I Am Pleased To Introduce The Epic Violinist… Lindsey Stirling!

A friend sent me this link the other day and I had to share it.

Make sure you check out her YouTube Channel and her Webpage for more videos and pictures.

 “I’ve played the violin for 18 years and I have done everything from playing church music as a Mormon missionary to playing hip hop on national TV. I absolutely LOVE to perform and more than anything I want to be a positive role model for teenage girls. Through my unique style of playing, I want to prove that you don’t have to conform to be accepted. The greatest Value comes from loving yourself for who you are.”

Video courtesy of Lindseystomp Channel on YouTube

Repurposed Magnet Board

Hello all! I found this post on Heather’s/Wipper Berry’s website and loved it. Unfortunately, I do not think I have room in my apartment to attempt this. So, I thought I would share it with everyone and give you the chance to try it if you would like.  Please check out Heather’s Blog for more fun ideas.

Designer Envelopes


Designer Envelopes!

These are the coolest envelopes I’ve ever made! I was pretty excited about them.


Things you will need:

  • Scrapbook paper- I used heavy paper but you could get away with regular weight.  Also, you can find the paper at Michael’s in individual sheets or in large packs.
  • Hot melt glue
  • Exacto knife
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil (with an eraser)


Step 1:

Use your ruler and pencil to make an outline of an envelope on the designed side of  your scrapbook paper.

I’m not going to lie, I unfolded a standard mailing envelope to  get the dimensions I needed and tweaked them to my liking. Mine looks something like this.



Step 2:

Use your scissors to cut around the outline.



Step 3:

This part is important! Make sure your paper is laying with the designed side facing you (unlike my picture).

If you are using heavy paper: Line your ruler up along one of the inner lines you’ve make with your pencil. Use the ruler as a guide and very lightly score the line with your exacto knife. Continue to do this with all other lines. When you finish you should be able to fold the flaps (toward the undesigned side) without them tearing.

If you are using regular weighted paper just fold on the lines (toward the plain side of your paper). Don’t bother cutting with your exacto knife.

*At this point you can customize your envelope. I rounded the top corners of my side flaps to mimic the curve of the top flap.



Step 4:

Fold the bottom half up and hot melt glue the side flaps to it.

There, you have made your first envelope! The process is kind of addicting… as you can see I made several envelopes.



Hopefully you enjoyed it. Happy cutting 🙂


A Holiday Gift For Your Favorite Teacher!

This girl always has something interesting going on.  She had a great idea for any teacher’s holiday present!

Check it out:  www.pluckymomo.com/2010/12/tutorial-teacher-gift-clock.html/

With my oldest daughter, Ella, beginning Kindergarten this year I have now entered the world of Teacher Gifts.  I went in search of a cute, practical and personalized Teacher Gift for the bestest Kindergarten teacher in PA, Mrs. Herman.  And this is what I came up with.Finish this cute, personalized clock in under an hour.  And for around $10 and it will be sure to be a standout among the gift cards and pencil boxes that teachers always receive!

– 1 small clock (these cost under $4 at Wal*Mart….bargain!)
– hot glue gun
– various small school supplies (check out Dollar stores for great deals!
Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop
– white 8.5×11″ cardstock paper
– home computer printer
– glue stick
– scissors
– ruler
– bowl or other round object with an 8″ diameter
– pencil
– wire cutters
– very small phillips head screwdriver

1. Download LIFE LESSONS font from http://www.dafont.com/
2. Print clock face onto cardstock using the following instructions…

Adobe Photoshop

1. Create a new 8.5×11″ canvas.
2. Start a new text layer.  Choose LIFE LESSONS from your font options.
3. Click on this small icon along the top toolbar.

4. This box will appear.  Highlight the top box and type 55 in.  Highlight the lower box and type 50 in.

5. Leave a 1 inch border along the top and bottom of your page.  Starting at the top of your page type spaces using the space bar all along the width.  This will make the practice lines appear.  Make sure to not leave a margin…type all the way to the edges of the page.
6. On the fourth line type MR., MRS. or MISS.  Put spaces on either side of the word until it is centered.  Then space bar three more blank lines.  On the eight line down type the teacher’s last name.  Put spaces on either side of the word until it is centered.
7. Type three more blank lines and Print onto 8.5×11″ cardstock.  Even if your program sends an error message saying some of your text is outside of the printing area, just click okay and continue to print.

Microsoft Word

1. Create a new 8.5×11″ document.
2. Click PAGE LAYOUT > MARGINS > and make top and bottom margins 1″ and left and right margins .5″)
3. Choose LIFE LESSONS from your font options and center your text.

5. Under LINE SPACING choose EXACTLY and under AT change it to 55 pt.

6. Starting at the top of your page type spaces using the space bar all along the width. This will make the practice lines appear. Make sure to not leave a margin…type all the way to the edges of the page.
7. On the fourth line type MR., MRS. or MISS. Put spaces on either side of the word until it is centered. Then space bar three more blank lines. On the eight line down type the teacher’s last name. Put spaces on either side of the word until it is centered.
8. Type three more blank lines and Print onto 8.5×11″ cardstock. Even if your program sends an error message saying some of your text is outside of the printing area, just click okay and continue to print.

2. Turn clock over and use small screwdriver to remove the 6 small screws.  Place these screws in a small dish.  Remove black outer ring and glass. Set aside.

3. Gently pull up to remove hands of the clock.  With wire cutters, trim the different clock hands to the following measurements…Hour hand to 1.5″ long, Minute hand to 2.5″ long and remove both sides of Seconds hand to leave just a small red circle.  Place trimmed hands in same bowl as small screws. Set aside.

4. Trace 8″ circle onto printed cardstock sheet. You can do this by using a circle cutter, finding a bowl which is 8″ across or by tracing around the glass included with the clock and then trimming it 1/4″ inside the trace lines.

5. Place paper on top of clock face, making sure it is centered and gently press down on the mechanism which holds the clock hands, making an indentation. Then use scissors to cut a hole large enough to go around hands mechanism.

6. Place in clock face to make sure you have the correct fit. Then, turn over and use gluestick to cover back of cardstock. Press onto clock face, making sure to keep “12” at the top of the clock. (you’ll notice that there is a round nail hole where you took the screws out of at the top of the clock to help you orient it correctly).

7.Starting at noon, place your small school supplies around the clock face until they are organized the way you want them. Make sure to vary colors and material (put plastic next to metal clips and pink eraser next to blue push pins, etc).
8. Remove your items and lay them next to your clock in the order they were on your clock face. Now, use a hot glue gun to glue down your school supplies, gluing down in this order…12, 6, 3 and 9. Then fill in the gaps in between those points. When using groups of items, like paperclips, I simply laid down a blob of glue and quickly arranged a pile of the items on top.

9. Now replace the hands of the clock, putting the red dot on top. Don’t worry about not putting them on in the correct order, they should only fit on in the correct order.

10. Clean glass and then handle carefully to replace glass and screws.

You’re finished! Wrap up and gift to your child’s teacher (it would be nice to include the AA battery required).

Note: I used a red rimmed clock and then regretted it because it clashed with some of the red school supplies I found. I would recommend using either the black or white rimmed clock.

Holidays Around The World

I found this article on the Smashing Magazine website . I just wanted to share it with everyone!

Smashing Photo Contest “Holidays Around The World”: Best Entries!

A couple of days ago, we launched a photo contest in which you could submit a photo of how upcoming holidays are celebrated in your city. For those who have participated, thank you for taking the time to shoot the photots and sending them to us. We’ve received hundreds of pictures from all over the world and we have to be honest and say that it was really hard to pick only ten winners! All winners have been contacted.

Of course, the owner of each photo owns all the copyrights.


Photo taken by Dorin Moise: Brussels, Belgium.
“All made by swinging a simple LED Christmas light decoration from IKEA…”

Photo taken by Dorte Fjalland.
“This photo is taken in London, UK.”

Christmas in California

Photo taken by Angela Henderson: California, USA.
“My kind of Christmas…on the coast of California.”

Photo taken by Sankar Govind.
“This was taken at the Empire State Building, New York.”

Photo taken by Ken Thorsteinsson: Whitsunday Island.
“The image was taken at Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. Christmas seems to be a bit different here in Down Under.”

Photo taken by Dennis Vieira.
“As a fulltime RVer, i gotsta light up the motorhome! Peep the wifi antenna! ;)”

Photo taken by Maya Bielik.
“My photo was taken in Tel-Aviv, at the Silvester party at my house!”

Photo taken by Doug Cornett: Richmond Kentucky, USA.
“Smells of the holidays…”

Photo taken by Wesley F. Oliveira: São Paulo, Brazil.
“Christmas in love…”

Photo taken by Denys Mishunov: Tønsberg, Norway.
“A Ukrainian girl who speaks Russian and lives in Norway 🙂 The text says “Happy New Year” in Russian.”

Merry Entries

Photo taken by Hoang Nguyen Khanh Nhat: Quang Nam Province, Vietnam.
“This picture is taken from Hoi An acient City…”

Photo taken by Jordan Hilario: Manila, Philippines.
“My entry to the Christmas photo contest…”

Photo taken by Brenda Gottsabend.
“Happy Holidays!”

Photo taken by Melissa Steep: Ontario, Canada.

Photo taken by James Doan: Greenwood, Indiana, US.

Photo taken by Tif Mulally: New York City.
This picture was taken from my first holiday trip to NYC.”

Photo taken by Dear Daniel: British Columbia, Canada.

Photo taken by Sabina Abou Daher: Lebanon.

Photo taken by Māris Meļņikovs: Riga, Latvia.
“In this picture you can see our Christmas fair. Happy holidays everyone!”

Photo taken by Debbie Burkhoff.

Photo taken by Juliette Giannesini.
“Happy holidays!”

Last Click

Photo taken by Kamala Crestwell.

The team here at Smashing Magazine. Mostly Vitaly (vf), Sven (sl) and Iris (il).

Swirl Letter

Swirly letters are fun to make! It is a very simple process but takes a while. This one took me about an hour and a half.

Things you will need:

Scissors and/or exacto knife

3 pieces of colored construction Paper

A white sheet of paper

A black sheet of paper

hot melt glue

Step 1:

Take your 3 pieces of colored construction paper and cut them into small strips. You can choose to keep them the same width or vary them as I have done. Once you have them cut out, organize them in piles by color.

Step 2:

Use the black paper to cut out the letter of your choice. I chose M. When you are happy with your letter glue it to the center of your white paper.

Step 3:

Choose a strip of colored construction paper and wrap it tightly around a pencil or other slender object. You may also use your  fingers to wrap the paper instead of the pencil for a tighter swirl.

These are some optional shapes for your swirls.

A: The S shape-

Wrap about half of the strip tightly. Then, start on the other side of the strip and wrap in the opposite direction. You will end up with an S shape.

B: The swirl with loop-

Adhere the ends of your strip together. Now, wrap that end (the ends you’ve connection) toward the loop you have formed.

C: Tripple swirl-

Take 3 strips, one of each color, and begin to wrap them. You will end up with something like this.

D: Double swirl-

Start at one end of your strip and wrap about half way. Then, while holding the end you just wrapped, begin to wrap the other end in the same direction.

Step 4:

Add some glue to the bottom of your wrapped strip and adhere it to the letter you have cut out. Don’t go overboard on the glue.

Step 5:

Repeat steps 1-4 until completed. Your letter should look something like this when you begin your process.

*For the best results, use a combination of large and small swirls and alternate shapes and colors.

When your letter is completed it will look like a fanciful mess of colors and swirls!

If you want a add a bit more try making a boarder around your white paper. Experiment with colors and maybe even add some smaller swirls to the corner of your boarder. Or you could even add a boarder of just swirls.

This would like very nice in a shadow box in a child’s bedroom or in a simple frame with no glass in the living room. If you are feeling ambitious you could  swirl all of the letters of your last name and make a home-made sign!

Thank you for taking the time to read my tutorial.  If you are interested in the project but do not have time to make it then, get in touch with me. I will make one for you.

visit http://www.etsy.com/shop/megpri18 for prices and details.

“Our World Is About to Get Smurf’d”

Clumsy, Brainy, Papa and Smurfette

I watched The Smurfs (2011) movie yesterday. I used to watch this cartoon all the time and this is the first time I’ve seen it since I was young. I love this movie! Peyo was a genius!

The Smurfs (FrenchLes SchtroumpfsDutchDe Smurfen) is a comic and television franchise centred on a group of small blue fictional creatures called Smurfs, created and first introduced as a series of comic strips by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford) on October 23, 1958. The original term and the accompanying language came during a meal Peyo was having with his colleague and friend André Franquin at the Belgian Coast. Having momentarily forgotten the word “salt”, Peyo asked him (in French) to pass the schtroumpf. Franquin jokingly replied: “Here’s the Schtroumpf — when you are done schtroumpfing, schtroumpf it back…” and the two spent the rest of that weekend speaking in “schtroumpf language”.[3] The name was later translated into Dutch as Smurf, which was adopted in English.”

-Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Smurfs)