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The 14 Days of Valentine's Day
WHAT: Personal, Random   |   WHEN: February 17, 2010
Take that, 12 Lords-a-Leapin'..  This year Kylie one-upped you by taking your 12 days and besting it by 2.  Yep, this year I was introduced to - and pleasantly surprised by - the 14 days of Valentine.  For those that didn't know, Kylie is more than a little crafty with her hands and her surprises, and on February 1st the mini-mailbox she had decorated (see below) showed up on my desk in my office.  Something different followed each day through the 14th... well, almost each day.

On about day 8 Kylie had acciedentally forgotten to put that day's gift in the mail box, so when I sat down at my desk to do some work that night and looked inside and didn't see any new "mail", I joked to Kylie sitting in the next room that it musta been a holiday that day because the mailman didn't  come.  One other day we got just over 6" of snow outside and I told her the mailman musta took the day off due to weather because the mailbox on my desk was empty that day. 

In all seriousness, though, it was great to walk in to my office each morning and see what had been delivered.  Most days it was a little card with a hand-written message to start the morning, and occasionally instead of a card there was a thoughtful little gift inside.  Ridiculously sweet, right?



The next two images are of the cards Kylie made me along the way.  I told you she was crafty.  In fact, she's recenty started her own venture into small business by becoming a Stampin' Up demonstrator... which reminds me I'm supposed to get lost Saturday afternoon while she hosts her first party at the house. 




And finally here's my ghetto tabletop set-up I've been using whenever Kylie asks me to take a few photos of her creations.  Pretty elaborate, eh?  Don't attempt this at home unless you're trained in handling aluminum foil.  I used this set-up to take the images above using my Nikon D700 with an 85mm 1.4 lens set at ISO 1250 and a shutter speed at 1/80th of a second and an f/stop of 2.0 (f/4 on the top down shot of the cards above).  The 30" Lite Balance reflector I used is one I've had for a long time, and if you're interested you can find it here.



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