Monday, September 30, 2013

If a candy corn had a name...

This adorable pattern for a plush candy corn comes from While She Naps. Check out the great blog and pattern! Perfect for people named Candace or people who love candy corn...or both! Like me :)

Thanks for sharing this with me, Debbie!
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Perfect Salted Caramel Sauce

The temps have dropped slightly, and that's enough for me to welcome the fall season with a batch of my favorite caramel sauce! I shared the details of the recipe at Citrus and Cream or you can visit my older post, as well. Enjoy!
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

How to Create Simple Photo Collages

If you're like me, you take a hundred photos for every event. At least. But you know as well as I do that not everyone cares to see a mile long post full of photos. In come photo collages to save the day! They help cram as many of your favorites as possible in a small space. (For an example, check out my post on Avila Beach.)

There are a number of different ways to create photo collages, but I've come to love pixlr.com. Today, I'm sharing how a few clicks can get you a fabulous collage!
Step 1: Go to pixlr.com.
Step 2: Choose Pixlr express. (You can try the other two later!)
Step 3: Choose Collage. If you only want to work on one photo, then choose Browse.
Step 4: Add photos by clicking the blue box with the plus sign. You'll be able to drag the photos around, so you don't have to have them perfectly in place yet.
Step 5: Change the collage layout if desired. (You can also do this before Step 4.) You can continue changing the layout until you find the one you like.
Step 6: Once your photos are in place, you can either be finished, or you can adjust each one individually. Hover over the photo, and three icons will pop up: an arrow circle thing, a paintbrush, and an X. The first allows you to swap the photo, the second allows you to edit it, and the third deletes it. Click on the editing button. Along the bottom, choose Adjustment. You can change the color, the brightness, play with blurring, and even touch up imperfections! Be sure and save each photo after you work on it. Once they're all good, click Finished. Now you can work on the image as a whole!
Step 7: Make adjustments and add effects to the image as a whole. You can also add text at this point! (Note: The text option is my least favorite thing to work with, but if you're doing small bits, it's great.)
Step 8: Save it! (Seriously...it is a sad day when you've worked on your collage only to close out and forget to save.)

That's it, friends! If you try it, leave a link in the comment so we can check it out!
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

From Trash to Antique Planter

On a recent trip to San Francisco, Robby and I saw this interesting metal box up that had been discarded on the street. We passed it by one day, but when it was still up for grabs the next morning, we picked it up and put it in the car, certain there was something we could do with it.

And there was. A bit of soil and succulents turned this rusted box into a cool vintage planter! And even though I had purchased rust cleaner to shiny it up, I decided it to leave it as is. Now it's home to a family of succulents and adds a little character to our yard.

Thanks, SF! This was way better than a parking ticket!

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After:
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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Happy Birthday, Debbie!

This post wraps up birthday month for us! We have four August birthdays in our immediate family. (But of course you know that...you've been counting, haven't you?) My dad, Rob's mom, and my two sisters.

Last night, we kept it simple and tried to order ready-made as much as possible. We bought filet skewers from Quality Meats and six cupcakes from Frosted Muffin. That left me time to make a fun birthday banner and try out a new potato recipe. (I'll share it soon!)

We had a great night celebrating Debbie and her years of life! We swapped candles out for sparklers, spent lots of time enjoying a warm summer night, and ate way too many cupcakes! She's such a special woman to so many people, but especially to those of us in her family. We love you, Debbie, and wish you many, many happy moments this year!
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