Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Headband

After being inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest, I decided I wanted to make a cute knit headband.   My hopes of the picture being part of a tutorial were quickly gone when I saw it was a picture of a headband being sold on Etsy.   

I decided to relay upon my own creativity and headed to the mall and pick up some knit fabric.  I limited myself to two fabric selections until I know I can make one that looks pretty close to inspiration piece.  While at the store there was a nice little pattern for yo-yo's which I knew would be the perfect accessory for my headband. 

Here is the impulse buy of the trip: Yo-Yo template


My first yo-yo: Fast and Easy!


And here is my first attempt of the headband:



Monday, August 29, 2011

Banana Bread

After looking at my brown spotted bananas on my counter for multiple days, I decided I better make some banana bread before they turned competely brown (I think I was only a day away from that).  I had the thought while I watched my bananas rapidly age each day that I am sure glad that I don't age that quickly.  Anyways, I had to make a double recipe which worked out well since my husband insists that it isn't banana bread with out chocolate chips in it.   I couldn't decide how batter I should put in each loaf pan so I ended up with a small amount left over hence the odd ball in the center.  Attached is the recipe that I made just in case you want give it a try. 
 

Best Banana Bread

1¾ c. flour
1½ c. sugar
1 tsp. soda
½ tsp. salt
2 eggs
½ c. vegetable oil
¼ cup + 1 TBLSP buttermilk
2 overly ripe bananas
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together.  Pour into a greased loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Photo Editing - The Learning Begins

So recently I scored a free copy of Corel's Paint Shop Pro X3 by finding the software on sale for $60 with a mail in rebate of $60 combined with free shipping making my final price as $0.  I knew I wanted to start doing some more photo editing beyond what Picasa does (I love Picasa too!).  It wasn't long after I got my free software though that I realized that there is a pretty sharp learning curve when it came to using it since I haven't used any editing program previously. 

So here is my game plan - I decided I was going to learn one new thing a week.  I like the idea of baby steps so I won't get overwhelmed with all this new information that I need to learn. 

One of the first things I wanted to learn was how to make my pictures look vintage.  I did a little searching online until I found a YouTube tutorial.  Here is a copy of the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoN3EmzxTuE

Here is my vintage picture:
And here is my originial picture:


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sweet Corn. Sweet Memories.

One of my work perks is sometimes not knowing what the day will bring.  Yesterday, Buck and I took the Ranger to a field where a farmer plants lots of sweet corn for everyone pick.  This corn is fantastic!

The corn makes me think of the garden my mom used to plant.  I realize now how much I under appreciated all of the great food we got to eat this time of year.  I used to view the garden as a way for my parents to get more child labor out of me by spending countless hours weeding, picking potato bugs, and harvesting.  Actually what I really hated about the garden was green beans, especially washing them and how they magically kept replenishing themselves in the sink. 

This sweet corn that I picked made me think of my Grandma Tollefson.  She would often come over when Operation Corn was in full swing.  I was often on the husking and silk removing crew while my mom, sister, and grandma were in the kitchen cutting, cooking, and baging the corn.  One year when my sister was no longer home, my mom decided to promote me to kitchen crew.  It wasn't many hours after this "promotion" that I found out that my mom and dad decided that they were going to leave to celebrate their anniversary.  At the time, I wasn't overly happy about the kitchen crew being reduced to Grandma and I  but now it is a special memory of mine.  My grandma passed away in April 2010.  I am thankful that there are so many different things thoughout my life that make me think of her and all of the things that we did together.

So this picture isn't from my corn slaving days but I did want to post a picture of my Grandma Tollefson that we took at my brother's wedding in November 2010.

HELPFUL HINT:  To help take the silks off a corn after taking the husks off, take a clean kitchen hand towel and rub the cob against it.  The silks will stick in the towel - it works pretty well but there are usually still a couple of stuborn silks that you will have to pick off.  (Make sure you pick a kitchen towel that has fuzzies on it like your bathroom hand towel - that is what grabs the silks.  A kitchen flour sack towel will not work - there is nothing for the silks to get caught in.)


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Favorite Website - www.mixbook.com

I have to admit that I waste a decent amount of time on facebook BUT I do love the variety of information I receive from it.  One of my friends had posted about how much they loved this mixbook site and that it was soo much better Shutterfly. 

I have been a HUGE fan of Shutterfly for over 4 years and I thought I wouldn't find a site that I would like better especially since they came out with their new custom path books.  However, I was wrong - Shutterfly you are dead to me (well not really but when it comes to making books you are). 

I LOVE mixbook (http://www.mixbook.com/).  There are just some of the reasons why I have fallen madly in love with this site:

1. Like Shutterfly you can work on your book on any computer as along as you have internet access
2. I don't have to upload my pictures.  Mixbook allows me to sync with my Picasa, saving me a lot of time.
3. Mixbook has lots of awesome selection of background pages, stickers, and fonts to choose from.  Not only does mixbook have a nice selection but you can resize, change the color, mess with opacity, and many other things to make it just the way you want it. 
4. Mixbook also has piles of predesigned themes and pages so you can just drop in photos and add text in case you aren't feeling overly creative.

I guess if you are looking to make a photobook online in the near future I would checkout this site if you have never used it before.  I have ordered my first photobook from the site and it is currently in the mail on its way to me - I can't wait to receive it!

Crawling

Anna has been crawling for a week which means life in our household is going to one in motion.  It is fun to see Anna grow but now I realize that I need to step up when it comes to cleaning the house.  The other night she spent at least 10 minutes underneath the couch making friends with the family of dust bunnies that have been hanging out there for at least a month.  As you can see in the background of the picture, she has lots of toys to play with but she now perfers to find everything I don't want her to put in her mouth.  I have thought about creating some swiffer mittens and swiffer knee pads in hopes of taking control of the dust bunny situation.

Trying Something New

So I guess that I have decided to give blogging a try.  I don't have very high expectations for my blog but I will see what transpires.  I apologize ahead of time for all of my future misspellings and future sentences that might not make any sense.  Often what I think I am typing and actually typing end up being completely two different things.  Oh well, here is to trying something new!