Showing posts with label How To. Show all posts
Showing posts with label How To. Show all posts

Saturday, October 23, 2010

a list of "How To Sources" for your blog

Over the last couple of weeks I have helped a few friends (Anna, Kendall, and Leasa) with some blog tweaks. I am certainly not an expert, but I thought I would pass along my "list" of how to sources. Maybe you will find something helpful.

List of sources

Layout - The layouts I use are from Our Blogger Templates. My favs are Newspaper (I am currently using this one), Shush, and Photoblog.

How to add a background pattern- I like to use Pattern Cooler. You can find the instructions HERE

How to edit pictures without Photoshop - I have photoshop elements, but I don't know how to use it very well. I usually use picnik. It's free, easy,  and has a lot of features.

How to make a header with pictures using Picasa -  Great tutorial HERE.

How to add a signature to the end of your post
Get Signature -My Live Signature
How to add it to your blog - Tutorial HERE.

How to add 4  125 x 125 ad boxes to your sidebar - Great tutorial HERE
Make sure to read the comments on that post, there is some important additional info.

How to make a blog button - Great tutorial HERE.

How to change you profile so that I can respond to your comments by email - Please do this! Sometime I get questions in my comment and this would make it much easier to answer your question. Great tutorial HERE

My How To's

How to add a twitter or facebook logo button
google "twitter or facebook logo" images and find one that you like and save the image. (right click and save image as)

In blogger go to

-add a gadget

       -link- add the url for your twitter or facebook page
       -image - add the twitter or facebook image that you just saved

If the image that you use is too big you may need to resize it using photoshop, photoshop elements, or picik (free)

Frequently Asked Questions 

My Header Stats - Created in Photoshop Elements, 900 pixels wide x 300 pixels high
What is the standard size for a blog button? normally 125 x 125, but they can be anysize

Saturday, September 11, 2010

point and shoot ruffled wrist strap {tutorial}

Point and Shoot Ruffled Wrist Strap - say that five times, really fast.

Ok, so not everyone has a cool DSLR with a pretty strap cover. (and that is ok ) Some of us still have a point and shoot with a dinky black wrist strap. I was inspired to make a pretty strap for my camera little camera.

I'm not one to read or follow directions (for anything).

I don't sew very often, but when I do it's usually because I see something that I like and then just decide to "wing it" and hope it turns out good enough.

This is how I made a point and shoot ruffled wrist strap.

You will need 
2 coordinating fabric strips, (1 - 40" long for the ruffle , 1 - 16" long for the strap, the width is up to you)
round cord elastic - about 5"
sewing machine
needle and thread (optional)

Cut you first strip of fabric for the ruffle 40" long. The width will depend on how wide you want your strap and if your are using a cotton or knit fabric. If you are using a knit you don't need to finish the edges. If you are using a cotton then add enough extra to allow for a finished seem.

I'm going to use pictures and directions for the ruffle made with a knit fabric.

Sew a long basting stitch (on most machines this will be stitch length 5) down the middle. DO NOT back stitch at the beginning or end. OR you can sew this with a needle and thread just use long stitches. Then pull your bobbin thread only (the one on the bottom) to gather your ruffle strip. OR if you stitched it by hand just pull the single thread to gather your ruffle strip.

Now, take the other strip of fabric (mine was 5" wide) fold in half and iron a crease. Open the fabric and turn in a 1/4" hem on each side and iron. You will also need to turn down the ends and iron them down to create a nice clean edge just like you did on the sides.

(I now see the I didn't take pics of all of the steps, oops)

Fold the fabric back in half and sew a seem down each side.

Place the ruffle on the front side of the strap and sew it the strap straight down the middle.

If you made it this far without pictures the back should look like this. :)

Insert approx 1 inch of elastic into one end of the strap.

Insert the other end of the elastic into the opposite side of the other end of the strap. Make sure that there is about an inch of elastic pushed down into the strap.

Now, put both ends of the strap, back sides together, and sew them together. All of the layers of fabric make this the most difficult step, but make sure that your elastic is sewn in nice and securely.

I'm sorry for the lack of pictures for all of the steps. I just started sewing and didn't stop. If you have any questions, please ask them and I will do my best to answer them.

*for personal use only.*

linked to :
Tatertots and Jello
Just a Girl
Funky Junk Interiors
A Little Knick Knack

Monday, July 19, 2010

1 Silhouette 2 Ways {the how to}

Silhouettes. Simple. Classic.

Silhouettes are one of those things that can be done a number of different ways with great results.
I'm going to show you how to get 2 completely different looks with one picture.

-Take a profile picture of your child.

-Print it out on card stock. (whatever color you want to be displayed)

-Trace the outline of your child's head with something that won't bleed through your paper. (I did this with a sharpie so that YOU could see it, but wouldn't recommend it for your project) Tracing it makes it a little bit easier to see the detail while cutting it out.

- Cut out the silhouette. (That sounded better than cut out your child's head.)

- Use the silhouette that you cut out as a stencil to trace the head onto a painted wooden plaque. Then fill in the silhouette with paint.

- Now take the silhouette that you cut out, turn it over so that the printed side with your trace markings  face down and tape it to the front of a piece of patterned scrapbook paper to frame.

Happy Silhouetting!

linked to:
Sumo's Sweet Stuff:Market Yourself Monday
Tatertots and Jello

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Photo Wall(s)

I had a stack of unused frames in my closet that were begging me to hang them on the wall.

I am a fan of family photos. I know that some people think hanging pictures of your family in the "public" spaces of your home is a big no no, but I like to look at my beautiful children. Pictures of them make me happy, and I think that you should put whatever you want to on your walls.

Ok, so I knew that I wanted a family photo gallery, but what kind? A grid that was perfectly spaced, or a pattern that was more random? Maybe both?

After evaluating my pictures and frames, I chose to do two separate photo walls. One above my couch in the living room and one in the hallway that is visible from the living room. One using all black frames and one using dark stained wood frames.

For the wall over my couch I chose to do a somewhat of a grid. 4 small frames and 1 large frame. I traced the shape of the frames onto wrapping paper, cut them out, and taped them on the wall. This allowed me to "see" the frames on the wall and get the spacing just right before I started making holes.

For the wall in the hallway I took a very different approach. First, I arranged and rearranged all of the frames on the floor. Once I liked the layout I measured to make sure that it would fit where I wanted it to go. Then, I just eyeballed the placement and started making holes and hanging the frames. I changed a few along the way, and left some room for this collection of photos to grow.

My home is very small, so these photo gallery walls really stand out. Some people may find it a bit overwhelming, but I smile every time I look at all of the sweet photos.

What about you? Do you have tried and true method for hanging a photo gallery, or do you just wing it?

Credits- Some (all of the really good ones) of the photos were taken by Kelly Cone Photography.

Linked to:
DIY Day - A Soft Place to Land, Just a Girl - Show and Share Day, SNS - Funky Junk Interiors, Made By You Monday, Market Yourself Monday - Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Frugal Friday - The Shabby Nest, Wednesday Link Party - Tea Rose Home, Get Your Craft On - Today's Creative Blog

Monday, May 3, 2010

Nightstand Before and After


My nightstand is complete and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.


I inherited this nightstand from my husband's grandmother
when she gave us the dresser for the nursery.

My list of supplies included a deglosser, spray primer, spray paint in glossy white, metallic silver spray paint (not pictured), and a rag for applying the deglosser.

Since this piece had a laminate top I chose to use a deglosser instead of sanding it down. This product is great and it really makes the job a lot less messy. Just follow the directions on the back of the bottle.

Once the nightstand was deglossed I started painting.
I used 2 thin, even coats of primer, and then 3 coats of paint.

I went back and forth about changing the hardware or painting the existing hardware. In the end I chose to just paint the existing hardware. The pulls are an odd size and I really just didn't want to fool with puttying the wholes since I liked the existing hardware. I knew that if I later changed my mind it would not be a big deal to fill the holes and repaint the drawers. Since I have a new baby I just needed this project to be as simple as it could be.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Creating Custom Artwork with Just a Frame and Paint

You don't have to have something to frame to create custom artwork. You simply need a frame that has a press board type back, a few painting supplies, and a vision of what you want.

I knew that for this project I wanted to create stripes. I kind of have a thing for stripes and they are easy to create with painters tape.

Take you frame backs and paint them whatever color that you want. I chose white. I will tell you that I first tried spray primer and spray paint and wasn't getting good coverage. I got out the craft paint and brush and had much better results.

Once your base color is dry tape your stripe pattern and paint them. Continue painting until your stripes are nice and opaque. This will usually take many coats of paint depending on the colors you are using. Be sure to allow for adequate dry time in between coats. I will also give you a tip for painting with craft paint. If you will dip your brush in just a bit of water each time before dipping it in your paint you will thin the paint out just enough to get smoother coverage.

Once your paint is dry just put the frame backs back in the frame and hang them on your wall. You are done.

Creating a project list really got me motivated to get busy. I was able to do this yesterday afternoon between feedings and diaper changes while H napped. C sat at the table and painted with water colors while I painted so he had fun with me. It was so nice to paint something again even if it was only stripes. Now I can mark "Paint New Artwork for Over the Master Bed" off of the list.

Here is the inspiration for painting on the frame backs.

I am linking this to Hope Studios Tutorial Tuesday
DIY Day - A Soft Place to Land
Sumo's Market Yourself Monday
Made By You Monday
Just a Girl - Show and Share Day
Funky Junk Interiors

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Monogramed Wreath

I have wanted to get back in the groove of completing fun projects and using my trusty spray paint and glue gun, but let's be real, I need to start small. So, a simple wreath it is. I wanted something a little fresh for spring.


-grapevine wreath-wooden letter-spray paint if the letter needs to be painted
-fabric (burlap would work great)
-hot glue gun and glue sticks

I'm pretty sure you can figure it out from here, but just in case here is the process.

The Process

- Spray paint your letter if it needs it, and then let it dry completely.

- Cut fabric into one long strip.

- Glue one end of the fabric to the middle of the back of your letter.

- Loop the fabric over the middle top of the wreath and adjust it so that it is in the center of the wreath.
- Glue the fabric other side of the fabric to the back of the letter. You will trim off any excess.

- Hang it on your door.

I'm happy to finally have a touch of spring on my front door. If you make this wreath be sure and let me know, I'd like to see it.

Linked to: Funky Junk Interiors

Friday, February 26, 2010

How to Decoupage a Serving Tray

This tray has been re-purposed, but you can find them unfinished in most craft stores.

Supplies needed
-wooden tray
-spray or acrylic paint
-12 x 12 scrapbook paper
-ruler, tape measure, or paper cutter

-Start with an unfinished tray and paint it with spray paint or acrylic paint - any color you choose

-Pick out scrapbook paper and any other embellishments

-Measure the inside of the tray, mark your paper, and then cut it out to fit on the inside of your tray - you can use a ruler and scissors or paper cutter

-Spread a thin, even coat of Mod Podge on the inside of the tray and lay that paper on it. Try to get it straight and then smooth it out. You can use a ruler or putty knife to smooth any air bubbles out.

-Let it dry.

-Add any other flat embellishments that you would like to. You can add an initial, favorite saying or word, children's artwork, shapes, the possibilities are endless. Just make sure that it is flat if you plan to use it as a serving tray. If you want to use it for display only you can also add wooden letters, or any other wooden accent. Flat embellishments can be added with Mod Podge, and any other accent will need to be glued with wood glue or hot glue.

-Once everything is dry it is time to seal it. You can coat it with another coat of Mod Podge or for more durability you can use a spray sealer or any other type of clear varnish. My favorite is DecoArt DuraClear Varnish in Satin. You can purchase it online or at Michaels. I like this sealer because it is non-yellowing and weather proof.

-Let it dry and then you are done.

-This post has been recycled from my old blog.
Originally written 9.9.08


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