Frequently Asked Questions

This is a list of questions I've received, and I've tried to answer each one to the best of my ability without being too wordy!  If you'd like to ask anything that is not already covered, just ask!

May I use your photos?It gives me warm fuzzies that you enjoy my photography so much that you would like to use it yourself!  All photos are ©2008-2011 Heather Nabower, and I ask that you do not take them for use on your site or project without first obtaining my permission.

May I link to your blog?
Absolutely!

Do you sell any of your creations, and where might I buy them?
I do have a few things listed in my etsy store right now, and hope to increase the quantity of available produts soon.

What kind of sewing maching do you use/recommend?
I currently use an old green Singer machine I've named Gretta.  She's just over 60, and is starting to show her age.  When she needs a break, I use my mom's Singer Model 2932.  It's a nice, simple machine that is great for beginner and accomplished sewers sewists sewing hobbyists alike.  (And why is there no good word for people who sew?  Hmmm...I may have to work on that one!)  I have always used Singer machines because that is what my mom and grandma always use/used.  There were only 2 that didn't last long, and they both came from Wal-Mart.  My advice to you is to go to an actual sewing machine store to buy one.  It might cost a little more, but it'll also last you a lot longer.  As for deciding if you want a computerized or non-computerized machine, that is something you will have to decide for yourself.  I have never used a computerized machine, and there's only 1 reason for that.  There is a gentleman who fixes sewing machines, and he charges only $20 plus parts, but he doesn't work on computerized machines.  In my opinion, simpler is often better, especially if you are just learning to sew.

What kind of camera & photo editing software do you use?
Camera:
Right now, I use a Canon Powershot SX20 IS, and I love it.  I've seen it described as the step between a point-and-shoot and a digital SLR.  I'd love to get an SLR, but I cringe at the thought of spending that much on a camera when I don't make any money from my photography.  When shopping for a new camera, I first look for zoom capabilities, what kind of memory card it uses (I don't want to have to buy all new cards), and what kind of batteries it uses (I prefer cameras that use regular AA batteries).  I also write out a list of what I'd like to be able to do with my camera, then I find the one that best fits my needs.  One thing you need to do is LEARN all there is to know about your camera, and take some time just playing around with it to get used to the different functions.
Editing Software:
I'm not a fan of heavily edited photos, but sometimes it's nice to be able to play with different finishes, get rid of blemishes, etc and resize my photos.  For that, I use Picnik and Picasa.  Both are free, for the most part.  Picnik does require that you pay a small membership fee to use some of the Premium fonts and effects.  If you don't want to pay the fee, you still have access to a LOT of different effects, fonts, and edits.  In my opinion, the biggest downside to not paying the fee is that you can only access the 5 most recent uploaded pictures.

How to you create PDF documents?
I use PDF reDirect.  It's incredibly easy to use - and it's free!

I'll be coming to/through Nebraska soon.  Is there anything to do outside of Lincoln and Omaha?
ABSOLUTELY!!!  You can go to http://www.visitnebraska.gov/ for a free travel guide.  My advice is to get off the interstate.  Travelling along I-80, Nebraska appears to be flat and full of cornfields.  My favorite part of Nebraska is the panhandle.  The sandhills are the most beautiful part of the great state.  There is so much to see and do like Fort Robinson, the Crazy Horse Monument, Chimney Rock and Scottsbluff National Monument, Ash Hollow, and Toadstool Park, to name a few.  In south central Nebraska, you could check out the Archway Monument, Stuhr Museum, Hastings Museum, Pioneer Village, or MONA and eat at Sutter's Deli, Big Dally's Deli, or Coney Island.  If you're staying in the Lincoln or Omaha areas, there is a lot to do in both those cities, but I also recommend heading a little south or a little east to Nebraska City.
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