that?!? Oh my…

    I bought a camera bag for $50 and it’s ugly. May have to invent something and get my money back. :)

    Donna

  24. CONGRATULATIONS from the Kootenays!
    On the magazine and the camera. Go B.C. Gal! And thanks for sharing your inspiration with us. Your Son must be soo… proud of his Mom! Don’t forget us now that you are famous. Wishing you all the best–you deserve it!

    Lisa

  25. Beautiful camera!!! I have the Canon Rebel…love it. But I use my Nikon CooLPix the most. Just a point and shoot! But it does great close ups!!
    Congrats on the magazines! That is wonderful!
    Hugs
    SueAnn