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Jeannine, my middle son is our family techie AND photographer; the photos in my albums that I took were taken with a disposable Fuji camera on film.

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Ok 'eck, what is a macro setting,, you see I am lost already, my husband did all that for me, I can't even type as no doubt everyone has seen but truly I can spell !!

The camera is one I bought for my husband about 4 years ago but he never used it  I guess his Alzheimers was further on than I realized. I dug it out a few weeks ago and managed to charge it. It is an Olympus, I think it was called Penn. I managed to take some pictures with it and looked in the manual and somehow got a few on the computer but I think it was more by luck than choosing. I am  totally useless on a computer. I bought a new one a few weeks ago but it was so complex I returned it to Costco. I did keep the printer but haven't figured it out yet. I don't know how to copy and paste even, and I see that all the time in instructions. I can't figure out how to put a link on either, I can take a photo off the net and put that on. but beyond  that I am lost. It does have a cord that connects to a thingy on my laptop. There was  disc for it but when I came to use it this laptop doesn't tale a disc which is why I bought a new pooter..back to square one now. There is a dial on the top which has letters on it P,A,S,M,, then a symbol that looks like an 8, then SCN, the ART, the Auto. I have it on Auto. There is the word Micro written on it.

There is a camera class at our local Seniors center I might join that and get myself used to it, there is class for cameras and computers as well so I think I should do that. The rest of your message I will have to mull over. I am also a night owl, very much so actually. Thank you for trying to help me. John was an Electonics Engineer and a whiz kid with anything technical all I had to do was get him to take pictures and put them on the computer for me. and I could send them anywhere I wanted then. I do ebay, Amazon, Craigs list, the net and here , I just need to learn the rest of it LOL

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I did figure out how to copy and paste when I clicked the righthand mouse button by mistake one day.

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Well, I wish I lived closer to you so I could help more! I'm having a tough time envisioning the camera you have. If you still have the manual, it should say the model number? Olympus has a few Pen cameras and it would help if I could do an image search for it. A macro setting is when the lens focuses very sharply on objects near by, so it's excellent for taking closeups of flowers or very small minis for example. Background objects and things in the distance are usually a blur when you take pictures. On my camera, when I go into the setting menu, the macro icon is a small flower.

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Thank you I will go online and see if I can find one.

Holly just noticed your message it made me feel a bit better, I reaaly do need to spend some time learning this stuff, I have just never had to do it before..

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Found it. It is not an Olympic  pen I thought it was , I remember it now . It is an Olympus pen E-PL 1 and I found some pictures of it. I also found the manual and it does have a macro, rotate dial to SCN, done that, but it made no sense to me, far too technical, the manual presumes I already know something about cameras. It is talking about RAW or RAW=JPEG photos and are taken using  e-PORTRAIT.. it  sounds like a foreign language to me. When I realized that my husband was not going to be able to use it shortly after I got it I bought a book called Olympus pen E-PL1  for Dummies which I have in front of me  I remember trying to read it and it irritated the life out of me, about 10 pages in I quit when I read it described as sexy with a lot of muscle.

 

Maybe I am just a lost cause when it comes to technology

 

I tried to load the pictures , they are of two cameras mine is the one on the right, and on the right with the back view too.

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My camera is an easy to use one, but it does have similar buttons like the ones on the lower right of the backside. Do you see the circle with 4 buttons around it? On my camera, the center button is the select button. The 4 around it allow me to select which flash mode I want (i use auto usually), drive mode (I never use this as I don't make video with mine), focus mode (I use standard, but there is a macro option I really should play around with more), and a mode button, which allows me to select the best mode for the type of photo I want to  take (I use flower mostly, but there's one for snow, landscape, night scene, etc). Does this help?

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Jeannine do you have a smart phone or iPad type tablet? That would make it easier because then you don't have to load pictures onto a computer from a camera, you can just take the photo with your phone or tablet. 

Out of curiosity...whatever happened with the Beacon Hill? 

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Lord help me, I am caving in and buying a San Fran 557 someone posted on a local Facebook yard sale!!  :doh:

$20!!  She is practically GIVING it to me!! 

Kristina Winters San Fran.jpg

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2 hours ago, jbnmini said:

Lord help me, I am caving in and buying a San Fran 557 someone posted on a local Facebook yard sale!!  :doh:

$20!!  She is practically GIVING it to me!! 

Kristina Winters San Fran.jpg

:pepper::banana::carrot::cucumber: 

What a steal! It's going to be soooo happy it lucked out and got you!

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Hello everyone.. 

 I really missed this board. The last time I posted I said RL got between me and miniatures. Well in June

my husband of 52 years got sick, he later passed away in july. Dealing with that has been difficult.

I have slowly begun to go through my "stash" and hopefully be able to get building and creating again.

I have started today to read all the posts and look at all the wonderful projects everyone is doing.

You all are an inspiration to me, thank you.

 

Gail    :bear:   

 

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Re the camera I am going to try and study the manual and books and maybe go to the center and have it explained to me. I think I have figured out how to take the pictures and I may be able to get them on my computer, I did do it a few weeks ago but not sure how but it is setting up the album thing I have no clue about

I do have a mobile phone , very basic, it flips down I don't have tablet I don't like them. My phone does have a camera but I don't know how to use it. I don't even know how to use the phone other than press on the list of names in it or answer it when it rings. I don't know if it is smart I know I am not., don't know what an Ipad is either

The Beacon Hill man had advertised the house on ebay as free shipping if you remember but then wanted to dismantle it to keep the cost down. I told him what everyone here said and offered him and out if he wanted to cancel, at first he said no, he would ship it whole in a custom made wood box, then he got the prices..oops and accepted my offer to refund. I did post and say. I got all my money back..

What a wonderful find in your SF house and so cheap too, well done to you

Back to my houses. I made attic beams for the Sugarplum last night and painted them before I went to bed. I started to brick the chimney, wow is that ever picky. The little bricks didn't seem to want to grab the wood.I was using Aleenes tacky maybe there is something better., anyway I made a start.

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Oh, Gail!  Here is a cyber {hug} and a BIG welcome home!

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Welcome back Gail, Hugs to you 

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Hi, Gail and Jeannine—I feel so sad for both of you—new grief is so tough, and so seemingly endless, but I can tell you that it does soften with time—“firsts” are hard—first anniversaries, first birthdays, first holidays, etc., but later special occasions bring wonderful memories of times gone by, and, believe it or not, smiles, and opportunities to create new memories.

I lost my Georgie after 40 years 5 years ago, and am now almost used to his not being there, and able to take each day for what it brings, not just what it doesn’t.

I wish you both peace, and the knowledge that some day, hopefully soon, you’ll wake up and find that the ache has lost a bit of its sting.

Mary Helen

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Welcome back Gail! I'm sorry for your loss. 

Jeannine I missed that update about the Beacon Hill, glad to hear you got a refund and it wasn't a big hassle. I love reading your update posts, but putting pictures to your explanations would be so nice. I'm sure if you figure out how to get pictures on the computer we can walk you through creating the albums. Maybe an admin could help..

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Thanks Karin, I think I could maybe muddle through and get the pictures on the computer I have done it once but not sure how but I should be able to get it again with a bit of luck but getting the special page for them I don't understand at all.

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Mary Helen, thank you for caring , each day brings a new challenge but my faith is strong and I know he has just gone there before me. God has other things for me to do yet I guess. I am glad that things got easier for you eventually. XX

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Thank you for your wonderful comments and thoughts

To answer your question Jeannine I work in 1/2"scale so I am going through my stash so

that I can see where to go first. I  have a "village" of 5 houses that some are kinda done and some

need TLC and I started a Gentleman wizard's emporium, made in a Brimble's kit.

 

Gail  :bear:

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Oh how lovely, I love the idea of half scale, in fact I have a Fairfield on the go but it is shelved for the moment as I had a problem finding the type of furniture I had in mind for  it. I just this last week bought  half scale 2 Victoriana's on e bay . The Gentleman's wizard emporium sound fascinating I would like to hear more about that one. I have never had anything to so with wizardry or anything mystic other than reading the Harry Potter books but I have seen some fascinating projects here that have given me ideas I would never thought of on my own.It is good to hear about all these things even if one never gets to do them it is fun to create in one;s head.

I had an idea a few weeks ago about buying a row of tiny houses fro Petit Properties but somehow in thr discussion re shipping I lost the connection with the company, they were going to get back to me and didn't. I think they were 1/4 scale.. They all fit together very neatly and would have sat on a windowsill or shelf.

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I've worked on a variety of things today, things I've been stalling on for weeks or months.

I finished the fireplace chimney breast for the dining room of my French Country. Foam board, etc and the inside of the fireplace - with brick wallpaper, then dirtying it up. Then I was able to wallpaper it, and its drying now. Once dry, I will cut the paper out over the opening, and begin the wiring so that I can glue it onto the wall. I've held off finishing crown and baseboards for that wall for way too many months and just need to get it done. I have some lovely sconces from Lumenations By Mr K that I'm anxious to install on this. 

I started the chimney pieces for the exterior of the Chateau, deciding I would use Magic Brik. I painted them with a grey - thinking a texture would be cool for a grout base. After doing this, it occurred to me the tape will probably not adhere well to this :(  so I now have to sand that off and repaint. I also made the brick mixture, using some powder I got from Richard Stacey I think, it was tan. I added colors so it looks like brick colors. When my chimneys get sanded and repainted then I can apply it. 

I also worked on recreating a door frame for my Chateau that I liked better than the one that came with my Chateau. Lawbre changed it at some point and mine was columns on blocks. The nicer one uses their fabulous corbels, and the side trim is just flat, with a small thicker base and picture frame molding. I placed it all together today to see how it looks - pretty close to the original, just using 3/4" x 1/8" strips. 

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Fabulous door!

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Those corbels go nicely with that pediment.

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As I am approaching the end with my Sugarplum the first of my Red Riding Hood trio houses for Joe the woodcutter last night I opened the box of house 2 The Aster which is for Grandmama.I was immediately impressed by the directions which were much more comprehensive than the last two kits I opened and looked a lot easier

. The picture on the box suggests a snowy roof but in fact it is as stucco one to represent thatch. The roof therefore is very fat I think, I am not sure how to feel about that but maybe it will all become clear as I progress.

For the moment I am still bricking the chimney on Joe;s house but it is a slow and painful procedure so I have had to set a goal of 5 rows a day only but I am getting there.

I am undecided wether to jump right in with house number 2 or go back to my Fairfield and do a bit on that .decisione decsisions.It is not like me to leave something unfinished for too long.

If I am to be honest I really should stop all minis and do a thorough tidy in my craft room...ug I have collected so much stuff over the past few weeks I need to box it as to type.

 

 I really love your door Heidi, super.May I ask what your tiles are?

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