Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fuzzy Blogger Photos

By now, I'm sure you all have noticed your photos look fuzzy when uploaded to Blogger, right?  And if you haven't I've noticed them!  I noticed right away around five weeks ago when this issue with Blogger started.  Seriously, Blogger?  You need to fix this!

But in the meantime you can follow this workaround for clearer photos.  All you have to do is save your photo as a PNG file before uploading it to Blogger... and no more fuzzies!

Instructions for Mac: If your picture is in iPhoto, go to File -> Export.  Click on PNG for file kind.  Then you can save it on your desktop.  When you upload your picture to Blogger, choose the PNG that you saved on your desktop and not the original that is in iPhoto.

Hope this helped...

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday I'm in Love

Just in time for the weekend :-)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Hundreds of stars in the pretty sky,
Hundreds of shells on the shore together,
Hundreds of birds that go singing by,
Hundreds of lambs in the sunny weather.
Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
- George Cooper

Saturday, May 7, 2011

DIY: Colored Chalkboard Frame

This is a proud moment for me.  Who would have thought I would be adding those three capital letters to one of my blog posts?  Now, don't judge too harshly because technically only half of this project was a DIY, but it's a start, right?

I was invited to a blessing dinner several weeks ago for one of my dear friends who was expecting her first little girl.  The invite said to bring a blessing in the form of words and a gift.  My blessing to the new mom was a blessing on words.  Words that teach her little girl God's Word and ways, words that are kind and encouraging, and words that praise and not criticize.  For my gift. I thought of using chalkboard paint to show how she can leave encouraging notes for her daughter and words from Scripture for teaching and instructing.  My inspiration came from one of Natalie's posts.  If you haven't seen her blog, it's a must!

With a quick trip to Sheffield Antiques, I found this framed picture with the picture raised in the middle surrounded by burlap and thought it was perfect for my chalkboard frame.  To make this project from scratch, you could make the frame yourself and insert your fabric of choice.  And you could use wood or glass in the middle of the frame as the chalkboard surface.

Step 1: Tape the edges of your surface so the paint doesn't get on the burlap or fabric.  I used Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Tint Base in Raspberry.  They have over a dozen colors to choose from!  Cover the surface completely with the chalkboard base and let dry.  Reapply until you reach the desired coverage and thickness.  I used quite a few coats since my background was darker and switched to a mini-roller instead of brush to eliminate streaking.

Step 2: Once the surface is completely dry, staple ribbon to the back of the frame for hanging.

Step 3: Add a piece of colored chalk.  Since the frame I used was recessed, it was perfect for holding the chalk in place.  Her colors were pink and yellow, which looked really cute together.

If you want to make this DIY, make sure to start your project early.  *In order to test your finished project, you will need to let the paint dry for 3 days.  Once cured, you have to prepare the surface for chalk by rubbing side of chalk over entire surface and then erase.  Don't forget to throw in a chalkboard eraser!

And here is the finished project...

"And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them... you shall bind them... you shall write them..." - Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Shop Local:
Chalkboard Tint Base: Home Depot
Ribbon and colored chalk: Hobby Lobby
Chalkboard eraser: The Knowledge Tree

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pure Barre

Tonight I finally was able to attend a class at Pure Barre.  The popular franchise opened in Germantown at the end of last year and they are doing so well they will be opening up a second location in Midtown this year.  The workout combines strength and stretching exercises and incorporates Pilates and the ballet barre - which I'm a firm believer in both!  I've taken Pilates and ballet classes for several years and absolutely loved them, so when I heard that PB mixes these elements in a 55 minute class I had to try it.  I'm all about low-impact exercise with maximum results!  The best part is that they have multiple classes a day/seven days a week which works with my busy schedule!

And did I mention they sell Lululemon yoga wear?!! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fair Analogy?

Watch this video of college students asking their peers who support raising taxes on the rich if they would be willing to redistribute their GPA's to help out fellow students with lower grades. 

What do you think, is it a fair analogy?

To read the full article from The Blaze, click HERE.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Easter Cake Pops

I had been planning on making these for Easter, but since things have been kind of cRaZy around here lately I decided to keep it simple this year.  I used white candy melts since they were already in my pantry and pink and yellow jimmies because nothing says spring better than bright, happy sprinkles.  The inside was just as sweet with lemon cake mixed with lemon frosting. 

My cake pops looked a little wind blown since I used a thin sheet of Styrofoam to hold them up, but they seemed to fit right in with all this weather we've been having!


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