Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pinterest Inspiration: July 2012

It is hard to believe it is already July 31st and tomorrow begins the last summer month.
With all the summer heat and constant things to do housework and fun, there is still time to fit in some inspiration. Whether that inspiration is just nice to look at or going into the "to-do" file, here are my favorites for the month of July from the world of Pinterest. 
 

really enjoy the herringbone barn board island with white counters. sarah 101 by sarah richardson. i swear if i ever meet her i will gush.

 

oh just pack these shelves up and send them to me (or I'll build them somehow)

 

would love to try this. sure beats the alternative price tag.


 

my annie sloan dark wax just arrived for me to try this dresser makeover from my sweet savannah
 

beautiful pool and backyard
 

ahh more shelves. do you feel ideas brewing?
   


 

this room has the feel, colour, look i am loving right now.

Do you have some favourite inspirations right now that you keep going back to?


 
Check out my Pinterest account (click on the icon in the sidebar) for source information of each picture.

Have a great last day of July

Meg

Friday, July 27, 2012

Adding a little white

If you follow me on pinterest, you know I have been scoping out china cabinets that have had their insides painted white. It just seemed to make everything inside the cabinet pop with sparkle. I like alot!
I couldn't make the decision quite yet to take the plunge and paint the whole inside of the cabinet so, anaglypta wallpaper it was. I had leftovers of this hanging around so this project was also free. I like this alot too!
I cut the paper to the size of the 3 shelves and used clear push pins to hold in each corner.
 

TA DA!
 


you can make out the pattern of the wallpaper in this shot. looks like tin ceiling.

 

before the wallpaper. the glasses just sort of fade away.


Maybe 1 day I will get up the nerve to paint but, for now I am happy with this turnout. I also, as an added bonus got all the glassware washed in 1 dishwasher load while it was emptied out anyways. Two birds with one stone.

Have a good night

Meg

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tutorial: Make your own social media icons

Well I think I read every web page out there trying to make my own social media icons to look cohesive and not red ( sorry pinterest) After many yelling at my computer screen sessions and head scratching, I finally got it. First, if you really don't want to make them but still want a matching set, you can purchase them on sites like etsy from graphic designers and install them. Skip down to the end of the post where there are instructions for installing into your sidebar.

I currently don't have any fancy photo programs ( working on that soon) but for now I used Picasa and GIMP. Both of these programs can be downloaded for free on the internet.

If you want the background of your icons to be a picture or specific background you start with Picasa. Import the picture into Picasa, "fix" to your liking with the different tools. Export the picture (file, export) and change the pixels to a lower number. I used 500 because this image was going to be so small.

Here is what I started with: a closeup of old barn board


Open GIMP and select File and then new.
The program will now ask for your image size, I selected 150x40 pixels in a landscape view (tree icon going horizontal). A new box will pop up and you are on your way.
In the window that popped up  you will now select file and open. (choose your picture) [you could also use a solid colour background at this point with the fill button(can dumping paint) in the toolbox and skip the next few steps]



 your picture will pop up in a new window, we are now going to scale your background down so it will fit in your icon space and not look blurry. pick layer and then scale layer.


 you will enter in your largest pixel from your previous selection, in this case 150 and hit tab which will have GIMP fix your background size itself. Choose scale and you will see your image shrink.


you now want to have your image move into your icons box space. click on the top of your picture box; push ctrl x, click the box where the icon will end up and then ctrl v. your picture will remove itself from one box and fit itself into the other. this creates a "layer" which should pop up in the toolbox.


Time to add text to your icon or the icons from each site if you have them. In the toolbox push the capitol A. You can now choose your font, size, colour etc. Your text may not be exactly centered as you enter it but you can slide the box around until it looks right to you.

 

 You are now ready to save your image and then install.

 when you go to save, you will have to choose your file extension ie. jpeg


and then export it and then hit save again.

Install your icon on your blog.
This part took me a while because all the websites said you need to host your image and get the direct link, like all people should know how to do this. Photobucket is a website that is free to use and gives your newly made icon a link. Sign up and upload your image to an album.
The next part cannot be explained by me any better than this YouTube video I found can so here you go:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=I6LGZNyTz1c

You're done! I think mine turned out snazzy and match my style.

I hope this helps and makes sense. Good Luck and throwing your computer into a lake or pool cannot be undone so.......

Meg

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Demijohn obsession

I love green glass. Specifically if it used to hold vast quantities of wine.
I have many demijohns and they add to rustic decor we have going. (excuse I use to bring more of them home) Currently looking for wicker wrapped versions and french versions that aren't priced into outer space and beyond.

i moved a few things around in the dining room and now this demijohn has a home on an antique white chair



some more green glass. i think the 1 on the right was for whiskey not wine but, don't tell.




Do you collect anything that you just keep bringing more home? The great thing about demijohns is many people are just giving them away. free!! nothing i like better!

Have a great day,

Meg

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Etsy Update

Just a quick note to say some goodies have been added to my etsy shop and some others have been relisted now that our summer vacation is over with ( insert sad face here)
 
these vintage warehouse baskets are an amazing greige colour. don't you doubt i kept a bunch for me!


A few more of the goodies:
 




Have a good one,

Meg

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Zucchini Explosion 2012


 My oh my! 1 week away and the ity bity zucchini I left at home had a steroid injection.
We are busy shredding and freezing using this technique so we can enjoy zucchini bread all winter long and dream of hot summer days. 

 


Have a great day in the sunshine and vegetable garden

Meg

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Still connected but far away


Sorry for the lack of posting this week. We are taking a much needed break.
Still connected and reading but, a little less creating right now.
I am working on my social media icons in the sidebar and once I finally figure it out, there will be a tutorial for all the other like minded non-html coders. 

Must fit in time for swimming, fishing, and er.... some drinking.
 


even Milo is taking a break. quite a few of them quite frankly.

See you soon!

Have a great day

Meg

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Vegetable Garden Spruce up

What to do when ones husband is out of town?
Hook up the trailer and grab a load of mulch and landscape fabric for a vegetable garden spruce up of course.

BEFORE:
 


AFTER:
looks like 1 space now instead of 4. (main reason for this idea; 1 less area for me to have to pull start the handmower and cut in between each square)
 

Love the feeling of growing my own food. The zucchini are exploding out of the garden. I am already fillling the freezer with zucchini bread. This recipe from Stone Gable is great!

Have a great day

Meg

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Laundry Love

I have never wanted to do laundry so much ever. I waited somewhat patiently for this wall mount laundry dryer to go on sale for 3 months at Canadian Tire as, the regular price was slightly more than I wanted to spend. This dryer made by Brabantia (nobody asked me to write this post, I just wanted to pass on some info for other laundry crazed individuals) is permanently fixed to the brick wall but folds away completely when not in use. That means no giant clothesline crossing the yard and no twirly-gig to cut grass around.
A great addition to our Outdoor Room
I'm in love. I just have to find someone to fold and put away the clothes now.



nice and neat.

Have a great day

Meg