Thursday, February 9, 2012

Etceteras: kindle cover

Old Book Kindle Cover
I featured a few Kindle covers in recent posts because I’ve been on the hunt for a diy cover for my new Kindle. 

Old Book Kindle Cover
Most of the covers that I’ve seen required sewing and I wasn’t sure I could pull that off. I decided to try a no-sew book style cover instead. 

Old Book Kindle Cover
Here's what I came up with. The inspiration for my Kindle cover came from a book upcycle project that Rook No. 17 shared. 

Old Book Kindle Cover
Here’s how I made my Kindle cover:
  1. Start with an old book.
  2. Cut out the book pages with an X-acto knife and trim the ragged edges.
  3. Cut a piece of fabric larger than your book cover.
  4. Use spray mount to adhere the fabric to the book cover and wrap the fabric edges to the inside. Cut the corners so that they are mitered.
  5. Cut pieces of felt to pad the inside and cover the raw fabric edges. Use spray mount to adhere the felt to the inside.
  6. Create a book spine using a piece of ribbon or coordinating piece of fabric. Again use spray mount to adhere the ribbon to the spine. You can use craft glue to reinforce the edges of the ribbon where they meet.

Old Book Kindle Cover
Once the book cover is dry, add a button and piece of elastic to create a closure. I used a vintage wood button and you guessed it, a pony tail holder. To secure the button and elastic, I used E-6000 glue and let it dry overnight.

Old Book Kindle Cover
The Kindle fits perfectly inside the book cover but I realized it could still slip out of the bottom.

Old Book Kindle Cover
I added another piece of elastic – and yes, it’s one of those elastic headbands. 

Old Book Kindle Cover

Old Book Kindle Cover
I’m thrilled with my new Kindle cover. It will protect the device and when I’m not using it I can put it up on the bookshelf.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Upcycling: copper can planter

I’ve been saving this metal hanger to use on a project. The hanger originally wrapped around a votive holder.

The glass votive is long gone but the hanger has been waiting outside, aging and rusting and waiting for a new purpose.

This humble tin can fit perfectly in the holder so I gave it a few coats of copper metallic paint.

A plastic baggie filled with dirt holds the succulent clippings that will hopefully root.

I'll leave this little planter outside and see what happens. I'm hoping it will begin to rust and age but keep most of the copper paint. If not, I can always start over with another can.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party 36

Welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. The link party has been growing lately and I’m so happy that you’re here– whether you’re sharing a project or looking for inspiration. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some in the spotlight on Friday.

A few rules:
  • Link up your own projects – something you created. Link to a specific post, not your blog home page (No Etsy shops or giveaways).
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on the post you’re linking, on your home page or a page of link parties. Or, if you prefer, add a text link.
  • Follow homework. You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
  • Please visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.

I’m ready to be inspired and can’t wait to see what you’re sharing this week.

Don’t forget to add my button somewhere on your blog. Spreading the word helps bring more visitors to your linked project.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Inkling: watercolor valentine cards

I’ve been playing with my watercolors and painted some Valentine cards.
Not a single lesson – can you tell? {ha ha}

My original plan was just plain watercolor cards. I painted them and even took the pictures for this post. I know watercolor is supposed to look “misty” but my cards seemed a little too watered down and plain.

I cut the cards into smaller pieces and played around with different background papers to jazz up the cards a bit. I settled on one of my favorite go-to recycled supplies – security envelopes.

I’ve mentioned before how fascinated I am with the different security envelope patterns. I have quite the stash of these envelopes. I save them from the junk mail and bills and I even have my mom saving them for me. Needless to say, I have quite a few envelopes to choose from.

I love the pink tones of the watercolor against the stark grey and black security envelope paper. 

Even if you don’t paint, watercolor is fun and easy. You can water down the color or make them more vibrant by using less water. To make a free form watercolor like the first photo of this post, wet your paper first and them just dab the paint brush onto the paper. The watercolor bleeds onto the wet paper and makes beautiful designs. 

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Good Taste: avocados {not just for game day}

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A few days ago, I posted about game day finger food and of course, included a simple avocado snack. Today, I want to share a little more avocado love with you because I really do love avocados. They're so versatile. You can use them in traditional Mexican dishes, wrap them in sushi, slice them into a salad or sandwich, use them as a spread and so much more.



These are one of my favorite snacks - toast with mashed avocado and a sprinkle of chili powder. For these I used buttered toast and cut them into small rounds. For a healthier alternative, skip the butter and use wheat toast.

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The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~35~

Thank you to everyone who linked up a project this week on the Inspiration Board. It’s getting harder and harder to pick features as the party grows. All the projects are inspirational and I truly appreciate that I’m on your party list. 

Here are a few in the spotlight this week.

Carousel 2
A beautiful paper project by Sandy’s Space. A carousel gift holder in a hexagonal shape. I love the pearl embellishment on the roof that mimics carnival lights. 

Such a sweet and simple gift idea from Organized Living Solutions. Use special markers to make a cute Valentine mug for someone special. Making the letters out of a cross stitch pattern gives the mug a sweet homespun look and would be more forgiving if you're free-handing the letters.

Meijos Joy made these puffy flowers out of leftover fabric. I love the sparkly fabric and pearl accents. These would make great pincushion gifts too. 

Heart shaped french toast by Will Cook for Smiles. Imagine waking up to these for breakfast. Regular french toast would be a treat for me but these are topped with strawberries, pomegranate seeds and powdered sugar.

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Creatively Living reveals her master bedroom renovation. The room was painted four years ago and little by little renovated. Beautiful dreamy colors and pretty details - a true labor of love.

Gray, Black, Yellow Valentine[8]
The Answer is Chocolate brings a new color palette to a Valentine’s card. A splash of sunny yellow looks so cheery and will definitely stand out among all the pink and red cards.

I still love all things made with chalkboard paint and this frame by The Moody Fashionista is darling. Little rhinestones frame the heart and love messages can be erased and updated.

dc valentines 11
Leftover fabric from a drop cloth project is used to make these cute Valentine hearts by Make it Give it. The little hearts are filled with sweet orange essential and lavender. 

Amazing pendants by Lady with the Red Rocker. Would you believe these are made out of salt dough? And you'll be surprised at what she used tomake the impressions. Beautifully crafted with the simplest of ingredients.

knife holder 3
Safe kitchen knife storage by Another Bright Idea. The containers are painted and embellished with paper and ribbon. The knives are stored in bamboo sticks. I definitely need to do this – my knife drawer is absurdly dangerous.

Just Another Hang Up took a plain journal and covered it in darling fabric for her granddaughter. The applique in coordinating fabric makes it extra special and I'm sure it will be used and cherished.


This week on the Inspiration Pinboard
{repurposed wood}
Features 35-1 wood collage
1. Corbel Table – Salvaged Whimsy
2. Shutter Headboard – That’s My Letter
3. Old Planter – It’s Overflowing
4. Wood Dog – Art Drops

If you were in the spotlight, please feel free to grab a button.


Thank you again to everyone who linked a project and to everyone who came to visit. I loved looking at all the projects and visiting your sites.
Please come back next week for another link party.
Link parties are held every Tuesday.


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Good Taste: game day finger food

Here in the United States a big day is coming up. It’s not listed as a national holiday but feasts will be prepared and many, many calories consumed. We’re talking chips and dip, pizzas, wings, sandwiches and plenty of beverages to wash it all down. Yes, it’s Super Bowl Sunday time.

I like my share of game day traditional food but I this year I’m going to add a few prettier food items to the menu. These are more my style and although the calorie count may be the same, I’ll feel better having a few crackers rather than consuming a bowl of chips.

I made these simple crackers with a few items on hand. Havarti cheese, sliced avocado and bacon. Like I said, the calorie count is probably the same as nachos but it looks prettier!

Here are a few dishes from my archives that I might make.

Mango Salsa 7
 Mango salsa – this is really refreshing especially after a few spicy chicken wings.

Shrimp Salsa – stock up on plenty of tortilla chips because this is always a hit.

Caprese Sticks – refreshing and tasty.

Graham Cracker Toffee Bark. So yummy and bite sized. If you’re having friends over, hide a few for later because these will be gone before halftime.

Pecan Pie Tarts. Little bite sized portions of pecan pie goodness. The guys might think these look too frilly for football but I bet they’ll like them.

{recipes for the food items from my archives can be found under the Goodie Bag tab or on the original post}

Whether you’re having traditional game day food, pretty food or a mix of both, it will be a fun day of football, funny commercials and probably a few Tums.

Check back tomorrow for the Inspiration Board Spotlight. 
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Etceteras: photo effects {goodbye picnik}

Do you use Picnik for photo editing? Picnik is Google’s photo editing tool and many, many bloggers use it for it’s ease of use and variety of editing options. My go-to photo editing tool is Picasa {another Google program} but when I want to do something a little bit more with my photos, Picnik is a great source.

Unfortunately, it was just announced that Picnik is closing in April. Photo editing can be done on Google+ but I have to confess, I haven’t checked out Google+ yet.

In the meantime, Picnik is offering their premium tools free of charge. So if you’re not a premium subscriber, you can take advantage of the fun tools for a few more months.

Here are some examples of Picnik’s capabilities.

I snapped this photo from my backyard - it’s my neighbor’s tree. The photo above is the original photo. Although the sky was really blue that day, my camera settings may have enhanced the blue because that sky looks a little intense.

I uploaded the original photo to Picnik and played around. This effect is called 1960s. I love the calmed down tone in the photo.

Film grain is a fun effect. Before I added the film grain, I played around with the color and saturation.

Adding Duo Tone completely changes the photo. You can’t even tell that there is sky in the background. For this duo tone, the first color is blue and second color is white. The combinations using the Picnik color palette are endless.

For this photo I completely covered the photo in a rectangular shape and added a light shade of peach to the shape. I then made the peach shade more transparent and I loved the result. So soft and dreamy.

Note: the very first photo in this post was edited using the rectangular shape with a medium shade of green and then I used the softening tool on the entire photo. It reminds me of old fashioned wall paper or a table linen. 

I’ll miss the Picnik tools. How about you? Do you use Picnik? I’m going to start researching photo editing alternatives. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

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