My Blogging Year of 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for Make Something Mondays.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 150,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

Thank you to everyone who has viewed, liked or commented on my blog. You helped to make it grow 🙂 150,000 views in the first year is not too shabby.

DIY Watercolor Decor

DIY Watercolor DecorThis is a fun, relaxing DIY for Make Something Mondays. It is always nice to have something like this after the holidays. You can do this by yourself, with a friend, or even with your kids! Its like coloring in a coloring book but without restrictions. I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

DIY materials

 

Things You Will Need:
Brushes
Cup of water
Newspaper
Watercolors
Felt-tip Marker
Thesaurus pages

 

 

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Step 1:

There is only one step. Start doodling with your watercolors on the thesaurus pages.

 

Painting like this really helps to blow off some steam (at least for me). I really like the way the ink shows through the watercolors.

If you like it enough when you are finished you can frame them and they make some awesome decor!

 

watercolor flowers

 

 

 

DIY Watercolor Decor

 

If you want to play around some more, use your marker to outlines or color with. see what you can do with it!

 

DIY Photo Coasters

I apologize for my lateness! With Christmas being tomorrow I was very caught up in family 🙂 here is my Make Something Mondays a little late. Happy Holidays!

wedding gift photo coasters

This is gift #4 in the Make Something Mondays holiday gift series!

My best friend got married last month so, for Christmas I am going to give her these photo coasters made with a few of her wedding photos. I picked out 4 gorgeous pictures, sized them to 4×4 inches, and cut them out. Then I went to Lowe’s and found 4 white wall tiles.

This is the type of project that you have to work on while you are doing something else. Cleaning the house would be perfect. There is a lot of waiting in this one. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area or you might get a little loopy!

materials

Things You Will Need:
Tiles
Photos
Felt pads
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Sealant (not pictured)

mod podge on tileStep 1:

Put a thin, even layer of mod podge over the top of the tile.

wedding photo giftStep 2:

Quickly apply the precut photo of your choice. Use your fingers to smooth the photo over the glue. Make sure you press down on the edges. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the remaining tiles and images.

Let it dry for about 5-10 mins. Go do the dishes or something.

*if it isn’t dry before you move on to step 3 then you will get some serious bubbles in the photo.

mod podge layer 2Step 3:

Apply another thin, even layer of Mod Podge over the top of the photo. Repeat this step for the remaining tiles. Let it dry for about 5-10 mins.

*repeat this step 2-3 times.

photo coaster line

Step 4:

When your tiles are dry line them up (like the photo) on some newspaper in a well ventilated area. Spray your sealant as evenly as possible on the coasters and make sure to get all of the edges. Let the coasters sit for about 10 minutes to dry completely.

felt pads

Step 5:

Adhere your felt pads to the bottom of the coaster to protect any surface this will soon be placed on.

wedding gift photo coasters

When you are done you will have some lovely photo coasters! People love these things, seriously.

Happy crafting 🙂

Home Remedies

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I’ve been sick, joy. It’s going around and everyone I know has it. So i thought i would share my dad’s home remedy for a sore throat.

When i had a sore throat he made me hot lemonade. Sounds weird right? It tastes like crap. It is very tart and it is hard to drink a full cup but IT WORKS! It works really well. Within a few hours my throat is back to normal and I am good to go.

All you do is mix half lemon juice and half water in a cup and microwave it. It has to be really hot to work though. If you really can’t handle it then add some honey. It can only help.

Hopefully you are all healthy and don’t have to deal with the sickness going around. BUT if you do, I have more remedies 🙂

Cloud Formation Photography

I was googling cloud formations last night (don’t ask) and came across this awesome photography on matador. There are some amazing images on here and I wanted to share them. There are more details and many many more pictures on the actual post. Check it out!

1. Lenticular cloud, Mt. Fuji, Japan

Source unknown

2. Mammatus clouds, Ft. Worth, TX
3. Asperatus formation, Canterbury, New Zealand

Photo: wittap

4. Roll cloud hang glider, Queensland, Australia

Photo: Mark Watson

5. Mammatus over Quebec

Photo: Michel Filion

6. Shelf cloud, North Dakota
7. Nacreous clouds, McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Photo: Alan R. Light

8. Lenticulars, Mt. Rainier, Washington

Photo: Tim Thompson

9. Cumulonimbus, Nelson, BC
10. Lenticular UFO, Patagonia

Source unknown

11. Shelf cloud, Cape Cod, MA
12. Altocumulus from the ISS

Photo: Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and the Russian Space Agency Press Services

13. Mammatus, Manhattan

Photo: Skellig2008

14. Noctilucent clouds over the Tibetan Plateau
15. Morning glories, Queensland, Australia

Photo: Mick Petroff

16. Lenticular funnel, Palm Springs, CA

Photo: °Florian

17. Fog bow, Sydney, Australia
18. Shelf cloud, Wagga Wagga, Australia

Photo: Bidgee

19. Waterspout, Balearic Islands, Spain

A waterspout is basically a tornado that’s not associated with a supercell and occurs over water. Coincidentally, the Balearics are also where you can find some of the clearest water in the world.

Photo: Vvillamon

20. Mammatus storm, Norman, OK

An Interesting Day For Instagram

I’m sure that if you have been on the internet at all today you have heard about instagram’s updated policy. If not you can read about it here or I can catch you up. One small paragraph in the article said it all.

“If Instagram users continue to upload photos after January 16, 2013, and subsequently delete their account after the deadline, they may have granted Facebook an irrevocable right to sell those images in perpetuity. There’s no obvious language that says deleting an account terminates Facebook’s rights, EFF’s Opsahl said.” –

 So, of course there has been an uproar and people are threatening to delete their accounts and called Instagram the iStock that doesn’t pay you for your photos. Makes sense.
instagram policy update
Now, Instagram’s blog states that the policy was poorly written on their part and is going to be rewritten. They claim they never intended to sell anyone’s photos and each person has full ownership of their photos.
I also use Instagram and I plan to wait it out and give them a chance to fix the policy. Although I think they had every intention of selling user’s photos for advertising, there has been enough rebellion that they will have no choice but to fix the issue. They will surely use the majority of their users if they don’t.
I want your thoughts though. Who out there is using Instagram and what is your plan going forward? Comments? Thoughts?

Blogger of the Year Award 2012

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I received the Blog of the Year 2012 award! Thank you so much to FluxNews for nominating me 🙂 That blog is definitely worth checking out! Thank you very much for your support and being a constant visitor of my posts. So, one more time: THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!!

The rules for this award are simple :
1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!).

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…!

The nominees for this award (in no particular order) are :

1. The Tragic Whale– This is one crafty lady! Kerry makes all kinds of crafts and just about anything to do with whales. Her Etsy shop is pretty awesome too! Check it out. The link is on her blog.

2. Barbaraelka– A very creative photographer we have here! Some awesome posts!

3. Lead.Learn.Live– A husband.  A father.  A leader.  A manager.  A grinder.  A reader.  A learner. AND a real blogger: someone who blogs because they love it.

4. Arlen Shahverdyan– an Armenian blogger with great posts! I highly suggest you take the time to translate his blog because it is worth it!

5. photography of nia– Another great photopher and blogger!

6. Marina Kanavaki– A FANTASTIC artist and designer. You will be missing out if you don’t click her link…

7. A Twist of Couture– Couture Stationery for Weddings,Social & Business. Texture, Color, and Font Addict who has a great blog!

8. spilledcookies– This lady inspires me to stay creative and always find something more. If you are an artist, musician, writer, etc, you should check her out! Even if you aren’t it is worth looking at.

9. Canvas & Thread–  a unique and fellow artist who has been with me since my blog was created a year ago. Visit her blog for some great work and a good story!

10. Elenacaravela– Artist and illustrator of children’s books. An amazing blog!

 

Congratulations to everybody !! :)

DIY Glitter Wine Glasses

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DIY glitter glasses! These glasses are the third gift in the Make Something Mondays Holiday Gift Series. They are a great gift and are easy to make.

materialsThings You Will Need:
Tape
Glass Paint
Wine Glass
Paint Sponge

glitter glass paint

Step 1:

Add some tape around the top of your glass as a barrier and paint on a thin layer of glass glitter paint. Let it dry.
Keep the paint below where your lips will touch the glass. Obviously, this isn’t something you want to consume.

glitter paintStep 2:

Tape off the bottom and paint on a thin layer. Let it dry.

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Step 3:

Continue painting on the layers until you have your preferred amount.

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Step 4:

When you are done, peel off the tape and admire.

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TahDah! Glitter glasses. They don’t take too long to dry but you should let them sit for 21 days after painting them before using or washing them. Then, they will be dishwasher safe and everything!

Happy crafting!