Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Project: Wedding Dance Moments

It's no secret that my husband and I love, love, love to dance at weddings. I think a lot of people get nervous to look goofy, but there is no more perfect a time to look goofy than when everyone is so filled with joy for the newlyweds. Even the bride and groom, who might normally be shy or embarrassed, are so excited to be surrounded by family and friends and are so relieved that it's over, that they will get their groove thang on.

What's awesome about dancing, is that everyone has a 'dancing face.' And it's usually hilarious. I loved the dancing at our wedding. I was filled with joy looking around and seeing friends and family filled with freedom to be themselves, have fun, and celebrate. I had a fabulous wedding photographer in Heather Pepin, who captured so many hilarious moments from the Greene Blue Wedding Dance Floor.
I turned these dancing photos into a collage for our apartment so that we could see these silly faces everyday. It brings me joy every time I look at it. So yes, if you danced at our wedding, there is probably a picture of you and your dancing face on a wall in my kitchen. You're welcome.

Here's how I did it:

(disclaimer: I am no expert at Photoshop and had to learn as I went, this is definitely beginner stuff)

1. Make a folder of all of your favorite dancing photos

2. Decide on what frame you will use. I chose a large square frame in gray, from Ikea's Ribba frame collection. Without the mat the frame is 19.75 x 19.75 inches. 

3. Decide on how many photos you want to use, and work out the math to decide on how many rows and how many columns of photos you want. Since I chose a square frame, I needed a number that divided equally. After playing around with it, I decided on 6 photos across and 6 photos down, for a total of 36 photos. After playing with the calculater, it worked to do each photo as a 3x3 inch square, with .25 inches as a border and between each photo. That's 18 inches in photos total, and 1.75 inches in borders.


Ready for Photoshop?

1. File > New. Type in your individual photo size, which is 3x3 inches. File > Place to select which photo you want. Adjust the photo to fit in the square as you want it. I wanted a variety, so I did some photos centered, some off-centered, some zoomed in close, and some zoomed out wide. Mix it up. (Just like dancing:) Very important: choose the same filter for each photo. I wanted all of mine black and white, and I went with the green filter in black and white. Using the same filter will bring uniformity to the photos.  Save that photo into your folder, and number it. Repeat with all photos you'd like to use. You end up with a folder full of 3x3 inch photos ready to go into your collage.

2. To create your collage, go to File > New, and make your image size 19.75 x 19.75.

3. Set gridlines to space your photos evenly: go to View > New Guide and create the following for BOTH horizantal and vertical:

4. Place all photos within the gridlines. File > Place, and select photo. Click it into the box where you want it. Try to vary the photos distances and content. Place photos that are far away with photos that are up close, photos with one person next to group photos, etc.

And there's your collage! If you'd like to rework the photos, continue to 'place' them on top of each other. Once all photos are placed where you want them, go back to the View drop down and remove the gridlines.

Printing and Framing:
Just because you chose a frame at a certain size, doesn't mean that photo-printing websites will print it at that size. I order my photos from Costco, and the closest size they will print is a 20 x 30. After saving your collage, go to Image > Canvas Size and change it to the size that the website will print. I ended up with a photo that is 19.75 x 19.75 inches on a white background "canvas" that is 20 x 30 inches.

I simply cut it down to my frame size, and framed it up!

I also found a sweet little greeting card at Trader Joes (thanks to my sister for letting me grab the last one!), framed it, and hung it with my collage.

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handsome hubby (he didn't wear socks to our wedding apparently)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza


My 'real-life' job is working in property management at some large apartment communities. This year I coordinated a craft fair at one of the community's holiday parties. I invited five other San Diego Etsy sellers to join, which made for a fun holiday shopping experience for the residents.  It was also really fun for me to set up my goods in a pretty display!

It was also fun to meet other Etsy-ans (Etsy-ites?) and see their amazing products. Check them out for yourself!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

And the Pippi winner is...

Thank you so much to all who visited my blog on the Holla Knits Blog Tour! The randomly chosen winner of a copy of the Pippi pattern is  Zombie Queen! I loved reading everyone's comments with what fabulous colors you will use for your scarves, and I can't wait to see your Pippis up on Ravelry!

 I knitted up another Pippi in a lovely ice blue for a friend (sorry about the quick cell phone photo) and I just love this pattern. Perfect for making holiday gifts! Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Pippi: Holla Knits Fall/Winter Accessories Collection 2013

Since the winter months can be somewhat dreary, I love designing knits that brighten the spirits. That's why I'm so excited to introduce Pippi, from the Holla Knits Accessories Collection 2013! I was thrilled to work with Allyson because her collections have a quirky and fun style. Pippi is quirky and fun too! Pippi was named after Pippi Longstocking, because she's strong, confident, and has funky pig tail braids that stick out. The braids and tassels of the scarf are carefree and fun, just like Pippi!

Pippi actually started as a totally different accessory (stay tuned in 2014!) and evolved into a chunky, cozy, cable-y scarf that hugs you when you wear it. I'm a sucker for sinking my needles into some chunky yarn with a project that gives some instant gratification (knit-ification?).

Pippi is knit up with braided cables, while increasing and decreasing to create the shape of a stole. Braided tails are added at the ends, with poofy tassels to top it off. Wrap it around twice and tie it with fun braided tassels for a cowl, or toss it around your neck and let the tassels hang long.

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I can't wait to see Pippi projects on Ravelry in all kinds of punchy colors and combinations! Head over to the Holla Knits Blog to enter to win a skein of Wooly Wonka Fibers Brigit Bulky so that you can knit up your very own Pippi! Leave a comment here on my blog telling me what fabulous color (s) you're excited to use for your Pippi, and be entered to win a copy of the pattern!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Big Dots Beanie

There is a new pattern up in my Ravelry store and my Etsy store! The Big Dots Beanie is exactly what it's called. Big. Dots. In a beanie. And a big pompom too! Love it.

 This pattern is perfect for knitting up some fun gifts for the holidays, and one for yourself of course.

The pattern comes with written instructions and a chart for the dots pattern. Do you have some random scraps of super bulky that you want to use up? This pattern offers yardage for using 2, 3, and 4 different colors for your beanie. Purchase it on Ravelry or Etsy! What colors will you combine for your Big Dots Beanie?

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What's for dinner: Mahi Mahi Salad

I'm always looking for quick, easy, and healthy dinners, and since I mostly shop at Trader Joes, I like to share how I use their products. We try to eat a (mostly) Paleo diet, which takes some creativity. I don't claim to be a chef by any means, but I love sharing what I make. I hope you can use my recipes to jazz up your dinner table in a jiff!

MAHI MAHI SALAD (serves 4, one burger per person)

1 package frozen Mahi Mahi burgers from Trader Joes (or anywhere else)
1 package shredded cabbage
1 carrot, grated (or 3/4 cup pre-shredded carrots)
4 green onions, chopped
4-5 sprigs cilantro, chopped
1 cup raw broccoli, chopped

Sesame Lime Vinaigrette:

1 t grated ginger (tip: keep ginger root in your freezer, and grate frozen)
Juice of one lime
1/3 cup coconut cream 
3 T soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
3 T rice vinegar
2 T sesame oil
2 T grapeseed oil or vegetable oil
1 T honey
1 t chili garlic sauce (optional, for some heat)
pinch of salt

 Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and shake, or whisk well in a bowl. Put in fridge and let sit while you work on the rest.

Cook up the burgers on the grill according to the box instructions---grill, pan, or oven! Toss all salad ingredients together. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and toss. Place burger on top and serve.

I love Trader Joes, so most of the recipes I make include their products. Most of the ingredients can be found in other stores so I hope you try it out, even if you don't have a Trader Joes in your neighborhood! (And as long as I'm hoping for things, I hope one comes to your neighborhood soon!)

Leftovers? Here's an idea for dinner #2 or lunch the next day: Chop up the remaining fish and put it in a tortilla with some of the salad. Serve with the vinaigrette and a lime wedge for a quick fish taco. YUM. I'm going to try making tortillas out of coconut flour, so I'll let you know how they turn out!