Saturday, August 20, 2011

Jewelry Exchange

Before we moved I went through our stuff to get rid of things I don't use so we didn't have to move them. I had A LOT of jewelry I didn't wear anymore, and I hate filling the landfill with things other people can use, so I started thinking of people I could give it to. Then I had the GENIUS idea to get together with my sisters so we could trade unworn jewelry. The idea grew and we ended up inviting our mom, grandma, and aunts for a Kath women jewelry trade. It was such a fun thing to do! My mom hosted and served chicken salad sandwiches. Very last minute I realized we'd need something to set everything on, so I got out some of my mom's dessert plates... Could have looked cooler if I would have taken more time and thought of it earlier, but it was still fun. This picture is just the earrings. The whole dining room table was filled with necklaces, bracelets, watches, and even anklets and some hair accessories.

Somehow this post turned into how easy editing photos can be... again... I'm just so shocked at how easy it is. The first picture is unedited, and the second is edited in GIMP 2.6. All I did was "colors", "levels", and "auto" just like I've done before. Not a HUGE difference but so, so simple. You can tell in the 'after' picture that the plates are much whiter.

Monday, August 15, 2011


I wanted to use this photo as my Facebook profile picture... but I didn't have a digital copy of it. So, I had Eric scan it in... and apparently we don't have the world's best scanner. =/  So, I decided to open it in GIMP and see if I could change anything. I clicked on the "colors" tab. Then "levels". Then "auto" and "okay." It didn't make the picture quality go to perfect but it did help the colors a little.



P.S. I WILL get some more DIY/craft posts done soon, but between moving next week and everything that leads up to it... I haven't really had time to make anything. Plus I'm starting to pack things up. =/

Notes: I didn't take this picture... clearly. But it was scanned in and I tried to fix it a little. Maybe I'll revisit this picture again one day when my picture editing skills are awesome. =)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Pixie's First Snow

 This was Pixie's first time in the snow. She didn't really know what to think.

Photography notes: I took this picture in February 2010, and edited it with GIMP in February 2011. Just like I'm practicing and learning how to use my camera, I'm practicing and learning how to use GIMP.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Pinterest and My First Homemade Jewelry

I did not know I was going to love Pinterest so much! I have been signed up for weeks, but I guess I thought it would be too much work to pin things?! I don't know... But I started a few days ago, and I'm at it again today. There are SO many things I want to try to make on my "Crafts and DIY" board that I figured I'd do something similar to what Sherry and John at Young House Love and Katie at Bower Power have recently done.They're doing a quarterly Pinterest Challenge! Every season they'll be going through their Pinterest boards and choosing something to make. I decided this is definitely something I can do... ESPECIALLY because my mom and I get together for a weekly craft day! I hope challenging myself to do these projects will help inspire me to be more creative.

**Challenge to myself: Make at least two pinned items every month. I think that's definitely something I can do.**

My first Pinterest inspired craft: Shrinky Dink Leaves Bracelet

It's not exactly the same as my inspiration... But I love that it makes my piece unique. I made my leaves by drawing and coloring in with permanent markers. And when the shrinky dinks came out of the oven I tried to curl the leaves a little to give them some dimension... You can tell which ones I couldn't get to before they cooled off, but I like the way it turned out. And since this was my first handmade jewelry, there was definitely a learning curve. If you stare at it too closely you may find some mistakes, but I am VERY proud of myself for making this! It only took about 3 hours... ha
(P.S. I made this for less than $2. Hobby Lobby had a lot of this stuff on sale last week.)

I got the idea for this from via Pinterest.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tyler State Park

 In July my family went to Tyler State Park for a short camping trip. It was H-O-T. This was the view from our tent. So pretty.

Photography notes: I took and edited this picture with GIMP in July 2011. I'm trying to learn how to use my camera to capture great pictures, and slowly learning how to use GIMP to edit them.*EDIT on 8-8-11: added watermark! So excited to have figured it out.