DIY: Facebook Cover Photo (finally, right Chaz?!)

One thing I truly loved about myspace.com was how much I could personalize my page; but, it’s not 2003 anymore and I no longer use myspace–it’s all about Facebook now. So I made it a priority to learn how to customize my cover photo on Facebook in order to personalize my page more. I researched the dimensions of the cover photo (851 pixels x 315 pixels), found some cool free templates, and went to work in Adobe Photoshop.

I found this free template. It was relatively easy to figure out how to navigate the .psd file–kudos to the author, Mr. Reimer! I simply removed his photos and selected and re-sized my own photos. Here’s the final in all its glory!
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If you’re interested in customizing your own Facebook cover photo–DO IT! Just make sure the template you use is free for personal (or commercial) use.

(This blog post is specifically for my lovely sister Chastity, who has been waiting for me to show her this for about 4 months now!)

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DIY: Baby Shower!

Two weeks ago I had the honor of co-hosting a baby shower for one of my best friends, Kelsey.
For decorations, I got my inspiration from none other than the fabulous website Pinterest! I was inspired by this cute, yet literal interpretation, of a “baby shower,” and this simple backdrop for the mom-to-be. I think both turned out well…

Kelsey at Baby Shower Kelsey at Baby Shower Baby Shower Decorations

I got the DIY instructions for the tissue paper pom poms here. Those instructions include various sizes of pom poms and even flower-shaped ones, too!

Congratulations to beautiful mommy-to-be, Kelsey!

DIY: Santa Hand Ornament & Santa Onesie

Due to the fact that my hubby and I are expecting our second child soon and cash is tight, we decided to go DIY for this year’s Christmas presents for our parents. My friend Ashley had shared a post about making salt-dough hand ornaments painted like Santa–I immediately screen-captured it and went to work!
The ingredients are simple: 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1/4 water
The instructions are even simpler: Mix together ingredients, make child’s imprint in salt-dough, make a hole in dough to hang ornament from ribbon, cut off the excess dough, bake at 200 degrees for 3 hours. I recommend baking the ornaments on wax paper–the first batch I made stuck to the cookie sheet and looked really gnarly on the back.

Here’s how they turned out!
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I put my hubby to work with his mad painting skills! He is a better artist than I am.

In keeping with tradition, I dressed up my son as Santa again this year, but on a budget. Last year I was able to buy a Santa suit that fit his one-month old body… This year,instead of buying a onesie, I made my own!
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I used 50% off coupons at JoAnn’s to get my supplies and followed a design that I found online…
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I think it turned out fantastic!

One final note: with the start of the New Year, I’ve decided to participate in the Picture of the Day challenge once again! Every week, I will make one blog post with all of my POTDs (I post them on Facebook, too, but, you have to be my friend to see my photos). Happy New Year!

DIY: Wedding Invitation Ornament

I’ve been hanging on to my best friend’s wedding invitation for over a year now because I had this special project in mind for it. I picked up the ornament bulb at Michael’s for $1.99 (I used a coupon and got it half off, score!).
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So I got to work with my X-acto knife and curled the strips I made…
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Then I simply inserted the curled strips of the wedding invitation into the ornament bulb randomly. I tied yellow and beige ribbon to the top and BOOM–
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Ain’t it beautiful! I hope my best friend will enjoy her wedding ornament for years to come. It’s a great way to show my appreciation for being asked to and serving as her attendant during her wedding.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! This year I decided to be one of my idols… JUDGE JUDY. I try to watch her show every weekday from 4pm-5pm. Two days ago, there was a case with people from Minnesota! (I get irrationally excited when Minnesota cases are shown.)

So here I am, dressed up as Judge Judy at my brother and sister-in-law’s annual Halloween party…
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Sorry I had to crop out my son and husband–I don’t share many photos of my son online!
If you want to DIY your own Judge Judy costume next year, here’s the anatomy of my costume…
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Wig, wig cap, gavel, glasses, and HUGE diamond earrings (I set the earrings in the wig to show how big they are and to keep them upright, facing the camera). I got everything except the earrings on amazon.com for around $20. The earrings I bought at Kohl’s, with a coupon, naturally.
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For the judge’s gown I used my old graduation gown. I got a piece of doily lace and safety pinned it around the collar. Boom! 

Of course, every time I introduced myself at the party I went through the Judge Judy show’s opening… “You are about to enter the courtroom of Judge Judith Sheindlin. The people are real. The cases are real. The rulings are final. This is Judge Judy.”

DIY: Milk Jug Ghosts

Thanks to Instagrammer Colleen, I took up this Halloween DIY project. 

So I started collecting milk jugs over a month ago. Then I used hot tap water to remove the labels…

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Use hot tap water to remove milk jug label

I got all my milk jugs together and a few Sharpie markers to create my designs.
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Then I cut out the back so I could insert a string of Christmas lights…
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Finally, I put together the final product, ready for display outside my front door for Halloween night tomorrow!
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Thanks for the cute Halloween project, Colleen!

DIY: Homemade Playdough

It was an exciting day at casa de Uncle Dunk & Auntie Kelsey because Great Auntie Barb came over make homemade playdough with the kids! (I call her “Great” Auntie because she’s “Aunt” to me and “Great Aunt” to my niece and nephews.)
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Great Auntie Barb’s homemade playdough recipe came from an old book…
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The recipe called for the following ingredients:
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1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt (I think 1/4 cup would suffice though)
2 Tablespoons veg oil
1 teaspoon alum (Great Auntie Barb had something called septic pencil that we used instead of alum)
Mix the first set of ingredients first, then add:
food coloring
1/2 cup water (slowly add the water, you may not need all of it, or you may need more)

The kids helped Great Auntie Barb mix up the playdough ingredients…
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We added the food coloring to the water in order to help it mix in the dry ingredients better.
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After they were done mixing, it was time for playing!
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Of course, Uncle Dunk made an alligator…
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Thanks for the fun day, Aunt Barb!