[Guest post II] : Tips for Pastry Photography

Great advice for bloggers who are wanting to step up their photography game. I am not quiet there yet, as I am still taking photos with my iPhone and Nikon CoolPix but I love having advice from other bloggers on things that can help me in the future.


Yes! We now have our 2nd guest writer on mydearbakes!

We are very fortunate to invite Kiki of dinnerfornone to share with us some tips on pastry photography. =)

We recommend you to swing by her blog to check out Kiki’s creation.

And now, with out further ado … let’s sit back and enjoy the post!

When Lynn contacted me to ask whether I’d be interested in doing a guest post about pastry photography here on mydearbakes, I replied saying that I’d be interested but that I have a very unprofessional way of taking pictures, and outlined what I could write about. She still wanted me to do it, so thank you very much, Lynn! I feel very honoured to be chosen, and I’m still a little baffled, too!

So, welcome to my non-technical guest post. I would like to share a few tricks I’ve learned along…

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Glitter Inspired Bottle Decor

Happy Tuesday everybody! This weekend I dabbled in a little DIY. I’ve always wanted to experiment with spray painting wine bottles, and this weekend was perfect for a little outdoor do it yourself project. First I did a little research into the best method and found the “I Do, I Don’t Design” blog, which has a great tutorial found here – http://idoidontdesign.com/2011/11/05/diy-painted-wine-bottles/ 

Below are pictures of the steps I took, and the final looks. Instead of putting these around the house, I will be using them as table decor at my graduation party. Planning on using them for the cake table and entry table, I am thinking I pop in a sunflower or two inside also. 


What You’ll Need:

Spray paint of desired color 

Painters Tape


1. First you need to get those labels off, I soaked the bottled in warm water and nail polish remover. Then I used a scrubber to the adhesive off. I did not soak them for long probably 10 minutes, because I didn’t have time to soak them longer. Expect to use those arm muscles if you don’t have much time. 


2. After the bottles are adhesive/label free, let them dry for a little bit while you get out the newspaper, painters tape and spray paint. Once bottles are dry, start placing tape in design you want. 


3. Shake spray paint, and then begin to spray thin layer about 10-12 inches away from bottle. If you spray too close to the bottle, it the paint will begin to drip. 


4. Wait for spray paint to dry, and then remove painters tape. There may be some ares that need re-touching, if this happens just let the first coat dry then re-spray the area that needs to be touched up. Let dry, then remove painters tape.




Glam Candle Holders

On my most recent trip to Ikea, I found these really cute glass studded tea light candle holders. The best part is they were only $0.99 cents! I bought three of them, for some reason I like buying things in threes. See below for a look at the candle holders and where I placed them in my home.


IMG_3997 These tea light candles holders stuck out to be especially because they were an easy way to glam up any part of your home. Here I put them on my dining table with my Fall center piece.

IMG_4004 I also put a couple at the table by the entrance of my home.’


Briana Veniana

Lining Kitchen Cabinets

IMG_3982It all started because I had recently bought a new dish set from Ikea, so I had to make room in my cabinets for new dishes. Moving the wines, cups and mugs closer to the fridge and mini wine bar was the way to go. 

I purchased this liner at the $1 store a while back, finally pulled it out of the pantry and decided to use it! After that I cut the liner down to the size of the surface of my cabinet.



IMG_3992Once the liner was placed, I began putting my glasses inside. It was a quick and easy way to organize my cabinets and spruce them up a bit. Enjoy!