Help me help you: Tell me about your picture-taking troubles!

When I posted about the MyPublisher photo books, several of you contacted me, wondering how to take better photos.


Since that’s not exactly in line with my blog’s theme (and since there are many great photography blogs written by people more skilled than me with a camera!), I checked with you all on Facebook the other day just to see if there was broader interest in this.


And you (at least those of you who are on my Facebook page!) said yes.

So, I’m going to put together a post (postS? a series? Not sure yet.) with some pointers and ideas that will hopefully be simple and helpful.



To make sure that this is indeed useful for you, I’d like to ask where you most want help.



For instance…

Are you not sure what to take pictures of?

Are you not sure what angles are best?

Do you feel like your pictures are just boring?

Are your pictures too bright/too dark?

Do you have trouble catching moving kids on camera?

Do you struggle with blur?

Or do you have difficulty with something not on this list?


Let me know!

Your feedback will help me get a better idea of what to write about.

Ask the Readers |Frugal House-Building Advice?

Recently, I got an email from a reader asking for advice about building a home. While I do have some experience in home fixing-up and I can paint All Of The Things, I have nooo clue about actually building a house!

advice on building home frugally

Image thanks to Armchair Builder via Flickr Creative Commons

However, I’m positive that some of you have been through this process and have some wisdom to share. Read the email below, and please do leave your advice in the comments!

(Email subscribers: so that this reader can see your comments, click on the post title to come to the actual blog and leave a comment. Clicking reply will send your comment to just me!)


I’m in a bit of a desperate hunt for house building advice. My husband, three older kids, and I just sold our house (had to actually pay money to do it), but made ourselves free to move to our 5 acres with the intent of homesteading. Anyway…..

The only debt we have is the land payment and we are stuck on what kind of house to build. We have chosen a few smaller home plans (1300-1400 sq ft) but when we add in a basement option, a mud room option, hardwood floors (I don’t want any rugs at all), a metal roof (good in warding off any fires from the forest), non vinyl windows…… it all adds up.

We can swing such a payment but were kind of hoping to have a very small mortgage payment. We even considered converting our 30’x40′ garage on our land not our home. But we fear, in the end, it would add up to be as much as a house built for us. And we certainly need a garage if we homestead. There’s a lot to consider.

Have you come across people who have built their own homes? What have they done in order to remain frugal? When I look up frugal homes on the internet I find tiny, tiny homes or ones that are just plain strange.

Thank you,