This afternoon I went and got materials to build my own lightbox to help with taking better pictures. I got the lighting cord at Ikea, the bulbs at the hardware store and the rest (foam core, poster board, etc) at the dollar store. Total spent was about $20, the lightbulbs being $12 of that. Total time putting it together was about 30 minutes, and the end result gives me photos like this:
I used the tutorial found here to help build it. The finished product is about 18 inches tall and very light, so I can move it around easily and store it simply. The poster board serves as the backdrop (and/or to help bounce light from the back or sides as needed), but I can easily use a sheet, tea towels, etc as I wish. I'm so tickled by the outcome!!! Yay!