20 minute crafter. how to make a blog header. :)

I have recently received several emails about how to make a blog header...before my sweet blog make-over I used to make new headers all the time...now I just make a new one every so often for my poorly neglected photography blog.  So while it make take you a bit more than twenty minutes the first time...you will get the hang of it and be able to whip up a new one any time you want. :)
You can click on each image to make it bigger. 
First you have to choose a photo...and upload it to picnik.  You can get good use out of the free version.
I usually resize my photos down to 75% to make them quicker to work with...you do this under "edit".
Have fun and mess around with your photo...add text and fun effects to your hearts desire.  When you are done...save it to your desktop.
 Go back to your blog and get to this screen and tab by going under settings.
Click on edit where you blog title is...a little editing window should pop up. 
Click on:
"shrink to fit"
"instead of title"
Get the image that you just made by clicking on "browse"...find it and upload it. 
This is what success looks like. :)  You can preview it to make sure it looks good.
Depending on the size of the photo the thin frame that surrounds your header may be off...the easiest way to fix this is to do the following...
Go under layout: fonts and colors: and change the frame to match the background...in this case I made it white.
 Ta-da!  Personalized cuteness for your blog.  This took me just a few minutes. :)
I will TRY to answer questions in the comments section...but keep in mind I only know what Google has taught me. :)

the story.

So Aaron and I were at Joann's a few days ago...I turned to look at something, as he was sitting in the cart seat...and suddenly he starts to squeal and laugh and giggle.  I turn around to see him holding and cuddling a bolt of super soft, cuddly and squishy minky.  I bought a yard because it made him so happy...if nothing else I thought I would make him a pillow.  
This one is for hoho.  It will be for his Easter basket.  And I LOVE it. 
It was so fun to make...and I had extra SO...of course I had to make more...right?
I made all sizes...and they are all wonky and wonderful.  A very loose pattern.
I call them...happy hoho monsters.  Because my hoho (aaron) is a happy little monster.
I am working on adding them to the shop today...the largest and smallest are spoken for but please ask me if you would like another...I would LOVE to make more and I would LOVE for them to be popular enough to keep in the shop. 
They are cuddly and sweet...and each on has a little pocket for holding treasures.  
I also think that they may stand as a good reminder that you don't have to be perfect to be lovable and wonderful. :)

So what do you think?  Are they lovely...or should I pretend like this post never happened?

20 minute crafter. easy Easter cuteness.

this edition should be called 10 minutes to awesome. 
need some easy and simple cute for Easter?

I found the idea HERE.  And here is how you do it. :)
You need:
a mason jar
chocolate Easter bunny
edible Easter grass
Easter candy in egg shape
I got everything at Target
add your grass to the jar...this stuff is much tougher than i thought it would be...you want to make a little nest for your Easter bunny.   Nestle your little bunny down in there...you can pull off the foil wrapper if you like the naked chocolate bunny look.
add some of your egg candies...cuteness...add as much or as little as you like.  make yourself happy.
see? cute, right?
cut a circle of fabric to fit under the lip of the mason ring...is that what you even call that?
add some ribbon...super fast Easter cuteness. 

have fun. :)

cheaty mc-cheats-a-lot

As far back as I can remember in school, as long as they gave you any choice in your class schedule, I choose art classes.  Art history, art appreciation, ceramics, drawing, painting, etc.  Always.  All through elementary, middle and high school.  Even community college.  All art classes.  
When I got to Radford, for some dumb reason, I thought it would be a great idea to branch out and try something new.  Break away from my art mold and do something different.  
Music appreciation it was.  Never-mind that I have NO natural rhythm or any kind of musical knowledge.  I was in big girl college now and was going to branch out, ok!?

Fail.  Big fat huge fail.  I was terrible at it (surprise!!).  The basic class structure required me to be able to hear a selection of music and be able to name the composer, genre, etc.  
I am certain that I have never studied for a class more. 
In fact I know it.  My entire educational career required very little studying on my part. 
If I showed up, took good notes and paid attention...I could pretty much just review my notes come test time and do great. 
Hours and hours I spent listening and listening.  Only to fail miserably at exam time. 
I was doing my best and still failing.  This would not do.  I would not compromise my awesome GPA for some dumb elective class.  But I was at a loss for how to do better.
Then one day I was talking to a friend, whose mother had gone to Radford and taken the same class.  And had the same troubles.  So how did she get through with an A?
Turns out...that she memorized what songs were on which records and the order that they were in.  So come test time, when the professor would grab the red record and play it...she knew the order of the selections.  Great idea.  Except the class I was in came with two four CD sets. 
I had to work a little harder at it.  But in the end I aced the class.  
I was awesome at THAT kind of memorization.  I knew the play list of each CD, sat at the front of the class and could see which CD he pulled from come test time.  He would put it in the CD player and then I would count the forward clicks.  Hello A.  Good bye bright ideas and back to what I knew...art.

So cheating or not? What do you think?  Not exactly one or the other, right?
I wasn't copying answers or anything like that.  I took advantage of the system.
And that was the closest I have ever come to really cheating on any test.  Ever.
I think this "quilt" is a little like that. 
Not quite quilt, not quite mass produced.
But the result is awesome and desirable.
Even if the means to get it weren't exactly what you would expect.
Eventually I want to make a quilt for my bed...but this lovely will do until then.  I imagine the boys will both be long in school before I actually get to that project.
So I thought outside the box...broke some sewing rules...and got what I wanted.
Something pretty, somewhat handmade and lovely.
All I did was sew some squares on a down comforter we already had.

And I will sleep well under it at night knowing that sometimes you just have to work a little differently to get what you want in life.


UPDATE!:: Here's a link to how I did it! :) Go here to learn how to make your own cheaty quilt!

20 minute crafter. easy peasy silhouettes.

Hellooooo!  It's crafty time!
Today's 20 minute crafter is 
Chrissie Grace...artist, author, mommy and more. :) 
You can visit her HERE.
Enjoy and think Mother's day...

 Hello! Welcome to my edition of "20 minute crafter."

Like many of you, Little Bit Funky is one of my very favorite blogs, so I am so honored to be sharing one of my projects over here with you!

This has got to be one of the easiest craft projects I've ever done...

Everyone knows that silhouettes are still super hot decor. 
If you haven't done one for your kids yet, you have no excuse now!:)

Supplies that you'll need:
~camera and a printer
~wooden plaque (I bought mine at Michaels for 79 cents)
~white paper (I prefer cardstock)
~Modge Podge
~black paint and a paintbrush
~hot glue gun

The first thing you need to do is take your picture. I have four little ones, so I put them on the same white wall one at a time, backed up about 2 feet, and got on my knees so that I was at their level. Don't worry about shadows or anything like that. Then just snap a few...

The plaques that I bought measure about 4 x 6, so I printed my photos at 3 1/2 x 5. I prefer to use cardstock, but if you only have regular printer paper it will work.

Cut out the profiles. I think it's much more interesting to get in all those pesky hairs! 
Cut away from the shadows if you have any...

Turn your silhouette over and paint it black. As you can see in my photo, the paper will curl a little, but after it dries, it should lay back down. Let it dry completely.

Using a thin layer of modge podge, glue your silhouette down. Go slowly to prevent bubbles. Use your finger to smoosh out any bubbles and to get it nice and flat. I also put a coat of modge podge on the top as well. Let it dry.

Cut a piece of ribbon about 8 inches long. Using hot glue, adhere it to the back.
Voila! You are done! Now hang it!

You may have noticed that I never painted my wooden plaques. I preferred the look of the light wood. You could vary this project by painting the background different colors, painting your silhouette a different color, or incorporating scrapbooking papers into the mix. I hung ours above our bed, but I think it would be a great idea to make them for scrapbooks too. 
Wouldn't it be cool to make one at the same time every year to document change?
Thanks for joining me on this little crafting adventure. I hope you have fun making some:)
xo, Chrissie


finally.  months ago my sister in law sent me some fabric to make
a curtain for her bathroom.  she sent me some photos for 
inspiration but pretty much left the design up to me.

i took months because...well i wanted to have the design figured out 
before i cut into the fabric...and i am so glad i waited. 

i love it!  so much so that i now want to make one...in brighter tones of course, 
for my kitchen window.  all i needed from her was how wide she
needed it and her fabric choices.  the result is adjustable...made stable
by some dowel rods inserted into pockets along the front. 

check being intimidated by curtains off of my list. :)
and, as promised...one more wreath in the shop...this one
with a sweet little bird nesting in it.  :)

I am overwhelmed by the number of you lovelies who 
want to send me a yard...i tried to email who i could, but for 
some of you i couldn't find an email...if you didn't hear
from me, could you send me an email? 

thanks and happy weekend!

vol. 1-blog printing.

for almost a year now i have been researching ways to get my blog printed.
a huge reason that continue to blog is to document the lives of my kids...
not just on the special days but on the day to day.
to me, it will be so cool for my kids to get to read these
entries when THEY are 30.
i am not a scrapbooker, nor a diligent journaler...this blog has
been the best way for me to document all the things i want to remember.
many of the ways that i had found were either unnecessarily
difficult, too expensive or did not work with blogger.
i can't tell you the number of hours that i spent
researching and trying to find the best way to do it...
in a way that would be nice, durable and affordable.
and then i was sent to Blurb.
from step one it was easy...worked with my MAC and blogger.
included color photos and looked like a REAL book.
the pages are glossy and thick.
you can even add a photo to the cover.
this is my first volume. it is 275 pages and cost me approx $60.
at first that number may seem high, but believe me that is a great deal.
other places, this exact book could run me more the $200 and up.
and if you think about it...this is like our scrapbook...
and imagine the cost for all the supplies i would spend on that?

because my blog is so wordy and has so many photos,
i plan on doing a new volume every six month/two per year.

so if you are looking to print your blog,
i did the research for you and
Blurb may be the best bet for you.

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