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Monday, August 25, 2014

Turn Your Photos into Polaroid Pictures

How to turn your photos into polaroid pictures
In case you were wondering, that guy is El Guapo, my brother. You can read his awesome book blog HERE or political blog HERE
I thought I'd do a follow up to my Triangle Memo Board with a recap post about turning your photos into polaroids pictures without a polaroid camera. I still fondly remember wanting a polaroid camera really bad when I was younger. I was so entranced with the instant photo gratification. With today's amazing digital technology, polaroid cameras really are obsolete. But what I still remember that was special about polaroids was that you took the picture hoping it was a good one, but what came out of the camera was instant and final; no deleting and redoing.  To me, I feel like we've lost a bit of magic when digital came to be. Film photography there were no redos if you didn't like the picture. And all pictures were printed no matter what. Anyway, enough nostalgia, let's make some polaroids pictures!

How To Turn Your Photos Into a Polaroid Picture
1. Download the polaroid program  HERE for free.
2. Once downloaded, open up. It will look like a Polaroid camera. All you have to do is drag with your mouse a photo from your library and drop it on the film coming out of the Polaroid camera. 
To Change Settings: click the blue and white circle - you can make the photo more vintage or less vintage (I usually opt for the less vintage option). You can also change where your photos will be saved after they are done developing. 
Then just wait for it to "develop". A red ribbon will appear on the photo when done. 
3. Now open your photo editing program and open a new document with these dimensions: Width - 1391 and Height - 2081 Resolution - 72. 
Then open your polaroid and copy and paste into the blank document. Save it and you can now print it as a 4x6. After you print it, just cut off the excess on the bottom of the photo. 
How to turn your photos into polaroid pictures
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunshine Sunday: Find Joy

I know this is a late post but it is something I really have been working on lately and felt to share.

Found here.

This quote is pretty self explanatory, but it is so hard to do. But I just have really found recently as I've been working on it my days have been so much better. I haven't felt as inadequate, I felt happier, my confidence has been better. I've seen so many more small miracles that I normally wouldn't have seen. 

I think we go through life expecting big great things all the time, and if we don't we think something is wrong with us, and it affects our whole mood! So I thought I'd share this little thought with you. I'd love to hear about how finding joy in the ordinary has made a difference in your life!

Have a great week!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Finds: Colorful Kitchen

Lately I've had the itching for my own home. Not that I don't love living at home. I've been so blessed to be able to come home and live with my family. I'll definitely miss them when the time comes for me to move on. But lately I keep seeing the most adorable kitchen supplies and so colorful! And let me say, Anthropologie has the most fantastic kitchen supplies, so cute and fun!

Today I'm sharing with you some items I've found recently that I sure hope I'll find in my own kitchen one day. Enjoy!

 Found in this super cute Etsy Shop, RossLab.

 I want my kitchen to be this colorful! Found here.

 Aren't these the cutest?! Found at Anthropologie.
 Anthropologie for the win!
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Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY Triangle Memo Board

After about 6 months of moving in, we finally put something up on the walls. The hubby has been wanting to put all our pictures up for ages, but for the past 7 years we've lived in 6 different places so our few pictures were meant for a standard rental look. Now that we're permanent, I wanted to change things up. However, I really am far having an eye in interior decorating, but I figured if I take my time and do one room at a time (with lots of help from pinterest) I might be able to pull something that is totally us off.
DIY Triangle Memo Board
We both missed having family pictures up, so I finally got around to making this triangle memo board. I had the idea from when I made a fabric/ribbon memo board in high school. I love how easy it was and that it actually turned out as I pictured it in my head. Here is Captain Awesome helping me hang it. Hubby felt it important to commemorate the hanging of our first thing ever on the wall.
|DIY| Triangle Memo Board

A big piece of plywood
wood stain (optional)
various color of paint
painters tape (I used blue tape, but frog tape is even better to get more crisper lines)

|1| I wanted a stained look to be the background, so I stained the wood first. (you could paint it a solid color instead)
|2| then I made a rough triangle stencil and taped around the triangle then moved the triangle upside down and repeated. Like I said it was rough and not perfect, but it was what I generally wanted. 
|3| Then I picked my color combination and painted. Because of the dark stain underneath I probably had to do 3-4 coats of each color.
|4| after everything was dried, I pulled the paint off. Then I drilled small holes (big enough for the hemp/twine) on each edge; one hole on each stain line.
|5| in no particular order (because that is just how I do things) I started stringing the hemp/twine through each hole over all the lines; from the back to the front and again. There was no rhyme or reason, i just did it until all the stained wood lines were covered string. After you get it all covered, make sure your string is pulled tot.
Anyway, I hope that makes sense.  I was worried my pictures might not hang well, but they hang really nicely and don't slip at all. I love how I can easily add or subtract pictures at will. 
DIY Triangle Memo Board
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Savvy Style: Overall Love!

I feel like it has been ages since I posted a "Savvy Style" post. But don't worry, I'm back!

I was that kid who loved their overalls, so you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I found out they came back in style! And to make things even better when they are more of a skinny jean style vs the usual 90's grunge style. 

Now I must say I can't wait to see the reaction of the other three sisters on this blog ;). We all have different style and I have a feeling they don't love that this trend is returning as much as I do. 

So needless to say I'm craving some right now. I've posted a few of my favorites. I found in my search for them they are a little spendy, so I found some adorable ones all under $50 and on sale! 

These are from American Eagle, and did I mention they are on sale right now :)
Guys, how can you not love these!? Found at Thread Sence, and on sale!
These are from American Eagle also. They are almost a sweats material. Can overalls get any better?!
Oh and it gets better, they also come as dresses! Found here at ASOS.
Now I've saved the best for last. I found this over at a new blog I just discovered, Deer Circus. Not only do I love these overalls but I love the whole outfit. Sadly these were sold out, but I'm crossing my fingers I can find some just like them soon! 

So tell me are you loving that they are coming back as much as I do? I wish they had never left! 

Have a great Friday!

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