While I was on a roll with redoing my living room coffee table, I thought I’d tackle another DIY project in my home I’d been wanting to get at for a while – our kitchen table! If you didn’t already know, I moved into my grandmother’s apartment after she passed away. This was a lifesaving arrangement for me, in my early twenties and just out of college with not much of a budget, as the place was already furnished. The downside? Most of the furniture was, as I’m sure you can guess, not the most up to date. The kitchen table is a perfect example.
Last week was a bit of a mini whirlwind for me! For starters, I got struck by a surprise cold which kept me in bed, and my motivation to do anything productive well beyond arm’s reach.
It was also mine and my boyfriend’s 2 year anniversary of being a couple on the 1st of the month. Luckily it was also his week-long break from school, so we actually got to spend it together! We didn’t really plan anything special though, in typical us fashion. But we DID get to take advantage of the surprise snowfall that hit us rather intensely last week as well.
We are lucky enough to live a 5 minute walk away from the largest park in the city, so we often go for walks through there. But there was something even more special about it right after the fresh snowfall. Of course, being me, I can never turn my blogger brain off, even while on a “date.” Knowing that this would make for a brilliant photo-op, I grabbed my camera before we left and got some gorgeous nature shots! I’ve been posting some of these shots sporadically on my Instagram as well, so if you follow me over there (which you should!) you may have seen some of them already!
I’m super excited to have been nominated for a Liebster award by Shannon over at Ketchum Kitchen! Thanks Shannon! She runs a fantastic recipe blog and has THE most adorable puppy! Run over there and give her some love!!
If you’ve never heard of the Leibster Award, the rules for when you are nominated are simple: Answer the 11 questions provided to you by your nominator (and thank and link back to them of course!), then nominate 11 MORE bloggers with fewer than 1000 followers, and come up with 11 questions for them to answer!
I love the look of hand lettering so much, and it seems to be really popular lately in the graphic design world, making appearances in website layouts, event invitations, posters, advertisements, and more! Maybe you’re really skilled at hand-lettering (I envy you!) or have an idea for a piece that utilizes it, but aren’t sure how to make it digital to post to places like Instagram, Pinterest, or to use in other projects? I’m going to share the method I use to not only digitize your hand-written pieces, but also make them much more versatile so that they can be used in a multitude of projects! Once you get the hang of it, this method can be used for images as well, not just lettering!
I use Adobe Illustrator for this process. The reason is because Illustrator is a vector-based program. That just means that illustrator works with shapes created by algorithms, rather than individual pixels, like Photoshop. Because of this, you can resize, reshape, recolour, and just generally have MUCH more control with how you edit your text in the end! You can also resize it as much as you like, and not have it become grainy or pixellated.
Smart phones like the iPhone these days are getting more and more equipped with everything we could possibly need and more. Now, that list includes our fancy cameras. Pretty much every current model of smart phone on the market has a very capable camera equipped for those days when you just don’t feel like lugging around your DSLR bag. If you do own a DSLR, and you’re anything like me, it took you a while to get used to, but you probably wouldn’t ever dream of shooting without it. Well, thankfully, smartphones are catching up. And while they may not have all the bells and whistles that most DSLRs have, they can certainly pack quite a punch with the right set of skills and know-how.
However, even the fanciest camera is capable of taking the crappiest photo without said skills. So I have gathered some tips on how to get the most out your iPhone (or other smart phone)’s camera.
It’s no question that the smart phone and/or tablet has become a staple in virtually everyone’s life. And with so many different apps available, there’s not much left that you CAN’T do with your phone! Particularly as someone who now owns and operates a little slice of the world wide web, I am often glued to my phone and/or iPad. In fact, when you think about it, it’s quite scary how dependent on these forms of technology we’ve all become. I remember getting my first iPhone for my 19th birthday, and only a few weeks later thinking, “How the heck did I ever live without this thing?!” Having to print out maps to take with you on the go, lugging a DSLR camera around with you anytime you wanted to take a decent photo, even just having to press the 7 key *4* times if you wanted to type an s! These were all common everyday occurrences before smart technology entered out lives. Kids today will never know the struggle…
But I digress, addicted I am, and addicted I will stay! I don’t like to have a crowded phone/tablet, so I don’t have too many apps on my devices. But there are a select few which have become my holy grails that I find myself going back to time and time again! I’m going to share a couple of those apps with you in this list.