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?






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?

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!

Laundry Time – 4 year old style

Last weekend, my son was very adamant that he do his own laundry. I said “okay” and was fairly impressed that he wanted to do it. He called for help a couple of times, yet I was not helping him the way he wanted. So I backed off and let him do his own thing.

Here is his process:

This is how I wanted it to be sorted.

Piles won't do, it has to be stacked NICELY!

He had to pour the soap, not me, so he poured the soap in, even though I measured it.

Looks like the right place to pour it.

Don't forget to rinse the soap cup

Now we can finally put the clothes in there. This was  a process as well.

One....... at a time

still....one at a time

Make sure they get in the washer!

still taking it one at a time

Pile is getting smaller

Yep, it's in there

Finally.... we are done

Maybe I should take more time for my laundry to be sure it is sorted just right! Always learning something new and never cease to be amazed by my little guy and his quirky ways!

Color Inspiration…It’s everywhere

So I love the site DesignSeeds. They are all over Pinterest and have amazing color schemes. I also love TheCoffeeShopBlog. She is amazing with photoshop. Put these two together and you get your own template to find your own color inspiration in your everyday life.

Here are some of mine as of late:

5 pm in the trees

Afternoon skies

Denim Jackets

Man’s best friend

Sunny San Diego

Moss Tones

Rusty Bolts


The List that keeps GROWING…..

Yesterday I had a lot of time on my hands, don’t tell my boss, to look around the web for more inspiration and tutorial sites that have really piqued my interest and I will definitely go back to.

So far there are way too many sites! Nice…. (thanks to nanaCompany and Design Crush for their lists and links to other sites whether in their blog or on their side bars)

1. A little sweetness

2. A Subtle Revelry – a DIY/craft blog, she has great photos of her projects

3.  Bee in my bonnet

4. Charlaanne

5. Cluck Cluck Sew

6. Comfortstitching

7. Crafting with Love

8. Design Crush blog

9. Diary of a Quilter

10. Dottie Angel

11. Eat Drink Chic

12. Emma Lamb

13. Fabric Worm – fabric site

14. Fat Quarters Shop – fabric site

15. Himiko No Sekkai

16. Katie Daisy – she has a blog as well.

17. KWernerdesign – great color inspirations

18. Littleladybugdesign; second site for them as well: Little Lady Bug Designs

19. Lovely little handmades

20. Mandylynne

21. nanaCompany

22. Nest Pretty Things

23. One More Moore

24. Pamkittymorning

25. Pinkchalkfabrics – fabric site

26. Pink Penguin

27. Posie Gets Cozy

28. Pretty by hand

29. Sewmamasew

30. Simply Hue

31. Skip to my lou

32. The Coffeeshop blog – great photography tips

33. The Long Thread ***** added 2/22

34. Townmouse – deals with children clothing

35. You are my fave

36. 4 Men 1 Lady

37. A bit of sunshine

38. A Bowl full of lemons

39. All my heart blog

40. Centsational girl

41. Country living

42. Craft passion

43. Craftzine

44. Defrump me

45. Epherielle Designs

46. Fabric

47. Feather & Branch

48. Handmadeology

49. How about orange

50. Jbs Mercantile

51. Just Another hang up

52. Just something I made

53. Living Locurto

54. Pizzazzerie

55. Positively Splendid

56. Sane simplicity

57. Sew sweetness

58. Sweet Sugar Belle

59. The Creative Mama

60. The DIY Showoff

61. Very purple person

62. Thetomkatstudio

This list will continue to grow, more or less as a resource for me, and others who happen to catch this post.

*** Feature image from Laurazam.com