Archive | January, 2012

DIY Portable Photobooth

30 Jan

My friend and I teamed up to make a photobooth for our friends’ wedding reception.  We used the instructions found here.  The tutorial also has a link to the website we bought the three and four-way joints.  I looked at many home improvement stores and even plumbing stores, and could not find the four-way joints.

Here is a picture of the cut pieces of PVC pipe:

We assembled it to make sure it was going to work before we moved on to spray paint the pieces and sew the curtain that would go outside the entire frame.

Next my friend spray painted all the pieces.  He took everything apart, but he suggested leaving it assembled and just spray painting it as it is because he had some trouble getting some of the pipes to fit back into the joints because of the spray paint.

It took about 10 yards of fabric to make the curtain that hung around most of the frame.

Here is Joe pinning the panels together before he sewed them.

He then clamped the panels up on the frame to make sure they would go around the frame and that they were long enough.

I bought some satin ribbon, cut it into four-inch pieces and sewed the top and bottom of the ribbon to the top of the big curtain.

This is me fake smiling.  I was so fed up with the machine bunching up the bottom thread every time I back-stitched.

I used a hot pink piece of fabric to let people know where to enter.  I also sewed loops on the fabric to hang it.

I would suggest using spray paint made for plastic if you want to spray paint the pipes like we did.  We had a lot of scratches on the pipes by the time we finished setting up.  😦

I bought a pair of clamp lights from Lowe’s to light the booth.  We only ended up using one light.

You can see the tabs that hold up the curtain in the picture too.

Overall, it was a pretty easy project.  The only time-consuming part was the sewing, but that is probably because we are both novices.  The software I used, Sparkbooth, can also be set up to take pictures with a DSLR (only Canon).  I have a Nikon, so we had to use a webcam.


Rosette Banner Sneak Peek

27 Jan

I’m working on a banner for a friend, and I’m getting excited about how it’s turning out.   Here is a sneak peek of what I’m working on:

Magnetic Medicine Cabinet Makeover

26 Jan

So I was perusing the internet during class yesterday, and saw an idea for a magnetic board for your makeup.  It was a magnetic sheet covered in fabric and the makeup had magnets glued on it.  I was all set to make a magnetic board with fabric and a frame, but when I came home I realized my old “vintage” medicine cabinet is actually made of metal!! I stuck some magnetic tape that I had lying around onto some of my makeup but that was not strong enough.  I had to wait until today, and I scurried to Wal-Mart during my lunch break to buy some magnet “buttons”.  The cashier asked me if I was working on crafts, and when I told her what I was scheming, she looked at me like I was a genius.  Lady I had the same look on my face yesterday when I came across the idea.

I started working on my project as soon as I got home.  I should have been reading for my classes I have to go to later this evening, but who cares about school anyway!  People that take law school seriously have issues.

Here is what the package of magnets looks like in case you were wondering:

52 buttons!!!! I can hardly contain myself!  (FYI-I’m mocking the person that added an exclamation point to a package of magnets.)

My makeup before I magnetized it:

My makeup after:

Here is my medicine cabinet before its makeover:

Please don’t judge me.  I already know I’m a pig.

My makeup was constantly on the precarious brink of taking a four-foot tumble onto the floor.  I lost quite a few eye shadows and blushes to that cabinet.  But my days of powdery messes are (hopefully) over!


I even put an empty magnet on the side of the cabinet to catch those random clips and bobby pins that my cat likes to swat off the counter.

I also used a little of the magnet tape to glue on my tweezers to keep them from getting lost.  I need to keep those pesky stray white eyebrows in check at all times!

I still need a lot more organizing to do in that bathroom, but nonetheless, this felt like a small victory in my never-ending battle with clutter.

Capture Your 365 + 1: Folded

17 Jan

Today’s prompt is folded, and nothing has more folds than a wrinkly sphynx kitty!  With the amount of cat related posts on here, I feel like I am making myself out to be some crazy cat lady that spies on the neighborhood kids and yells at them when they step on my lawn, but I swear I’m not!  I actually have discovered that I’m not a cat person, but I keep her around because my boyfriend absolutely loves her.  (I might be more fond of her than I let on as well.)

Here she is in all her creepy glory.

Capture Your 365 + 1: Defined

15 Jan


I have been going to the local dog warden’s office on the weekend to photograph the dogs that are available for adoption.  What strikes me the most, is the love and affection that these dogs show towards any person.  These dogs have been through so much, in many cases abused or neglected by their owners, that it always amazes me the trust and gratitude they show.  For me, these dogs define unconditional love.

Here are some of my favorites from yesterday:





DIY Printables on Picnik

13 Jan

I discovered this tutorial about how to make your own printable using Picnik.  It will be something I will add to my arsenal of activities to help me procrastinate.  Not that I needed any more, but variety is the spice of life as they say.

I am helping my friend decorate her last wedding reception.  Yes, I said last.  The girl has gotten more married to one person than anyone I know.  Two ceremonies, two dresses and two receptions.   I guess if you have to spend the rest of your life with one person, you might as well go out with a bang, or two.  🙂

She is understandably on a budget, so there are a ton of projects that we I want to make.  I will have more posts on all those projects in the future.  I used Picnik to create several versions of the couple’s monogram that I plan on using (if the bride likes it).  Is it still called a monogram if it is just the initial of your last name?  That doesn’t sound right, but let’s go with monogram for the sake of simplicity.

This is option 1:

Option 2:

Option 3:

Option 4:Option 5:

I have no idea if she will like any of them, but if she doesn’t they can be edited very easily.  I hope you try this awesome free program and would love to see what you come up with!

Framed by a Doorway

6 Jan

Today’s prompt is framed by a doorway.  As soon as I read this, I thought of my sphynx Valley.  More specifically, I thought of Valley when she, um, relieves herself, and how funny I think she looks framed by her litter box.  I stalked her all day trying to capture that magical moment when she puts her two front paws on the edge of the box and sticks her head out.

Alas, she was onto me and ran out of the box every time she saw me approach.  All I was able to capture was her giving me the stink eye from her litter box.

Baby Shower Virgin No More!

6 Jan

Over the winter break I hosted my first baby shower ever.  My family and I had a small baby shower for my brother and his fiancé, and since the baby’s sex is still unknown, we settled on a rainbow palette with a button theme.  I would have liked more time (and money) to prepare, but you don’t always get what you want.  I also had finals and Christmas shopping to worry about, so needless to say I was preeeety stressed these past few weeks.

After picking a color palette and theme, I designed some invitations on Publisher.  I had planned on sending the invites out in a postcard, but after I printed them out, I was not satisfied with the result. 

My mother also informed me that she would be handing out most of the invitations, so I decided to doctor them up since I would not have to worry about mailing them.  Here is what I came up with for the invitations that were hand-delivered:

It has the original postcard invitation inside the envelope, and a real button on the upper right hand corner.  The invitations that I mailed out had a paper button instead.   The colors aren’t exactly rainbow-hued, but I couldn’t find any paper pads that were appropriately rainbow-colored.

As for the decorations for the shower, I knew I wouldn’t find anything in my color palette or theme, so I had to make everything myself.  I used my Cricut for most of it, and it really made me wish I had the Expression instead of the Create.  If I had to do another shower like this, I would definitely invest the $250 and buy the bigger machine.  I think $250 isn’t much to pay for the sake of my sanity.

The banner I made (I have a previous post with the full banner) says “Cute as a Button”.  In retrospect I would have only put two holes in the “button” circles instead of the four I used, because they sort of look like bowling balls!  It bugged me to no end every time I looked at it.

I made my first diaper cake, and it too, could have turned out better, but what can I say, diaper cakes are not my thing.  It will hopefully be the first and last diaper cake I make.

Those eyeball looking things were supposed to be flowers.  Yeah, fail on the flowers.

My mom made the huge button at the top of the cake with some type of homemade clay/dough.  It is made with cornstarch, glue and vaseline and it hardens with time.  The letters on the button were a biotch to get off the page they came on.  Each little crystal is glued to the next, so if you pulled too hard you could say sayonara to the letter.

My mother also made the favors, which were decorated cookies.  These cookies gave my mother palpitations because the royal icing just would not dry.  The icing dried for a day, yet was still tacky to the touch.  We put fans on them, used a blow dryer (on the cool setting of course) but nothing would get the tackiness to go away.  In the end, my mom dipped them in sugar and we were able to package them without ruining the bag or the cookie.

I made the tags to close the bags with (I also have a previous post on them), and my lovely friend Bree helped me put the embroidery floss and buttons on them.

I also made some mint matchbooks to go on the favor table.

The back of the matchbooks said “Thank you for celebrating with us.   It “mint” a lot to us.”  Nothing like a corny pun to celebrate new life. 🙂

My mom’s friend was nice enough to make chocolate covered Oreos.  These were really yummy!

Here is the gift table:

I made the card “box” which was really just a basket with a “Cards” sign stuck in it.  My boyfriend called it the “Carlos” box because he kept thinking that is what it said.

I also made some “Well Wishes for Baby” and “Advice for the Parents To Be” cards for the guests to fill out.  I will bind the responses into a book for the parents to be.  If I ever procreate, I want someone to do this for me because you get some really touching and hilarious responses from your guests.  I will post about the finished product when I finish it…hopefully before the baby is born.

Here are the tables with the centerpieces and button confetti on them:

We had guests use the buttons we scattered on the tables as bingo markers.  Thankfully, nobody hurled buttons at anybody else as I had feared.

My friend Marisa was nice enough to lend us her mom’s custom-made cupcake stands, and help me set up the cupcakes.

I did not have any ribbon that was wide enough to replace the polka-dotted ribbon, but I still like the look of the whole thing.

All in all, it was great to see friends we had not seen in years.  My childhood friend was able to stop by and she brought her newly hatched son!  She graciously let my brother practice his daddy skills and carry little Jaxson:

Too bad he didn’t need a diaper change because I’m sure my brother could have used the practice!

Capturing Your 365 + 1

5 Jan

I came across this site today and decided Capturing Your 365 had my name written all over it!  I would love to improve my photography skills and capture those small moments that happen everyday.  Oftentimes there are things that I see and want to photograph for whatever reason, and I don’t because it would just cause more clutter on my computer.  This project creates a focus and direction for all those moments.  I’ve missed the first four days, but I’m not going to lose sleep over it.  Which leads me to another plus about this project.  Capturing Your 365 offers flexibility that greatly appealed to my committment-phobic ass.

Today’s prompt is Resolve.  I immediately thought that I wanted to resolve to be: neater, cleaner, nicer, less stressed, watch less TV, be more organized, scrapbook more, read more, study more, exercise…  Thinking of the never-ending list of things that I could resolve to do better or improve on left me feeling kinda deficient.  As I was taking pictures of my messy apartment, I caught sight of this:


I wrote this on my chalkboard because it is a reminder I need on a frequent basis.  As a perfectionist, I am plagued by the thought that things are never good enough.  They might be adequate, but never as good as I pictured them in my mind.  I think perfectionism is one of the things that most drains my energy and more importantly, my happiness.  So I resolve to be happier and enjoy life to the fullest.  That’s it.   Happiness.

Faux Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

4 Jan

I desperately needed a break from the baby shower madness that has consumed my life, so instead of doing something productive, like clean the pigsty I call home, I decided instead to do something crafty.  I know, big surprise.  I knew I wanted to make my boyfriend’s niece a birthday card since we are going to her birthday party today.   I made her a castle shaped card on my Cricut, but like many things in my life, it did not turn out as expected.  It ended up being about two inches wide by three inches tall.  Waaay too small, even for a four-year old.  So it’s going to be a gift tag instead.


To make up for the inadequacy of my birthday card, I decided the birthday girl needed a tiara.  I mean, what girl doesn’t need a tiara, especially on her birthday?  I cut out all the pieces for the tiara on my Cricut, and as I was about to put the faux paper jewels on it, I remembered my secret stash of real faux jewels and used those instead of the crappy paper jewels I was going to use.

Once again I apologize for the lighting, but there is only so much light available during the winter months in northwest Ohio.  Bleh!  I really like the end result, and I hope the birthday girl does to.  If she doesn’t then tant pis, as the French would say.  I’ll just keep it for myself, and wear it when the tiara wearing mood strikes me.

PS.  Tant pis = oh well

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