Obsessions – August 15, 2012

I love to find and experiment with new fonts.

Some of my favorites are: FFF Tusj

from FontSquirrel.com

Flux Architect – Reminds me of my days in Art School!

from FontSquirrel.com

Pea Dawn from Kevin and Amanda

from kevinandamanda.com

Smiley Monster from Kevin and Amanda

from kevinandamanda.com

Alex Brush from Font Squirrel

from FontSquirrel.com

Just the way you are from dafonts.com

Joyful Juliana from dafont.com

These are only a few. I use some more often than others. I am always looking for new fonts to use with Photoshop.

Good sites are dafont.com, fontsquirrel.com, californiafonts.com and myfonts.com (not all fonts here are free)

Any suggestions on great fonts?

 

 

 

 

Summer Days .. Fading….

Oh to be a child again. I guess we all can be anytime we want; however, to look at the world through a child’s eyes and be carefree only having to worry about the latest and greatest and having fun, shunning adult responsibilities…. just for a moment.

Summer is still with us, technically, for another 5 weeks, yet with school starting we needed to end the weekend with some fun. Z style……

What a great end to my “all day” freedom!

Obsession – August 10

This week I am obsessed with my new SMARTPHONE! Woo Hoo! I have graduated! This is my first smartphone! I love it, love it, love it, love it.

I went from this:

My “old” phone was the middle one in the top row – “a tiny brick” as I liked to call it.

To the HTC Rhyme – a nice, easy to use, beginner’s smartphone:

HTC Rhyme – photo from Amazon.com

It is a pretty nice phone. I love the deep plum color. It comes with a cool dock, ear phones, and a “charm” that you can use which lights up indicating a call, you don’t have to use vibrate, this is an option in lieu of vibrating or silencing the phone.

The accessories – photo from Amazon.com

My favorite apps:

Out of Milk – I have this on my nook as well. I have been using this app on my nook for over two months now. I tried it out yesterday with phone and I had a grand ol’ time scanning bar codes! I can sync up both devices to keep track of my lists and prices. It is nice because now Z can play on the nook while I shop and I don’t have to constantly tell him to stop running or get back to the cart. LOVE IT!

Photo from outofmilk.com

PicsArt – a photo app similar to Instagram. There are a lot more effects to choose from than I initially saw on Instagram. I haven’t full explored Instagram yet. You can share your pictures here, take pictures with the camera function, and much more. I plan to use this a lot and collect some awesome photos.

logo from plus.google.com

Google Maps – After 5 years, I still am not always confident in getting to the ranch (I am not usually the one driving), so anyway to get there is great! I have already saved locations to my in-law’s homes in Kansas, so it is a matter of a few clicks to get there from out house.

Google Maps – photo from plus.google.com

Color Notepad Notes – I can add these to my home page to remind me of things I need to do. Each note can be a different color, edited very easily, and I can make to-do-lists with them.

Logo from the google play store

Angry Birds Space – We have them all on the nook (Rio, Seasons, Regular, and Space); however, this one has been pretty fun and challenging. We cannot get enough Angry Birds – who can’t!?

Logo from Google play store

Others I have:

Nook to read my books should I choose to do so

Logo from Google play store

Instagram because you cannot have enough photo editing tools

Logo from Google play store

Flixster so I can know movie times, get reviews, and watch trailers

Logo from Google play store

I am sure there are many more I will get soon.  All of these apps were free. I can deal with advertising and what not, that doesn’t bother me.

I am just happy to finally have a smartphone. Well really wouldn’t the phone only be as smart as the user itself?

The Ranch

We love to go the “Ranch”. It is the family home of my husband’s father. It is all about the grandkids when we all go out there.

We don’t have to worry about traffic, being too loud, or watching the kids like hawks now that they are getting older, and a slew of other things. There is always a good meal and plenty to do, not mention time to take a nap (well for some of us – never me ;p)

We did make pillows for the new playhouse, the kids loved the activity and were so excited to see them put together. We didn’t get to all of the activities I had brought because of time. Swimming in the cattle tank was more important, as was wagon rides, swinging, and playing in the playhouse.

I snapped a few photos of our days there.

Typical scenery the entire way out there!

We saw a lot of trains!

Early morning skies

“Backyard”

Some of Mimi’s garden

The infamous skulls in the trees- I think they were/are cows

“My swing” as Z likes to call it, even though it is for everyone

“The kid bowl” as it was nicknamed this week – like a dog bowl but for the kids!

Remembering Porter – the beloved, dedicated, ever so loving, black lab who passed this year after 11 years

We still have Chip – he adopted us all

This wagon is almost on its last leg

This bike might be a little too big – Thanks for sharing Campbell!

Cows drink out of here! YUCK!

The pillow project – looks much for neon than they really are. Lots of fun!

Overall, the two days were two well spent! Cannot wait for the next weekend out there!

 

 

Obsessions – August 2

I have many things I love. I look at way too many things to keep them straight in my lil’ head.

This week I am totally obsessed with: Adult and kid DIYactivities/crafts!

I already posted about 5 activities I plan to do with my son and nieces and nephews while we all gather at the ranch. You can see that post here.

Sites I have been obsessively looking through this week are (links in this post to give credit and traffic): How About Orange, PaperMatrix, Mr. Printables, Flax and Twine, Ambrosia Creative

What else is on my radar this week: in no particular order or rank.

1. Tiny Polaroid Magnets from Ambrosia Creative – seen here –

Tiny Polaroid Magnets – photo from Ambrosia Creative – NOT MY OWN

This is so COOL! All my mished and mashed magnets will need to take a side seat or find a new home once I sit down and do this project. I think it would be super cool to have Z (my lil’ guy) pick the pictures he likes.

It is very similar to How About Orange Pantone Polaroids – which I have seen as well.

2. DIY Gold Ring Necklaces from Flax & Twine seen through Creature Comforts. I think whoever my Christmas “person” (lack of words for this one) will be, should it be a female, will get one of these. I would wear it, would they? I think it takes a lot of courage to make a handmade gift and give it to someone. They are way more thoughtful and meaningful (IMO only).

DIY Gold Ring Necklace – photo from Flax and Twine – not my own

3. Any of the paper projects from PaperMatrix – a true artist! I have seen these projects through How About Orange and went to the blog and I am in total AWE. New follower!

I chose one for now that I would like to try my hand at – Balloon #1

Balloon #1 – photo from PaperMatrix – not my own

4. The Monthers – printable calendars for kids from Mr. Printables – I am now a follower/subscriber. How cute and creative are these! I am going to print out August for Z since this is a big month for us! I think he will totally love it. He totally gets my “craft”sessions – he is always telling me what to sew and make next.

August Monther – photo from Mr. Printables – not my own

5. Map of the USA Jigsaw puzzle from Mr. Printables. When I print it and mount it I think I will use thinner foamcore board. I like white edges!

Map of the USA Jigsaw – photo from Mr. Printables – not my own

6. I made myself a new purse, wallet, coin purse, and personal item pouch – which I will do a separate post later, complete with links to the tutorials I used for guidance.

7. Print and Fold Paper Toy Alphabet  by Digitprop as seen on How About Orange. I am going to print out my son’s name and put these in his room – amazing!

Paper Toy Alphabet – photo from Digitprop – by way of How About Orange – not my own

These are on my To Do List for the next coming weeks. They should be great fun and somewhat time consuming – I am up for it though!

Hey There Dutch baby…

Have you ever heard of a Dutch Baby? A German Pancake? I never had. I was looking on  my Nook app, “Big Oven”, for breakfast one day because I was feeling adventurous and was on a huge baking kick this summer (I have learned how to make the perfect sugar cookie complete with royal icing and cupcakes from scratch that I think are pretty darn good!)

Anyway, I digress. I ran across this recipe – SUPER SIMPLE

I will retype it just so it is here too: (this is not my own!)

Ingredients

Verified by stevemur

Servings            as postedMetric

Original recipe makes 4
1 cmilk
1 cFlour
1/3 cMargarine; or butter
1 dashFresh nutmeg
4 EGGS

The instructions are so easy:

– Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

– Choose your pan (we used a mini muffin tin)

– Put a small amout of the butter into your pan or each compartment and let it melt in the oven, do not let it get brown = burnt – yuck

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– Blend the eggs for a minute on their own

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–  Slowly add milk then flour

– Add nutmeg to taste

– Pour mixture over the butter

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– Let it bake for 20-25 minutes. That in itself is a show!

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Finish these off with powder sugar and syrup or fruit or whatever suits your fancy – even pop them plain. I love to make these and my son loves to eat them! Talk about a sugar overload. BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD mom!

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Here are a few other recipes that have popped up and looked great:

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What to do, What to do?

Next week the grandchildren are taking over the “family ranch” in Leoti, KS. This ranch has been in my husband’s family for 4 generations (including the grandkids). I told MiMi (grandma who lives the out there full time now) that I would be the back up adult for a few days. 6 kids to one adult is a little much, especial with 2 still in diapers. I would run for the pasture myself after a couple of hours, if not sooner!

So I was browsing TONS of blogs, okay maybe not 2000 plus, however; it was probably 10+. I was so inspired by Handmade Charlotte, You Are My Fave, Say Yes to Hoboken, Paint Me Plaid, Bloomize, Ambrosia Creative (many of the posts were linked through a couple of the blogs), etc.

I have come up four activities I am sure the older kids will do. The younger ones – okay let’s be honest, my son needs to be included with the younger ones despite turning five last week, will only be interested in the activities for about 3 minutes each. I think the older girls will sit for a bit.

Here is my list with links to give credit where credit is due: I *heart* Handmade Charlotte right now!

DIY Printable Sewing Cards – Handmade Charlotte

Photo from Handmade Charlotte – not my own

Print + Paint with Handmade Charlotte – Paint me Plaid via Handmade Charlotte

Photo from Handmade Charlotte – not my own.

Painting Pillows – These are fabric dolls – on madebyjoel seen on Handmade Charlotte

I am calling mine painted pillows because I will make 12″ square pillows out of painters canvas for the kids to paint on. I plan to use my Mini Cricut to cut out stencils such as animals, simple shapes and abstract patterns on freezer paper.

Photo from madebyjoel – not my own

Paint Chip Animals – Handmade Charlotte – a great and inexpensive idea!

Paint Chip Animals – not my own photo – from handmade charlotte

Another activity for just incase purposes – DIY Pinwheel Necklace by MerMag as a guest post on Handmade Charlotte

DIY Pinwheel Necklaces – MerMag for Handmade Charlotte – not my own

I think these activities should keep everyone busy for a while. This and the new “pool” (actually one of the circular “tubs” they put out in pastures to get water to the cattle) that is about 2′ deep and the new life size playhouse the grandparents got the kids. It should be a great way to end the summer break and be with family before everyone gets busy with school.

I will take photos of the projects to see how the kids responded. Wish us luck!