Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Favorite-Cutest Table Redo Ever!

My favorite post this week is a tutorial for this cute little table over at Maple and Magnolia-it just looks like Spring! It was $1 at the resale store, and she used scrap paper to make the banner. Kind of makes me want to go look for a table, but we don't have anywhere to put one! Anyway, this looks pretty easy and the basic idea could be applied to lots of different things.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Free Spring Subway Art Printable

Since Valentine's Day is over I have been looking for some fun Spring printables to swap into my frames, but I searched for a bit online and didn't have much luck. So, I made a Spring/Easter subway art printable for myself and I am sharing it with you! I made it in 3 different Spring colors, blue, green, and lavender-Easter egg colors. Click on each picture below and it will take you to Picassa where you can do a high-res download and then print. Happy Thursday!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fun Photo Wednesday-Photoshop Storyboard

So more playing with photoshop. I downloaded this free storyboard template from Paint the Moon. I tried to used it once before, but had some issues, namely that when I copied the pictures in they were so large I continued to just see white and thought that it wasn't working. However, I figured that out when I made my birth announcement, so this time I knew to Transform and then just keep shrinking and shrinking and shrinking. I also had to readjust the edges of the template grids because they did not meet exactly and there were gaps between two of the pictures. I did a google search and found several more storyboard templates that were free to download from various photography sites. Yay for free templates!

These are from Saturday. Bailey has an ear infection, but a few doses of antibiotic got her feeling much better. She was having a great time climbing on the rocker and showing out. We have the most awesome rocker-it is doublewide and was a gift from all the lovely teachers at Maplewood after I had Bailey. I enjoy it so much, and of course, so does Bailey!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day Treats

Happy Valentine's Day! Tomorrow is Bailey's Valentine's party at daycare, so I am showing how to make some cute little candy dispensers. She only has seven kids in her class, so I was able to make these up pretty quickly. Again, with her "help". I like that she comes and tries to help but it really does slow me down. I'm sure she'll be crafty before too long though and can help me for real. These were featured on the House of 3 webcast last week and a video tutorial is here. The basic dispenser is made out of 3 cups, one paper cup on the bottom and two clear 9oz. plastic cups on top. To make the dispenser take the two plastic cups and cut across about 2/3 of the way down from the top of the cup. Then, keeping the two cups together either use a circle punch or use sharp scissors to cut a half circle in both clear cups. Use adhesive (I used glue dots) to attach one of the clear cups to the base paper cup. The candy will go in here. Then place the second clear cup on top, but do not glue it. It will be free to turn. When both holes are aligned, the candy can come out. Turn the top cup so the holes are not aligned and the candy will stay in.
I then cut 3x8 strips of Valentine's paper and adhered them to my basic dispenser. I took the top clear cup off first, because it needs to be free to slide. It worked best for me to fold the strip in the middle. Apply adhesive, then lay the back of the dispenser on the center of the strip.
Then wrap the strip around to the front. It will meet at the top and gap at the bottom like this because the cup is not straight, but it's okay!

Almost finished! I added matching ribbon over the top of the paper strip.
Last step-I made tags for the dispensers that said "Happy Valentine's Day from Bailey" in Photoshop. I did this by saving a dotted background from the internet, then opening it up and using the cookie cutter tool to cut a circle. I reduced the opacity down to 50%, then added text on top. I wanted to use a 2" circle punch, so I sized my circle to 2.5" so I would have some wiggle room after I printed it. After I saved the tag as a JPEG I was able to print 4 to a sheet off on my printer, punch them out, and attach them to the front of the dispenser. This hides the paper gap.

Hope everyone has a day filled with love and treats tomorrow!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

First Valentine's Scrapbook Layout

I got the Valentine's pictures from the park printed up and this is my first layout using those pictures. I have a whole set of papers and stamps of the Love Letters line from Little Yellow Bicycle. It is such pretty, sophisticated colors, grays, black, reds, and dark pinks and also came with some beautiful flocked papers. The top of this layout and the lettering are both actually flocked. I love black and white pictures and I thought the black and white pictures with these papers would be really pretty.

I used one of the January sketches from PageMaps for this layout. I have not used sketches very often in the past, and I'm not sure it helped me to go any faster, but it did give me ideas for using multiple pictures on the layout in a way that was out of the ordinary for me.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Spring Wreath!

Last week I posted some of my favorite wreaths that I have seen, and here is my new wreath, sort of inspired by two of those! I purchase a wreath form at Michael's for 40% off and I had everything else I used at home so my total cost was $5.50. It took about 45 minutes to make, but that was with Bailey 'helping' me, so with less help I could have probably done it in 30.

I had some green fuzzy fur yarn that I bought on clearance a long time ago, so I used that. It is not as wispy so it is grass colored, but does not have that thick, lush look to it. I had a bunch of butterflies already cut out at home so I chose some of those and a few large and small prima flowers to mix in. I thought about covering the whole wreath in butterflies, but I didn't like the look of that so I just did a few. For the price and the time that it took I am very happy!

Linked to:
Keeping up with the Schultz Family February Round Robin
Tatertots and Jello Weekend Wrap up Party
30 Handmade Days

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Giddy-Up! Fun Photo Wednesday

These are a few more of the pictures that I pulled from my mother-in-law's camera during the holidays. It is amazing the difference some hair makes!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Weekly Reflection

Again, my reflection is a little late. I had all good intentions of doing it Sunday but instead I took a nap and went to the park and did a scrapbook page. This week has been an interesting one because school was cancelled for two days because of the weather, which was great. I love spending time at home and it was nice to hang out in front of the fire in my pajamas and relax. I did some things around the house, but didn't worry too much about anything particular. However, it did disrupt the routine. It's funny how I know that I had all of these beautiful extra hours that I don't normally get, but I still don't get everything that I would like accomplished because I choose to take that time and rest. I am still finding that it is hard to reflect back on the week because it is hard to remember what happened at the beginning of the week, so in this week that is upcoming I am going to make an extra effort to be mindful of what is happening and to try and record some short notes to look back on at the end of each day and see how that affects my recollections and my emotional perception of how I did on my goals. I hate that I can't remember what I was doing 7 days ago because it really makes me aware of how I can go through my days and enjoy them and still not have been fully present. I think some of it is a function of me just being tired right now, but I know that isn't it completely.

Read More Poetry

This week I read Red Bird by Mary Oliver. This is a short collection and the red bird is a recurring theme throughout the poems, but none of them jumped out at me. I was spoiled by reading a volume of her collected works, the best of the best. I am also reading the Poetry Daily website, which is interesting because it is poetry that is recent and it varies wildly from day to day. Sometimes I like the poems, lots of days I don't, but I enjoy thinking about why I like some and not others.

Take More Pictures

I didn't take many pictures this week because we spent most of the time inside hanging out and not doing anything particular. I guess this is the time when I should take pictures-when we are doing regular ordinary things, but we just aren't very photogenic at those moments. We were going to take Bailey to a community event on Saturday and I brought the camera to take pictures there, but she couldn't stay awake so we had to go back home.

Create More
I continued playing with Photoshop this week-I made a Valentine's card with a sweet picture of Ryan and Bailey on it and I also made birth announcements for after Sophie is born. All I need to do is drop in the pictures! I also did a scrap layout with some of the Valentine's pictures. Again I feel like I spent way too much time on the computer, but I am not going to undertake any more photoshop "projects" until the Mouse, Paper, Scissors class starts in a few weeks.

Exercise More

I still don't have the prenatal yoga DVD back from the library, but I did a different prenatal fitness DVD. It was a lot more energetic, and I made it about halfway before I sat on the couch and watched it to the end. Next week I might be able to finish it!

Reflect More

I have been continuing to think about the same things as in the prior weeks-mainly what is it that I really want to do and how am I doing it, and what am I not that worried about doing even though they are good things and how am I avoiding getting drawn into doing them anyway. I am still trying to balance the goals that I have for myself and to incorporate them into every day in small ways.

Maintain a Welcoming Home

We started this week off great with the chore list, but spending four days at home with Bailey pretty much wiped out any semblance of order. She loves to pull all of her toys and animals out into the floor and is not telling them to sit, covering them up for naps, and trying to feed them cookies. This goal pretty much had to be abandoned, but we will get back into our routine next week.

Connect More

Date night this week was a game and doing the budget together-kind of funny but that is just reality I guess. I also did some things for others this week. I am continuing to try to be more conscious of my relationships with others and if I have a thought to do something to act on that. I am continuing to have lots of coincidencs pop up, which is out of my comfort zone, but I am trying to be open to it.



Be Open to Spiritual Growth

I am continuing to go through The Purpose Driven Life. I have made it farther into it than I ever have before and I am liking the later sections much better. What stuck out to me this week were the sections on worship and the idea that there are different ways to worship that inegrate into day to day life and go beyond the prayer/devotional idea that usually comes to mind. I communicated back and forth with Pastor Todd about this concept, and what separates worship from just living. I feel like it has given me a lot to think about.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Spring Wreaths Inspiration

I still have my Christmas wreath on the front door. It is lovely, it has fruits and berries in it, but it also has Christmas lights so it is clearly out of season. I was looking for some ideas for a wreath to make and these were some of my favorites from online.

This wreath is so cute! It is made out of paper towels sprayed with glimmer mist. I love it, but I'm not sure how long it would survive the humidity. There is a tutorial for this wreath at Made by Nicole. Check it out here.

Here is another really cute one made out of brown paper bags. There is a tutorial for this one
over at Mary Janes and Galoshes. This one looks like it would be really affordable to make and I already have lots of beautiful butterflies cut out. I'm wondering how long it would take to make.

I think this wreath from Capture the Details if my favorite! I love how she used the fuzzy yarn to simluate grass. It looks so good and I wouldn't have thought of it on my own. I also love that it only takes a few supplies so it is also affordable, but still bright and eye catching. She posted a tutorial for this wreath also.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Playing with Photoshop

I got to spend the day at home today because school was cancelled due to weather. Bailey woke up at 5:30 and came and bounced into bed because of course she doesn't care that we could be sleeping in. She lay (crawled around on top of us) for a while and then I got up with her and picked up the kitchen and made pancakes. I also hauled in a great big load of firewood so we have been sitting inside in front of the fire today. I love having a fireplace! I love not having to get out of my pajamas!

I have been playing with my trial of Photoshop Elements and Bailey's Valentine's day pictures this week. I made the Valentine's card below. My first try came out very pixelated, I think because my background was from the internet and wasn't sharp enough, but I love the second try!

I also used a free Before and After Template from Paint the Moon and put in some of the Valentine's pictures. Bailey is such a funny girl! I need to make a few tweaks in the mask layer on the first after picture-I think it is something to do with the template because it isn't in my original picture. It's a mystery!

Linked to:
My Romantic Home
30 Handmade Days

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fun Photo Wednesday-Daddy Love!

I see a daddy's girl! I don't even remember what they were doing-I think playing in front of the fire. She is so funny-I think the snuggling lasted for a moment, but then she ran off to play. She sort of looks like she is already swinging into motion.