Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
|well isn't that special?|
Uh, I don't feel stupid or anything. It was a gangster costume! Thank you Toni for enlightening me!!! Apparently, on my blog as well as in "real" life, I continue to put my foot in my mouth.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
|Check out those stitches! Love it!|
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Hey, what do you think of my facelift? I’m happy with it…I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now. As I have mentioned, I’m really not the most tech-savvy person that ever lived. But I thought, well, there are tons of tutorials out there on how to do this sort of thing, so I’m sure I could figure it out! And while that’s true, and I did pretty much figure it out, it took a LOT longer than I expected it to. Of course, I foolishly thought I could knock out a new blog in about, oh, an evening. Um…nope. If you have the time (not that I do) and the inclination, here are some great resources I found:
Makin' Cute Blogs – such a wealth of information on DIY blog design. Tons of tutorials. I followed a video tutorial to figure out Pixlr (see below) and do my layout – so helpful!
ColourLovers – that’s where I made my background. It is a really fun site where you can “color” patterns and play around. Rather addictive.
Pixlr – it’s like a dumbed-down version of the dumbed-down version of Photoshop. (Did I say “dumbed-down?” I think I meant “simplified.”) Which is perfect for me. I don’t need all the crazy stuff; I just need to like, arrange a few cute little graphics and save them as an image. Oh, and Pixlr is free, and you don’t have to download anything. Love it!
Shabby Princess – such cute graphics, many of them free.
Star Sunflower Studio – ditto on the cute free graphics.
Photobucket – really easy-to-use site for hosting images, so I don’t have to have them all cluttering up my desktop. Oh wait, they’re still there, cluttering up my desktop. But if I wanted to, I could take care of that. Photobucket makes it easy to copy & paste MAGICAL AND MYSTERIOUS CODE into your blog’s template.
Anyway, that’s pretty much it…questions, comments, suggestions? I’m open to them!
Monday, October 24, 2011
Hey, I think I figured it out! :) My "design" page looks a little funky; everything is pushed to one side. If anyone knows how to fix this and wants to let me in on it, that would be great. But otherwise...it looks like things are switched over pretty well. Yay!
OK, so I have been muddling through a bunch of tutorials, "user-friendly" photoshop-like software, and HTML (which stands for HaTe My Life, I think) for the last week or so, and I have finally come up with a pretty cute new blog design. Fun stuff! I had been going back and forth about whether to hire someone, or try doing it myself. Every time I was about to hit the button to get on a waiting list (everyone seems to have a wait list!), I just couldn't do it. It's hard for me to feel OK about spending good money on something that I can do myself...I mean, I can at least follow a tutorial and figure it out.
Having done it myself, I now see the definite VALUE in getting someone who knows what they're doing to do it! That's OK though. I'm proud of myself - and I can't wait to get my new design on here...which is where one of you comes in, hopefully!
Is there anyone who knows how to install a whole new blog template thingy? I've looked for tutorials and haven't found any. I would love some help with this. If you would like to help, check here: __ and email me at pleasedaspunch.rh (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks in advance!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
HIGH: went to my cousin's wedding. I love weddings! This one was very nice, too. My little cousin is all grown up. It made me want to do mine over again. Just plan it again, that is. And have my hair done differently, and most definitely have a different cake. And DJ. The DJ we had for our blessed event 10 years ago continues to be the butt of jokes around here, to this day. Let's just say, you get what you pay for. I should never be in charge of selecting a DJ, ever again.
LOW: I missed my exit on the turnpike on the way out to my parents' house. WTH??? I must have made that drive at least 1,000,000 times or so in my life. That was annoying.
HIGH: I found a dress for this that I was very happy with. That's always fun. It's really cute, and it was on sale. I hope I get to wear it again. I don't dress up much, these days. And by "these days," I mean...ever.
LOW: I totally bit it trying to get out of my church pew after the ceremony. Right into the shoulders of some hapless, unsuspecting wedding-goer who was "lucky" enough to be right there to catch me. It was totally awesome to look like a crazy drunk lady in church at 3 in the afternoon. Awesome, I tell you.
HIGH: 3 words: Pumpkin Pie Martini...s.
LOW: I had to go stag to this thing, as it was pretty much an adult-only reception, and someone had to stay home and care for our young brood. That was kind of a bummer. I like to dance with my husband. I didn't get to. Waaah. (I think I can hear the world's tiniest violin...) Also notably missing was my sister, who lives like 13 hours away and for some strange reason, didn't want to shell out $300 for a plane ticket to spend less than 24 hours in the great state of PA. Whatever. It would have been even way more fun with both her and my dear DH there.
ANOTHER LOW: Apparently I'm super-old now. I recognized NONE of the songs that all the cool kids were dancing to. Well except for the song that my 8yo does her cheer dance routine to. They did some line dance that USED to be the Electric Slide, but I had no idea what it was. I guess it was like, the new line dance that people do at weddings, and I was OUT. Just sitting there wondering, How can I not know this? Has it really been that long? I mean, I guess we're past the era of friends' weddings, for the most part.
Oh, also...I saw my (much) younger cousins whom I hadn't seen in at least 8 years or so...and I totally did that thing..."oh my goodness! The last time I saw you, you were this big!" The words just fell out before I could stop them. Old!
Oh, also...I actually had a relative (an adult who should know better) ask me how old I was, in front of a bunch of people. WTH? Usually I don't think of good responses to dumb questions until a day or so later, but I was so proud of myself because I said, "I'm old enough that you shouldn't be asking me how old I am." Yessssss!
HIGH: coming home to DH, my kids, the dog, a Steelers game, and kielbasa & kraut in the crock pot.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I was at a cheerleading parents' meeting about a month ago. (That's not the funny part - it gets better!) I was carrying my Thirty-One bag - the one with the changeable skirt - and it was a skirt that I made. (I mentioned it here, but that was a while ago.) Here's the one I was carrying, just because it would be kinda lame to talk about it and not show a picture:
But Rachel! You say. What does this story have to do with Cheerleading Hair Bows? Well let me tell you. For you crafty types, you know how this goes. "Oh, you sew? Wow! Hey, she sews!" And then..."Do you do hair bows?" Hmm. No, not really. But I'm up for anything, especially not having to shell out unnecessary cash for some mass-produced, overpriced hair bow. So basically, I volunteered to do the hair bows for the squad. They didn't want anything crazy; they just wanted simple basic bows that go on ponytails. Can do!
I used this tutorial and adapted it a bit. These cost about $1 each to make. $1 each! I bought my ribbon in 20-yard spools. I probably used about 10 yards of each.
Here's how I did it:
1. Cut ribbon lengths. To make 22, I cut 22 lengths of each, in 3 different ribbon widths: 1.5", 7/8", and 3/8". Each length was about 20". I cut each end into a "v" shape* by folding the ribbon in half (long-ways) and cutting it diagonally. The skinny ones were a pain to do, but that's ok.
2. Seal the edges. Using child labor* (my 8yo), each end of all 66 ribbon lengths was sealed with Fray Check.
|Fray Check is awesome stuff, and it lasts forever.|
|Here are my 3 ribbons.|
|Here they are, centered and stacked together.|
|I folded them over in the middle...|
|held the ponytail holder to the underside...|
|...and sewed back and forth 2-3 times using a zigzag stitch. I cannot be bothered with hand-sewing, sorry.|
|flip the ribbons over - inside out, almost. They lay down pretty nicely.|
|These were probably about 1.5" to 2" or so. Aren't you glad to have such an accurate and specific tutorial to follow?|
7. Regret never having made the cheer squad in high school or college.
8. Stuff the pain by enjoying a Reese's PB Cup. Or two.*
*Optional, but recommended
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I mean, just feast your eyes on her fabric choices:
|That's Waverly "Fun Floret" on the left, and Waverly "Pom Pom Play" on the right. Dee-lish! Can fabric be dee-lish? Yep.|
For the chair cushions, I just winged it. I was able to knock them out in about an hour or so...super easy! Just pillowcases with piping, more or less. No zippers necessary! Those ties are actually grosgrain ribbon, and they keep the cushion covers closed, as well as tie to the chairs. Double duty!
|Ta-da! (And isn't this table just begging for a pot of orange mums?)|
|LOVE that fabric!|
|Paint first, ask husband later. That's Rebecca's motto. She painted this kitchen set. Isn't it great? Thankfully, her DH loves it. :)|
Here it is! Oddly enough, I also made orange piping in the tutorial. But it wasn't for this project. What's up with that? Why all the orange piping?
But Rachel! You say. What about that gorgeous orange fabric? Well, just you wait. That' wasn't quite ready to be photographed, but soon!