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brown paper packages: January 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

{tutorial} how to install fonts

I've had a lot of questions about downloading and installing fonts, so I wanted to address some of your questions, and offer a step-by-step tutorial so you can take advantage of all the fabulous fonts out there.  You can totally do this--once you've got it down, you'll be downloading them left and right. :) Since I have Windows 7, that's what my tutorial will be for, but I'm also including info for those of you that may not have that operating system.
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{favorite fonts}

I'm addicted to fonts, lol.  Here are a few more of my favorites...

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Click on the links below to download!


Monday, January 30, 2012

{pantry chalkboard}

I like to keep lists of just about everything. Okay, everything.☺ The majority of my lists are kept only by me, but the grocery list is one that my husband contributes to, and even my oldest son.  The problem was that I usually kept it near my desk,  but somehow the items that they wanted or needed  to be replaced never got on the list.  I decided that it needed to be moved to a spot much closer to the food. 

What better place than the pantry door? I knew I wanted a chalkboard, and I wanted it to be framed, but I didn't want anything hanging on the door. Our doors have a square cutout at the top of the door, so I decided to put the chalkboard inside the square, and use molding to frame the outside. Practical and cute?  Love it.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

{charmed, i'm sure}

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

{photography with lei} valentine ideas + free printables

Love is in the air, and there are many fun ways to capture that in your photos.  I've found a few great ideas I've spotlighted here, as well as one of my own.  AND I've got a link to some fun *free* downloads from I Heart Faces, too.

If you've been on Pinterest lately then surely you've seen this great idea:

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Monday, January 23, 2012

{sweets for the sweet} layered candy mason jars

Do you have someone sweet in your life you'd like to give a little something sweet to?

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Friday, January 20, 2012

{tutorial} board & batten

Our home was new when we moved into it almost 4 years ago, and as wonderful as a new house is (totally not complaining), I have found myself having feelings of jealousy when I would see really great makeover projects.

Well, the time finally came when I was ready to change my red music room into an office and library. I wanted to lighten things up a little! Board & batten was one of those things I had been wanting to do forever, but I just hadn't been able to justify it on a new house--until now.  I absolutely love it, and I can't believe HOW MUCH bigger it looks!


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

{stained glass heart cookies}

Sugar cookies are my absolute favorite--especially when they are topped with lots of yummy frosting. These cookies are so cute, and so much fun to make, that I'm glad I deviated from the frosting--at least this once. :)

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Monday, January 16, 2012

{simple valentine's day front door decor}

I love a cute front door.  It welcomes everyone to your home, even the people that are just driving by!  

One of my favorite things to do for each holiday or season that comes along, is to change the vinyl greeting. It's such a simple thing, but really adds such a fun touch.  
 
 
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Friday, January 13, 2012

{friday freebie} valentine's day bingo

The ever talented Heather from Simply Fresh Designs created the most darling Valentine's Day bingo game...and it's free!  

It's perfect for home or for school...great for classroom parties. Love it!


(includes 6 .jpg playing boards, 1 .jpg game piece sheet,
plus all 5×7 images formatted in a 8.5×11 pdf document for easy home-printing)

kierste

Thursday, January 12, 2012

{photography with lei} working in photoshop: brightening eyes

Hello friends... hope everyone had fabulous holidays, and took lots of great photos.  If you've emailed me and I haven't had a chance to respond yet, please forgive me!  I took a few weeks off and am still playing catch-up!

Today we're going to delve a bit into photoshop.  For those of you who don't have photoshop, you might try GIMP.  I haven't ever used it but I hear it is pretty dang good, similar to photoshop and FREE.  Check it out HERE.

We're going to be brightening the eyes today, so find yourself a nice headshot to work with.  Here's mine:

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

{heart bunting countdown}

I just love Valentine's Day, and I have really been wanting a few more decorations for my house.  When Lifestyle Crafts send me a couple of items from their newly released Sweetheart line,  it gave me the perfect opportunity to create a darling heart bunting for my mantel, and a fun Valentine countdown to enjoy with my kids at the same time.


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Monday, January 9, 2012

{alphabet love block}

 I love 2x4's.  They are seriously one of my favorite things. :)  This past week I made a simple alphabet love block--SO fast, easy, and darling! 

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Friday, January 6, 2012

{chunky abc blocks}

Happy Day!  It's Friday! Hopefully today not every single DVD and video we own will be emptied from the drawers, and from their cases, and dumped on the floor by two darling boys---like yesterday.  Yes, it's good it's the weekend...

I'm so excited about this project--these chunky abc blocks are so much fun!  My girls are 5 years old, and in the early stages of reading, writing, and spelling.  I really wanted to make them something to help put words together, and highlight uppercase and lowercase letters.  My boys are 2 years old, and with their little hands, these chunky letters are perfect--they can easily grasp them in their hands.  They are heavy duty--and will hold up to a lot of use. Magnet strips can be placed on the back, and since they're flat, they can be played with on the floor, or on a magnet board.  A cookie sheet is a really fun way to use them, and contain them--great for trips in the car.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

{christmas memories binder}

We finally took down our Christmas decorations yesterday.  I think I was in denial that Christmas was really over--I just wasn't ready.  I wish I could leave my tree up all year long--I love it.  Some of my other favorite things to look at during the holiday season are all the Christmas cards we receive from family and friends.

I started a Christmas memories binder about 10 years ago, and it has been so fun to look back through the years and see how people have changed and families have grown, including our own. This year we outgrew the original binder, and it was finally time to start another one.  


If you're looking for a way to keep your Christmas cards organized, and have a place to record favorite Christmas memories, you are going to love this project! It doesn't take long to do, and your efforts will last a lifetime and more.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

{winner} Silhouette Cameo

I can't tell you how much I wish I could give away 1,000 of these!  There is one lucky winner today though, so a HUGE congrats goes to...

#1680, Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com!

The winner has been notified via e-mail.  Please let me hear from you within 48 hours, or another winner will be selected!


{calendar blocks}

I made these calendar blocks last year, and thought they were so fun I wanted to share them again!  They fit perfectly on a desk, shelf, counter, ledge, table, or anywhere else you would like them to go, and it's darling way to count the days of the month.  



What a great gift too--for a teacher, for a wedding, housewarming, or more!

Click HERE for the tutorial!

P.S.  There are only a a few hours to enter to win the Silhouette Cameo!   Don't forget that the promo will still go through the 5th--you can get a Cameo + Fabric Ink started kit for $299, using the code BPP at checkout.  If you already have a Silhouette, you can get 20% off the kit using the same code!


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Monday, January 2, 2012

{$6 welcome mat}

I have been in need of a new welcome mat for quite awhile.  The one that has been on my front porch was a sad little thing--a remnant of carpet from when we first moved into our house almost four years ago.  When I received a Silhouette fabric ink starter kit to try out, I considered it providence, and knew just what I needed  wanted to do.

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