New Work



Spent the last few weeks playing about with my camera and not worrying about my blog or Etsy shop.  At the beginning of the school holidays I set myself some small goals.

I was going to use the summer hols as time to take out to just use my camera more – which I’ve done.  My next goal was to update my blog/shop and Friendface (lol!) page before I went back to work this Wednesday.  I’m pleased to say that I have done that too but just in the nick of time!  (Still a little way to go but don’t tell anyone…)

I will be adding some more Galleries over the next week and hopefully adding some listings to my Etsy shop.

Busy morning and now I’m off for a cuppa🙂

Lainey x

Tilt Shift Love





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I’ve not been paid for this post!

I love Tilt Shift photography.  Manipulating an image to make it look like a miniature or a diorama is like magic to me.

I would love to learn how to do it with a camera eventually but in the meantime I’m trying to figure out how to do it digitally.  Photoshop is still a bit tricky but I’m sure with patience I will get there.

I’m not always very patient though!  One quick Google search later led me to a site called   Upload a picture and play about with the settings and you can create some effective images you can then download.  If you want unlimited downloads and high resolution images than you do have to subscribe but for about £9 a year, it’s a steal.

I created the images below within just a few minutes and although they are not amazing, I do love them!  It also makes you look at the world differently – as all great photography does.  It can make you more mindful of the type of photo you want to take.    Quick tips from a personal point of view – use photos with a good pop of colour.  Mine are a bit dull and the colour does help to create the miniaturised feel.  Also find a picture with a lot of activity in it and views from up above always look wonderful.

Lainey x

First Afternoon on Photoshop!


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Last weekend I managed to have a proper afternoon playing with Photoshop Elements 14.  After a look around finding filters and textures I thought I’d try and learn about layers.  These just seemed really hard to me.  After a couple of Youtube videos, I did manage to learn how to build up a couple of layers and then copy and paste from one one image to another.

By the time I’d properly worked it out I was running out of time so if you zoom into the picture you’ll see the fairy figure is  badly cropped.  However, I was so chuffed I’d managed it that I couldn’t resist posting it, lol.

Lainey x



Etsy and Brexit (No Negativity)


My two penneth…

Etsy issued a statement on the result of the EU Referendum and, while vague, it is one of the best things I’ve read since the result.

The upshot is we have no way of knowing exactly how this will affect shops and businesses that use these online communities.

I think in the short term buyers will get a better deal from us in the UK due to the exchange rates.  In the long term, some of us will have to rethink postage costs and tax issues.  In the meantime we carry on as normal.

Changes will take time to come into effect and will be rolled out on an “as and when” basis.  We won’t have 24 hours to change everything about our shops.  We have traded fine with the rest of the world as well as Europe and we will continue to.

The thing with Etsy, as with many online communities, we have built up our own relationships with each other.  I love my many friends scattered throughout the world that I have met via Etsy, and online. Bureaucrats can’t change these relationships.  They can change how we operate but as always in business we have to adapt and evolve.

Our friends in Europe must feel rejected, this was done en masse but nearly half the country wanted to stay (for the record I voted to stay)  We have to move forward now and how our online communities behave now can show the masses and the politicians how global citizens can behave.   I think it’s a good opportunity to show politicians that “divide and conquer” techniques will not stop us anymore.

We are on Etsy to reach out to all corners of the world and show and see how others live, work, and create and fit into this little world of ours.  That will not change.

Lainey x





Etsy Shop News

Evolution continues at Steampooka!

I’m finding myself moving towards photography a bit more these days.  I’m struggling to find the time to dedicate to making and then packaging and posting items. It’s too time consuming and exhausting  for me at the moment.

We have settled into our new house and I’m enjoying pootling around and making decorating plans.

I have a less stressful job now which doesn’t play on my mind outside of office hours.  This has freed up my headspace for wanting to do things again!  I’ve watched lots of films and started reading again.  I’ve bought Photoshop and am starting to learn how to use it.

I like to be free to drop what I’m doing at a moments notice when my teen wants to do something with me.  These moments are never guaranteed and will soon happen less and less.

At the moment selling images as downloads lets me still have a creative outlet and can fit into my daily life really well.  I’ve started playing about with temporary and 3D collages.  More importantly I’m playing at my own pace🙂


Lainey x




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