Blog Makeover Tips -- Creating a Background

Kyle got me Photoshop Elements for Christmas, and I have loved playing with it to create layered documents for logos, invites, and other fun things. And the more I play, the more I learn, which is always nice.

The tutorial I used is from The Cutest Blog on the Block. It gives all the details, but basically you create a document in Photoshop or another photo editing program that is 14" by 11" at 100 ppi resolution.

From there you just play with colors and designs. Coming up with the design is the hardest part by far. Once you've done that, go to the tutorial above to find out how to host it and change the html for your site.

My house is calling to me to be cleaned, so that's it for this one!


Extreme Makeover, Blog Edition

So what do you think? I was getting really tired of the polka dots, and was wanting something a little more modern, but still cute. It took me forever to decide on a design, but once I did it went pretty quick. And I learned soooo much about Photoshop in the process!

There are still a few kinks to work out--like the fact that my label cloud has disappeared and that weird box around my siggy--but for the most part everything is functional. With the writing project's summer institute over and this little project out of the way, I can now focus on the things I really need to do, like clean the house. And get back to losing weight. And plan next semester. And they say teachers get the summer off!

I'll be posting soon about some of the fun things I included in this design--maybe I'll start a weekly series??--but for now, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the new look, and grab my button for your own blog if you'd like!


Free Paint Anyone?

Yes, I said free. Gratis. On the house. Glidden will send you a free quart of paint in your choice of a bajillion colors. Peony Pink is on its way to me. I have no idea what I will do with it, but I figure I can always use some pink paint lying around. And get this: they don't even charge shipping!! What a great way to give something in your house a new look. Hurrry, though, because the offer is only good until July 2nd. Click here to go to the offer.

And speaking of new looks....I'm working on a new look for this blog, and will hopefully have it up this week sometime. Stay tuned!

Update: I checked back at the Glidden site last night, and they've given away all the paint. Hope you got yours!


May Craft Challenge

craft challenge

It's that time again! Heidi over at Blue Eyed Blessings has challenged us all to create something with a monogram. Well, anyone who knows me knows I love a monogram, so this was pretty easy for me.

First, a couple of older projects.

Remember the playhouse? The inside is finally coming together. I still need to make curtains (if I could ever decide on a style), and I need to make a cushion for the window seat, but that foam is ridiculously expensive! But here is the art I made last summer, finally hung over the bookcase that I love. We're slowly filling it up.

The backgrounds are painted, the details are mostly paper but also have dimensional elements such as the flowers and ribbon on the "A" canvas. LOVE them!!!

Next is Avery's outfit for her birthday party. I made the pillowcase dress, but someone else did the embroidery. Just goes to show you how a simple initial can really dress up an outfit.

I don't know if you would technically call this next one a monogram since it's a whole name, but I like it and I've never blogged about it, and this seems like a good post to put it in. These plaques are over Ave's bed:

The gingham is painted with a glass paint to keep it translucent and the letters are wooden ones from Michael's glued on. No one knew what Avery's name was going to be until she was born, but I knew if we didn't hang those suckers prior to her arrival her would never get hung. So, we hung them to get the placement and the nails in and whatnot, then took them down and hid them. Kyle went home for a couple of hours to feed the dog while she was in the nursery getting cleaned up and all, and the first thing he did was hang her letters! I thought that was so sweet.

Okay. New projects. My grandmother found these chairs for $5 at RiteAid, and bought all they had (three). We put one on the playhouse porch, but didn't have room for the others. So...I took them to the in-law's patio so Avery would have a place to sit when wwe're over there for cookouts and things. A little vinyl and my Cricut, and now Avery and her cousin Kaylee each have their own seats.

And finally, my favorite thing I've crafted in a while...

How stinkin' cute is that?! I think it's called a "sports tumbler" and I'm thinking it's by Playtex. I just cut the monogram out of pink vinyl (it's the mini monogram cart) and stuck it on. I also cut a strip with a rotary cutter and added it to the top for a little extra color. The possibilities for this one are endless. I wanted to add a green octopus to Avery's purple cup for our trip to the aquarium, but ran out of time. It held up really well to a gentle wash (no scrubby sponge!), but if it gets worn out I can easily peel it off and cut another one. You'll have to ask someone with a dishwasher if it holds up in the dishwasher :).

So did I rise to the challenge Heidi?! I can't wait for the next one. Nothing like a little crafting accountability to keep the creative juices flowing. And now back to my regualrly scheduled laundry....



So I'm a little (a lot) late in posting my Craft it Forward winners. Sorry! June 1st began my work with the Middle TN Writing Project's Summer Institute. I L.O.V.E. this work, but it makes for looong days. But anyway...

The three people chosen by random.org are:
Raines, Inc.
Mama King
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Email me your mailing address at prettypinkparty[at]gmail[dot]com and I'll get your crft out to you ASAP.

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