Tutorial: Printing Square Photos

January 27th, 2013

If you’re an avid iPhonographer, you probably have your fair share of square photos from Instagram or Hipstamatic. Printing them is a hassle, as most of the common photo printing services don’t offer square prints, and instead blow them up to fit the standard 4×6 size! Here’s an simple tutorial for creating a Photoshop action that will add a white border around your photos that can be easily sliced off.

Tutorial: Printing Square Photos

 

 

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My New York

January 27th, 2013

I've spent the weekend working on a scrapbook of my New York adventure. More accurately, I've been procrastinating by scouring Pinterest for travel book inspiration!

I saved every last ticket stub and map and pamphlet. The had part is writing; I'm no good at captioning or “journaling” cause it always seems so cheesy (this is my main beef with scrapbooks!)
 
 

 

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Wanderlust: New York City

January 24th, 2013

It’s been a little quiet around here, but that’s cause I spent the week in New York City!

I got to see my sister perform with her choir in Carnegie Hall, and we did all the typical New York things. I had never been there, so it was quite the experience!

Now to sort through 1000+ photos and get them on Flickr! Have a good night, everyone!

Radio City Music Hall

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Nails: L’Oreal “Not a Cloud in Sight” + China Glaze “I’m Not Lion”

January 12th, 2013

I tried a reverse glitter gradient with two of my favorite polishes. I love how it turned out! Of course, I always think my cuticles look way better in real life than in photos.

 

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Tutorial: Gilded Hearts Notebook

January 11th, 2013

Gilded Hearts Notebook Tutorial Gilded Hearts Notebook Tutorial

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Tasty Typeface: Thirsty Rough

January 11th, 2013

I purchased my first font today! Normally I just gaze longingly at them, as they’re usually too expensive to justify buying for personal use – but this one was on sale for $9! Take a gander at Thirsty Rough:

 

 

I love the old-school, retro style of it. I can see this used in many a project.

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Crocheting Hobbes

January 11th, 2013

Here are some more photos of the Hobbes I crocheted for my brother.

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In case you’re wondering, yes, the first several photos are in the wrong order. I tried, and I missed. Oh well.

For more details on the project, check out my Ravelry page.

 

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Indie Inspiration: Dog Lovers

January 10th, 2013

Indie Inspiration: Dog Lovers

1. BW Barkery //  2. RodaLuLu  //  3. Dogtails  //  4. Rockstar Puppy  //  5. Bacon Square Farm  //  6. Mimi Green  //  7. Billets-Doux

 

Today I’m featuring some of the incredibly cool accessories for our furry friends from Etsy (I’m just in love with number 7!)

 

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Hello, Sadie!

January 9th, 2013

Yesterday we received an unexpected phone call from a family who was looking to rehome their lovely dog, Sadie. Having recently moved to a small home, they no longer had the room for her. I had originally replied to the couples’ Craigslist ad, but Matt was hesitant to jump into dog ownership again, and we decided not to go through with adopting her. They let me know that they had another family lined up.

When they called, they said the other family lied about their situation (said they lived in a house with a big yard, when in reality they lived in a hotel; had a bunch of other big dogs, etc.) and decided they didn’t want her anyway. Knowing from our previous conversation that we had a big yard and recently lost Rory, they asked if we’d like to meet her. We agreed and instantly fell in love!

Her name is Sadie (short for Mercedes), and she is a one-year-old german shepherd mix. They thought she might have some lab in her, but it almost looks like a bit of collie, doesn’t it? She is the sweetest dog, and literally the softest one I have ever felt. When Matt walked in the door yesterday, she literally leapt into his arms. We’ll have to work on that!

She’s already such a good girl; she’s never been on a leash and stays near you outside (though we’ll be working on leash training stat!) She immediately comes when she’s called, but things like “sit” and “lay down” are foreign concepts. She seems smart, though, so I’m sure she’ll figure it out in no time!

The cutest thing is that she loves to sit on my lap and press the side of her face into mine. It’s ridiculously adorable.

I’m confident she’ll be a great dog with a bit of training, and I am so, so happy to have another canine family member!

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A Hazy Shade of Winter

January 7th, 2013

I thought I’d start the second week of 2013 with a quick roundup of what I’ve been up to.

 

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My brother is off to China for a whole year! I made Hobbes for him for Christmas before I knew he was going. He took it along. I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed it!

 

 

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I started playing around with a label design for my husband’s homebrew for fun, and this was born. I might go back and redo it later, but he was quite pleased with it in the meantime.

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I’ve been working on the Juneberry Triangle only halfway done with the edging. It’s exhausting! It’s beautiful, though, and I’m sure it’ll be worth it.

 

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I fulfilled some of my Maid of Honor duties and went dress shopping with Jenna. She found the perfect one on our first trip! Don’t worry, this isn’t the one!

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